Fall may be making its presence felt as the sun sets, but evenings are warming up with the brand new art season. The calendar includes: a screening of and discussion about Hysteria; a book reading by Terry Brooks; a performance of Iscariot; and, live music from Aaron Scholz with Kyle Motor, Josh Harty Band, Ed Sheeran, Nobunny, Pert' Near Sandstone, Saul Williams with Dessa, and Two Fresh.
NOTEWORTHY: A barefoot Abebe Bikila wins Olympic marathon, becoming first gold medalist from sub-Saharan Africa, 1960.
NOTEWORTHY: World Wildlife Fund founded, 1961.
Sundance Cinemas, after 6:50 pm screening
Watch the movie about the invention of the vibrator, starring Maggie Gyllenhaal, then head up to the second floor for an Isthmus-sponsored panel discussion. It includes Isthmus news editor Judith Davidoff and Ellen Barnard and Dr. Myrtle Wilhite of the Madison sexuality boutique A Woman's Touch; plus plenty of input from audience members.
Mickey's Tavern, 10:30 pm
One of the few Madison musicians to boast an AllMusic profile, Scholz is equally adept at power-pop and lo-fi folk-rock. He'll be joined by Kyle Motor, frontman of the dirty, flirty local rock band the Motorz.
NOTEWORTHY: Elizabeth Barrett elopes with fellow poet Robert Browning, 1846.
Barnes & Noble-West Towne, 7 pm
The best-selling author has cranked out more than 30 fantasy books, including a Star Wars novelization. He'll discuss his latest, Wards of Faerie: The Dark Legacy of Shannara, in which a young Druid stumbles on the shocking truth of vanished Elfstones. As you can imagine, all hell breaks loose.
High Noon Saloon, 7 pm
Blow kisses to local singer-songwriter Harty as he embarks upon a European tour and a musical ramble through several American cities. With Miles Nielsen & the Rusted Hearts, Paul Otteson, Justin Bricco and Christopher Plowman.
Majestic Theatre, 8:30 pm
This young Englishman creates acoustic hip-hop with guitar strums and some mad beatboxing skills. He might perform selections from The Slumdon Bridge, an EP he created with Yelawolf earlier this year, but recent set lists have focused on his 2011 LP, +, which topped the charts in England, Ireland and Australia.
Frequency, 8 pm
This hare-brained artist blends garage-punk with bubblegum pop while wearing a fluffy bunny mask and Gaga-esque accouterments such as raw meat and ball gags. With the Hussy and the Lonesome Savages.
NOTEWORTHY: Michelangelo begins work on David, 1501.
Hemsley Theatre in UW Vilas Hall, 7:30 pm
Noted Irish theater artists Patrick Sutton and Charlie Hughes are in residence at the UW through Sept. 16. This one-man play, written and directed by Sutton and starring Hughes, is about a man who has walked the Earth for 2,000 years, unable to die because of his guilt. Free!
High Noon Saloon, 9 pm
Though the Minneapolis Star Tribune has mocked this bluegrass band's name, it's praised their music effusively, describing 2011's Paradise Hop as "masterfully and jubilantly plucked." With Heatbox.
Terrace at UW Memorial Union, 9 pm
Raised on philosophy books and slam poetry, these brainy artists will flaunt their spoken-word chops at a free outdoor show. (See Tour Stop.)
Segredo, 10 pm
Twin brothers Sherwyn and Kendrick Nichols pool their musical talents as Two Fresh, a DJ-producer project that blends hip-hop with jazz, soul, synthesizer melodies and plenty of original beats. Colby Buckler will add some live drumming to the mix. With DJs Radish and Alex Rosen.