Borders West, 7 pm
The Isthmus food columnist discusses her Cafe Wisconsin Cookbook, which collects recipes from cafes and diners all over Dairyland.
John Butler Trio
High Noon Saloon, 8 pm
The Australian jam band are huge on their home turf, and they're gaining ground in the States as well. They're interested in social justice, but their latest album, Grand National, proves that they're just as interested in the groove. Ki: Theory opens.
Future Clouds & Radar
King Club, 9 pm
When you think of Texas, you don't necessarily think of swirling, tuneful psychedelia. But that is the stock-in-trade of the Lone Star State's Future Clouds & Radar, whose frontman, Robert Harrison, headed Austin's Cotton Mather.
UW Memorial Union Terrace, 5:30 pm-midnight. Through June 10
The festival's first day features a strong lineup, including the Michael BB Quintet, avant-garde god Roscoe Mitchell, inventive vocalist Jan Wheaton and the Tony Castañeda Latin Jazz Sextet.
Star Books, 7 pm
The local bookseller/cab driver/activist/Ph.D. reads from his first novel, Save Me, Julie Kogon. It's set in colorful Jewish New Haven, where a man returns to deal with his father's death.
Student Films Across America
Orpheum Theatre, 7 pm
The touring student-run festival includes films by high school and college directors. The Madison screening features Made With Love: A Story of Emergency Communities by locals Tift and Raad Fadaak, who explore the interaction between volunteers and residents at a parish restaurant.
High Noon Saloon, 9 pm
The hard-rock duo make plenty of noise with their guitar-drum attack. They have a sense of humor, too, as evidenced by their cover of Britney Spears' "Toxic." Scott Lucas and the Box Social open.