Booked for Murder, 7 pm
The San Francisco private dick turned crime novelist talks about his new thriller Blood of Paradise, set in violence-wracked El Salvador.
High Noon Saloon, 7:30 pm.
Much like Lotus, Bonnaroo faves Particle have a taste for electronica-influenced jamming and can ride a cosmic wave for hours at a time. Catch a ride on the endless groove two days running! Fat Maw Rooney open.
Borders West, 7 pm
As part of the UW International Institute's World Beyond Our Borders series, the UW English professor discusses her books Cosmopolitan Style: Modernism Beyond the Nation and Immigrant Fictions: Contemporary Literature in an Age of Globalization.
Avol's Bookstore, 7 pm
The magazine of the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters hosts a reading by the champions of its annual poetry contest: Joel Friederich, Sara Parrell and Kay N. Sanders.
Kohl Center, 7:30 pm
Who knew slipping on blue latex head-mask thingies, making funny faces and pounding around on every available surface would lead to world domination? Frankly, these blue guys are probably not the exact same ones you saw in, say, Vegas, but they'll be just as entertaining. DJ, turntablist and video scratcher Mike Relm opens and also joins the headliners for their show.
Orpheum Theatre's Stage Door, 7:30 pm
Kelley's melodic mash notes may strike some as fast-money music. Still, he's a serious player in adult contemporary-leaning pop-rock. Kate Voegele and Alexa Wilkinson open.
High Noon Saloon, 9 pm
Those are real bass, drums and trumpet on the talented Chicago quartet's jazz-hip-hop hybrids. They make their way back to Madison bearing a new CD.
Borders West, 7 pm
Always lively and thought-provoking, sometimes maddening, the novelist and essayist discusses her latest collection, Grace (Eventually): Thoughts on Faith. Her new essays touch on, among other things, her familial relations (turbulent) and her feelings toward the Bush administration (wrathful).
UW chemistry building, room 1351, 7:30 pm
The historian at Beirut's Lebanese-American University speaks on "Hizbullah, Israel and Lebanon: The Summer War 2006." The talk is part of the UW Middle East Studies series "A Bitter Harvest: Palestine, Israel and Lebanon Forty Years After 1967."
Cafe Montmartre, 8:30 pm
Singer/fiddler Carrie Rodriguez worked up creative, jazz-tinged Americana on her solo debut, Seven Angels on a Bicycle. Lucinda Williams is a fan; in fact, Rodriguez is currently opening for her in larger venues. Ariel McClain opens.
The Annex, 9:30 pm
Pegged by some to become the next Jason Mraz, Chicago singer-songwriter Carey sets himself apart from the pack with full-bodied guitar work that owes a little something to the Edge.