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Ken Harwood
Advocating for Wisconsin
Ken [at] KenHarwood.com
608.334.2174

Jezrel White
Advocating for Madison
Jezrel [at] MadisonNotes.com
608.772.5805

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Souper Bowl XX

Feb 6 2016 at 2:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Madison West High School, 30 Ash Street, Madison, WI

Souper Bowl is an evening of food, art, and entertainment, bringing the Madison community together to support Habitat for Humanity. Cost is $15 for a bowl (meal provided) and/or $35 for a family of four (two bowls, four meals). Larger and more decorative bowls are sold at a silent Pro Bowl auction. The student chapter of Habitat for Humanity of Dane County is currently building its 16th student build home in West Madison.

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St. Paddy`s Day Ceili - Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra
We`re almost sold out! Please contact Taylor Nefcy at 608-661-3653 or email her at taylornefcy@wcoconcerts.org for availability.

Join us for a fun St. Paddy`s Day evening with great music, and gourmet cuisine from these fine restaurants:

  • Field Table  
  • Gates & Brovi 
  • Lombardino`s  
  • Metcalfe`s  
  • Nani  
  • Rare Steakhouse  
  • Restaurant Muramoto 

Music by Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra musicians, as well as toe-tappin` Irish tunes from The Barley Three...

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Wisconsin Film Festival

Mar 30, 5:00 pm To: Thursday, Apr 6, 8:00 pm

The 19th annual Wisconsin Film Festival takes place March 30 - April 6, 2017. The Festival presents an average of 150 film screenings over 8 days every spring, making it the largest university-produced film festival in the nation.

From American independent, international, documentary, experimental and avant-garde to restorations, Wisconsin`s Own (selections featuring Wisconsin filmmakers, themes, or settings) and Children`s Cinema: Big Screens, Little Folks, there`s a film for everyone to enjoy!

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Dane County Farmers` Market

Join us for the start of our 2017 outdoor season!

Every Saturday, from April 15 – November 11, on Capitol Square, from 6:15 am – 1:45 pm

Every Wednesday, from April 19 – November 1, on MLK Jr. Blvd, from 8:30 am – 1:45 pm

Want some help finding your favorite vendor on Saturdays? Check out this guide to the DCFM from the Wisconsin State Journal!

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Ken Notes: SPRING IS HERE!!!

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TODAY!!! NOW!!!
Make Music Madison is an annual citywide, free, outdoor day of music held on the summer solstice, June 21. Make Music Madison turns the city into a stage, and offers a full spectrum of performers the opportunity to display their musical skills.

In 2017 our celebration takes place on a Wednesday. Coffee shops, restaurants, front porches, and businesses all over Madison will fill their locations with song. Lunch patrons may find themselves serenaded by a middle school strings quartet. And after 5, the city will explode with music.

  •     Make Music Madison is: Performed by Anyone, Enjoyed by Everyone.
  •     A way for all Madisonians to celebrate the summer solstice, enjoying the longest day of the year, while sampling a buffet of musical merriment.
  •     A DIY city-wide celebration when almost any way to make music can and will happen.
  •     Make Music Madison is open to music makers of all ages, skill levels, and musical persuasions.

Full list of 2017 Participating Venues | 2017 Participating Musicians


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Ken Notes: Get up get out get going NOW! Tell the boss I said you could have the day off...

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Concerts on the Square DELAYED UNTIL TOMORROW

Concerts on the Square DELAYED UNTIL TOMORROW June 29, 2017

7:00 PM | King Street corner of the Capitol Square
Concerts on the Square®
Featuring Emily Hauer, violin | Winner of the Young Artist Concerto Competition

Concert Highlights:

GOTTSCHALK  |  Symphony No. 1 Night in the Tropics
NICOLAI  |  The Merry Wives of Windsor
BERNSTEIN  |  On the Waterfront Suite

Emily Hauer Biography

Emily Hauer is a home-schooled 9th grade student from Appleton, Wisconsin. She has studied violin for twelve years through the Lawrence Academy of Music, and for the past seven years she has studied with Dr. Samantha George, Associate Professor of Violin at Lawrence University...

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Ken Notes: Bring an umbrella, but go for sure...

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forwardfest17

Aug 17 Aug 24

Wisconsin’s largest technology and entrepreneurship festival.

Join fellow entrepreneurs, nerds, geeks, hackers, foodies, and creatives from the Midwest in an 8-day celebration of innovation and entrepreneurship.
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TONIGHT - Jazz at Five!

On August 30th, the 25-piece big band … huge band Neophonic Jazz Orchestra occupies all of the Jazz at Five stage right from Dane county. The evening starts off with 2015 WAMI “Best Jazz Group” in Wisconsin VIVO. VIVO was the Jazz at Five 2016 Fundraiser performer coming to the series stage

August 30, 2017

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TONIGHT Downtown Madison Family Halloween

Wednesday, October 25, 2017, 3:00 - 6:00 pm
State Street & Capitol Square

Halloween fun for families and kids 12 & under Special Kids in the Rotunda shows and festive Halloween photos at Overture Center, Madison Parks Hay Rides around the Capitol Square, crafts, spooky stories, art projects, stories and songs, trick or treat at more than 75 participating businesses, and more!

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Ken Notes: Too much to list. Hit the link to see all that is going on...

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Winter Restaurant Week 2017
Welcome All Food Lovers! Share your experience using #RWMadison!

Madison Restaurant Week has quickly become one of the city`s most popular culinary traditions. Thousands of area residents make their way to support the local dining community by exploring the newest restaurants and hitting up old favorites.
Mark your calendars for this year`s Winter Restaurant Week!

Sunday, January 22nd - Friday, January 27th, 2017

This semi-annual event is the perfect opportunity for food lovers to sample some of Madison`s finest local offerings. Starting at $25, participating restaurants offer a prix-fixe menu with 3 courses and 3 options of each course. Some restaurants offer a reduced menu for $15 for lunch. This year, some restaurants are also offering $30 and $35 dinner options.
No passes, tickets or coupons are required. Diners may simply visit their favorite participating restaurants throughout the week to enjoy the special menus...

Restaurants

Avenue Club and The Bubble Up BarBiaggi`s Ristorante ItalianoBonfyre American GrilleBrocach Irish Pub & Restaurant & Whiskey Den • Brocach on MonroeBuck & Honey`sCapitol ChopHouseCaptain Bill`sCIRC • Crandall`s Peruvian BistroDaisy Café & CupcakeryDelaney`s Steak Seafood WineDoolittles Woodfire GrillEldorado GrillEverlyFleming`s Prime Steakhouse & Wine BarFreiburg Gastro PubFrescoGranite City Food & Brewery • HarvestHeritage TavernJohnny Delmonico`sJohnny`s Italian SteakhouseLiliana`sLombardino`sLucille • The Madison BlindThe Mariner`s InnMelting PotMerchantNonno`s Ristorante ItalianoOff Broadway DrafthouseOliver`s Public HouseOsteria PapaveroPaisan`s •  Porta BellaQuivey`s Grove Stable GrillQuivey`s Grove Stone HouseRare SteakhouseRuth`s Chris Steak HouseSamba Brazilian GrillSardineSmoky`s Club • The StatehouseSmitty`s Study PubTavernakaya • TempestVilla DolceVintage Brewing CompanyUmami Ramen & Dumpling BarThe Wise at HotelRED
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Ken Notes: mmmmmmmmmm....

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Canoecopia!




Where
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Alliant Energy Center
1919 Alliant Energy Way
Madison, Wisconsin

Show Hours:
Friday 4:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Saturday 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Sunday 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM

What is Canoecopia? The best antidote for March`s cabin fever!

Want to stand-up paddle on local ponds? Considering an expedition? Thinking about fishing from a kayak? Join over 20,000 paddling enthusiasts from beginners to experts to experience Canoecopia!

Canoecopia is hosted by Rutabaga, a paddler-owned business in Madison, Wisconsin. Because we`re paddler-owned, we`re passionate about what we do. There are four main reasons we put on Canoecopia.

First, Education and Inspiration
Second, Exposure to Guides, Outfitters, and Schools
Third, we believe in Charitable Giving
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Ken Notes: And ME! I work this event every year, I`ll be running between the speaker rooms like a madman setting up equipment for the speakers. Please stop by and say hello! Then consider a paddle from my new home on the Sugar River, I practice what they preach...

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Editor Ken Harwood`s Idea For Madison College
I have an idea for the Madison College site!

Create a public private partnership to develop an Apartment / Hotel / Art / Co-working / TRANSIT CENTER!

The parking lot could be converted to easily accommodate a bus lot far better that the streets at the Union. Shuttles to the campus and the airport could get you where you need to go. The private buses to MKE and Chicago would of course use the facility. EPIC could shuttle downtown guests to classes and back. All the area hotels could run services or better yet share a shuttle route. Both convention centers could run shuttles. There is space for a great bike locker center. The burbs could have direct routes to the site. Cabs are welcome.  And Madison transit could serve it`s clients.

Parking for the facility could easily be added to the ramp across the street and a walkway could link the two. The building has great spaces that could be converted into a small theatre / training / lecture halls. It has a fitness center!  A boutique hotel and apartments are an easy retrofit into the classrooms. Retail like Coffee, local food, and art shops are a perfect fit and it has a bookstore. A museum is also already there. Local artists could both create and display on site.

This is as obvious as it gets. The building is available. It is too expensive to develop privately. We need a transit center. Just off State Street it is a natural attraction. Artists want a space. It would be a boomer (now nearing 70s) haven. Close enough to campus and the square. It is a gateway to the city and damned if it doesn`t already have an arch...

Ken Harwood
Advocating for Wisconsin... (and Madison)

P.S. Please feel free to share and reprint...

A VERY Special thank you to my Sponsors who allow me to rant like this!


The Going nowhere Article that got me thinking...   Thanks Jay Rath @ Isthmus

A reader from LaCrosse shared this video of their transit center developed by Gorman and Co.

And More photos (La Crosse)


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Bach Dancing & Dynamite Society: Free Family Performance

Sat, Jun 10


The fun at BDDS isn’t just for grown-ups! BDDS musicians—namely our new emerging artists from The Dynamite Factory––will take the stage for this a free family interactive event. Meet the musicians afterwards. The program is geared for children of all ages, accompanied by adults. The 320 seats in The Playhouse will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. We thank CUNA Mutual Group, Tom Wolfe and Pat Powers, and Overture Center Foundation for helping us present this exciting look at chamber music.   ...more

Ken Notes: Their are several other performances by Bach Dancing & Dynamite Society on the Overture Event Calendar Below...

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Shake the Lake
June 24, 2017
4:00 - 11:00 PM
Fireworks - 10:00 PM

John Nolen Drive
Madison, WI

Free Admission with Some Paid Admission Venues and preferred seating...
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Maxwell Street Days
State Street`s Summer Sidewalk Sale

More than 40 years of great bargains on clothing, jewelry, gifts, artwork, sporting goods, books and more, plus fabulous food from State Street and Capitol Square shops and restaurants. July 14-16, 2017.
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Concerts on the Square® - American Potpourri

July 12, 2017

7:00 PM | King Street corner of the Capitol Square

Concerts on the Square | 2016-17 Season

Featuring Robert Bonfiglio, harmonica

Robert Bonfiglio Biography


Called "the Paganini of the Harmonica" by The Los Angeles Times, ROBERT BONFIGLIO has dazzled audiences at Carnegie Hall, the Hollywood Bowl, the Gewandhaus, Teatro Colón, Teatro Massimo, Teatro Amazonas, Kennedy Center, Boston Symphony Hall, Lincoln Center and throughout the world with his ability to play : Harmonica Concertos and turn right around and “sizzle” on the `Blues’.

Robert has appeared on “CBS Sunday Morning,” “CBS Morning Show,” “Live with Regis and Kathy Lee,” “Larry King,” "The Jim Bohannon Show" and Garrison Keillor’s “American Radio Show.” He has had feature stories and reviews in the New York Times, the Boston Globe, the Los Angeles Times, the Washington Post and the Chicago Tribune....

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Preservation Hall Jazz Band

With Mama Digdown`s Brass Band, The Handphibians.

Majestic Theatre 115 King St. , Madison, Wisconsin 53703

Preservation Hall Jazz band, the headliner for Live on King Street, isn’t just a band; it’s an institution. For the last 50-plus years, the dixieland jazz masters have served as the house band for the legendary Preservation Hall in New Orleans, one of the first venues to be desegregated during Jim Crow. In the time since, the band has mastered complementing the classic New Orleans jazz sound with the energy of rock and roll, and its latest album — So It Is, released in April — was produced in part by TV on the Radio’s Dave Sitek. With Mama Digdown’s Brass Band, the Handphibians....



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Ken Notes: WOW!!!!

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Welcome to the Dane County Fair

Where the country meets the Capital city, and the fun never ends!

Join us at the Alliant Energy Center, July 19-23, 2017, for the Dane County Fair. With many new attractions and features, along with classic favorites, the Dane County Fair is your Ticket to Fun this summer.


Fair Admission includes FREE access to:

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Ken Notes: Welcome visitors!

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TONIGHT - Jazz at Five!

On August 9th, the season kicks off with the Paydon Quartet led by bassist Evan Paydon from Milwaukee, and now a featured artist in the New Orleans jazz scene. Brew City Big Band, a 19-piece band from Milwaukee will be making an appearance this year with their big band rhythms...

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Help us promote Madison and YOUR business!
...We are now looking for 16 restaurants/pubs, 16 hotels, and 16 performance venues to place their business front and center as sponsors of the website and email. The cost can be as little as $ 10 / week...
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The Central Park Sessions

August 16th and 17th

The third pair of Central Park Sessions music-related activities are slated for Wednesday, August 16th and Thursday, August 17th on The Great Lawn of The Central Park.

This pair has Louisiana tattooed all over it. The Wednesday Sessions Select Concert featured artist is the acclaimed pianist and New Orleans resident Jon Cleary and his band performing two sets . The 13-piece Chicago Yestet Jazz orchestra featuring our own celebrated Rob Dz.master of the spoken word will open.

Thursday`s Ragin` Cajun Session features Lost Bayou Ramblers in the middle slot and the incomprable slide guitarist Sonny Landreth in the headliner role. The John Moulder Organ Trio (now a flashy quintet) with  Dane Richeson on drums and horn men Daren Sterud and Al Falaschi.

Of couse there will be great food and drink for us all to purchase at this free event that benefits 8 nonprofits doing great work on the local, countywide and statewide levels.

August 16th: Lauer Real Estate Group Sponsor
5:30-6:45: The Chicago Yestet with Rob Dz
6:45-- 7:30 -- The Major Vistas ( in the beer/ wine tent)
7:30- 8:30: Jon Cleary (New Orleans)
8:30- 9:00 -- The Major Vistas ( in the beer/ wine tent)
9:00- 10:00 -- Jon Cleary (set two)
To benefit The Urban League of Greater Madison

August 17th: Lauer Real Estate Group Sponsor
The Ragin` Cajun Session
5:00 pm John Moulder Organ Trio w/ Darren Sterud and Al Falaschi
6:30 pm Lost Bayou Rambers
8:15 pm --The Express Sessions Auction
8:30 pm Sonny Landreth
To benefit the Omega School
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2nd Annual BGCDC Back2School Bash & Westfest at Elver Park

Saturday, August 26, 2017 - 8:00am to 4:00pm

Join us for the 2nd Annual Boys & Girls Club of Dane County. Back2School Bash and Westfest at Elver Park!

This year the Boys & Girls Club of Dane County and the City of Madison are collaborating to bring you a fun-filled summer event!

  • More than 2,500 backpacks with school supplies will be given away!
  • 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament
  • Food & Beverages
  • Resource Networking & Craft Market
  • Bird & Nature Outing at 9am
  • Dunk Tank!
  • ....and more family-friendly fun!

http://www.cityofmadison.com/parks/calendar/2nd-annual-bgcdc-back2school-bash-westfest-at-elver-park



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Ken Notes: Boys & Girls Club does much for the city, please consider supporting them and this event...

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Sunburst Festival AND Sunset Slam

September 2nd 3rd, 2017

7pm to 11pm

Wisconsin Union Directorate (WUD) presents  a welcome back extravaganza to showcase parts of the newly renovated Memorial Union and introduce you to one of the most beloved places on campus: The Terrace and Memorial Union! With events and activities programmed by our 10 student-led WUD committees and six Wisconsin Hoofers clubs, what more could you need to experience the best the Union has to offer?

Help us say goodbye to summer and enjoy some of WUD`s signature programming, from music and dancing to everything in between! Share your favorite moments from the night on social using #SunsetSlam.

Also:

Open Mic Night | Wednesdays | Aug 30th
Badger Bash: Wisconsin vs. Utah State | Sep 1st | 5:30 pm to 8pm
VO5 | Sep 2nd | 9pm to 11:55pm
Sunburst Festival | Sep 2nd | 7pm to 11pm


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Ken Notes: Welcome back students - We missed you. We fixed up your back porch while you were gone...

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Willy Street Fair
From: Saturday, Sep 16, 2:00 pm
To: Sunday, Sep 17, 7:00 pm

A unique and fun slice of Americana is offered visa vie the Willy Street Fair, Madison`s quintessential Street Fair modeled after the huge street fairs of the `60s and `70s.  The Fair features five stages of entertainment, nearly 150 vendors, impromptu performers and a one-of-a-kind parade on Sunday at 11 that no one, not you; not any family member or any of your friends wants to miss!

Tips for First Timers: Come prepared to be dazzled by the color and pageantry of the Willy Street Fair.  Good walking shoes a must as you`ll find yourself wanting to traverse up and down the street between stages, vendors and thousands of your neighbors. The ultimate placemaking event of its kind....


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Ken Notes: Time to let my inner hippie out!!!

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Stan Lee among celebrities to appear at Wizard World Comic Con September 22-24

Sep 22, 23, 24, 2017 - Alliant Energy Center

Wizard World, Inc. continues its 2017 schedule with its third trip to the Alliant Energy Center at Wizard World Comic Con Madison, Sept. 22-24.

Stan Lee (Marvel Chairman Emeritus),  Lennie James (“The Walking Dead,” Snatch), Sean Maher (“Firefly,” Serenity ), Michael Cudlitz (“The Walking Dead,” “Lost”), Ray Park (Star Wars: Episode I -- The Phantom Menace, X-Men),  Emma Caulfield (“Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” “Beverly Hills, 90210”) and Monica Rial (“Dragon Ball Z,” “Fullmetal Alchemist”) headline the roster of celebrity guests scheduled to date to attend the comic con and pop culture extravaganza.

James, Maher and Park are scheduled to appear on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 23-24; Lee will attend on Saturday only; the others above will be on hand all three days.

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Hoofer Extravaganza Tonight!!!!

Wednesday, September 27th, 2017

7pm to 9pm

Members of the six Wisconsin Hoofers clubs love spending time together outdoors. Wisconsin Hoofers can access specific outdoor equipment, go on planned excursions, and further their skills with outdoor education and skill-based classes.

Join current, new and prospective Hoofer club members at this all-club kickoff event in the Red Gym`s On Wisconsin Room.

Contact
Wisconsin Hoofers
president@hoofers.org

(608) 262-1630


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Ken Notes: Anyone can be a Hoofer so come on down! Be young again I`m 60 it is never too late!

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US Quidditch Midwest Regional Championship
November 4, 2017 to November 5, 2017
Recurring daily @     Breese Stevens Field Downtown

    917 E Mifflin St.
    Madison, WI 53703

Brooms up! Sweeping into Madison this November, the Madison Area Sports Commission, in partnership with US Quidditch will welcome collegiate and community teams from Colorado, Iowa, Illinois, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin to compete on the regional stage this November 4-5, 2017 at historic Breese Stevens Field.

The event will be free to the public and all are encouraged to attend and learn about the growing sport of quidditch, made famous by the Harry Potter series.

    Times: Varies by day, please check event website for additional information
    Admission: Free

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Notes: If your date is a Harry Potter fan this is the perfect date!!!!

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Wisconsin Science Festival

Join us for the 2017 Wisconsin Science Festival!

November 2 - 5, 2017, across Wisconsin

2017 Wisconsin Science Festival
A four-day statewide celebration with events for all ages.

During four days each fall, hundreds of venues around Wisconsin participate in the Wisconsin Science Festival, a statewide celebration that connects people with science, technology, engineering, art and math.


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Ken Notes: Too Many Events to list please check out the website. Events for young and OLD!!

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2017 Football State Championships

Thursday & Friday, Nov. 16-17

Camp Randall Stadium, Madison, Wis. 

Thursday, Nov. 16

Div. 7:  Bangor (13-0) vs. Black Hawk (13-0) - 10 a.m.
Div. 6:  Iola-Scandinavia (11-2) vs. St. Mary`s Springs (13-0) - 1 p.m.
Div. 5:  Amherst (12-1) vs. Lake Country Lutheran (13-0) - 4 p.m.
Div. 4:  St. Croix Central (12-1) vs. Lodi (13-0) - 7 p.m.

Friday, Nov. 17 

Div. 3:  Rice Lake (10-2) vs. New Berlin Eisenhower (13-0) - 10 a.m.
Div. 2:  Waunakee (13-0) vs. Brookfield Central (13-0) - 1 p.m.
Div. 1:  Kimberly (13-0) vs. Sun Prairie (13-0) - 4 p.m.

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Ken Notes: Congrats and WELCOME!

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Madison Symphony Orchestra / Beyond the Score: Scheherazade

Due to high demand, Saturday performance added!

Sat., Jan. 14, 2017, 8 p.m.
Sun., Jan. 15, 2017, 2:30 p.m.

Beyond the Score: Scheherazade

with James and Brenda DeVita January 14 & 15 | Overture Hall Created by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Beyond the Score®: Scheherazade provides a multimedia examination of the music in the first half of the performance, featuring acclaimed American Players Theatre actors James and Brenda DeVita. In the second half, the MSO will present a full performance of Rimsky-Korsakov’s captivating Scheherazade....

Tickets: $15-$60| View seating and pricing charts.
 
3 Ways to Buy:
Online | (608) 258-4141 | In person at the Overture Center Box Office (201 State St.)* *save the service fees when buying in person
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Lake Home & Cabin Show

Alliant Energy Center - January 27 - 29

Friday 2 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Saturday 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Sunday 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Wisconsin truly is the "cabin capital" of the Upper Midwest!  The 175,000-plus second homes nestled across the Badger State draw families and friends together to enjoy the warm tradition of spending summer weekends at the cabin. 

For 13 years now, Madison, Wisconsin has been the host city for the first Lake Home & Cabin Show of the year.  Annually held in January at the Alliant Energy Center, the Madison Lake Home & Cabin Show attracts a focused and committed crowd of passionate cabin goers who are ready to dream about summer days ahead.  Whether you already own a second home, hope to someday own one or just want to immerse yourself in the warm decor and passion of the "up north" atmosphere you`ll want to start every year with a trip to the Lake Home & Cabin Show.

We`ll see you in Madison!

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Wisconsin Public Television’s Garden Expo is a midwinter oasis for people ready to venture out and dig their hands in the dirt. Now in its 24th year, this three-day event celebrates the latest trends in gardening, landscaping and edibles, and attracts more than 20,000 people from across the Midwest. Join other gardening enthusiasts to share ideas, gain inspiration and create something new. All proceeds support Wisconsin Public Television.

View the 2017 Garden Expo event guide

View the 2017 Garden Expo news release




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MADISON HOTEL WEEK
Madison Hotel Week is the perfect reason to get away in winter! Named as one of the best travel deals from around the globe by The Washington Post, the promotion provides $75, $100 and $125 room rates at some of Madison`s best hotels. But reduced hotel rates aren`t the only reason to find yourself in our capital city. Between our award-winning dining scene, first-rate live performances and spirited college sporting events, there is no shortage of things to do in Madison.

One of the best reasons to book a room during Hotel Week is the addition of dining promotions such as Foodie Week, a joint effort with Food Fight Restaurant Group. Foodie Week features special, three-course meals at all 19 restaurants, with prices starting at $15 per person. Plus many Food Fight restaurants are located near Hotel Week properties!

Start planning for Hotel Week by looking through our list of participating properties and get itinerary ideas for a romantic escape, family adventure or girlfriend getaway. ...

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Madison Symphony Orchestra - Ultimate Tchaikovsky: The Last Symphony

Fri, Feb 17 - Sun, Feb 19

Overture Hall: $16 - $87

Pianist Stephen Hough returns to the Overture stage for a memorable performance of Saint-Saëns’ Piano Concerto No. 5 (The Egyptian). Conductor John DeMain and the Madison Symphony Orchestra open the program with Samuel Barber’s dramatic Second Essay, and close with Tchaikovsky’s final major work, the passionately biographical Symphony No. 6.

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Annual CONNECTion Event - Laugh and Learn

Thursday, Feb 23 at 5:00pm to 8:00pm

Since 2013, CONNECT Madison has been thrilled to host Greater Madison’s premiere event for emerging leaders and those who support their growth and development. This event is designed to connect business and community leaders with up and coming emerging local talent.  We are excited to be moving the event to the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery. Providing plated dinners for all attendees! Bring a friend and join CONNECT Madison for our biggest event of the year!

Our 2017 CONNECTion event will feature keynote speaker Kevin Farley, comedian, actor, writer and director.  Born in Madison, WI, Kevin studied at the famous Second City in Chicago.  It wasn`t long after that he began his career in the entertainment industry.  When Farley is not writing screenplays, producing or directing, or on set filming, he is on stage doing stand-up comedy.

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BODEANS @ Barrymore
 BODEANS - Saturday, March 4, 2017 at 8:00 p.m.

Long known as one of the best live acts in the business, BoDeans continue to tour year round and deliver amazing, high energy performances. "I realized some time ago that the key to the BoDeans identity is the fans` connection to our music - nowhere is that more evident or rewarding as when we come together live. We love to connect with the fans who have supported us for so long and who have brought us so much inspiration." said Kurt Neumann, the band`s founder and frontman. "We will continue to play as long as they continue to come out and sing along."
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GeekCraft Expo MIDWEST 2017

March 25th & 26th | Madison Masonic Center | Madison, WI

Sat: 11am to 6pm | Sun: 11am to 5pm

FREE TO THE PUBLIC

GeekCraft Expo is a curated craft market specializing in handmade, “geek”-themed crafts of all kinds; clothing, accessories, toys, home decoration, furniture, art…if it’s geeky and made by hand, it can be found at a GeekCraft Expo. If you’d like to see some examples of what you can find at GeekCraft Expo, visit our photo gallery page....
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Special Olympics Wisconsin State Indoor Sports Tournament

press release: Special Olympics Wisconsin’s State Indoor Sports Tournament will be unveiling a new format next month at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh that focuses on bringing 20 additional basketball teams to the tournament.

Although the Indoor Sports Tournament has been taking place annually for more than 40 years now, the 2017 tournament happening the weekend of April 8-9 will now include 56 teams from across the state instead of 36 and will be a team basketball-only event. Nearly 600 athletes are expected to participate and every region of Special Olympics Wisconsin will be represented in the USA Games-qualifying tournament....

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Midwest Horse Fair

April 21, 22, 23, 2017

Alliant Energy Center
Madison, Wisconsin

The Midwest Horse Fair is the largest 3-day horse fair in America. 300 clinics, seminars, and educational events are presented by some of the top horse professionals from around the country. More than 500 commercial exhibitors offer shopping opportunities and hundreds of horses make it the equine event with something for everyone!
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Ken Notes: If you see someone in a cowboy hat say WELCOME TO MADISON...

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UW Choral Union and UW Symphony Orchestra

Presenting Paul Hindemith’s When lilacs last in the door-yard bloom’d (text by Walt Whitman).

Sat April 29 (8 PM) and Sun April 30 (7:30 PM).

Location: Mills Concert Hall, Mosse Humanities Building

A rarely done work because of its difficulty, this is an outstanding setting of Walt Whitman’s poem written about the death of Abraham Lincoln, and the train that carried his body to Springfield, Illinois. The work was commissioned by Robert Shaw in memory of Franklin Roosevelt, whose funeral train carried his dead body from Georgia back to Washington. The work is in memory of “those we loved.”
Cost
$15/$8
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Ken Notes: A great weekend to spend on campus. Do we know how lucky we are to have such talent right here. Get off your couch and head to Madison to see the best music, dance, theatre and art right here...

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Madison Craft Beer Week
Twas the night before Beer Week, give or take a few days,
Common Thread Baltic Porter had just entered the fray,
Beer passports
were placed at the venues ’round town
So revelers would know where it soon would go down.
I had just drifted off, not even getting to bed,
While visions of barleywines danced in my head;.....

The whole poem is here!

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Spring 2017 Commencement

UW Bachelor, Law, and Master
degree candidates

May 13, 2017
12:00 p.m. at Camp Randall Stadium

UW PhD, MFA, Medical Professional
degree candidates

May 12, 2017
5:30 p.m. at the Kohl Center

Madison College Graduation

Event Locations
May 12, 2017 5:30 PM
Veterans Memorial Coliseum


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Ken Notes: Welcome to Madison friends and family and congrats grads!!! Oh by the way if you are looking to hang around for the summer I am looking for a marketing person for Madison Notes. Email Ken at KenHarwood.com...

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Bodega - free public market @ Breese Stevens Field

Thursday, May 18 4:00-8:00 PM

also: Thursday, June 8 4:00-8:00 PM
         Thursday, July 27 4:00-8:00 PM

The Bodega, a free public market, returns to historic Breese Stevens Field. - A growing vendor lineup, an increased investment in entertainment and a wide variety of food carts will highlight the 2017 series.

The Bodega features farmers, artisans, antique dealers, and craftsmen selling locally sourced goods and produce. Far from an average farmers market, The Bodega will also feature live music, new interactive displays, a 60’ inflatable zip line and free yard games to ensure a family-friendly event for all. A wide variety of local beers and wine will also be available for purchase....

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Cars on State Cars on State Classic Car Show
Saturday, June 3, 2017
State Street, Madison, Wis.
10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Rain or shine

One of Madison`s finest downtown summer traditions, the 11th Annual Classic Car Show will be held Saturday, June 3rd. This free event spans 6 blocks of State Street in Downtown Madison.

ALSO:

  • WIAA Boy`s Tennis June 1-3
  • Cars on State Classic Car Show June 3
  • Wisconsin Bike Week June 3-11
  • Live & Local Concert Series Thursdays, May - September
  • Outdoor Dane County Farmer`s Market (Saturdays on the Capitol Square, Wednesdays on Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.) April 15 - November 11
  • Summer in YOUR City Programming May - September
  • Monona Terrace Community Events
  • Wisconsin State Capitol events
  • Overture Center for the Arts events
  • Wisconsin Union Theater events
  • Other arts, culture & museums

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    Sun Prairie Sweet Corn Festival
    Date: August 17, 2017 - August 20, 2017

    For the low cost of $1.00 admission on Saturday and Sunday per person for gate walk-in, attendees can enjoy free entertainment, children`s activities and more. Children age 6 and under are free admission, and if you park on the grounds admission is included in the price.
    Buttons are $1.50 for unlimited entrance to the Festival.
    Parking is $5.00 per vehicle and includes admission.

    Over 100,000 people from around the Midwest attend the event which serves over 80 tons of sweet corn during the weekend!...
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    TONIGHT - Blind Pilot & Gregory Alan Isakov

    Blind Pilot is a Portland, Oregon-based sextet consisting of frontman Israel Nebeker, fellow founding member Ryan Dobrowski, Luke Ydstie, Kati Claborn, Ian Krist and Dave Jorgensen. Born in Johannesburg, South Africa, and calling Colorado home, Gregory Alan Isakov has been traveling all his life....

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    Ken Notes: Alexa play Blind Pilot!

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    40th annual Monroe Street Festival

    Saturday September 16th 10 am - 5 pm

    Performers include:

    Forward! Marching Band
    Panchromatic Steel – Madison`s Homegrown Steel Drum Band
    David Landau – Voted Children`s Performer of the Year
    Mad City Funk – Madison Dance Band
    Omulu Capoeira - Afro-Brazilian Martial Art with dance, acrobatics and music
    Northern Comfort – Vintage Country, Bluegrass & Gospel
    Ambulatones and greenTONE – Two Local Favorite A cappella groups
    Penny’s Balloon Animal Artistry
    Rainbow Fairy Stilts Walker
    Henry Vilas Zoo Education Department
    Madison Fire Department Community Education - Fire Engine #4
    Mad City Jug Band
    The Cashel Dennehy Irish Dancers  
    Ballet Folklorico Danztrad – Traditional Mexican Dance
    Mideast Salsa – North African Salsa Dance Band...

