New shows: Distinguished Lecture Series, Tom Carter, and The Blind Shake

The week's best Madison show announcements.

  John Waters speaks on October 15 as part of the Distinguished Lecture Series.

John Waters speaks on October 15 as part of the Distinguished Lecture Series.

The free Distinguished Lecture Series' 2015-16 lineup will include talks from filmmaker John Waters (October 15 at Mills Music Hall, in conjunction with LGBTQ History Month), and writers Junot Diaz (February 8, Wisconsin Union Theater) and Jon Ronson (Feb. 23, Union Theater). Waters is a sharp and dashing and funny public speaker, and Ronson (author of books including Them: Adventures With Extremists and the more recent So You've Been Publicly Shamed) put in a weird and hysterical appearance at the 2013 Wisconsin Book Festival. Info

A few highlights at next weekend's Willy Street Fair now that the full music lineup is out: The electronic stageon September 19 will feature Colombia duo Mitú, Orchard Lounge member and recent Madison transplant Ben Silver, Madison electro-R&B crooner Mr. Jackson, and DJs from Madison's Foshizzle crew. The rock stage on September 20 will boast a headlining set from gloriously clanging Minneapolis rock outfit The Blind ShakeInfo

Veteran guitarist Tom Carter, better known as half of the experimental duo Charalambides, will play a set of his psych-drone solo-guitar material on November 19 at Good Style Shop. The show will feature two sets from Madison's experimental music community: A rare live set from synth project Conjuror, and a duo set by Taralie Peterson (Spires That In The Sunset Rise, Tar Pet) and Patrick Best (Pelt, Spiral Joy Band). Info