Beth Kille of Clear Blue Betty
Music on the Deck
Otto's Restaurant and Bar, 5:30 pm. Also Wednedays and Thursdays, 5:30 pm
A sign of summer: weekly music on Otto's canopy-covered deck, featuring talented local players. Westside Andy and Glenn Davis play on Tuesdays, Gerri DiMaggio on Wednesdays and the Michael Hanson Jazz Group on Thursdays.
Wisconsin Public Television Auction
TV channel 21 (cable 11), 6 pm-midnight Tuesday-Thursday; through June 3 The auction allows you to support Wisconsin Public Television's quality programming and indulge yourself in the process. This week you can tune in and bid on art and antiques (Tuesday), sports items (Wednesday) and home and garden items (Thursday). Check out wpt.org/auction for more info.
Borders West, 7 pm
Berg is a best-selling novelist who snared an Oprah Book Club pick with Open House. She reads from Dream When You're Feeling Blue, a tale of three Chicago sisters struggling through World War II.
Overture Center's Overture Hall, 7:30 pm. Also Wednesday & Thursday, May 30 & 31, 7:30 pm; through June 3
A touring company comes to town with the crowd-pleasing musical, featuring irresistible ABBA songs like "Dancing Queen" and "Take a Chance on Me." The story, set on a Greek Island, finds a woman searching for her father on the eve of her wedding.
UW Music Hall, 7:30 pm
A string ensemble, two vocalists and percussionists perform a concert to benefit the UW Veterinary Clinics' Companion Animal Fund, which supports animal health-care studies. The music is classical with a Middle Eastern flavor, composed by Vicky Tzoumerka-Knoedler and Karlos Moser. James Latimer conducts.
Through June 3, Chazen Museum of Art
Here's a chance to see ancient Roman art and artifacts that have never before toured the U.S. They were recovered from Stabiae, which had been buried by Mount Vesuvius' eruption in AD 79. The exhibition re-creates the feel of a Roman seaside villa, offering a fascinating document of a vanished world. It mixes richly colored frescoes and stucco reliefs of mythological figures with more mundane, utilitarian objects like pots, oil lamps and even a pair of tweezers. Location photographs, a model and two videos help viewers see how these works of art were part of a living, unified environment.
Barnes & Noble West, 7 pm
The Madison author reads from his latest book on rural life, Living a Country Year: Wit and Wisdom From the Good Old Days. It chronicles his boyhood on a 1940s dairy farm, moving through a year month by month.
Silver Wings and Golden Scales
Chazen Museum of Art, through June 24
Installation artist Jennifer Angus covers the walls of the Chazen's Mayer Gallery with a mosaic-like arrangement of exotic insect specimens. Her collaborator, Scottish composer Alistair McDonald, shapes and abstracts recordings of Malaysian insects to provide the auditory component.
Brink Lounge, 7 pm
Songwriters around the world participated in 2007's February Album Writing Month challenge, attempting to write 14 songs in 28 days. This concert features nine local songwriters who emerged from the struggle with new material, including Burr Settles and Clear Blue Betty's Beth Kille.
King Club, 9 pm
The Madison activist and former co-chair of Progressive Dane celebrates the release of her fourth solo studio album, Democracy. Her piano-driven classical/cabaret pop is political, but surprisingly emotional, too. The ManSisters, MiLkBabY and DB Pedersen open.
Digibot and The Kites
High Noon Saloon, 9 pm
Digibot and the Kites are doing what Madison punk bands do before they release new CDs: They're circulating a note from "Karl Rove" warning, "The nation's children must not be allowed to hear this album!" Bang Bang opens.