Madison finds itself a stop on many an arts tour this mid-autumn week. The calendar includes: a talk by Vernon Reid; dance by Savion Glover; standup by Neil Hamburger; jazz performances by Spider Saloff and the John Scofield Jazz Quartet; and, more live music from A.A. Bondy, Josh Fletcher, Mat Cranitch, the Indigo Girls, and Big John Bates.
NOTEWORTHY: "You won't have Nixon to kick around any more," proclaims defeated California gubernatorial candidate and Eisenhower-era vice president during "last" press conference, 1962.
UW Vilas Hall's Mitchell Theatre, 7 pm
The founder and guitarist of the 1980s rock band Living Colour pays a visit as part of this fall's great Stew & Friends series.
High Noon Saloon, 8 pm
A folk artist with rock 'n' roll roots, A.A. Bondy mesmerizes crowds with his heartrending vocals and beautiful, minimalist songwriting. Get to know his new release, Believers, at this show. With Gold Leaves.
NOTEWORTHY: Adolf Hitler stages failed Beer Hall Putsch, 1923.
NOTEWORTHY: East Germany announces opening of its borders, 1989.
NOTEWORTHY: The Edmund Fitzgerald goes down in Lake Superior storm, 1975.
Indie Coffee, 7 pm
Raised on punk and shaped by old-school country, this singer-songwriter's melancholy tunes brim with raw emotion and keen observations.
Capitol Theater, 7 pm
A consummate performer of jazz standards and cabaret classics, Saloff sets Chicago clubs ablaze with her sultry vocals. Witness her extraordinary chops in the elegant confines of Capitol Theater.
Brink Lounge, 7:30 pm
The celebrated Irish fiddler will share his latest licks during a rousing set of traditional Irish tunes. With Jackie Daly and Paul de Grae.
Barrymore Theatre, 7:30 pm
The Grammy-winning folk-rock duo will perform tunes from a new album, Beauty Queen Sister, and summon memories of their Lilith Fair days with songs such as "Galileo" and "Closer to Fine" (see Tour Stop). With Mount Moriah.
John Scofield Jazz Quartet
Stoughton Opera House, 7:30 pm
Guitarist Scofield has worked with Miles Davis, Charles Mingus and other musical legends. Scofield's latest album, A Moment's Peace, features mostly original compositions, as well as tunes by the Gershwins, the Beatles and other jazz greats.
Wisconsin Union Theater, 8 pm
The tap master presents "A Classical Encounter with Savion Glover." A Tony winner in 1996 for his choreography in Bring in 'da Noise, Bring in 'da Funk, Glover is still under 40 and remains the undisputed king of this percussive dance form.
High Noon Saloon, 8:30 pm
Hamburger, the alter ego of comedian Gregg Turkington, is the world's worst comedian, with terrible timing and even worse punchlines. So why are we laughing so hard? With Major Entertainer Mike H.
Big John Bates
Frequency, 10 pm
Last year, Bates skulked away from his punkabilly legacy to pursue a dark, brooding country sound on Germany's Rookie Records. See how it translates live. With the Blowtorches and Bananarchy.