Music
Ziggy Marley is much more than a reggae legend’s son. Listen to this Grammy award-winning reggae artist and Jamaica native perform at 8 p.m. at the Barrymore Theatre. Get a taste of Jamaican cuisine in the lobby. Oct. 1.

Music
Jam sessions are a team effort. Madison Jazz Jam features local musicians and students for a jam session sure to be acoustically pleasing from 4 to 7 p.m. at The Rigby Pub & Grill. Oct. 2.

Theater
American Player’s Theatre presents “Endgame,” an illuminating tale on one family’s “imperfect humanity and complex, beautiful brokenness.” Aug. 6 through Oct. 16.

Music

The “gospel” of rock and roll meets American roots music. Southern Culture on the Skids and Lou Shields bring their talents to High Noon Saloon 8 p.m. Oct. 4.

Theater
Impossible things are happening every day. Relive a classic with “Rodgers + Hammerstein's Cinderella” featuring an incredible orchestra and jaw-dropping transformations. Take a journey back to childhood at Overture Hall. Through Oct. 9.

Art
Madison Museum of Contemporary Art features the award-winning Iraeli film “Sand Storm (Sufat Chol)." Follow the story, with English subtitles of a young teen’s forbidden love affair in the museum’s lecture hall. Oct. 5. 

Art
For the philanthropic art lover. Visit Food Concepts Inc.‘s Art Show and Auction. Proceeds from the silent art auction benefit the Middleton Outreach Ministry, an organization aimed at preventing homeless and ending hunger. Free refreshments, registration required. Oct. 6.

Music
You bring the sheet music, they bring the pianist. Four Seasons Theatre brings a crowd favorite Musical Theatre Open Mic Night to the Frederic March Play Circle. Oct. 6.

Art
What is lost sometimes can be found as reincarnated jewelry. Madison Museum of Contemporary Art hosts the Susan Richter O’Connell Trunk Show. For 25 years, the Sheboygan artist creates “scavenger” jewelry through creative uses of beach stones and other found items. Oct. 7. 

Music
Enjoy a night of bluegrass music with the genre’s legends David Grisman and Del McCoury at Shannon Hall in the Wisconsin Union Theater. Oct. 7.

Art
Experience the richness of Latino culture in southern central Wisconsin through the Latino Art Fair at the Promenade Terrace. The fair features exhibitions of various art platforms including paintings, pottery, jewelry and more. Oct. 7. 

Music
Travel to Cuba via the sounds of Maraca & His Latin All Stars in the Capitol Theatre at Overture Center. Maraca, a Havana native, carves out his unique sound through an amalgam of his afro-cuban roots and a wide array of Latin jazz. Oct. 7.

Art
Give your old t-shirts a new purpose at “Free Art Friday: T-shirt Upcycling” October 7 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m at Wheelhouse Studios in Memorial Union. Oct. 7.

Art
Award-winning painter and author Gregg Kreutz visits the Fanny Garver Gallery displaying new paintings as well as signing copies of his new book “Oil Painting Essentials.” Oct. 7.

Theater
Bartell Theatre presents “Commander,” a story centered on the complicated relationship between a governor and his openly gay partner following a bid for the Presidency. The show runs through Oct. 7-22 at the Evjue stage. Oct. 7 through 22.

Theater
Celebrate the 30th anniversary of the founding of American Girl at “The American Girls Revue” through Oct. 8-23 at the Overture’s Playhouse. Oct. 8 through 23.

Music
Con Vivo’s fall concert All that Jazz features special guests The Edgar Knecht Trio from Kassel, Germany at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 8 at the First Congregational Church.  Oct. 8. 

Theater
See the beginning of science fiction film. “Duck Soup Cinema-Metropolis” depicts a futuristic urban dystopia through the use of (at the time) groundbreaking special effects and provocative themes. Tune into the German-made classic in the Capitol Theatre. Oct. 8.

Art
Want to bring new life to basic buttons? Learn basic bead embroidery techniques at “Crafting Beaded Buttons” at Wheelhouse Studios in Memorial Union. Oct. 9.

