Things to do in Madison, WI: Jan. 17-23
I hope you're looking forward to the week ahead. I've rounded up about 45 events for you.
If you're going to something in-person this week, be sure to double-check event websites before heading out. A lot of organizers are shifting plans due to the unprecedented spike in Covid-19 cases.
Monday, Jan. 17
- Fundraiser for the Boys and Girls Club at Aftershock Classic Arcade. All token sales for the day will be donated to the Boys and Girls Club of Dane County.
- Winter Adventures at Pope Farm Conservancy. "Bring your own snowshoes, cross-country skis, or hiking boots and join us for a one-hour adventure through the conservancy." 1 p.m. Free.
- Madison-Dane County MLK Day Observance. Featuring Ilyasah Shabazz, daughter of Malcolm X. 6-7 p.m. Event will be livestreamed virtually and broadcast on WORT.
Tuesday, Jan. 18
- Virtual Animal Hangout with Dreambank Madison and Tiny Tails to You. Learn about animals including a rabbit, silkie chicken, hedgehog, bearded dragon and a tortoise. One or more of the animals will be in tiny hats. 3 p.m. Free.
- Dog Nail Trim Clinic with Bad Dog Frida at the Barrymore, benefiting Lola's Lucky Day Rescue. $15 per dog. Must reserve a time slot online. 4:30 - 7 p.m.
- Madison City Council meeting. 6:30 p.m. Virtual. Agenda here.
- Sun Prairie City Council meeting. 7 p.m. Virtual. Agenda here.
- Monona City Council meeting. 7 p.m. Virtual. Agenda here.
Wednesday, Jan. 19
- Social Media For All: Why Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Matter with Social Media Breakfast Madison. 8 a.m. Virtual. Free.
- Madison Downtowners happy hour at Madison's. 5-7 p.m.
- Harry Potter Trivia at Paul's Pel'meni. 6 p.m.
- "Dinosaurs and the Art of Reconstructing Sauropod Skeletons" presentation. Part of Wednesday Nite at The Lab series. 7 p.m. Virtual option. Free.
Thursday, Jan. 20
- Storytime with Monona Public Library. Ideal for ages 2-5. 9:30 a.m. Virtual. Free.
- Brewers Series: An Evening of Small Batch Beers and Music at Karben4. Taste new, small batch draft beers and offer feedback. Doors and beers at 3 p.m. Music starts around 5 p.m.
- Conversations with Guanyu Xu and Paul Baker Prindle, hosted by MMoCA. Virtual. 6 p.m. Free.
- Cooking with the Cap Times: Chef Sean Pharr of Mint Mark. 6 p.m. Virtual. Free.
- “Not Homeless Enough” Screening and community conversation with Madison Public Library. 6 p.m. Virtual. Free.
- Virtual Presentation: "History and Community Influence of WI Dairy Technology." 6 p.m. Free.
- Steve-O at the Overture Center. 7 p.m. Tickets start at $39.50.
Friday, Jan. 21
- Fair Maps End Gerrymandering rally at the Capitol. Organized by the Wisconsin Fair Maps Coalition. 12 p.m.
- Groove & Glide at Rennebohm Park. 6 p.m. Free.
- Chris Lane with Ernest and Lily Rose at The Sylvee. Doors 6:30 p.m., show at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $32.50.
- Bing Bong with Zeroed Hero at the Bur Oak. Doors at 6 p.m., show at 7 p.m. $10 advance, $12 at door.
- “Labyrinth of Cinema” screening at UW Cinematheque. Tone Madison writes that the film "colorfully goofs on war and cinematic convention." 7 p.m. Free. 🟠
- Preview of “She Loves Me” with Madison Opera. Q&A after presentation. 7 p.m. Virtual. Free.
- Mae Simpson and Nur-D at High Noon Saloon. Doors at 7 p.m. show at 8 p.m. $12 advance, $15 at door.
- 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, Jan. 22
- Dane County Farmers’ Market Late Winter Market at Garver Feed Mill. 8 a.m.-12 p.m. Free admission.
- Beer and Cheese Fest at Alliant Energy Center. 12-6 p.m. $55 general admission includes unlimited beer and cheese sampling.
- Winter Fun & Outdoor Gear Demo at William G Lunney Lake Farm Park. Hosted by Sierra Club and Dane County Parks. 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
- Celebration of the 1st Anniversary of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons at the Capitol. Organized by Physicians for Social Responsibility Wisconsin. 12 p.m.
- Candlelight walk at Warner Park. Tour the park by candlelight and warm up by the fire. Limited snowshoes will be available to borrow during the event. 6 – 8 p.m. Free.
- January Watershed Reading: Barrett Swanson with T. Banks and I.S. Jones at Arts + Literature Lab. Event at 7 p.m. Free. 🟠
- Robert Finley with I&R at High Noon Saloon. $20 advance, $25 at door. Doors at 7 p.m., show at 8 p.m.
- Ruin Dweller with Cryptual, Order of the Jackal, Cowboy Amazing at Crucible. Doors at 7:30 p.m., show at 8 p.m. $10. 🟠
Sunday, Jan. 23
- Garden Stroll at UW Arboretum. 1 p.m. Free.
- Cocktails with the Author: Brenda Lyne at Leopold's Books Bar Caffè. 2-4 p.m.
- Week 1 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.
- Cocktail Class with State Line Distillery at Garver Feed Mill. 4 p.m. $160 for two people, includes cocktails, instruction, snacks, recipe book, bitters, and sweet vermouth.
- Houndmouth with Buffalo Nichols at the Majestic. Doors at 7 p.m., show at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $27.50.
📡 On our radar...
- Looking to try something new? Arts + Literature Lab has moved its upcoming classes online. Topics include memoir writing, flash fiction, creative writing, improvisational drawing, and storytelling. Dates vary.
- An Evening with Nikole Hannah-Jones, Pulitzer Prize-winning creator of The 1619 Project, staff writer at The New York Times Magazine, and co-founder of the Ida B. Wells Society for Investigative Reporting, on Jan. 25. 🟠
- Third Coast Percussion with Movement Art Is on Jan 27. 🟠
- Wisconsin Grown Up Book Festival featuring A Room of One's Own, Mystery to Me, Kismet Books, Itty Bitty Bookstore, and Leopold's Books Bar Caffè on January 29.
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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