Arts and Culture

Slide into September with these 30 A&E events

From Kidz Bop, to world music and Ron Funches

Music
Madison's favorite disco-funk group V05 will get the crowd jumpin' by playing ‘70s covers and originals from its album “Dance Originality" at the Memorial Union Terrace. Sept. 2

Special Event
“The Prince Experience,” 
a Prince tribute band headed up by Gabriel Sanchez, come to the Orpheum Theater complete withthe late Purple One's choreography, props and costumes. Sanchez has been producing this show since 2002 along with a team of talented performers from Wisconsin and Chicago. Sept. 2 

Music
This year’s Hippy Hideout features Sweet Delta Dawn, an eccentric group meshing classic rock, blues, soul and bluegrass to create their own musical style. Expect a groovy show, man. The event will also include Flowpoetry, Big Dill and the Boys and Jon Schinke, a Wisconsin-based singer, songwriter and guitarist. Sept. 4 

Theater
“Titus Andronicus” is Shakespeare’s earliest tragedy. The honorable Andronicus returns to Rome after a triumphant defeat of the primitive Goths only to realize that Rome itself is “a wilderness of tigers.” Directed by Betty Diamond and starring David Furumoto as Andronicus, the play is staged at the Bartell Theatre. Sept. 8-23

Music
The Oakwood Chamber Players begin their season with a set titled “Departure.” The musicians will play "KaiserWalzer" for mixed ensemble, "Primer for Malachi" for mixed ensemble, "Serenade" for flute, violin and viola, "Concert Waltz" for winds and piano and "Trio" for flute, bassoon and piano. Sept. 9-10

Special Event
An event for families with tweenagers and Kidz Bop lovers, the “Best Time Ever” Kidz Bop Tour is coming to the Orpheum Theater. For 15 years, Kidz Bop has been producing kid-friendly versions of hit pop songs and selling more than 16 million albums along the way. Bring your children to experience their first concert in a safe and family-friendly setting. Sept. 10 

Special Event
Hosted at the High Noon Saloon, The Moth Madison StorySLAM presents SCHOOLED this September. StorySLAM is an open-mic storytelling competition open to anyone with a five-minute story on the night’s theme. The theme for this event is SCHOOLED, a five-minute story about “lessons learned, mentored enlightenment or hard-knock knowledge.” All are welcome to come and share their stories. Sept. 11

Special Event
The Wisconsin Veterans Museum is hosting the Warrior Book Club this fall. Books are provided and registration is free but required. The book for September is “Catch 22” by Joseph Heller. Sept. 13 

Comedy
Stand-up comedian Ron Funches has appeared on “The Conan O’Brien Show” and “The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon." A big teddy bear of a man, Funches is known for his unique delivery and lovable personality. Funches has also done voice-overs for “Bojack Horseman,” “Bob’s Burgers,” “Home” and Dreamworks’ “Trolls." The show will feature another comedian (TBA) and host Rich DAmore. Sept. 14-16

Art
From mid-September to early November the Abel Contemporary Gallery in Paoli will display artwork by George Shipperley. At the same time, the 14th Annual Ceramics Invitational will have a group show and artist Marlene Miller will be displaying her work, titled “In the Cooler." The opening reception for these collections will be Sept. 15. Sept. 15

Music Festival
Presented by the Wisconsin Union Theater, the Madison World Music Festival will include more than 10 unique musical groups. From the Brazilian group Trio Brasileiro to the Latin-alternative group Bang Data, the world music festival is offering a diverse line-up. Sept. 15-16 

Music
The Madison Symphony Orchestra is performing “Orchestral Brilliance” with principal violist Chris Dozoryst as soloist in Berlioz’s “Harold in Italy." This event will also honor the 500th anniversary of a turning point in history with Medelssohn’s Symphony No. 5, “Reformation." John DeMain will conduct. Sept. 15-17 

Theater
As a tribute to the 1960s, Edgewood College Theatre is producing “SHOUT! The Mod Musical." This musical follows five women as they come of age during the ‘60s in England. The production swings from hit to hit, with a couple of ads and advice columnist letters thrown in to more fully depict that tumultuous decade. Sept. 15-23 

Theater
John Cariani’s “Almost, Maine” is a story of falling in and out of love in the farthest reaches of northern Maine. Cariani’s play is funny, poignant and magical, offering theater-goers a refreshing perspective on the mysteries of love. The production, directed by David Furumoto, will be held at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Vilas Hall-Mitchell Theatre. Sept. 15-24 