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    GOV`T MULE @ The Orpheum
    FRI // OCT 13
    Door: 7:00 PM
    Featuring: Gov`t Mule

    “Having listened to them recently, for the first time in decades, a big smile came over my face. These recordings capture the rawness and excitement of the earliest stage of Gov’t Mule,” explains Haynes. Gov’t Mule has showcased its virtuosity, intelligence and breadth for more than two decades, which have encompassed 15 studio and live albums, millions of album and track sales and thousands of performances. The band has become a human encyclopedia of timeless American music while adding to that canon with their signature sound.


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    Freakfest 2017 Saturday!

    October 28th 7 PM to 1:30 AM.

    Freakfest is the region’s largest annual Halloween party and music festival.  Freakfest features over 15 local, regional, and national acts on 3 stages for over six hours of live entertainment.

    MOUNTAIN DEW CAPITOL STAGE - STATE STREET
    DRAM  12:30-1:30am
    George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic  10:30pm-12:00am
    Kweku Collins  9:15pm-10:00pm
    Clyde Stubblefield All-Stars  8:15pm-9:00pm
    DJay Mando 7:30pm-8:10pm and in between sets

    STEVE BROWN APARTMENTS/GREEN CAB/Z104 STAGE – GILMAN STREET
    Trombone Shorty & Orleans Ave. 12:00am-1:00am
    MUTEMATH  10:30pm-11:30pm
    The Main Squeeze 9:15pm-10:00pm
    Mama Digdown`s Brass Band  8:15pm-9:00pm
    Birds Eye  7:30pm-8:00pm

    WSUM/IAN’S PIZZA STAGE – FRANCES STREET
    Twelves  12:30am-1:30am
    Greenhaus  11:15pm-12:00am
    The Begowatts 10:00pm-10:45pm
    Nester 8:45pm-9:30pm
    Mr. Martin & The Sensitive Guys 7:30pm-8:15pm

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    Lady Laughs Comedy Festival

    Nov 2, 12:00 am thru Sunday, Nov 5, 12:00 am

    Multiple Venues

    In it`s second year, Lady Laughs Comedy Festival celebrates amazing women in the comedic arts. This year we welcome Mary Kennedy from Showtime`s hit show Shameless. Mary Kennedy is a regular at The Laugh Factory, and has also headlined Garret Morris` Downtown Comedy Club in Los Angeles, Zanies in Chicago and Marblehead Little Theatre, Marblehead, Massachusetts. She also featured for the show Gender Blender at the Improv and has toured with Mom`s Night Out!, a comedy show that is performed by Moms for Moms. Her comedy has been seen on, jlcn.tv, Comedy Central, SPIKE and the USA Network.

    In a field where men dominate the scene LLCF is dedicated to elevating the voices of women. A beacon of diversity, the festival includes women in all shapes, sizes and colors including members of the LGBTQ community. This year`s festival will include talent from all over the country and Canada featuring over 70 women comedians. And will span over 4 days. Tickets will go on sale in October, visit ladylaughscomedy.com for updates and news...    ...more

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    Madison Marathon
    Date: Sunday, November 12, 2017
    Time: 7:00 AM
    Start & Finish Lines: Capitol Square – Mifflin St. & Wisconsin Ave.

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    Ken Notes: Welcome runners and spectators!

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    UW BADGERS VS. Michigan

    GAME: Saturday 11/18/2017 - 11AM - Camp Randall

    Pre Game - Gameday`s Best Tailgate - Union South

    Join us 2½ hours before kickoff, every football home game, for gameday`s best tailgate. Just steps from Camp Randall Stadium at Union South, Badger Bash offers food, drinks and entertainment—indoors and out.

    Badger Bash Features:

    • UW-Madison Marching Band performance (approx. 1.5 hrs before kickoff)
    • UW-Madison Spirit Squad performances
    • Local celebrity emcees
    • Fun & games by our sponsors
    • Live music
    • More than 100 fresh, hot food & beverage options
    • The best game-day restrooms in Madison

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    10 down 5 to go! NATIONAL CHAMPIONS!!!!!

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    Patti LaBelle

    Thu 1/12/17 7:30PM

    Overture Hall

    “Beautiful” simply does not describe the incomparable force known to the world as Patti LaBelle. As time continues to evolve, the soulful songbird’s name has become synonymous with grace, style, elegance and class. Miss Patti is known and revered for belting out classic rhythm and blues renditions, pop standards and spiritual sonnets showing her unique platform of versatility.
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    Ken Notes: Still good tickets...

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    NARI REMODELING EXPO

    Jan. 20-22, 2017

    Madison Marriott Convention Center

    Friday 2pm-7pm
    Saturday 9am-6pm
    Sunday 10am-4pm

    Consumers attend NARI’s Remodeling Expo to meet over 100 of Madison area’s finest remodeling professionals and to see examples of NARI member’s most recent work in kitchens, baths, basement updates, whole house remodels, exterior improvements, landscapes, etc.  Attendees  also have the opportunity to see the latest in home improvement products, methods and services offered locally and to have all their remodeling questions answered. The NARI Expo is the only show noted for ethical stable local remodeling professionals dedicated solely to the remodeling industry. Homeowners can learn about the latest home improvement trends and new products by attending over 45 free seminars.

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    Ken Notes: Lets hope the visitors check out all that Madison offers...

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    The 14th Annual Sugar Maple Music Festival!

    14th annual Sugar Maple Traditional Music Festival
    August 4th & 5th, 2017
    Lake Farm County Park, Madison, WI

    Presented by the Four Lakes Traditional Music Collective, the Sugar Maple Traditional Music Festival is a two-day outdoor festival in Madison that celebrates traditional music and dance through performances, educational workshops, and interactive jam sessions. This family-friendly festival offers entertainment for people of all ages. The diversity of performances invites people of all backgrounds and ages to enjoy and learn about the performing arts in the beautiful setting of a county park. Local vendors sell concessions, and local, non-profit organizations display information.

    The Sugar Maple Music Festival invites you to play along!  Join local fiddle phenoms Rin Ribble and Tina Thompson as they lead the Little Fiddler’s workshop designed for young fiddle players of all skill levels. Participants will learn about the musical styles they’ll hear all weekend long at Sugar Maple.

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    Women`s Hockey vs. Minnesota State

    Friday, January 27 - 7:00 PM BUY TICKETS
    Saturday, January 28 - 3:00 PM 
    BUY TICKETS


    Student Night: All University of Wisconsin students will receive a free t-shirt and GA ticket that must be redeemed online in advance. To redeem, students must log into their online accounts. Tee shirts and tickets available while supplies last.   ...more

    Ken Notes: 22-2-1-0 need I say more!!!

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    Madison Camper & RV Show and Sale

    Alliant Energy Center

    Show Hours:

    Friday:   10:00am - 9:00pm
    Saturday:   10:00am - 8:00pm
    Sunday:   10:00am - 4:00pm

    Over 1 mile of RVs and Camping Equipment on display from Madison and Dane County merchants. Over 122,000 square feet of RVs and Campers!
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    Charlie Parker’s Yardbird presented by Madison Opera

    Fri, Feb 10 - Sun, Feb 12

    Capitol Theater: $25 - $114

    Music is my soul.

    New York City, 1955. As his body lies unclaimed in the morgue, saxophone great Charlie Parker returns in spirit to the jazz club Birdland, determined to compose a final masterpiece. Family and friends blend in and out of his memories in an acclaimed new opera that tells of his tortured, brilliant life “with a pulsing, jazz-infused score” (The New York Times).

    Charlie Parker’s Yardbird was widely praised following its 2015 premiere. The Wall Street Journal said, “its rhythms snap and swing, its melodies – including real arias – seize the ear, its ensembles crackle with energy.”

    Madison Opera will be only the second company to perform this theatrical tour de force that melds jazz and opera – don’t miss it!...

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    Ken Notes: Sounds cool...

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    2017 Pour`n Yer Heart Out: 8th Annual!
    Saturday, February 11, 2017
    10:00 AM on

    Sector67
    Madison, WI

    Free and open to the spectating public, this indoor/outdoor winter event collaborates with some of the Midwest`s best artists, makers and local businesses in order to melt and cast hot iron all day during the region`s cold weather season.

    Meet a rock star crew of Midwestern metal casting artists as they create unique iron castings while everyone enjoys music, culinary offerings from Madison`s best food trucks, local beer tastings, and of course endless amusement inside the awesomeness of Sector67, where this whole shee-bang takes place.

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    Manhole Sketch Comedy Show

    Friday, February 17, 2017

    Frederic March Play Circle, Wisconsin Union Theater

    Join Manhole Sketch Comedy as they perform their original, comedic sketches for anyone interested in a fun night full of laughter.

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    Zor Shrine Circus
    Madison, WI - sponsored by Zor Shriners

    February 17  18  &  19

    THREE BIG RINGS of THRILLS & CHILLS . . . .

    Veterans Memorial Coliseum @ Alliant Energy Center

    SHOWTIMES:
    Friday Feb. 17 - 7:00pm
    Saturday Feb. 18 - 10:00am / 2:30pm / 7:00pm
    Sunday Feb. 19 - 1:00pm & 5:00pm
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    Shadowland by Pilobolus

    Thursday, February 23rd, 2017

    8pm - Doors open at 7:30 pm
    Wisconsin Union Theater | Shannon Hall

    Created by famed dance company Pilobolus, Shadowland is a first-of-its-kind performance combining legendary modern dance with high-energy, fast-paced multimedia, merging front-of-screen choreography with projected images and moving screens of different sizes and shapes. 

    Shadowland tells the story of a teenage girl, longing for her independence, with nowhere for her thoughts to go but to her dreams.  She sleeps, only to wake to something incredible lurking behind her bedroom wall – her shadow.  Walls spin, darkness swallows the girl, and she’s off on a journey into Shadowland.

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    Ken Notes: WATCH THE VIDEO at the link!

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    Madison on Tap

    Saturday, Mar 4, 12:30 pm – 5:00 pm

    Alliant Energy Center — Madison

    It`s no hoptical illusion, the 3rd annual Madison on Tap is returning this March. Madison`s largest craft beer festival is back and better than ever, serving up samples of 180+ craft beer styles from more than 90 breweries. Soak up samples during the general admission session or hop it up to the VIP level for extra tasting time. We`ll have live…
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    The 20th Annual - ST. PATRICK`S DAY PARADE
    Sunday, March 12, 2017
    1:30 p.m.
    Capitol Square, Madison, WI

    Welcome to Madison’s St Patrick`s Day Parade 2017 celebration! It’s time for ‘the wearing of the green!”

    The St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee invites you and your organization to participate in the 2017 parade around Madison’s beautiful Capitol Square.

    We welcome sponsors, parade entries, volunteers and spectators to participate as we celebrate the Irish culture.


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    Too much for me to pick from...
    Check out the Isthmus listings for St. Paddy`s Day here... And remember Madison Notes has links for all Madison calendars, venues and we are looking for a few dining, lodging, and other venues to feature.

    Remember Madison is THE place to Party this weekend...

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    Madison Symphony Orchestra

    Madison Symphony Orchestra - Colossal Piano

    Fri, Apr 7 - Sun, Apr 9

    Experience the talents of brilliant French pianist Philippe Bianconi as he joins the Madison Symphony Orchestra and Conductor John DeMain as soloist in Rachmaninoff’s massive and virtuosic Piano Concerto No. 3. The program opens with Schumann’s dramatic and imaginative Manfred Overture, followed by Witold Lutoslawski’s 1954 Concerto for Orchestra, inspired by Polish folk songs.


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    Isthmus Food Cart Fest

    Sunday, May 21, 2017, 2-6pm
    Central Park
    Madison, WI
    CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE TICKETS

    Isthmus presents Madison’s finest food cart festival in downtown’s Central Park. Join us from 2-6 p.m. for a taste of new and favorite food cart fare, street food samples from the Culinary Ladies Collective, musical entertainment by Mike Carlson and a selection of craft beer in the sun.

    Ticket price includes entry & unlimited samples from over 30 carts. Beer will be available for purchase, served by Badger Honor Flight...

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    Ken Notes: This may be the perfect event, Madison has some of the best food carts in the nation.

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    Join us in bringing our beloved sunburst chairs back to their rightful home!

    Thursday, April 13 at 3pm

    Terrace season officially begins on Thursday, April 13 at 3pm!

    Students, staff, faculty and community members are invited to bring out the Terrace chairs and enjoy the first official day of Terracing. Be among the first back on the Terrace.

    Line up on N. Park St. starting at 2 pm and carry your chair onto the Terrace at 3pm. Bucky and members of the UW Marching Band will be there to help us celebrate!

    Welcome home... it`s Terrace time!

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    Ken Notes: YEA!!!!!

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    Doors Open Madison 2017

    Doors Open Madison is a free one-day event organized by Downtown Madison Inc.
    This year`s event will take place on Sunday, April 23.

    It’s a chance to learn about the places that make Madison great.
    Explore the one-of-a-kind buildings and businesses you might walk or drive by everyday.

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    Moon Over Monona Terrace

    Friday April 28, 2017
    7:30-9:30PM

    Gates Open at 7PM

    Young and old alike are invited to view the moon and other celestial objects through a multitude of different telescopes. The evening will begin with moon viewing only and will progress to different objects as the sky darkens. Activities include short kid-friendly presentations on the moon and other celestial phenomena, and a kid`s fun zone with educational games and prizes! Fun for the whole family!   ...more

    Ken Notes: Cool...

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    All-Campus Party Week
    ACP is the nation’s largest cost-free and alcohol-alternative campus celebration, and it is created for students by students. Through our 7 headlining events (Bucky’s Urban Odyssey, Breakfast with Bucky, Red Talk, Badgers Chalk the Block, All-Campus Day of Service, Mad City Spotlight and Lake Street Bash), All-Campus Party celebrates the end of the school year, onset of spring and the enthusiasm of the campus community....   ...more

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    Madison Night Market - June
    Jun 8, 6:00 pm - To: 11:00 pm
    Madison Night Market
    W Gilman St - Madison

    The Madison Night Market is a celebration of Madison`s unique and inspiring creative culture.

    Vendors showcase handmade products, local art, artisan gifts, prepackaged foods and fresh produce. The event will include live music, giant board games, special visiting food carts and pop-up restaurant experiences.

    The Market, located along Gilman Street in the heart of downtown Madison is held the second Thursday of the months of May, June and July in 2017. From 6pm - 11pm visitors and downtown residents are invited to come celebrate all things Madison.

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    Camp Randall Movie Night
    Bucky Badger is inviting fans to join him on Thursday, June 29, for the 5th annual Camp Randall Movie Night, presented by Festival Foods. But he needs your help. Bucky has made a list of some of his favorite movies. He is asking fans to select the feature presentation. The winning selection will be played in Camp Randall Stadium on the main videoboard...

    ...On Thursday, June 29, Gate 1 of Camp Randall Stadium will open at 6:00 p.m. The feature presentation will begin at approximately 7:15 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public...

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    Opera in the Park 2017

    Saturday, July 22, 2017 at 8 p.m. | Garner Park | Free Admission

    Join us for the 16th year of a Madison summer tradition! Opera in the Park has become the very definition of what Madison Opera means to our community. In beautiful Garner Park, the stars come out in the sky, the light sticks come out in the audience, and singers from our upcoming season share their favorite opera and musical theater numbers, along with the Madison Opera Chorus and Madison Symphony Orchestra.

    Come discover what happens when our community comes together around beautiful performances, beautiful music, and a beautiful summer night. 

    Opera in the Park 2017 features:

    Soprano
    Cecilia Violetta López*
    Mezzo-Soprano
    Adriana Zabala                             
    Tenor
    David Walton*
    Baritone
    Will Liverman

    Conducted by Joseph Mechavich


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    National Mustard Day 2017
    SATURDAY, AUGUST 5, 2017 — 10am – 4pm
    MIDDLETON, WISCONSIN

    We’ve truly come a long way. The very first National Mustard Day occupied about 3 parking stalls in front of the original Museum. Now, we close off Parmenter and Hubbard streets in downtown MIDDLETON, WISCONSIN. As the years have gone by the celebration has definitely gotten bigger and better!

    On August 5, (rain or shine!) Middleton will transform into the Condimental Divide as the undisputed Epicenter of Condimental Appreciation where thousands of mustard lovers gather — some spicy, some sweet; some exotic, some hot. It takes all kinds. Oh, and the many mustards available for hot dogs and tastings are also spicy, sweet, exotic, and hot…
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    Concerts on the Square

    July 26, 2017 - 7:00 | Wednesday

    Summer Thriller

    7:00 PM | King Street corner of the Capitol Square

    Featuring Jeans `n Classics, the music of Earth, Wind & Fire and Michael Jackson

    Peter Brennan`s Jeans ’n Classics is a winner! For 20 years now, the JnC approach to combining world class rock musicians and symphonies has been a game changer for orchestras in their quest to attract new and more expansive audiences....

    Also With his lightning speed comedic timing, skills on the dance floor and a truly exceptional, emotional voice, Gavin Hope is a natural born performer and always a fan favorite!...

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    Opera Unplugged At The Farmer`s Market On The Capital Square!

    The Saturday Dane County Farmers’ Market

    The Saturday Dane County Farmers’ Market is conveniently located on the tree-lined grounds surrounding the Wisconsin State Capitol building. Grab your family, friends, and your reusable shopping bags and enjoy a Madison tradition!

    Opera Unplugged Saturday, August 12th @ 10am

    One of Fresco`s fan favorites is back!
    Opera Unplugged takes opera out of the performance hall and brings it to the streets.
    Join us at the Dane County Farmer`s Market ...

    2017 FREE FARMERS` MARKET ORGAN CONCERTS
    Saturday, August 12, 11 a.m. | Overture Hall

    Young organist Adrian Binkley is a Madison native and student at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. Mr. Binkley has performed across the nation... His virtuosic program will feature works by Bach, Mendelssohn, Widor, and Vierne...

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    Ken Notes: This may be the perfect Saturday Morning! The Market and Opera and Madison Symphony Orchestra`s Overture Concert Organ. By the way everything is in season mmmmmmm....

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    WYSO Concert in the Park!
    The Gialamas Company, Inc. is pleased to announce that Wednesday, August 9, 2017, will mark the 16th anniversary of Concert in the Park. For the ninth consecutive year, the talented musicians of the Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestra (WYSO) will amaze you with an entertaining and inspirational concert!

    Located at 1200 John Q. Hammons Drive in the Old Sauk Trails Business Park, this beloved tradition is free for all to enjoy! This year in celebration of the new building, Sauk Trails Plaza II, which is being constructed in the backdrop of the concert area, The Gialamas Company, Inc. will be underwriting the concert in its entirety. Tables will still be available for purchase by contacting bridget@gialamas.com or 608-836-8000....

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    Orton Park Festival

    Orton Park Festival: August 24-27, 2017

    Orton Park Festival, one of the country’s longest-running outdoor music festivals, takes place a few blocks off Williamson St. in the heart of Madison’s east side. This MNA-sponsored event is known for great music, an array of terrific vendors from local restaurants and businesses, kids games, an elegant Jazz Brunch, a rather quirky auction, and a magical aerial trapeze performance under one of the park’s great oaks...

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    Ken Notes: Nice lineup...

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    Wisconsin Badgers football

    Friday, September 1, 8:00 PM

    Camp Randall Stadium, Madison, Wisconsin

    MADISON, Wis. — It`s been almost nine months since the Wisconsin football team lined up across from another team but the wait is coming to an end. On Friday, the Badgers host Utah State at 8 p.m. at Camp Randall Stadium. The game will be televised by ESPN but if you`re planning to on attending the game in person, there are some things you need to know:...




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    Madison Symphony Orchestra - Orchestral Brilliance

    Fri, Sep 15 - Sun, Sep 17

    The Madison Symphony Orchestra and Conductor John DeMain open a new season with Berlioz’s youthful and romantic Harold in Italy, featuring MSO Principal Violist Chris Dozoryst as soloist. The concert opens with Bach’s Toccata and Fugue in D minor, transcribed for orchestra by Leopold Stokowski, followed by Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 5, Reformation, honoring Martin Luther.

    Repertoire
    BACH/STOKOWSKI | Toccata and Fugue in D minor
    MENDELSSOHN | Symphony No. 5, Reformation
    BERLIOZ | Harold in Italy

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    Wisconsin`s Best Boody Mary Fest
    Wisconsin`s Best Boody Mary Fest is going to be a day you do not want to miss!

    To celebrate the third year of this event, we will have competitors from Madison and all over Wisconsin to make Wisconsin`s Best Bloody Mary.

    Of course we will have refreshing beer backs from craft breweries, Food will be provided from Let`s Eat Out with some of Madison`s best food carts -- including Slide Food Cart and Beyond Catering, SoHo Gourmet Cuisines, Ribmasters WI, Cafe Costa Rica -- lots of great vendors and entertainment and games throughout the day!

    Saturday, Sep 23, 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
    $30.00 - $55.00 Get tickets

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    Arlo Guthrie, The Re:Generation Tour

    Thursday, October 5th, 2017

    8pm - Doors open at 7:30 pm -  Wisconsin Union Theater

    In his more than fifty-year career, Woodstock veteran Arlo Guthrie has established a legacy as one of the world`s most esteemed folk singers. Like his father, Woody Guthrie, he is known for his songs of protest against social injustice.

    From "Alice`s Restaurant Massacree" to "Massachusetts," Guthrie`s powerful, and sometimes satirical, writing has inspired fans across America and elsewhere. With almost 30 albums and countless performances, Arlo Guthrie is gifted, iconic, and anything but typical. Of his recent performances, The Independent has said, "An hour and a half in the presence of Guthrie is like receiving the most enjoyable and authoritative master class on 20th-century American Folk music one could possibly have."...

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    Clean Wisconsin Epicurean Evening

    Thursday, October 5, 2017

    Monona Terrace Madison

    Exquisite fare. Artisan cocktails. Stunning views. Join us on the shores of Lake Monona for our fourth year! Our line-up of celebrity chefs features both returning faces and rising stars in the Madison food scene, all coming together for a night of celebration and support of Clean Wisconsin.

    With each course of our four-course dinner prepared by one of our celebrity chefs, this is the Madison culinary event you do not want to miss...

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    TONIGHT - MMoCA Cinema

    October 11, 2017 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

    Spotlight Cinema

    Hermia & Helena
    (2016, Argentina/USA, 86 min., Digital)

    This delightfully intelligent cross-continental romance orbits Camila, an Argentine writer on a fellowship in New York. Between dalliances, she is drafting a Spanish translation of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, a work whose clever musicality resonates in the uniquely cinematic chords struck by director Matias Piñeiro. “Giddily thrilling…Piñeiro keeps the action swinging freely between New York and Buenos Aires with bold subplots and puckish flashbacks, the shimmering mysteries of tenuous friendships and the breathless melodrama of family secrets. Filming cityscapes and intimate gestures with avid attention, adorning the dialogue with deep confessions and witty asides, Piñeiro conjures a cogently realistic yet gloriously imaginative vision of youthful ardor in love and art alike” (Richard Brody, The New Yorker). In Spanish with English subtitles.

    Wednesdays, October 4 through November 15, and November 29

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    Foo Fighters in Concert

    Kohl Center, November 7

    MADISON, Wis. — The Eleven-time Grammy winning, 25+ million-record-selling Foo Fighters, who will release their ninth epic titled Concrete and Gold due out September 15 worldwide, launch a new tour in 2017 to take their new music on the road. Foo Fighters will visit the Kohl Center on Tuesday, November 7 with a 7:30 p.m. start time. Foo Fighters are Dave Grohl, Taylor Hawkins, Nate Mendel, Chris Shifflett, Pat Smear and Rami Jaffee.

    Concrete and Gold marries some of the most insanely heavy Foo Fighters riffs ever with lush harmonic complexities courtesy of a first time team-up with producer Greg Kurstin (Adele, Sia, Pink)....

    ...Tickets can also be purchased online by going to http://go.wisc.edu/foofighterskohlcenter2017, by phone at 800-745-3000 and all Ticketmaster locations.

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    MadCity Sessions: Better Yeti and VO5

    Thu, Nov 9

    Capitol Theater: Free

    Overture’s popular series of free concerts featuring local and regional bands continues for the 2017/18 season in the historic Capitol Theater with two bands per concert. Come by any time between 7:30 and 10 PM to enjoy the best music Madison has to offer. Admission is free, dancing is encouraged, and drinks are available for purchase...

    ...First up is Better Yeti. The Better Yeti story begins in 1987, when a group of 7 martian teenagers were abandoned by their alien parents in the mountains of Tibet for playing their music too loud...

    ...The second act of the evening is VO5. VO5 is a disco big band celebrating 11 years of epic dance parties. With their blend of 70’s hits from bands like the Bee Gees, Ohio Players and ABBA plus quirky original music, lots of dancing is guaranteed!..

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    2017 Winter Art Fair Off the Square
    Saturday, November 11 (9-5)
    Sunday, November 12 (10-4)

    The Winter Art Fair Off the Square (formerly the Winter Art Festival) is a companion show to our summer Art Fair Off the Square. The 28th Annual Winter Art Fair Off the Square is held in the Exhibition Hall of the spectacular Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Monona Terrace Convention and Community Center, which is located 3 blocks off Madison`s Capitol Square...

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    Calendars - Things To Do in the Madison Area
    MadisonNotes does NOT maintain a calendar because there are so many great ones already! Here are a few we like, many will allow you to submit your event.
    Madison Magazine
    Madison Uw
    UWarts Edgewood Olbrich Parks
    Visit Madison UW WORT

    Monona
    Yelp Downtown

    Madison Area Chambers

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    Ken Notes: FREE - If your calendar or chamber is not listed call 608-334-2174...

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    UW-Madison Dance Department Kicks Off Second Half of 90th Year with Annual Faculty Concert "Neither East Nor West"
    8:00 p.m. on Thursday & Friday February 9 & 10 and 2:30 p.m. on February 11.

    Tickets may be purchased in advance at www.uniontheater.wisc.edu, by phone (608) 265-2787, or in person at the Campus Arts Box Office, Memorial Union, 800 Langdon Street, Madison, WI. Reserved seating.
     
    The UW-Madison Dance Department kicks off the second half of its 90th anniversary year with its annual faculty concert “Neither East Nor West,” February 2-4 and 9-11 at the Margaret H’Doubler Performance Space, Lathrop Hall, 1050 University Avenue.
     
    “Neither East Nor West” features the original choreography of New York guest artist and UW-Madison alumna Rosalind Newman whose work is described by the Village Voice as "so stunning you can`t quite believe what you`re seeing" and six contemporary dance works by UW-Madison artists Kate Corby, Li Chiao-Ping, Liz Sexe, Marlene Skog, Chris Walker, and Jin-Wen Yu.
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    Steve Martin & Martin Short with Steep Canyon Rangers

    Mar 3, 2017 7:30 PM

    Overture Center-Overture Hall
    201 State St. , Madison, Wisconsin 53703

    Longtime comedians Steve Martin and Martin Short will play a one-night only show in Overture Hall! The show, “An Evening You Will Forget for the Rest of Your Life,” includes stand-up, film clips, musical numbers and conversations about their lives in show business.Martin and Short will also be joined by the Grammy-winning Steep Canyon Rangers, the bluegrass band with which Martin frequently performs.



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    ANNUAL JAZZ FESTIVAL with Linda Oh, bass

    –Thu, April 27: Concert with Linda Oh and the Johannes Wallmann Quintet (Johannes Wallmann, piano; Linda Oh, bass; Russ Johnson, trumpet; Les Thimmig, saxophone; and Jon Deitemyer, drums).  8 PM, Fredric March Play Circle, Memorial Union.  Free admission.

    –Fri, April 28: Concert with the UW Jazz Orchestra, the UW High School Honors Jazz Band, and bassist Linda Oh. 8 PM, Music Hall.  Ticketed: $15 adults, $5 students & children. Buy tickets here or at the door.

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    Free Art Friday - May Mother`s Day
    Date: Friday, May 05, 2017
    Time: 5-9 p.m.
    Location: Wheelhouse Studio & Der Rathskeller, Memorial Union

    Multiple crafting projects & live music - All FREE!Create a unique Mother`s Day gift, paint a flower pot and more...

    AND don`t miss the Art Fair/Sale from noon-10pm in the Festival Room....
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    Wellness Fair - Verona WI

    Saturday January 14, 2017   9:00 a.m. To 12:00 p.m.
    Resurrection Lutheran Church
    6705 Wesner Road, Verona, Wisconsin

    Mind:     

    Life Stress Inventory: How to handle it better
    Life Satisfaction Inventory: Building positive emotions
    Brain Coaching: Cognitive Mediator
    Parent Coaching
    Prepare/Enrich Marriage Resources

    Body:

    Massage
    Cranio-sacral Massage Demonstrations
    Pediatric Massage Demonstrations

    Spirit:

    Bible 101
    Sunday School
    Youth Ministries

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    In addition, In The Moment Child and Family Therapy is offering one FREE appointment or assessment for first time clients in the month of January. Call 608-620-3486 to make an appointment!

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    Frozen Assets

    February 3rd, 4th and 5th. Starting at 10 a.m. daily!

    Our lakes are important to local quality of life all year round. Bring family and friends and let’s explore our winter lakes! As always, donations will support our efforts to protect and improve water quality in our local lakes, rivers and wetlands.

    Join us for FREE winter fun at The Edgewater and on Lake Mendota

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    Boyz II Men

    Sun, Feb 12

    Overture Hall: $45 - $70

    The best-selling R&B group of all time continue to create timeless hits that appeal across generations. They penned and performed some of the most celebrated classics of the past 2.5 decades, including “I’ll Make Love to You,” “End of the Road” and “On Bended Knee”—all of which reached number one on the charts. Their four Grammy Awards are just the beginning—they’ve also won nine American Music Awards, nine Soul Train Awards, three Billboard Awards, and a 2011 MOBO Award for Outstanding Contribution to Music.


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    Be at the Winter Blues - VSA Wisconsin

    Friday, February 24 6-9pm

    Looking for a way to chase away the winter blues?  Come cure your cabin fever on a crisp winter night at our Beat Winter Blues party! Join other kindred spirits on Friday, February 24 from 6-9 pm at VSA Wisconsin, 1709 Aberg Avenue in Madison.
     
    Stroll through our art gallery to discover how military veterans are using the creative arts to battle the physical and emotional scars resulting from service to our country. Consider purchasing a work for your home or office. An additional 40 works of
    art by people with disabilities will also be for sale.
     
    Heat up with refreshments, soda and beer. Music for dancing and decompressing will be provided by the Tony Castañeda Latin Jazz Quartet from 7-9 pm. Partake in our wine pull . . . everyone who purchases a pull leaves with a bottle of wine!
     
    Admission is free. Donations, art and beverage purchases warm our hearts and will give children and adults with disabilities the opportunity to share their voice and reveal their abilities and talents through the creative arts. For more information, please visit www.vsawis.org. or call 608-241-2131.   ...more

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    International Festival

    International Festival is on Saturday
    February 25, 2017, 10:30 AM – 5:00 PM

    Enjoy more than 30 FREE performances throughout Overture by artists who call Dane County home celebrating the rich cultural heritage within our community. Indulge in cuisines from around the world, browse stunning arts and crafts available for purchase and learn about the many local businesses with global connections.

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    Madison Symphony Orchestra - Peak Performance

    Fri, Mar 10 - Sun, Mar 12

    Overture Hall

    The Madison Symphony Orchestra welcomes back favorite Guest Conductor Carl St. Clair for this concert, which opens with Beethoven’s exhilarating Egmont Overture. Young Norwegian trumpet soloist Tine Thing Helseth then commands the stage with Johann Hummel’s clever and beautiful Trumpet Concerto, before Strauss’ musical mountain climb, An Alpine Symphony, rounds off the program.

    Repertoire
    BEETHOVEN | Egmont Overture
    HUMMEL | Trumpet Concerto
    STRAUSS | An Alpine Symphony

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    WIAA State Basketball

    1st Day of Practice - Monday, November 14

    1st Game - Tuesday, November 22

    Regionals - February 28, March 3 & 4

    Sectionals - March 9 & 11

    State Tournament - March 16-17-18 - Kohl Center, Madison

    • Thursday, March 16 - Division 3 Semifinals 1:35 p.m. (1v3; 2v4)
    • Thursday, March 16 - Division 4 Semifinals 6:35 p.m. (1v3; 2v4)
    • Friday, March 17 - Division 5 Semifinals - 9:05 a.m. (1v3; 2v4)
    • Friday, March 17 - Division 2 Semifinals - 1:35 p.m. (1v3; 2v4)
    • Friday, March 17 - Division 1 Semifinals - 6:35 p.m. (1v3; 2v4)
    • Saturday, March 18 - 3-Point Challenge - 9:30 a.m.
    • Saturday, March 18 - Divisions 5, 4, 3 Championships - 11:05 a.m.
    • Saturday, March 18 - Division 2 & 1 Championships - 6:35 p.m.

