With just over a month remaining in the Madison spring arts season, this week offers an abundance of words, music, and film. The calendar includes: talks by Rebecca Klaper with Mark Sandheinrich, and Jacques Rancière; a live broadcast of The Ed Schultz Show; live music from Destroyer, Los Lonely Boys, My Life With the Thrill Kill Kult, the Glenn Miller Orchestra, Ron Pope, and Ra Ra Riot; and, Lunafest at the Arboretum.
NOTEWORTHY: Actress Valerie Bertinelli marries rock guitarist Eddie Van Halen, 1981.
BIRTHDAYS: Actor Bill Irwin, 1950; singer Joss Stone, 1987.
High Noon Saloon, 8 pm
It's hard to believe Destroyer have been around for more than 15 years, considering how trendy they've become in recent years. With nods to David Bowie and Guided by Voices, plus a smattering of mysterious lyrics and a brand-new album called Kaputt, they're likely to keep fans guessing -- and begging for more -- for quite some time. With the War on Drugs.
NOTEWORTHY: Confederate troops attack Fort Sumter to ignite Civil War, 1861.
BIRTHDAYS: Late Show host David Letterman, 1947; actress Claire Danes, 1979.
Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, 7 pm
UW-La Crosse biologist Sandheinrich and Klaper, with UW-Milwaukee's Great Lakes Water Institute, give a presentation called "Water Course: A Conversation on the Health of Wisconsin's Lakes and Rivers" at this Academy Evenings event. If you're worried about the lakes and rivers, and who isn't, come.
Barrymore Theatre, 7:30 pm
This band of brothers grabbed the top spot on Billboard's adult contemporary chart with their debut single, "Heaven," in 2004. Sample their tasty blend of Tejano, rock, country, blues and soul with their new single, "Fly Away," and other treats from the album they're preparing for later this year. With Aaron Williams & the Hoodoo.
NOTEWORTHY: Allied forces take Vienna, 1945.
BIRTHDAY: E Street drummer Max Weinberg, 1951.
Barrymore Theatre, 6:30 pm
The progressive radio and MSNBC host, no stranger to these parts, does his show in the big east-side room.
Inferno, 9 pm
Blending B-movie sound samples, aggressive electronica and a squiggle of disco, the Thrill Kill Kult helped shape the industrial-music scene of the 1980s and 1990s while freaking out church ladies with songs titles like "Kooler Than Jesus." Check out their latest project, 2010's Sinister Whisperz, at this show. With Bahntier, Caustic and DJ WhiteRabbit.
BIRTHDAYS: Dreamy actress Julie Christie, 1941; actor/comedian/playwright/author/philosopher Steve Martin, 1945.
Stoughton Opera House, 3 & 7 pm
Miller's swingin' saxes and clarinets topped the charts numerous times in the 1930s and 1940s, and the orchestra's present 25-piece incarnation continues to mesmerize big band fans today.
UW Arboretum Visitor Center, 6 pm
The film festival promotes awareness of women's issues and showcases women filmmakers. It gathers short films about topics like women's health, motherhood, body image and aging.
Orpheum Theatre's Stage Door, 7:30 pm
With blues-rock guitar licks and a voice that summons goosebumps, Pope has won fans from across the musical spectrum. Hear a live rendition of his iTunes hit "A Drop in the Ocean," plus other songs from his latest release, Whatever It Takes. With Ari Herstand and Zach Berkman.
Chazen Museum of Art, 7:30 pm
French philosopher Rancière, who's rubbed shoulders with the likes of Louis Althusser, gives a talk called "The Politics of Fiction" at this UW Center for the Humanities event.
Majestic Theatre, 8:30 pm
The energetic indie-rock band recently took a respite in a peach orchard, where they composed their latest album, The Orchard. Take a bite out of its melodies at this performance. With We Are Barbarians and Generationals.