Winter is rearing its head again in Wisconsin this week, but there is plenty to do amidst the wind and snow. The calendar includes: talk by William Marler, UW staff on digital technology, and Elizabeth Gilbert; performances by Pilobolus Dance Theater and of Pouring Tea; Mad Toast Live; and, more live music by Dark Star Orchestra, Derrick Ashong, Gene Ween, and ZoSo.
BIRTHDAYS: Actress Mary Steenburgen, 1953; BoDeans singer-guitarist Sammy Llanas, 1961.
UW Memorial Union's Great Hall, 7:30 pm
A prominent personal injury lawyer, Marler is a force to be reckoned with in the realm of food-borne illness litigation. His talk, called "How Can a Personal Injury Lawyer Do Good in Society?," is a Distinguished Lecture Series event.
NOTEWORTHY: Beatles' live debut on The Ed Sullivan Show, 1964.
Overture Hall, 7:30 pm
Founded at Dartmouth in 1971 and named for a fungus, the Pilobolus company has long practiced a patented form of movement that combines elements of mime, modern dance and sheer aggressive entertainment. You might have seen their witty shadow puppetry at the 2007 Oscars.
UW Memorial Union's Fredric March Play Circle, 7:30 pm E. Patrick Johnson, African American studies professor at Northwestern, presents a one-man show based on his oral history Pouring Tea. He performs the narratives of nine Southern black men.
Brink Lounge, 8 pm
It's a night of songwriters as hosts Chris Wagoner and Mary Gaines are joined by Nashville-based popster Andrew Belle, Belle's tour mate Allen Stone, and local singer Marty Finkel.
NOTEWORTHY: House of Reps passes Civil Rights Act, 1964. BIRTHDAYS: Elton John drummer Nigel Olsson, 1949.
Barrymore Theatre, 7:30 pm
DSO re-creates Grateful Dead performances down to the last detail, from their vocal arrangements to the musical equipment they use. So if you're looking to relive a concert from back in the day -- or truly experience one that happened long before your time -- this is about as close as you'll get.
Wisconsin Union Theater, 7:30 pm
Musician and activist Ashong made a big impression on YouTube, thanks to his focused responses to an aggressively glib interviewer at a 2008 Obama rally. He speaks at this Distinguished Lecture Series event.
Chazen Museum of Art, 7:30 pm
Literature professors and a librarian talk about the effects computers and networks are having on humanities scholarship in this UW Center for the Humanities discussion.
BIRTHDAY: Grammy-winning singer-guitarist Sheryl Crow, 1962.
Overture Hall, 7:30 pm
The literary sensation shows up to talk about, presumably, Eat, Pray, Love, the recent follow-up Committed, and whatever else is on her mind.
High Noon Saloon, 9 pm
The singer of Ween, the super-silly but melodically gifted pair who brought you "Push th' Little Daisies" and "Piss Up a Rope," will show whether he can hack it as lead guitarist as well. Find out more in this week's Tour Stop. With Pezzettino.
Majestic Theatre, 9 pm
Led Zeppelin ceased to be a band when drummer John Bonham died, and more endlessly lingering classic-rock acts should take a cue from that graceful act. But the Zep legend lives on, as cultivated by, among others, this tribute band.