A few things to start your month off just right…

The 2010 incarnation of TERRAIN arrives at the Music City Building (1011 W. 1st Ave.) on October 1. The art/music extravaganza, now in its third year, includes regional artists and artwork as well as music from James Pants, Yarn Owl, The Soul and the Machine and more, and more, and more. Though I’ve never made one of these, I’m assured each year they are a delightful event and not to be missed. Report back!

Now for something near and dear to my heart: Best of Broadway’s 2010-2011 season at the INB Performing Arts Center. The highlight of the season is a one-night only performance of Spring Awakening on January 19. Don’t let any descriptions of this Tony Award-winning (8, in fact!) musical about students in the late 1800s coming of age dissuade you (like they did my aunt a couple of years ago in Seattle!)… While not for the younger set, this is a radically amazing piece of theatre and the soundtrack by Duncan Sheik (formerly of “Barely Breathing” fame, correct) is AWESOME. Look up the YouTube clip of their Tony performance in 2007 for evidence and get tickets nowwww (and yep, that’s Glee’s Lea Michele in the clip, one of the original cast members!).

This month, the season begins with South Pacific, and later a night with Liza Minnelli on October 15. The rest of the season is fantastic: Legally Blonde in February, 9 to 5 in March and Wicked in May, among others. Tickets for all shows are on sale now, with the exception of Wicked which goes up in 2011.

The hilarious folks of CHECK IT OUT MUSIC have started a daily (maybe not always) website broadcast which they put up on the site weekday afternoons full of banter about local shows, local artists, local events, music news, etc, etc. While not always statistical wizards (recent butchering of facts about a partiiiicular Central Washington venue I work for come to mind, ahem!), Jason and Andrea are delightful and adorable and have a fun little rapport. I also got the chance to hang with Andrea and Matt, the third leg of the team, at Bumbershoot recently and was reminded just what amazing and awesome people they are. Go CIOM.

October being the month of monster masks, caramel apples and trick-or-treating (and my favorite: scary movie-athons), I love the SEASIDE’S now-annual tradition of having local bands dress as higher-profile ones for Halloween. This year the event lands on Saturday, October 30 and features re-creations of Guns ‘n’ Roses, the Misfits, the Offspring, and the cast of The Rocky Horror Picture Show. You’ll have to show up to find out who is who (or check online, I suppose). Show is 21+ and $10.

That morning, you can also join my mom and me for the PUMPKIN PACER 5K in Deer Park, which benefits the Greenhouse Food Bank and Loon Lake Food Bank! Registration is as cheap as $10 and it’ll be cold but GREAT. That night, 92.9 ZZU presents the 7th Annual Boogieman(?)’s Ball at the Knitting Factory. $1000 prize for best costume!

And finally, it was announced recently that Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler will join Randy Jackson and Jennifer Lopez as a judge on the next season of American Idol, starting in January. While I love the idea of Tyler leaving his Aerosmith pals be for awhile (seriously, I’m not sure they should even be a band anymore…), I’m not sure I can picture this all quite coming together. What do you think? Share your thoughts with me via Twitter: www.twitter.com/crushingrocks.