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Nicholas Barron

Sundays, 10 PM
The Motel Bar 600 W. Chicago Ave., Chicago River West


312-822-2900

Extraordinary Popular Delusions

Mondays, 8:30 p.m.
Beat Kitchen 2100 W. Belmont Ave., Chicago Roscoe Village


In one evening they might touch on rip-snorting fire music, spacy electronics, or delicate, arrhythmic timbral explorations—half the fun is seeing them disappear down a stylistic rabbit hole, then come out the other end sounding like something from a different genre, decade, or planet. —Bill Meyer, 2012 773-281-4444

Jose Valdes Latin Jazz Trio

Tuesdays, 6:30 p.m.
Green Dolphin Street 2200 N. Ashland Ave., Chicago DePaul


773-395-0066

Soojung Hong

Wed., Sept. 19, 12:15 p.m.
Preston Bradley Hall, Chicago Cultural Center 78 E. Washington St., Chicago Loop


Piano. 312-744-6630

Spiro

Wed., Sept. 19, 8:30 p.m.


773-728-6000

Pooky, Troy Anderson, Engine Summer

Wed., Sept. 19, 9 p.m.
Emporium Arcade Bar 1366 N. Milwaukee, Chicago Wicker Park/Bucktown


773-697-7922

Kevin, Paul Bedal

Wed., Sept. 19, 9 p.m.
Hungry Brain 2319 W. Belmont Ave., Chicago Roscoe Village


773-709-1401

Sip & EP Prezzano, Kent Lambert

Wed., Sept. 19, 9:30 p.m.
Whistler 2421 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago Logan Square


773-227-3530

The Paper Machete

Open run: Wed 6:30 PM, Sat 3 PM
Green Mill 4802 N. Broadway St., Chicago Uptown


The "salon in a saloon." Comedians, writers, and storytellers discuss the week in pop culture and politics. 773-878-5552

Cole's Comedy Open Mike

Wednesdays, 9 p.m.
Cole's 2338 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago Logan Square


Hosted by Sonia Denis and Rebecca O'Neal, this scrappy showcase boasts about 50 comics a week. 773-276-5802

Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the Civic Orchestra of Chicago

Thu., Sept. 20, 6:30 p.m.
Pritzker Pavilion, Millennium Park Michigan and Randolph, Chicago Loop


Ricardo Muti, conductor. 312-742-1168

Jacob Horn Trio, Elephant Gun, Pelafina

Thu., Sept. 20, 8 p.m.
Emporium Arcade Bar 1366 N. Milwaukee, Chicago Wicker Park/Bucktown


773-697-7922

Matthew Alfano, DB Bobek

Thu., Sept. 20, 8 p.m.
Cubby Bear 1059 W. Addison St., Chicago Wrigleyville


773-327-1662

La Dame Blanche, Cheick Hamala Diabaté

Thu., Sept. 20, 8 p.m.
Martyrs' 3855 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago North Center


Part of World Music Festival Chicago. 773-404-9494

Tragic Trip, Ty Maxon

Thu., Sept. 20, 9 p.m.
Hungry Brain 2319 W. Belmont Ave., Chicago Roscoe Village


773-709-1401

Diagonal, Black Metal Racoons, Ovef Ow

Thu., Sept. 20, 9 p.m.
The Owl 2521 N. Milwaukee, Chicago Logan Square


773-235-5300

Chrissy Gardner

Thursdays, 8 PM


at the Piano Bar

Jeannie Tanner Trio

Thursdays, 7 p.m.
Marie's Pizza & Liquors 4127-29 W. Lawrence Ave., Chicago Other North


773-725-1812

Don Melas

Thursdays, 10 p.m.
Bernice's Tavern 3238 S. Halsted St., Chicago Bridgeport


312-907-1580

Wet Cash

Open run: Fri 8 PM
Dark Tower Comics 4835 N. Western, Chicago Lincoln Square


Stand-up with a very big twist. Each week, performers at this showcase can do anything they want. One time, they ran a show where everybody on the bill and in the audience was named Derek. Plus, all donations benefit the fishbowl they toss their money in—hence the title. Expect, well, everything. 773-654-1490

Lo Cor de la Plana, Emilia Amper

Fri., Sept. 21, 7 p.m.
The Promontory 5311 S. Lake Park Ave. West, Chicago Hyde Park


Part of World Music Festival Chicago. 312-801-2100

La Dame Blanche, Hat, Pachanga DJs

Fri., Sept. 21, 8 p.m.
Chop Shop 2033 W. North, Chicago Wicker Park/Bucktown


Part of World Music Festival Chicago. 773-537-4440

Ida Y Vuelta

Fri., Sept. 21, 9 p.m.
Hungry Brain 2319 W. Belmont Ave., Chicago Roscoe Village


773-709-1401

Bash Bang, Pledge Drive, Little Church

Fri., Sept. 21, 10 p.m.
Cole's 2338 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago Logan Square


773-276-5802

Green Mill Quartet

Fridays, 1:30 a.m.
Green Mill 4802 N. Broadway St., Chicago Uptown


773-878-5552

Hoyle Brothers

Fridays, 5:30 p.m.
Empty Bottle 1035 N. Western Ave., Chicago Ukrainian Village/East Village


773-276-3600