Weekend must-sees Jan. 27-30

Gabriel Iglesias: Gabriel Iglesias

Gabriel Iglesias: Gabriel Iglesias

For most college students, the weekend starts Thursday (whether we have class on Friday or not). While taking breaks between chugging Long Islands, make some time for some of the best shows Madison has to offer.

The Blind Swordsman: Zatoichi

Sat. Jan. 29 at 11:59 p.m.

Memorial Union Play Circle

Kicking off WUD Film's East Asian Invasion series is ""Zatoichi,"" the 2003 samurai flick from Japanese director Takeshi Kitano. Kitano is most famous for his film ""Battle Royale,"" a film Quentin Tarantino named his favorite film made since he started making movies, and ""Zatoichi"" brings a similar level of midnight madness fun. Enjoy it with a pitcher of Leinie's from der Rathskeller.

Gabriel Iglesias

Sun. Jan. 30 at 7:00 p.m.

Barrymore Theatre

Notable for making light of racist gift baskets, chocolate cake and his ""fluffy"" (not fat) stature, Gabriel Iglesias has made quite a name for himself since his first Comedy Central special. While Iglesias made not have as much indie cred as someone like Patton Oswalt or Hannibal Burress, he's still a pretty damn entertaining stand-up in his own right. The show may be sold out, but Iglesias is definitely worth scanning Craigslist for some deals.

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