The year is starting to wind down, but this week serves up a solid menu of talks and live music. The calendar includes: the Isthmus Indie Awards Dinner; a benefit for the Wisconsin Uprising Archive; a talk by Stephen Ward; a new edition of Jeffrey Siegel's Keyboard Conversations; and, more live music from Chris Trapper, Split Lip Rayfield, The Features, The Sweetback Sisters, and The Gourds.
NOTEWORTHY: Polish Solidarity leader Lech Walesa released from jail, 1982.
Steenbock's on Orchard, 5:30 pm
At this confab, Isthmus honors eight local businesses for their innovation, leadership and sustainable practices (see cover story).
Frequency, 7 pm
Thanks to his knack for film-friendly songwriting, Trapper has landed his rootsy pop tunes on the soundtracks to There's Something About Mary, The Devil Wears Prada and August Rush. Make a cameo at this show to sample his latest creations.
NOTEWORTHY: Moscow funeral services held for Soviet President Leonid Brezhnev, 1982.
High Noon Saloon, 5 pm
WYOU, the UW Communications Arts Department, the UW School of Libraries, journalist John Nichols and local musicians VO5, Solidarity Singers and DJ Nick Nice celebrate and document the efforts to recall Gov. Walker.
NOTEWORTHY: NASA launches third and final crew to Skylab space station, 1973.
Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, 7 pm
The UW journalism professor discusses "Global Journalism Ethics in a Post-9/11 World" at this Academy Evenings event.
UW Humanities Building's Mills Hall, 7:30 pm
The touring pianist and lecturer presents another evening of music and droll, interesting commentary. This program is called "A Beethoven Bonanza!" and features three sonatas by Ludwig van, including the "Pathétique."
High Noon Saloon, 8 pm
Blending bluegrass and country sounds with the stylistic flourishes of a metal band and zany acoustic instruments such as a one-stringed bass, this trio inspires jubilation each time it stops by the High Noon from Kansas. With Legendary Shack Shakers and Mountain Sprout.
Though they started as a bunch of eighth graders who played Camper Van Beethoven covers, this band of Tennessee indie rockers soon graduated to original material and, most recently, Kings of Leon's new record label, Serpents & Snakes. Check out songs from their latest LP, Wilderness, at this show. With Canvas Waiting.
NOTEWORTHY: U.S. House of Reps approves NAFTA, 1993.
High Noon Saloon, 6 pm
Though none of its members are sisters and only two are women, this tight-knit country band brims with wit, charm and a deep-seated affection for 1950s country goddesses such as Patsy Cline and Wanda Jackson (see Tour Stop). With Whitney Mann.
High Noon Saloon, 9 pm
Though they have a brand-new album called Old Mad Joy, don't be surprised if fans clamor for this alt-country group's cover of Snoop Dogg's "Gin and Juice." With Eagle Eye Williamson.