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The Week: September 28 - October 1, 2009

Send September off this week with a calendar that includes: a talk by David Maraniss; stand-up by Mike Birbiglia; performances of Ulysses' Crewmen by Insurgent Theatre and Garden Party by TAPIT/New Works; and, live music by Mute Math, Red Wire Black Wire, and Monotonix.

Monday 9.28
NOTEWORTHY: Jazz genius Miles Davis dies, 1991.
BIRTHDAYS: Indie filmmaker John Sayles, 1950; actress-singer Hilary Duff, 1987.

Tuesday 9.29
NOTEWORTHY: Actress Zsa Zsa Gabor convicted of slapping a Beverly Hills police officer, 1989.
BIRTHDAYS: Gdansk shipyard worker-turned-Solidarity leader/Nobel laureate/Polish President Lech Walesa, 1943; network-jumping TV news guy Bryant Gumbel, 1948.

Mute Math
Majestic Theatre, 8 pm
The New Orleans group can't seem to decide if they're an electronics sensation or an out-there rock band, but one thing's for sure: They love to tour, at least if their gigs at the CMJ Music Marathon, the Vans Warped Tour, Lollapalooza, Bonnaroo and many other festivals are any indication. With As Tall as Lions.

Red Wire Black Wire
Frequency, 8 pm
The Brooklyn, N.Y. five-piece builds textured soundscapes out of strings, synths, drums and plenty of melancholy lyrics but makes you want to dance the pain away rather than weeping in the corner. With The Receiver and Robbers.

Ulysses' Crewmen
Broom Street Theater, 8 pm
Radical Milwaukee-based Insurgent Theatre presents a touring performance of this political play, which sets a political kidnapping in the context of Homer's Ulysses. Our Town it ain't.

Wednesday 9.30
NOTEWORTHY: Rebellious actor James Dean killed when his Porsche Spyder collides head-on with another car at 75 mph outside Paso Robles, Calif., 1955.
BIRTHDAYS: Phish singer-guitarist Trey Anastasio, 1964; actress Jenna Elfman, 1971.

David Maraniss
Neighborhood House Community Center, 6:30 pm
The Pulitzer-winning author and hometown hero talks about his work researching a forthcoming biography of one Barack Obama.

Mike Birbiglia
Barrymore Theatre, 8 pm
The quietly hilarious young comedian is known for his appearances on Letterman and The Bob & Tom Show, as well as a popular blog called Secret Public Journal.

Thursday 10.1
NOTEWORTHY: Johnny Carson debuts as new host of Tonight Show, 1962.
BIRTHDAYS: Senegalese singer Youssou N'Dour, 1959.

Garden Party
TAPIT/New Works, 7:30 pm
TAPIT combines comedy, music and tap dance in a free performance celebrating gardeners. It's a cabaret-style show featuring vignettes about battling plants, mustard researchers and a meeting of Gardener's Anonymous. On Oct. 4, TAPIT will perform the work in Washington, D.C.

Monotonix, Turbo Fruits
High Noon Saloon, 10 pm
The Tel Aviv trio don't just make rock music; they literally rock the house, setting up their instruments in the middle of the crowd, stripping down to their skivvies and letting all hell break loose. Turbo Fruits -- the pet project of Be Your Own Pet's John Eatherly and Jonas Stein -- warms things up with a hyperactive collision of punk and glam. With Call Me Lightning.

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