     

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    Capital City Theatre`s Lady Day at Emerson`s Bar and Grill
    The time is 1959. The place is a seedy bar in Philadelphia. The audience is about to witness one of Billie Holiday’s last performances, given four months before her death. More than a dozen musical numbers are interlaced with salty, often humorous, reminiscences to project a riveting portrait of the lady and her music.

    Capital City Theatre brings this unique and timeless experience to Overture Center’s Wisconsin Studio. Very limited seating in a cabaret style will give you the feeling of being right there when it all happened that amazing evening...

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    MadCity Sessions - Lo Marie & Grupo Candela

    Thu, Apr 13

    Capitol Theater: Free

    Live at the Capitol! Our popular series of free concerts by local artists will now feature a double bill in the historic Capitol Theater. But it won’t lose any of its casual vibe—admission will still be FREE and the dance floor will still be open!

    The first act of the evening features singer/songwriter Lo Marie. Combining her operatic training with a passion for jazz music, Lo Marie has found a unique voice in the musical world. Her album, Solid Ground won Jazz Album of the Year at the 2015 MAMA Awards.

    The second act features Grupo Candela. This epic Latino big-band includes 12 members, performing the many styles of Latin music including Salsa Dura, Merengue, Bachata and Cumbia. Get ready to jump to your feet and dance to this high-energy music.

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    Wisconsin Football Spring Game

    Benefiting the UW Waisman Center

    Date: Friday, April 21, 2017
    Time: 6:30 p.m.

    The Wisconsin Football Spring Game will be held on Friday, April 21 at 6:30 p.m. at Camp Randall Stadium. UW Athletics is partnering is the UW`s Waisman Center, which is dedicated to advancing knowledge about human development, developmental disabilities and neurodegenerative diseases.
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    20th Anniversary Spring Gala

    5.20.2017

    The most unique event in Madison

    The Wisconsin Women’s Health Foundation invites you to attend the Spring Gala, our 20th annual fundraiser, at the Wisconsin State Capitol on Saturday, May 20, 2017.

    Formal attire. Fine dining.  Live music and dancing between the four arches in the rotunda. Don’t miss out on the most unique event in Madison! All proceeds help WWHF reach over 5,000 women with 6 statewide programs found in all 72 counties of Wisconsin.

    WWHF is a 501(c)3 statewide nonprofit organization that provides health services and education for women and families.

    Our mission is to innovate, impact and improve women’s health.

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    2017 AMERICAN FAMILY INSURANCE CHAMPIONSHIP

    Pro-Ams will be played on Wednesday and Thursday, June 21-22, 2017. The Wednesday, June 21 Pro-Am play will be OPEN and FREE to the public.

    We invite fans to come to the Pro-Am Wednesday and stay for the free Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra Concert at 7 p.m. that evening on the University Ridge grounds.

    There will be NO public access available during the Pro-Am on Thursday, June 22.

    The 2017 American Family Insurance Championship will be open to the public June 23-25, 2017


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    K4 Beer Brownie Baking Contest!

    June 28 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

    Do you like to bake?

    Do you like to drink beer?

    Do you like to bake with beer? If so this is your chance for bragging rights in the Karben4 taproom since we’re having a contest to see who can make the best brownies featuring our beer.

    Please bring a dozen brownies for the judges, your recipe & friends to cheer your brownie on!

    The contest will be held in the taproom, as K4 staff & brewers sample your tasty concoctions. Winners will be announced that night!

    1st Place – Brownies will be created by our kitchen and available in the taproom for the month of July, a K4 T-shirt AND a $50 K4 Gift Card.

    K4 Taproom 3698 Kinsman Blvd
    Madison, WI 53704 United States

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    Welcome to the Madison Early Music Festival
    Madison Early Music Festival 2017
    Quixotic Musical Treasures from the Golden Age of Spain
    July 8 - 15, 2017

    The University of Wisconsin-Madison Arts Institute announces the 18th annual Madison Early Music Festival Workshop and Concert Series, Quixotic Musical Treasures from the Golden Age of Spain. Celebrating over 400 years of the novel Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes, we will explore the wealth of references to the music, art, and literature that flourished and illuminated Spain during the political rise and fall of the Spanish Habsburg Dynasty...

    MEMF Participant Concert: Friday, July 14, 2017, 1:00 pm

    Sonnambula: Friday, July 14, 2017, 7:30 pm

    Advanced Loud Band and Early Opera Workshop Concert: Saturday, July 15, 2017, 2:00 pm

    All-Festival Concert: Saturday, July 15, 2017, 7:30 pm

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    La Fete De Marquette

    3 Stages, 4 Days, 5 Acres!
    July 13th - July 16th
    Madison`s Central Park
    Free!!!

    Located in the heart of Madison`s east Isthmus, Fete promises something for everyone: 20 performances on 3 stages, games and activities for families, 14 local restaurants, an eclectic array of arts and crafts vendors, and plenty of great beer and wine! This event is free admission! Best of all, proceeds benefit the Wil-Mar Neighborhood Center’s programs and services.


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    Wisconsin Badgers Football Family Fun Day…at Night
    MADISON, Wis. — As the lead up to the Wisconsin Football season and the celebration of 100 years of Camp Randall Stadium continues, fans are invited to meet this year`s squad at the annual Wisconsin Football Family Fun Day, presented by Alliant Energy. The event will be Friday, July 28, from 6-8 p.m. (CT) at Camp Randall Stadium.

    Plenty of familiar faces will be on hand as the Wisconsin football team opens its fall camp hosting this annual family-friendly event. Head down to Camp Randall Stadium for a chance to meet the team and head coach Paul Chryst for autographs and photos. Fans will also receive complimentary team posters, courtesy of American Family Insurance.  Parking is available in UW Lot 16 (behind the UW Police Station) at no cost beginning at 4:30 p.m. Paid parking is available in UW Lot 17 (north of Camp Randall), UW Lot 20 (intersection of University Avenue and Randall Street) and UW Lot 36 (north of Camp Randall Stadium off Observatory Drive). Parking is available on a first-come, first-served basis. ..

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    YUM YUM FEST 2017

    August 6, 2017 -- 3pm to 8pm -- Breese Stevens Field

    THE MOST DELICIOUS DAY OF THE SUMMER

    Yum Yum Fest is a celebration of artistry in food held in Madison, WI by the Madison Area Chef`s Network. It involves some of the most talented minds in the industry, and 2017 will be its fourth and most exciting year!

    Yum Yum Fest is a joint effort between the Madison Area Chef’s Network and Breese Stevens Field. The organizers have committed to a minimum donation of $5,000 to both the Community Action Coalition Double Dollars Program and The River Food Pantry....

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    Thank You!
    Just a note to say thank you to the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra for a wonderful season of concerts on the square!

    From WCO... (more info at the link!)

    We are thrilled to announce our 2017-2018 season, with an incredible lineup of world-class musicians. Our 57th season features works by Schoenberg, Tchaikovsky, Schumann, Paganini, and an all Beethoven concert on May 11th.  We’re looking forward to welcoming fantastic guest artists, Soh-Hyun Park Altino and Leo Altino, Giora Schmidt, Alexandrew Dossin, Ilya Kaler, and John O`Conor for our Masterworks series, and our four outstanding soloists for Handel`s Messiah.

    We look forward to seeing you this coming year for this exciting season!...

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    TONIGHT - Bonnie Raitt - Dig in Deep Tour 2017

    Wed, Aug 30

    Overture Hall: $56.50 - $99.50

    With ‘Dig In Deep’, her twentieth album, Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Bonnie Raitt comes out swinging. The follow-up to 2012’s triumphant ‘Slipstream’ — the Grammy-winning, Top Ten-charting first release on her own Redwing Records label — the new record illustrates the delicate balance of consistency and risk-taking that has defined Raitt’s remarkable career for more than forty-five years....

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    Makeshift Festival Madison...

    SUN AUG 20, 2017
    OLBRICH PARK 3PM-8PM
    MADISON, WI

    A new festival that celebrates art, food & public spaces

    Makeshift is a new festival aimed at celebrating creativity in the visual and culinary arts and creating new memories in Madison’s world-class parks.  100% of the proceeds go to the Madison Parks Foundation, the non-profit organization that helps support Madison’s Parks. For more information on what we do, check out our main website. It`s free! We’re gathering some of the most exciting chefs & organizations from throughout the midwest to whip up $5-7 tasting dishes for you. You pay them, they give you delicious, delicious food. Thirsty?? We’ve got you covered there, too. We’ve got beer from Karben 4 & Hop Haus, and Spirited Women will be curating the bar with alcoholic & non-alcoholic drinks. Also, the exceedingly awesome Water Wagon will be there from the Madison Water Utility....


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    Join our List Join Us for the 2017 Mad Gael Music Fest

    AUG. 25-26 2017 \ Breese Stevens Field \ Madison, WI

    The Mad Gael Music Fest is held within the friendly confines of Breese Stevens Field, a City of Madison Park. Be sure to bring Hats, Kilts, Jackets, Small Purses or Bags, Sunscreen, Small Umbrellas, Blankets, Small Folding Chairs, and Smiles....

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    Almost, Maine

    September 15 (Opening) and runs thru September 24.

    On a cold, clear night in the remote northernmost part of Maine, the residents of a small town discover the sparks of love. Perhaps. Maybe. Almost. Under the magic spell of the northern lights, John Cariani’s play depicts a series of encounters that offer the funny, poignant, and mysterious ways people fall in and out of love. UW-Madison’s University Theatre offers a refreshing breath of cold, crisp Northern air for a romantic summer production.

    “A whimsical approach to the joys and perils of romance. Magical happenings bloom beneath the snowdrifts. ALMOST, MAINE explores the thunderclap of love and the scorched earth that sometimes follows.” – NY Times (2006)

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    LIVE ON KING STREET – STRAND OF OAKS

    WITH VERY SPECIAL GUEST DESSA // FEVER MARLENE

    Friday, September 15 7:00 PM

    ? WHAT: Seven FREE outdoor concerts on Friday nights featuring nationally touring artists.

    ? WHERE: On King Street right in front of the Majestic.

    ? WHEN: Between June – September, 2017. See dates below! Artists will be announced between May 8 – May 15th.

    ? WHY: Because live music, summer, and beer were meant to be together. And more importantly, because we love you, Madison.

    STRAND OF OAKS

    Hard Love, Tim Showalter’s latest release as Strand of Oaks, is a record that explores the balancing act between overindulgence and accountability...



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    The Sun Prairie Downtown Business Improvement District (BID) is pleased to announce a first-ever Downtown event, scheduled for September 21 from 5-9pm: Fall Beer Taste - Downtown Sun Prairie`s Oktoberfest. Participating business will be pouring 3oz. samples of up to two flavors of a fall beer, ale, or cider, and are encouraged to provide light snacks to event attendees. As event attendees travel from one participating business to another, sidewalk entertainment will also be roaming throughout Downtown Sun Prairie.

    Tickets for the event can be purchased online. Tickets are $35; designated driver tickets are available for $10. Event check-in is required, and will be at two convenient Downtown Sun Prairie locations: Nitty Gritty (315 E. Linnerud Drive), and New Perspectives Senior Living (222 S. Bristol Street). Check-in timeframe is from 4:30-7pm. At check-in, event attendees will have their ID`s checked to ensure that they are 21 years of age or older, receive a 5oz. Fall Beer Taste sampling glass, an event wristband, and an event brochure. Designated drivers will receive a 16oz. Downtown Sun Prairie frosted styrene cup...   ...more

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    Capital Brewery Block Party

    September 23 @ 1:00 pm - 8:00 pm

    Join us for the 2nd Annual Capital Brewery Block Party, sponsored by Triple M radio station! There will be food, beer and live performances from many talented musical groups including Natty Nation, Van Williams, and The Record Company. This is a ticket-only 21+ event – no dogs allowed, no carry-in items allowed.

    Tickets are available to purchase in advance at 1055TripleM.com
    ( $12 in advance. $20 at the door.)

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    Pipers in the Prairie 2017

    September 30 @ 4:30 pm - 8:00 pm

    Adult (18+):$75; Child (5-17): $25; Child (4 and under): Free

    Save the date and join the Aldo Leopold Nature Center in lighting up the night sky at our annual Pipers in the Prairie fundraising gala! Bagpipers will enchant guests with their ethereal melodies during this unique and extravagant evening featuring:
    • Complimentary Wine, Beer and Non-Alcoholic Beverages!
    • A hearty buffet of delicious hors d’oeurves and decadent desserts!
    • Captivating Celtic music by West Wind and a prairie performance by the Green Man!
    • Seasonally inspired crafts for the kids!
    • Exciting Irish dance demonstration by Cashel Dennehy!
    • Pipers in the Prairie and Drummers on the Drumlin!
    • A spectacular Festival Fire by Prairie Restorationists!
    • Silent Auction – Online and Onsite!
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    UW Alumni Park Grand Opening

    Greetings, Badgers and friends! I’m excited to announce that Alumni Park will open on October 6, 2017. Alumni, students, campus and community—you are all invited to be part of the opening celebrations! A gift to the university from alumni and friends around the world, Alumni Park honors UW-Madison alumni and the Wisconsin Idea. A variety of fall opening-season events and public programs are in the works. So watch for details as the Alumni Park opening date draws closer, and join us to inaugurate this new campus landmark on the lake. Until then … On, Wisconsin!

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    Buddy Guy

    Sun, Oct 15

    Capitol Theater: $59.50 - $89.50

    At age 80, Buddy Guy is a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, a major influence on rock titans like Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, and Stevie Ray Vaughan, a pioneer of Chicago’s fabled West Side sound, and a living link to the city’s halcyon days of electric blues. Buddy Guy has received 7 GRAMMY® Awards, a 2015 Lifetime Achievement GRAMMY® Award, 37 Blues Music Awards (the most any artist has received), the Billboard Magazine Century Award for distinguished artistic achievement, a Kennedy Center Honor, and the Presidential National Medal of Arts. Rolling Stone Magazine ranked him #23 in its “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time.”...

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    Ken Notes: I have seen Buddy several time and a swear he get younger each time. His ability to play in the style of any guitarist, but his "I am Buddy Guy" Style will blow the room away!

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    Manhole Sketch Comedy

    Friday, October 13, 2017 8 p.m.
    Wisconsin Union Theater
    Fredric March Play Circle, Memorial Union

    An evening of comedy performed by Manhole Sketch Comedy !

    Manhole Sketch Comedy Team is UW Madison`s only sketch comedy team. We meet weekly to write and edit original comedy sketches written individually and as a team. Each live sketch, video or music we peform is 100% original. The purpose of our organization is to give students a space to get serious about comedy. Each semester we perform two free showcases consisting of 90 minutes of original sketches and videos. We also collaborate with other comedic groups on campus including but not limited to a number of student improvisation teams to perform in campus events such as the All Campus Party held each spring, as well as other fundraisers such as the Relay for Life.

    Cost: Free

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    Fall Fest @ Aldo Leopold Nature Center

    Family Public Program – Fall Fest
    October 27 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
    FREE

    Join us for our annual spooky-ish celebration!

    Join us at Fall Fest and celebrate “Creatures of the Night” – the Aldo Leopold Nature Center’s annual fun-filled night of spooky activities in not-so-scary style! With activities indoors and out, there is plenty of free fall fun for the whole family to enjoy.

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    1st Annual - Downtown Madison Seasonal Light Celebration

    Saturday, November 18 at 6:08pm
    Top of State Street & the Capitol Square

    A special evening will kick off the new Shine on Madison celebration. Madison Community Foundation proudly presents the Seasonal Lighting Ceremony as the newest Downtown event. It will be the biggest and brightest party yet.

    Celebrate the season with more shopping, arts, events and more lights than ever before! Shine on Madison is the 1st Annual Seasonal Lighting Celebration for Downtown Madison.

    Madison’s Central Business Improvement District and Madison Community Foundation, along with presenting sponsor Madison Gas & Electric, is proud to present this season of celebrating the unique ways our community SHINES!

    With more than 101 events, 7 community light displays, an interactive grove of trees, a winter forest, a live King Street, a giant tree and special decorations from downtown property owners, the city will be brighter than ever! See lighting ceremony details.
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    The Phantom of the Opera

    Wed, Jan 25 - Sun, Feb 5

    Overture Hall: $46 - $136

    Cameron Mackintosh’s spectacular new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera will come to Madison as part of a brand new North American Tour. Critics are raving that this breathtaking production is “bigger and better than ever before” and features a brilliant new scenic design by Paul Brown, Tony Award®-winning original costume design by Maria Björnson, lighting design by Tony Award®-winner Paule Constable, new choreography by Scott Ambler, and new staging by director Laurence Connor. The production, overseen by Matthew Bourne and Cameron Mackintosh, boasts many exciting special effects including the show’s legendary chandelier. The beloved story and thrilling score – with songs like “Music of the Night,” “All I Ask Of You,” and “Masquerade” – will be performed by a cast and orchestra of 52, making this Phantom one of the largest productions now on tour...

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    Bare, presented by Madison Ballet

    Fri, Feb 3 - Sat, Feb 4

    Bartell Theatre: $25 - $30

    Madison Ballet’s midwinter performance features the work of up-and-coming choreographers who are setting the stage for the next generation of dance. Always challenging, and never conventional, Bare is dance at its most pure, sensual, and intimate.

    The 200-seat Drury Stage at the Bartell Theatre is just the setting for showcasing shorter works that will please dance fans and new audiences alike.

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    Let`s Draw

    Can visual art be taught through radio? The producers of WHA’s “Let’s Draw” program thought so. Through pioneering on-air lessons, "Let`s Draw" brought art education to schoolchildren throughout Wisconsin from 1936 to 1970. This exhibit combines a look at the historic "Let’s Draw" program with the work of six contemporary Wisconsin artists who have very diverse approaches to drawing: Emily Belknap (Cedarburg), Tony Conrad (Appleton), Nina Ghanbarzadeh (New Berlin), Lee Mothes (Kaukauna), Zach Mory (Milwaukee), and Katie Ries (Manitowoc). Their work ranges from tightly drawn realist landscape imagery (Mothes and Belknap) and loose "field note" sketches (Ries) to finely textured, large-scale abstraction (Conrad and Mory) and fluid images built up with calligraphic script (Ghanbarzadeh).

    Presented by the James Watrous Gallery in partnership with Wisconsin Public Radio, Let’s Draw includes archival photographs, transcripts, teachers’ guides, drawings, and an interactive station where visitors can listen and follow along with an original Let`s Draw lesson. Several of the artists in the exhibition will script and record an audio art lesson of their own with the help of Wisconsin Public Radio producer Erika Janik. These lessons are available to hear in the gallery at the link...

    Here is a sample...

    Jason A. Smith - Let`s Draw - Whoosh Clip

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    Deception Story Night @ Old Sugar Distillery
    Friday at 7 PM - 10 PM

    Remember when Hugh Jackman passes Ewan McGregor that joint for the first time and you thought "Oh, shit. This is going to get twisted."? Now you can tell us all about it! This is your chance to tell the story of the first time you ever saw Deception (2008).

    Naw, I tricked ya`ll. Maybe you do have a story about the Marcel Langenegger flick, Deception (2008). And you can come tell that story. Or you can tell the story of all the times you tricked your parents or lied to your best friend or made the 800 or so people who like your Facebook Page think that the theme for your story night was specific and awful.
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    The Madison Shamrock Shuffle

    The Shuffle is scheduled to run every year around St. Patrick`s Day, coordinating with The Madison St. Patrick`s Day Parade and other events coordinated to celebrate this yearly ritual. The 2017 race will be held on Sunday, March 12th!

    Money from the race is donated to the Boys & Girls Club of Dane County and the Children`s Dyslexia Center. To date, hundreds of thousands of dollars have been donated by The Madison Shamrock Shuffle`s proceeds.

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    Badgers men`s basketball: Wisconsin gets 8-seed in NCAA tournament, will face Virginia Tech in first round
    The University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team will start the NCAA tournament against an old nemesis: Buzz Williams.

    UW (25-9) opens play Thursday at approximately 8:40 p.m. against Virginia Tech (22-10) at the First Niagara Center in Buffalo, N.Y. The Hokies are coached by Williams, who was previously at Marquette.

    The Badgers were scratching their heads Sunday that they received a No. 8...   ...more

    Ken Notes: Have a great time viewing at the Union South...

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    SpringFest Arts & Crafts Show

    April 1st

    Warner Park Community Recreation Center

    Join us for the annual SpringFest Arts & Crafts Fair held the first Saturday in April each year from 9 am-3 pm.

    Over 80 crafters from the Midwest will be selling their handmade goods. You can expect to see a variety of jewelry, baskets, garden art, cards, pottery, woodwork, baby gifts, soaps, balms, lotions, knitwear, paintings, home décor and more! It`s the perfect place to find a unique gift for that special someone (or for yourself).
    • $1 entry fee and also a chance to win a door prize (80+ chances to win)
    • Food and beverages will be available
    • Live music in the lobby (10 am-2 pm)
    • Plenty of free parking

    ALSO:

    The Crafty Fair

    Apr 1, 2017 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM

    Goodman Community Center
    149 Waubesa St., Madison, Wisconsin

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    Engineering EXPO 2017

    Engineering EXPO is a two day event held annually at the University of Wisconsin-Madison`s College of Engineering. EXPO is run entirely by students and has historically brought over 10,000 visitors to campus biennially.

    Up until 2015, Engineering EXPO has been a three day event held every two years, but is now an annual event that welcomes a wide array of participants and visitors. Participants at EXPO include Fortune 500 industry leaders, engineering student organizations on campus, individuals displaying their engineering projects and ideas, and thousands of students and members of the community. Over the two days of EXPO, elementary schools, middle schools, and high schools are invited to explore what engineering involves. Each day the event is open to the public and we encourage public engagement throughout the event.

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    UW CONCERT CHOIR WITH CELLIST MATT HAIMOVITZ

    Presenting “Après moi, le deluge” by composer Luna Pearl Woolf.
    With the Concert Choir and Matt Haimovitz, cello.

    and “for Paris,” a world premiere for solo viola and choir by UW-Madison faculty composer Laura Schwendinger.
    With the Concert Choir and Sally Chisholm, viola.

    Beverly Taylor, Conductor

    $15/$5
    Click here to buy online or buy in person at the Memorial Union or Vilas Hall box offices.  Tickets will also be sold at the door from 7 to 8 PM, night of show.

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    The Book of Mormon

    Tue, May 9 - Sun, May 14

    Overture Hall: $45 - $135

    The New York Times calls it “The best musical of the century.” The Washington Post says, “It is the kind of evening that restores your faith in musicals.” And Entertainment Weekly says, “Grade A: The funniest musical of all time.” Jimmy Fallon of The Tonight Show calls it “Genius. Brilliant. Phenomenal.” It’s The Book of Mormon, the nine-time Tony Award®-Winning Best Musical.


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    Darius Rucker – Madison, WI – Friday, June 23, 2017

    Friday, June 23, 2017
    Breese Stevens Field
    Madison, WI

    Tickets On Sale Now:
    Tickets available here

    Doors: 5:30pm
    Show:
    6:30pm

    GRAMMY-award winner Darius Rucker to perform during
    2017 American Family Insurance Championship

    June 23 Madison concert will benefit the Steve Stricker American Family Insurance Foundation...

    The 2017 PGA TOUR Champions American Family Insurance Championship, to be held June 23-25 in Madison, Wisconsin, is adding a new team member in its second year to help raise additional funds for charity.

    Multi-platinum and GRAMMY-award winning country artist Darius Rucker will help kick-off a weekend of competitive golf with a concert at Breese Stevens Field in Madison on June 23. Tickets for the event officially go on sale on March 10.

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    BrickUniverse LEGO Fan Expo
    Release the builder within at BrickUniverse Madison, the ultimate LEGO lover`s paradise that will take over the Monona Terrace on July 1 & 2, 2017.

    Choose from Saturday or Sunday admission, and experience hands-on LEGO attractions and activities built to inspire, educate, and entertain. This fun, family-friendly event will have tons of amazing LEGO creations to gawk at, building zones to unleash your creative energy, guest speakers and more in the LEGO theater, and vendors selling the latest LEGO sets, mini-figures, and accessories.

    TIMES
    Saturday: 10AM-1PM + 2PM-5PM
    Sunday: 10AM-1PM + 2PM-5PM
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    Summer Restaurant Week 2017

    Sunday, July 23 - Friday, July 28, 2017

    Welcome All Food Lovers! Share your experience using #RWMadison!

    Madison Restaurant Week has quickly become one of the city`s most popular culinary traditions. Thousands of area residents make their way to support the local dining community by exploring the newest restaurants and hitting up old favorites.

    Mark your calendars for this year`s Summer Restaurant Week!

    This semi-annual event is the perfect opportunity for food lovers to sample some of Madison`s finest local offerings. Starting at $25, participating restaurants offer a prix-fixe menu with 3 courses and 3 options of each course. Some restaurants offer a reduced menu for $15 for lunch. This year, some restaurants are also offering $30 and $35 dinner options....

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    Ken Notes: A great reason to Visit Madison!!!

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    Live & Local Concert Series July 27 The Krause Family Band
    Thursday, July 27th 2017
    Live & Local at
    Lisa Link Peace Park
    Madison, WI
    5:30-7:30pm

    Every Thursday through September from 5pm-7pm a different local band will be put on display in the beautiful Lisa Link Peace Park (452 State St.) Grab some Ice Cream, dinner to-go, or just a friend and a blanket and enjoy some local music!

    http://www.krausefamilyband.com/

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    Ken Notes: these guys are good see below...

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    2017 CROSSFIT GAMES

    August 36, 2017
    Alliant Energy Center of Dane County
    Downtown Madison, WI

    The 2017 Reebok CrossFit Games are coming to Madison August 3–6! We want your time in Madison to be unforgettable so we put together this website as your official resource to help make this a trip of a lifetime. From free-time activity suggestions, to menus curated just for CrossFitters, we’ve got you covered!

    New to CrossFit? Get an inside look at what it’s all about—and why we’re so excited to be the first destination outside of California to host this event. Then, get your tickets and join the party!...

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    Ken Notes: Spectators welcome...

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    World Dairy Expo
    Oct. 3-7
    Alliant Energy Center
    Madison, Wisconsin

    World Dairy Expo (WDE) is the international dairy meeting place: a five day event showcasing the finest in dairy genetics and the newest technologies available to the dairy industry. This world class trade show features vendors from all over the world. Approximately 2200 head of dairy cattle will call the Center their home Oct. 3-7.

    Admission: $12 daily/$35 season

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    Ken Notes: Please welcome attendees from around the world.

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    RYAN ADAMS

    Friday, September 29

    BREESE STEVENS FIELD Madison, WI
    Gates: 5:00 pm
    Show: 5:30 pm

    With Very Special Special Guest Emmylou Harris and Cory Chisel & Adriel Denae

    With decades of acclaimed work to his credit, and accolades ranging from “one of the most elegant singer-songwriters of his generation” (The New York Times) to “one of the few truly great roots-rock troubadours left” (Entertainment Weekly), PrisonerRyan Adams‘ first album of all new original material since 2014’s Ryan Adams—is primed to add new superlatives to the C.V. of Jacksonville, NC’s most celebrated multiple-Grammy-nominee-and-zero-winner. Released on February 17, 2017 via the partnership between his own PAX-AM label and Blue Note Records, Prisoner is somehow one of the most personal yet universal works of Ryan’s mercurial catalogue... Ages: All Ages

    After the show walk over to KING STREET For:

    LIVE ON KING STREET – AGAINST ME! // BLEACHED // THE DIRTY NIL

    Friday, September 29 - 7:00pm Show


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    Reformation Anniversary Celebration

    Sunday 10.29.2017
    Veterans Memorial Coliseum

    Festival Worship: 4:00 p.m. Special Hymn Sing: 6:00 p.m. Participants: Choirs, Instruments, and Organ Come early to visit informational displays and vendor booths
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    Frostiball 2017

    Sat, Jan 21

    Downtown`s premier night out returns to benefit Overture Center for the Arts!

    Circle Saturday, January 21, 2017 on your calendar. That’s the night you’ll be here at Overture, dancing to live music, sipping signature craft cocktails and rubbing elbows with fellow arts enthusiasts — all while supporting the state’s largest nonprofit arts organization, Overture Center for the Arts....

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    Outside Mullingar - Forward Theater Company

    Thursday, Jan. 26, Overture Center Playhouse, 7:30 pm

    Forward Theatre Company will bring a little piece of Ireland to Madison with John Patrick Shanley’s Tony-nominated play. It’s a quirky love story focused on two aging, introverted misfits — a rural cattle farmer and the woman who lives next door — and their struggle to find happiness by overcoming family rivalries and a bitter land feud. ALSO: Friday and Saturday (7:30 pm) and Sunday (2 pm), Jan. 27-29. Through Feb. 12...

    http://www.overture.org/events/outside-mullingar

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    Ken Notes: Thanks Isthmus for highlighting this, it sounds perfect...

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    Black History Month Open House

    Thursday, February 16, 2017
    4-7 pm

    Wisconsin Historical Society Headquarters
    816 State St
    Madison, WI 53706

    Celebrate Black History Month at the Wisconsin Historical Society with powerful stories told through historical objects and documents combined with a step exhibition, spoken-word, and a presentation by Dr. Edward S. Holmes beginning at 5:30 p.m. with a reception to follow. 

    Located on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus at the corner of Langdon Street and Park Street, across from Memorial Union   ...more

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    Madison Capitols
    Madison Capitols Hockey vs. Waterloo Blackhawks
    Fri 3/17 @ 7:05pm
    Coliseum at Alliant Energy Center, Madison, WI

    Madison Capitols Hockey vs. Sioux Falls Stampede
    Sat 3/18 @ 7:05pm
    Coliseum at Alliant Energy Center, Madison, WI
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    LIGHT GAPS - Bolz Conservatory / Olbrich Gardens

    March 25 - July 16, 2017
    10 a.m. - 4 p.m. daily


    The trees are trimmed, the bushes pruned, and it`s time to see the light in the forest. Learn how plants develop and change in the forest as light fluctuates. When a gap in the forest is created naturally or by a clipping from Olbrich`s staff, growth develops at an exceptional rate.

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    Madison scientists plan for March for Science to `embrace the core of the Wisconsin Idea`

    Scientists in Madison are preparing to join colleagues in more than 400 cities across the globe in a March for Science on Earth Day, April 22.

    They are hoping that area residents who are not scientists will join them, said Dave Lovelace, a research scientist at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

    “This is not a protest,” Lovelace said Monday. “It is a celebration of science.”

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    Ken Notes: You have to love a good Madison celebration... Please celebrate Earth Day anyway you feel inclined!!!

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    Lake Monona 20KM Run and 5KM Run/Walk
    The Lake Monona 20KM Run and 5KM Run/Walk, taking place on Saturday, May 6th, 2017, offers a beautiful course with springtime temperatures ideal for running, and lots of runners to share the experience with. For those with longer distance ambitions, this “almost” half marathon is a great way to peak your training for the 20-mile Syttende Mai Run two weeks later, or to prepare for a spring marathon. For those not wanting to run as long, there is also a 5KM run option.   ...more

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    AMADEUS
    By Peter Shaffer
    Directed by Kathleen Tissot

    June 2nd-17th, 2017

    In the court of the Austrian Emperor Josef, Antonio Salieri is the established composer. Enter the greatest musical genius of all time: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Salieri has given himself to God so that he might realize his sole ambition to be a great composer. Mozart is a foul-mouthed, graceless oaf who has that which is beyond Salieri’s envious grasp: Genius.

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    OF DICE AND MEN

    Written by CAMERON McNARY
    Directed by SUZAN KURRY

    Thu, June 1 - 7:30pm*
    Fri, June 2 - 8pm
    Sat, June 3 - 4pm*

    OF DICE AND MEN shows the world that most D&D gamers aren’t isolated, virgin-for-life losers: theirs is a social hobby not unlike poker or fantasy football. The play explores the rich friendships and romantic lives of a group of lifelong friends who are NOT stereotypical, Cheetos-stained, acne-blighted geeks. AT ALL. These men and women are attractive, smart, charming…and facing some major changes in their lives. Humor, brutal honesty and the good-natured kidding of people who know each other far too well culminate in an unforgettable evening that will make you laugh and think – and do so in a way that celebrates the power of gaming to bring people together, never once apologizing for it.


