New shows: David Cross, Black Tusk, and more

The week's best Madison show announcements.

David Cross plays the Orpheum on February 12.

David Cross plays the Orpheum on February 12.

A David Cross standup show can be a mixed blessing—at times he seems to deliberately cultivate a slow-smoldering mutual hostility with the audience—but it can also be masterful, as captured on his epic, brutal 2002 album Shut Up You Fucking Baby. He's playing February 12 at the Orpheum, fresh off the Mr. Show reboot W/ Bob And David. So, hard to say what to expect, but if Gabriel wants to rollerblade... Info/tickets

Georgia's Black Tusk bring their grimy, punk-spiked doom to the High Noon Saloon on March 6, behind the forthcoming album Pillars Of Ash. Info/tickets

In December we reported on the opening of Arts + Literature Laboratory, a new gallery and performance space on Winnebago Street. The venue will finally have a grand-opening celebration on January 23. Info

Madison is getting its first-ever visit from storytelling powerhouse The Moth, with a StorySlam event on February 15 at the High Noon. Info/tickets

Comedians James Adomian and Anthony Atamaniuk are taking their Bernie Sanders-vs.-Donald Trump debate act on tour, including a February 2 stop at the Majestic. Info/tickets