Sat., June 08, Bret Michaels
Ace of Spades, 7 p.m., $50
I'm not sure what's worse: A. I once obsessively followed Rock of Love With Bret Michaels, B. Michaels' publicist couldn't get me a phone interview with the Poison frontman in time for our print deadline, or C. his show will set you back $50. Despite all this, I'm intrigued. Sure, Poison is best-known for its late '80s, early '90s reign (“Every Rose Has its Thorn,” for the eternal win) but Michaels made for a compelling bandana-wearing protagonist on his heavily scripted VH1 dating “reality show.” For every floozy who crossed his path with a made-for-TV catchphrase (“Don't threaten me with a good time!”), Michaels managed to remain coolly humorous and self-aware. 1417 R Street, www.bretmichaels.com.