    For details and tickets please visit Bartell Theatre website.

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    TONIGHT: Summer Boomer Bash
    Wednesday, May 31, 2017 -
    5:30pm to 8:30pm
    Goodman Community Center
    149 Waubesa St

    $10 at the door or $8 in advance

    Come kick up your heels to kick off summer! Get your dancing shoes on and enjoy the music of DJ Amy Tweig from Kuhl Entertainment. See a line dancing demo and mingle! Ticket includes one beverage ticket and snacks. Cash Bar available. 

    Event Cost: $8.00
    Handicapped Accessible: Yes


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    UnityPoint Health - Meriter Speaker Series: Reyna Grande

    Mon, Jun 12

    Born in Mexico, Reyna was two years old when her father left for the U.S. to find work. Her mother followed her father north two years later, leaving Reyna and her siblings behind in Mexico. In 1985, when Reyna was going on ten, she left Mexico to make her own journey north. She entered the U.S. as an undocumented immigrant, and later went on to become the first person in her family to graduate from college. Reyna will share her inspirational coming-of-age story about the pursuit of a better life....

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    Ken Notes: I will be happy to buy The President a ticket...

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    UW Drama presents - Almost, Maine

    by John Cariani
    Directed by David Furumoto
    Ronald F. Mitchell Theatre

    June 8 (Preview), June 9 (Opening) and runs thru June 25.

    On a cold, clear night in the remote northernmost part of Maine, the residents of a small town discover the sparks of love. Perhaps. Maybe. Almost. Under the magic spell of the northern lights, John Cariani’s play depicts a series of encounters that offer the funny, poignant, and mysterious ways people fall in and out of love. UW-Madison’s University Theatre offers a refreshing breath of cold, crisp Northern air for a romantic summer production....

    To purchase tickets click here: Arts on Campus Box Office


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    On the Terrace at Memorial Union
    Open Mic Night
    Wednesdays | Jun 28th - Aug 30th

    The Goodie Two Shoes
    Jun 30th | 1pm to 5pm

    The Big Payback
    Jun 30th | 9pm to 11:55 pm

    4th of July Celebration, feat. Science is FUN & Gabe Burdulis
    Jul 1st | 3pm to 11:55 pm...
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    Ken Notes: I love this place...

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    Dane Dances! Fridays

    August 11

    Featuring: DJ Ace  -   Primitive Culture   -  BBI

    Welcome to Dane Dances!

    Dane Dances! is a family friendly event on the stunning Monona Terrace rooftop every Friday evening in August. The much-anticipated summer music series is a great way to get down and dance with your friends, coworkers, or family. The rooftop gets shaking as the sun sets against the iconic Wisconsin State Capitol with the breeze of the Lake Monona at your back while you dance. Feel free to bring a blanket, chair and picnic basket; seating on the rooftop is limited. Sorry, carry in alcohol is prohibited. Dane Dances! promotes inclusivity with a fun night of music and dancing to DJs and bands for all ages.

    Food and cocktails are available for purchase at 5:00pm. Food by Cuco’s Mexican Restaurant, Lake Vista Cafe, Ribmasters and LaTaguara.

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    Wisconsin Pottery Association Art Pottery Show and Sale

    Saturday, August 26th, 2017
    9:00 AM – 3:30 PM

    The 22nd Annual Wisconsin Pottery Association Art Pottery Show is an annual show  and sale held at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison, Wisconsin.  Members gather to display and sell their pieces and to answer questions.


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    CTM - Dreamworks Madagascar

    Fri, Oct 6 - Sun, Oct 22

    Join your favorite crack-a-lackin’ characters from the blockbuster DreamWorks film. Follow four furry friends who find themselves on an unexpected journey to the “wild” world of Madagascar from their home in New York’s Central Park Zoo. Filled with outlandish characters, adventure galore, and an upbeat score, Madagascar is the perfect way to kick off our 52nd season for the whole family.

    Friday               October 6, 2017     7:00 PM
    Saturday           October 7, 2017     2:30 PM
    Saturday           October 7, 2017     7:00 PM
    Sunday             October 8, 2017     2:30 PM
    Saturday         October 14, 2017     2:30 PM
    Saturday         October 14, 2017     7:00 PM
    Sunday           October 15, 2017     2:30 PM
    Friday             October 20, 2017     7:00 PM
    Saturday         October 21, 2017     2:30 PM
    Sunday           October 22, 2017     11:00 AM
    Sunday           October 22, 2017     2:30 PM

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    Madison College Turkey Trot
    31st Annual Madison College Turkey Trot
    Cross Country 5K & 5M Run/Walk & Kids Race

    Warner Park (Madison, WI)
    Thursday, November 2, 2017
    3:00-6:00 p.m. - Pre-Race Packet Pickup @ Madison College Health Building (1705 Hoffman Street, Madison, WI) - GHC Clinic Entrance on the west side of the building

    Sunday, November 5, 2017

    8:30-9:15 a.m. - Race-Day Registration & Packet Pickup
    9:30 a.m. - Kids Race (1/4 Mile)
    10:00 a.m. - 5 Kilometer (~3.1 Miles)
    11:00 a.m. - 5 Mile
    Walkers - 5K or 5 Mile - Anytime after 9 a.m.
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    Madison Opera presents Carmen

    Fri, Nov 3 - Sun, Nov 5

    Overture Hall: $18 - $130

    Seville, 1820. A gypsy is determined to live life on her own terms – whatever her fate may be. From its scandalous 1875 premiere in Paris to its current position as one of the most popular operas in the world, Carmen has enthralled generation after generation.

    Bizet’s masterpiece blends passion, seduction, jealousy, dance, and even a little law-breaking, all set to one of the most famous scores ever composed.

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    I and You @ Overture

    Thu, Nov 2 - Sun, Nov 19

    Anthony arrives at Caroline’s door bearing waffle fries, a beat-up copy of Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass, and an urgent assignment from their high school lit teacher. Living most of her life online, Caroline is sick and hasn’t been to school in months, but she is as quick and sardonic as Anthony is athletic and popular. As these two let down their guards and share their secrets, this seemingly vanilla poetry assignment unlocks a much deeper mystery that has brought them together. I and You is a valentine to youth, life, love, and the strange beauty of human connectedness.

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    TONIGHT: Taste Traditions of Wisconsin: "This Storied River - Legend and Lore of the Upper Mississippi"

    Wednesday, November 15, 2017
    6-8:30 pm


    Enjoy an intimate look at the Upper Mississippi, from Dubuque, Iowa, to the Minnesota headwaters and many places in between with Dennis McCann, author of This Storied River: Legend and Lore of the Upper Mississippi. Far more than a travel guide, “This Storied River” celebrates the Upper Mississippi’s colorful history and the unique role the river has played in shaping the Midwest for generations. McCann inspires a new appreciation for the river and its landscape in this humorous and enlightening collection.

    Pre-registration and payment is required for this event. See link for details on how to sign up.

    Dinner Menu

    Before the presentation, participants will enjoy a meal inspired by the Upper Mississippi catered by Blue Plate Catering.

    Also:

    Saturday, November 18, 2017

    10am-12pm

    Wisconsin Shipwrecks for Kids! 

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    Winter Gallery Reception

    Fri, Jan 13

    Join us for the Overture Galleries Winter Exhibition Reception Friday, January 13, 2017 from 6 PM – 8 PM in the Promenade Lounge!


    Gallery I – “15” Bone Folders’ Guild

    Gallery II – Whereupon Memory: Carol Chase Bjerke & Sarah O’Farrell

    Gallery IIIAlternative Photographies: Eric Baillies & Anders Zanichowsky

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    Wisconsin Day of Percussion
    Wisconsin Chapter of the Percussive Arts Society Presents “Wisconsin Day of Percussion”

    January 21, 2017 at the Mead Witter School of Music


    Hosted by Anthony Di Sanza, professor of percussion, and the UW-Madison Percussion Studio...

    On January 21, 2017 the Wisconsin chapter of the Percussive Arts Society will present the all-day Wisconsin Day of Percussion in the Humanities Building at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Mead-Witter School of Music. The Wisconsin DOP is an annual event, hosted this year by Anthony Di Sanza and the UW-Madison Percussion Studio, that showcases the diversity of percussion, including drum set, Brazilian drumming, marching percussion, orchestral percussion, timpani, cajon, keyboard percussion sight reading, drum circle, and much more....   ...more

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    Will Zoo Be Mine?


    Kick off your Valentine`s Day weekend with an unforgettable date at the Henry Vilas Zoo!

    Guests will enjoy an intimate evening of wine, local cheeses & learning about mating behaviors of our animals. Experience fun valentine-themed activities focused on our zoo`s animals, including games, crafts & more! This event is a WILD fundraiser supporting the forever-free mission of the Henry Vilas Zoo.

    Guests will receive a special gift from the zoo to take home, along with tons of fun memories from your WILDEST Valentine`s Day yet.

    General Admission Tickets:
    Members: $40/person
    Non-members: $50/person

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    Black Music Ensemble

    Thursday, February 16, 2017

    Fredric March Play Circle, Wisconsin Union Theater

    The Black Music Ensemble is a small collection of vocalists and instrumentalists devoted to studying the music of black composers and musicians. Following the 2016 retirement of Professor Richard Davis, this ensemble now continues as a student-run organization devoted to the continuation of the black musical tradition. The group performs the music of black artists from many time periods and styles, ranging from swing to funk and bebop to hip hop.

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    Seussical™
    OPENING THIS SATURDAY!

    Children`s Theater of Madison - Seussical

    Join all your favorite Seuss characters in this wildly imaginative show.

    The Playhouse at Overture Center
    February 25 - March 12

    “Oh, the Thinks you can Think” when Dr. Seuss’ zany characters come together in this delightful musical caper! Horton the Elephant, Gertrude McFuzz, Lazy Mayzie and all the Whos of Whoville come together in this wildly imaginative show. Hosted by everyone’s favorite Cat (in the Hat, that is!), and one of the most performed shows in America, this must-see musical for the whole family will have you singing its tunes all the way home!


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    Ken Notes: See link for dates...

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    Wisconsin Film Festival 2017: March 30 - April 6

       March 30 - April 6
       Tickets on sale NOW!!

    The Wisconsin Film Festival is presented by the UW-Madison Arts Institute in association with the Department of Communication Arts. Founded in 1999, the Festival presents an average of 150 film screenings over 8 days every spring, making it the largest university-produced film festival in the nation....


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    Ken Notes: Madison Notes is a "this week" publication, but the film festival sells out fast so buy now!!!

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    The Underpants
    April 13 (Preview) April 14 (Opening) and runs thru April 30.
    More information on dates and show times at http://www.arts.wisc.edu


    Theobald Maske has an unusual problem: his wife’s underpants won’t stay on. One Sunday morning they fall to her ankles right in the middle of town – a public scandal! Mortified, Theo swears to keep her at home until she can find some less unruly undies. Amid the chaos he’s trying to rent a room in their flat. The prospective lodgers have some underlying surprises of their own. In THE UNDERPANTS, Steve Martin brings his comic genius and sophisticated literary style to Carl Sternheim’s classic 1910 farce.   ...more

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    The Madison Night Market will be May 11, June 8 and July 13!

    The Madison Night Market is a celebration of Madison’s unique and inspiring creative culture.

    Vendors showcase handmade products, local art, artisan gifts, prepackaged foods and fresh produce. The event will include live music, giant board games, special visiting food carts and pop-up restaurant experiences.

    The Market, located along Gilman Street in the heart of downtown Madison is held the second Thursday of the months of May, June and July in 2017. From 6pm – 11pm visitors and downtown residents are invited to come celebrate all things Madison.

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    Terrace at Memorial Union

    Open Mic Night

    Wednesdays | May 17th - Aug 30th

    Ben Ferris Octet

    May 19th | 5pm to 7pm

    Amoramora

    May 19th | 9pm to 11:55 pm

    Izzy True

    May 20th | 9pm to 11:55 pm

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    American Girl Benefit Sale

    July 22 – 23, 2017
    SALE LOCATION:
    8830 N. Greenview Drive, Middleton, WI 53562

    The annual American Girl Benefit Sale attracts over 7,000 shoppers from all over the country and brings in nearly $1 million dollars each year. All funds raised go to support the exhibits and programs of Madison Children’s Museum and American Girl’s Fund for Children, which provides grants for charitable programs for children throughout Dane County.

    Quick Navigation

    Ticket Information
    About the Sale
    Sale FAQ
    Rules and Regulations
    Other Activities at the Sale
    Area Information – Visit Middleton
    Hotel Information
    Contact Us

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    Hairspray Sing-A-Long Soiree

    Saturday, August 19

    Doors 1pm, Show 2pm
    $5 at the door or Free with RSVP

    "This is America, babe. You gotta think big to be big!"

    Celebrate Pride weekend alongside Outreach LGBT Community Center and Our Lives Magazine at The Orpheum Theater with a special screening of Hairspray on our giant movie screen!

    Want to get on the list? Click "FIND TICKETS NOW" and fill out the RSVP form for complimentary entry to the event!...
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    TONIGHT - Jazz at Five!

    Wednesday, August 23, 2017 - 4:00pm to 8:00pm

    Jazz at Five is the Midwest`s premier free Jazz concert series—right in the heart of downtown Madison. Concerts are held outdoors on Wednesday nights at 5 p.m. where State Street meets the Capitol Square....   ...more

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    UW Symphony Orchestra – Mahler’s First Symphony

    November 4 @ 8:00 pm Free

    Mills Concert Hall , Mosse Humanities Building



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    Wisconsin vs. Iowa

    Camp Randall Stadium - Madison, Wis. 2:30 PM

    Badger Bash: Wisconsin vs. Iowa
    November 11th | 12:00pm to 2:30pm | Union South

    Join Badgers, alumni, fans, and friends 2 1/2 hours before kickoff for gameday`s best tailgate!
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    Venues - Madison Music and Theatre Venues

    Overture
    Entertainment


    Alliant
    Uw
    Wisconsin Union






    You Belong Here

    Other Entertainment Venues in Madison

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    UW Events ... More @ the link...
    Hornist Daniel Grabois – Faculty Concert

    February 8th at 7:30pm  ills Concert Hall, Mosse Humanities Building. 7:30 p.m. Cost: 0.

    Ben Ferris Octet

    Through April 2nd  In the Light of Naples: The Art of Francesco de Mura

    Exhibition  Chazen Museum of Art

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    Trey Parker`s Cannibal! The Musical

    From the Creator of The Book of Mormon & South Park

    Tue, Mar 14 - Sun, Mar 19

    Overture Center is proud to host the US Premiere of Trey Parker’s Cannibal! The Musical. This production is a fun-filled, action packed, delightfully campy night of musical comedy. Based on the true story of Alferd Packer — the only person convicted of cannibalism in America — Cannibal! The Musical follows Alferd and his companions, on the hunt for Colorado gold, when they lose their way in the wilderness and are forced to consider unthinkable acts: Singing! … Dancing! … and possibly eating somebody. Originally a cult classic movie, Cannibal! The Musical was written by South Park and The Book of Mormon’s Trey Parker. With songs like “When I Was On Top of You” and “Meat my Destiny” this parody of classic American musicals takes Oklahoma and adds a dash of Friday the 13th, to cook up a deliciously ridiculous evening of musical theatre. “Refreshingly ludicrous” — The New York Times

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    Line Breaks Festival
    OMAI’s Line Breaks Festival is comprised of performances, lectures, and discussions by First Wave students and invited professional artists engaging with the local campus community. Inaugurated through OMAI’s sponsored Marc Bamuthi Joseph Arts Institute Residency in the spring of 2007, the Line Breaks project culminated in a final performance of student work called “Just Bust!” – an event, which has evolved into our monthly open mic, now running for 11 years. Line Breaks has since evolved into a week long festival that cultivates performance art and brings the top new aesthetics in contemporary performance art to the UW-Madison campus and surrounding community.

    Performances at Overture Center, Promenade Hall
    WED APRIL 12
    THU APRIL 13
    FRI APRIL 14
    SAT APRIL 15
    SUN APRIL 16
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    Music for 18 Musicians
    Featuring the Sound Out Loud Ensemble & Friends
    Thu, Apr 20
    Promenade Hall: Free

    Sound Out Loud is a seven-member, new music ensemble based in Madison, Wisconsin. The group specializes in contemporary music from the early 20th century to the present, as well as commissions new works to be written for it. Having drawn inspiration from numerous performance ensembles (such as Eighth Blackbird, Silk Road, and the International Contemporary Ensemble), the group seeks to expand the realm of possibilities within the chamber ensemble repertoire through the implementation of experimental techniques, the incorporation of a variety of instruments and musical styles from the Middle East and Asia, innovative performance practice, and the use of live electronics. Along with other Madison-based musicians
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    Children`s Theater of Madison - A Year with Frog & Toad

    A Musical Romp in the Swamp

    Fri, May 12 - Sun, May 21

    Nominated for 3 Tony Awards this whimsical show follows two friends — the cheerful, popular Frog and the rather grumpy Toad — as they celebrate their differences and discover just how much caring and fun you can squeeze into every season of the year. Part vaudeville, part make believe, all charm. Children and adults alike will enjoy this enchanting musical....


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    Be A Kid Again Book Fair! - Henry Vilas Zoo

    August 24th, 2017
    6:00-9:30pm

    Be A Kid Again is BACK! This year- it`s time to get nerdy! Be A Kid Again: Book Fair! combines two childhood favorites: pizza & books! This WILD fundraiser not only benefits the forever-free Henry Vilas Zoo- it lets you relive the best parts of childhood with the advantages of being an adult!

    This 21+ event will feature a Curious George themed inflatable slip & slide, literary themed arts & crafts (Where the Wild Things Are & more!), a costume contest, story time, pizza from around the city, boozy slush puppies & an outdoor screening of "Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory" (the Original, natch!)… and that`s not all!!! What could be better for the end of summer?!

    All proceeds from the event go back to helping the animals at your Henry Vilas Zoo!

    Activities:

    • Inflatable Slip n` Slide
    • Outdoor viewing of Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971)
    • Literary-themed crafts
    • Story Time
    • Book Drive (bring in 3 new children`s books for a free slice of pizza!)
    • Boozy Slushies
    • Pizza available for purchase from some of Madison`s finest pizzerias!
    • Costume Contest (come dressed as your favorite literary character!)
    • and much more!!!
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    Wilder Deitz Group

    Friday, September 29th, 2017

    5pm to 7pm

    The Wilder Deitz Group is a jazz ensemble from Madison, Wis Original, improvisational music based in jazz, groove, and folk traditions.

    Free

    LOTS MORE AT THE LINK!

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    Moon Over Monona Terrace

    Friday, October 27, 2017
    6:30-9pm
    Doors Open at 6pm

    FREE ticket required for admission.

    Young and old alike are invited to view the moon and other celestial objects through a variety of different telescopes provided by the Madison Astronomical Society (MAS). Activities include short kid-friendly presentations about the moon, plus a kids’ fun zone with educational games and prizes!

    Ticket patrons will be notified via email if event is moved inside or cancelled due to visibility.

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    One Day Only! "I`ll Push You: A Real-Life Inspiration"

    Thursday 11/2/2017

    "I`ll Push You: A Real-Life Inspiration" comes to cinemas for one night on November 2 to tell the story of two lifelong friends, Justin Skeesuck and Patrick Gray, embarking on an epic, 500-mile-long journey to hike Spain`s famed El Camino de Santiago. Hiking this ancient pilgrimage along the vast terrain is challenging enough for the able-bodied, but these friends show the true test of humanity by physically and mentally pushing each other, as Justin, fighting a neuromuscular disease, would have to be pushed in a wheelchair. While Justin and Patrick face various challenges, they realize the greatest journey will be that of self-discovery, a sense of purpose and love of a community.

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    Wisconsin Bluegrass Fest

    Hosted by Adam Greuel of Horseshoes & Hand Grenades

    With The Last Revel, Them Coulee Boys, Dig Deep, Chicken Wire Empire, Armchair Boogie...

    A lot of things make Wisconsin great. We could write a novel about it. But we are a music venue, and showcasing the diverse musical artistry that comes pouring out of our state makes us more proud than any beer or cheese ever could. We are expanding our annual “Wisconsin Fest” series to include Metal in 2017, as well as Funk, Hip-Hop, Punk, and Bluegrass. Five nights dedicated to celebrating prolific Wisconsin artists in five unique genres that are all proud to call our state home. Take a chance on any of these nights and we promise you’ll be impressed by what you see and hear. Come out and show some love for the music that helps shape our culture. Also we will have BEER (and whiskey and other things)!



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    Elephant & Piggie`s We Are in a Play!

    Sun, Feb 19

    Capitol Theater: $20 - $30

    Straight from the pages of six time Emmy winner Mo Willem’s award-winning children’s books and produced by the Kennedy Center, this vaudevillian romp will have your little ones dancing in their seats! Gerald, Piggie and their friends take the stage in a rollicking adventure where they learn what it’s like to be in a play. It’s a stylish, hilarious introduction to theater for our littlest audience.

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    Graeme of Thrones

    Fri, Mar 3 - Sat, Mar 4

    Take a unique and fun theatrical journey through the Seven Kingdoms with avid Game of Thrones super fan Graeme, excrush Bryony and best friend Paul as they attempt to show the world how everyone’s favorite fantasy series should have been made! Part parody, part farce, part show-within-a-show, it’s an indulgence for the GoT obsessive and a hilarious send-up for the rest of us. Created by a team of the UK’s top comedy writers and the producer of Potted Potter, Graeme of Thrones is a wacky and wicked parody on an international sensation. “Charming and funny … Deftly, daftly reimagined“—The Times

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    Sunday Jazz at Sequoya
    Free

    Come to the Sequoya Library, 4340 Tokay Blvd, Madison, to enjoy live jazz performed by local area musicians on Sundays beginning Jan. 22, through May 14, 2017 (except for Easter Sunday, April 16, 2017 when we are closed). Performances will be in the open area near the "Ask Here" desk, and will run from 1:30-3:30pm. Most of the musicians are planning on two sets with a break. Thanks to the Madison Jazz Society for helping with the planning, and to the Friends of Sequoya Library for sponsoring the series....

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    Full Weekend at the Overture!

    From the Promise Land to the Beech Boys not to mention Itzhak Perlman!

    Rather than pick my favorites this week, check out the full list at the link! I would check out the free poetry slam....

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    MIDWEST FIERY FOODS FEST
    FRIDAY 5-10 PM .
    ALL AGES WELCOME . FREE ADMISSION

    SATURDAY 1-6 PM . 21 & UP
    ADVANCE BACON, BREW & BBQ FEST
    TICKET PURCHASE REQUIRED

    SUNDAY 12-5 PM
    ALL AGES WELCOME . FREE ADMISSION

    The Fiery Foods Festival is an outdoor food & music festival featuring spicy-hot cuisine and ice cold drinks, admission is free on Friday & Sunday. Local Chefs will prepare spicy, fiery and blazing hot foods in sample-sized portions so you can try a large variety without breaking the bank. This event is open to all ages. If you can`t take the heat, many of the food vendors will also serve non-spicy food items. Live music is included, feel free to pull up a lawn chair, spread out a blanket or sit at one of the many tables available and enjoy the free entertainment. Food and drinks are all reasonably priced.





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    Live on King Street - Dark Star Orchestra
    Friday, June 23
    7:00 pm
    Live on King Street
    **FREE**

    WHAT: Seven FREE outdoor concerts on Friday nights.
    WHERE: On King Street right in front of the Majestic.
    WHEN: Between June – September, 2017.
    WHY: Because live music, summer and beer were meant to be together.

    Performing to critical acclaim celebrating their 20th anniversary year in 2017 and over 2600 shows, Dark Star Orchestra continues the Grateful Dead concert experience. Their shows are built off the Dead’s extensive catalog and the talent of these seven fine musicians. On any given night, the band will perform a show based on a set list from the Grateful Dead’s 30 years of extensive touring ...


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    The Last Madison Night Market is July 13!

    The Madison Night Market is a celebration of Madison’s unique and inspiring creative culture.

    Vendors showcase handmade products, local art, artisan gifts, prepackaged foods and fresh produce. The event will include live music, giant board games, special visiting food carts and pop-up restaurant experiences...

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    Dane County Farmers` Market on the Square!!!
    The second best thing to visiting the market the the vendor profiles on the website... But get to the market this year at least a few times.....

    http://dcfm.org/fresh?type=vendorProfile

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    Live on King Street with SHAKEY GRAVES and special guests DAVID RAMIREZ & SEASAW

    Friday, August 4

    7:00 pm - Live on King Street **FREE** All Ages. Gates at 6pm.

    Billing himself only as “A Gentleman From Texas,” Shakey Graves‘ monumental rise into the spotlight has always been shrouded in mystery.

    The on-stage persona of Austin native Alejandro Rose-Garcia, Shakey Graves began as a private creative outlet. His folky, esoteric bedroom recordings quickly developed a cult following, and he soon began performing live as a one-man band, with a knack for storytelling and an enigmatic stage presence that immediately draws listeners into his strange narrative world....

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    SummerJam at the Majestic

    Now in its 9th glorious year, SummerJam has become a Madison Summertime tradition. What is SummerJam, you ask?? FREE parties hosted at the historic Majestic Theatre in beautiful downtown Madison on Thursday nights throughout the Summer, featuring some of best and brightest in local and regional talent. We are THRILLED with how our lineup has come together this Summer and hope you join us for all the raging parties –  August 10August 31 & September 7!

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    Terrace at Memorial Union

    Gerri DiMaggio and the World Jazz Unit

    Aug 11th | 5pm to 7pm

    Adrian + Meredith

    Aug 11th | 9pm to 11:55 pm

    Weekend Terrace Yoga

    Saturdays, Sundays | Aug 12th - Sep 3rd

    Madison New Music Festival

    Aug 12th | 3pm to 5pm

    808 in the 608: Madison Hip Hop

    Aug 12th | 9pm to 11:55 pm

    Lucia String Quartet & Sound Out Loud

    Aug 13th | 5pm to 6:15 pm


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    FAMILY EVENT: Magic by Ryan Martin

    August 19 2017, 10:30am - 12:00pm

    Stop by DreamBank with the family and prepare to be amazed by the wonders of magic! Ryan Martin will be performing two shows, one from 10-10:30 and another from 11-11:30 with close-up mingling magic from 10:30-11 and 11:30-12. You’ll watch one dollar bills be transformed into $100 bills, playing cards turn into blocks of glass, and much more!..

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    Bonnie Raitt - Dig in Deep Tour 2017

    Wed, Aug 30

    With ‘Dig In Deep’, her twentieth album, Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Bonnie Raitt comes out swinging. The follow-up to 2012’s triumphant ‘Slipstream’ — the Grammy-winning, Top Ten-charting first release on her own Redwing Records label — the new record illustrates the delicate balance of consistency and risk-taking that has defined Raitt’s remarkable career for more than forty-five years.

    “I’m feeling pretty charged, and the band and I are at the top of our game,“says Raitt. “This period of my life is more exciting and vital than I was expecting, and for that I’m really grateful. At this point, I have a lot less to prove and hey, if you’re not going to ‘Dig In Deep’ now, what’s the point?”...

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    A PRAIRIE HOME COMPANION WITH GARRISON KEILLOR "LOVE AND COMEDY" TOUR
    Saturday, September 02, 2017 -6:45 pm
    Frank Productions, True Endeavors, Majestic Live & Breese Stevens Field Present


    A live performance at Breese Stevens Field in Madison, WI with Heather Masse, Fred Newman, and Rich Dworsky and the Road Hounds

    Prairie Home Love & Comedy Tour. Two-plus hours of stories, love duets, Guy Noir, Cowboys, poetic outbursts, and our famous Singing Intermission at which the Eager & Able-Bodied stand and sing around the campfire. Garrison Keillor celebrating his 75th, with the extraordinary Heather Masse, sound-effects genius Fred Newman, Richard Dworsky and the Road Hounds....

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    MMoCA Art & Gift Fair

    November 18-19, 2017

    Formerly known as the Holiday Art Fair, the MMoCA Art & Gift Fair will feature an even wider array of fine art and craft, handmade items, and gourmet treats for sale than ever before throughout MMoCA and Overture Center for the Arts spaces. Guests to the fair will enjoy shopping at nearly 100 booths, designer vignettes, holiday "selfie booths", a silent auction, performances by local art organizations, and the popular Rediscovered Treasures Sale. This festive event is one of MMoCA’s most important annual fundraisers, providing crucial support for exhibitions and education programming. 

    SCHEDULE
    Saturday, November 18, 2017, 10am-8pm
    Sunday, November 19, 2017, 10am-4pm

    BUY GENERAL ADMISSION TICKETS
    Click here to buy general admission tickets at a discount online before November 17.
    Admission: $6 at the door/Children under 12 admitted free.
    Volunteer for a shift and receive a free admission ticket to the fair!

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    Holiday Fantasy in Lights

    November 18, 2017 to January 2, 2018

    The lights go on each evening at 4 pm
    through January 2nd at Olin Park
    Free Admission
    Celebrating 29 years in 2017
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    Wedding Planner & Guide Bridal Show

    Saturday & Sunday

    January 14 & 15, 2017
    Alliant Energy Center Exhibition Hall

    Plan your entire wedding in just one weekend! Discover the latest wedding fashions and trends. Enjoy samples, prizes and more!
    • Over 200 wedding professionals to answer questions, offer samples and help plan your beautiful day.
    • Ideas & inspiration from the gorgeous partyscapes, designed by local wedding professionals.
    • The chance to win a multi-thousand dollar wedding giveaway.
    • A stunning gown gallery with the latest fashion trends and styles.
    • A high energy runway fashion show live at noon and 3 pm both days.
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    Children of the Rainforest - Olbrich Gardens

    Saturday, January 21, 2017

    The Children of the Rainforest series celebrates cultural differences in rainforest regions around the world with authentic performances of music and dance. The series offers performances for children and families and includes free admission to Olbrich’s tropical Bolz Conservatory.

    Goongoo Peas, Sonia Valle and Afi Lake, are a Caribbean folk music duo. The group’s name comes from the Gunga peas or Congo peas, a tropical perennial green pea, that when full, come in a variety of colors together like peas in a pod...

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    Kids` Day with David Landau

    Saturday, January 21st 2017
    11:00 am & 1:00 pm

    $5.00

    Storytelling and performing children`s music are two of my passions and talents. I travel to elementary schools, preschools, and libraries to perform musical programs that are educational, entertaining, and motivating. While music is my passion, my love is teaching. For 11 years I taught first grade in Verona, Wisconsin. My programs are an extension of my favorite part of teaching, which is helping children understand themselves and the world around them....   ...more

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    Vacation Day: Cabin Fever - Aldo Leopold Nature Center
    Friday, January 20, 2017
    9:00 am - 4:00 pm

    $ 55/child (ALNC members save 10%) or $40/child for partial day

    Shake off some of that cabin fever by heading to Aldo Leopold Nature Center! There are many fun games to play in the cold and snow and we will stay cozy and warm while doing so! Get ready to complete challenges in the great outdoors, from snowshoe races to capture the flag.  Put your outdoor skills to the test and enjoy these last few months of winter!

    Vacation Day programming is designed for ages 5-12. Attendees will be split into groups according to age so material may be adjusted accordingly.

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    Winter Restaurant Week 2017 ENDS FRIDAY
    Welcome All Food Lovers! Share your experience using #RWMadison!
    Madison Restaurant Week has quickly become one of the city`s most popular culinary traditions. Thousands of area residents make their way to support the local dining community by exploring the newest restaurants and hitting up old favorites.
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    Midwinter Midwest Gypsy Swing Festival

    to

    Brink Lounge 701 E. Washington Ave

    Friday, February 3

    7:30 – Mal-O-Dua featuring Chris Wagoner ad Mary Gaines
    8:30 – Alfonso Ponticelli and Swing Gitan
    9:30 -Harmonious Wail
    10:30 – Monster Djam on stage

    Saturday, February 4

    7:30 – Milwaukee Hot Club
    8:30 -Gonzalo Bergara
    9:30 – Harmonious Wail
    10:30 Monster Djam on stage

    The Annual Midwest Gypsy Swing Fest is the premier acoustic, gypsy jazz music festival – held on a beautiful horse farm just south of Madison Wisconsin on September 9 & 10, 2016.


    Brink Lounge 701 E. Washington Ave., Suite 105, Madison, Wisconsin 53703 - See more at: http://isthmus.com/events/midwinter-midwest-gypsy-swing-festival/#sthash.qtDb43oW.dpuf
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    Food Fight Foodie Week
    Join us February 10 – 19 for Food Fight Foodie Week. In partnership with Madison Hotel Week, all Food Fight restaurants will feature special 3 course menus during Madison Hotel Week (priced $15 to $35 per person). With 19 locally owned and operated restaurants in Madison and the surrounding areas, Food Fight has a place for every taste and a restaurant just around the block....

