Oct. 5-31, 514 SE. 2nd St., Mpls., $22, 18 and older,612-623-9176, www.soapfactory.org.
"The Legend of Zelda -- Symphony of the Goddesses": There was a time when the thought of a symphony orchestra performing video-game music just seemed ridiculous. Those times have surely passed. On this tour, "The Legend of Zelda" franchise gets the royal treatment (and you'll be paying for it -- top ticket price is $129). The production numbers will span all 25 years of the acclaimed video-game series, and with a complete four-movement symphony, no less.
8 p.m. Sept. 22, Orpheum Theatre, 910 Hennepin Av. S., Mpls., $49-$129, 1-800-982-2787, www.hennepintheatretrust.org.
Louis C.K.: When you've achieved near universal acclaim as the funniest stand-up comedian on the planet, you can basically do whatever the hell you want. Which is exactly what Louis C.K. is doing these days. For his latest tour, the hard-edged comic is selling his own tickets (via his website). He's essentially cut out the middleman and those annoying hidden fees. The price to see the best? A cool $45.
Wanda Sykes: She might be a terrible talk-show host, but the comedian is good at just about everything else. Sykes is a sitcom scene stealer and often a bright spot in otherwise ho-hum animated features, such as "Rio" and "Ice Age: Continental Drift." Onstage, her stand-up is a sarcastic ball of fire, catapulting jokes into the audience with that trademark nasally delivery.
8 p.m. Sept. 28. Orpheum Theatre, 910 Hennepin Av. S., Mpls. $39.75-$59.75, 1-800-982-2787, www.hennepintheatretrust.org.
Smack Shack: Let's call it the second most anticipated restaurant of the year (following Butcher & the Boar). Of course, Isaac Becker's Burch and Kam Talebi's Union might have something to say about that. But Smack Shack already has a built-in audience, thanks to the hordes of lobster roll lovers who've made it a food truck king. Its owners hope to capture that fervor with a large North Loop restaurant that will have two bars, a loading- dock patio and the same great lobster sandwiches.
Opening in October. www.smack-shack.com.
Republic: Amid the chain stores and trendy restaurants that dot the Uptown landscape, Republic's November opening will be a breath of fresh air. The pub made a name for itself last year after transforming a perennial college dump (Sgt. Preston's) into one of the Twin Cities' best craft-beer bars. They hope to work that same magic with the former Independent space in Calhoun Square.