12 events this weekend, including two live podcasts, ‘The Book of Mormon’

So much is happening this weekend

Live tapings of the national podcasts “Lore” and “Criminal” take place a couple days apart at the Barrymore Theater. A weird rock show involving chainsaw carving is hosted by the High Noon Saloon. And a dance performance at the Overture Center for the Arts raises money for efforts to clean up area lakes.

All this and more is happening this weekend in Madison.


“Lore,” Barrymore Theater
Thursday, Sept. 19, 7 p.m.
“Lore” is a popular bi-weekly podcast about the real-life horror stories that have happened throughout history. Head to the Barrymore Theatre to watch a live recording of the podcast, hosted by Aaron Mahnke, like few of the 185 million listeners of “Lore” have.

“Criminal”, Barrymore Theater
Saturday, Sept. 21, 8 p.m.
“Criminal,” a podcast about crime and its many forms, tells its stories from the perspective of the perpetrators and victims. And sometimes it’s unclear who’s who. Host Phoebe Judge may interrogate audience members at the live recording of the show.


“The Book of Mormon,” Overture Hall, Overture Center for the Arts
Thursday-Sunday, Sept. 19-22
Madisonians can’t seem to get enough “The Book of Mormon,” a musical comedy written by “South Park” creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone. The satirical take on The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints tells the story of two missionaries in a village in Uganda has been a favorite of critics and audiences alike since it opened on Broadway in 2011.

“Fake Mom,” Bartell Theatre
Thursday-Saturday, Sept. 19-21, 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, Sept. 22, 2 p.m.; Sept. 25-28
This week The Bartell Theatre premieres “Fake Mom,” a comedy about interfaith and interracial relationships and how one particular family handles both. “Fake Mom” was written by Jan Levine Thal, artistic director of Kathie Rasmussen Women’s Theatre, which is producing the play.

“Mary Jane,” Promenade Hall, Overture Center
Thursday-Friday, Sept. 19-20, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, Sept. 21, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, Sept. 22, 2 p.m.; Sept. 25-29
“Mary Jane,” a Broadway play by Amy Herzog, get the local Forward Theater Co. treatment and Promenade Hall staging. About a single mother navigating the U.S. health care system for her sick child is said to be funny and poignant.


Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys, North Street Cabaret
Thursday-Friday, Sat. 19-20, 8 p.m.
Playing rockabilly, country western swing and doo-wop, Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys celebrate 1940s and ’50s American music. And the inductees in the Rockabilly Hall of Fame have been doing it for 25 years. Their anniversary album, “What a Dream It’s Been,” was released in late August, is an acoustic treatment of some of their favorite songs from their than one dozen previous recordings. Lucky for us, Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys play two nights at the North Street Cabaret.

Immigre, High Noon Saloon
Thursday, Sept. 19, 8 p.m.
Madison’s 10-piece Afrobeat ensemble Immigre has filled countless dance floors with their big funk grooves. That will likely happen again when the band plays its new EP release show Thursday night at the High Noon Saloon. Midtown Social opens.

Infamous Local Fest, The Winnebago and Communication
Friday-Sunday, Sept. 19-21
With live performances and workshops, Infamous Local Fest is an event by and for local musicians. Put on jointly by Half-Stack Records and Tone Madison, the fest kicks of Friday night at The Winnebago with a lineup that includes queer punk duo Gender Confetti and jazz-rock fusion band Mr. Chair joined by singer Leslie Demaso. On Saturday night at Communication on Milwaukee Street, singer-songwriter Brandon Beebe, The Lonesome Cobras and Sage will play. Throughout the day Saturday, Communication will also host work shops for button making, a discussion of DJ and PA issues and gear maintenance and repair.

Helliphest, High Noon Saloon
Saturday, Sept. 21, 6 p.m.
We’re not sure what Helliphest is, but since it involves chainsaw carving, DJs, tarot readings, fire dancing and something called “caburlesque,” we’re in. Oh, and did we mention this is a rock show? Helliphant from Madison, Drunk Drivers from Eau Claire and 20 Watt Tombstone from Wausau will play.


“Joy in Nature,” Promenade Hall, Overture Center
Saturday, Sept. 21, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.; Sunday, Sept. 22, 2 p.m.
Now in its 10th year, Madison Contemporary Dance Co. is staging “Joy of Nature,” nine pieces of choreography with live music that pay homage to the local natural world. The show will raise awareness and money for the Madison Clean Lakes Alliance.


Bert Kreischer, Orpheum Theater
Thursday, Sept. 19, 7 p.m.
In 1997, Rolling Stone dubbed Bert Kreischer “the top partyer at the No. 1 party school” while he was a sixth-year undergraduate student at Florida State University. Reportedly the 2002 film “National Lampoon’s Van Wilder” starring Ryan Reynolds was based on Kreischer. And the party continues with the often shirtless Kreischer making a stop at the Orpheum on his “Body Shots World Tour.”

Ari Shaffir, Comedy on State
Thursday-Friday, Sept. 19-20, 8 p.m.; Friday-Saturday, Sept. 20-21, 10:30 p.m.
Ari Shaffir is a stand-up comic, actor and podcast host who, on his current tour titled simply “Jew,” talks about his upbringing in a Jewish Orthodox household and community and straying from the faith.

Joel Patenaude is associate editor of Madison Magazine.