Every week, I try to find between 30 and 60 events for you to consider checking out. I'm just one person, so there's no way I can get to everything. Instead, I try to focus on events that are unique and local. Bonus points for anything free!
But if you're consistently finding there's nothing that's interesting to you in these posts, reply and let me know. Maybe I need to recalibrate a bit or check some other sources.
Monday, Feb. 28
- Women Dancing Screening & Talk Balk at Arts + Literature Lab. Li Chiao-Ping discusses her Women Dancing project, in which she commissioned 7 esteemed choreographers to make unique solos for her. 7 p.m. Free.
- CNL Sings Sad Songs to Celebrate Sobriety from Communication. 7 p.m. Virtual. Free. 🟠
- UW Afro-Cuban Jazz Ensemble at Hamel Music Center. 7:30 p.m. Virtual option. Free. 🟠
- Cocktails with the Author: “The United States of Cocktails” at Leopold's Books Bar Caffè. Q&A with Brian Bartels, an author, bartender, and co-owner of Settle Down Tavern & Oz by Oz. 7 p.m. Free.
- Briston Maroney with Genevieve Stokes at the Majestic. Music at 8 p.m. $20 advance, $25 at door.
Tuesday, March 1
- The Big Share, a day of coordinated support for local nonprofits focused on creating equitable and just communities and protecting the environment.
- Madison Downtowners happy hour at Palette Bar and Grill. 5-7 p.m.
- Concert Bingo at High Noon Saloon. Prizes include merch and concert tickets. 5 p.m. $5 entry includes five rounds.
- Foo Foo Dolls, a 90s tribute band, at Come Back In Bar and Restaurant. 6-10 p.m.
- Panchromatic Steel and Saideira Pagode Crew at Café CODA. 7 p.m.
- Book Launch: "Crossing the Pressure Line" with Laura Anne Bird at Mystery to Me. Author is introducing her debut middle-grade novel. 7:30 p.m. Free.
- Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater at the Overture. "New works by contemporary choreographers as well as the beloved Revelations, a universal anthem of resilience that resounds anew today." 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $45.
- "We The Vision” screening at the Marquee Cinema at Union South. Documentary is about The Black Voice, the UW's student publication for historically silenced voices. 6 p.m. Free. 🟠
- Public Domain Movie Night: Sunny (1941) at Bierock. From IMDb: "The beautiful Anna Neagle stars as a circus performer who falls in love with a rich car dealer's son, against her family's wishes ." 8 p.m. Free.
Wednesday, March 2
- After Complaint with Sara Ahmed. "In her recent book Complaint!, Sara Ahmed draws on testimonies shared by academics and students who have made complaints about abuses of power such as harassment or bullying or unequal working conditions in universities. In this virtual Humanities Without Boundaries lecture, Ahmed reflects on the book by asking what it means to be after complaint." 12 p.m. Virtual. Free. 🟠
- No Time for Comedy (1940) screening at Alicia Ashman Library. From IMDb: A patroness of the arts convinces Playwright Gaylord Esterbrook to forget about comedy and concentrate on writing a tragedy. The end result nearly destroys his career and his marriage." 1:30 p.m. Free.
- Visiting Artist Colloquium: Jean Laurenz with UW-Madison Art Department. 5 p.m. Virtual. Free.
- Hanah Jon Taylor Artet at Café Coda. Music at 7 p.m. Free. 🟠
- Chastity Brown at The Bur Oak. Music at 8 p.m. $15.
- Brett Dennen at the Majestic. Music at 8 p.m. $30.
Thursday, March 3
- Understanding Movement and Population Dynamics of Migratory Birds with the UW Aboretum. Virtual. 10:00 a.m. Free.
- Webinar: From Burned Out to Reignited: 4 Steps to Break Through Burnout with DreamBank. 12 p.m. Virtual. Free.
- Sam Weber at the Bur Oak. Music at 8 p.m. $12 advance, $15 at door.
- Ventures in Portraiture: Gallery Show at Gibs. Five artists exploring the theme of realism portraiture. 8-11 p.m.
- Schlock and Awe: Lifeforce (1985) at the Rigby. A “night of movie-riffing madness with some of the wildest and weirdest movies ever made.” 9 p.m.
Friday, March 4
- Charanga Agozá in the Bolz Conservatory at Olbrich Gardens. Part of the Canopy Sessions concert series. 5 p.m. $8 general admission, $4 children ages 6 - 12, children ages 5 & under free.
