Long summer days will make for late nights this week. The calendar includes: the VSA Wisconsin Golf Exhibition; "The Loaded Image" exhibit at the Chazen; a production of The Glass Menagerie; and, live music from John Statz, Southerly, Communist Daughter, Del the Funky Homosapien, Brother, Heveder, and Lee DeWyze.
BIRTHDAYS: Actress Nicole Kidman, 1967.
Cherokee Country Club, 9 am
Fresh off the U.S. Open (and his June 5 victory at the Memorial Tournament), Madison professional golf star Steve Stricker stops by to shoot nine holes with VIPs and raise money for Madison's VSA Art Center.
High Noon Saloon, 7 pm
Statz's latest album, Ghost Towns, chronicles the sights and sounds of the Denver-via-Madison artist's tours, from bullet-riddled Sarajevo rooftops to abandoned Detroit warehouses. Fellow acoustic folk-rockers Josh Harty, Dietrich Gosser and Paul Otteson round out the bill.
Project Lodge, 8 pm
Krist Krueger's Madison-born solo project returns to its stomping grounds for a performance of his dark new release Champion of the Noisy Negativists, which the Seattle Stranger described as "a cauldron of methodical yet deeply moving instrumental rock."
NOTEWORTHY: U.S. Supreme Court supports flag-burning as an expression of political protest, 1989.
BIRTHDAYS: Actress Juliette Lewis, 1973.
American Players Theatre, 7:30 pm
In the indoor Touchstone Theatre, the Spring Green company presents Tennessee Williams' 1944 poetic masterpiece about an overbearing mother and her two emotionally damaged adult children. Bring your mom.
BIRTHDAYS: Actress Meryl Streep, 1949; pop chanteuse Cyndi Lauper, 1953.
High Noon Saloon, 8 pm
The frontman of broken-up Twin Cities power-pop band Friends Like These draws inspiration from Neutral Milk Hotel and other melancholy musicmakers on his new band's lovely 2010 album, Soundtrack to the End. With The Quota and Thomas Kivi.
Majestic Theatre, 9 pm
Though he's known for collaborations with Gorillaz, Hieroglyphics and Kid Koala, the West Coast rapper's one-man show is impressive in its own right. Shake your moneymaker as you check out his energetic new release, Golden Era. With Bukue One and Serendipity Project. (See Tour Stop.)
NOTEWORTHY: Senate confirms Thurgood Marshall as first African American U.S. Supreme Court Justice, 1967.
BIRTHDAYS: Actress Frances McDormand, 1957.
Chazen Museum of Art, through Sept. 25
Drawn from the Chazen's collection, this exhibit gathers prints that make bold political arguments, from a 17th-century engraving of Louis XIII to a 1939 Thomas Hart Benton lithograph. Chazen curator Andrew Stevens gives a talk at 5:30 pm.
Monona Terrace Rooftop, 7 pm
Wielding bagpipes, a didgeridoo and guitars, this fun-loving band blends Aussie rock with traditional Celtic sounds. Sample selections from their latest live recording, Out From Under, at this concert.
Brink Lounge, 7:30 pm
The Brink will morph into a Transylvanian dance hall when this Hungarian folk band hits the stage with its violins, violas, dulcimers and accordions.
UW Memorial Union Terrace, 9:30 pm
The singer-songwriter who won American Idol's ninth season brings his latest releases, Slumberland and Live It Up, to the Terrace, and perhaps the heartrending version of R.E.M.'s "Everybody Hurts" he performed on the show.