5 must-see events in January

Kick off the month with a musical

“Finding Neverland”
This musical was adapted from the 2004 movie “Finding Neverland,” which tells the story of playwright J.M. Barrie writing a play to save his career. Barrie finds inspiration when he meets a widow and her four sons. The Scottish writer is enthralled by the boys’ adventures and goes on to create “Peter Pan.” The musical adaptation was directed by Diane Paulus, who directed “Waitress” on Broadway and won a Tony Award for Best Director of a Musical in 2013 for a revival of “Pippin.” The national tour company for the show hit the road in September 2018. Jan. 8-13

“Southern Rites: Photography by Gillian Laub”5 must-see events in January

Gillian Laub, a New York-based artist and filmmaker, spotlights the challenges young people and adolescents grapple with and the racist past of a Southern city in the exhibit “Southern Rites” at the Pleasant T. Rowland Galleries of the Chazen Museum of Art. The University of Wisconsin-Madison graduate took photographs in Georgia’s Montgomery County, with a focus on Montgomery County High School and its segregated proms. The photography assignment started in 2002, but Laub spent the following decade ensconced in the community and surrounding area, illuminating the resistance of the public to school events. A photography essay was published in 2009 in The New York Times Magazine, and Laub collaborated on a 2015 HBO documentary. The opening reception for the Chazen exhibit is Jan. 24. Jan. 24 to May 12

“Masterworks I”5 must-see events in January

Cellist Miriam K. Smith returns to Madison for a second engagement with the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, which opens its season with the highly regarded Masterworks series. The 11-year-old Cincinnati native who first picked up the cello at age 4 and made her orchestral debut at 8, will perform “Cello Concerto in A Minor” by French composer Camille Saint-Saëns at Overture Center for the Arts’ Capitol Theater. Smith first played with WCO in July 2018 at a Concerts on the Square performance. Other works slated for “Masterworks I” are Beethoven’s “Symphony No. 8” and “String Sonata No. 2” by Italian composer Domenico Cimarosa. Jan. 25

Noname5 must-see events in January

Chicago-born rapper noname – real name Fatimah Warner – made a name for herself by working with renowned artists like Chance the Rapper during her early music career. She vaulted onto the national stage with her own album “Telefone.” That disc, which delves into her experience growing up on Chicago’s South Side, secured her a performance slot at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival last year even though the 2016 album wasn’t a new release. Noname and her band will perform at The Sylvee on Jan. 26 to promote the 2018 album “Room 25,” which is filled with darkly complex and confident songs referring to her age and a nomadic existence spent living in hotels while songwriting. “Sometimes I’m rapping and writing more to melody than I am to drums, the way most rappers do,” Noname told Rolling Stone about the songs on “Room 25.” Jan. 26

“The Flop House”5 must-see events in January

Comedy writers Dan McCoy and Elliott Kalan met while working on “The Daily Show” with Jon Stewart. In 2007, they began producing “The Flop House” podcast, a hilarious, off-the-wall and brutally honest semimonthly breakdown of bad movies. McCoy and Kalan will be joined by fellow flopper Stuart Wellington during a live show at Wisconsin Union Theater’s Shannon Hall, where they’ll discuss flicks that typically are commercial flops. “Good bad movies are ones where an auteur is trying to bring his vision to life; ideally, he is going to write, direct and star in those things,” Wellington told the A.V. Club in March 2018. Jan. 26