Madison kicks off a new season this week while the current one has yet to enjoy its final holiday hurrah. The calendar includes: a show by The Getaway Drivers and another edition for Jazz at Five; the opening of The Game Show Show by WhoopDeDoo Productions; and, the season opener for Wisconsin Badgers football.
NOTEWORTHY: Beatles' last concert, Candlestick Park, San Francisco, 1966.
BIRTHDAYS: Actress Rebecca de Mornay, 1962; singer Me'Shell Ndegeocello, 1968.
NOTEWORTHY: President Jimmy Carter fends off attack by a vicious rabbit while canoeing near Plains, Ga., 1979.
BIRTHDAYS: Booty-fixated underground cartoonist Robert Crumb, 1943; angelic actress Cameron Diaz, 1972.
The Getaway Drivers
High Noon Saloon, 6 pm
With tinges of Americana, roots-rock and folk, the Getaway Drivers seem to pick up at least a few new fans each time they play the High Noon. Revel and rejoice as they release a new EP, Black Dog Days, and read a review of the recording in this week's music column.
NOTEWORTHY: Millionaire playboy Dodi Fayed & Princess Diana of Wales killed in Paris car crash, 1997.
BIRTHDAYS: Irish rock star Van Morrison, 1945; Queen Rania of Jordan, 1970.
Jazz at Five
100 block of State Street, 5 pm
The lovely late-summer music series rolls on with Madison chanteuse Michelle DuVall, whose ensemble, Get Down Mr. Cat!, provides a lush setting for her crystalline vocals. With violinist Randy Sabien.
The Game Show Show
Pancake Cafe-Marquis Room, Fitchburg, 7:30 pm
WhoopDeDoo Productions presents another of its interactive theater experiences, this one a mock game show modeled on The Match Game. The panel features local celebrities, one per week. This week's is WMTV-Channel 15's Leigh Mills.
NOTEWORTHY: Berlin airlift ends, 1949.
BIRTHDAYS: Phish singer-guitarist Trey Anastasio, 1964; actress Jenna Elfman, 1971.
University of Wisconsin Badgers
Camp Randall Stadium, 7 pm
The UW Badgers, ranked a not-too-shabby #11 in the AP preseason poll, take on the Rebels of UNLV in the season opener. Football is here, and summer is over. No regrets.