    View menus of participating restaurants:

    Avenue Club and the Bubble Up Bar
    Bassett Street Brunch Club
    Cento
    The Coopers Tavern
    Craftsman Table & Tap
    DLUX
    Eldorado Grill
    Everly
    Fresco
    Hubbard Avenue Diner
    Johnny Delmonico’s Steakhouse
    Luigi’s Pizza
    Market Street Diner
    Monty’s Blue Plate Diner
    Steenbock’s On Orchard
    Tavernakaya
    Tex Tubb’s Taco Palace

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    Winter Pondemonium

    New Dates: February 10-12, 2017

    Lets hope the cold this week is enough...

    The 2017 Winter Pondemonium is an event hosted at the Wisconsin Brewing Company in Verona, WI.  The venue is set up with a beautiful pond that has the capacity to host 12 rinks, open skating area along with plenty of room for kids to just play in the snow.

    The purpose of the event is to showcase what a Wisconsin Winter should be about - Food, Beer, Hockey and Outdoor FUN.

    Grow Hockey USA Inc has partnered with the Wisconsin Brewing Company to make this a great fundraising event for kids that want to learn to skate and play hockey.  The money raised from the tournament goes towards purchasing ice time in our area to hold camps/clinics for kids at no cost to them.  Along with other fundraising aspects of the event to go to local food shelters and non-profits.

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    UW Sports
    Basketball - 2/12/2017- Northwestern -Madison, WI - 5:30 PM

    Hockey 2/10/2017 & 2/11/2017 - Penn State - Madison, WI - 7 p.m.

    Woman`s Hockey 2/11/2017 2PM & 2/12/2017 12PM - Minnesota Duluth - Madison

    More at the link!
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    The German Harmonica and African-American Blues
    Wednesday, February 15, 2017 -
    7:00pm to 9:00pm
    UW-Madison, Pyle Center

    For about a century, the German harmonica or mouth organ was one of the most popular musical instruments in the United States. About one billion harmonicas were imported from Germany between the 1870s and 1980s. Cheap and portable, it was the pocket-sized companion of European immigrants, and—once introduced to the American South—it became the instrument of choice for many African-American musicians. They developed a totally new way of playing it, ‘bending’ the harmonica’s notes to fit their traditional musical scale, and making the little instrument an integral part of the emerging and increasingly popular ‘blues.’..

    Poster Here!

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    Growing up Black in South Madison, with Dr. Richard Harris Meet the Author

    Saturday, February 25, 2017 -
    11:00am to 1:00pm


    Goodman South Madison Library

    2222 South Park St
    Madison, WI

    Dr. Richard Harris will discuss his book Growing Up Black in South Madison: Economic Disenfranchisement of Black Madison. Dr. Harris was born in 1937 in Madison, Wisconsin, grew up in South Madison and attended the Madison public schools. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin with a BS in 1961, the University of Illinois-Chicago with a MSW in 1964 and later received his Ph. D. in Educational Administration from the University of Wisconsin-Madison... Free   ...more

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    89th Annual Student Art Show presented by WUD Art

    Friday, February 24, 2017

    Mark your calendars for the 89th Annual Student Art Show opening gala reception on Friday, February 24th 6-8pm in Gallery 1308 at Union South. Purchase awards, cash prizes and Best in Show awards will be announced at 7pm. All artworks receiving purchase awards will be added to the Wisconsin Union Art Collection. THE ANNUAL STUDENT ART SHOW, sponsored by the WUD Art Committee, is the University of Wisconsin-Madison`s longest-running celebration of student artists and a beloved campus tradition. It offers all UW-Madison students the opportunity to enter their work in a competitive juried exhibition.... Free
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    The Whipping Man
    By Matthew Lopez
    Directed by Dana Pellebon

    It’s April 1865 and the Civil War has just ended. Caleb DeLeon, a severely wounded Jewish Confederate officer, returns to his family home, now in ruins and abandoned by everyone except for two of his family’s former slaves. It is the second night of Passover, and the three celebrate a Seder, commemorating the freeing of the Hebrew slaves from bondage in Egypt. But the pains of more recent enslavement are not so easily soothed.

    The Whipping Man explores the bitter irony of Jewish slave-owning and the challenging new world in which former slaves and masters find themselves.

    With the talents of:

    John – Jalen Thomas
    Simon – Tosumba Welch
    Caleb – Whitney Derendinger

    On the Evjue stage
    Performance dates and times:

    Fri, Mar 3 - 7:30
    Sat, Mar 4 - 7:30
    Thu, Mar 9 - 7:30
    Fri, Mar 10 - 7:30
    Sat, Mar 11 - 7:30
    Sun, Mar 12 - 2:00
    Thu, Mar 16 - 7:30
    Fri, Mar 17 - 7:30
    Sat, Mar 18 - 2:00

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    Last weekend for Twelfth Night

    March 9th, 10th & 11th

    One of Shakespeare’s most popular comedies, TWELFTH NIGHT was believed to have been written in the early 17th century as a Twelfth Night’s entertainment for the close of the Christmas season. The play centers on the twins Viola and Sebastian, who are separated in a shipwreck. Viola (who is disguised as a boy) falls in love with Duke Orsino, who in turn is in love with the Countess Olivia. Upon meeting Viola, Countess Olivia falls in love with her thinking she is a man. The play expanded on the musical interludes and riotous disorder expected of the occasion. This particular production will be an “east meets west” experience – setting the play on a South Sea’s island at the beginning of the previous century and focusing on multi-ethnic and multi-cultural casting.

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    Cabaret

    Tue, Mar 21 - Sun, Mar 26

    Direct from Broadway, the acclaimed masterpiece returns to Madison! As part of their 50th Anniversary Season, the critically acclaimed and award-winning Roundabout Theatre Company is proud to present Sam Mendes (Skyfall, American Beauty) and Rob Marshall’s (Into the Woods and Chicago, the films) Tony Award®-winning production of Cabaret....

    ...Come hear some of the most memorable songs in theatre history, including “Cabaret,” “Willkommen” and “Maybe This Time.” Leave your troubles outside—life is beautiful at Cabaret, John Kander, Fred Ebb and Joe Masteroff’s Tony Award®-winning musical about following your heart while the world loses its way.

    Ken Notes: A great weekend for the Overture! In addition to Cabaret check out:

    Learning to Stay, Presented by Forward Theater
    Thu, Mar 23 - Sun, Apr 9


    Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra with Vicki Powell, Viola
    Fri, Mar 24

    Kids in the Rotunda - David Landau
    Sat, Mar 25

    Decades Rewind
    Sat, Mar 25

    Kris Kristofferson
    Sun, Mar 26

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    On Wisconsin Annual Spring Powwow
    Join Wunk Sheek and American Indian Pathways to Educational Achievement, for the Annual Spring Powwow, featuring cultural demonstrations, exhibitions, intertribal dances and more..
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    UW Russian Folk Orchestra
    The Center for Russia, East Europe, & Central Asia (CREECA)
    at the University of Wisconsin--Madison presents

    The UW Russian Folk Orchestra
    20th Anniversary Concert!

    Saturday, April 8, 2017, 7:30 pm
    Mills Concert Hall
    (University of Wisconsin Mead Witter School of Music)
    455 N. Park Street, Madison, WI 53706
    Closest public parking: State Street Campus Garage
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    The String Cheese Incident

    Their name may call to mind some horrible dairy-related disaster, but the String Cheese Incident is anything but. The jam band legends have built their reputation on an ever-changing, progressive sound and a riveting live show that puts flamboyant performers like Phish and the Flaming Lips to shame. They last released A Song in My Head in 2014. Friday-Saturday, April 8-9, 8 pm.

    This is a general admission performance. All seating and standing is first come first serve. Doors open at 7 PM, performance begins at 8 PM. $49.50.

    press release: The String Cheese Incident will release Believe, their seventh studio album, on April 14 via SCI Fidelity Recordings. The album is the first to come out of the band`s recently-opened Sound Lab Studio and was produced by Talking Heads keyboardist Jerry Harrison....

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    Ken Notes: I LOVE this band!

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    I LOVE THE 90`s TOUR

    The inaugural edition of I LOVE THE 90`s TOUR invites attendees to reminisce about the trend-setting decade with some of the most iconic, indelible names in rap, hip hop and R&B.

    The tour features performances by a revolving line-up of iconic `90s artists including Vanilla Ice, Salt N Pepa with Spinderella, Color Me Badd, Coolio, Tone Loc and Young MC.

    Audiences can expect to hear chart-topping hits like "Let`s Talk About Sex", "Shoop", "Ice, Ice Baby", "I Wanna Sex You Up", "Just A Friend", "Funky Cold Medina", "It Takes Two", "Gangsta`s Paradise".///

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    Annual Varsity Band Concert with Mike Leckrone
    Date: Friday, April 21, 2017
    Time: 7 p.m.

    Featuring music from Motown; sounds from the Big Band Era, including the music of Benny Goodman, Buddy Rich, and Doc Severinson; classic selections such as Gershwin’s American in Paris; and music from two spectacular new productions of Broadway’s Lion King and Fiddler on the Roof (a record-setting musical written by UW alumnus Jerry Bock).

    Cost $23
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    Free Comic Book Day
    What is "Free Comic Book Day?"

    As the name implies, Free Comic Book Day is a single day when participating comic book specialty shops across North America and around the world give away comic books absolutely free to anyone who comes into their shops.


    Madison Locations!

    CAPITAL CITY COMICS
    1910 MONROE STREET

    WESTFIELD COMICS
    944 WILLIAMSON ST

    WESTFIELD COMICS
    7475 MINERAL POINT RD

    GRAHAM CRACKERS
    2831 E WASHINGTON AVE


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    Gallery Night

    Friday, May 5, 2017

    Showcasing the city`s vibrant arts community, Gallery Night is a long-time Madison tradition. Organized each spring and fall by MMoCA, Gallery Night offers art lovers and art novices alike an opportunity to enjoy a wide variety of exhibitions, opening receptions, special events, demonstrations, and refreshments at venues throughout the city.

    Gallery Night is held from 5-9pm, though some participating venues set their own hours.

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    InDIGenous Jazz Concert Series: Tony Castaneda Latin Jazz Sextet
    Central Library, Meeting Rooms 301 & 302

    05/12/2017

    7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

    The Greater Madison Jazz Consortium wraps up their Spring InDIGenous jazz concert series (featuring local-area jazz artists) with the Tony Castaneda Latin Jazz Sextet.

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    Scott Wilcox Band @ Capital Brewery
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    Ken Notes: I love this venue. It is summer now!

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    BADGER BONSAI ANNUAL SHOW

    Saturday, 9 am - 4:30 pm
    Sunday, 10 am - 4:30 pm

    Marvel at these growing miniature landscapes. Sponsored by the Badger Bonsai Society. For more information call 608-249-6195.

    Sunday: Madison Poetry Annual

    This program features 15 poets from around Wisconsin, each reading for 10 minutes. The reading is free and open to the public. Sponsored by the Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets. For more information call 608-225-6982.   ...more

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    FFA`s annual convention
    This weekend the Wisconsin FFA`s annual convention returns to Alliant Energy Center for 2017.
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    Ken Notes: Please welcome these youth and their mentors and families to Madison this weekend. Press notice great stories and photo ops at the event...

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    YOUR Lunchtime Live
    This year Madison Central BID will be continuing the Lunchtime Live series as part of our greater Summer in YOUR City event series.

    Grab a blanket, grab a co-worker, and grab some lunch and enjoy the show on the beautiful Capitol Square. These concerts will be Tuesdays at 12pm over the lunch hour, and will feature a different local band each week.

  • 6/13/2017 Natty Nation
  • 6/20/2017 Mama Digdowns Brass Band
  • 6/27/2017 Harmonious Wail
  • 7/4/2017 No concert, Happy Independence Day!
  • 7/11/2017 Wheelhouse
  • 7/18/2017 Mascot Theory
  • 7/25/2017 Driveway Thriftdwellers
  • 8/1/2017 Dave Hecht
  • 8/8/2017 Aaron Williams and the Hoodoo
  • 8/15/2017 The Tooles
  • 8/22/2017 The Big Payback
  • 8/29/2017 Joey Leone`s Chop Shop
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    Ken Notes: GREAT LINEUP.....

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    CONCERTS ON THE ROOFTOP

    Thurs. 7-9PM, Gates & Bars Open 5:30PM

    William T. Evjue Rooftop Gardens

    A truly unique Madison experience! Enjoy spectacular bands accompanied by the best views in the city! Concerts on the Rooftop offer a wonderful opportunity for networking after work, or kicking back with friends and family. Feel free to bring a blanket or lawn chair; seating on the rooftop is limited. Lake Vista Café , on the rooftop, will serve only beverages from 4-4:30pm. The Summer Concert Menu will be made available after 4:30pm. Picnic baskets are welcome. Sorry, no carry in alcohol.


    FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
    Thursdays 7-9pm • Capacity ­Limited
    Gates and Bars open 5:30pm
     June 29  The Boogie Men (Dance Covers) Get Tickets
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    Shakespeare in the State Parks "The Comedy of Errors"
    Saturday, July 15th, 2017 @ 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm
    Lake Kegonsa State Park
    Free

    The Summit Players present their 2017 season: a brand-new production of Shakespeare`s The Comedy of Errors will visit 16 different Wisconsin State Parks this summer.

    Full of madcap slapstick, mistaken identities and marriage to top it all off, this classic Shakespeare comedy will have you seeing double! When Antipholus and his servant, Dromio, travel from Syracuse to Ephesus, they expect to do some exploring. Little do they know, each of them has a twin brother living in the city. Soon enough, people are giving them gold in the street, men are bowing to them, and they both have wives! Between a run-in with royalty and a demented doctor, it seems like they might never untangle this twisted web of errors!..

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    UW Events ... More @ the link...

    Saturday 9 p.m. Pat McCurdy  The Wisconsin Union

    Sunday 5-6 p.m. Summer Sunday Concerts in the Garden  Allen Centennial Garden

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    Ken Notes: Sooooo Much more at the link....

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    Children`s Theater of Madison - The Wizard of Oz, Young Performer`s Edition

    Thu, Jul 20 - Fri, Jul 21

    The Playhouse: $8

    Dorothy and her new found friends embark on a quest through the magical land of Oz.

    Summer Stage at CTM features performances by students in our Educational Programs. (CTM’s professional Theater for Young Audiences season kicks off in October).

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    Isthmus presents the 38th annual Paddle & Portage
    Isthmus presents the 38th annual Paddle & Portage,
    Madison’s favorite lake to land to lake race
    Saturday, July 29th 2017
    at James Madison Park starting at 7 am

    Late Registration at Bib Pick Up Party (July 28) – $60 per paddler
    Day Of Registration (July 29) – $60 per paddler

    9:00 am – The race begins with the Elite Racing Waves

    11:00 am – Post-Race Party at Olbrich Park featuring:

    • Musical entertainment from DJ FRP of Tropical Riddims
    • Award ceremony
    • Food for racers and spectators (racers receive free food)
    • Craft beer available for purchase for racers and spectators (racers receive one free beer)




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    Ken Notes: This is a great reason to be downtown this weekend. Fun to watch and fun to paddle...

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    On Campus!!!
    Friday, July 28, 2017
    5-7 p.m.
    The Terrace, Memorial Union

    Alison Margaret is a gifted jazz singer, arranger, composer, and pianist. She hails from Chicago, where she studied at the prestigious Columbia College, earning a degree in vocal jazz performance. She has a MM in music education from the University of Wisconsin-Madison....


    HMS PINAFORE
    presented by Madison Savoyards, Ltd.
    Date: Friday, July 28, 2017
    Time: 7:30 p.m.
    Location: Music Hall

    Join us aboard the HMS PINAFORE for our 54th annual production! This story involves an arranged marriage, elopement, the mockery of the upperclass, and a surprise revelation that changes things in the end! Come hear one of our finest casts to date ...


    Omni w/ Camp Friends @ The Wisconsin Union
    Date: Friday, July 28, 2017
    Time: 9-11:55 p.m.
    Location: Terrace, Memorial Union

    Omni – the band, not the hotel – are from the former home of the Braves: Atlanta. Playing lo-fi pop that channels the specter of the late ‘70s and early ‘80s, Omni brings you back to an era where any sane person was reeling from the unfulfilled promise of the Space Age and Age of Aquarius bleeding into the looming threat of “Morning in America.” Omni distills the buzz and grit that snakes through the best of Television, Devo, and Pylon into surprisingly danceable, hook-laden slabs of raw, angular, sonic bliss. It’s still the summer of ’78, and pushing the roots of rock & roll to its limits remains in vogue....




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    Ken Notes: As always soooo much more at the link...

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    National Mustard Day 2017

    MUSTARD DAY IS AUGUST 5, 2017!

    Come honor the King of Condiments AND help us host the world’s biggest “Mustard Challenge” to raise awareness of the need for pediatric cancer research.

    National Mustard Day is celebrated annually at the National Mustard Museum on the first Saturday in August. It is a fun-filled day for the whole family and has traditionally included music, games and other entertainment with hot dogs, brats, FREE mustard sampling, and more. The Mustard Museum has been the official sponsor of this event since 1991.

    Last year’s National Mustard Day fundraising efforts benefitted the Sauk Trails Optimist Club — as well as the nonprofit National Mustard Museum — and will support their mission to bring out the best in kids and their communities through hope and positive vision...

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    Steps to Start a Food Business
    Date: August 19, 2017
    Time: 9:00AM-11:30AM
    Cost: $0.00
    Market: South Central

    Find out what steps you need to take to get your food business started. You will learn about licensing, permits. Obtain an understanding of insurance and secure a outline of steps to accomplish before you open.

    Location: Madison WWBIC
    Address: 2300 S Park St Suite 113
    City: Madison
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    Ken Notes: Thinking about Madison fro more that a visit, Wisconsin Women`s Business Initiative Corporation can give you a hand...

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    Isthmus presents - Madison’s Favorite Concert

    Thursday, August 24, from 5-10 p.m.

    Madison’s Favorite Concert is also its newest.

    Isthmus is throwing a block party to celebrate the winners of MadFaves, Isthmus’ reader poll of everyone’s favorite things in Madison. Winners in categories from “Favorite Take-Out” to “Favorite Reporter” to “Favorite Madison Place You Neglected to Check Out the First 10 Years You Lived Here” will be crowned at the festival, which will take place just outside the Isthmus office at 100 State Street.

    “The concert is really meant to celebrate all that’s great about Madison — our favorite local businesses, services, people,” says Isthmus publisher Jeff Haupt. “And rather than simply print this in the newspaper and online, we thought, let’s fully celebrate this with a concert and bring all our favorite people up on stage in the heart of Madison.”

    The concert will take over the top of State Street Thursday, August 24, from 5-10 p.m.

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    Ken Notes: Cool!

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    Gordon Lightfoot In Concert

    After 50 active years of hit song making and international album sales well into the multi-millions, it’s safe to say that esteemed singer-songwriter and musician Gordon Lightfoot resides with some very exclusive company atop the list of all-time greats. His song catalog is incredibly vast and includes such immortals as “Early Morning Rain,” “If You Could Read My Mind,” “Sundown,” “The Wreck Of The Edmund Fitzgerald,” “Beautiful” and “Rainy Day People” to name a few.

    “Gordon Lightfoot In Concert: The Legend Lives On…” will feature his well-known hits as well as some deep album cuts for the die-hard fanatics.

    “Lightfoot became a mentor for a long time. I think he probably still is to this day. I can’t think of any Gordon Lightfoot song I don’t like. Every time I hear a song of his, I wish it would last forever. “ – Bob Dylan

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    One-Night Masterpiece: Impressionist Terrace Chair

    Thursday, September 14th, 2017

    6:30 pm to 8:30 pm

    Our accomplished artist will lead you through the steps of creating a unique Impressionist Terrace chair painting in just one night. No experience necessary.

    Make it a paint night party and register with friends! 

    Course fee includes all supplies.

    Course Price: $29.50
    UW-Madison Student & Union Member: $19.50, General Public: $39.50


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    Get your running shoes on and join the Henry Vilas Zoo for the 12th Annual Zoo Run Run & Kids` Roo Run Run on Sunday, September 24, 2017! Join us as we welcome back our Predator vs. Prey Edition, and introduce brand new predator & prey options! BACK for 2017: All participants will have the choice to sign up to be a predator (snow leopard) or prey (red panda). See how much prey you can catch OR if you can keep from getting caught!

    The Zoo Run Run and Roo Run Run help us to keep the Henry Vilas Zoo forever free. Please join us to help us make our 12th Annual Race another record breaking year.

    Race starts at 8 am in the following order: 10K Run, 5K Run/Walk, 5K Walk (untimed). Roo Run starts at 10:30 am in the following order: 1 Mile, 1/2 Mile. *Jogging strollers are allowed, we ask that you start at the back of either predator or prey.   ...more

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    The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

    Fri, Sep 22 - Sun, Oct 1

    Winner of the Tony and the Drama Desk Awards for Best Book, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee is about an eclectic group of six mid-pubescent who vie for the spelling championship of a lifetime. Full of true comedic genius and touching stories from their home lives, the misfit tweens spell their way through a series of (potentially made-up) words providing one unforgettable experience.


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    A Gentleman`s Guide to Love & Murder

    Tue, Oct 3 - Sun, Oct 8

    Getting away with murder can be so much fun…and there’s no better proof than the knock-‘em-dead hit show that’s earned unanimous raves and won the 2014 Tony Award® for Best Musical— A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder. As one most gentlemanly NPR critic put it, “I’ve never laughed so hard at a Broadway musical.”

    Gentleman’s Guide tells the story of Monty, an heir to a family fortune who sets out to jump the line of succession by—you guessed it—eliminating the eight relatives (all played by one fearless man) who stand in his way. All the while, Monty has to juggle his mistress, his fiancée and the constant threat of landing behind bars! Of course, it will all be worth it if he can slay his way to his inheritance…and be done in time for tea. The Hollywood Reporter raves, “Gentleman’s Guide restores our faith in musical comedy.”...

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    Overture Galleries Fall 2017 Exhibition Reception
    Join us for a reception for the Overture Galleries Fall 2017 Exhibition Cycle FRI, OCT 6 from 6 PM to 8 PM. Three Galleries run from TUE, SEP 12 – SUN, DEC 3:   ...more

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    Graham Nash

    Sat, Oct 14

    Capitol Theater: $49.50 - $75

    Legendary artist Graham Nash has announced a new batch of U.S tour dates as he continues to support his recent studio album, This Path Tonight, which was released worldwide last year.

    Nash is joined on stage by longtime collaborator and This Path Tonight producer Shane Fontayne. Together, the duo performs songs from his days in the Hollies through his years with Crosby, Stills & Nash and from his beloved solo recordings, weaving anecdotes and tales from his 50-year career throughout the evening..

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    Ken Notes: it is nice to see the Capitol Theater used to bring in world class events.

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    Different Dreams Opens October 27th!!

    Different Dreams (October 27 – November 11, 2017)
    Mary Dupont Wahlers Theatre
    1480 Martin St., Madison, Wisconsin 53713

    Encore’s repertory theatre company explores the wildest to mildest of aspirations in a series of contrasting vignettes and films in “Different Dreams”. The shorts include: “Dream Insurance” - a selection of three pieces which focus on how dreams change throughout life; “Dare to Dream”: Jeri is intruded upon by an unwelcome stranger who reawakens old dreams; and “Different Dreams”: a discussion group for people with disabilities becomes contentious with strong characters and strong opinions; and Growing Apart:  One man’s quest for independence.  In addition to the live performances, the production includes 5 new short films with perspectives of our repertory company actors and staff. 

    Different Dreams is directed by Executive Director Schoenhaar and Artistic Associate Heather Renken.                       

    Show times are:
    Friday and Saturday, October 27th and 28th at 8pm
    Friday and Saturday, November 3rd and 4th at 8pm
    Sunday, November 5th at 2pm
    Friday and Saturday, November 10th and 11th at 8pm

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    Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) Trivia Wine Dinner
    Today - 11/1/2017 - 7 PM - 9:30 PM
    Fuegos - Steak•Tapas•Vegan

    6 Course Trivia Wine Dinner

    Full vegan options will be available!
    Chance to win a prize with every course.
    Best day of the dead costume WINS next wine dinner for FREE!
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    Notes: One More Chance to Dress UP!

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    What am I listening to...

    The Ballroom Thieves

    Majestic - w/ Frances Luke Accord

    Sunday, November 5 | 7:00pm Doors | 8:00pm Show

    Life on the road for a burgeoning band is easily glamorized: The joy of playing a show, the wonder of encountering new places and people, the stories that amass. Yet the lifestyle can also be a trying one: The suffocating isolation of a van, the misery of being separated from home and loved ones, the unspoken grievances that stack tensions high. If you’re unprepared, this life can become your downfall. For Boston’s The Ballroom Thieves, it became their sophomore album, Deadeye.

    https://youtu.be/mKWFmcDaGAY


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    Madison Symphony Orchestra - Brahms’ Requiem

    Fri, May 5 - Sun, May 7

    The Madison Symphony Orchestra (MSO) and Conductor John DeMain close the season with a memorable concert, opening with Charles Stanford’s rarely-heard Concert Piece for Organ and Orchestra, featuring the return of organist Nathan Laube. The Madison Symphony Chorus, soprano Devon Guthrie and bass-baritone Timothy Jones then join the MSO for Brahms’ most profound choral work, A German Requiem: an uplifting meditation on death, redemption and comfort for the living.

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    Under the Streetlamp

    Sat, May 13

    Capitol Theater: $29.50 - $59.50

    In support of their 3rd Public Television Special, UNDER THE STREETLAMP goes back to the music that has captivated audiences around the country! With their tight harmonies and smooth dance moves, UNDER THE STREETLAMP performs an electrifying evening of classic hits from the American radio songbook.

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    Agatha Christie`s, A Murder is Announced

    Friday, Feb 24, 2017 7:30 PM
    Friday, Feb 24, 2017 10:00 PM

    Adapted by Leslie Darbon, directed by Jeanne Leep. An announcement in the local paper states where and when a murder is to occur. The victim is an unexpected and unknown visitor. What follows is a classic Christie puzzle of mixed motives, twists and turns, and concealed identities.

    Diane Ballweg Theatre @ EDGEWOOD COLLEGE

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    Wisconsin Singers celebrate 50th anniversary season

    Fri, Nov 10 - Sat, Nov 11

    Capitol Theater: $15 - $25

    Wisconsin Singers– UW-Madison’s only stage production ensemble– showcases it’s 50th anniversary season by taking you on a journey of five decades of American popular music. Featuring UW’s top instrumentalists, singers and dancers Can’t Stop Dancin’! includes the best of pop, classic rock, Broadway, swing, jazz and more. You won’t want to miss this evening of fun, music, and Badger spirit meant to be enjoyed by collegiates to grandparents and every generation in between...

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    Spring Flower Show

    Saturday, March 11th, 2017 @ 10:00 am

    Olbrich Botanical Gardens

    Step into Olbrich`s Atrium, filled with the sights and smells of spring. Colorful daffodils, tulips, and hyacinths are among the spring flowers that bloom in this indoor show of spring at its finest.    ...more

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    Pansy & Orchid Sales @ Olbrich

    April 1st
    10 am - 4 pm while supplies last

    Celebrate spring with a cheery pansy, panola, or viola grown in Olbrich`s own greenhouses. Put a pansy on your windowsill, dress up your holiday table, or bring a fabulous hostess gift displayed in a springtime container. These delightful pansies, violas, and panolas are just $6 each plus tax with three plants per pot. Proceeds benefit Olbrich Botanical Gardens...

    Orchid Sale

    April 1, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. while supplies last!


    Celebrate spring with a blooming orchid plant. Orchid Growers Guild members will be available to answer questions. Sponsored by the Orchid Growers Guild. A portion of the proceeds benefits Olbrich Gardens. For information call 608-233-5559....

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    Ken Notes: Spring has sprung...

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    Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra
    The Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra celebrates Edo de Waart’s eighth and final season with the orchestra. Under de Waart, the renowned MSO has enjoyed sold out concerts, critical acclaim, and a celebrated performance in Carnegie Hall.  This concert will feature principal cellist  Susan Babini on the cello, and will be de Waart’s final Madison performance with MSO.

    The program for the concert is as follows:

    Mozart - Overture to Don Giovanni, K. 527
    Bloch - Schelomo: Hebraic Rhapsody
    Elgar - Symphony No. 1 in A-flat major, Op. 55
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    Ken Notes: We need a battle of the symphony`s... de Waart vs. DeMain batons to the death!!

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    Geek Foundry Brings Secret Exclusives to GeekCraft Expo Midwest`s Fall Mall

    October 14 and 15
    Madison Masonic Center
    Sat: 11am to 6pm | Sun: 11am to 5pm

    We`re counting the days until GeekCraft Expo Midwest`s Fall Mall, happening October 14 and 15 at the Madison Masonic Center! We had a chance to chat with Efrem R. Jasso of Geek Foundry LLC, maker of gaming accessories, about their unique items and the special secret exclusives they`ll be bringing this year:

    GeekCraft Expo: For newcomers to your work, can you describe the types of pieces you create?...

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    Rhinoceros
    A rhinoceros rampages through a small town, shattering the peace. As the dwindling humans are besieged by the growing tide of beasts, one man struggles with his place in this new reality as his fellows transform, infected by a burgeoning ideology. Savagery is simpler than empathy; in this new world forsaking humanity is noble.

    Thu, Nov 9 - 7:30pm
    Fri, Nov 10 - 7:30pm
    Sat, Nov 11 - 7:30pm

    Wed, Nov 15 - 7:30pm
    Thu, Nov 16 - 7:30pm
    Fri, Nov 17 - 7:30pm
    Sat, Nov 18 - 2:00pm

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    THE EXONERATED
    The newly formed Voices Theatre Project will present four performances of a rea
    ding of Jessica Blank and Erik Jensen’s play THE EXONERATED as an awareness-builder and  fundraiser for The Wisconsin Innocence Project.  The play will be presented April 8 and 9 at the Wil-Mar Neighborhood Center, 954 Jennifer St., and April 21 and 22 at the University of Wisconsin Law School, 975 Bascom Hill.  Performances on April 8, 21,
    and 22 are at 7:00pm, and the performance on April 9 is at 5:00pm.  Tickets are free, but
    reservations are recommended and can be made at www.voicestheatre.com.  The company will “pass the hat” for donations at each performance, with proceeds benefitting the work of the Wisconsin Innocence Project.  Talkbacks will be held after each performance with local
    attorneys and exonerees who have benefitted from the Innocence Project’s work.
    Culled from interviews, letters, transcripts, case files and the public record, THE
    EXONERATED tells the true stories of six wrongfully convicted survivors of death row in theirown words.  Moving between first-person monologues and scenes set in courtrooms and prisons, the six interwoven stories paint a picture...

    The Exonerated performance schedule and locations:
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    Saturday, April 8 at 7:00pm - Wil-Mar Neigborhood Center, 953 Jennifer St.
        Talkback: Nathan J. Comp,  UW-Innocence Project Representatives

    Sunday, April 9 at 5:00pm - Wil-Mar Neighborhood Center, 953 Jennifer St.
        Talkback: Dean Strang ("Making A Murderer")

    Friday, April 21 at 7:00pm - UW-Madison Law School, 975 Bascom Mall, Room 2260
        Talkback: Dean Strang ("Making A Murderer" )

    Saturday, April 22 at 7:00pm - UW-Madison Law School, 975 Bascom Mall, Room 2260
       Talkback: TBA

    Admission is free, but donations are encouraged and will benefit the Wisconsin Innocence Project.  We will "pass the hat" before and after the performance.

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    29th Annual Capital City Jazz Fest
    29th Annual Capital City Jazz Fest

        April 28, 2017 to April 30, 2017
        Recurring daily
        Wyndham Garden Hotel

     The 29th Annual Capital City Jazz Fest will present an unparalleled line-up of musicians from all over the country – the Bria Skonberg Quintet, Bob Schulz’s Frisco Jazz Band, the Vache/Coots/Trick Trio and Stephanie Trick & Paolo Alderighi.  There will be a Jazz Worship Celebration at the Fest venue, led by Bob Schulz’s Frisco Jazz Band,  at 9 AM on Sunday, April 30. Download the Fest ticket order form below.  Seating at each Fest session is limited to 200 people at tables of 8.  Get your tickets NOW!!   ...more

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    27th annual Wisconsin Law Enforcement Memorial Ceremony

    Friday, May 19, 2017 12:00 PM

    Annual WLEM Ceremony honoring Wisconsin law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty. The Memorial is located on the Capitol Square in Madison, WI (Corner of Pinckney Street and Mifflin Street)

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    Ken Notes: Thanks to all our officers and staff!