- Good Time (2017) screening with producer Oscar Boyson Q&A at Union South Marquee. From IMDb: "After a botched bank robbery lands his younger brother in prison, Connie Nikas embarks on a twisted odyssey through New York City's underworld to get his brother Nick out of jail." 6 p.m. Free. 🟠
- Fist Of Fury (1972) screening at UW Cinematheque. Read more in Tone Madison's preview of the "These Fists Break Bricks" program. 6 p.m. Free. 🟠
- Katy Kirby & Sun June, Allie at High Noon Saloon. Music at 7 p.m. $14 advance, $16 doors. 🟠
- Bridges Not Borders: Puentes No Fronteras Opening Reception at DarkHorse Art Bar. 7 p.m. Free admission, art available for purchase. 🟠
- Leanne Morgan at Overture. San Antonio-based comedian got her start telling jokes while running jewelry parties. 7 p.m.
- The Dragon Lives Again (1977) screening at UW Cinematheque. Read more in Tone Madison's preview of the "These Fists Break Bricks" program. 8 p.m. Free. 🟠
- Sixteen Candles 80s dance party at the Majestic. Music at 8 p.m. $15 advance, $20 at door.
- Harmonious Wail at the Bur Oak. Music at 8 p.m. $15 advance, $20 at door.
- pluko at Liquid. Music at 10 p.m. Tickets start at $15.
Saturday, March 5
- Dane County Farmers’ Market Late Winter Market at Garver Feed Mill. 8 a.m.-12 p.m. Free admission.
- Angela Puerta concert. Part of the Kids in the Rotunda series. Shows at 9:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Free.
- Learn to Build a Birdhouse at Hoyt Park with Madison Parks. 10 a.m. Free. Pre-registration required.
- Madison Goldens Meet Up at the Boneyard. A gathering of Madison-area golden retrievers. Raffle and group photo. 12-1:30 p.m.
- Justice Club Book Release Party with Communication at Garver Feed Mill. 2 p.m.
- Snake In The Eagle's Shadow (1978) screening at UW Cinematheque. Read more in Tone Madison's preview of the "These Fists Break Bricks" program. 4 p.m. Free. 🟠
- The Subtext podcast: A live recording w/ Quan Barry at Overture Center. Barry will discuss her world premiere play, 'The Mytilenean Debate,' running Feb. 24 - March 13. 4 p.m. Free.
- Pacho Flores with UW Symphony Orchestra. 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $10.
- Master Of The Flying Guillotine (1976) screening at UW Cinematheque. Read more in Tone Madison's preview of the "These Fists Break Bricks" program. 7 p.m. Free. 🟠
- Brian Regan at The Orpheum. 8 p.m. Tickets start at $42.50.
- Madison Carnaval 2022 at the Majestic. 9 p.m. $20.
- Late Night Jam Session at Cafe Coda. 11 p.m.-1 a.m. $5.
Sunday, March 6
- Madison Comic Con. 10-5 p.m. $8.
- First Sunday Brunch Live Jazz with Luke Leavitt at Café CODA. 12-1:30 p.m.
- Week 6 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.
- Honoring Tony Terrell Robinson Jr. March, candlelight vigil and celebration of legacy. Starts at the Wilmar Neighborhood Center at 2 p.m.
- Sunday Afternoon Live: Rabin String Quartet at the Chazen Museum of Art. 12:30 p.m. Free.
- Alton Brown Live: Beyond The Eats at the Overture Center. Comedy and cooking from Food Network regular Alton Brown. 6:30 p.m. Tickets start at $70.
- Joe Purdy at the Bur Oak. Purdy is an actor and folk artist who has released 14 albums and a movie soundtrack in the last 15 years. Music at 8 p.m. $22 advance, $25 at door.
- Tonstartssbandht at Memorial Union Rathskeller. Music at 8 p.m. Free. 🟠
- Joywave at the Majestic. 8 p.m. $25.
📡 On our radar...
- Coheed and Cambria at the Sylvee on March 9.
- George Hesselberg reads from “Dead Lines: Slices of Life from the Obit Beat” on March 10.
- Glass Animals at the Sylvee on March 16.
- Black Arts Matter Festival on March 23-26. 🟠
- HUMP! Film Festival on March 26.
Wondering what that 🟠 means?
That symbol next to an event listing means that Tone Madison’s team of writers and editors recommends checking it out. Tone knows Madison’s arts and music landscape better than anybody else.
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