Monday, January 11, 2010
Stage Bites: The Weekly Dining & Drinking Guide
pH Productions' musical sketch show "It's Only Rock & Roll, But I Like It" is part of the "Chicago Sketch Comedy Festival" at the Theatre Building. The show goes down 7pm Saturday. (Photo: pH Productions)
Every Monday look for the week's top performances paired with the best deals before and after the show:
The Chicago Sketch Comedy Festival at Theatre Building. You'll laugh your ass off during this annual festival featuring more than 130 shows with 100 local and national sketch comedy troupes. Whether you're looking for something sexy, topical, outrageous or just plain weird, you're certain to find it here during its eight-day romp. Through Jan. 17. Get tickets here.
Cooper's: Located directly across the street from the theater, plus Thursdays are half-price pizza night!
Matsu Yama: One of the area's best sushi spots still doesn't charge a corkage fee for BYOB, plus dinner for two is less than $35. Favorites: Godzilla and Jack Chen's White Dragon Roll.
Sapore di Napoli: It's not only BYOB (also no corkage fee!), but the authentic Neapolitan pizzas are definitely on point. Highly recommended are the traditional Margherita and Quattro Stagioni (tomato sauce, mozzarella, artichokes, Kalamata olives, mushrooms, prosciutto).
Vintage 51 at the Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, IN. (Photo: Horseshoe Casino)
Killer Joe at Profiles Theater. Greed, family values and high society clash in this thriller dealing with a Texas clan whose murder plot spirals out of control. Sounds like a regular episode of "All My Children" to me. Through Feb. 28 (8pm Thursday, Friday; 5pm, 8pm Saturday; 7pm Sunday). Get tickets here.
Cafe Too: The well-meaning BYOB offers contemporary American dishes on a seasonal, rotating menu. Also known for one of the best deals in the area: three courses for $18 or five for $24—if you're really hungry.
Holiday Club: You're certain to be worked up after the performance, so blow off steam here with specials on sweet tea vodka and beer on Fridays; shots of tequila and more beer on Saturdays as deejays spin 1990s hits. Most menu items are under $10.
Nick's Uptown: The rowdy after-hours bar features live blues, soul or R&B every Friday and Saturday. Sadly, no drink specials.
Steve Harvey at The Venue at Horseshoe Casino. Count yourself among the lucky ones if you snagged tix to the sold-out show by one of the Original Kings of Comedy. The stand-up comedian, actor and syndicated radio host is certain to give the audience some tips based off his number-one best seller, Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man. 7:30pm Saturday.
Village Square Buffet: Every Friday and Saturday, they're doing a Seafood Feast for $32.99. You'll delight in the crab legs, chilled shrimp, seafood stews, smoked seafood, shrimp scampi and more.
Vintage 51: Offering a vibe found more often in River North, this cool wine bar offers a nice selection of vino, microbrews and signature, hand-crafted cocktails. Just remember, they still smoke in Indiana.