University of Wisconsin-Madison
The Carillon Tower on Observatory Drive on the UW-Madison campus will be playing recitals on Thursday and Sunday.
High Noon Saloon, 7 pm
The critically adored indie types should hop into the old saloon still on a high from their appearance on The Late Show with David Letterman
Girls Night: The Musical
Overture Center's Overture Hall, 7:30 pm. Also Wednesday & Thursday, Aug. 1 & 2, 7:30 pm; through Aug. 12
A big hit in the U.K., this touring show follows five 30- and 40-something girlfriends out on the town for a karaoke extravaganza. You'll laugh, you'll cry and you'll most certainly mouth the words to songs like "Girls Just Want to Have Fun" and "I Will Survive."
The Low Czars
High Noon Saloon, 5:30 pm
The Low Czars salute the underappreciated achievements of Arthur Lee (who died last August) and fellow songwriter Bryan MacLean by performing Love's psychedelic masterwork Forever Changes in its entirety.
Concerts on the Square
Capitol Square, 7 pm
The Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra ends its beloved summer pops series with a program called "Streets of Paris." Guest violinist Yulia Ziskel joins in for works by Ravel, Berlioz and Chabrier as the fans raise a toast to summer '07.
Jane Hammond: Paper Work
Chazen Museum of Art, through Aug. 12
The collage artist got her MFA from the UW and went on to conquer the art world. This exhibition includes photographs, books, lithographs, collage and even a set of three-dimensional clown suits, all informed by Hammond's personal lexicon and infused with intricate allusions. Her pieces have an air of elegant free association, a mixture of interconnectivity and serendipitous chance.
Rainbow Bookstore Cooperative, 7 pm
The radical economist and labor activist discusses his travelogue Cheap Motels and a Hot Plate. This isn't your normal tour book, but a look at economic inequality, discrimination and environmental disaster around our (once?) great nation.
Queen Anne's at the West Side Club, 437 County Road M, 7:30 pm WhoopDeDoo Productions presents a night of food and fun in this bit of determinedly interactive dinner theater. The conceit is that audience members are guests at the wedding reception of a boisterous Italian woman and a wan Jewish man.
Observatory Drive, between UW Ingraham Hall and Social Science Building, 7:30 pm
The UW's iconic Memorial Carillon gets pushed into edgy territory by Tim Rusterholz, who mixes in electric guitar, synthesizer, amplified vocals and randomly generated computer sounds. This we've gotta hear.
Annex, 9:30 pm
The Detroit band hurtles through perfervid originals that borrow lovingly from the Stones, the Kinks, the Ramones and a bevy of other elemental rockers. Forget brainy hybrid rock. This is the music the way the Devil intended it. The Willowz and Mae Rae also appear.