Thanksgiving week is typically pretty quiet, but there are a few fun options to be found around town. The calendar includes: a pair of homecoming performances in the form of the Turkey Day Eve Comedy Bash with Kevin Bozeman and the Pie for Dinner comedy/hip-hop benefit show; a benefit for the Madison-Camaguey Sister City Association; and, more live music by Daniel & the Lion and Ari Hest.
NOTEWORTHY: People's Republic of China takes seat on U.N. Security Council, 1971.
NOTEWORTHY: Congress passes the Brady Bill, 1993. BIRTHDAYS: Actress Katherine Heigl, 1978.
Daniel & the Lion
High Noon Saloon, 7 pm
The Madison-originated folk-rock combo, now living and recording in Chicago, stage a homecoming for the taping of a live DVD. With the Skin of Our Teeth.
BIRTHDAYS: Emmy-winning actor/Chrysler pitchman Ricardo Montalban, 1920; actress Christina Applegate, 1971.
High Noon Saloon, 6:30 pm
Singer-songwriter Hest continues to perfect his sandpapered baritone and soulful folk-rock originals. Maybe his greatest claim to fame is 2008's 52, the clever year-long project that had him releasing a new song every week to an audience of paying subscribers. With Declan O'Rourke.
Madison-Camaguey Sister City Association Benefit
Majestic Theatre, 8 pm
It's a Latin extravaganza as local acts Mambo Blue, Tony Castañeda Latin Jazz Band, Grupo Candela and Charanga Agoza perform to benefit warm Cuban relations.
The Comedy Club, 8:30 pm
The Chicago-based comic, a Madison native, now performs at the Loony Bins and the Funny Bones of this great nation. But he's back for another Thanksgiving Eve at the Comedy Club along with comedians Dewayne Kennedy, Chad Daniels and John Roy, all of whom have had national television exposure. A big night of yuks.
Pie for Dinner
High Noon Saloon, 9 pm
If good live entertainment had as many calories as dessert, listening to this lineup would sabotage your Thanksgiving feast. Luckily, the crowd-pleasing hip-hop of the Crest, the side-splitting standup of Nate Craig and the turntable magic of Vilas Park Sniper will make you hungry for more weekend fun and more stuffing.
NOTEWORTHY: U.S. denies visa request by PLO chairman Yasser Arafat, 1988.
BIRTHDAYS: Rocker Tina Turner, 1938; Fleetwood Mac guitarist John McVie, 1945.