January is already drawing to a close, and this week is fairly low-key. The calendar includes: a Dane County executive candidate forum; a dramatic reading of Being Harold Pinter; and, live music from The Foghorn Trio, Ben Folds, and Poverty Hash.
NOTEWORTHY: Gold discovered at Sutter's Mill, 1848.
BIRTHDAYS: Snake charmer/actress Nastassja Kinski, 1961.
NOTEWORTHY: United Mine Workers est., 1890.
BIRTHDAYS: Chart-topping singer/songwriter Alicia Keys, 1981.
NOTEWORTHY: Green Bay Packers beat New England 35-21 in Super Bowl XXXI, 1997.
BIRTHDAYS: Singer-songwriter Lucinda Williams, 1953; Grammy-winning rock guitarist Eddie Van Halen, 1955.
High Noon Saloon, 8 pm
Three core members of the Foghorn Stringband, a Portland, Ore., group that plays old-time music with a Southern twist, visit Madison to share their new, bayou-inspired album, Sud de la Louisiane. Learn more about the group and their tunes in this week's Tour Stop. With (This is the) Squirrel Hunters.
NOTEWORTHY: Auschwitz liberated, 1945.
BIRTHDAYS: Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason, 1944; third-generation actress Bridget Fonda, 1964.
UW Vilas Hall's Hemsley Theatre, 7 pm
To protest the recent crackdown by Belorussian authorities, in which members of Belarus Free Theatre were among hundreds arrested, University Theatre joins theater companies nationwide in reading Being Harold Pinter, an original work by the troupe.
Covenant Presbyterian Church, 7 pm
Seems like we just had an election, but soon we'll choose who succeeds Kathleen Falk as jefe of the county. Meet Zach Brandon, Eileen Bruskewitz, Scott McDonell, Joe Parisi and Joe Wineke, and start making up your mind.
Overture Hall, 7:30 pm
Folds was rockin' the suburbs with his punchy piano tunes back in 2001, but now he's living on Lonely Avenue, the fictional street his new album of the same name constructs. This collaboration with English novelist Nick Hornby of High Fidelity fame has garnered praise from critics at NPR, CNN, the BBC, USA Today and oodles of others. See how the live version measures up to the recording.
Willy Street Pub & Grill, 9 pm
This Connecticut trio will drizzle Wisco-goers with their special sauce of husky vocals, lap steel, upright bass, harmonica, keys and drums, a concoction they like to call "carnival blues." With High & Lonesome and Owen Mays.