Looking for Friday plans? MMoCA's gallery night could be a good option for you. A lot of different galleries and other organizations around town are hosting artist talks and open houses.
- Startup Week. Monday through Sunday. Webinars, training, and competitions.
- Winter Art Fair Off the Square at Monona Terrace. Saturday and Sunday. Over 135 Wisconsin exhibitors with a selection of pottery, paintings, fiber, glass art, wood, photography, jewelry, graphics, sculpture and more. $5 at the door. Children under 12 free.
- Arts + Literature Laboratory open house. Dance, beadwork and fabric dying demos, music and more. Friday through Sunday.
- Becky Robinson at Comedy on State. Shows at 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. on both Friday and Saturday. Tickets start at $18.
Monday, Nov. 8
- Free pizza to end gerrymandering. Wisconsin Fair Maps Coalition is parking a food truck at 300 State Street and distributing free pizza. 10:30 a.m.- 2 p.m.
- Webinar: Hire Badgers. UW’s work-study program, previously reserved for on-campus and non-profit organizations, has recently been expanded to small businesses. 2 p.m. Free.
- Arab Fairy Tale Feasts: A Delicious Way to Explore Arab Culture. Join to learn about Arab culture and traditions through the lens of food with children’s book author Karim Alrawi. 4 p.m. Free. Virtual.
- Films for One to Eight Projectors: Roger Beebe in Person at Arts + Literature Laboratory. Program of 16mm multi-projector performances. 7:30 p.m. Free for Arts + Literature Laboratory members, $5 for non-members.
Tuesday, Nov. 9
- Exploring COVID-19 Vaccines for Kids with the Morgridge Institute. Conversation with experts on the front lines of pediatric vaccine development and public health. 1 p.m. Free. Virtual.
- Webinar: Gardening with Native Plants with UW arboretum outreach specialist Susan Carpenter. 6:30 p.m. Online. Free.
- The Record Company with JJ Wilde. Doors 6:30 p.m., show at 8 p.m. $26.50 advance, $30 at door.
- An Evening with Dr. Reuben Miller. Moderated discussion and Q&A with Dr. Reuben Miller about his new book, "Halfway Home: Race, Punishment, and the Afterlife of Incarceration." 6:30 p.m. Free.
- Post Animal at High Noon Saloon. Doors at 7 p.m., show at 8 p.m. $15 advance, $20 at door.
Wednesday, Nov. 10
- Clean Lakes 101: At-Home Water Quality Action by Clean Lakes Alliance. Actionable ways for residents to reduce stormwater runoff from reaching the lakes. 8 a.m. Virtual. Free, with donation option.
- Fall 2021 Visiting Artist Colloquium: Eli Reed. Reed is a documentary photographer and a member of international photographic cooperative Magnum Photos who has a strong interest in social justice and the effects of war on society. 5 p.m. Virtual. Free.
- Free Art Social at Robinia Courtyard. Bring an art project you're working on or just clear your mind and make some new friends. 6-8 p.m.
- Conversation with Erica Rosenfeld Halverson, author of “How the Arts Can Save Education” and MSD school board president Ali Muldrow. Hosted by A Room of One’s Own. 6 p.m. Virtual.
- The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus at The Annex. Doors at 6:30 p.m., show at 7 p.m. $20.
Thursday, Nov. 11
- Veteran’s Day.
- Veterans Day Tribute at Madison Senior Citizen Center. 10 a.m. special guests include Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway, Representative Francesca Hong, and Senator Kelda Roys.
- Chris Garcia at Comedy on State. Students $5, regular admission $15.
- Roman Alexander and Levi Hummon at High Noon Saloon. Doors at 7 p.m., show at 8 p.m. $12 advance, $15 at door.
- Panel: Indigenous & Community Resistance to Mining in Wisconsin. Organized by Sierra Club of Wisconsin. 7 p.m. Virtual. Free.
- Author talk: “Nice White Ladies” author Jessie Daniels. Organized by the Wisconsin Book Festival. Daniels addresses the unintended complicity of even well-meaning white women. 7 p.m. Virtual. Free.
- The story of Corporal Mitchell Redcloud, Jr. as told by Ho-Chunk Nation's Eric Logan. Part of the Ho-Chunk Through Story: The Origin, The Wayz, and The Life residency. 7 p.m. Virtual. Free.
- “The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants” film screening with director Ken Kwapis at Union South. From IMDb: “Four best girlfriends hatch a plan to stay connected with one another as their lives start off in different directions: they pass around a pair of secondhand jeans that fits each of their bodies perfectly.” 7 p.m. Free.
- Two Friends at the Sylvee. Show at 8 p.m. Free.
Friday, Nov. 12
- Curator's Tour: Picturing a Nation at the Chazen. Two times: 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Free.
- Gallery Night at venues all around town. Organized by MMoCA. 5-9 p.m. Gallery shows and artist talks.
- Free admission at Madison Children’s Museum for Gallery Night. 5-9 p.m.
- Old Crow Medicine Show at the Sylvee. Doors 6:30 p.m., show at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $35.
- “American Graffiti” film screening at Vilas Hall. From IMDb: “A group of teenagers in California's central valley spend one final night after their 1962 high school graduation cruising the strip with their buddies before they pursue their varying goals. 7 p.m.
- Thumpasaurus at High Noon Saloon. Doors 8:30 p.m., show at 9:30 p.m. $10 advance, $15 at door.
Saturday, Nov. 13
- UW Football versus Northwestern at Camp Randall. Kickoff at 11 a.m.
- Puppy Hour at Central Bark Madison Southeast. 12 p.m. Drop your puppy off for pandemic-era socialization. Free.
- History of the Arboretum’s Lost City. Learn about the fascinating history of the failed Lake Forest development project and the land that became part of the Arboretum. 1 p.m. $20.
- Hayrides at Holiday Fantasy in Lights at Olin Park. See the Holiday Fantasy in Lights aboard a haywagon. No reservation is needed. 7-10 p.m. $3 per person. Children 2 and under are free.
- Mad Laughs at Bos Meadery. Night of stand-up featuring the best of the Midwest. 7:30 PM doors, 8 PM show. $10.
- Cap Times Live presents Raine Stern + LINE. $22 advance, $25 at door. Doors at 7 p.m., show at 8 p.m.
- Hey, ily with Lobsterfight and Your Arms Are My Cocoon at Wisconsin Union Theater. 8 p.m. Free.
Sunday, Nov. 14
- Madison Marathon.
- “Summer of 85” film screening at the Chazen. From IMdb: “French teenager Alexis's boat capsizes, and he is rescued by David, who ends up as his boyfriend.” 2 p.m.
- Pajama night at Garth’s Brew Bar. 2-7 p.m. Show up in your PJs and drink any draft beer for $6.
- Free Kids' Art Adventures ArtKits at MMoCA. Pick up a free DIY Kids’ Art Adventures ArtKit complete with supplies and instructions for at-home artmaking inspired by art in the MMoCA galleries. Pick up 2-3 p.m.
- Sweater People and Luke and the Levitations at Memorial Union. 8 p.m. Free.
Some things to look forward to...
- Best of Madison Taste party on Nov. 15.
- Holiday Cocktail Class at Garver Feed Mill on Nov. 18
- Sustain Dane Summit on Nov. 18.