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    2017 Verona Road OKTOBERFEST

    September 20th from 4pm - 7pm at Quivey`s Grove

    Enjoy cold beer from Wisconsin Brewing Company, food from HyVee and Quivey`s Grove, live music from the Greg Anderson Polka Band and authentic Swiss yodeling!

    Show your customers your appreciation for their loyalty through this period of road construction. Come out to Oktoberfest at Quivey`s Grove and support the Verona Road Business Coalition! Stop by September 20th from 4pm - 7pm for cold beer from Wisconsin Brewing Company, food from HyVee and Quivey`s Grove, live music from the Greg Anderson Polka Band and authentic Swiss yodeling!

    Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 at the door and include one meal and one drink. Tickets are available at HyVee, Oak Bank and the City of Fitchburg front desk. Cash only please!

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    Straight No Chaser

    Thu, Sep 28

    If the phrase “male a cappella group” conjures up an image of students in blue blazers, ties, and khakis singing traditional college songs on ivied campuses…think again. Straight No Chaser (SNC) are neither strait-laced nor straight-faced, but neither are they vaudeville-style kitsch. They have emerged as a phenomenon with a massive fanbase, numerous national TV appearances and proven success with CD releases.

    Straight No Chaser is the real deal, the captivating sound of ten unadulterated human voices coming together to make extraordinary music that is moving people in a fundamental sense… and with a sense of humor. On the road, Straight No Chaser has built a reputation as an unforgettable live act....

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    Monona Fall Festival
    Saturday, October 7th, 2017
    Sunday, October 8th, 2017

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    Holiday Market

    Nov 18?–?Dec 16, 2017
    7:30 am?–?12:00 pm

    Monona Terrace Community & Convention Center
    1 John Nolen Drive


    Your weekly grocery trip has never been so full of holiday joy!

    The Holiday Dane County Farmer’s Market is located in the majestic Monona Terrace.  This bustling market features more than 60 vendors and is your one-stop shop for all of your local food needs for the holidays!

    The Market is open November 18, December 2, December 9, and December 16.  We will not be open on November 25th.

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    Bald Eagle Watching Days

    Friday evening, January 13 - 7 p.m. and
    Saturday, January 14 - 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

    Speakers and Activities Available.
    Bus Tours are FREE during Bald Eagle Watching Days.

    Each winter, bald eagles gather in the Sauk Prairie area due to a unique combination of factors.  For winter survival, eagles need open water for fishing, undeveloped shoreline with large trees for perching, and sheltered valleys for night-time roosting.

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    Loud in the Library: Mardi Gras! @ Monona Public Library

    Saturday, January 28, 7-10 pm

    Venue: Monona Public Library, 1000 Nichols Road

    • Music provided by The Dixie SizzlersWalking Jambalaya provided by New Orleans Take Out (Fordem Avenue)
    • Cupcakes
    • Cash bar
    • 50:50 raffle
    • Evening Master of Ceremonies Mayor Bob Miller
    • Photo booth
    • Tarot card reader
    • Wandering magician
    • Mardi Gras beads provided
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    Mad-City Ski Team Shows Sunday Night(s)

    The Mad-City Ski Team has home ski shows nearly every Sunday from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day weekend at Law Park in Madison, WI. The Junior Team show starts at 5:30pm and the main show follows it starting about 6:00pm. Please check the schedule below for dates and times. We occasionally have shows at other times or places and those will be added to the calendar as they are scheduled.

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    Polar Dash! Kids pulling bears...

    Physicians Plus and UnityPoint Health - Meriter want kids to stay active and healthy all year round. So this winter, dash with plush polar bears and win cool prizes! Visit the Bear Clinic where Meriter doctors will give your child`s favorite stuffed animal a head-to-toe check-up. Warm up inside with fun games and treats! 

    Saturday, January 28, 2017 
    10:00 am - 12:00 pm

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    ICCA Great Lakes Quarterfinal @ The University of Wisconsin

    February 4th, 2017 at the University of Wisconsin

     in Shannon Hall at the Wisconsin Union Theater

    Featuring:

    7Days A Cappella | University of Minnesota – Twin Cities
    Northern Lights A Cappella | Northern Michigan University
    Pitches and Notes | University of Wisconsin Madison
    Carthachords| Carthage College
    The Enchantments | University of Minnesota – Twin Cities
    The Naturals | Marquette University
    The Meladies | Marquette University
    Under A-Rest | University of Wisconsin Madison
    Vocal U A Cappella | University of Minnesota – Twin Cities
    Voices in Your Head | University of Chicago


    The top two placing groups at this event will advance to the ICCA Great Lakes Semifinal.
    We invite you to Tweet and Instagram this event using #ICCA.



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    2017 New Arts Venture Challenge Finals
    The UW-Madison New Arts Venture Challenge is a campus-wide competition to encourage new thinking and innovative ideas. Students submit proposals and a group of judges (2017 judges: Jeff Breisach, Daniel Grabois and Norma Sober) review the proposals for creativity, innovation, success potential and added value to the arts. The four finalist groups present their ideas and compete for the first-place prize of $2,000 during this event. Second place includes three prizes of $500 each...

    ...The four finalists/groups (listed below) present their ideas on Friday, April 28 from 1:30-3:30 p.m. The presentations are free and open to the public and take place on the UW-Madison campus in the Plenary Room, Grainger Hall in the Wisconsin School of Business (975 University Avenue)...
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    Stay - Places to Stay in the Madison Area

    Sponsoring Hotels and Lodging in the Madison Area



    Madison Radison


    You Belong Here

    Places to Stay









    Here for $ 10









    Other places to stay in Madison

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    The Lion in Winter

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    Mad City Pond Hockey Championships

    January 20 - January 22

    The 4th Annual Mad City Pond Hockey Championships will take place on January 20th-22nd, 2017 at Esser Pond in Madison, Wisconsin.

    Registration for the 2017 Tournament will begin on Thursday, July 28th, 2016 at 10:00 am Central Time.

    New for 2017

    -New Division – Beginner
    -Labatt Blue Zone – Party area out on the ice
    -VIP Locker Room – Reserve your own space
    -USA Hockey Membership Required
    -Bigger and Better!

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    Bounce @ Monona Terrace
    Sat, Jan 28, 2017
    7:00 PM - 10:00 PM

    Remember that feeling of jumping on an inflatable moon bounce with your friends as a kid? Now imagine a room of giant inflatables…surrounded by colored lights, dance music, and cocktails. Inflatable activities include giant hamster balls, a deluxe obstacle course, a bouncy boxing ring, the defender dome and a giant slide.  Be sure to capture the night with a photo booth souvenir...

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    Ken Notes: Cocktails and GIANT Inflatables --- What could go wrong...

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    Winter Bike Week

    Madison Winter Bike Week 2017

    The schedule for Madison Winter Bike Week has never been so packed! From February 3 to February 10, every day we and our partners will bring a wide range of events to you! Check back regularly for updates, or RSVP on Facebook!

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    ORCHID QUEST 2017
    Saturday & Sunday Feb. 4-5

    OQ in 2017 will be Saturday & Sunday Feb. 4-5 at a new venue. Find Orchid Quest at Olbrich Botanical Gardens in Madison. Perfect fit!

    In the middle of winter it is so delightful to be surrounded by the colorful and exotic fragrance of the world at a handy and comfortable location. It will be the 30th year for the Madison Orchid Growers Guild to host Orchid Quest.   ...more

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    To Love or Not To Love – Revised and Revisited

    OPENING February 3rd, 2017

    Encore Studio for the Performing Arts is the only professional theatre company for people with disabilities in the state of Wisconsin, and one of the very few in the United States! Encore offers an innovative, inclusive, and professional environment where all people work together in the pursuit of artistic and theatrical excellence.

    Encore presents their second production of their 2016-2017 season, To Love or Not To Love – 2017 (Revised and Revisited) written by KelsyAnne Schoenhaar. 

    With a bold directness, To Love or Not to Love – 2017 (a play with music), explores issues of sexuality, power, abuse, desire, and relationships. Updated from its original iteration produced in 2001, the many dynamic voices of Encore’s repertory company provide new twists and turns to this roller coaster of honest perspectives.  Original songs include, “Music Is Better Than Sex” and “Out There, There’s A Man Just For Me”. 

    Show times are:
    Friday and Saturday, February 3rd and 4th at 8pm
    Friday and Saturday, February 10th and 11th at 8pm
    Sunday, February 12th at 2pm
    Friday and Saturday, February 17th and 18th at 8pm

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    Groove & Glide - Vilas Park
    Date & Time: 
    Friday, February 10, 2017 -
    6:00pm to 8:00pm
    Location(s): 
    Vilas (Henry) Park
    1602 Vilas Park Drive
    Madison, WI

    Make the most of winter at a Groove and Glide event! Experience the fun and beauty of ice skating under the lights with fun music and games.  Our warming houses and concessions will be open as well and skate rentals will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis.  All ages and experience levels welcome.  Grab your friends, a date, or the whole family and come have some fun on the ice.  Come one. Come all!

    These events are free to attend and no registration is needed. Parking and restrooms are available on-site. Because these events have been scheduled many months in advance, if there is no ice or unsafe ice conditions, the event may be canceled. We will try our best to reschedule.

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    Ken Notes: And your plus one will be cold afterwords, of course the weather may mess this one up...

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    Taste in Style / Distill America

    February 18th, 2017
    Edgewater Hotel

    We strive to open the hearts and minds of the public, to the many facets of craft distillation. From the international giants to the boutique micro distillers, we want you to taste it all. Journey to Madison Wisconsin to join us at a World Class and memorable evening, were you will be able to sample a bit of what the Legends of Distillation bring.

    North Shore Distillery, Aeppel Treow, Laird’s Company, Redemption Rye, Greenbar Collective, Twisted Path Distillery, Lo Artisan Distillery, High West Distillery, 45th Parallel Distillery, Wollersheim Winery, Great Northern Distilling, Wild Turkey Bourbon, Koval Distillery Brown Forman Company, Travis Hasse Pie, Pur Class, Door County Distillery, Michter’s Whiskey, Letherbee Distillery, Few Spirits, New Holland Distillery, Real Russian, Mississippi River Distilling, Cider House of Wisconsin, Quincy Street Distillery, Square One Organic, Central Standard Distillery, Boyd and Blair, Blaum Bros. Distilling Co., Vikre Distillery, Dry Fly Distilling, Deep Eddy Vodka, Bittercube, Chicago Distilling Co., Coppersea Distilling, Gamle Ode, Nessalla Kombucha, Stranahan’s , Wyoming Whiskey, Spirit of St. Louis Distillery, Dripping Springs, Rogue Spirits, , Local Wine and Spirits, Rokker Vodka, Bulleit Bourbon, Jim Beam Small Batch, Buffalo Trace, Yahara Bay Distillery, Heaven Hill, Old Sugar Distillery, George Dickel, J. Henry & Sons, Tailwinds Distilling, Shypoke Spirits, Tito’s Vodka, St George Spirits, Tempelton Rye, Anchor Distilling, Journeyman Distillery, Breckenridge Distillery, Hudson Distillery, 44 North Distillery, Proximo Spirits, Jeppson’s Mälort, Ballast Point Spirits, Great Lakes Distillery, Wathen’s Bourbon, Corsair Distillery, Smooth Ambler Spirits, 3 Badge Beverage, Amador Whiskey, Batch 206, Brovo Spirits, Copper and Kings, Driftless Glen, North Woods Distillery, Northern Waters Distillery, Whistle Pig, Top Note Tonics...   ...more

    Ken Notes: OK I may have run this just to share the list... Pretty cool...

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    Twelfth Night

    February 23 (Preview)
    February 24 (Opening)
    and runs thru March 12.

    More information on dates and show times at http://www.arts.wisc.edu

    Group Sales (10 tickets or more) $10
    Adult $20, Seniors (62+) $18, Friends of UT $16
    UW Students ($13), Children (K-12) $10

    One of Shakespeare’s most popular comedies, TWELFTH NIGHT was believed to have been written in the early 17th century as a Twelfth Night’s entertainment for the close of the Christmas season. The play centers on the twins Viola and Sebastian, who are separated in a shipwreck. Viola (who is disguised as a boy) falls in love with Duke Orsino, who in turn is in love with the Countess Olivia. Upon meeting Viola, Countess Olivia falls in love with her thinking she is a man. The play expanded on the musical interludes and riotous disorder expected of the occasion. This particular production will be an “east meets west” experience – setting the play on a South Sea’s island at the beginning of the previous century and focusing on multi-ethnic and multi-cultural casting...

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    Edgewood College - In The Gallery: Bob Tarrell - Wander

    Saturday, Mar 4, 2017 11:00 AM - Saturday, Mar 4, 2017 4:00 PM
    March 3 through April 13, 2017

    Professor Bob Tarrell`s Sabbatical Exhibition: Plein Air paintings of locales near and far.

    Exhibition runs March 3 through April 13, 2017.
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    Kids in the Rotunda - Tom Pease

    Sat, Mar 11

    Rotunda Stage: Free

    One of the series’ most popular performers, Tom Pease engages children with imaginative songs and humor. Families around the world love his recordings, especially on long car trips! The power of reading, the universal language of song and the healing effects of laughter are all messages found throughout his performance. Tom Pease’s show is highly animated, laced with songs and stories, leaving audiences with a renewed appreciation for their own sense of place and community.

    Extra fun: Stop by Wisconsin Studio from 9 am – 1 pm to get your body and mind moving with MSCR’s FIT2GO Imagination Playground.

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    Ken Notes: I used to work with Tom when I was a street performer in my 20`s, he must be 100 by now...

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    Knit-In!

    03/17/2017 - 03/19/2017
    Alliant Energy Center, Madison WI

    An annual winter event hosted by Madison Knitters` Guild.


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    ART+ SHE STARTED IT

    ART+ is an event series that offers engaging content and unique networking opportunities. The series uses art as a pivot point to explore a diverse range of topics. Each event features content experts in a discussion on the identified topic, an interactive reception, and a cash bar.

    ART+ SHE STARTED IT
    THURSDAY, MARCH 23, 5:30 pm
     

    MMoCA is pleased to present ART+ She Started It in collaboration with Ellevate Madison. This event will feature a screening of She Started It, a documentary following five passionate young women who strive to compete in the tech world, and winner of numerous 2016 national and international film festival awards. Following the screening, a panel discussion on catalyzing female entrepreneurship in Madison will feature:

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    Members of the Madison Symphony Orchestra play The Music of Led Zeppelin

    Sat, Apr 1

    Overture Hall: $42 - $49.75

    Bridging the gulf between rock n’ roll and classical music, conductor Richard Carsey takes the podium to present The Music of Led Zeppelin. Performed by members of the Madison Symphony Orchestra and amplified with a full rock band and screaming vocals, Havens and his ensemble capture Led Zeppelin’s “sheer blast and power” riff for riff while cranking out new musical colors....

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    Ken Notes: How cool is this... This may redefine why the green room is green... I am an OLD theatre techie...

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    Learning to Stay

    Forward Theater Company

    LAST WEEK!  4/9, at 7:30 pm Wednesday-Saturdays and 2 pm Sundays

    This thrilling world premiere is an adaptation by American Players Theatre superstar James DeVita of a novel written by local author Erin Celello. It examines what life is like for a Madison couple after the husband returns from a deployment in Iraq. And it’s the first full-length play commissioned by the seasoned pros at Forward Theater Company.

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    Party With the Stars at Space Place

    Star Gazing

    Date: Friday, April 21, 2017
    Time: 8-9:30 p.m.
    Location: Space Place, 2300 S. Park St.

    Find out what objects are currently in the night sky and where to find them. Following the indoor presentation, we will set up telescopes outside, weather permitting.
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    The Magic Flute presented by Madison Opera

    By the power of music, we walk cheerfully through the dark night…

    A prince, a princess, a bird-catcher, and a host of other fascinating characters invite you into a fantastical world of charmed musical instruments, mystical rituals, and a quest for enlightenment and wisdom.

    Written in the last year of his life, Mozart’s sublime opera is part fairy tale, part adventure story, and all enchantment. Come revel in this glorious music that has been enjoyed around the world for over two centuries.

    Friday      April 21, 2017     8:00 PM
    Sunday     April 23, 2017     2:30 PM

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    90 YEARS of Dance at UW-Madison

    Join us in celebrating 90 YEARS of Dance at UW-Madison!

    April 26-30, 2017

    This year marks the Dance Department’s 90th. Under the leadership of dance pioneer Margaret H`Doubler, UW-Madison became the first university to offer a degree program in dance in 1926. Join us as we celebrate this milestone!

    Too many events to list. See the link...

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    Mother’s Day Glass Sale and “Blow Your Own Glass Terrarium”
    May 6 & 7, 10a-5p

    Participating Orgs: Mad Gaffers (UW-Madison Glassblowing Club)

    Location: UW Glass Lab, Art Lofts, 111 N Frances Street, Madison, WI, 53703

    Stop by the UW-Madison Glass Lab and join Mad Gaffers at our annual Mother’s Day Glass Sale and “Blow Your Own Glass Terrarium” Event. Work with dedicated and skilled glass students to make your very own colorful, hanging glass terrarium, ideal for beautifully displaying succulents and other small plants. A perfect gift for a loved one or a fun, hands-on weekend activity for anyone at all: play with fire and blow some hot glass, and/or shop from our selection of handmade glass gifts and goods!

    All proceeds will support the UW-Madison Glass Lab. “Blow Your Own Glass Terrariums” are first-come, first-served ($45 per person).

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    Olbrich Botanical Gardens Plant SalePlant Sale with the Pros

    Friday, May 12, 2017

    11 a.m. - 5 p.m.

    Saturday, May 13, 2017

    9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

    Get great plants and expert advice from area professionals this year at Plant Sale with the Pros. The sale features everything from annuals and perennials to ornamental grasses and shrubs. Olbrich’s staff carefully chooses unique plants that do best in this climate. Find the newest, hardiest, disease-resistant cultivars on the market. Local plant pros, master gardeners, and Olbrich’s horticulturists will be available to answer questions.

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    On the Terrace at Memorial Union
    Northern Comfort
    Jun 8th | 5pm to 7pm
     
    Foshizzle Family
    Jun 8th | 9pm to 11:55 pm

    The Anthony Deutsch Trio
    Jun 9th | 5pm to 7pm

    Forth Wanderers w/ Shannen Moser
    Jun 9th | 9pm to 11:55 pm

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    Ken Notes: and open mic tonight...

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    Camp Wannadrinki at Avenue Club

    Thu, June 29

    5:30-6:30 Cocktail Hour (featuring welcome cocktail)
    6:30 pm Dinner
    $60 includes 5 courses, 2 full-sized cocktails, tax and gratuity
    Camp Wannadrinki: A Summer Camp-Style Dinner


    Ahhh, the feeling of true freedom you only experience at summer camp. The crackle of the campfire. The aroma of roasted marshmallows. The camraderie, and...... the cocktails?! At our Camp Wannadrinki Dinner, you`ll go back to a time before you had to start adulting while you`re tossing back some drinks with friends. It`s the perfect paradox. Enjoy a throwback, 5-course dinner with grown-up versions of our camp favorites and 2 full sized summer cocktails, plus some summer camp surprises. More specialty drinks will be available on a cash basis. $60 includes 5 courses, 2 full size cocktails, tax and tip.

    5:30-6:30 Cocktail Hour (featuring welcome drink)
    6:30 pm Dinner Served...   ...more

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    Ride the Drive | Sunday, July 16, 2017

    Presented by Madison Parks

    Join us for activities, food, fun and entertainment on Sunday, July 16 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm for Madison`s 9th Annual Ride the Drive!

    Ride the Drive is more than just closing roads to traffic. At this year`s Ride the Drive you can stroll, roll, pedal or glide your way to three downtown area parks—join us at Brittingham Park, Olin Park and Law Park! Select the park name below for a complete listing of activities, food, fun and entertainment at each park!

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    Isthmus Brass

    UW Memorial Union-Terrace 800 Langdon St. , Madison, Wisconsin 53706

    Comprised of the finest professional brass players in the Midwest, Isthmus Brass is Wisconsin`s premiere large brass ensemble. It has performed on concert series and music festivals throughout the Midwest....

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    Flick & Float! Monona

    Friday, July 21 - 7:00 - 10:30 pm

    Back by popular demand, the Monona Community Pool will host two separate Flick ‘n’ Floats at the pool. There will be games and prizes for the kids, music for everyone, concession specials, and when the sun goes down, we’ll show a movie on our inflatable big screen! Flick ‘n’ Float movie nights require an admission fee of $2 per person or season pass.  


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    Live on King Street - Brother Ali

    Plus - FRINGE CHARACTER // LUCIEN PARKER // DJ PHIL MONEY

    Friday, July 28
    7:00 pm
    All Ages. Gates at 6pm.

    Live on King Street
    **FREE**

    ? WHY: Because live music, summer, and beer were meant to be together. And more importantly, because we love you, Madison.   ...more

    Ken Notes: if I have not said thanks yet - THANK YOU!!!

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    Concerts on the Square

    Beethoven’s Fifth

    WEDNESDAY | 8/2/2107 | 7:00 PM | Capitol Square

    Concerts on the Square | 2016-17 Season

    Featuring the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra and the Middleton High School Choir...

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    Children`s Theater of Madison - The Lion King, Jr.

    Thu, Aug 10 - Fri, Aug 11

    It’s the circle of life! Join Simba and the animal kingdom as he finds courage to take his place on Pride Rock.

    Summer Stage at CTM features performances by students in our Educational Programs. (CTM’s professional Theater for Young Audiences season kicks off in October)....

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    The Wisconsin Union Terrace, Memorial Union
    Saturday, August 19, 2017
    5-7 p.m. Pat Sheng Quartet
    9-11:55 p.m. Lucien Parker, Mic Kellogg and Rahn Harper
    Saturday, August 19, 2017
    9 p.m. The Revelers
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    Ken Notes: As always sooo much more at the link....

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    The Orpheum Theater - Tour de Fat
    Aug 23, 2017, 7:00 PM to 11:00 PM

    Grab your tickets and start planning for the Madison Tour de Fat on August 23, 2017. Expect to experience the unexpected. We`re bringing the party with Atlas Genius and the Tour de Fat ensemble cast of performers. Ready your eyes and ears for a mix of musicians, circus performers, vaudeville acts, magicians, comedians, and mind-blowing provocateurs. Costumes are highly encouraged (and a mindset to party is mandatory). Tour de Fat Madison benefits Wisconsin Bike Fed, so be sure to grab your tix today....   ...more

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    Bodega - free public market @ Breese Stevens Field

    The Bodega, a free public market, returns to historic Breese Stevens Field. The first event scheduled to take place on Sunday, April 30th has been rescheduled due to inclement weather for Thursday, July 27th. A growing vendor lineup, an increased investment in entertainment and a wide variety of food carts will highlight the 2017 series.

    The Bodega features farmers, artisans, antique dealers, and craftsmen selling locally sourced goods and produce. Far from an average farmers market, The Bodega will also feature live music, new interactive displays, a 60’ inflatable zip line and free yard games to ensure a family-friendly event for all. A wide variety of local beers and wine will also be available for purchase....

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    Celebrate Oktoberfest 2017 at the Essen Haus!

    Saturday, Sept. 23 Noon-8pm

    What has a TON of food, music, bier & fun?

    Essen Haus Oktoberfest, of course! We`ll have German Oktoberfest/Märzen biers from the caddy, goodies from the grill, LIVE music with an outdoor dance floor, games/contests, a kinder-friendly activity area and plenty of Gemütlichkeit!

    The FOOD:

    Footlong Hotdogs Weisswurst Brats Hamburgers/Cheeseburgers
    1/2 Roast Chicken Roast Pork Pork Shank Soft Pretzels German
    Potato Salad Sauerkraut....
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    Lizzo

    Saturday, September 23rd, 2017

    8pm - Doors open at 7:30 pm.

    Wordsmith, vocalist, feminist: Lizzo is one of music`s most powerful up-and-comers. Combining upbeat pop hits, gospel influence and bold rapping, her unique discography is matched only by her unapologetic performance. Former TIME Musical Act to Watch, the honest entertainer has formed a devoted fanbase through her social advocacy and uncommon talent....   ...more

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    Northwestern Wildcats at Wisconsin Badgers Football

    Saturday, September 30, 2017 -12:00 pm

    1440 Monroe St. - Madison



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    Ken Notes: You have to love the fall. 60+ dry perfect.

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    Dylan Moran

    Grumbling Mustard

    Sat, Sep 30

    Dylan Moran – The star & co-writer of cult TV comedy Black Books lives up to his reputation as one of the top names in British comedy! In this new show:

    “Moran is thoughtful, debonair and erudite, ambivalent and mildly embarrassed by all the attention. His comedy has the rambling feel of a free-associated yarn, but there’s a sturdy structure that keeps him moving from topic to topic. There’s more on his mind than laughs, or at least, that’s the image he projects before the punch lines fly.”- New York Times

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    Duck Soup Cinema: The Freshman

    This hilarious Harold Lloyd comedy tells the story of a college freshman trying to become popular by joining the school football team. It remains one of Lloyds most successful films and was selected for preservation in the U.S. National Film Registry as being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.”

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    Wisconsin Innovation Awards

    The Wisconsin Innovation Awards (WIA) seek to celebrate and inspire innovation.  We hope to encourage an even greater environment of innovation by bringing innovators together from various business sectors (e.g. tech, food, healthcare, agriculture, nonprofits, education, government), and from throughout the state. Now in it`s fourth year, the WIA has recognized over 30 companies and received hundreds of nominations from all across Wisconsin. Join us on October 4, 2017 as the 2017 winners are announced...

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    Madison Cocktail Week

    Through October 15

    In 2014, a thirsty group of bartenders conceived Madison Cocktail Week to celebrate the city’s ever-burgeoning breadth of quality beverage offerings.

    The goal was to showcase the city’s uniquely playful and inventive approach to Midwestern hospitality- sifting and winnowing, swaddled in a generous warmth, the best of the ivory tower and pub.

    Today we’re as excited as ever to connect our love of craft and creativity to Madison`s curious & vibrant community, amplifying our region`s collective voice in the global cocktail movement.

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    Our Town University Theatre

    Friday, October 13, 2017
    University Theatre


    One of the masterpieces of American drama is given fresh life in a modern production that stresses the timelessness of the themes of life, love, death and the meaning of community. Through the stories of two families in a small town, an immersive theatrical experience allows the audience to share in the sorrows and joys of life as depicted by Madison native Thornton Wilder.

    ALSO

    October 12, 2017    7:30 pm
    October 13, 2017    7:30 pm
    October 14, 2017    7:30 pm
    October 15, 2017    2:00 pm
    October 19, 2017    7:30 pm
    October 20, 2017    7:30 pm
    October 21, 2017    7:30 pm
    October 22, 2017    2:00 pm
    October 26, 2017    7:30 pm
    October 27, 2017    7:30 pm
    October 28, 2017    7:30 pm
    October 29, 2017    2:00 pm
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    Dairy Cattle Center Tour

    Friday, October 27, 2017
    2:30-3:30 p.m.
    Memorial Union Theater

    Have you ever been curious about milk production, the dairy cattle on campus, or the Dairy Science program at UW? This is your chance to moo-ve on down to the Dairy Cattle Center and learn more! The Dairy Cattle Center will be giving us a tour of the facilities and showing us the cows. It will be an udder-ly informative and fun time!

    We will be meeting up at the front gate at 1815 Linden Drive at 2:30pm on Friday 10/27. This event is free, but please sign up to let us know you`re coming! Check out the Dairy Cattle Center site for more information.
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    Ken Notes: This is a UW feature that few get a chance to see. Take this opportunity to bring the family and see why our cows like it here...

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    Thirst Street

    MMoCA Cinema

    November 1, 2017 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

    An American flight attendant experiences a rare night of bliss while on a layover in Paris, where she hooks up with a shifty nightclub bartender. Deluded about the strength of their connection, she quickly rearranges her life around him, refusing to let their one-night stand come to an end. As her lust crosses into obsession, her downward spiral becomes a vortex, engulfing everyone around her. Drawing on the psychosexual thrillers of 1970s, this hyper-stylized indie is saturated in lurid neon colors and a throbbing electronic score, set against icily analytical narration by Anjelica Huston.

    MMoCA’s Spotlight Cinema premieres critically acclaimed and award-winning narrative feature films. 

    Admission is free for MMoCA members and $7 per screening for the general public. Ticket sales begin at 6:30 pm in the museum’s lobby. Curated by Mike King, Spotlight Cinema is a program of MMoCA’s education department. The series is generously funded by maiahaus, Venture Investors, LLC, and an anonymous donor.

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    East Wash Jukes @ The Brink Lounge
    November 10, 2017 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm - $5
    The Brink Lounge, Madison, WI
    Blues, R&B/Soul, Rock group from Madison WI

    Madison based band East Wash Jukes (EWJ) plays a wide variety of soul, rock, rhythm and blues covers by great soul and blues influenced artists.  Featuring soulful singing, rhythmic interplay and a strong back beat performed over well known blues structures, the band strives to keep the music exciting and evolving.  Their performances focus on these musical styles to create a varied playlist that live music fans appreciate and love to dance to!   ...more

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    Cocktails in the Conservatory

    Friday, November 17, 2017

    7 - 11 p.m.

    Widely known for his program "Who Cooks For You", an eclectic music show airing Fridays at 2 p.m. on WORT-FM, The Real Jaguar can also be found behind the turntables at a host of area bars and clubs, spinning a variety of music for all palates.

    Gabe "The Real Jaguar" has a love for music that is real and profound. His sets are eclectic, never boring, and always bring laughter and good times. You`ll be carried away by deep funk electronica one minute and then be bouncing along singing the words to a 80`s goofball number the next. Every time you think you have his set figured out, he`ll surprise you with a different direction you hadn`t thought of, but, it`s the right one. Funness.

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    Madison Symphony Orchestra - Troubadour: Two Faces of the Classical Guitar

    Fri, Nov 17 - Sun, Nov 19

    Classical Guitarist Sharon Isbin delights with Chris Brubeck’s jazz-influenced Affinity: Concerto for Guitar and Orchestra and Rodrigo’s successful Concierto de Aranjuez, infused with nature sounds. Conductor John DeMain will also lead the Madison Symphony Orchestra in Copland’s pioneer West-inspired Billy the Kid Suite and Falla’s The Three-Cornered Hat, written for ballet.

    About Sharon Isbin
    Acclaimed for her extraordinary lyricism, technique, and versatility, multiple Grammy Award winner Sharon Isbin has been hailed as “the pre-eminent guitarist of our time.”

    Repertoire
    COPLAND | Billy the Kid Suite
    CHRIS BRUBECK | Affinity: Concerto for Guitar and Orchestra
    RODRIGO | Concierto de Aranjuez
    FALLA | The Three-Cornered Hat

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    The Full Treatment

    Friday, Jan. 13, Broom Street Theater, 8 pm

    Additional Dates: January 13th - February 4th

    “The Full Treatment” is a wicked, dark, corporate comedy full of wordplay. The play concerns a trio of job-seekers at massive Peppercock Industries. Inside the massive front door is the luxurious domain of the CEO, Lonnie Peppercock. What’s the door separating you from the 1%? What’s it like inside that door? What do you have to give up to get inside? To stay inside?

    Doug Reed is a longtime Broom Street Theater stalwart, author of “Sweet William”, “The Nails”, and “The Lamentable Tragedie Of Scott Walker”.

    Jay Shearer teaches writing and literature at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and is the author of the novel “Five Hundred Sirens”, as well as a novelette and many short stories and essays. “The Full Treatment” is his first full-length play.

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    Madison Classical Guitar Society Showcase
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    Olbrich Gardens - Winter Concert Series 2017
    February 26 - Gator Bait

    New Orleans Style Boogie


    BOTANICAL BOOGIE - Dance-style concert, limited seating


    A career musician for 35 years and then some, Johnny Chimes is one of the most versatile blues musicians in the Midwest. While he is located in Madison, WI, his pumping left hand might as well reside in Louisiana. With influences ranging from Leon Russell and Mose Allison, to Dr. John and Professor Longhair, he is a jambalaya of boogie-woogie piano, finger-style guitar, and sweet southern soul laced vocals. Disciples of vintage piano know him primarily for his prowess on the ivories.

