Dum Dum Girls at High Noon Saloon
Win two tickets to see Dum Dum Girls and Ex Cops at the High Noon Saloon on Thursday, October 23! This show is 18 and over. Dum Dum Girls have verged into New Wavey, layered, '80s-inspired stuff since their eponymous 2008 EP debut. Some are even calling lead singer Dee Dee the new Blondie! Okay, no one's saying that, but she's good and 2014's Too True is too...and a PR guy promised me a giftcard from Chi-Chi's if I made the comparison. I'd do things for fried ice cream that would curl your hair.
Warren Miller's No Turning Back at Barrymore Theatre
Win two tickets to see Warren Miller's No Turning Back at the Barrymore Theatre on Thursday, October 23! This show is all ages. The 65th entry in Warren Miller's long-running ski adventure film series brings the freshest of powders, the sickest of steeps and mankiest of athletes right to your door (well, the Barrymore's anyway) only without all that annoying snow, physical activity or people who say manky.
360 Allstars at The Capitol Theater
Win two tickets to see 360 Allstars at The Capitol Theater on Thursday, October 23! This show is all ages. A showcase of the best in BMX tricks, Cyr Roue (that giant hula-hoop thing), live looping (i dunno), drumming, breaking, and...basketball dribbling come together for a 'tude-laden "urban circus" that could give those francophilic Cirque du Soleil Canucks and their sad clowns the whatfor. Except for the acrobats. Those guys are huge.
Colin Mochrie & Brad Sherwood at Overture Hall
Win two tickets to see Colin Mochrie & Brad Sherwood at Overture Hall on Saturday, October 25! This show is for ages 6 & up. Improv pros Mochrie & Sherwood are instantly recognizable from their time on Whose Line Is It Anyway?, and guest spots on every sitcom imaginable. They improv so hard and so often they probably can't help but use tongs as crab clamps or do the can-can with turkey legs at treasured family dinners, ruining the holidays. Tragic, really. Better than getting kneecapped by one of Drew Carey's showcase model thugs for failing to perform, I guess.
We Were Promised Jetpacks at Majestic Theatre
Win two tickets to the Isthmus VIP Mezzanine to see We Were Promised Jetpacks and The Twilight Sad at the Majestic Theatre on Saturday, October 25! This show is all ages. Honestly these guys can look/sound as disappointed in not having personal flying machines as they want (we still have bending computer phones, folks!), people will still show up to listen to Adam Thompson's Scotch accent in an indie punk/rock setting. And with October's release of Unraveling, his delightful brogue will have all new material to cheer everyone up, no matter how sad the song.
Isthmus Pregame at Budget Bicycle Center
Win two tickets to the Isthmus Pregame tailgate party two hours before kickoff at Budget Bicycle Center, 1230 Regent St., on Saturday, October 25! This event is 21 and over. Nothing pairs better with a home match-up against a divisional opponent than Bud Light from Wisconsin Distributors, Bloody Mary's with Tito's vodka, Qdoba and wings from Wingstop, as the Badgers take on the...wait, Maryland's in the Big Ten now?. (Tickets are not available for sale or resale.)
Imago Theatre's Frogz at The Capitol Theater
Win two tickets to see Imago Theatre's Frogz at The Capitol Theater on Sunday, October 26! This show is all ages. Mime, humor, dance and terrifying frog costumes form like the misty green NyQuil fever dreams of your youth in Imago Theatre's seminal child-oriented production. Win these tickets and find out once and for all if the frogs manage to dodge the highway well enough to make it to the lilypad. Well, that's probably not part of the show. But it should be.
Smokey Joe's Cafe featuring The Coasters at Overture Hall
Win two tickets to see Smokey Joe's Cafe featuring The Coasters at Overture Hall on Sunday, October 26! This show is all ages. The '50s & '60s hits of songwriter/composer team Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller are still widely used as soundtracks and samples to this day. The Coasters, whose recording of Stoller & Leiber's hit "Yakety Yak" (among others) led them to the top of the charts and all the brightly colored suits a man could ever want, will bring you Smokey Joe's Cafe and memories of the days when songs could be as dirty as they want as long as they used euphemisms.
BalletBoyz at Overture Hall
Win two tickets to see BalletBoyz: The Talent at Overture Hall on Tuesday, October 28! This show is all ages. A mixed program of new & old material from different directors makes up the touring modern dance group's 2014 version of "The Talent," which makes its way to Madison to showcase the beauty of the sleek, powerful, multimedia-incorporating dance of our age as part of Overture's Ladies Night Series...which I guess almost makes sense.
Tokyo Police Club at Majestic Theatre
Win two tickets to the Isthmus VIP Mezzanine to see Tokyo Police Club, Arkells and Living Statue at the Majestic Theatre on Wednesday, November 5! This show is all ages. Remember when these guys were fresh-faced Canadian youths with all the hope of the mid-aughts shining through 2008's Elephant Shell? It gets me just a little verklempt...*sniff*...Talk amongst yourselves. I'll give you a topic: Tokyo Police Club is neither Japanese, part of law enforcement, or a membership club. Maybe it's a club, I guess. There, I feel better. Who Knew?
Brother Ali at High Noon Saloon
Win two tickets to see Brother Ali, Bambu, DJ Last Word and Mally at the High Noon Saloon on Thursday, November 13! This show is 18 and over. Let's just get this out of the way, this show's right in time for the holidays, and we're all thinking it: Minneapolis hip-hop artist Brother Ali is actually Santa Claus. Think about it: the build, the hair, the speaking truth to power just like when Santa threw the moneylenders out of the temple. Laugh now, but when Brother Ali returns to Madison (the land of his snowy birth) and you guys don't have your missing teeth under your pillows for the reindeer pumpkin pie rapture, you're gonna be disappointed when you don't get your Easter baskets. (Full disclosure: I haven't been to church in a while.)
Nick Lowe's Quality Holiday Revue at Barrymore Theatre
Win two tickets to see Nick Lowe's Quality Holiday Revue at the Barrymore Theatre on Thursday, December 4! This show is all ages. Few figures in music exude as much seemingly genuine positivity as master producer/songwriter Nick Lowe (see: At My Age's "Rome Wasn't Built in a Day" for a case study on making stalking sound cute), and so he's taken his role as the bespectacled, constantly smiling, British grandfather of music to its logical end with a Crosby-esque Chris-uh...holiday concert.