Music
For the musician that wants to share their diary for a good cause. Q106 Storytellers Jam features number of acoustic artists, veterans and up-and-comers, through expressing their stories through song at Monona Terrace. All raffle ticket proceeds benefit American Family Children’s Hospital. Oct. 9.

Theater
Learn the story of the youngest person, then 17, to ever win the Nobel Peace Prize, Malala Yousafzai. The documentary “He Named Me Malala” takes a look at the events leading up to the Taliban's attack on Pakistani schoolgirl for speaking out on girls' education followed by the aftermath, including her speech to the United Nations. WUD Films screens the film at the Marquee in Union South. Oct. 11.

Theater
Chaos with a cause. Bartell Theatre presents “Are We Delicious Sci-Fi?”, A full-length Sci-Fi play written, rehearsed and premiered in a single week by 8 Madison performers. Oct. 11 through 19.

Theater
Madison Museum of Contemporary Art screens one of the year’s most celebrated art films “Kaili Blues (Lu Bian Ye Can)” in the museum’s lecture hall. Bi Gan, a first-time filmmaker from rural China, walks us through a story of his brother’s quest for his long-lost child. Oct. 12.

Comedy
Crack some laughs with six-time Emmy Award winner Louis C.K  at Overture Hall. Louis has found success in both television and film as well as the live stage being the only comedian to sell out Madison Square Garden four times while on the same tour, a tour which later received a Grammy for best comedy album of 2016. Oct. 12-13.

Music
Legendary string masters Mike Marshall and Darol Anger are coming to Madison to perform together in the Fredric March Play Circle at 8 p.m. Oct. 13.

Music
Get your Neil Young fix with Madison band Shakey’s Neil Young Tribute to the rock and roll legend at High Noon Saloon. Oct. 14.

Art
The Chazen Museum presents “Shakespeare: Posters from Around the World” Featuring “historically significant, aesthetically desirable, and conceptually intelligent” Shakespearean theatrical posters. Oct. 14 through December 11. 

Theater
Born at a Senate staff Christmas party, “The Capitol Steps” gives viewers a “break” from the upcoming election with a punch of political satire in Overture Hall. Oct. 14.

Dance
A juxtaposition of curves/angles, classical music/hip-hop and avant garde choreography/neoclassical ballet, Madison Ballet kicks off the season with “Black/White Ballet” in the Bartell Theatre. Oct. 14-15.

Music
Chris Robinson Brotherhood fills the Majestic with fusions of rock & roll and blues. Oct. 15.

Music / Spoken Word
Madison Harlem Renaissance Museum celebrates the spoken word arts with live jazz and appearances by some of the country’s best performers with Spoken For at the museum. Oct. 15.

Music
The New Orleans style jazz band Rhythm Aces performs at the Breakwater Restaurant. Oct. 17.

Music
Madison Symphony Orchestra presents Chicago’s Gargoyle Brass with Organist Jared Stellmacher  at Overture Hall featuring “thrilling” sounds of brass and organ. Oct. 18.

Theater
Learn more about the “misunderstood carnivore”, the gray wolf, in the award-winning documentary film “Medicine of the Wolf” at the Barrymore Theatre. Oct. 19.

Art
Brighten up those soon-coming fall and winter days by creating your suncatcher at “Fused Glass Suncatchers” at Wheelhouse Studios in Memorial Union, Oct. 20.

Music
Tune in to Madison’s local jazz band “Ladies Must Swing”  for its performance at Mt Horeb Library. Oct. 20.

Art
Madison Museum of Contemporary Art presents “Art in a Liminal Space” an exhibition of photographer Gregory Vershbow’s photographs exploring the interactions of art objects in non-traditional art contexts beyond public view. Visit the exhibition at the museum. Oct. 20. 

