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Ken Harwood
Advocating for Wisconsin
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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!


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

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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!



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.


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


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....


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.

Wisconsin Hoofers

(608) 262-1630


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


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.


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.


Ken Notes: Congrats and WELCOME!

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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....


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.

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

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

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.


Ken Notes: Welcome runners and spectators!

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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


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

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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 ...

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...


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...


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.

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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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.


Notes: Great tickets still available!

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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

Yelp Downtown

Madison Area Chambers


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

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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....


Ken Notes: I may be in love...

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Makeshift Festival Madison...

SUN AUG 20, 2017

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)


Ken Notes: UW Theatre is back!!!

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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.


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


Ken Notes: My last time to say thanks to Majestic for a very special summer!!!

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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!

Ken Notes: This sells out, get your tickets NOW...

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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.”...


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


Ken Notes: Need new photos!

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Fall Fest @ Aldo Leopold Nature Center

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

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.

Exciting activities include:...

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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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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


Ken Notes: Please welcome attendees from around the world.

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Friday, September 29

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:


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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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.


Saturday, November 18, 2017


Wisconsin Shipwrecks for Kids! 


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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


Ken sooo much more at the link...

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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


Wisconsin Union

You Belong Here

Other Entertainment Venues in Madison


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Be A Kid Again Book Fair! - Henry Vilas Zoo

August 24th, 2017

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!


  • 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.




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Moon Over Monona Terrace

Friday, October 27, 2017
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.


Ken Notes: See link for Madison theaters and times... This is an amazing story!

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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


Ken Notes: Sumner is NOT over yet!

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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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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. 

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

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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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

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.


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..


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!

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.



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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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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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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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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

Lots going on check the link!    ...more

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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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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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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
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!


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


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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


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.


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.

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.”

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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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

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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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.
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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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.

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.


Sunday October 29 @ 3:00 PM

Tuesday October 31 @ 7:30 PM


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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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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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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.

Ken Notes: Midnight???

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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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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!

Buy Tickets Online.   ...more

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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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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
  • Game Day Discount
  • Pay The Tip Discount 20%
  • Be Creative...

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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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!

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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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


Ken Notes: Welcome Vets!

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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...


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

Ken Notes: Welcome!

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What am I listening to...

UW-Madison plays "Game of Thrones" theme from bell tower...


Ken Notes: Way cool!!!

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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 )
  •    ...more

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