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