Madison keeps its winter warm streak running this week with a calendar that includes: talks by Jennifer Chiaverini, Gary Rhoades, and Professor Griff; a performance by Ballet Folklorico de Colombia; and live music from Steve Aoki, Brad Paisley, Dreamers of the Ghetto, and Prof.
NOTEWORTHY: John Glenn rides Friendship 7 to the first Earth orbit by a U.S. Astronaut, 1962.
NOTEWORTHY: Malcolm X assassinated, 1965.
Barnes & Noble-West Towne, 7 pm
The Madison author talks about Sonoma Rose, the latest in her widely read series of quilting-themed books.
Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, 7 pm
In this Academy Evenings event, University of Arizona professor Rhoades gives a talk called "Keeping College Accessible: Charting a New Course for Higher Education."
Overture Hall, 7:30 pm
South American cultural emissaries present a lively, colorful night of music and movement.
NOTEWORTHY: Courtney Love marries Kurt Cobain, 1992.
Orpheum Theatre, 9 pm
Though he's an heir to the Benihana restaurant fortune, Steve Aoki's greatest riches are his mixes, which constantly reinvent the electro-house genre. This tour shines the spotlight on his debut studio album, Wonderland, which teems with vocals by Weezer's Rivers Cuomo, Cansei de Ser Sexy's Lovefoxxx and the Aussie sisters of Nervo. With Datski, Mustard Pimp and Team Bayside High.
NOTEWORTHY: Marines raise U.S. flag at Iwo Jima, 1945.
UW Memorial Union-Great Hall, 7 pm
The iconic rapper, of Public Enemy fame, discusses his book, The Psychological Covert War on Hip-Hop. Does Professor Griff wear tweed jackets with elbow patches? Now's your chance to find out.
Coliseum at Alliant Energy Center, 7:30 pm
The Country Music Association's 2010 Entertainer of the Year wins over audiences with his humor-filled fusions of traditional country and Southern rock. This show will revolve around hits from his chart-topping 2011 release, This Is Country Music, plus a few surprises (see Music). With the Band Perry.
Frequency, 9 pm
This quartet from Bloomington, Ind., will fill the Frequency's pint-sized confines with an arena-ready sound that incorporates indie rock and electronica sounds. With Squarewave and Little Legend.
High Noon Saloon, 9:30 pm
Though Prof's hip-hoppage overflows with party-ready rowdiness and endearing comedy, the artist has a serious side he can't hide, which shines through the layers of beats and freestyling. Witness his craft at this energetic show. With Bi-Polar Bear and MC Starr.