Aaron Bohrod: A Life and Still Life
Watrous Gallery in the Overture Center, through Dec. 30. Reception: Nov. 2, 5:30 pm
Bohrod was an artist-in-residence at the UW from 1948 to 1972 and remains one of Wisconsin's most important arts figures. This exhibition celebrates his centenary with his famous trompe l'oeil still-life paintings, photographs, magazine illustrations, ceramics and textiles.
Madison Public Library-Central Branch, 7 pm
Hedges is the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of American Fascists: The Christian Right and the War on America. He joins a panel discussion of "Religious Fundamentalism in America."
Barrymore Theatre, 7:30 pm
The Mule are turning heads these days with a new reggae-influenced album, but we expect the dub grooves won't impede Allmans/Dead sideman Warren Haynes' usual guitar fury. Grace Potter & the Nocturnals open.
Annex, 8:30 pm
Despite the defection of their old lead singer, hard-rockers Adema continue to grind and grimace with conviction.
UW Design Gallery, 1300 Linden Dr., through Feb. 3. Reception: Nov. 4, 1-4 pm
This exhibition explores the subtleties of the Japanese garment, featuring samples from the Helen Louise Allen Textile Collection.
Overture Center's Overture Hall, 7:30 pm
This talent-rich traveling blues fest brings together soul and gospel legend Mavis Staples, blues-harp great Charlie Musselwhite, New Orleans organist Joe Krown and the groove-addicted North Mississippi Allstars.
High Noon Saloon, 8 pm
Local musicians smear on the greasepaint for a ghoulish Beatles tribute. Other legends getting the tribute treatment here include the Clash, Madonna, and the Velvet Underground.
Wild Side and School's Out
Annex, 10 pm
The Annex celebrates its grand reopening with a Motley Crue and an Alice Cooper tribute. Here's hoping the latter simulates Alice's full gallows set-up for Halloween.
Spotlight Film & Video
Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, 7 pm
MMoCA's series of cutting-edge film showcases the work of California's Michele O'Marah, who has fun with Hollywood conventions.
Vartan Manoogian Memorial
Mills Hall in the UW Humanities Bldg., 7:30 pm
The UW School of Music presents a free concert honoring the late, great faculty member and violinist. Performers include the Philomusica ensemble, Avedis Manoogian and guest violinist Manuel Guillén, who'll be featured in a concerto by Spanish composer Zulema de la Cruz dedicated to Manoogian.
Annex, 7:30 pm
Halloween comes and goes for the rest us, but the speed-crazed metal maniacs thrash about the lower precincts of hell 365 days a year. Psyclon Nine, Marazene, Baghead and I Decay offer devilish support.
Barrymore Theatre, 8 pm
The normally easygoing Subdudes, who formed in New Orleans, hit out at the manifold failures that occasioned the Katrina disaster on their recent radio track "Poor Man's Paradise." So much for the notion that the jam nation isn't politically astute.
Majestic Theatre, 8 pm
Morgan's "Tough," an ode to strong women dealing with difficult situations, is one of those country hits that'll make a grown man tear up and sing along.
Rose Hill Drive
King Club, 9 pm
This persuasive young power trio looks back to the psychedelicized blues of Cream and Zeppelin. Steepwater and Super 400 open.