5 things to do this week

Monday music: Caspian @ Jackpot

The instrumental alt-rock band from Massachusetts will play at the Jackpot, 943 Massachusetts St., along with Sundiver and Native, starting at 9 p.m. $7 for 18+, $5 for 21+.

Tuesday art: The art of Medieval theater @ the Spencer

Rutgers University art history professor Laura Weigert will give the talk, about a French historical and miniature painter from the 16th century, called "The Devil’s Stage: Hubert Cailleau’s Illuminated Manuscripts and the Illusion of a Medieval Theater," at 5:30 p.m. at the Spencer Museum of Art on KU's campus. It's free.

Tuesday talk: NPR White House correspondent @ the Dole Institute of Politics

Scott Horsley will speak at 7:30 p.m. at the Dole Institute of Politics on KU's West Campus as part of Kansas Public Radio's 60th anniversary celebration. Horsley, NPR's White House correspondent, will give his take on the 2012 presidential campaign. It's free.

Tuesday geekery: Climate change Science on Tap @ Free State Brewing Company

Sharon Billings, Kansas University associate professor of ecology and evolutionary biology, will present "Global Shift — a Challenging Twist on Climate Change" and talk about climate change science over some brews, starting at 7:30 p.m. at the restaurant, 636 Massachusetts St. It's free to attend. The beer's not, unfortunately.

Weekday music: STS9 @ Liberty Hall

Post-rock dance music-makers Sound Tribe Sector 9 — a big, instrumental, jazzy new-wave group — will play Tuesday and Wednesday nights at Liberty Hall, 644 Massachusetts St., for $25.50 a night or $45.50 for both. The show starts at 8 p.m. both nights.

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