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    Richard the Second

    Performances February 17-March 11 2017, 8 PM
    Thursday/Friday/Saturday
    @ Broom Street Theater

    Richard the Second, produced by Madison Shakespeare Company in cooperation with Broom Street Theater

    Directed by Christopher William Wolter

    Book tickets now, $11

    Featuring Tia Tanzer as Richard and Katie Norman as Henry Bolingbroke, and the talents of Joshua Woolfolk, Scott Harman, Maggie Schenk, Benjamin Olneck-Brown, Janine Puleo, Scott Campbell, Shirley Nwangwa, Niccole Carner, Jason Compton, Katie Erdmann, and Tom Kastle.

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    Ken Notes: Great week for Shakespeare!

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    Monona Terrace - Funky Dance Madison - DJ ACE/ KinFolk/ BBI
    Fri, Mar 3, 2017

    Funky Dance Madison - DJ ACE/ KinFolk/ BBI

    6:00 PM - 10:00 PM

    Monona Terrace is excited to present Funky Dance Madison, a concert that promotes an eclectic mix of dance music for everyone! Now in its second year, ticket proceeds from this event support the popular summer Dane Dances.

    DJ’s will warm things up from 6:00-6:30, followed by the first band at 6:30pm, the 2nd band from 8:30-10pm in the Monona Terrace Exhibition Hall. Parking is available for $5 in the state parking ramp attached to Monona Terrace. For more information call 608.261.4000

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    Dumpster Flower

    Playing: March 25 - April 15, 2017

    Nova Nilla Theatre Collective begins load-in for a bizarre (and atrocious) adaptation of A Midsummer Night’s Dream with imminent failure on the horizon.
    As with all tech weeks, there are the usual hang-ups – until most of the actors walk.

    With the artistic director and his staff on the chopping block, the technicians make a last-ditch effort to save their jobs and their interpersonal relationships. The show goes on.

    A fully immersive experience, Dumpster Flower weaves together our love affair with theatre and our theatrical love affairs.

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    TONIGHT: Wisconsin Young Artists Compete: The Final Forte

    Wed, Mar 29

    Wisconsin Young Artists Compete: The Final Forte is the final round of the Madison Symphony Orchestra’s Bolz Young Artist Competition. This free concert, now in its 11th year, will be broadcast live on Wisconsin Public Radio and Wisconsin Public Television. In this final round, each of the four finalists will perform a movement from a concerto with the Madison Symphony Orchestra.

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    Annual Bird & Nature Festival - Warner Park
    Sunday, April 16, 2017 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm
    Warner Park
    2930 North Sherman Avenue
    Madison, WI

    Join the FUN (Friends of Urban Nature) at the Madison Bird and Nature Festival! This free, family-friendly afternoon event celebrates Madison Bird City, Arbor Day and Earth Day with an exploration in nature. Kids will love the hands-on activities at the shelter, a nearby tree planting, games and a short walk.

    Don`t Miss: Live Birds of Prey presentations by Raptor Education Group, Inc. at 1:30 and 3pm...

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    Ken Notes: LOTS of activities!!!

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    Madison Craft Beer Week

    April 28, 2017 to May 7, 2017

    Madison Craft Beer Week is an annual celebration promoting Madison`s thriving craft beer culture, enhancing beer knowledge and appreciation by sponsoring a ten-day (two weekend) countywide festival that attracts beer tourism, fosters knowledge of our regional brewing heritage, and serves as a showcase for the Madison area`s breweries, restaurants, pubs, caterers, retailers, entertainers, and other businesses with ties to the craft beer community. Craft beer lovers will have the opportunity to attend events ranging from beer dinners and food pairing to beer walks, bar promotions, brewery parties and plenty more!   ...more

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    Visitor Center Open for Summer hours...
    When you`re visiting Downtown Madison, chances are you`ll have a few questions. Our Information Ambassadors work as concierges, ready to offer maps, downtown directions, event information, shopping and dining suggestions and a friendly smile.

    Wearing their signature green shirts, Information Ambassadors can be found at the new Downtown Madison Visitor Center seven days a week year-round, in an information booth on the Capitol Square during the warmer months, on a trolley during the holiday season and at special events throughout the year.    ...more

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    Friends of the Arboretum Native Plant Sale
    Saturday, May 13, 2017
    9 a.m.-2 p.m.
     UW-Madison Arboretum

    Visit the big tent on the lawn in front of Curtis Prairie to shop for all your native plant gardening needs. The Friends of the Arboretum (FOA) annual native plant sale offers more than 200 species of native plants suitable for a variety of soil and light conditions. Experts will be available to answer questions. Organized by FOA, open to the general public.
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    Children`s Theater of Madison - A Year with Frog & Toad

    A Musical Romp in the Swamp

    Fri, May 12 - Sun, May 21

    Nominated for 3 Tony Awards this whimsical show follows two friends — the cheerful, popular Frog and the rather grumpy Toad — as they celebrate their differences and discover just how much caring and fun you can squeeze into every season of the year. Part vaudeville, part make believe, all charm. Children and adults alike will enjoy this enchanting musical.


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    con vivo! SPRING CONCERT HERALDS THE RETURN OF MAESTRO JOHN DEMAIN

    Thursday, May 25, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.

    First Congregational United Church of Christ

    con  vivo!...music with life, concludes their 15th season with a chamber music concert entitled “Czech Mix” on Thursday, May 25, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. at First Congregational United Church of Christ, 1609 University Ave. across from Camp Randall. Tickets can be purchased in advance at Orange Tree Imports: 1721 Monroe St., or at the door for $20.00 for adults and $15.00 for seniors and students. 

    Maestro John DeMain will conduct 14 musicians for con  vivo!’s spring concert, “Czech Mix.”

    con  vivo! is a professional chamber music ensemble comprised of Madison area musicians assembled from the ranks of the Madison Symphony Orchestra, the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, and various other performing groups familiar to Madison audiences...
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    Ken Notes: Maestro DeMain conducting a chamber group will be special...

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    2017 Tommy Awards

    Southern and Central Wisconsin’s top high school musical theatre performers will take the stage in Overture Hall for the 8th Tommy Awards Show. The 2017 Tommy Awards recipients will be honored and featured in performances throughout the evening. The awards show is the culminating event for the year-long Tommy Awards program which encourages, recognizes and honors excellence in high school musical theater...

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    Ken Notes: This is one to see live...

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    Third Annual “Prairie Chase” Run/Walk
    This event is held as a fundraiser for the Friends of Pheasant Branch Conservancy, an environmental non-profit based in Middleton that is concerned with restoring, protecting and promoting the Pheasant Branch Conservancy and its watershed for all to enjoy.

    The event has two running competitions that will follow a beautiful, wide crushed limestone path that circles the Conservancy. The 5K walk will go through the prairie fields in and around Fredericks Hill and will showcase the efforts of the Friends restoration work over the last 22 years.

    Also, this year there will be a short “kids run” just before the main event. It will be a short race around a soccer field near the shelter where the event begins and ends. Children of all ages are encouraged to join as part of the family entry.

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    Cash Box Kings at Knuckle Down Saloon

    Nothing says Independence Day like a lazy afternoon of blues. The award-winning Cash Box Kings are using the occasion to release their new album, Royal Mint. Featuring Madison’s Joe Nosek on harmonica and Chicago’s Oscar Wilson on vocals, the Kings are truly blues royalty. Also on the bill: The Jimmys (3 pm) and Reverend Raven & the Chain Smokin’ Altar Boys (5 pm).


    Knuckle Down Saloon
    2513 Seiferth Rd. , Madison, Wisconsin 53716
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    Ken Notes: Listing is from the Isthmus, I like this band and the others great afternoon, check it out...

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    Her Dream, A Pen and a Book

    Broom Street Theater

    1119 Williamson St.,
    Madison
    , Wisconsin 53703

    Welcome to Cape Cache, a village cursed centuries ago to remain apathetic and complacent against both the trials and joys of the world. Along with this infliction came the mysterious Dreams, guardians from another world to inspire children as they grow up. With their guidance, everything should be in order – but the scales are tipped when families reject the Dreams, and the solemn Corvid swoops in to steal them away. Catry of Cape Cache and Todd the Dream set out to reunite a lost pair in a whimsical fantasy tale of goodwill, hope, and sacrifice....

         
     

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    Loop The Lake Bike Ride
    July 29 @ 10:00 am - 2:30 pm

    Loop the Lake is Clean Lakes Alliance`s annual bike ride around Lake Monona that highlights our community’s lakes and lakeshore bike paths. In 2015, more than 500 riders participated, our biggest and most visible ride yet! Event proceeds support our ongoing lake improvement and protection efforts. Participants will ride along the scenic Lake Loop route through Madison and Monona. Riders will travel 12 miles clockwise around Lake Monona, starting and ending at Olbrich Park. Stop for complimentary checkpoints along the route, including water and beverages,…

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    Free Madison Symphony Orchestra Farmers` Market Concert

    Overture Hall

    Step into the cool expanse of Overture Hall on three Saturdays in August during the Dane County Farmers` Market on the Capitol Square to enjoy the gift of beautiful music with the Madison Symphony Orchestra`s Overture Concert Organ. Bring your family and friends for a relaxing 45-minute free concert. No tickets or reservations are needed and all ages are welcome!    ...more

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    From Awkward Spaces: The Story of the Bartell and the Journey to Permanence

    Saturday, August 19, 2017

    3:00 pm
    Additional Dates
    Thursday, August 17, 2017 7:30 pm
    Friday, August 18, 2017 7:30 pm

    An original play about the Bartell Theatre`s history. Six local theatre groups, who have been producing plays in whatever space they could find, unite to create a permanent home. Being led by a retiree who likes a challenge, they quickly learn there`s more drama in building a stage than performing on it....

    This play is a fundraiser for the Bartell Theatre Foundation – to celebrate the 20th Anniversary Season!!...

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    Vagabon w/ Madison World Music FestivalOgbonnaya

    September 15th - September 16th

    Presented By Wisconsin Union Theater

    Music and dance from unique and unexpected parts of the world. This festival is a celebration of cultures and takes place on the famous Memorial Union Terrace and the Willy Street Fair every fall. Featuring great artists and amazing Terrace atmosphere, it will be an experience you will remember for years to come.

    You don`t want to miss this free festival!

    Festival Schedule & Locations

    Friday, September 15, 2017
    Memorial Union Terrace
    4:00pm - Wisconsin Dells Singers | Traditional Ho-Chunk
    4:45pm - Bang Data | Soulful samba-ska-cumbia-hip hop
    6:45pm - Flor de Toloache | All-female modern mariachi
    8:45pm - Orkesta Mendoza | Mambo-cumbia-rock
     
    Saturday, September 16, 2017
    Willy Street Fair
    2:15pm - Immigré | Afrofunk
    3:45pm - Bideew Bou Bess | Hip hop based on African music
    5:45pm - LADAMA | All-female, Pan-American band with soaring vocals
    7:45pm - Vox Sambou | Rap, reggae, jazz, hip hop & Afrobeat

    Memorial Union Terrace
    8:30pm - Skatalites | Jamaica`s premier ska band since 1964


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    Ken Notes: Much more at the link!

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    Tori Amos: Native Invader Tour
    THU // OCT 26
    Door: 7:00PM
    Featuring: Tori Amos, Tori Amos: Native Invader Tour

    This record may not be the one that Amos set out to make, but she is certainly the only person who could have made it. “It wasn’t going to be a record of pain, blood and bone when I began,” she says. “It wasn’t going to be a record of division and conflict. But hopefully, it’s a resilient record too.”
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    Duck Soup Cinema: The Flying Ace

    Sat, Nov 4

    Capitol Theater: $10

    This inspiring film, featuring an all African-American cast, is based on real people who fought in World War I. It tells the story of a fighter ace breaking through racial barriers to serve the nation and his return to the U.S. after the war.

    This special screening is a longer feature film, which may not be appropriate for children and will not include vaudeville acts or door prizes.

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    Peppa Pig Live!

    Peppa Pig`s Surprise!

    Sat, Nov 11

    Overture Hall: $39.50 - $59.50

    Peppa Pig, the #1 Family show of 2016, is back with an action-packed live show featuring your favorite characters as life size puppets and costume characters in Peppa Pig’s Surprise! Come join Peppa, George, Mummy Pig, Daddy Pig and more in an all singing, all-dancing adventure full of songs, games and surprises!...

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    Volunteer Restoration Day at Sugar River Wetlands

    Help USRWA restore the Sugar River Wetlands State Natural Area during our series “4th Saturday” volunteer work days. In April, volunteers will help to continue removing invasive plant species (buckthorn, honeysuckle) and treating them with herbicide. It’s a great event for all ages and abilities, and it promises to be rewarding, fun, and a great way to experience the outdoors.

    Our goal in 2017 is to continue removing all woody invasive species on the west side of Military Ridge State Trail until we connect with a flourishing prairie nearby. It will be a tall task, but we believe it’s possible with the help of our volunteers...

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    Ken Notes: OK so I am moving to the Sugar River and it is my newsletter but hey what a great way to spend a Saturday morning. Also if you get to Albany and find me I`ll buy you a beer....

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    The Second City Summer Blockbuster

    Fri, Jun 2

    Overture Hall: $25 - $40

    Surprises abound as Chicago’s famed Second City ensemble combines great sketch comedy with on-the-fly improv to create new sidesplitting, knee-slapping (and sometimes groan-inducing) realities out of thin air. John Belushi, Mike Myers, Martin Short, Steve Carrell, Stephen Colbert, Tina Fey and Chris Farley are just some of the comedy legends who got their start at Second City...

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    Donovan

    Sunshine Superman 50th Anniversary Tour

    Sun, Jun 11

    After a breakthrough and historic period of hit recordings, Donovan actively and consistently performed live, and today remains a towering icon of rock’s golden age. He played with and influenced generations of music’s greats while releasing a canon of music that changed the world....

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    Time Stands Still @ The Bartell

    Thu, Jan 26 - 7:30
    Fri, Jan 27 - 7:30
    Sat, Jan 28 - 2:00 pm

    Two journalists, Sarah and her long-time companion, James, return home after covering the war in Iraq, physically bruised and emotionally beaten, yet Sarah is having a hard time adjusting to the quiet of domestic life.

    Their editor drops by with his much younger girlfriend who can’t understand how journalists can simply record violence rather than try to stop it.  In this gripping, often funny, drama, Pulitzer Prize winning playwright (Dinner with Friends) Donald Margulies explores the intricacies of love, friendship, and the wounds of war.

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    8th Annual Isthmus Beer and Cheese Fest

    Saturday, January 21st, 2017

    Exhibition Hall at Alliant Energy Center
    1919 Alliant Energy Center Way, Madison, WI 53713

    Isthmus Beer & Cheese Fest  returns to the Alliant Energy Center on Saturday, January 21st. Tickets are on sale now for this warm and happy celebration in the midst of your bleak Wisconsin winter. Meet and mingle with brewers and cheese makers from around the state (and beyond) and sample hundreds of delicious creations.   ...more

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    A Conversation with Ashes

    Fri, Aug 4 - 6:30pm

    “In order to rise from its own actions, a Phoenix, first, must burn.” –Octavia Butler

    “A Conversation with Ashes,” written, produced and performed by Cassandra Marzette, investigates the stigma of a life challenged by mental illness, love, and spirituality. When a traumatic experience traps her in Limbo, she learns that the only way out is to confront her fears, her past, and her mind! With special effects and tons of twists and turns, be ready to love, laugh, and heal – this is a show you won’t want to miss!...   ...more

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    Live Music in the Backyard - The Red Hot Horn Dawgs
    September 1: The Red Hot Horn Dawgs

    Price: Free

    Wisconsin Brewing Company’s backyard bar will open and ready for fun! Miller & Sons brats and hot dogs will be sold with proceeds benefiting a local charity.

    Grab your friends and head over to the WBC Backyard. The weather forecast looks fantastic! If the weather does not cooperate we will move the band into the brew house.

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    Bird & Nature Outing

    UW`s Lakeshore Nature Preserve, August 27

    Sunday, August 27, 2017 - 1:30pm to 3:00pm

    Lakeshore Preserve
    2002 University Bay Drive
    Madison, WI 53705

    Hedgerows and Hedgehogs!  Tree expert Sean Gere will help you identify the native trees and plants you see.  We will visit the Eagle Heights Gardens to learn about the importance of ‘hedgerows’ of fruit trees for a variety of birds and wildlife, as well as for people to enjoy.  Family and kid friendly, easy outing pace.
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    Ken Notes: Please see the link for MANY more events....

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    Places to Dine and Relax in the Madison Area
    Supporting Restaurants and Pubs in  the Madison Area

    Twist Bar & Grill
    Your Soccer HQ



    You Belong Here

    All Restaurants









    Here for $ 10









    All Madison Restaurants and Pubs

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    First Bear Moon Night Walk @ UW Arboretum

    Saturday, January 14

    First Bear Moon
    Night Walk

    6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.

    14 Saturday, 6:30–8 p.m. This moon (full January 12) will rise just as our walk ends. It is named for the birth of bear cubs in winter dens—a reminder that life continues in the coldest months. Free, no registration required. Meet at the Visitor Center.

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    Ken Notes: Many more events at the link!

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    Free Fishing Weekend

    January 21–22, 2017

    Winter has arrived!

    And with it, ice fishing. Never ice fished? This winter might be your chance to fish hard water in the company of experienced anglers. Maybe they are your friends who have a passion you never knew about. Ask them to show you their secret world of catching fish through the ice. Do you already know how to do this? Invite a newcomer along. Better yet, host a public event in your community...   ...more

    Ken Notes: Did you know people actually travel to Madison for the Fishing. Welcome...

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    Art Spaces in Madison

    The Madison Arts Commission, The Bubbler, and The City of Madison Department of Planning, Community, and Economic Development are interested in learning more about the artistic production space needs of the creative sector in Madison.

    Artists, musicians, and others interested in art spaces are invited to meet with City staff to share their opinions. 

    The information gathered in this meeting will provide a deeper understanding of the artists and collectives that are seeking safe, affordable production spaces, the demand for such spaces, and the design elements and building features desired by artists and organizations in our community.

    This awareness may help City staff as they plan for and review future development in the City...   ...more

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    The St. Olaf Choir’s 2017 National Winter Tour

    Luther Memorial Church
    Saturday, January 28, 2017, 7:30 p.m.
    Madison, Wisconsin

    St. Olaf Choir

    The St. Olaf Choir, with 75 mixed voices, has set a standard of a cappella choral excellence and remained at the forefront of choral artistry since its founding in 1912. For over a century, the choir has provided music of the highest quality, lifting people’s hearts and spirits and incorporating a diversity of voices and cultural traditions into the chorus of the Christian faith.
    Conducted since 1990 by Anton Armstrong, the St. Olaf Choir continues to develop the tradition that originated with its founder, F. Melius Christiansen. The ensemble’s annual tour brings its artistry and message to thousands of people across the nation and around the world.

    Tickets

    Tickets are $30 ($10 student). Purchase online at events.stolaf.edu, by calling (800) 363-5487 or at the door.


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    Prelude To A Kiss
    At Peter and Rita’s wedding, a mysterious old man insists on kissing the bride. While honeymooning, Peter gradually realizes that the woman by his side is not his wife. The wedding kiss caused Rita’s soul and the old man’s to change places. Peter must track down the old man and free his young love’s spirit trapped in an aging and diseased body before it’s too late!

    Fri, Feb 3 - 7:30
    Sat, Feb 4 - 7:30
    Sun, Feb 5 - 2pm

    Thurs, Feb 9 - 7:30
    Fri, Feb 10 - 7:30
    Sat, Feb 11 - 7:30

    Valentine`s Day
    *Tues, Feb 14 - 7:30*

    Thur, Feb 16 - 7:30
    Fri, Feb 17 - 7:30
    Sat, Feb 18 - 2pm

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    UW Home Games
    Basketball 2/19/2017 Maryland  Noon
    Wrestling 2/17/2017 Michigan State 7 PM
    Women`s Basketball 2/18/2017 Rutgers 11 a.m.
    Men`s Hockey 2/17/2017 Michigan 8 p.m.
    Men`s Hockey 2/18/2017 Michigan 7 p.m.

    More at the link...

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    WIAA State High School Girls Gymnastics Tournament
    The 47th Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association Gymnastics State Championships will take place Friday and Saturday, March 3-4, at Wisconsin Rapids Lincoln High School in Wisconsin Rapids, Wis. The team championships will begin Friday at 2 p.m. The individual competition will begin at 11:10 a.m. Saturday. Ticket prices for the championships are $6 per session and are available at the door.

    also:

    WIAA State Team Wrestling Tournament

    WIAA State High School Hockey Tournament

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    Madison Symphony Orchestra - Free Community Hymn Sing

    Sat, Mar 11

    Overture Hall: Free

    Bring your pipes and your friends and family to raise a joyful sound with the Overture Concert Organ. Gary Lewis, Organist at Bethel Lutheran Church in Madison, will lead this hymn sing.

    This one hour event is free and open to the public and will take place in Overture Hall. All ages are welcome, and no tickets or reservations are needed.

    For more information, please contact the MSO at (608) 257-3734 or info@madisonsymphony.org

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    Ken Notes: If I were not working Canoecopia, I`d be here!!

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    The BED: A Theatre LILA Invention

    Mar 16th, 16th, 17th, 18th, 19th

    Theatre LILA
    Wisconsin Union Theater

    Theatre LILA invites you to journey with us into the world premiere of The Bed: a Theatre LILA invention. Take a ride through an exhilarating dreamscape of stories told through music, dance, acting, and poetry. The BED is the ultimate artistic collaboration between area writers, musicians, performers, and designers include: James DeVita, Gwendolyn Rice, AJ Juarez, Erin Crabb, Jason Fassl, Mike Lawler, GW Rodriguez, Jessica Lanius, Shannon Heibler, Gavin Lawrence, Melisa Pereyra, and many more.

    The BED is directed and adapted by Jessica Lanius and James DeVita.

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    Steel Magnolias @ Bartell Community Theatre

    Directed by Scott Albert Bennett
    Props by Michelle Dayton (Yelp Member)

    Six ladies talk about life and love at Truvy`s Beauty Parlour in Louisiana.  M`Lynne and her daughter Shelby.  Clairee and Ouiser.  Truvy and her new stylist Annelle.
     "There is no such thing as natural beauty"

    Friday,     3/31      7:30 pm  Opening night
    Saturday    4/01      7:30 pm
    Sunday      4/02      7:30 pm
    Thursday    4/06      7:30 pm
    Friday      4/07      7:30 pm
    Saturday    4/08      7:30 pm
    Wed.        4/12      7:30 pm
    Thursday    4/13      7:30 pm
    Friday      4/14      7:30 pm
    Saturday    4/15      2:00 pm  Closing day.
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    11th annual gourd festival
    The Wisconsin Gourd Society will be holding its 11th annual gourd festival. This event is also known as The Midwest Gourd Fest and will be held April 8, 2017 from 9 am - 4  pm. This free one day festival offers everything from gourd vendors, artists, instructors and growers to kids` activities, classes, and demonstrations. There will also be a gourd art competition, a silent auction, raffle and live music. 

    Free parking

    Free Admission

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    Chazen Museum Charity Gala
    Old Hollywood is the theme for the third annual Chazen Ambassador’s Gala, which will be a night of fun and fundraising to benefit Americans for the Arts. The free event on April 27th at the Chazen Museum of Art will feature museum tours, performances by the a cappella group Redefined, the Slainte Irish Dancers and more. The Chazen will be transformed into a place where the magic of Hollywood comes alive. Partygoers are encouraged to dress the part.

    April 27th

    Date: Thursday, April 27, 2017
    Time: 5:30 p.m.
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    March to help babies
    Saturday, May 13, 2017 -
    8:30am to 12:00pm
    Olin Park
    1156 Olin-Turville Court
    Madison, WI

    We are excited to enhance your March for Babies experience this year. Together we Hope, Remember and Celebrate at our walk sites nationwide. Whether this is your first walk or your 40th, you are going to love the fresh look and feel of March for Babies as you make a difference for moms and babies.
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    Jurassic Quest

    Start Date: 5/19/2017
    End Date: 5/21/2017

    Jurassic Quest is a Dinosaur Adventure for the whole family. The main exhibit features over 80 realistic, life-size animatronic dinosaurs. Interact with, learn about and even ride a few of these creatures. Lots of fun activities for kids of all ages, including fossil digs, “Dino Bounce” area, face painting, Dino crafts and much more!
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    Monona Terrace Concert
    Thu, Jun 8, 2017

    Concerts on the Rooftop - The Boy Band Night (Tribute to N`Sync, Backstreet Boys, Boyz 2 Men and more!)


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    Summer Patio Series at High Noon Saloon: Lost Lakes
    Each Thursday this summer come soak up the sun on our patio, watch some great bands, and enjoy a cold beverage served by our friendly wait staff.

    Each show runs from 6-8PM and is absolutely FREE!

    Lost Lakes is a collaboration between Corey Mathew Hart and Paul Mitch. The two met during a songwriting competition held by a local radio station. It wasn`t until they returned for a duets portion of the follow year`s competition that Corey saw Paul play bass and singing harmonies. The first time Corey and Paul played together, they clicked musically and personally. The collaboration has grown over the years, developing into a strong songwriting and production team with a focus on well-crafted tunes and tight vocal harmonies. Lost Lakes` self-titled debut record bears witness to their talents and the fact the whole can be greater than the sum of its parts....

    6/22 - Lost Lakes
    6/29 - Emerald Grove
    7/6 - Old Tin Can String Band
    7/13 - The Wells Division
    7/20 - Nick Brown Band
    7/27 - Beth Kille
    8/3 - Faux Fawn
    8/10 - Phil Davis & The Stone Prairie Band
    8/17 - Sortin` the Mail
    8/24 - Treemo
    8/31 - Derek Ramnarace & Friends
    9/7 - Katie Scullin Band
    9/14 - Dartboard Records Showcase featuring Gin Mill Hollow & Sunspot
    9/21 - The Mascot Theory
    9/28 - Bucky Pope & Stephanie Rearick    ...more

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    Red Baraat
    Saturday, July 15, 2017 - 9 p.m. - Terrace, Memorial Union

    It`s a Party at the terrace tonightRed Baraat is made up of eight musicians who can whip a crowd into a frenzy with an unprecedented, high energy, gut-busting fusion of jazz, hip-hop beats, rock muscle, funky go-go, and scalding hot bhangra. A horn section blares, percussionists pound, everybody shouts, and the group’s charismatic leader, Sunny Jain, holds the explosive songs together with rhythms from his dhol – the Indian double-headed drum played slung over the shoulder that provides bhangra with its frenetic heartbeat...
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    Tonight!!! Concert on the Square

    Wednesday, July 19, 2017

    Orchestral Fantasy Featuring WCO principal flute, Brandon LePage
    7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

    The Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra presents the fourth Concert on the Square on Wednesday, July 19, 2017 from 7 PM to 8:30 PM on the King Street walkway. In case of rain, the concert will be held on Thursday, June 20, 2017.


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    Still Going Summer Restaurant Week 2017
    Summer Restaurant Week 2017

    Welcome All Food Lovers! Share your experience using #RWMadison!
    Madison Restaurant Week has quickly become one of the city`s most popular culinary traditions. Thousands of area residents make their way to support the local dining community by exploring the newest restaurants and hitting up old favorites....

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    Opening Reception - "Tooned In: The Political Art of Phil Hands"

    Date: Friday, August 04, 2017

    Time: 6-7 p.m.
    Location: Gallery 1308, Union South
    The Wisconsin Union

    Come explore WUD Art Committee`s newest installation in Union South`s Gallery 1308!  "Tooned in: The political art of Phil Hands" shows the Wisconsin State Journal artist`s work in the Union South gallery. Phil Hands` interest in political art is described as such: "Since cavemen scrawled on walls, people have been using drawings to satirize the world around them. Political cartoons compress complex ideas, and point out hypocrisy with humor. In a political era ripe for satire, there’s never been a better time to learn about the art of the cartoon." Light refreshments will be provided....
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    Ken Notes: Phil is a gift we take for granted - his art and insight presents a great view of the nation and Madison. Check out this exhibit!

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    Dear Alumni and Friends of the UW Art Department
    I am writing to share some truly exciting news. We are undertaking a major renovation project in the Art Lofts and moving purposefully into the future!...

    ...we are excited about the possibilities to come. I hope you are excited too. As friends of the Art Department, alumni and fans, we value your support. I hope you will join us on this journey into the future, we look forward to introducing you to your new Art Department...   ...more

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    Madison Contemporary Vision Dance - Path to Healing

    Sat, Sep 16 - Sun, Sep 17

    In “Path to Healing”, Madison Contemporary Vision Dance will explore different modalities and commonalities of healing. We all experience seasons of life that are filled with struggle, loss, hardship, and/or illness. The way we heal is very personal and speaks to our character. In this family friendly concert, choreographers and performers explore this very monumental and significant part of life, giving audience members some hope in our often turbulent and divided culture. Through contemporary dance, a style that combines elements of several dance genres, including modern, jazz, lyrical and classical ballet, we share personal stories of healing. Madison Contemporary Vision Dance strives to connect the mind and the body through fluid and meaningful dance movements...

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    Pumpkin Chuck

    Saturday September 30

    4:00 PM - 10:00 PM

    WHERE: Wisconsin Brewing Company Verona, WI
    DESCRIPTION: The concept is quite simple. Build a catapult, buy a bunch of pumpkins, and invite the world to watch you chuck them into a pond. Oh, and drink some darn good beer. We`ll be doing this and more at the 1st Annual Pumpkin Chuck!
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    inDIGenous Jazz Series: Johannes Wallmann - Love Wins

    Friday, October 6th, 2017

    7:30 pm - Doors open at 7:00 pm.

    Dr. Johannes Wallmann is the Director of Jazz Studies and Associate Professor of Music at UW-Madison`s Mead Witter School of Music. Before his arrival at UW, he led jazz studies at California State University East Bay and New York University, where he was named "Music Teacher of the Year." Parallel to his career in education, Wallmann has cultivated a versatile musical legacy. He has toured three continents with performances in Carnegie Hall and the Hong Kong Coliseum and has released six records as a composer and bandleader...    ...more

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    Badger Bash: Wisconsin vs. Purdue

    The Wisconsin Union
    Saturday, October 14, 2017
    Noon-2:30 p.m.
    Union South

    Join us for gameday`s best tailgate, 2 1/2 hours before kickoff, every home football game. Just steps from Camp Randall at Union South, Badger Bash features Mike Leckrone and the full UW Marching Band, great food and fun for the whole family! Free admission and open to the public.
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    Ken Notes: Join the "Professionals" at Union South...

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    University Opera Presents A KURT WEILL CABARET

    October 27 @ 7:30 pm

    $10 - $25

    University Opera switches things up with a production that weaves together songs, arias and ensembles from Kurt Weill’s best loved operas and Broadway shows.  From Mahagonny to Street Scene to Lady in the Dark, A KURT WEILL CABARET  juxtaposes the classic Weill landscapes of hardship, alienation, and pain with episodes of hope, redemption, and savvy comedy.  As the show wends its way through a colorful panoply of comedy and drama, relationships form and dissolve between the 14 performers, mini-narratives come and go.  The result is a stimulating, thought-provoking journey through the work of one of the most important music and theatre artists of the 20th century – an enriching and highly entertaining evening. David Ronis, director.

    ALSO:

    Sunday October 29 @ 3:00 PM

    Tuesday October 31 @ 7:30 PM


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    THE INAUGURAL MADISON MOTH GRANDSLAM

    Friday, October 27, 2017, 8:00 PM

    Venue: Barrymore Theatre

    2090 Atwood Ave, Madison, WI 53704

    The Moth presents the GrandSLAM, a battle of wits and words - fierce, hilarious, heartbreaking and all points between. Listen as ten StorySLAM champs tell tales of being out of their element: the freak, the foreigner dressed for the opera at the clambake, out of the loop, the only person in the loop, the voice of dissent, the lonely fool. Outsider, interloper, odd man out. The black sheep, the chatty monk, the juror with a doubt.

    The Moth is dedicated to finding intriguing people to tell inspired stories. At The Moth StorySLAM, those people find us. On this night of the GrandSLAM, using words as weapons, they will compete to determine the first Madison Moth GrandSLAM Story Champion...

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    Wait Until Dark

    Jeffrey Hatcher has adapted Frederick Knott’s 1966 original, giving it a new setting. In 1944 Greenwich Village, Susan Hendrix, a blind yet capable woman, is imperiled by a trio of men in her own apartment. As the climax builds, Susan discovers that her blindness just might be the key to her escape, but she and her tormentors must wait until dark to play out this classic thriller’s chilling conclusion.

