25 events to keep you busy in November

As the cold sets in, Madison is full of events to keep you busy (and warm) this November.
Majestic Theatre
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The Majestic Theatre has a number of shows to look forward to, including the upcoming Slow Pulp concert.

As the cold sets in, Madison is full of events to keep you busy (and warm) this November. Take advantage of all the fun events in Madison, and you won’t be bored.

“Ever Gleaming” Returns to the Wisconsin Historical Museum
The Wisconsin Historical Museum is ushering in the holiday season with the opening of its annual “Ever Gleaming” exhibit. The exhibition tells the story of how aluminum Christmas trees became a holiday decoration staple of the 1960s thanks to a Manitowoc-based Aluminum Specialty Company. “This exhibition is synonymous with seasonal nostalgia complete with a forest of the iconic aluminum trees and a replica of a 1960s living room,” Mike Hollander, deputy director for the Wisconsin Historical Museum says. Nov. 13, Wisconsin Historical Museum

Forward Madison Garage Sale and Player Sendoff
Join Forward Madison FC players and staff for the end of the year garage sale to get great deals on player-worn items and merchandise. Stick around for the player send off at 5 p.m. The Fleet Feet Beer run will happening at Breese Stevens Field during the Garage Sale as well. You’ll be given a solo cup full of Busch Light and you must run around the field as fast as possible with spilling as little as possible in hopes of being one of the top three finishers. 4-7:30 p.m., Nov. 3, Breese Stevens Field

Slow Pulp w/ Girl K
The American indie rock band Slow Pulp already sold out a show for its debut album Moveys, released in 2020, but its members are excited to kick off their upcoming tour in their hometown of Madison. Girl K will open for the band, which has released an EP as well. Check out the band’s popular lead single, “Idaho,” which has at least 3 million plays on Spotify. $15 advanced, $17 day of show, doors open at 7:30 p.m., show will take place from 8:30-11:30 p.m., Nov. 4, Majestic Theatre

Comedy at The Cabaret Stand-up Comedy Showcase
You’re in for a laugh: the North Street Cabaret is spotlighting Madison and Milwaukee comics on Nov. 4. Madison comic Allie Lindsay is producing and hosting the show, where comics Olivia Witt, Rich D’Amore, Craig Smith and headliner Natasha Pearl Hansen will perform. $10 advance tickets, $15 cash at the door, 7:30 p.m., Nov. 4, North Street Cabaret

Abel Contemporary Gallery Exhibits
This October, the Abel Contemporary Gallery Exhibit is introducing three new shows this month. Nov. 5-Dec. 31, Abel Contemporary Gallery, 524 E. Main St., Stoughton

  • Carol Chase Bjerke and Rick Hintze’s “New Work”
    Carol Chase Bjerke found inspiration after reading about poets based in the mountainous region of ancient China. She uses limnography to depict her own “imagined story.” Rick Hintze’s handmade coiled vessels, pots and sculptural pieces can also be found on display at the Abel Contemporary Gallery. Virtual artist talk on Nov. 5
  • Martha Glowacki’s “In No. 5: Rituals and Reenactments”
    Check out artist Martha Glowacki’s sculptures as part of the Abel Contemporary Gallery’s “Rituals and Reenactments” exhibit. Glowacki’s late 19th and early 20th century studio portraits are largely inspired by her time at the Wisconsin Historical Museum, where she spent time collecting and researching artifacts. Virtual artist talk on Nov. 18
  • “Cup Invitational”
    Nearly 40 artists will display their interpretation of what is “perhaps the simplest, most utilitarian vessel, the cup.” Cups are available for purchase. 

DJ Pauly D
Live it up with your favorite Jersey Shore personality and DJ at Liquid Madison. $35-$50, 10 p.m., Nov. 5, Liquid, 624 University Ave.

Breakfast with the Otters
Befriend an otter and enjoy a nice hot breakfast buffet with try pancakes, sausage, fruit and more. Anyone with dietary restrictions can contact education@henryvilaszoo.gov. As the event organizers say, “it will be an otterly delightful time!” $35, 8-9:30 a.m., Nov. 6, Henry Vilas Zoo

Mike Birbiglia
The Overture Center is welcoming award-winning comedian, storyteller, director and actor Mike Birbiglia to Madison. He is also a two-time bestselling author for his books “Sleepwalk With Me” and “The New One.” In 2020, Rolling Stone listed his podcast “Mike Birbiglia’s Working It Out” as one of the best of the year. $30-55, Nov. 6, Overture Center for the Arts

Monroe Street Craft Beer Week
Beer is enjoyed all year in Wisconsin, but never before has Monroe Street hosted its very own Craft Beer week. Beginning November 8, anyone can find a deal with Wine & Hop Shop, BrasserieV, Pizza Brutta, Mystery to Me and other local vendors. Find beer-inspired puzzles, desserts, breads and Wisconsin-themed beer glasses to honor the state’s reputation as a top-knotch brewing destination. Prices vary,
Nov. 8-14, Monroe St.

