As we approach a big Halloween weekend, there are a lot of good reasons to get out early this week, enjoy the weather and take in a show. Let's examine the highlights.

A great option - and a chance to check out the new venue for the Jazz at The Capitol series - is Monday night's blast of jazz music courtesy of guitarist Frank Vignola and the Virtuoso Band. Vignola will play old-school fast-paced jazz a la the late great gypsy guitarist Django Rhinehart. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets remain on sale.

Here's Frank ripping up "Tico, Tico."

Each night this week, you can see "The Tempest" at 7:30 p.m. At Pioneer Memorial Theatre, tickets start at $25. Shakespeare's always fun to see on stage and this production is supposed to be exceedingly well acted.

Also, retread early '90s rockers The Lemonheads will be at The Urban Lounge celebrating their big hit, the "It's A Shame About Ray," album. I expect a lot of 30-somethings will be there - maybe the first time at the Urban for some - waiting to Evan Dando to croon "Mrs. Robinson," and hear some of the catchy alternative pop these guys milked for some widespread - albeit short-lived - success. Tickets are on sale for $16.

Also, don't miss Katie Herzig down at The State Room on Tuesday night. Herzig's got a batch of fine folk-flavored rockers and this will be a great chance to see her headline. Butterfly Boucher is the opener. Show starts at 8 p.m. and tickets are still available.