    Thu, Nov 9 - 7:30pm
    Fri, Nov 10 - 7:30pm
    Sat, Nov 11 - 7:30pm
    Sun, Nov 12 - 2:00pm

    Thu, Nov 16 - 7:30pm
    Fri, Nov 17 - 7:30pm
    Sat, Nov 18 - 2:00pm

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    Odesza

    Alliant Energy Center
    Friday, Nov 10, 7:00 pm

    2017 finds ODESZA`s Harrison Mills and Clayton Knight on the precipice of a musical takeover with their third full-length album `A Moment Apart.` The relentless touring that followed sophomore release `In Return` gave way to prolific studio sessions, and the result is a 16-track album representative of ODESZA`s growth and maturity: weighted atmospheres, shimmering synth lines and familiar feelings of nostalgia, optimism and hope...   ...more

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    The Madhatters Fall Show

    Sat, Nov 18

    Capitol Theater: $15 - $25

    Your favorite men in red blazers are back and better than ever! Madison’s Premier Men’s A Capella Group is ready to sweep you off your feet with their musical talent. Starting in 1997, The Madhatters have entertained and wowed audiences with their goofy and fun performances. From classics by Seal and Lionel Ritchie to the newest Justin Bieber & Shawn Mendes hits, The Madhatters show is great for the whole family! Grab your tickets now for a fun-filled night of music with The Madhatters!

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    Marquette Waterfront Festival

    to

    Yahara Place Park 2025 Yahara Pl. , Madison, Wisconsin 53704

    Mother Nature may mark the official start of summer a week-plus hence, but in the hearts of many local fest-goers it begins this weekend with the 28th annual Marquette Waterfront Festival. Yahara Place Park on the shores of Lake Monona comes alive with two stages featuring a mix of Americana and farther-flung sounds, including sets both days by Québécois folk revivalists Les Poules à Colin and jazz-classical-world music fusionist Fareed Haque. The roots side of the ledger includes a Sunday headlining set by rock/soul fireball Nikki Hill, Brew City favorites Paul Cebar Tomorrow Sound (Saturday) and ace Madison songsmith Josh Harty (both days). For the full schedule, visit marquette-neighborhood.org....

    Listing from the Isthmus Calendar

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    Art Fair on the Square

    One of the Midwest`s most popular and highly regarded outdoor celebrations of the arts will return to the Capitol Square July 8 and 9, 2017 as MMoCA presents the 59th annual Art Fair on the Square. With its mix of music, entertainment, and outdoor dining, as well as nearly 500 artists exhibiting paintings, prints, photographs, sculpture, jewelry, handmade clothing and accessories, and fine craft, the fair draws nearly 200,000 visitors to Madison`s Capitol Square.

    2017 ART FAIR HOURS
    Saturday, July 8 (9 am-6 pm)
    Sunday, July 9 (10 am-5 pm


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    Ken Notes: NEXT WEEK but worth planning for...

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    Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis

    The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with all-star Wynton Marsalis, one of today’s most outstanding jazz musicians, is widely considered “the greatest large jazz ensemble working today” (Chicago Tribune). This electrifying, one-night-only event includes classic works paired with newly arranged jazz versions and a selection from Marsalis’ own “Swing Symphony.”

    Wynton Marsalis has been described as the most outstanding jazz musician and trumpeter of his generation, as one of the world’s top classical trumpeters, as a big band leader in the tradition of Duke Ellington, a brilliant composer, a devoted advocate for the Arts and a tireless and inspiring educator. He carries these distinctions well. His life is a portrait of discipline, dedication, sacrifice, and creative accomplishment...

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    Wisconsin Football vs. Purdue

    Enjoy Wisconsin Football live at Camp Randall Stadium

    Saturday, October 14, 2017
    2:30 p.m.-midnight

    Be part of the celebration of 100 years of Camp Randall Stadium when the Wisconsin Football team takes on Purdue.
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    Ken Notes: Midnight???

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    NOTE Winter Pondemonium Has CHANGED DATE

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    NOW FEB 10-12

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    Valentine`s Day Sharing Menu at Everly
    Join Everly for Valentine`s Day on Tuesday, February 14. Share a variety of delicious dishes in a warm, inviting neighborhood setting. Chef Scott Harrell has created a diverse menu of California-inspired dishes, served family-style to share with your loved one. Choose eight selections from our menu of sixteen items. $50/person; add California wine pairings for $25/person   ...more

    Ken Notes: A not so cheap date but mmmm good...

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    Theatre Sports
    Friday, February 17, 2017  8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
    Saturday, February 18, 2017 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
    Friday, February 24, 2017 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
    Saturday, February 25, 2017 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
    Friday, March 03, 2017 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

    Two teams of performers face off through fast-paced comedy improv. Audience members fuel the show by yelling out suggestions and participating onstage, so no two shows are alike. It`s appropriate for all ages and is a sure-fire way to have a fun night out.

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    UW Sports
    Women`s Basketball - 2/22/2017 VS Illinois Madison, WI 7 p.m.

    And DO NOT MISS!!! @ 5 buck this may be the best value in Madison!

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    Ken Notes: lets support Bucky Women and win the WHCA!!!

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    14th Annual Wisconsin Flute Festival

    Saturday, March 4, 2017

    Pyle Center
    University of Wisconsin-Madison

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    Notes: Who knew???

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    The Whipping Man - last weekend...

    Thu, Mar 16 - 7:30
    Fri, Mar 17 - 7:30
    Sat, Mar 18 - 2:00

    It’s April 1865 and the Civil War has just ended. Caleb DeLeon, a severely wounded Jewish Confederate officer, returns to his family home, now in ruins and abandoned by everyone except for two of his family’s former slaves. It is the second night of Passover, and the three celebrate a Seder, commemorating the freeing of the Hebrew slaves from bondage in Egypt. But the pains of more recent enslavement are not so easily soothed...

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    Upper Sugar River Watershed Association Volunteer Workday

    Help USRWA restore the Sugar River Wetlands State Natural Area during our series “4th Saturday” volunteer work days. In February, volunteers will help burn brush piles accumulated last winter/spring, and continue removing invasives (buckthorn, honeysuckle) and treating them with herbicide. It’s a great event for all ages and abilities, and it promises to be rewarding, fun, and a great way to experience the outdoors.

    Our goal in 2017 is to continue removing all woody invasive species on the west side of Military Ridge State Trail until we connect with a florishing prairie nearby. It will be a tall task, but we believe it’s possible with the help of our volunteers....

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    Edgewood College Concert Band
    7:00 pm
    Friday, March 31, 2017
    St. Joseph Chapel

    The Edgewood College Concert Band, under the direction of Walter Rich, will perform a benefit concert for Luke House on Friday, March 31 at 7:00 pm in St. Joseph Chapel. The program offers an extraordinary variety of styles and features music by William Byrd, Ralph Vaughan Williams and Claude Debussy. A Folk Song Set of Wisconsin by the American composer Barry E. Kopetz (1951) will be one of the accents of the evening.

    The Music Department at Edgewood College has hosted benefit concerts for Luke House since 1994.
     
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    Wisconsin Cheese Industry Conference

    April 12 & 13, 2017

    A gathering of nearly 2,000 cheese industry leaders, suppliers, marketers and more will gather to share information about the latest in cheese technology, new products, whey opportunities, product safety, marketing and additional issues affecting our industry. Your hosts Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association (WCMA) and the Center for Dairy Research (CDR) promise an exciting event.

    Register onsite at the Alliant Energy Center.  Click here for registration hours.

    Cheese Manufacturers/Dairy Processors attend the exhibits for $45.

    Use the discount code CM45 and you’ll receive the $90 Exhibits, Lunch and Registration for only $45. 

    Valid only for Cheese Makers (Dairy Manufacturers/Processors).

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    36th Annual Crazylegs Classic

    8k Run • 2 Mile Walk
    Saturday, April 29th, 2017 • 10:00 a.m. (CST)
    Madison, Wisconsin

    Not surprisingly, the idea was hatched over a couple of beers in late 1981 by three Badger loyalists at a campus bar. The three, Tom Grantham, Ken Sparks, and Rich Backus, wanted to raise money to support UW Athletics. As admirers of then- Athletic Director Elroy Hirsch, they asked his permission to name it the "Crazylegs Run" in his honor. Tom Grantham continues to serve as General Chairman on the Crazylegs Classic Executive Committee....

    ...The Crazylegs Classic has become a time-honored tradition of the University of Wisconsin, as well as a much anticipated event to kickoff spring in the Madison community. In honor of the 35th anniversary of the race in 2016, a list of 35 significant moments was created (click here to view).

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    The Moth Madison StorySLAM presents KARMA
    Monday, May 8th 2017
    Doors: 6:30 pm / Show: 7:30 pm

    $10

    The Moth StorySLAMs are open-mic storytelling competitions that are open to anyone with a five-minute story to share on the night’s theme.

    When the doors open, storyteller hopefuls put their names in The Moth “hat”. A half hour later, names are picked, and one by one, storytellers take the stage. The ten featured stories are scored by teams of judges selected from the audience. Each StorySLAM generates a StorySLAM winner. After ten SLAMs, the winners face off in our GrandSLAM Championships....   ...more

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    Coffee and Canines
    Start the weekend right with a special Pints for Pups happy hour at Whiskey Jacks on Cinco De Mayo! Ask The Trainer with Jorge from Divine K-9, raffles, and adoptable puppies. Make sure this is on your calendar!
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    Ken Notes: More events at the link!

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    Greenway Station Farmer’s Market

    May 11 @ 8:00 am - 1:00 pm

    Greenway Station makes it easy to enjoy farm fresh goodness throughout the growing season. Shop the Greenway Station Farmers’ Market every Thursday, May 11-October 5, rain or shine from 8am-1pm, for locally grown fruits, vegetables and flowers, plus homemade baked goods, jams, cheeses, meats and more! Special consideration will be given to severe inclement weather. Please check our Facebook page or call the Customer Service Office at (608) 824-9111 to make sure the Farmer’s Market is still running when the weather is particularly dangerous.

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    Madison Mallards vs. Fon Du Lac Dock Spiders
    May 31, 2017 6:35 PM
    Duck Pond at Warner Park
    North Side
    2920 N. Sherman Avenue
    Madison, WI 53704
    Phone: 608-246-4277

    The Madison Mallards are a summer collegiate baseball team playing in the 18-team Northwoods League. The club draws over 6,000 fans per game at the "Duck Pond" at Warner Park on Madison`s north side.
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    Ken Notes: see entire schedule at the link...

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    Children`s Theater of Madison - Robin Hood

    Thu, Jul 27 - Fri, Jul 28

    The Playhouse: $8

    He steals from the rich to feed the poor. Come follow this merry band of bandits along with Maid Marian and Prince John!

    Summer Stage at CTM features performances by students in our Educational Programs.
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    Opera Unplugged

    Capitol Square Madison, Wisconsin

    One of Fresco`s fan favorites is back! Opera Unplugged takes opera out of the performance hall and brings it to the streets. Join us at the Dane County Farmer`s Market! Tentatively at the front of Grace Episcopal, on the corner of the Square and West Washington Ave.

    Three singers, strings and drums. Reworking operatic classics into fun, festive pieces you can listen to while eating that delicious cheese bread!

    Saturday, August 5th @ 10am

    Saturday, August 12th @ 10am

    Saturday, August 26th @ 10am

    WEBSITE FOR FOT here!

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    Ken Notes: This event was found in the Isthmus Calendar...

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    Concerts in Winnequah Park Monona
    Tues., August 15 – Carl Davick & Friends
    (Orchestra/Classical) @ 6:30 pm – 7:45 pm

    Winnequah Park
    5301 Healy Ln
    Monona, WI

    Unwind at an outdoor concert in the serene setting of Winnequah Park while enjoying food carts and live entertainment.

    Bring your chairs, blankets and picnic baskets or purchase food from one of the excellent food carts available at the event. Join us for this fun and entertaining family-oriented event!...

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    Olbrich`s Blooming Butterflies - Last Weekend

    Thru - Sunday, August 13, 2017

    Experience the magnificence of free-flying butterflies while strolling through the tropical Bolz Conservatory. Live butterflies emerge from chrysalises daily in the Conservatory, including low-flyers like the playful yellow and black striped zebras and bright orange julias...

    Ticket Prices

    $7 ages 13 & up

    $3 ages 3 - 12

    Free ages 2 & under

    Free for Olbrich Members

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    GLEAM, Art in a New Light / Olbrich Botanical Gardens

    Evening Viewings
    August 31 - September 30
    Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays

    GLEAM, Art in a New Light features a local, national and international group of artists creating light-based installations in the outdoor gardens and the Bolz Conservatory.

    GLEAM 2017 introduces new lighting techniques and interactive projects and allows the artists’ vivid imaginations to enrich our own. Experience the gardens after dark and be dazzled and inspired.

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    The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

    Fri, Sep 22 - Sun, Oct 1

    Presented By Capital City Theatre

    Winner of the Tony and the Drama Desk Awards for Best Book, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee is about an eclectic group of six mid-pubescent who vie for the spelling championship of a lifetime. Full of true comedic genius and touching stories from their home lives, the misfit tweens spell their way through a series of (potentially made-up) words providing one unforgettable experience...

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    Wisconsin Solar Tour

    Save the date for 2017: Saturday, October 7!

    Join people across Wisconsin on Saturday, October 7, 2017 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. for a state-wide Solar Tour. Homes and businesses throughout Wisconsin will open their doors to demonstrate and share strategies for energy-efficiency, renewable energy, and sustainable living. Site tours are free and open to the public. If you’d like to be a 2017 Wisconsin Solar Tour Host please fill out the 2017 Host Site Application. (Please register by Oct. 1st to be included on the “SITE PDF Directory Handout for attendees”)   ...more

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    Opening This Week

    Is He Dead?

    By Mark Twain, adapted by David Ives

    Directed by David Furumoto

    Unpublished for over 100 years, Mark Twain’s signature humor comes to life on the stage in this “new comedy.” A young, talented painter (based on the real life Jean-Francois Millet) finds his dreams of marrying thwarted by debts and his lack of buyers for his work. Forced into desperate measures, he realizes that no artist is truly successful unless he is dead. Faking his own death, Millet develops a masquerade that causes hilarious complications as he tries to secure his fortune, get the girl, and triumph.

    The cast features Josie Brandmeier, Alexandria Chapes, Seth Foust, Ana Gonzalez, Ben Jaeger, Erika Marks, Jack Morrison, Jared Paulin, Paul Urbanski, Brendan Walsh, and Sam Wood.

    Produced by University Theatre (UW-Madison) at Ronald Mitchell Theatre, Vilas Hall, 821 University Ave, Madison

    Performances: November 16 - December 10, 2017

    Performance Times:
    Thursday - Saturday 7:30 PM, Sunday 2:00 PM (no performances Thanksgiving weekend)...

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    Madison Gem & Mineral Show and Sale

    AEC Exhibition Hall

    Event Website:madisonrockclub.org

    11/18/2017 -  11/19/2017

    More than a dozen vendors will be present to feature jewelry, fossils, rock specimens, beads and much more. The Madison Gem & Mineral Club promotes and encourage the study of mineralogy, lapidary arts, gemology, paleontology, and other allied fields.
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    Wine Walk

    Sample of red and white wines at businesses throughout downtown. Purchase tickets in advance for $25 at Marilyn’s Salon (1833 Parmenter St.). beginning April 13. Only 250 tickets will be sold.

    Downtown Middleton
    1833 Parmenter St.
    Middleton, WI 53562 United States
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    Ken Notes: Van Nutt gave me the logo and said it was in focus, of course he had just tested out the walk...

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    YOUR Lunchtime Live

    7/18/2017 Mascot Theory

    Grab a blanket, grab a co-worker, and grab some lunch and enjoy the show on the beautiful Capitol Square. These concerts will be Tuesdays at 12pm over the lunch hour, and will feature a different local band each week.

  • 7/25/2017 Driveway Thriftdwellers
  • 8/1/2017 Dave Hecht & Primitive Culture
  • 8/8/2017 Aaron Williams and the Hoodoo
  • 8/15/2017 The Tooles
  • 8/22/2017 The Big Payback
  • 8/29/2017 Joey Leone`s Chop Shop
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    UW Men`s Hockey VS. Minnesota

    1/20/2017 7 PM

    1/21/2017 5 PM

    Madison, WI
    Kohl Center

    Wisconsin enters the weekend having played just two games since Dec. 10, winning both contests over Michigan State. Minnesota comes off a Big Ten home sweep over Michigan and as winners of six consecutive contests, including a pair of wins over MSU, and home
    wins over Mercyhurst and Massachusetts.

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    LIZZIE- Music Theatre of Madison

    Music Theatre of Madison presents...

    The legend of Lizzie Borden comes to life in a thrilling Wisconsin premiere, showing the days before and after Borden`s parents were brutally murdered with an axe. Four women front a six-piece rock band to take audiences on a journey of betrayal, greed, jealousy, lust, and murder.

    Lizzie Borden, one of America`s most notorious alleged murderers, comes chillingly to life in LIZZIE, a glorious rock musical performed by a quartet of power house women. Go back to August of 1892 on a wild ride of sex, conspiracy, and murder in this musical gem that`s sweeping the globe.

    August 17: 7:30 p.m.
    August 18: 7:30 p.m
    August 19: 7:30 p.m. (MISCAST to follow)
    August 24: 7:30 p.m
    August 25: 7:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.*
    August 26: 7:30 p.m.

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    SHOUT! The Mod Musical

    Saturday, Sep 16, 2017 7:30 PM - Saturday, Sep 16, 2017 10:00 PM
    Diane Ballweg Theatre


    SHOUT! The Mod Musical
    , by Phillip George & David Lowenstein
    Directed by Phil Martin
     
    England swings with the sounds of SHOUT! The Mod Musical. This fun-filled review tracks the lives of five young women coming of age in the liberating days of 1960s London. With such classic tunes as “To Sir With Love,” “Downtown,” “Son of a Preacher Man,” and “Diamonds Are Forever,” SHOUT! chronicles the dawning of the new women’s liberation movement, seen with the rise of such pop luminaries as Dusty Springfield, Petula Cark, and Lulu. The eye-popping fashions, psychedelic dances, and groovy songs will definitely make you want to stand up and SHOUT!

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    Medea: A reading of a new musical

    November 2 at 7:00 pm at Brink Lounge
    701 East Washington - Madison

    By Enrique Acosta

    Directed by Meghan Randolph

    The classic, tragic play gets a new spin in this feminist rock musical. A small ensemble draws on both modern and traditional storytelling methods to weave a unique version of the tragic tale of a woman spurned by her lover. In this Medea, our title character is a demi-god. We see how Jason and Medea meet, how they grow apart, and the disastrous consequences...but with one poignant, mind-blowing change from the original play.

    This event is open to all.

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    MadFest 2017

    Come join us for 3 days of Juggling Fun!

    Friday Jan 13th: 6:30p-11:30p
    Saturday Jan 14th: 10:00a-5:00p
    Sunday Jan 15th: 10:00a-4:30p

    Location:
    O`Keefe Middle School
    510 S Thornton Ave, Madison, WI 53703

    Inside there will be juggling, workshops, catching, demos, dropping, competitions, pickups, vendors, excuses, parties, apologies, and relief from wind chill low enough to shrivel silicone.

    The Madison Area Jugglers and MadFest are supported by ticket sales to the Extravaganza and our T-shirt sales as well as donations - Please consider doing one or more of those to help us keep juggling! Thanks!

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    Madison Area Business Expo @ Coliseum Bar and Restaurant

    Jan 19 @ 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm

    Join South Metropolitan Business Association for EXTREME Networking Opportunities. There will be over 50 business exhibitors, incredible door prizes, free hor d’oeuvres, beer and soda: at no charge to you! FREE ADMISSION!

    Bring plenty of business cards!

     

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    UW Basketball Sunday!
    2/5/2017 - Madison, WI - Kohl Center - Noon




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    Noon Musicale

    Feb 10, 2017 12:15 PM

    Danielle Breisach & Taya König-Tarasevich – baroque and modern flute

    Music of Bach, Telemann, Hottetere & Yuko Uebayashi

    First Unitarian Society 900 University Bay Dr., Madison, Wisconsin

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    What I listening to now!

    Steve Martin & Edie Brickell - Won`t Go Back

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    A Day with Dad Middleton

    April 22 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

    Spend a Day with Dad playing. Activites included: Inflatable’s, Soccer, football, basketball, Harry Potter like Quidditch Camps, Live DJ, cookie decorating, SCOOPIE & Culver’s Custard, MIddleton Library will be on site with button/pin making, Chick-fil-A samples, The COW, Len Mormino- Children’s book author, and more to come.

    This FREE event at KEVA Sports Center’s utilizes the entire facility (130,000 sqft inside and out) will be available for multi-sport play, crafts, bouncy castles, food, beverages, games and more.

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    THE UNDERPANTS by Carl Sternheim, adaptation by Steve Martin

    Directed by Scott Cummins

    Ronald F. Mitchell Theatre

    Runs thru April 30.
    More information on dates and show times at http://www.arts.wisc.edu

    Group Sales (10 tickets or more) $10
    Adult $20, Seniors (62+) $18, Friends of UT $16
    UW Students ($13), Children (K-12) $10

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    Notes: LAST WEEKEND!

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    Madison Art Guild Summer Salon

    This event is happening now@ University Hospital and Clinics

    The Madison Art Guild is one of the oldest guilds in Wisconsin. There are over 130 artists working in mediums such as painting, watercolor, jewelry, wood, ceramics, glass, fiber, and more. It is a juried Guild. Madison Art Guild is a non-profit organization involved community outreach, scholarships, art exhibits, art investigation and discourse.

    Art is on display at the University Hospital, 2nd Floor, Hospital Entrance, Surgical Waiting Area, and Surgical Waiting Area Display Cases.

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    Ken Notes: I know why go to a hospital to view are??? But wait this stuff is good I mean real good -- worth the visit.

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    HISTORIC ARCHITECTURE WALKING TOURS

    Times: Thursday evening tours are at 6:00 p.m.  Saturday morning tours are at 11:00 a.m.

    Reservations: No reservations are necessary! 

    Where to meet: View the instructions on our tour info page to find out where the tour starts.  

    Cost: Tours are $10 for adults, $5 for students, and free for Madison Trust members!

     

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    Madison Notes Online Discounts - Coming Soon
    Soon visitors to Madison will be able to bring up online coupons for use in Madison. Promote your business to Tourists, EPIC Trainees, Badger Game Attendees, Students, Business Visitors, and so many more:
    • Buy One Get One
    • Out of Town Discount
    • Student/Senior Discount
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    • Pay The Tip Discount 20%
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    Each coupon will cost $50.00 one time for set up and will last as long as you would like. Just email Coupon@MadisonNotes.com the details, we will set it up call you so you can see the finished product, and if you like it will post it online and send you an e-bill.

    Include in the email, Business, Discount or Promotion, expiration date if wanted and your contact info.  You will be billed once the coupon is reviewed approved and posted. Coupons will eventually be available to everyone at MadisonNotes.com/Coupons....


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    2nd Annual Wisconsin Burlesque Festival
    The Wisconsin Burlesque Association proudly presents the Wisconsin Burlesque Festival. Performance dates are April 13, 14 and the 15th at Five Nightclub in Madison, WI.  The Wisconsin Burlesque Association  is dedicated to providing the highest quality and variety for our audiences.  The Festival welcomes all types of burlesque, variety and fringe entertainment including cabaret, singing, sideshow, magic, circus, drag, solos, duos and groups.
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    The festival will have a range of comedic, dramatic, romantic, and political satire performers from individuals from across the United States.

    All nights will feature local and national talent, and every show will be unique..    ...more

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    Upper Sugar River Watershed Association Volunteer Workday
    Help USRWA restore the Sugar River Wetlands State Natural Area during our series “4th Saturday” volunteer work days. In February, volunteers will help burn brush piles accumulated last winter/spring, and continue removing invasives (buckthorn, honeysuckle) and treating them with herbicide. It’s a great event for all ages and abilities, and it promises to be rewarding, fun, and a great way to experience the outdoors.

    Our goal in 2017 is to continue removing all woody invasive species on the west side of Military Ridge State Trail until we connect with a florishing prairie nearby. It will be a tall task, but we believe it’s possible with the help of our volunteers....

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    Madison Mallards vs. Wisconsin Rapids Rafters

    July 20, 2017

    Duck Pond at Warner Park

    The Madison Mallards are a summer collegiate baseball team playing in the 18-team Northwoods League. The club draws over 6,000 fans per game at the "Duck Pond" at Warner Park on Madison`s north side. 

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    Ken Notes: Been yet???

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    Mad City Ski Team heads to national competition

    For more than 50 years, the Mad City Ski Team has been putting on free waterski shows in Madison. This year, the team just took first place in the state competition, and will be heading to the national competition in two weeks.

    With 140 members, as young as three years old, this year`s team is the biggest ever.

    "We`re able to put out things we`ve never put out before, the size of pyramids we`re able to do, and the ballet lines, everything is bigger and better and we`re just a much stronger team than before," said Show Director Matt Heilman....

    ...If you want to catch the team in Madison, they hold free shows every Sunday from Memorial Day until Labor Day at Law Park on Lake Monona. The Juniors show begins at 5:30 and the main show starts at 6 pm.

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    Ken Notes: Congrats!

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    Bike the Barns

    11th Annual Bike the Barns

    Sunday, September 17, 2017!

    Registration is now closed. We do have a wait list available, for those that are interested. Or check out our Bus the Barns tour below!

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    Ken Notes: We are a this weekend pub but in many cases that is too late. Should we run these events earlier or stay focused on this weekend???

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    Falsettos
    When Marvin’s lover, Whizzer, is diagnosed with AIDS, the entire family–non-traditional as it may be–must put aside their issues and come together. Now is your chance to see this “hilariously neurosis-infused musical.” You will laugh, you will cry, and everything in between.

    Fri, Sep 29 - 7:30pm
    Sat, Sep 30 - 7:30pm

    Wed. Oct 4 - 7:30pm
    Thu, Oct 5 - 7:30pm
    Fri, Oct 6 - 7:30pm
    Sat, Oct 7 - 7:30pm
    Sun, Oct 8 - 2:00pm

    Wed, Oct 11 - 7:30pm
    Thu, Oct 12 - 7:30pm
    Fri, Oct 13 - 7:30pm
    Sat, Oct 14 - 2:00pm

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    Wisconsin Veterinary Medical Association Annual Convention

    Wisconsin Veterinary Medical Association Annual Convention Event Locations Exhibition Hall Event Website: Event Phone Number: wvma.org/ Event Start Date: 10/12/2017 Event End Date: 10/14/2017

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    Ken Notes: Welcome Vets!

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    Skeleton Circus January 20 & 22, 2017

    The Madison Circus Space member produced Skeleton Circus will take place on January 20, 2017 with a special family focused show on Sunday, January 22nd. Two shows on Friday at 6 and 9pm and one show Sunday morning at 9:30am.

    All shows at MCS.

    Tickets available on BrownPaperTickets

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    Work Parties
    • Arboretum Core Area and Curtis Prairie

      Saturday, June 10

      Ecological Restoration Work Party

      Core Area and Curtis Prairie

    • Lakeshore Nature Preserve

       Volunteer Work Party
      When Sat, June 10, 9am – 12pm
      WhereFrautschi Point parking lot (3034 Lake Mendota Drive) (map)
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    East Wash Jukes @ Capital Brewery

    July 20, 2017 6:00pm - 9:00pm

    Locations: Capital Brewery
    7734 Terrace Ave
    Middleton WI 53562
    Tickets: Free

    https://www.eastwashjukes.com/

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    What I am listening to...
    The Krause Family Band on YouTube...
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    What I am listening to...

    Shakey Graves


    This guy is good!!!!!


    Another:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sD72LbIk02M

    And if you have 42 Minutes: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t5R81LPVEBQ
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    Puppy Playdate Fundraiser at WBC

    Sunday, August 13 - 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
    Wisconsin Brewing Company •  Verona

    Enjoy a pint with your leashed pet on the patio at the Puppy Playdate Fundraiser, happening Sunday, August 13 at Wisconsin Brewing Company. Your attendance helps support the new Fitchburg Dog Park!

    Social and leashed dogs welcome with their humans to enjoy activities and games, the opportunity to meet lots of dogs, food from Jakarta Cafe and the opportunity win prizes and treats galore. And, the beautiful venue and tasty beverages on tap (with and without alcohol) combine to create an outing you and your dog won’t want to miss.

    Support the dog park with a $5 minimum donation to be entered into a drawing for a 40? Vizio TV!
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    Music of the carillon with Sunday concert

    The UW–Madison Memorial Carillon concerts at 3 p.m. on with Sunday afternoon concerts on the second and fourth Sundays of the month at least through August...

    Designed by Arthur Peabody, the UW-Madison carillon was originally dedicated in 1936 with 25 bells. Additions and replacements resulted in the current configuration of 56 bells ranging in size from 15 to 6,823 pounds.

    The UW-Madison carillon is one of three in Wisconsin, the others being at Marquette University in Milwaukee and First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Green Bay...

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    Ken Notes: So here is one I bet you did not know about.

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    Australian Blues Hall of Fame Artist Michael Charles to Appear at The Club Tavern in Middleton

    August 19 @ 9:00 pm

    Grammy elected and recent Blues Hall of Fame inductee, Australian blues artist Michael Charles will claim the stage and embrace you with an elevated level of energy and a guitar driven journey through thirty four years and thirty four releases of his original music.

    Leading off with an explosive blues number, the audience is soon captivated by well-rehearsed precision experiencing MC’s original blues, blues based rock, inspiring ballads, as well as some well-known covers.   As in all of Michael Charles’ performances and recordings his guitar is kept forefront and is the driving force behind his music!..

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    "Tooned In: The Political Art of Phil Hands" Exhibition
    Come explore WUD Art Committee`s newest installation in Union South`s Gallery 1308!  "Tooned in: The political art of Phil Hands" shows the Wisconsin State Journal artist`s work in the Union South gallery. Phil Hands` interest in political art is described as such: "Since cavemen scrawled on walls, people have been using drawings to satirize the world around them. Political cartoons compress complex ideas, and point out hypocrisy with humor. In a political era ripe for satire, there’s never been a better time to learn about the art of the cartoon."  Exhibition open daily from 7am-10pm until September 22nd..    ...more

    Ken Notes: You need to see this one!!!

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    Wisconsin Quarter Horse Association State Show

    Event Website:wqha.com

    8/31/2017 to  9/4/2017

    WQHA State Shows ~ 6 Judges ~ Madison, WI

    August 31st to September 4th, 2017
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    Ken Notes: Welcome!

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    What am I listening to...

    UW-Madison plays "Game of Thrones" theme from bell tower...

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    Ken Notes: Way cool!!!

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    Convention & Visitors Bureau


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    MadisonNotes will advocate for:
    • Destination tourism (Plays, Events, Concerts, Etc.)
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    Madison Theatre Companies
  • StageQ (Madison)
  • Strollers Theatre (Madison)
  • Madison Theatre Guild (Madison)
  • Encore Studio for the Performing Arts (Madison)
  • Four Seasons Theatre (Madison)
  • Broom Street Theater (Madison)
  • Undergraduate Theatre Association (Madison)
  • TAPIT/new works Ensemble Theater (Madison)
  • Madison Savoyards, Ltd. (Madison)
  • Lamppost Players Children`s Theater (Madison)
  • Young Shakespeare Players (Madison)
  • Edgewood College Theatre (Madison)
  • Madison College Performing Arts (Madison)
  • University Theatre (UW-Madison) (Madison)
  • St. Bernard Players (Madison)
  • Music Theatre of Madison (Madison)
  • Opera for the Young (Madison)
  • Madison Opera (Madison)
  • Children`s Theater of Madison (Madison)
  • Playwrights Ink (Madison)
  • Kathie Rasmussen Women`s Theatre (Madison)
  • Forward Theater Company (Madison)
  • The Bricks Theatre (Madison)
  • Fresco Opera Theatre (Madison)
  • The Open Stages Project (Madison)
  • Are We Delicious? (Madison)
  • Madison Shakespeare Company (Madison)
  • Fermat`s Last Theater Company (Madison)
  • Know Better Productions (Madison)
  • Theatre Lila (Madison)
  • Mad Fools Guild (Madison)
  • Ark Improvisational Theatre (Madison)
  • Capital City Theatre (Madison)
  • Upstart Crows Productions, Inc. (Madison)
  • House Theatre Madison (Madison)
  • Left of Left Center (Madison)
  • Wilder Theater (Madison )
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