20ish events happening this week
Events happening July 11-17
Starting Thursday, you can see "up to 19" different species of butterflies fluttering around Bolz Conservatory as part of the Blooming Butterflies exhibit.
It's $8 entry for ages 13 & up and $5 for ages 6-12. Admission is free for kids 5 and under and Olbrich members.
The Moth Madison Storyslam: Nature
Monday | Show at 7:30 p.m. | High Noon Saloon | $15
Short stories about life on earth.
Monday | 9 p.m. | Memorial Union | Free
An excerpt from C Nelson-Lifson's review: "Can tornadoes even form over an ocean? The film decides that is not important. The barely existent plot is essentially about sharks being in the air instead of being confined to water (where they belong) and wreaking havoc on the Los Angeles area, the most famous coastal city. Some of the highlights of memory are how terrible the sharks look, groaning at the abysmal dialogue with my friends, and the chaotic editing style. Because almost all of the sharks are CGI, there are very few establishing shots to show us any of the 'action.' The conventional 180-degree shot/reverse shot is nowhere to be found in this film. Our main characters will be shown in a car, and then the film will suddenly cut with random footage of possibly(?) LA or even a random city during a thunderstorm."— Tone Madison
Presentation: "Cats, Dogs and Cows, Oh My! Climate change and the impacts on pets and livestock.”
Tuesday | 12 p.m. | Virtual | Free
There has been plenty of buzz about the contribution of livestock production to climate change – but what about the impact of the climate on the animals?
Tuesday | 12 p.m. | Capitol Lawn, South Hamilton Street Side | Free.
Venus In Furs certainly won't be the only good Madison-based act to play on the Square this summer, but seeing this band on the Lunch Time Live roster is a welcome surprise. Barbed with wiry surf-rock guitars and bristling post-punk drums, VIF's heavy but catchy rock should at least temporarily cleanse the rosé-and-high-end-camp-chairs aura that tends to hang over the area all summer long. The band's 2015 album, Just Try It On, unleashes a tidal wave of rage and glee, never downtrodden but never to be trifled with. Over the past two years the band has been writing new materials, including politically inspired songs, and contributed music to the video game The Day We Fought Space, a fast-paced side-scroller for iOS. A recent press release came in with the subject line "Venus in Furs - Back and Mad as Hell," so brace for a pent-up sonic assault on the nearby office buildings and the Capitol.— Scott Gordon, Tone Madison
Up, Up and Away — Family Science Show
Tuesday | 3 p.m. | Virtual | Free
Mad Science Milwaukee and DreamBank present a virtual show that explores the marvels of air and pressure. Recommended for ages 5-12.
Tuesday | Madison Public Library - Central | 6:30 p.m. | Free.
An excerpt from Maxwell Courtright's review: "Kate Kurtz and Nell Lundy's 58-minute documentary from 1995, made up of talking-head interviews with members and patrons of the Jane Collective, is an oral history of sorts that looks back on the era immediately before Roe v. Wade was decided in January 1973. Between 1968 and 1973, a network of abortion activists based in Chicago, known to people in the group as "The Service," but more broadly as the Jane Collective (due to their code phrase asking patrons to "ask for Jane" when they were calling about setting up the procedure), provided upwards of 12,000 safe underground abortions. The film's key educational point is the way it links abortion networks to other protest movements of the 1960’s (civil rights, women’s rights, anti-war). Many of the women among the Jane Collective were also active in these other circles, which allowed for better networking."— Tone Madison
Concerts on the Square: Reflections on Liberty
Wednesday | 7 p.m. | King Street corner of the Capitol Square
Catch the first-ever performance of Testimony of Tone, Tune and Time from William Banfield, the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra's composer-in-residence.
Presentation: “Diseased, Decayed, Defective, and Dangerous: When Good Trees Go Bad”
Wednesday | 7 p.m. | Virtual option available | Free
Learn how qualified arborists assess tree risk by estimating the likelihood of tree failure and consequences to property and people.
Wednesday | Show at 8:30 p.m. | The Sylvee | $29.50+
Spoon returned to a more rock-forward sound f0r their latest album, Lucifer on the Sofa.
