Things to Do This Weekend


The 16th annual Chef’s Fest will be cooking from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Arlington Park Racecourse, at Euclid and Wilke in Arlington Heights. About 60 restaurants will contribute food and beverages to this showcase for the Woodfield Chicago Northwest Convention Bureau. Live music will be featured. Tickets are $25-$30. Parking is free. Call (847) 490-1010; www.chefs


Latin music stars Joan Sebastian and Jenni Rivera will appear together in concert at 5 p.m. Sunday at Allstate Arena, 6920 N. Mannheim in Rosemont. Tickets are $35-$125. Call (847) 635-6601; www.ticket


Long gone are the days of emulating his legendary father, but Hank Williams Jr. still is brandishing his country outlaw image. He’s doing it by layering setting-sun bass thumps over twangy, balladeer rock. The man known as Bocephus will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Venue at Horseshoe Casino, 777 Casino Center Dr. in Hammond, Ind. Tickets are $45-$75. Call (866) 711-7463;


Since replacing Eric Clapton as the Yardbirds’ guitarist (on the recommendation of Jimmy Page, who would later replace Beck) in 1965, Jeff Beck (right) has gone on to a successful solo career, releasing the widely acclaimed albums “Blow by Blow” and “Wired” in the ’70s and earning four Grammy Awards. Davy Knowles will open at 7:30 tonight at Park West, 322 W. Armitage. Tickets are $90. Call (773) 929-1322;


True lovers of smelt, the yummy little fish that show up to announce that spring has arrived along the shores of Lake Michigan, will want to get in on Shaw’s Smelt Fest 2009, an all-day pilgrimage by bus to Port Washington, Wis., for the 59th annual American Legion Smelt Fry there. The bus leaves Shaw’s Crab House, 21 E. Hubbard, at 10 a.m. (registration is at 9), and the trip includes breakfast, a stop in historic Cedarburg, Wis., drinks en route, lunch, entry to the all-you-can-eat smelt feast and more. Buses arrive back in Chicago at 9 p.m. The cost is $75 and reservations are required. Buses also roll from Shaw’s Schaumburg location, 1900 E. Higgins. Call (312) 527-2722 or (847) 517-2722; www.shawscrab


Veteran English rocker Robyn Hitchcock teams up with the Venus 3 — R.E.M.’s Peter Buck, Young Fresh Fellows frontman Scott McCaughey and drummer Bill Rieflin of Ministry — for a concert at 8 p.m. Saturday at Epiphany, an Episcopal church/music venue at 201 S. Ashland. Dag Juhlin will open. Tickets are $20. Call (773) 276-3600; Chicago Dance Crash and Chicago DCA Theater together offer Movement/Gentlemen, an all-male concert series that begins tonight at the DCA Storefront Theater, 66 E. Randolph. Choreographers include Crash artistic director Kyle Vincent Terry and hip-hop fusion trailblazer Garrett Jones. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and at 3 p.m. Sunday through May 3. Tickets are $17-$22. Call (312) 742-8497; DON’T MISS IT: The LaSalle Power Company, 500 N. La Salle, will be a heck of spot, a 20,000-square-foot rock bar and live-music venue. A “Sneak Peek Party” from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m. tonight will give lucky revelers a preview of the fun to come. The local band Hey Champ will perform at 8:30 p.m., and DJ White Shadow will spin after the set. No cover, but RSVP to enjoy the full experience at Call (312) 661-1122 for information, or visit

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