UW-Madison Symphony Orchestra
Join the UW–Madison Symphony Orchestra for a performance of Tchaikovsky’s dramatic Romeo and Juliet, and Shostakovich’s impressive Symphony No. 5. Icarus by Lera Auerbach, a contemporary Russian composer, will open the evening. Free, 7:30-9 p.m., Nov. 9, Hamel Music Center

Wisconsin Basketball season openers
Get back into the stands as the Wisconsin Badgers men’s basketball team will tip their season off Nov. 9 against St. Francis College Brooklyn. The Wisconsin women’s basketball team gets their season started the next day against St. Thomas. 7 p.m., Nov. 9 and 6:30 p.m. Nov. 10, Kohl Center

MMoCA Gallery Night
Local artists will showcase their talents all across Madison for this year’s Gallery Night on Nov. 12. Get a behind-the-scenes look at the creativity seen across the city, and find your favorite pieces at any one of exhibitions and special events. The event starts at 5 p.m., but each venue sets its own hours. Free, 5-9 p.m., Nov. 12, locations vary

“American Pastoral” at Garver Gallery
Speaking of Gallery Night, Wisconsin-based artist Roberta Condon will visit the Garver Gallery for its opening of her painting exhibit “American Pastoral,” which documents the plight of the family farm. Nov. 12-Dec. 30, Garver Gallery, 18 S. Bedford St.

Fitchburg Farm’s Winter Craft Market
It’s never too early to go holiday shopping, especially given this year’s supply chain shortage. Hit the market now to get a head start! The Fitchburg Farm will host dozens of vendors and local artists beginning Friday, Nov. 12. 9 a.m., Nov. 12-Dec. 20, Fitchburg Farms, 1839 County Road MM, Fitchburg

Winter Art Fair Off The Square
If you missed the Art Fair Off the Square in July, no need to worry. Its companion show, the Winter Art Fair, is equally impressive and not too far away. See the pottery, sculptures, wood and glass art, photography, paintings and other artwork from more than 135 Wisconsin exhibitors right inside the Exhibition Hall of Monona Terrace Convention and Community Center. Free for children under 12, $5 at the door, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Nov. 13, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Nov. 14, Monona Terrace

Mega Monster Trucks Live
Have a monster of a time at the Alliant Energy Center for the 2021 Destruction Tour. $25, 3 p.m., Nov. 13-14, Alliant Energy Center

Madison Marathon
Get ready, set, race! The Madison Marathon will take off from the Capitol Square on November 14, but registration for participating in-person ends on Nov. 10. All registrants receive free digital race photos and runner tracking, a finisher medal and a long-sleeve shirt. Volunteer, watch or run the marathon, it’s a memorable event for everyone. Prices and times vary based on 10k, full or half marathon, Nov. 14, Race starts and finishes on Capitol Square

Best of Madison Taste Party
Madison Magazine is hosting the Best of Madison Party to celebrate this year’s winners. On Monday, November 15 at The Edgewater, guests will enjoy live music by Shekinah King, snap photos in a photobooth, meet some of this year’s winners and sample local food and drinks. 6-9 p.m., Nov. 15, The Edgewater

Fiddler on the Roof
Relive the classic, award-winning show at the Overture Center. The show signifies a return for the Broadway at Overture Series since March 2020. 7:30-10 p.m., Nov. 16-21, Overture Center

La Follette Seminar Series
Jamila Michener, Associate professor in the department of Government at Cornell University, will present a seminar as part of the La Follette Seminar Series. The co-director of the Cornell Center for Health Equity, she is an expert in poverty, racial inequality and public policy. Free, 12:30-1:45 p.m., virtual, Nov. 17

WIAA Football State Championships
The yearly high school football clashes at Camp Randall Stadium are back, and this year they will be streamed on Bally Sports Wisconsin as well. $11, 10 a.m., Nov. 18-19, Camp Randall Stadium

Vintage Clothing & Art Pop-Up Shop
Take a trip down memory lane right on State Street, where vintage and custom clothing — yes, including game-day apparel — will be on full display on Nov. 20. Thanks to the Madison Vintage Pop-Up Collective, you’re in for some fun and a little nostalgia. 11 a.m.-7 p.m., Nov. 20, 513 State St.

Madison Makers Black Friday Market & Pub-Crawl
Get out and shop local this Black Friday with this fourth annual event. The event has plenty of family friendly venues to shop at, or you can lean into the pub crawl and try all the craft beers available. Free, 12-5 p.m., Nov. 26, 931 E. Main St.

Local Author Holiday Market
Stop by Leopold’s Books Bar Caffè for its first local author holiday market and grand opening of the private, downstairs Book Nook, a social space that accommodates up to 10 people. Try any one of its coffee or alcoholic beverages, like its famed “20th century cocktail,” mingle and get a signed copy of books by local authors Nickolas Butler, Christina Clancy, Quan Berry, and Ann Garvin. Butler spoke with associate editor Maggie Ginsberg back in July about his most recent novel ‘Godspeed.” Free, 4-6 p.m., Nov. 28, Leopold’s Books Bar Caffè, 1301 Regent St. 

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