The Madison Mallards usher in summer this week when they take the field at the Duck Pond for their season opener. The calendar also includes: live music by Kris Allen and Gilby Clarke; the Celebrate South Madison festival; an appearance by Ed Schultz, and the Project M grand finale announcement.
BIRTHDAYS: Rolling Stones guitarist Ron Wood, 1947; singer Alanis Morissette, 1972.
Overture Center's Capitol Theater, 8 pm
The surprise winner of American Idol's eighth season visits the Overture Center to promote his self-titled 2009 release, which spawned the chart-climbing hit "Live Like We're Dying." With Green River Ordinance.
BIRTHDAYS: Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts, 1941; filmmaker Lasse Halstrom, 1946.
Warner Park Duck Pond, 7:05 pm
The local baseball franchise kicks off its season at home with a game against the Wisconsin Woodchucks, of Wausau. Ducks never die.
Scatz, 9 pm
Guitarist Clarke is best known for his three-year stint with Guns N'Roses, the band he joined when Izzy Stradlin walked away. He came to some fame more recently on the reality TV show Rock Star: Supernova, where he joined a supergroup including drummer Tommy Lee. This spring he's playing his first shows since a motorcycle accident in January.
NOTEWORTHY: Actress Valerie Solanas shoots artist Andy Warhol at his New York film studio, 1968.
Villager Mall, 3-8:30 pm
The fest, which coincides with the season's first South Madison Farmers' Market at Villager Mall, features food, workshops, kids' activities and a screening of the documentary Style & Grace, about a local hair salon.
Barrymore Theatre, 7:30 pm
The nationally syndicated progressive radio host, no stranger to these parts, reads from his book Killer Politics: How Big Money & Bad Politics Are Destroying the Great American Middle Class.
High Noon Saloon, 7 pm
The local songwriting showdown hosted by 105.5 Triple M is about to come to an end, but not without a bit of fanfare and a healthy dose of competition. Find out which three musicians will make it to the final round and hear a bit of their music as well. The musicians still in the running are Keefe Klug, Anna Laube, Jimmie Linville and Paul Mitch.