I'm not playing Christmas music yet, but I have started this list of fun resources for the holidays:
- 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)
Have you seen any links that should be included here? Send 'em my way!
Mills Folly Microcinema: Seeing Pink, videos by Ariel Teal 🟠
Wednesday | 7 p.m. | Arts + Literature Laboratory | $15
Teal's dual professional backgrounds in film and social work have had an impact on their work in the exploration of personal trauma channeled through techniques from found footage and essay film. Read more from Tone Madison →
Wednesday | 8 p.m. | High Noon Saloon | Free
Delightfully random presentations from local nerds. This time around: presentations about cricket farming and pop music drama of the 1800s.
Madison Downtowners Happy Hour
Thursday | 5-8 p.m. | The Tinsmith | Free
Mix and mingle with others who live or work in Downtown Madison.
Thursday | 6:30-9 p.m. | Henry Vilas Zoo | $65+
Experience Zoo Lights while sampling beer and cider from regional breweries during this 21-and-up event.
Holiday Glow on Monroe
Friday | 4-8 p.m. | Monroe Street | Free
Monroe Street businesses will offer special activities and sales during this holiday event.
Five Finger Death Punch and Brantley Gilbert
Friday | Alliant Energy Center | 6:30 p.m. | $39+
An earlier collaboration and mutual interests led heavy metal band Five Finger Death Punch and country rocker Brantley Gilbert to tour together.
When You Read This Letter (1953) screening 🟠
Friday | 7 p.m. | UW Cinematheque | Free
Its atmospheric cinematography, stylistic complexity, and haunting ambiguities bring When You Read This Letter (1953) into alignment with director Jean-Pierre Melville's most sophisticated creations. Read more from Tone Madison →
Kainalu, Javier Reyes, The Earthlings 🟠
Friday | The Majestic | Show at 8 p.m. | $15+
This hometown show will celebrate the November release of Kainalu's second full-length album, Ginseng Hourglass. Read more from Tone Madison →
Evening With Nick Moran and Friends 🟠
Friday | 8 p.m. | Arts + Literature Laboratory | $10+
The indispensable bassist explores a whole spectrum of his musical interests and collaborations. Read more from Tone Madison →
Haunted Ones at Crucible 🟠
Friday | Show at 9 p.m. | $5
Vincent Presley and Lacey Smith's reissue-focused label Secret Records and their Haunted Ones DJ nights both focus on ferreting out treasures from the weirder corners of post-punk, industrial, and left-field electronic music. Read more from Tone Madison →
The Crafty Fair
Saturday (10 a.m.-4 p.m.) and Sunday (9 a.m.-2 p.m.) | Goodman Community Center | Free
Vendors selling handmade items take over the Goodman Community Center for the weekend.
Fair Trade Holiday Festival
Saturday | 8 a.m.-3 p.m. | Monona Terrace | Free
Over 40 vendors will offer "fair trade" clothing, foods, jewelry, books, cards, ornaments, baskets and more.
Community Carol Sing
Saturday | 11 a.m. | Overture Center | Free
Madison Symphony Orchestra presents an interactive community concert with Principal Organist Greg Zelek.
Olbrich Gardens Holiday Concert Series: Paran Amirinazari & Eric Tran
Sunday | 1:30 p.m. | Olbrich Gardens | $5 suggested donation
Paran Amirinazari of the Willy Street Chamber Players and Eric Tran join forces to give a violin and piano recital.
Capitol Christmas Pageant
Sunday | Two shows: 4:15 p.m. and 5:15 p.m. | Capitol | Free
Local high school students and alumni sing holiday songs to kick off the holiday season.
📡 On our radar…
- Winter Fantasia: Reimagined from Kanopy Dance on Dec. 8-11
- Eastside Winter Market on Dec 10 and 11.
- Tuba Christmas on Dec. 10.
- Steely Dane "Holidane" Show on Dec. 10