A good-looking weekend awaits: Let's consider our best options.

Thursday night, Alabama musician Jason Isbell and his crack band, The 400 Unit, will headline a gig at The State Room. This combo of Isbell at The State Room is a good, recurring pairing - four times in the last four years. If you like good, no-frills rock with good lyrics and inspired playing, this is the gig for you. No surprise, it sold out earlier this week. Check out what Isbell and Co., have to offer, right here:


An alternative if you want to see some music Thursday, but failed to get Isbell tickets, is over at The Urban Lounge, as venerable faves Wise Bird headline a 9 p.m. show. I've seen these guys and can vouch that they are all sterling musicians. Tickets will be available at the door.

A run of what looks to be good local theatre starts tonight at The Capitol Theatre with "In A Dark, Dark House." The production is from the Wasatch Theatre Company and local writer Neil LaBute. It features some heavy content (sexual abuse) and starts at 8 p.m. each night. Tickets are $15 and available at arttix.org.

And Saturday night, former Jazz All-Star Deron Williams returns to EnergySolutions Arena with his injury-plagued New Jersey Nets. Tickets remain on sale at smithstix.com.