The German Art Students
Robert Atwell and Jessica Jacobs
James Watrous Gallery in the Overture Center, through Aug. 26
In photographer Jessica Jacobs' "Inside Out" and painter Robert Atwell's "Today and Tomorrow," viewers encounter artists who have developed their own visual worlds. In her large-format color photographs, Jacobs crafts mysterious narratives that incorporate her highly assured way of handling color and composition. Atwell paints in enamel on aluminum panels, his works forming a cartoonish alternate universe.
Jazz at Five
State Street and the Capitol Square, 5 pm
This week's free outdoor concert features Cuban pianist Hilario Duran, a longtime member of Arturo Sandoval's band and an acclaimed leader in his own right. Milwaukee's Jeanne Woodall Quartet opens.
German Art Students
High Noon Saloon, 9 pm
The punky, good-natured band return from self-imposed exile to goose the funny bone with a full night of upbeat power pop. The second touring trance blues act of the week, the Americana-tinged, No Depression-approved Rounders, headlines.
William Kent Krueger
Booked for Murder, 6:30 pm
The mystery author reads from his new Cork O'Connor novel, Thunder Bay. An Ojibwe healer asks the small-town Minnesota gumshoe to find the son he's never met.
Adam Isaac & the People
Great Dane Downtown, 9 pm
The smooth-voiced, bass-stroking Isaac and his dance-friendly soul/funk express are the latest participants in Isthmus' Madison Music Project Charter Club Tour. It's a monthly event that highlights local music and local clubs, based on Isthmus' online directory at MadisonMusicProject.com. As always, the gig is free, which makes starting the weekend down at this revered local Bierstube pretty much of a no-brainer.
Tea Leaf Green
UW Memorial Union Terrace, 9:30 pm
The San Francisco jammers add just enough guts to their rock 'n' roll-shaded tapestry of keyboards and guitars to mesmerize the jam-rock faithful wherever they wander.
El Clan Destino
King Club, 10 pm
El Clan Destino's earthy Yoruba chants and frenetic, fusion-stoked evocations of Latin jazz should translate just fine at this cozy nightspot. Nama Rupa opens.