Dinner & a Show: Friday 11/12 | Bleader

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Show: Aloe Blacc LA singer, producer, and MC Aloe Blacc performs in support of his second album, Good Things, where he embraces socially conscious 70s-style soul—in particular Bill Withers and Donny Hathaway. "Blacc also gets extra points for his cover of the Velvet Underground's 'Femme Fatale,' turning it into a portrait of a wounded man who's had a brush with the woman in question," writes Peter Margasak.

10 PM, Schubas, 3159 N. Southport, 773-525-2508, schubas.com, $12.

Dinner: Los Moles Vagabond chef Geno Bahena, one of Rick Bayless's most renowned (and elusive) disciples, has returned to ply mole in this modest Lakeview spot.

3140 N. Lincoln Ave., 773-935-9620, losmoles.net

Show: George Lewis, Alexander von Schlippenbach Improvising trombonist, computer musician, composer, and scholar George Lewis was born and raised here, and he's back in town this fall to teach a graduate seminar with philosophy professor Arnold Davidson at the U. of C. The AACM veteran performs with pianist Alexander von Schlippenbach, a member of Germany's first generation of free-jazz musicians, and for their first set they'll be accompanied by an interactive music system of Lewis's design—basically software that can play a Yamaha Disklavier, engaging in independent actions as well as real-time analysis and response. After that performance Davidson will join them for a discussion, and then Lewis and Schlippenbach will play with the AACM's Great Black Music Ensemble.

7:30 PM, Mandel Hall, University of Chicago, 1131 E. 57th, 773-702-8974, $20, $5 students.

Dinner: Medici on 57th The quintessential off-campus hangout, complete with carved wood booths and graffiti-covered walls. The reasonable prices at this long-standing Hyde Park gem make it a favorite among students and locals alike.

1327 E. 57th St., 773-667-7394, medici57.com


Show: Left Bank Creepy, sexual, slow-boiling horror from Belgium. Director Pieter Van Hees moves the story along so gradually that there's no clear line dividing the normal from the weird or the weird from the supernatural, and what begins as a prosaic relationship drama unaccountably develops into audacious psychosexual allegory.

Midnight, Music Box, 3733 N. Southport Ave., 773-871-6604, musicboxtheatre.com

Dinner: Pizza Rustica Every Italian restaurant likes to think that its food is the real thing. Pizza Rustica's just may be. The pizza is thin crust—not the dense, soggy kind you get most places, but light, crispy, and golden brown, almost like a slightly soft cracker.

3913 N. Sheridan Rd., 773-404-8955, pizzarusticachicago.com

Performing Arts

Show: Traces Montreal's Les 7 Doigts de la Main (or 7 Fingers) reject the high-concept, high-end style epitomized by their fellow Canadiennes at Cirque du Soleil, offering something much more immediate, personal, and gritty. The aesthetic of their show Traces is cirque punque, and it's mostly exhilarating.

8 pm, Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place, 835 N. Michigan, 312-977-1700, broadwayinchicago.com, $50-$71.50.

Dinner: NoMi This swank restaurant on the seventh floor of the Park Hyatt pulls out all the stops, from a temperature-controlled wine cellar entrance to windows with a knockout view of Michigan Avenue.

800 N. Michigan Ave., 312-239-4030, nomirestaurant.com


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