8/26: Puttin' on the Ritz

By Lyndsay Knecht Milne
|  Wednesday, Aug 26, 2009  |  Updated 6:30 AM CDT
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8/26: Puttin' on the Ritz

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Richard Cheese works the keys at House of Blues.

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HOT FOOD: You're busy savoring the tostidos and roasted green chili queso at Lambert's, and suddenly, through a cloud of smoke, former Top Chef contestant Jeff McInnis appears, confident and blonde, with a bottle of Don Q rum. Ladies versed in things culinary, this is a fantasy no longer. The Floridian chef from Season 5 will be working his magic with the liquid nitrogen tank to make wow-worthy Don Q rum cocktails at said steakhouse in Fort Worth from 6 to 8PM.

GREAT MUZAK: Remember radio host Rick Dees' poetic readings of lyrics to songs like "Baby Got Back" on his Top 40 show? Richard Cheese and Lounge Against the Machine's "Vegas" interpretations of Kelis, Nine Inch Nails and, yes, Sir Mix-a-Lot feel like those spots, if Dees had done his recitations with a beret on his head before a snapping audience. The one man who can outdo all the world's spontaneous alternate versions of "Ice, Ice Baby" is putting on the schmaltz at House of Blues with Natalie Gelman, 8PM.

ANOTHER COUNTRY: The Weight is alt-country rock through the lens of Brooklyn boys. Where the prosaic Hold Steady of the same 'hood gets the rough-and-tumble rock part, The Weight makes anthems that are easy to sing along with. Hear them with The Heelers and buzzed-about locals Spooky Folk at Rubber Gloves, 9PM.

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