One season ebbs into another during this transitional week in Madison, when schools are getting into session but before the last big holiday hurray of summer. The calendar includes: book readings by Jean Reynolds Page, and Jeff Deck with Benjamin Herson; and, a healthy dose of live music care of The Civil Wars, Funky Mondays, Jazz at Five, and Chick Singer Night.
BIRTHDAYS: Angelic actress Cameron Diaz, 1972.
Borders Books West, 7 pm
The Madison-based author reads from her new novel, Leaving Before It's Over, about the travails of a North Carolina family. A former dance critic and arts publicist, she also has called North Carolina, New York, Boston, Dallas and Seattle home.
High Noon Saloon, 8 pm
Two solo artists from Dixie states -- Tennessee's Joy Williams and Alabama's John Paul White -- recruited a new army of followers last year by forming a folk-pop duo. This performance will feature songs from their EP, Poison & Wine, which has been in heavy rotation on Grey's Anatomy. With Madi Diaz and Anna Wang & the Oh Boys.
Frequency, 9:30 pm
Stubblefield pioneered funk drumming on numerous James Brown tracks, including "Cold Sweat" and "Mother Popcorn," and his "Funky Mondays" show has been an institution in downtown Madison for the past 20 years. Tonight's performance will also feature some Latin flair thanks to a guest appearance by Samba Novistas.
NOTEWORTHY: Millionaire playboy Dodi Fayed & Princess Diana of Wales killed in Paris car crash, 1997.
BIRTHDAYS: Squeeze singer-songwriter-guitarist Glenn Tilbrook, 1957.
NOTEWORTHY: Soviet fighter jet shoots down Korean Airlines flight 007 with 269 aboard, 1983.
BIRTHDAYS: Actress-comedian-author Lily Tomlin, 1939.
100 block of State Street, 5 pm
The free, outdoor Jazz at Five series showcases pianist Dave Stoler's accomplished quartet, with big-time tenor saxophonist Rich Perry; and the T. Monique Quartet, featuring velvet-voiced, up-and-coming Chicago singer Typhanie Monique.
Borders Books West, 7 pm
Deck and Herson discuss their book The Great Typo Hunt: Two Friends Changing the World, One Correction at a Time. It's a droll, grammar-obsessed tale of a cross-country trip in which they fixed typos in public signage using markers, Wite-Out and chalk.
NOTEWORTHY: Great Fire of London starts, 1666.
BIRTHDAYS: Keanu Reeves, 1964.
Brink Lounge, 8 pm
This performance-filled evening hosted by local singer-songwriter Beth Kille isn't just about singers. Tonight's event will also showcase the fiddling talents of the Getaway Drivers' Sheila Shigley and the cello wizardry of the Stellanovas' Mary Gaines. Also performing: Melanie Klais, Jennifer Stitgen, Barbara Stephan and Derek Ramnarace.