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Musician Joe Jacks2012 publicity phofor his Razor   Tie album 'The Duke.'

Musician Joe Jackson, in 2012 publicity photo for his Razor & Tie album "The Duke."

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Updated: September 26, 2012 6:20PM


Joe Jackson & the Bigger Band perform at 8 p.m. Sept. 28 at Vic Theatre, 3145 N. Sheffield. Tickets are $59-$99. Visit


Kevin Hart, back on the stand-up circuit after his role in “Think Like A Man,” hits town with his “Let Me Explain” tour at 8 p.m. Sept. 29 at the United Center, 1901 W. Madison. Tickets are $55-$125. Call (800) 745-3000; .


The Sixth Annual Hyde Park Jazz Festival takes place Sept. 29-30 on 17 stages throughout the community. Frank Alkyer moderates a panel featuring Marquis Hill, Melvin Butler, Dee Alexander and Jason Adasiewicz, 3 p.m. Sept. 29 at Logan Center Theatre East, 915 E. 60th. Entertainment includes the Bobby Lewis Jazz Quartet, 1 p.m. Sept. 29 (Smart Museum); Frieda Lee and Friends, 2 p.m. Sept. 29 (DuSable Museum); Miguel Zenon, 11 p.m. Sept. 29 (Rockefeller Chapel); Northern Illinois University Steel Band Ensemble, 5:30 p.m. Sept. 30 (West Stage at Midway Plaisance near Ellis); Wycliffe Gordon Quintet, 1 p.m. Sept. 30 (James Wagner Stage at Midway Plaisance between Ellis and Woodlawn); and the Ari Brown Quintet, 7 p.m. Sept. 30 (James Wagner Stage). Admission is free. Visit .


Slash is on the bill with Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators, along with special guest Foxy Shazam and the Lovehammers, Sept. 28 at the Riviera, 4746 N. Racine. Show time is 7:30 p.m. Tickets, $39. Call (773) 275-6800;


ZZ Top performs at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 2 at the Chicago Theatre, 175 N. State. Tickets are $48-$103. There is an 8-ticket limit. Call (800) 745-3000; .


The works of more than 150 artists will be on display when the Coyote 2012 art festival returns Sept. 28-30 at the Flat Iron Arts Building, 1579 N. Milwaukee. Hours are 6-10 p.m. Sept. 28; noon to 10 p.m. Sept. 29; noon to 5 p.m. Sept. 30. Performing artists include musicians and poets. Admission is free with $10 donation at the door. Visit .


The Zac Brown Band performs at 7 p.m. Sept. 28 at First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre, 19100 S. Ridgeland, Tinley Park. Tickets are $22.50-$58. Call (800) 745-3000; .


Sixteen Candles; Polkaholics and School of Rock headline St. Alphonsus’ Oktoberfest Chicago Sept. 28-30 at Lincoln and Southport. The kid-friendly Kinderfest event is Sept. 30. Festival admission is $5. An exclusive brewmaster package that includes a beer-filled commemorative liter-size stoneware stein with refills, four weekend passes and two complimentary brats is $100. Visit .


Bon Appetit’s Chicago Gourmet 2012 kicks off with Hamburger Hop (sold out) at 6 p.m. Sept. 28 on the rooftop of the Harris Theater for Music and Dance. But don’t fret! There’s plenty more on tap for the upscale food event in Millennium Park, 201 E. Randolph, including chef- and sommelier-led seminars, tastings, cooking demonstrations, spirit makers, breweries and book signings. Special attractions include a Grand Cru wine tasting ($175). Admission (21+over) is $159 or $265 for two-day pass for main activities. Hours are noon to 6 p.m. Sept. 29; noon to 5 p.m. Sept. 30. For a complete schedule of the event visit


Wanda Sykes performs her stand-up act at 7 p.m. Sept. 29 at the Chicago Theatre, 175 N. State. Tickets are $39.50-$60. Call (800) 745-3000; .


Joffrey Ballet launches its 2012-13 season with its Seventh Annual Couture and Cocktails event at 6 p.m. Sept. 28 at McGrath Acura, 1301 N. Elston. General admission is $300. A dance party follows at 9 p.m. Tickets are $150. Visit .


School of Art Institute professor Simon Anderson hosts Doodleganza, family-themed drawing-related games, at 6 p.m. Oct. 2 at Puck’s Cafe at the Museum of Contemporary Art, 220 E. Chicago. Admission is free. Call (312) 280-2660; .


Spirit of Women: Girl’s Night Out is 6-8:30 p.m. Oct. 4 at Flourish Studios, 3020 N. Lincoln. Billed as an evening of “education, relaxation and fun” guests will enjoy a signature cocktail, wine and hors d’ouevres. Events include a fashion show and free health screenings. Register to attend at .


Sample fine and rare wines from the house of Hart Davis Hart during Hubbard Street Dance Chicago’s Second Annual “TASTE” event, 6-8:30 p.m. Oct. 2 at L20 Restaurant, 2300 Lincoln Park West. Tickets are $275. Proceeds benefit HSDC’s artistic and educational programs. Call (312) 850-9744, ext. 130; .


Boston-based indie rock band Dispatch performs at 8 p.m. Oct. 2-3 at Riviera Theatre, 4746 N. Racine. Tickets are $46. Visit .


Berwyn’s Jim Peterik, a founding member of the Ides of March and Survivor, is best known for co-writing Grammy Award winning “Eye of the Tiger” from “Rock III.” Peterik, taking his music from pop and rock, performs in support of his jazz project “Lifeforce,” at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 28 at Genessee Theatre, 203 N. Genessee, Waukegan. Call (800) 745-3000; .


It’s been 13 years since Ben Folds Five released an album.The band, touring in support of its new release “The Sound of the Life of the Mind,” performs at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 30 at the Chicago Theatre, 175 N. State. Tickets are $38-$68. Call (800) 745-3000; cq.

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