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Updated: October 24, 2012 6:46PM
Actor Rick Springfield (“General Hospital”), Grammy-winner (“Jessie’s Girl”) ’80s heartthrob and author (“Late Late at Night — A Memoir”), performs at 9:30 p.m. Oct. 26 at Joe’s Bar, 940 Weed. Tickets are $39. Visit joesbar.com .
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s Jackson Browne performs numbers from his American songbook that includes “Doctor My Eyes,” “Somebody’s Baby” and “Take it Easy” at 8 p.m. Oct. 26 at the Chicago Theatre, 175 N. State. Sara Watkins is also on the bill. Tickets are $46-$86. Call (800) 745-3000; ticketmaster.com .
The city’s Halloween haunt Franken Plaza runs Oct. 26-30 at Daley Plaza, 50 W. Washington. Attractions include a screening of the “Little Shop of Horrors,” (6 p.m. Oct. 26); Oba William King’s “Not So Scary Stories,” (3:45 p.m. Oct. 27) and Dave Herzog’s Marionettes present “Halloween Hi-Jinks,” (4:30 p.m. Oct. 28). Midnight Circus performs daily. There will also be a children arts and crafts area and harvest market. Admission is free. Hours are 4-8 p.m. Oct. 26; 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Oct. 27-28; 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Oct. 29-30. Visit explorechicago.org.
ONE COOL GENT
The Dramatics, the Emotions, the JB’s, Fred Wesley and Marzette Griffith get the party started during old-school jock Herb Kent’s birthday bash at 8 p.m. Oct. 27 at Horseshoe Casino, 777 Casino, Hammond, Ind. Tickets are $35-$45. Call (800) 745-3000; ticketmaster.com .
The harmonizing Milk Carton Kids (Kenneth Pattengale and Joey Ryan) present their unique smooth-blended sound of music and narrative at 8 p.m. Oct. 30 at Evanston SPACE, 1245 Chicago, Evanston. Leslie Stevens opens. Tickets are $13-$25. Call (847) 492-8860; evanston space.com .
Comedy duo Cheech & Chong (Cheech Marin and Tommy Chong) perform at 8 p.m. Oct. 27 at the Rialto Square Theatre, 102 N. Chicago, Joliet. Tickets are $49.50-$59.50. Call (800) 745-3000; ticketmaster.com.
Comedian Mike Birbiglia takes audiences on an odyssey of his string of broken romances during Mike Birbiglia: My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 26-29 at Victory Gardens Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln. Tickets are $45.50. Call (773) 871-3000.
More than 15 chefs, including Jimmy Bannos (Heaven on Seven), John Coletta (Quartino), Ryan Pitts (RL) and Karyn Calabrese (Karyn’s Cooked and Karyn’s Fresh Kitchen), don aprons in support of The Anti-Cruelty Society’s It’s Raining Cats & Dogs! fundraiser at 7 p.m. Oct. 26 at the Palmer House Hilton, 17 E. Monroe. Tickets are $175-$200. Call (312) 645-8006; itsrainingcatsanddogs.org .
TIME WARP, AGAIN
Midnight Madness’ live parody of Jim Sharman and Richard O’Brien’s campy “Rocky Horror Picture Show” screens at midnight Oct. 26-27 and 10 p.m. Oct. 31 at the Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport. The cult classic film stars Susan Sarandon and Barry Bostwick as young couple plunged into a world of oversexed libidos in the castle of transvestite Dr. Frank-N-Furter (Tim Curry). It will screen along with a shadow-cast of the film (actors acting in front of the screen during the film; participation kits are $3 or 2 for $5). Admission is $12. Call (773) 871-6604; musicboxtheatre.com .
Chicago singer/songwriter Anna Fermin, with her band (Jay O’Rourke, guitar; Grant Tye, guitar; John Abbey, bass; Ed Breckenfield, drums; and Ingrid Graudins, vocals), returns home for an engagement in support of her new album “Sunday Afternoon” at 9 p.m. Oct. 26 at FitzGerald’s, 6615 W. Roosevelt. Tickets are $15. Visit fitzgeraldsnightclub.com .
Classic Cinemas brings John Carpenter’s “Halloween,” starring Jamie Lee Curtis, as a teen tormented by an escaped killer on Halloween night, back into theaters for a 35th anniversary screening that includes a bonus short at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 30. To locate a theater, visit classiccinemas.com .
Billed as the “ultimate knitting event” Vogue Knitting Live comes to the Palmer House Hilton, 17 E. Monroe, for three days of classes, lectures, shopping and fashion Oct. 26-29. Single classes start at $95. Single lectures, $25. A variety of package deals range from $40-$799. Registration begins at 7 a.m. daily. Visit vogueknittinglive.com .
LANGUAGES OF LOVE
The South Shore Opera Company of Chicago combines elements of Vincenzo Bellini’s “i capuleti e montecchi” (in Italian) with Charles Gounod’s “Romeo et Juliet” (in French) and Leonard Bernstein’s “West Side Story” (in English) during “Love at the Opera: Romeo and Juliet a Love Story” at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 27 at the South Shore Cultural Center, 7059 South Shore. Tickets for the dinner and/or concert are $20-$80. Visit southshoreopera.org.
Chicago’s who’s, who of chefs participate in Green City Market Second Annual Halloween Harvest Ball from 4 to 8 p.m. Oct. 28 at Ravenswood Event Center, 4011 N. Ravenswood. Chefs, creating dishes using GCM products, include Dana Cree (Blackbird), Patrick Fahy (Sixteen), Ryan Poli/Greg Bastien (Tavernita), Mike and Pat Sheerin (Trenchmen), and Paul Virant (Perennial). Tickets for the costume party are $75; $65 for GCM members. Proceeds benefit GCM’s LINK Card Matching program. Visit greencitymarket.org .
HIT THE ROAD
Transform into a zombie for the Third Annual Roosevelt Road Zombie Walk & Pub Crawl kicking off at 6:45 p.m. Oct. 27. Makeup and costuming sessions are from 4:30-6:30 p.m. at Horrorbles, 6729 W. Roosevelt; Community Citizen Bank, 7025 W. Roosevelt and Culvers, 6943 W. Roosevelt. Stops along the route include 12th Street Rag, 6943 W. Roosevelt; Commodore Berry VFW Post, 6919 W. Roosevelt, Friendly Tap, 6733 W. Roosevelt; and FitzGerald’s, 6615 W. Roosevelt, where an after-party will be held. The cost is $15. A portion of the proceeds benefit West Suburban PADS. Visit berwyn.com/events/category .