Believe it or not, but this is actually the last complete work week of the month, given the big holiday a week from Thursday. The calendar includes: appearances by Erica and Richard Halverson, Peter Yarrow, and James Norton with Rebecca Dilley; and, live music by Digital Leather, MV & EE, Vagabond Opera at Mad Toast Live, Two Fresh, Randy Weeks, and Brother Ali.
NOTEWORTHY: Lisa Bonet marries Lenny Kravitz, 1987.
High Noon Saloon, 8:30 pm
New Wave isn't new, but Shawn Foree's synthy explorations breathe new life into the genre. His new album, Warm Brother, makes good use of vintage electronics and, apparently, some vintage psychedelic drugs. With the Dinks and Screamin' Cyn Cyn & the Pons.
BIRTHDAY: Actress/model Daisy Fuentes, 1966.
Erica and Richard Halverson
Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, 7 pm
The UW education profs talk about "Digital Media and the Future of Schooling: A Look at the 2050 Classroom" in this Wisconsin Academy Evenings event.
Barnes & Noble West, 7 pm
Yarrow made his name with the iconic folk group Peter, Paul and Mary, and he's here to perform and sign his children's book Day Is Done. (Adieu, Mary Travers.)
MV & EE
Project Lodge, 7:30 pm
Brattleboro, Vt.'s Matt Valentine (MV) and Erika Elder (EE) merge yin and yang, East and West, with their trippy blend of Appalachian folk and Indian ragas. With Th' Second Family Band.
Mad Toast Live: Vagabond Opera
Brink Lounge, 8 pm
The Portland, Ore.-based gypsy-klezmer-cabaret ensemble Vagabond Opera sits in with the good folks of the comfy east side variety show.
NOTEWORTHY: Congressional Iran-Contra report assigns "ultimate responsibility" to President Reagan, 1987.
Majestic Theatre, 10 pm
These twin brothers and their trusty drummer make smooth hip-hop beats with jazz flavor, then spice things up with electronics that manage to sound retro and futuristic at the same time. With Evol Intent.
BIRTHDAY: Filmmaker/Oscar-winning actress Jodie Foster, 1962.
James Norton and Rebecca Dilley
UW Memorial Union, 5:30 pm
In their book The Master Cheesemakers of Wisconsin, the writer and photographer capture the essence of small towns in rural Wisconsin and the dairy hives within them.
Brink Lounge, 8 pm
Austin-based Americana artist Weeks wrote Lucinda Williams' "Can't Let Go," and tonight he'll play taut tracks from his 2009 disc Going My Way. With Beth Kille, Julia McConahay.
Barrymore Theatre, 9 pm
The Rhymesayers rapper with Madison roots will showcase his new album, Us, which has earned so many favorable reviews that it's likely to land on many music critics' year-end top-ten lists. With Evidence, Toki Wright and BK One.