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September 1
Incubus
The alternative rock band brings its summer tour to Phoenix, performing such hits as “Drive,” “A Certain Shade of Green” and “Megalomaniac.” 7:30 p.m. $49-50-$59.50. Comerica Theatre, 400 W. Washington St., Phoenix, ticketmaster.com, 800-745-3000.

September 5
Phoenix Cooks!
Eat, drink and be merry as this interactive gourmet food and kitchen show offers opportunities aplenty to learn, cook, share, taste, sip, shop and experience the pleasures of the culinary lifestyle. Chef duels and demonstrations are among the highlights, plus delicacies from more than 50 of the city’s best chefs and restaurants, complemented by dozens of wine, beer and cocktail sampling booths. Proceeds benefit Banner Children’s. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. $85, advance; $100, at the door; $60, designated driver. Westin Kierland Resort & Spa, 6902 E. Greenway Pkwy., Scottsdale, phoenixcooks.com.

September 12
Scottsdale Spice Culinary Event
More than 30 local chefs showcase their culinary talents with dishes in mild, medium, hot and nuclear heat levels as patrons sip, sample and vote for their favorites. The spicy fiesta is presented by the Scottsdale Chamber of Commerce. 6 p.m.-10 p.m. $55. Venue of Scottsdale, 7117 E. Third Ave., Scottsdale, scottsdalespice.org, 480-355-2708.

September 19
Brazilian Day
Brazil’s rich culture – past and present – is in the spotlight as this festival showcases musicians, singers, dancers and DJs, as well as interactive demonstrations of Brazilian dance, musical instruments and martial arts. Brazilian-inspired food and beverage also are available. Noon-5 p.m. $12, adults; $5, children 10 and younger. Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale, braziliandayarizona.com, 480-499-TKTS.

September 19
The Rant is Due: Part Deux
A more ticked-off optimist than mean-spirited curmudgeon, Lewis Black provides a cathartic release of anger and disillusionment for his audience, causing them to laugh hysterically while making compelling points about the absurdity of our world. 8 p.m. $39.50-$75. Orpheum Theater, 203 W. Adams St., Phoenix, livenation.com, 800-745-3000.

September 26
Jason Aldean
The country singer shares all the hits – including “Tonight Looks Good on You,” “Just Gettin’ Started,” “Crazy Town,” “Don’t You Wanna Stay” and “My Kinda Party” – as his Burn it Down Tour makes a stop in the Valley. Cole Swindell, Tyler Farr and Dee Jay Silver are special guests. 7:30 p.m. $30.75-$70.75. Ak-Chin Pavilion, 2121 N. 83rd Ave., Phoenix, livenation.com, 800-745-3000.

September 26
Ricky Martin
A catalyst for bringing Latin pop to the forefront of the U.S. music scene, the Puerto Rican is “Livin’ La Vida Loca” with his One World Tour. 8 p.m. $26-$126. Comerica Theatre, 400 W. Washington St., Phoenix, ticketmaster.com, 800-745-3000.

September 28
Van Halen
Expect a rich set list that includes such gems as “Jump,” “Panama,” “Runnin’ with the Devil,” “You Really Got Me,” “Why Can’t This Be Love” and “Right Now” as the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame band takes the stage. The Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band is special guest. 7:30 p.m. $29-$149. Ak-Chin Pavilion, 2121 N. 83rd Ave., Phoenix, livenation.com, 800-745-3000.