Derby in Dairyland
Alliant Center's Coliseum, 8 am. Also Saturday (8 am) & Sunday (10 am), Oct. 11 & 12
The Madison version of the revived roller derby takes a big step forward as the Mad Rollin' Dolls host 12 top teams in the eastern regional tournament of the Women's Flat Track Derby Association. Eighth-seeded Madison skates against Minnesota in today's first round.
Brighton Beach Memoirs
Bartell Theatre, 7:30. Also Saturday (7:30 pm) & Sunday (3 pm), Oct. 11 & 12
Madison Theatre Guild stages Neil Simon's play, about a teenage would-be writer and his noisy family. MTG says in the future it will stage the other plays in Simon's autobiographical trilogy, Biloxi Blues and Broadway Bound.
First Congregational Church, 7:30 pm
The chamber-music ensemble's program features German composers, with music of Mendelsohn, Max Reger, J.S. Bach and others.
Alliant Energy Center's Exhibition Hall, 7:30 pm
When the economy is tanking, many of us walk around fearful, anxious, even enraged. Get your aggression out by watching the men of Madtown Throwdown beat the crap out of each other.
Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra
Wisconsin Union Theater, 8 pm
Brew Town's orchestra touches down at UW for a performance of the music of Brahms, Beethoven and Ravel, as well as the new work "Festival Fifty," composed by bassist Maurice Wininsky in honor of the group's 50th anniversary.
Barrymore Theatre, 8 pm If MTV had a house band, Locksley would be it. The garage-pop foursome -- Madison natives all -- won in mtvU's Freshmen viewer polling and composed the theme song for MTV's "Why Can't I Be You." Now they're headlining the network's Choose or Lose tour, an effort to rally young voters. Hymns open.
The Type in Women Rock for the Cure
The Frequency, 10 pm
Taking cues from Sleater-Kinney, Bikini Kill and the Metric, Madison's punk-tinged three-girls-and-a-boy outfit heads up the Frequency's portion of Women Rock for the Cure. Also playing: Hula & the Ooh La Las, Tangy. A slice of the proceeds from this show go toward Susan G. Komen for the Cure, a charity dedicated to researching and fighting breast cancer. Visit womenrockmadison.com for complete details about the citywide event.
Children of the Sun
Overture Center's Rotunda Stage, 9:30 & 11 am, 1 pm
The latest Kids in the Rotunda event features this worthy group, a drumming troupe for the deaf and hard-of-hearing.
Madison Music Foundry Anniversary Party
Madison Music Foundry, Fitchburg, 5 pm
Celebrating two years as Madison's hub of rehearsal spaces, recording studios and music lessons, the Foundry is hosting a bill of local favorites who've participated in their rock workshops: El Valiente, the Projection People, Dissent and Revolt, and Blake Thomas & His Big Bad Band. Bonus: The event is free, and so is the beer.
Looking Glass Land
Overture Center's Playhouse Theater, 7:30 pm. Also Sunday, Oct. 12, 1 & 4:30 pm
Sure, you've seen American Players Theatre's Jim DeVita fret as the merchant of Venice and freak out as Macbeth, but you should know that he's also a fine writer. Children's Theater of Madison presents his adaptation of Lewis Carroll's Through the Looking Glass, about a little girl named Alice who...oh, you know how it goes.
Broken Social Scene
Wisconsin Union Theater, 8 pm
Madison hipsters tend to shun dancing and hand-clapping at live shows, but expect a rare appearance of both this week as seven members of Toronto indie supergroup Broken Social Scene -- a collective of guitars, violins, woodwinds and horns -- unleash their dreamy, infectious baroque pop on the Memorial Union. Land of Talk opens.
The Magnetic Fields
Capitol Theater, 8 pm
Stephin Merritt and company must love Madison: The band, which rarely performs live, is bypassing larger venues in Milwaukee to perform an acoustic version of their newest album, the critically acclaimed feedback frenzy Distortion, for our fair city's lovelorn and tongue-in-cheek.
Maylene & the Sons of Disaster
Loft at Goodman Community Center, 6:30 pm
Though frontman Dallas Taylor is best known for his work with Christian band Underoath, Maylene's brand of post-hardcore is punctuated with Lynyrd Skynyrd-style guitar licks and a decidedly secular attitude. Also playing: A Static Lullaby, Showbread, Confide and Attack! Attack!
Morphy Hall, UW Humanities Building, 7:30 pm
In this concert of the UW Guest Artist Series, the cellist, an assistant professor of music at the University of Central Arkansas, performs music of J.S. Bach, Benjamin Britten and Gaspar Cassado.
Majestic Theatre, 8 pm
A two-time Grammy nominee and protégé of Chet Atkins, Emmanuel approaches acoustic-guitar playing with all 10 fingers, much like a piano player approaches the keyboard. Like the best pianists, his repertoire is virtually bottomless. Anthony Snape opens.