Autumn officially opens this week with a healthy mix of words and tunes. The calendar includes: talks by S. Craig Watkins, William Kent Krueger, Elizabeth Streb, and Michael Pollan; and, music by Brandi Carlile, Fishtank Ensemble, Sarah Borges & the Broken Singles , The Rainman Suite, Weedeater, Richard Lloyd, Chairlift with The Soft Pack, and Eclipse.
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NOTEWORTHY: U.S. Senate votes 99-0 to confirm Sandra Day O'Connor as first female justice to sit on the U.S. Supreme Court, 1981.
BIRTHDAYS: Comedian/actor Bill Murray, 1950; actress/curbed enthusiast Cheryl Hines, 1965.
S. Craig Watkins
UW Grainger Hall, 7 pm
"The Future of Hip-Hop in Academia" lecture series continues with Watkins, the University of Texas associate professor who's talking about the impact of digital technology on hip-hop.
Barrymore Theatre, 7:30 pm
In recent years Carlile has shown up here in support of acts like Sheryl Crow, but now she is headlining with her poppy, rocky, folkie, country-y sound. She's promoting her latest release, Give Up the Ghost, which features a collaboration with Elton John. Also on tonight's bill: Angel Taylor.
High Noon Saloon, 8 pm
Django Reinhardt-style jazz mingles with Transylvanian gypsy vocals, flamenco guitar and even a bit of opera for an action-packed evening of world music. With Luminescent Orchestrii.
NOTEWORTHY: French proclaim republic, 1792.
BIRTHDAYS: Rock singer-songwriter-guitarist Joan Jett, 1958; actress Bonnie Hunt, 1961.
Sarah Borges & the Broken Singles
High Noon Saloon, 7 pm
Part alt-country songbird, part desperately rockin' singer-songwriter, Boston-based Sarah Borges whips up a twangy sock hop for discerning young adults.
The Rainman Suite
Frequency, 9 pm
When the L.A. pop-punk trio aren't playing shows at Hot Topic (including a free acoustic performance at the Madison branch of the mall store on Sept. 23 at 5 p.m.), they're making music fit for teenage zombies, as the name of their new CD, Teenage Zombies, suggests. With the Transgressions, the Milk Carton Kids and the Cloth Sea.
NOTEWORTHY: Republican vice-presidential candidate Richard Milhous Nixon delivers "Checkers" speech to rebut charges of campaign finance improprieties, 1952.
BIRTHDAYS: E-Street Band frontman-singer-songwriter-guitarist Bruce "The Boss" Springsteen, 1949; singer-songwriter Ani DiFranco, 1970.
William Kent Krueger
Booked for Murder, 7 pm
The author makes his way here from St. Paul to discuss his latest, Heaven's Keep, from the Cork O'Connor mystery series set in Minnesota's north woods.
Overture Center's Promenade Hall, 7 pm
The UW's new Arts Enterprise program begins a public lecture series with dancer and choreographer Streb, who discusses "Where Art and Audience Collide: Smashing Assumptions About Arts Venues."
Frequency, 10 pm
The North Carolina-based Southern-metal outfit features local talent in the form of Bongzilla's bassist, "Dixie" Dave Collins. Another Bongzilla side project, Aquilonian, teams up with the Antiprism to open the show.
NOTEWORTHY: Nirvana releases Nevermind, 1991.
Kohl Center, 7 pm
The guy's an authority on the crisis that is the modern American food system. He's written authoritative books on the topic, and he seems to show up in every food-related documentary these days. Maybe he's on to something (see cover story).
Frequency, 8 pm
Though he's been releasing solo albums for 30 years, Richard Lloyd is probably best known for his role in the proto-punk band Television, in which he and Tom Verlaine became one of rock's most memorable sets of dueling guitars. With Oso Closo and Tangy.
Chairlift, The Soft Pack
UW Memorial Union Terrace, 8:30 pm
Brooklyn-via-Boulder electropop trio Chairlift like to craft soundtracks for haunted houses and other spooky places, while The Soft Pack are trying to avoid being haunted by their old name -- the Muslims -- by focusing on a "surf's up" style of post-punk. Read more about The Soft Pack in this week's Tour Stop. Also playing: Micachu & the Shapes.
Majestic Theatre, 9 pm
Long for the "oh, wow" days of music appreciation? Then look no further than Eclipse, a Pink Floyd tribute act that reproduces the English freakout band's songs note for note.