Spring break at the UW and MMSD schools makes for a fairly quiet scene around Madison this week. The calendar includes: live music by Alejandro Escovedo, Into It. Over It. with Koji, and High on Fire with Priestess; an exhibition by the Harlem Globetrotters, and a performance by Hubbard Street Dance Chicago.
NOTEWORTHY: Junk-bond icon Michael Milken indicted for racketeering, 1989.
BIRTHDAYS: Aussie actress/Sports Illustrated swimsuit model Elle MacPherson and Victoria's Secret model Jill Goodacre, 1964; warrior actress Lucy Lawless, 1968.
High Noon Saloon, 8 pm
After almost losing a battle with hepatitis C in 2003, the celebrated alt-country singer-songwriter has bounced back both physically and musically. His 2008 album, Real Animal, inspired by his recovery experience, is gutsy, powerful and undeniably rockin'. With Megan McCormick.
NOTEWORTHY: Two police officers, press secretary James Brady & President Reagan wounded in assassination attempt, 1981.
BIRTHDAYS: Grammy-winning singer/songwriter/guitarist/deity Eric Clapton, 1937; Grammy-winning singer/songwriter/guitarist Tracy Chapman, 1964.
NOTEWORTHY: President Lyndon B. Johnson announces he will not seek reelection, 1968.
BIRTHDAYS: Schoolboy-uniform-wearing AC/DC guitarist Angus Young, 1959; Aussie actor Ewan McGregor, 1971.
Project Lodge, 7:30 pm
Chicago-based musician Evan Thomas Weiss channels old-school emo and a bit of Death Cab for Cutie when he performs as Into It. Over It. Koji's pleasant indie-pop blends a breeze of alt-country with a je ne sais quoi reminiscent of David Gray. With Marty Finkel and Fighting Aurora.
APRIL FOOL'S DAY
NOTEWORTHY: U.S. forces launch Okinawa invasion, 1945. BIRTHDAYS: Filmmaking twins Albert & Allen Hughes, 1972; fabulous MSNBC news babe Rachel Maddow, 1973.
Alliant Energy Center's Coliseum, 7 pm
The venerable basketball showboats dribble into town for their annual Coliseum appearance. Expect fancy passes, trick shots and the kind of full-court comedy that never goes out of style.
High Noon Saloon, 7:30 pm
Sludgy stoner-metal trio High on Fire has a new studio album, Snakes for the Divine, that's received a thumbs-up from almost every music critic who has reviewed it, even the indie-rock aficionados at Pitchfork. Canuck metalheads Priestess also dive deep into the contents of their newest album, 2009's Prior to the Fire. With Black Cobra and Bison.
Overture Hall, 7:30 pm
The contemporary dance troupe draws from an eclectic bag of styles -- jazz dance, modern dance and ballet -- to form a high-energy hybrid all its own.