Things to do in Madison, WI: Feb. 14-21
Happy Super Bowl Sunday! Happy Valentine's Day!
I've found over 50 events for your consideration this week, and I hope at least one of them sounds interesting to you.
Monday, Feb. 14
- Embodied Carbon Emissions in Construction Materials: the Last Mile to Decarbonization. Dr. Bu Wang discusses strategies to mitigate carbon emissions from construction materials. 3 p.m. Virtual. Free.
- Margaritas & Cupcakes at Come Back In Bar and Restaurant. $3 Cupcakes, $2 margaritas, and $1 tacos. 5-9 p.m.
- Miz Cracker at the Majestic. “In her brand new show, She’s a Woman, drag queen and comedienne Miz Cracker presents a full hour of standup and music, discussing everything from dating and dieting to Covid and global calamity.” Show at 8 p.m. $31.50.
Tuesday, Feb. 15
- Author Talk: William Greer. 12:30 p.m. Virtual. Free.
- Virtual Dinosaur Hunt with DreamBank. 4 p.m. Virtual. Free.
- Inflation, the Federal Reserve’s Dilemma, and the Stock Market. Organized by UW Alumni association. 7 p.m. Virtual. Free.
- Indigenous Storytelling Series: Leon C. Valliere "Ozaawaagosh" with the Wisconsin Historical Society. 7 p.m. Virtual. Free.
- Live scene reading and chat with Amy Quan Barry at Central Library. 7 p.m. Free.
- “Dirty”-themed trivia at the Rigby. 7-9 p.m. Free.
- Singer Reginald Mobley and organist Greg Zelek at the Overture Center. 7:30 p.m. $20.
- Robert Finley with Weisshund at High Noon Saloon. Show at 8 p.m. $20 advance, $25 at door.
Wednesday, Feb. 16
- 0-5000 in 6 (Months): A Madison Minutes Case Study with Social Media Breakfast Madison and yours truly!!! 8 a.m. Virtual. Free.
- 5 Flights Up (2014) screening at Alicia Ashman Library. From IMDb: “A long-time married couple who've spent their lives together in the same New York apartment become overwhelmed by personal and real estate-related issues when they plan to move away.” 1:30 p.m. Free.
- Vinyl Night at Bierock. Bring your own vinyl records to spin. Every customer that brings in a record will receive Happy Hour pricing on beer and one half price appetizer. 6-10 p.m.
- Cocktails with the Author: Matthew Anderson at Leopold's Books Bar Caffè. Meet Anderson and purchase a signed copy of his debut book “Signs of Deception.” 6-8 p.m.
- Dylan Doyle at the Brink Lounge. 8 p.m.
- Talisk at the Bur Oak. Show at 8 p.m. $20 advance, $25 at door.
- Nerd Nite at High Noon Saloon. 8 p.m. Free.
Thursday, Feb. 17
- COVID-19: Next steps to normalcy. Organized by the UW Morgridge Institute. 4:30 p.m. Virtual. Free.
- Our Kind of Happy Hour: Judy Frater with the Chazen. 5:30 p.m.
- Cooking with the Cap Times: Chef Lorraine Chiapim. 6 p.m. Virtual. Free.
- A Conversation with Chelsea Manning at Wisconsin Union Theater. 7 p.m. Free. 🟠
- Mountain Patrol: Kekexili (2004) screening at MMoCA. From IMDb: “A moving true story about volunteers protecting antelope against poachers in the severe mountains of Tibet.” 7 p.m. $7. 🟠
- Hippo Campus at the Sylvee. Show at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $27.50.
- Randall King with Jon Stork at High Noon Saloon. 8 p.m. $16 advance, $19 at door.
Friday, Feb. 18
- Batman: Mask of the Phantasm (1993) screening at Union South Marquee. Screening at 6 p.m. Free. 🟠
- Dressed In Blue (1983) screening at UW Cinematheque. 7 p.m. Free. Read more in Tone. 🟠
- Wisconsin Global Fest featuring Immigre, De La Buena, and Spare Change Trio at the Majestic. Show at 7 p.m. $15.
