Happy Thanksgiving! The short holiday week serves up a menu of arts that includes: talks by Dan Savage and Lynn Allen-Hoffmann; the 96.3 Star Country Music Awards; live music by Whitney Mann; and, the Latin Music Fest on the night before Turkey Day.
NOTEWORTHY: President Abraham Lincoln delivers Gettysburg Address, 1863.
Varsity Hall, Union South, 7:30 pm
The former Madisonian has made his mark with the "Savage Love" advice column, the MTV show Savage U, and the It Gets Better Project, a major statement against gay bullying. He's compassionate, irreverent and hilarious, as you'll see at this Distinguished Lecture Series event.
NOTEWORTHY: Microsoft Windows 1.0 released, 1985.
High Noon Saloon, 6:30 pm
The sweet-voiced country songbird will perform tunes from a new recording called This Little Light of Mine. Sample one of its songs via MadTracks. With Michele McGuire.
Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, 7 pm
The Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters presents a lecture on "The Emerging Science of Regenerative Medicine," part of its Academy Evening series. UW Prof. Allen-Hoffmann, CEO of a company that produces human skin substitutes, will explore how this cutting-edge science can lead to improved patient care and Wisconsin jobs.
Barrymore Theatre, 7:30 pm
The local country radio station will honor boot-scooting, twang-loving entertainers at this event featuring Dustin Lynch, Sarah Darling and Easton Corbin. Proceeds benefit Operation Toy Drive.
Majestic Theatre, 9 pm
Celebrate moves and grooves from South and Central America at the fifth edition of this fete organized by the Majestic Theatre and Cardinal Bar. Featured acts include Grupo Candela, Charanga Agoza, Tony Castañeda Latin Jazz Super Band and DJ Rumba, and proceeds benefit the scholarship program at Centro Hispano of Dane County.
NOTEWORTHY: The Humane Society of the United States founded, 1954.