March winds down this week, and just like that, the year is already one-quarter gone. The calendar includes: talks by Carl Djerassi and Adam Gamoran; a performance by Momix; and, live music from Jeff Tweedy, Musikanto and Count This Penny, Champagne Champagne, Yelawolf, James McMurtry, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, and Here We Go Magic.
NOTEWORTHY: Three Mile Island nuclear plant meltdown, 1979. BIRTHDAY: Oscar-winning actress Dianne Wiest, 1948.
UW Helen C. White Hall, 7 pm
The chemist, author, playwright and UW alum reads from his book Four Jews From Parnassus, which imagines a discussion between Walter Benjamin, Theodor W. Adorno, Gershom Scholem and Arnold Schoenberg. Get more of the Carl Djerassi experience on Tuesday, March 29, at Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery when UW acting students do a staged reading of his latest theatrical work, Foreplay.
Overture Center's Capitol Theater, 7:30 pm
The Wilco frontman and one-third of Uncle Tupelo returns to Madison with his solo acoustic material (see Tour Stop), while Toronto-based folk-pop duo Snowblink show why their debut album, Long Live, is likely to appear on critics' best-of-2011 lists.
NOTEWORTHY: Junk-bond icon Michael Milken indicted for racketeering, 1989.
BIRTHDAY: Jane's Addiction/Porno for Pyros frontman Perry Farrell, 1969.
Mad Toast Live
Brink Lounge, 6 pm
Welcome Chicago folk-rocker Musikanto and Madison-via-Tennessee Americana duo Count This Penny to this weekly variety show and podcast. Get acquainted with Count This Penny in this week's music column.
Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, 7 pm
The UW sociologist, director of the Wisconsin Center on Education Research, discusses "Educational Inequality in the Aftermath of No Child Left Behind" at this Academy Evenings event.
Overture Hall, 7:30 pm
The troupe's brand of dance theater fantasy is fun and fabulously inventive.
Annex, 8 pm
Grime, despair and some serious smarts are the cornerstones of this Seattle band, led by the DJ personae of Blood Brothers drummer Mark Gajadhar and rapper Pearl Dragon. Get sucked in by the rhymes and blown away by the currents of electro that shoot through their sound like lightning bolts.
Majestic Theatre, 9 pm
This Alabama-born rapper has a record deal with Eminem's Shady Records label, a deep adoration of Outkast's Andre 3000, and a killer live show that took South By Southwest by storm in 2010. With Smokes and MC Starr.
NOTEWORTHY: Two police officers, press secretary James Brady and President Reagan wounded in assassination attempt, 1981.
BIRTHDAYS: Singer-pianist Norah Jones, 1979
High Noon Saloon, 8 pm
The son of Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Larry McMurtry has found his calling in rock 'n' roll, winning accolades from Entertainment Weekly and the Village Voice, among others. Sample his unique brand of Texan Americana along with a set from roots-rock trailblazers the Bottle Rockets.
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
Frequency, 9 pm
Watch the Seattle-based artist transform gentle ballads into hip-hop gems with producer Ryan Lewis before the dynamic duo head back to their West Coast haunts. With Blueprint.
NOTEWORTHY: President Lyndon B. Johnson announces he will not seek reelection, 1968.
BIRTHDAY: Aussie actor Ewan McGregor, 1971.
Here We Go Magic
High Noon Saloon, 8:30 pm
The indie-rock five-piece from Brooklyn, N.Y., blends the eerie charm of psychedelic folk with the dance-inducing powers of electro to create an exceptionally fun live show.