Wednesday | Show at 7 p.m. | The Bur Oak | $20
The pandemic shut things down just in time to deprive Madison of a planned March 2020 show from trumpeter Jaimie Branch and her brash, sprawling ensemble Fly Or Die. She returns here in Anteloper, a duo with drummer Jason Nazary (who was in town this past March to play a Tone Madison-presented show with Elder Ones). Both musicians also contribute synthesizers and other electronic elements to this project, and both are plenty comfortable letting elements of jazz, hip-hop, rock, and no-wave abstraction flow together. Together they create a vast, ever-shifting sonic palette for improvised pieces that seethe and tumble and undulate toward a psychedelic horizon. The duo's new album, Pink Dolphins (which also boasts contributions from guitarist Jeff Parker and drummer Chad Taylor), closes with a 14-minute track called "One Living Genus." I love that song title, because listening to these pieces is a bit like watching some monstrous compound organism come to life, ominous but filled with beautiful possibility.— Scott Gordon, Tone Madison
Thursday-Sunday | McPike Park | Free
La Fête De Marquette and its companion dance-music celebration Musique Electronique return for another round at McPike Park, following a pandemic-plagued absence. This year's iteration of the festival offers up a wide swath of entertainment from Thursday, July 14 through Sunday, July 17. Fête De Marquette's oddly emphatic proclivity for zydeco and Cajun music will once again be central to the event's revival, as will the lineup of stellar electronic acts. The High Noon Saloon will continue to play host to the accompanying Musique After Dark series, with Kenny Dope headlining Friday and Freddy K taking Saturday's featured slot. Over on the Moon Stage at McPike Park, Friday and Saturday's lineups will incorporate a host of other strong electronic acts, including Overland, Flower Food, Boo Lean, and Chez Damier. The aptly named Family Fete stage will offer family-friendly events throughout the event's run and conclude with a Youth Karaoke sing-off from 1 to 8 p.m. on Sunday. Mama Digdown's Brass Band, Pine Leaf Boys, Cajun Strangers, Dwayne Dopsie & Zydeco Hellraisers, and The War And Treaty will be among the featured performers, keeping the festival's options relatively balanced and characteristically consistent.— Steven Spoerl, Tone Madison
"Weird Al" Yankovic
Thursday | 7:30 p.m. | $72+
Rather than focusing on the hits from his career, this show will feature Yankovic’s non-parody material – the somewhat more obscure pastiches and original songs that have largely escaped the pop culture radar but are adored by his long-time fans.
Movies on the Water: The Land Before Time (1988) & Jurassic Park (1993)
Thursday | 5:30 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. | The Edgewater | Free
Edgewater is showing movies every Thursday night through August 25. From The Land Before Time IMDb: "An orphaned brontosaurus teams up with other young dinosaurs in order to reunite with their families in a valley." From Jurassic Park IMDb: "A pragmatic paleontologist touring an almost complete theme park on an island in Central America is tasked with protecting a couple of kids after a power failure causes the park's cloned dinosaurs to run loose."
Maxwell Street Days
Thursday – Sunday | State Street | Free admission
State Street's summer sidewalk sale. Discounts, expanded outdoor café dining experiences, live music, special activities and more.
Biergarten at San Damiano
Friday | 5-8 p.m. | Free admission
Remember that beautiful, 10-acre lakefront property that the city of Monona took over last year? Well you can drink beer there for one! night! only!!!! In addition to beer sales, there will also be food trucks, yard games, live music, & tours of the historic on-site mansion. Cash-only event.
Live on King Street: Tank and The Bangas
Friday | 7 p.m. | Free
This funky band from New Orleans won NPR’s Tiny Desk Contest in 2017.
Saturday | 6 p.m. | Overture | $45+
Soul superstar Gladys Knight will sing hits from throughout her career in this benefit concert for The Boys & Girls Clubs of Dane County.
JBC Public Cupping
Saturday | 10 a.m. | JBC Coffee Roasters | $20
Opportunity to try new offerings coming to JBC's lineup.
A Dance Party Tribute to Harry Styles and Friends
Saturday | The Majestic | 8 p.m. | $7
DJ Femme Noir and DJ Avalon are teaming up to spin hits from Harry Styles and his collaborators. Ages 21+.
Saturday and Sunday | Multiple event times, separately ticketed; see links below for more information.
The all-ages venue and arts space Communication opened in spring 2018 on Milwaukee Street, and later that year became Tone Madison's partner organization. It's about the best alliance we could ask for between a venue and an independent publication—both of our organizations do their own thing and make their own decisions, but share some space and mutual support. To kick off Communication's fourth anniversary weekend, we're holding a Saturday, July 16 tie-dye workshop with artist Emily Popp. It's a joint fundraiser for both organizations. We recommend registering in advance. You can bring your own shirt, or reserve a new Communication shirt or a fresh reprint of Tone Madison's infamous Cursed Soggy Shirt. Saturday will also feature a celebration for two of the local artists represented in Communication's retail shop: Jewelry creator Lisa Lauren aka Kettle Black Silver, and Ethan Jackson (known for making music under the name Mr. Jackson), who will be showing off his Dripsphere fashion brand. Festivities continue on Sunday with a record sale, featuring multiple vendors spread out across Communication's parking lot and live room.— Scott Gordon, Tone Madison
📡 On our radar
- Ice Cream Boat Float on July 20.
- Comedian Tim Heidecker on July 21.
- Monona Terrace 25th Anniversary Celebration on July 23.
- Opera in the Park on July 23.
- Curd Fest on July 23.
- Atwood Fest on July 30-31.
☀️ Summer resources
- Isthmus' summer festival calendar
- The Cap Times' guide to 250 patios in Madison and beyond
- Madison Mom's summer camp guide
- The Cap Times' local berry picking guide
💙 Better together
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