Autumn officially opens this week with a healthy mix of words and tunes. The calendar includes: talks by S. Craig Watkins, William Kent Krueger, Elizabeth Streb, and Michael Pollan; and, music by Brandi Carlile, Fishtank Ensemble, Sarah Borges & the Broken Singles , The Rainman Suite, Weedeater, Richard Lloyd, Chairlift with The Soft Pack, and Eclipse.
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NOTEWORTHY: U.S. Senate votes 99-0 to confirm Sandra Day O'Connor as first female justice to sit on the U.S. Supreme Court, 1981.
BIRTHDAYS: Comedian/actor Bill Murray, 1950; actress/curbed enthusiast Cheryl Hines, 1965.
UW Grainger Hall, 7 pm
"The Future of Hip-Hop in Academia" lecture series continues with Watkins, the University of Texas associate professor who's talking about the impact of digital technology on hip-hop.
Barrymore Theatre, 7:30 pm
In recent years Carlile has shown up here in support of acts like Sheryl Crow, but now she is headlining with her poppy, rocky, folkie, country-y sound. She's promoting her latest release, Give Up the Ghost, which features a collaboration with Elton John. Also on tonight's bill: Angel Taylor.
High Noon Saloon, 8 pm
Django Reinhardt-style jazz mingles with Transylvanian gypsy vocals, flamenco guitar and even a bit of opera for an action-packed evening of world music. With Luminescent Orchestrii.
NOTEWORTHY: French proclaim republic, 1792.
BIRTHDAYS: Rock singer-songwriter-guitarist Joan Jett, 1958; actress Bonnie Hunt, 1961.
High Noon Saloon, 7 pm
Part alt-country songbird, part desperately rockin' singer-songwriter, Boston-based Sarah Borges whips up a twangy sock hop for discerning young adults.
Frequency, 9 pm
When the L.A. pop-punk trio aren't playing shows at Hot Topic (including a free acoustic performance at the Madison branch of the mall store on Sept. 23 at 5 p.m.), they're making music fit for teenage zombies, as the name of their new CD, Teenage Zombies, suggests. With the Transgressions, the Milk Carton Kids and the Cloth Sea.
NOTEWORTHY: Republican vice-presidential candidate Richard Milhous Nixon delivers "Checkers" speech to rebut charges of campaign finance improprieties, 1952.
BIRTHDAYS: E-Street Band frontman-singer-songwriter-guitarist Bruce "The Boss" Springsteen, 1949; singer-songwriter Ani DiFranco, 1970.
Booked for Murder, 7 pm
The author makes his way here from St. Paul to discuss his latest, Heaven's Keep, from the Cork O'Connor mystery series set in Minnesota's north woods.
Overture Center's Promenade Hall, 7 pm
The UW's new Arts Enterprise program begins a public lecture series with dancer and choreographer Streb, who discusses "Where Art and Audience Collide: Smashing Assumptions About Arts Venues."
Frequency, 10 pm
The North Carolina-based Southern-metal outfit features local talent in the form of Bongzilla's bassist, "Dixie" Dave Collins. Another Bongzilla side project, Aquilonian, teams up with the Antiprism to open the show.
NOTEWORTHY: Nirvana releases Nevermind, 1991.
Kohl Center, 7 pm
The guy's an authority on the crisis that is the modern American food system. He's written authoritative books on the topic, and he seems to show up in every food-related documentary these days. Maybe he's on to something (see cover story).
Frequency, 8 pm
Though he's been releasing solo albums for 30 years, Richard Lloyd is probably best known for his role in the proto-punk band Television, in which he and Tom Verlaine became one of rock's most memorable sets of dueling guitars. With Oso Closo and Tangy.
UW Memorial Union Terrace, 8:30 pm
Brooklyn-via-Boulder electropop trio Chairlift like to craft soundtracks for haunted houses and other spooky places, while The Soft Pack are trying to avoid being haunted by their old name -- the Muslims -- by focusing on a "surf's up" style of post-punk. Read more about The Soft Pack in this week's Tour Stop. Also playing: Micachu & the Shapes.
Majestic Theatre, 9 pm
Long for the "oh, wow" days of music appreciation? Then look no further than Eclipse, a Pink Floyd tribute act that reproduces the English freakout band's songs note for note.