- Bottoms Up Aerial Burlesque: Broken Heart Valentine Show at Crucible. 7 p.m.
- Russ Johnson Quartet (with Mark Feldman, Ethan Philion, Tim Daisy) at North Street Cabaret. Music at 8 p.m. $20. 🟠
- Spocket + Cold Fusion at the Bur Oak. Show at 8 p.m. $10.
- Hip Hop Showcase featuring 608 Trayce, Odea, and Bobdahippe with special guest DJ Iron Mike at High Noon Saloon. Show at 9 p.m. $10 advance, $15 at door.
- Dyke Dive pop-up bar with DJ Sarah Akawa at The Wisco. All queer people and allies welcome. 9:30 p.m.
- The Rocky Horror Picture Show at Crucible featuring the cast of Madison's Velvet. Doors at 11:30 p.m., show at 12 a.m. $8.
Saturday, Feb. 19
- Music with Junebug & Friends concert. Two shows: 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Part of the Kids in the Rotunda series. Free.
- Annual Theme Open House at Olbrich Botanical Gardens. “Native Plants. Natural Wonders.” will be introduced as Obrich’s 2022-2023 theme. Snacks, exhibits, workshops. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Free.
- Cupping class and coffee tasting at JBC Coffee Roasters. 10 a.m. $15.
- Clean Lakes Circus presented by Beatrix Production and WI Salt Wise. “Circus performers will educate about common lake pollutants such as chlorides through colorful, exciting performance art.” Two shows: 10:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Free.
- Puppy Hour at Central Bark Madison Southeast. 11 a.m.-12 p.m. Drop your puppy off for pandemic-era socialization. Free. Registration required.
- Pour'n Yer Heart Out at Olbrich Gardens. 12 p.m.
- Fermenting Flavor: the Art and Science Behind Big Beers. 2:30 p.m. $35.
- Wisconsin Pop Fest at the Majestic featuring Kat and the Hurricane, Seasaw, Bear in the Forest, LINE, and Pink Halo. Show at 7 p.m. $15.
- Disq, Modern Nun, Interlay at Union South Sett. 7 p.m. Free. 🟠
- Cap Times Live with Marcus Porter and Juciee Monroe at the Bur Oak. Show at 7 p.m. $10 advance, $12 at door, free for Cap Times members. Virtual option.
- The Mavericks at the Barrymore. Show at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $37.
- Volvox, Antenes, Heckadecimal at High Noon Saloon. Music at 9 p.m. $20. 🟠
- Jason Vargas And The Apollos single release party at The Rigby. Show at 10 p.m. $10.
- Barely Alive at Liquid. Show at 10 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 20
- Winter Birding by Ear at the Aldo Leopold Nature Center with Feminist Bird Club of Wisconsin. 9-11 a.m. All levels of experience levels are welcome. Free, but pre-registration is required.
- United Way Bluegrass Benefit at the Barrymore. $10 adults, $5 children 5 – 12, children under 5 free, maximum family cost $20. 1 p.m.
- Ecstatic Dance at Variations Dance Studio. Freeform dance, let your heart and the music guide your limbs. 1-3 p.m. $20.
- Goodbye, Dragon Inn (2003) screening at UW Cinematheque. Doors at 1:30 p.m., screening at 2 p.m. Free. Read about the film in Tone. 🟠
- Week 4 of the Winter Festival of Poetry. 8-week series features six poets each week, reading for roughly 10-12 minutes each. 2 p.m. Free.
- Peter Mulvey and SistaStrings at the Bur Oak. Show at 8 p.m. $15 advance, $17 at door.
- Still Woozy at the Sylvee. Show at 8 p.m. $20 advance, $23 at door.
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