COMEDY: There are a trio of funny folks to check out this weekend. First off, head to the Funny Bone in Manchester to see one of the true comedy that-guys. Michael Winslow, that guy who does all the sounds in the Police Academy Movies will perform. Winslow boasts more than 1,000 sound effects in his repertoire. The man can do Jimi Hendrix playing guitar and the roar of a jet plane to the fuzzy muffle of a pilot's microphone. Winslow is performing Friday through Sunday nights (show-times vary, but there are two performances Friday and Saturday). Tickets are $20.
Once you finish with the vocal gymnastics of Winslow, head to Waterbury for one of the funnier ladies around. Kathleen Madigan will hit the stage at the Palace Theater. Madigan may be best known for her turn on "Last Comic Standing," seen right here on the Peacock. Since then, she's been making audiences across the country laugh, chuckle and guffaw with her equal-opportunity antagonism. Tickets for her Friday night show are $28 and $38. The laughs start at 8 p.m.
Want a little music along with your laughs? The Blanks will perform Saturday night at the Warner Theatre in Torrington. The name may not ring a bell, but the faces should. The Blanks is the a capella group that was featured prominently on the hit sit-com "Scrubs." You'll recall Sam Lloyd, one of the singers in the band, played Ted, the hapless attorney on the show. During their stage show, the Blanks combine their harmonies with sketch comedy. Tickets are $39.50. The show starts at 8 p.m.
CLASSIC ROCK: This weekend brings a pair of classic rock-n-roll acts to Connecticut. If you find yourself in Wallingford Friday night, you can enjoy some legendary guitar work. Jackson Browne will take the stage at the Oakdale. Browne is one of the biggest names in rock history, and Friday, you can see him on his solo acoustic tour. Tickets are $50. The show starts at 8 p.m.
She may be best known for her work with Fleetwood Mac, but Stevie Nicks has made her own name for herself as a solo artist. In all, Nicks is part of more than twenty Top 50 hits. Her style, music and lyrics have made her truly one of the most unique artists in the business. She's been nominated for seven Grammy Awards, winning one. And she's a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Saturday night, you can see all Nicks has to offer when she performs at the MGM Grand at Foxwoods. Tickets are $85-$135. The show starts at 8 p.m.
NOT QUITE OCTOBER, BUT WHO'S COUNTING?: Festival season is officially upon us. The weekend is filled with music and entertainment at the Brooklyn Fair. And if you find yourself in Newington, you can get a taste of Germany. The German Bierfest is running from Friday through Sunday at the Hartford Saengerbund. The weekend's entertainment includes traditional German dance demonstrations, tasty German food (wursts and schnitzels and the like) and of course the German beer (oh the German beer). It's just $8 to enjoy the fun. The Bierfest runs from 4 p.m.-11 p.m. Friday and Saturday and from noon-8 p.m. Sunday.