Dinner & a Show: Saturday 9/11 | Bleader

Ben Frost
  • Ben Frost

Show: Ben Frost "I've listened to it a bunch now, but Ben Frost's dense, shape-shifting By the Throat (Bedroom Community)—a cinematic, radically dynamic suite of 11 pieces by the Iceland-based Australian guitarist and composer—pulls me along for a nail-biting ride every time," writes Peter Margasak. His local debut is part of the Sonar Chicago festival.

6 PM, Claudia Cassidy Theater, Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington, 312-744-6630, chicagoculturalcenter.org, free.

Dinner: Xoco "There is nothing like Xoco’s jamon torta, griddled flat and layered with La Quercia prosciutto, seasonally variable organic Wisconsin cheddar, black beans, avocado, and chipotle mustard. The prices are justified by a singular dedication to superior products," writes Mike Sula."

449 N. Clark St., 312-334-3688, rickbayless.com/restaurants/xoco.html

Show: High Places On their new album, High Places vs. Mankind (Thrill Jockey), Mary Pearson and Robert Barber bring things into sharper focus without totally forsaking their penchant for sonic experimentation. The beats bump instead of rattling, while the electric guitars and Pearson's singing cut stark lines through the dubby echo rather than spin around inside it. This show is part of the Adventures in Modern Music festival.

9 PM, Empty Bottle, 1035 N. Western, 773-276-3600 or 866-468-3401, emptybottle.com, $12.

Dinner: Mirai Sushi The ambitious menu at Miae Lim's stylish sushi and sake bar includes nigiri and maki, daily fish specials, and several unique creations.

2020 W. Division St., 773-862-8500, miraisushi.com


Show: La Vérité A smash hit in France and an Oscar nominee in the U.S., this 1960 courtroom drama was the last big success for writer-director Henri-Georges Clouzot, whose jaundiced view of humanity resonated in such classic mysteries as The Raven (1943) and Diabolique (1955).

5 pm, Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State St., 312-846-2600, siskelfilmcenter.org

Dinner: La Madia Restaurant in the old Jazz Showcase offering a range of pizzas and a large wine list with 250 by the bottle and multiple options by the glass. "As for the pies, they're delicious. A soft, slightly chewy thin crust showcases the pure flavors of fantastic house-made fennel sausage, fresh arugula and prosciutto, and other select toppings like a sweetly savory combo of Taleggio and roasted vin santo grapes that hung in tricky, but ultimately successful balance," writes Martha Bayne.

59 W. Grand Ave., 312-329-0400, dinelamadia.com

Performing Arts

Show: Kalapriya Indian classical dance is dauntingly complex. Different regional forms, for example, feature different stylistic takes on the same byzantine rhythmic patterns and formal devices, including a staggering vocabulary of hand gestures. Intelligently structured by Kalapriya artistic director Pranita Jain, "Tri Dhara" ("Three Streams") sorts through some of the variations.

8 pm, Cindy Pritzker Auditorium, Harold Washington Library Center, 400 S. State St., 312-747-4300, $15-$20

Dinner: Trattoria Caterina The menu is surprisingly extensive at this cozy Printer's Row trattoria. In addition to standard appetizers like bruschetta and calamari, there are home-style options like polenta, sausage and peppers, and pimiento ripien, baked red peppers stuffed with fontina cheese and glistening with balsamic and olive oil.

616 S. Dearborn St., 312-939-7606