Theater
“The Pleasure of His Company: Our 40 Year Love Affair with William Shakespeare” celebrates the 400-year anniversary of the great poet and playwright in a performance by Randall Duk Kim and Anne Occhiogrosso, two of the three founders of American Players Theatre, dedicated to signature Shakespearean dramatic scenes and stories of Shakespeare’s influence on their lives. The performance will be held at Shannon Hall in the Wisconsin Union Theater. Oct. 21.

Art
Gallery Marzen hosts the official reception for the “More Time than Life” exhibition at the gallery. The exhibit features Mexican folk artists as well as the annual Remembrance and Celebration shrine project. Oct. 21.

Theater
Join Dr. Bill Thomas and friends for a day of inspiration, music and education through non-fiction theater October 21 from 2:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. “Disrupt Dementia and Aging: Life’s Most Dangerous Game” uses first person storytelling, ground breaking research, original music and more to explore aging in a highly disruptive manner over a course of three events. Oct. 21.

Reading
The 2016 Wisconsin Book Festival features the Wisconsin People & Ideas 2016 Fiction and Poetry Contest winners for a special reading October 21 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at A Room of One’s Own Bookstore. Oct. 21.

Music
Madison Symphony Orchestra presents “Beethoven’s Pastorale”, the composer’s loving tribute to country life, featuring internationally renowned, special guest violinist Henning Kraggerud October 21-23 at the Overture Hall. Oct. 21-23.

Music
Jazz superstars Lionel Loueke, Eric Harland, Dave Holland & Chris Potter join forces October 22 at 8 p.m. at “A Jazz Superband” in find in the Wisconsin Union Theater. Oct. 22.

Music
The Queen of Folk Music makes a stop in Madison for “An Evening with Joan Baez” October 22 at 8 p.m. in the Capitol Theatre at Overture Center. Oct. 22.

Dance
Some fun for the dancing kiddies. Madison Ballet at Pinney Branch Library holds a fun creative movement workshop for children age 3 and older, focusing on body awareness, motor skills and individual expression through movement. Oct. 22.

Kids event
Kids in the Rotunda: MadScience entertains kids with sci-fi fun and Halloween themed experiments and laughs for three shows on the Rotunda stage at the Overture Center. Oct. 22.

Theater
“Stupid F*cking Bird” puts a contemporary, cheeky, and overall hilarious spin on Chekhov’s “The Seagull” in a “timeless battle between young and old, past and present” at Hemsley Theatre, Oct. 22 through Nov. 6.  

Theater
Bartell Theatre recreates Lewis Carroll’s classic in “Alice,” a modern hard rock twist on “Alice in Wonderland”. Relive the time warping tale. Oct. 27 through Nov. 5.

Music
Southern Wisconsin’s finest jazz orchestra Madison Jazz Orchestra performs at Brink Lounge. Oct. 27.  

Music
Don’t call it a comeback. An Evening with Tony Bennett reminds us how the love song legend has put out chart-topping records and sold out concerts for sixty years strong at Overture Hall. Oct. 28.

Theater
The American Players Theatre presents “Mary’s Wedding,” an almost perfect love story interrupted when a lover must go to war.  Oct. 28 through Nov. 20.

Theater
Kathie Rasmussen Women’s Theatre presents “Detroit ‘67”, a journey to 1967 Detroit where a family is turned upside down when a mysterious woman finds her way into their lives leading feelings to erupt along with their city at Bartell Theatre. Oct. 28 through Nov. 11. 

Art
Reflect on the natural serenity of the exhibition “Entering Old Growth: Meditations from the Ancient Rain Forest of the Pacific Northwest” at Tamarack Studio and Gallery for the exhibition’s opening reception. John Riggs’ photography captures the essence of teachings, beauty, and mystery of wilderness. Oct. 28. 

Music
Esperanza Spalding presents: Emily’s D+Evolution in Shannon Hall at the Wisconsin Union Theater, album “Emily’s D+Evolution is a kaleidoscopic project; raw, honest, luminous” Spalding’s visionary performance of the album is an experience to behold and an integral part of the project itself. Here, Spalding is, for the first time, incorporating stage design, movement and acting into her already vivid musical storytelling practice. Oct. 30.