There is plenty of entertainment to enjoy in Columbus these next few days, so don't let your whole weekend go down the tubes if the Buckeyes fail to put up a fight against the Trojans. Let's begin with my favorite subject, live music.

Tonight The Mars Volta comes to town - or do they? The former At the Drive-In screamo punks-turned-overblown prog rockers have canceled on Columbus twice in the past year. Tonight at LC Pavilion, 405 Neil Ave., doors open at 6:30 p.m. for folks with old tickets and 7 p.m. for everyone else. It's a nice gesture, but it's really the least they could do for fans who wasted two days driving in from out of town.

Also on the docket tonight is a benefit at Skully's, 1151 N. High St., for the victims of the Haiku hit-and-run incident. Guided by Voices offshoot Shawen Acres, who I profiled in this week's paper, will be their with their new album on hand, plus The Main Street Gospel, Pirate and more. 9 p.m. start on that one, with a likely $5 cover.

Saturday night offers the perfect live music event for people who don't care to watch the OSU-USC game, and it comes courtesy of Ohio State itself. The Wexner Center kicks off its Andy Warhol exhibit, Other Voices, Other Rooms, with a set of Velvet Underground tunes by The Go-Betweens' Robert Forster. Forster will also be playing some tunes from his own stellar catalog, and the place will be decked out like Warhol's old Exploding Plastic Inevitable tours. (My preview is here.) 8 p.m. start, with $14 tickets available here.

Later that night, a show I've dubbed "shitgaze's showcase showdown" goes down at Carabar, 115 Parsons Ave. It features rising underground stars Eat Skull and Little Claw, on tour from Portland, plus locals Psychedelic Horseshit and Guinea Worms. It will be free, and even better, it will be awesome. 10 p.m. start, though it may skew slightly later to account for football.

Then wrap up your concert bender Sunday with the superbly mean Motorhead (pictured) as they headline the Volcom Tour. John Ross' feature on the band is pretty enjoyable. Doors open at 6 p.m. Sunday, and tickets cost $26.50 advance/$28 day of show. Valient Thorr and Year Long Disaster will also perform.

The weekend offers much more than live music, though. Follow the jump for some more suggestions.

There is plenty of entertainment to enjoy in Columbus these next few days, so don't let your whole weekend go down the tubes if the Buckeyes fail to put up a fight against the Trojans. Let's begin with my favorite subject, live music.

Tonight The Mars Volta comes to town or do they? The former At the Drive-In screamo punks-turned-overblown prog rockers have canceled on Columbus twice in the past year. Tonight at LC Pavilion, 405 Neil Ave., doors open at 6:30 p.m. for folks with old tickets and 7 p.m. for everyone else. It's a nice gesture, but it's really the least they could do for fans who wasted two days driving in from out of town.

Also on the docket tonight is a benefit at Skully's, 1151 N. High St., for the victims of the Haiku hit-and-run incident. Guided by Voices offshoot Shawen Acres, who I profiled in this week's paper, will be their with their new album on hand, plus The Main Street Gospel, Pirate and more. 9 p.m. start on that one, with a likely $5 cover.

Saturday night offers the perfect live music event for people who don't care to watch the OSU-USC game, and it comes courtesy of Ohio State itself. The Wexner Center kicks off its Andy Warhol exhibit, Other Voices, Other Rooms, with a set of Velvet Underground tunes by The Go-Betweens' Robert Forster. Forster will also be playing some tunes from his own stellar catalog, and the place will be decked out like Warhol's old Exploding Plastic Inevitable tours. (My preview is here.) 8 p.m. start, with $14 tickets available here.

Later that night, a show I've dubbed "shitgaze's showcase showdown" goes down at Carabar, 115 Parsons Ave. It features rising underground stars Eat Skull and Little Claw, on tour from Portland, plus locals Psychedelic Horseshit and Guinea Worms. It will be free, and even better, it will be awesome. 10 p.m. start, though it may skew slightly later to account for football.

Then wrap up your concert bender Sunday with the superbly mean Motorhead (pictured) as they headline the Volcom Tour. John Ross' feature on the band is pretty enjoyable. Doors open at 6 p.m. Sunday, and tickets cost $26.50 advance/$28 day of show. Valient Thorr and Year Long Disaster will also perform.

The weekend offers much more than live music, though. Follow the jump for some more suggestions.

I've been pretty excited about the Columbus Crew lately, and it's easy to see why. The team is playing its best soccer ever, an attractive, effective method that has landed them at the top of Major League Soccer and helped them dispatch their closest challenger 4-0 last weekend. They travel to Canada this weekend for an afternoon tilt with Toronto FC. ONN has TV coverage at 3:30 p.m. In the meantime, read my profile of rookie defender Andy Iro. And why not peruse my list of the top 15 Crew players of all time, or purchase tickets for an upcoming match? (They're back home this Thursday night.)

The North Market's third annuel Microbrew Festival is happening 5-9 p.m. today and 12-7 p.m. tomorrow. We have coverage here. Nearby, street-painting extravaganza Via Colori runs all day Saturday and Sunday at Goodale Park, starting at 10 a.m. daily. We've got coverage of that too.

At the cinema, the weekend's big film is Burn After Reading, the new absurdist comedy from the Coen brothers with a ridiculously good cast (George Clooney, John Malkovich, Tilda Swanton, Frances McDormand, Brad Pitt). Melissa Starker has an interview with the stars, and even if our reviewer didn't like it, I'm still eager to see for myself.

To end your weekend Sunday night, you won't want to miss Mad Men (10 p.m., AMC), which just keeps getting better by the week. So set your DVR if you're planning to be out watching Motorhead, and let's discuss Mad Men back here next week, OK?