What To Do This Weekend: Great concerts and big soccer, plus the Mad Men finale

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

Rocktober continues to offer lots of good concerts on the national and local fronts, plus other great non-musical entertainment. Let's examine what fall hath wrought:

I already posted my interview with Stephin Merritt, but it's worth repeating that Magnetic Fields will play tonight at the Southern Theatre, 21 E. Main St., after an opening set from Shogu Tokumaru. Tickets are $30, and the show starts at 8 p.m.

Also worth noting tonight is Sweatin's punk covers show/rave at High Five, 1225 N. High St., and the annual Stephanie Spielman breast cancer research benefit, which starts tonight at Cafe Bourbon Street, 2216 Summit St., and continues tomorrow at Carabar, 115 Parsons Ave.

Speaking of tomorrow, that's when Ocean Ghosts will celebrate their latest concoction, American Pride, with a CD release show at Skully's, 1151 N. High St. I'm just glad they liked my review. Brian Brown of Lab Rats fame and Cleveland's multimedia marauders Infinite Number of Sounds will also perform, plus a DJ set from Dave Espionage.

And Sunday, there's GWAR. (*Shudder*)

Sunday's best entertainment option is not, GWAR, though. It's (you guessed it) the Columbus Crew, who will do their best to prevent DC United from securing a playoff spot in the regular season finale 5 p.m. Sunday at Crew Stadium. The match is meaningless for the Crew, who locked up home field advantage long ago. But they'll be trotting out their playoff lineup in an effort to raise the intensity level for the postseason, and there will be lots of ceremony centered on the Supporters Shield before and after the match. Plus this is the first time to experience the revived Crew Stadium since our big cover story a few weeks back. Here's the video again to remind you:

And I would be remiss if I didn't mention the Mad Men season finale, 10 p.m. Sunday on AMC. Jon Hamm will also host SNL this weekend. Enjoy!