April winds down this week, but the spring entertainment season is still going strong. The calendar includes: talks by Peter Katz and Paola Antonelli; the opening of The Lion King; Take Back the Night; the Monterey Jazz Festival on Tour; and, more live music by Yeasayer and Los Campesinos!
NOTEWORTHY: Chernobyl nuclear plant disaster, 1986.
BIRTHDAYS: Duran Duran drummer Roger Taylor, 1960; martial actor Jet Li, 1963.
Monona Terrace, 4 pm
Katz, author of The New Urbanism, talks about "Mobility and the Modern Metropolis: Public Transit in an Era of Diminishing Resources." You get points if you don't drive to the event.
Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, 7:30 pm
A senior curator at New York's Museum of Modern Art, Antonelli works in the institution's department of architecture and design. She speaks in this Humanities Without Boundaries event.
NOTEWORTHY: Barbara Bach marries Caveman co-star Ringo Starr, 1981.
BIRTHDAYS: Playwright August Wilson, 1945; B-52s singer/organist Kate Pierson, 1948.
Overture Hall, 7:30 pm. Also Wednesday & Thursday, April 28 & 29, 7:30 pm
Disney's long-running Broadway musical touches down for an epic 27-day run. (See Theater.)
NOTEWORTHY: Thor Heyerdahl sets sail on Kon Tiki, 1947.
BIRTHDAYS: Youthful sonic rock babe Kim Gordon, 1953; actress Penelope Cruz, 1974.
Majestic Theatre, 9 pm
The world-beat-meets-psych-pop group saw their new album, Odd Blood, climb the charts with ease, despite being leaked onto the Internet well before its release date. If their 2009 performance on the Terrace is any indication of local fans' fervor, expect lots of star-struck commotion at this show. With Sleigh Bells.
NOTEWORTHY: Muhammad Ali stripped of heavyweight belt for refusing induction into U.S. Army, 1967.
BIRTHDAYS: Twisted Baltimore filmmaker John Waters, 1946; actress Michelle Pfeiffer, 1958.
UW Library Mall, 7 pm
Chant, vent or cheer 'em on. It's the annual march up State Street to the Capitol to protest violence against women.
Overture Center's Capitol Theater, 7:30 pm
The Monterey Jazz Festival has been an institution since 1958, and tonight a bit of the Monterey magic hits the Madison stage as four luminaries perform: pianist Kenny Barron, violinist Regina Carter, singer Kurt Elling and guitarist Russell Malone.
Majestic Theatre, 9 pm
This winter, right before Valentine's Day, the Welsh indie-pop sensation announced that romance is boring with an album of the same name that is, of course, all about romance. Snottiness aside, the band's making devoted fans out of Pavement lovers and those who like their twee with a side of sass. With Cymbals Eat Guitars.