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By Tankboy in Miscellaneous on Mar 5, 2008 7:23PM

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Gypsy jazz guitarist Alfonso Ponticelli and his band, Swing Gitan, are one of the go-to acts to fill in at the Green Mill whenever Kurt Elling is out of town for his regular Wednesday engagement. Ponticelli's faithful recreations of old Hot Club of Paris numbers, complemented with original compositions, are fresh and accessible without bordering on nostalgia.

9 p.m. - 1 a.m., $6 cover.

Fashion, Food and Booze
Half-price martinis, specials like the Heidi Klum (pot roast with sauerkraut and roasted potatoes) and a design your own martini contest are just some of the features of the weekly "Project Runway" screenings at Kit Kat Lounge and Supper Club. This evening is the finale of the current season, so break out your best threads and catty comments.

3700 N. Halsted, 773-525-1111, 9 p.m., no cover.

Music & Clubs on the Cheap
Metro is trying to do it's part to fight the "R" word that causes economists to run screaming for the hills while tearing their hair plugs out. Their "Rock Against Recession" show tonight is free to all comers before 9 p.m. and $5 after that. Upstairs you can catch a local line-up consisting of Airiel, Slings And Arrows, Yourself And The Air, and Empires. Jessica from OFFICE spins downstairs in Smart Bar.

3730 N Clark, 8 p.m., free until 9 p.m. / $5 after 9 p.m., 18+

Adrian Belew has played at the side of David Bowie, Frank Zappa, and The Talking Heads, as well as heading up latter-day King Crimson. And he has his own quirky power-pop band with a bunch of friends called The Bears. AND he's had his own long, varied, and mostly excellent solo career. So what the hell is he doing playing a room like Martyr's?! Honestly, we don't care since it gives us a chance to get up close and personal with a truly gifted guitar virtuoso who ain't afraid of singing a catchy tune.

3855 N Lincoln, 8 p.m., $25, 21+.