Through Oct. 8
A play on love, Greek mythology and the tragic mistake of looking back, Sarah Ruhl’s version of the classic myth of Eurydice has everything a new and modern take on the original should have—even the Lord of the Underworld, portrayed as a child riding a trike. Eurydice’s plight is to choose between her father and the man she loves, and Ruhl’s play finally gives Eurydice the focus she deserves. Catch it before it closes at American Players Theatre.

Gallery Night
Oct. 7
There aren’t many things more pleasurable than walking around our beautiful city in early fall, taking in local art with friends and neighbors. Madison Museum of Contemporary Art’s Gallery Night is the perfect opportunity to experience art makers, shops, galleries and sometimes music and wine too, in three concentrated areas (the east side, west side and downtown). From 5 to 9 p.m., people wander in and out of participating locations in what feels like Madison’s most cultured neighborhood block party.

Oct. 14-15
If you’ve never seen a performance by the Madison Ballet, this month’s “Black/White,” which features shorter works from different choreographers, may be the perfect introduction. Held in the more intimate, 200-seat setting of the Bartell Theatre, this mixed program incorporates classical and contemporary styles, and allows all of the company’s young dancers to take center stage. “Black/White” provides a cross-section of the company that is appropriate for all ages and that the whole family will love.

Beethoven’s “Pastorale”
Oct. 21-23
“In the woods there is enchantment which expresses all things!” Beethoven reportedly said. A nature lover who despised living in the city, Beethoven was inspired to write “Pastorale,” or the Sixth Symphony, by the deep sense of comfort he derived from long walks on country lanes and in the woods. The Madison Symphony Orchestra presents the work at Overture Center, featuring Norwegian violinist Henning Kraggerud. Kraggerud will also perform some original compositions to round out the event.

Tony Bennett at Overture Center
Oct. 28
For the last 60 years, Tony Bennett has been a class act. He’s performed with everyone from Frank Sinatra to Lady Gaga and continues to both wow and soothe audiences with his trademark smooth style, and a voice that never disappoints, despite being 90 years old. This performance promises that Bennett will sing “hits from every decade,” and that he still holds a few surprises up his sleeve. What more could fans ask for?

Halloween at the Zoo
Oct. 30
Lest we forget what October is really about—ghosts, goblins and things that go “Boo!”—the Henry Vilas Zoo is offering its annual celebratory event, Halloween at the Zoo. From 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., children are invited to come in costume and safely trick-or-treat among the lions, tigers and polar bears. An event tent is also set up to further the fun with additional Halloween activities.