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Book Talk: The Afghanistan Papers: A Secret History of the War
Monday | 12 p.m. | Virtual | Free
Washington Post reporter Craig Whitlock joins the Wisconsin Veterans Museum to discuss The Afghanistan Papers: A Secret History of the War, which looks at how three successive presidents and their military commanders deceived the public year after year about America’s longest war.
Mariupolis (2016) screening + fundraising dinner 🟠
Monday | Leopold’s Books Bar Caffè
Monthly Ukrainian dinner benefitting World Central Kitchen is coupled with a patio screening of the documentary Mariupolis (2016) by director Mantas Kvedaravičius, who was killed during the Russian siege of Mariupol. Read more from Tone Madison →
Surf's Up (2007) screening
Monday | 9 p.m. | Memorial Union Terrace | Free
From IMDb: "A behind-the-scenes look at the annual Penguin World Surfing Championship, and its newest participant, up-and-comer Cody Maverick."
Trivia: Movie soundtracks/TV theme song theme
Tuesday | 7 p.m. | High Noon Saloon | Free
Best dressed will win a prize.
Wednesday | The Sylvee | Show at 8 p.m. | $62.50
Fun fact: ZZ TOP lays claim to being the longest-running major rock band with original personnel intact.
Orton Park Festival
Thursday-Sunday | Free
Orton Park Festival returns for its 57th year with music, food and craft vendors, and quirky traditions that come together each year at the corner of Spaight and Ingersoll.
Dane Dances: Sisters of Element and Sounds of Slave
Friday | 5:30-8 p.m. | Monona Terrace | Free
Dane Dances! is held on the Monona Terrace rooftop every Friday evening in August.
Mad Lit DJ Block Party 🟠
Friday | 8 p.m. | 100 block of State Street | Free
Last year, the inaugural Mad Lit series set aside a night to celebrate the DJs in particular—always a solid plan for a series that showcases the many elements of hip-hop. This year Mad Lit is doing it again, so hopefully the DJ Block Party will become an annual staple. For this installment, DJ Dee Franko and DJ Spade will join one of Madison’s true homegrown hip-hop heroes, multi-platinum producer DJ Pain 1. Read more from Tone Madison →
Middleton Good Neighbor Festival
Friday-Sunday | Fireman's Park | Free
The line-up includes a carnival, parade, arts and crafts show, parade games, live music, food and more.
Saturday | Alliant Energy Center | 7 p.m. | $44+
Kevin Hart brings his Reality Check Tour to the Veterans Memorial Coliseum.
Def Sonic, Uncle JIM, Heavy Looks 🟠
Saturday | 8 p.m. | BarleyPop Live
This show will likely serve as some sort of soft release party for the power-pop mainstays, while folk-pop act Uncle JIM and Def Sonic will round out the lineup. Read more from Tone Madison →
2022 GLEAM Opening Viewing
Saturday | 7:30-11:30 p.m. | Olbrich Botanical Gardens | Prices vary
A special sneak preview event for GLEAM, the annual light exhibit at Olbrich Gardens. You can expect illuminated roaming performances and opportunities to meet exhibit designers.
Abortion Action Fair
Saturday | 11 a.m.- 2 p.m. | Free
The Abortion Action Fair will feature reproductive justice organizations who will be sharing knowledge about how to get involved and take action for abortion access and reproductive justice.
📡 On our radar
- Taste of Madison on Sept. 3-4.
- Madison Night Market on Sept. 8.
- Wilco on Sept. 9.
- Cap Times Idea Fest on Sept. 12-17
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