Theater
“A Delicate Balance”
premiered in 1966 and has since won a Pulitzer Prize for Drama. This play by Edward Albee depicts the troubled lives of suburbanites Agnes and Tobias, an imperfect married couple. Several characters wander in and out of the couple’s lives, including their daughter, Julia, until an unexpected announcement causes long-repressed emotions to finally spill out. Directed by Scott Albert Bennett, the play will be staged at the Bartell Theater. Sept. 15-30

Festival
You’ll find a combination of music, vendor booths, food merchants and performers at the 40th annual Monroe Street Festival. There will be a Monroe Grab and Go list of eat-on-the-street food vendors, a Monroe Street Green Meet ‘n Eat and a Book Sale at the Monroe Street Library. Each block of Monroe Street will feature different activities and events for festival goers. Sept. 16 

Music
Premiering its Fall Jazz on a Sunday Series, Madison Music Collective presents John Raymond’s “Real Feels” in mid-September. The event will feature a trumpet clinic as well as the John Raymond concert held at The Brink Lounge. Sept. 17 

Special Event
As a part of “The American Dream in Wisconsin” series put on by the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts & Letters, “Neighbors and Strangers” will be held at the Overture Center for Arts. Historian and academy fellow John Gurda will focus on diversity in Milwaukee and how racial differences can be reconciled to help groups coexist. Sept. 19

Music
Icelandic singer and songwriter Ásgeir, performing songs written by his 72-year-old father, sings with a melancholy vibrancy that pulls at Icelandic and American heartstrings alike. Ásgeir’s music is brings to mind the falsetto of Bon Iver's Justin Vernon and gthe electronic touch from British pop sensation James Blake. Sept. 20 

Special Event
Madison’s Children Museum invites the community to enjoy the museum for free one night each month. Free family night is a time when parents and children can visit their favorite exhibits, and September’s free family night is held in celebration of Kids for Peace Day. There will be performances by Suzuki Strings of Madison and Vision Contemporary Dance as well as a new Art Gallery exhibit “The Memory Project”. Sept. 20

Art
Madison Museum of Contemporary Art opens the exhibit “Chele Isaac: the understory” on September 2, but the immersive film's creator will give a talk on Sept. 22. The evening event will include live music, passed hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar in the museum lobby. Sept. 22

Theater
“The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee”
is a play filled with comedic genius and unexpected heart-touching moments about six tweens competing in the greatest spelling championship of their lives. The music and lyrics were written by William Finn, the book by Rachel Sheinkin and the play will be directed by Andrew Abrams and Gail Becker. Sept. 22-Oct. 1

Theater
Sun Prairie Civic Theatre puts on the musical “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat." A classic story drawn from the Bible’s book of Genesis, Joseph and his “coat of many colors” has been produced for over four decades, offering a story of a boy who had a dream and how it came true. Sept. 22-Oct. 1

Art
With collaborating artists, writers, historians and friends, Terese Agnew has produced the exhibit “Writing in Stone" for the James Watrous Gallery at the Overture Center for the Arts. Agnew’s opening reception for her exhibit will include performances by “living statues” that represent historical figures present in Agnew’s artm including Milwaukee actor Flora Coker as Belle Case La Follette. Sept. 23

Music
Join Madison Bach Musicians this September here Bach and Vivaldi with cello soloist Steuart Pincombe. Season-opener “Imitation” explores fugues from the masters of Baroque, pairing Vivaldi’s simplistic fugues with Bach’s complex ones. Sept. 23-24 

Festival
Madison’s Olbrich Botanical Gardens is hosting Thai Fest, a festival celebrating Thai culture, sponsored by the Royal Thai Consulate-General in Chicago. There will be traditional Thai dance performances, Thai cuisine and performances and demonstrations by the UW-Madison Thai Student and Thai-American associations. Sept. 24 

Music
Lani Hall and Herb Alpert
are a dynamic duo of vocals and trumpet virtuosity, respectively. Hall is a Grammy Award winner, and Alpert is a legend and co-founder of A&M Records. Together they create a powerful, emotional music. Sept. 27 

Special Event
September eases us into fall with its crisp evenings and beautiful arrays of autumn colors. Olbrich Gardens is hosting a “Crackle, Fire & Froth” event inspired by the beauty of fall in Wisconsin. There will be food from local Food Fight restaurants, live music, frothy brews and a bonfire to keep your toes toasty. Sept. 29 

Special Event
It may be a little early to start celebrating Halloween, but if you’re interested in the paranormal, this event may be right up your haunted alley. The Wisconsin Veterans Museum is hosting its 19th annual Talking Spirits Cemetery Tour at Forest Hill Cemetery. The candlelit tour will be 90 minutes long with local actors portraying stories of the Civil War soldiers buried in the cemetery. Sept. 30


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