Dinner & a Show: Friday 12/17 | Bleader

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Show: Magda "The Polish-born, Berlin-based DJ and producer has been at this for a while—she grew up in Detroit, where she rose through the ranks of the city's celebrated scene by dint of her own ingenuity and style, eventually catching Richie Hawtin's ear—but she remains a breath of fresh air," writes Jessica Hopper. "Her debut for Hawtin's M-nus label, From the Fallen Page, sidesteps the bouncy sets of minimal techno and electro she's known for, though not the love of old-school Detroit techno that animates them: dark, eerie space and warbly, synthetic bass lines are everywhere."

10 PM, Spy Bar, 646 N. Franklin, 312-337-2191, $20, $15 in advance.

Dinner: Graham Elliot At Avenues, cherubic, down-to-earth Graham Elliot Bowles helped make Chicago a draw for big-name chefs. Now at his own place, Graham Elliot, hasn’t he earned the freedom to crank his iPod, outfit his staff in T-shirts and Chucks, and cook with Cheez-Its and ironic cheap beer?

217 W. Huron St., 312-624-9975, grahamelliot.com

Show: Michael McDermott "Chicago singer-songwriter Michael McDermott has been such a steady presence for the past 20 years that it's not hard to take him for granted. But whenever I hear a new album from him, I kick myself for my laziness, because the man can sure raise goose bumps," writes Monica Kendrick.

7 and 10 PM, Schubas, 3159 N. Southport, 773-525-2508, schubas.com, $15, $12 in advance.

Dinner: Sapore di Napoli The dozen kinds of authentic Italian-style pizza here include salsiccia e cipolle (Italian sausage with smoked mozzarella and onions), verdure (mushrooms, zucchini, eggplant, and roasted peppers), and quattro stagioni (artichokes, prosciutto di parma, mushrooms, and olives).

1406 W. Belmont Ave., 773-935-1212, saporedinapoli.net

Show: The Bad Plus Pianist Ethan Iverson, bassist Reid Anderson, and drummer Dave King play in support of the new Never Stop, the first Bad Plus album to consist entirely of original songs—the pop and rock covers that have drawn mainstream attention to the group (and given it an undeserved reputation as a bunch of shtickmeisters) are totally absent. "The new effort allows audiences to hear the band's sharp wit, technical rigor, and overflowing musical intelligence without being distracted by the hovering presence of, say, Nirvana or Pink Floyd," writes Peter Margasak. "In fact certain songs on Never Stop seem like they could be radio hits themselves if they were covered by pop or rock artists."

8 and 10 PM, Jazz Showcase, 806 S. Plymouth Ct., 312-360-0234, jazzshowcase.com, $30.

Dinner: Trattoria Caterina Charming, casual Printer's Row Italian serving interesting pasta and good vegetarian options.

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


Show: Kuroneko "Kaneto Shindo directed this hypnotic Japanese chiller (1968), whose bold visual simplicity—the high-contast black-and-white photography; the dramatic compositions; the austere, kabuki-style staging—may leave you unprepared for the occasional bursts of kinetic, howling violence," writes J.R. Jones. "Based on a Japanese folktale, the movie capitalized on the public appetite for period ghost stories (e.g. Masaki Kobayashi's Kwaidan), and it's a classic of the genre—eerie, erotic, and unnerving."

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

Dinner: Henri New contemporary American restaurant and bar from the people behind the Gage. One of the best Chicago restaurants of 2010.

18 S. Michigan Ave., 312-578-0763, henrichicago.com

Performing Arts

Show: Corpo Dance Company The intimate, idiosyncratic Links Hall space gets transformed into a mad toymaker's workshop in Coppelius, Christopher McCray's cockeyed take on the 1870 comic ballet Coppelia.

8 pm, Links Hall, 3435 N. Sheffield, 773-281-0824, linkshall.org, $12-$18

Dinner: Shiroi Hana A big favorite of sushi lovers on a budget.

3242 N. Clark St., 773-477-1652, shiroihanachicago.com

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