Chicago Happenings: Dolphin Opens, Vincent’s Dinner Party, Lula’s Monday Farm Dinner

FRIDAY: Platinum-Selling EDM Duo Performs Opening Night
EDM & House Nightclub Dolphin Reopens
EDM and global house artists and DJs perform at Dolphin, the reopened 13,000-square-foot swanky Lincoln Park nightclub with four rooms, five separate bars, and an outdoor garden. Friday’s opening night is celebrated with a performance by platinum-selling EDM duo The Crystal Method. In-house DJ “Just Joey” Swanson comes straight from musical directing at NYC’s Boom Boom Room. Expect LED light shows and an over 100,000-watt sound system. Reasoning for name still unknown.
The Crystal Method performs at the opening night of nightclub Dolphin (2200 N. Ashland Ave., Wicker Park) on Friday the 18th. For the inside-info, check out the listing at BlackBook Guides.

WEDNESDAY: Going Indonesian Dutch at Vincent’s Dinner Party
Dutch-American spot Vincent is hosting their monthly, informal dinner party in honor of Rijsttafel, the Indonesian cuisine the Dutch discovered when expanding their empire. The Dutch customary dinner will include regional Indonesian foods of a variety of crispy, chewy, slippery textures, and sides like egg rolls, satays, and pickles. An unusual dining experience, reservations are strongly recommended.
Vincent (1475 W. Balmoral Ave., Andersonville) is hosting its January Rijsttafel on Wednesday the 16th. For the inside-info about Vincent, read the listing at BlackBook Guides.

NEXT MONDAY: Lula Café Debuts Monday Farm Dinner With Top Chef Semifinalist
The pan-ethnic Logan Square restaurant Lula Café is holding their first-ever Monday Night Farm Dinner on the 21st, featuring celebrity chef power-couple John Clark and Top Chef semifinalist Beverly Kim of Bonsoiree. The three-course meal will feature celery root-salt cod appetizer, roast chicken with miso and bacon, and kaffir lime shortcake. At the unbeatable $45 price, call ASAP to get a ticket.
Lula Café (2537 N. Kedzie Blvd, Logan Square) hosts its Monday night farm dinner on Monday the 21st. For the inside-info on Lula, visit the listing at BlackBook Guides.

St. Vincent & Modest Mouse’s Isaac Brock Stop By ‘Portlandia’

Portlandia has been racking up the musician cameos this season, kicking things off with Eddie Vedder. Last night, St. Vincent’s Annie Clark, with an assist from Kyle MacLachlan, and Modest Mouse frontman Isaac Brock both turned up.  Take a look.

Carrie Brownstein and Fred Armisen are brought in to help restructure the Portland Police Department with Clark modeling a new look for the uniform: a tutu and gold shirt.

Brock appears in a sketch where PTA members argue over what vinyls should be accepted for the pre-school library. “You don’t know Kraut rock?"

Chicago Openings: Watershed, Vincent, La Boulangerie

Watershed (River North) – Chocolate hues, specialty cocktails, and Midwestern booze in the basement of Pops for Champagne. ● Vincent (Andersonville) – The Hearty Boys emphasize a farm-to-table European menu in Andersonville. ● La Boulangerie (Logan Square) – 19th-Century Parisian bakery right smack in Logan Square.