Dinner & a Show: Friday 10/15 | Bleader

Jeff Mills
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Show: Jeff Mills "People looking for virtuosity in the art of DJing tend to get distracted by flashy turntablists with hyperspeed fingers and bags of tricks like behind-the-back transformer scratches. But to a large extent that approach depends on gimmickry, not substance, and Chicago's Jeff Mills proves it by standing dead still over three turntables, a mixing board, and a hulking early-80s TR-909 drum machine, shaping minimalist beats like some sort of techno-era conductor presiding over a machine quartet," writes Miles Raymer. "Aficionados of techno and dance music in general should consider attendance at this gig mandatory."

10 PM, Smart Bar, 3730 N. Clark, 773-549-4140, smartbarchicago.com, $20, $15 before midnight.

Dinner: Vines on Clark Italian and American food from chefs Tim Edstrom (Everest, Kiki's Bistro, Spiaggia) and Raul Ramos (Spiaggia, Pump Room).

3554 N. Clark St., 773-327-8572, cubbybear.com/vinesonclark

Show: Massive Attack "Though Massive Attack peaked in 1998 with the gloss-black bong rip Mezzanine, which hasn't gotten any less stunning with age, they're not operating too far below that level today," writes Miles Raymer. "This year's Heligoland (Virgin) isn't as pleasantly, suffocatingly dense as Mezzanine, but it shows that the group—now stripped down to a duo—have moved beyond collaging genres and on to building an organic, beat-heavy style of their own."

8:30 PM, Riviera Theatre, 4746 N. Racine, 773-275-6800 or 866-448-7849, rivieratheatre.com, $40, 18+.

Dinner: Marigold This upscale Indian restaurant just up the block from the Green Mill is a stunner, a low-lit, jewel-toned space with impressive cuisine.

4832 N. Broadway St., 773-293-4653, marigoldrestaurant.com

Show: Tarbaby Anchored by the trio of pianist Orrin Evans, bassist Eric Revis, and drummer Nasheet Waits—a coterie of topflight horn players have helped out over the years—this jazz collective thrives on challenging listeners' assumptions.

8 PM, Green Mill, 4802 N. Broadway, 773-878-5552, greenmilljazz.com, $12.

Dinner: Agami "The list of elaborate signature makis is a little overwhelming, but the Green Turtle maki we tried was a dense, sweet, rich construction of grilled eel, avocado, and tempura crunch topped with wasabi tobiko and shrimp. Arranged in a circle and outfitted with a smiling turtle's head of wasabi paste and a tail of caramelized eel, it was also adorable," writes Martha Bayne.

4712 N. Broadway, 773-506-1845, agamisushi.com


Show: Last Train Home Chinese-Canadian director Lixin Fan considers the social upheavals wrought by China's economic miracle in this 2009 documentary, which records the annual migration of nearly 130 million urban factory workers back to their native villages to celebrate the New Year.

5:30 pm, 7:30 pm, Music Box, 3733 N. Southport Ave., musicboxtheatre.com, 773-871-6604

Dinner: Julius Meinl A classy place for those of moderate means, this is the first American outpost for Viennese coffee purveyor Julius Meinl. The coffee is made from beans roasted in Austria; strong but not acidic, it's superb.

3601 N. Southport Ave., 773-868-1857, meinl.com/northamerica/home.html

Show: Winnebago Man In 2006 documentary maker Ben Steinbauer went looking for Jack Rebney, the RV pitchman whose uncontrolled temper and unabashed profanity in a 1988 video blooper reel had made him a YouTube legend. "This engrossing documentary widens to consider the phenomenon of viral videos and the humiliation they can bring to their sometimes unsuspecting victims, then narrows to profile a man more thoughtful and philosophical than the foaming caricature he's left behind on the small screen," writes J.R. Jones.

6:15 pm, 8 pm, Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State St., 312-846-2600, siskelfilmcenter.org

Dinner: La Madia Housed in the space where the Jazz Showcase used to be, the restaurant is simultaneously sleek and warm, with a bar up front and a long row of booths lining one wall. A floor-to-ceiling wall of wine provides visual focus—unsurprising given the dizzying oenophilic options; there's something in the neighborhood of 250 bottles. "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: State of the Union A good choice for an election year, this rarely revived 1945 Broadway hit by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse tells the story of an idealistic industrialist, Grant Matthews, who's being groomed for the 1948 Republican presidential nomination by his girlfriend, a manipulative newspaper publisher, with the help of an unscrupulous donor.

8 pm, Strawdog Theatre Company, 3829 N. Broadway, 773-528-9696, strawdog.org, $10-$20

Dinner: Chicago Diner offers creative veggie, vegan, and gluten-free dishes in a comfortable space lined with old-fashioned wooden booths.