11 things to do this week
The annual Holiday Express Flower & Model Train Show is back at Olbrich Gardens!
The large-scale model train exhibit is carnival themed this year (oooh). It's open daily through the end of the month, with the exception of Christmas Day.
Admission is $8 for adults, $5 for kids 6 and up, and free for kids under 5 and Olbrich members.
The Moth Madison Storyslam: Anniversary theme
Monday | Show at 7:30 p.m. | High Noon Saloon | $15
People share short stories loosely tied to the theme of milestones.
Twilight Saga Trivia
Tuesday | 7 p.m. | The Rigby | Free
Come dressed as the theme for bonus prizes.
Presentation: “What the Heck is X-ray Astronomy, and Why Do We Bother?”
Wednesday | 7 p.m. | UW Biotechnology Center + Virtual | Free
UW-Madison Physics professor Dan McCammon explains why you need to cool your X-ray detectors to 1/20th of a degree above absolute zero to look at million-degree gas, among other things. Part of the Wednesday Nite @ The Lab series.
Wednesday | 8 p.m. | High Noon Saloon | Free
Delightfully random presentations from local nerds. This time around: presentations on intermodal transport and supply chain logistics, Greco-Roman mystery cults, and the biological and paleontological history of earth.
Brew N View: Elf (2003)
Thursday | Show at 7:30 p.m. | The Majestic | $7
Drink and watch this classic holiday movie.
Cooking with the Cap Times: Chef Giovanni Novella of Bar Corallini
Thursday | 6 p.m. | Virtual | Free
A live cooking demonstration with chef Giovanni Novella of Bar Corallini and Cap Times food editor Lindsay Christians.
To Space And Back: An Evening Of Piano Trios 🟠
Friday | 7:30 p.m. | Arts + Literature Laboratory | $15-20
This program of chamber works by composers Bedrich Smetana, Fazil Say, and Dmitri Shostakovich spans over 150 years—from the lavish romanticism of Smetana, creeping modern dramatism of Say, and the concluding contrasts of Shostakovich. Read more from Tone Madison →
Kids in the Rotunda: David Landau
Saturday | 9:30 a.m. & 1 p.m. | Overture Center | Free
David Landau’s performances are upbeat musical programs that keep children engaged and constantly thinking.
Lesbian Pop Up Bar at Jade Monkey
Saturday | 6 p.m. | Jade Monkey | Free
This series of popup bars exists to address the lack of lesbian bars in Madison.
Holiday Concert Series: Betsy Ezell Trio
Sunday | 2-3 p.m. | Olbrich Gardens | $5 Suggested Donation
An afternoon of festive holiday jazz, including favorite holiday standards and original tunes by each member of the trio.
The HA-HA-Holiday Variety Hour!
Sunday | Show at 6 p.m. | The Bur Oak | $15
Laugh, sing, and relax with a night of stand-up comedy, sketch, and live music.
☃️ Winter fun
- Madison Area Holiday Lights & Tree Lighting Guide (Destination Madison)
- Where to See Santa in the Madison, WI Area (Madison Mom)
- Dining in Domes (Destination Madison)
- 12 holiday events in Madison you won't have to dress up for (Cap Times)
- Find unique, artistic gifts for everyone on your list at 17 local holiday markets (Madison Magazine)