The week's best Madison show announcements.
When the institution of powerful folk songwriting, gorgeous baritone vocals, and tasteful guitar virtuosity Richard Thompson makes his on December 4 at the Barrymore, he'll be striking a nice balance. Thompson will begin the show with a short solo-acoustic set, then will play with his trio, behind this summer's album Still. Info/tickets
Indiana's Austin Lucas writes and sings some startlingly rich and moving country songs, and he'll play a solo show on December 10 at the High Noon Saloon. His most recent album is 2013's full-band record Get Reckless, but an even better starting point is the starker 2009 album Somebody Loves You. Info/tickets
On the more experimental end of things, NYC sax-and-synth improviser Jonah Parzen-Johnson will be back for a November 24 show at Mickey's Tavern. Also on the bill are Madison's Asumaya and a duo performance from bassist Rob Lundberg and synth/guitar experimenter Andy Fitzpatrick. Info
UW Cinematheque this week added an October 28 screening of Spotlight at the Marquee in Union South to its roster of Madison premieres of new films. Tom McCarthy's new drama stars Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, and Rachel McAdams as the team of Boston Globe journalists who investigated the Catholic Church's sex-abuse cover up.