50 summer arts events to attend in June
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The James Watrous Gallery at Overture wraps up solo exhibitions from Gwen Avant and Gregory Klassen. In Avant’s “Either Way,” her visceral watercolors come out of a wrestling match with the canvas, raw and unconscious. In “Helioptropism,” Gregory Klassen truly infuses the nature into his paintings with soil, plants and other natural forces.
Through July 3, overturecenter.org
Musical comedy “Spread the Nudes” follows a Christian rock band with a Jewish drummer, gay-curious bassist and female-tempted lead singer to a big gig. Catch the show at Broom Street Theater.
June 3-11, bstonline.org
Eight artists display what man’s best friend means to them in “Best in Show: Dogs in Art,” an exhibition on display in Overture Center’s Playhouse Gallery. Ranging in media from sculpture to watercolor, these artists take on the canine subject with creative originality.
Through June 19, overturecenter.org
Carolyn Jenkinson looks at history of Mexico through the traditional “huipil” garment of Mexico, a woven dress that’s evolved over time in her exhibition “Ancient Looms, Modern Thread: Contemporary Handwoven Garments from Oaxaca, Mexico” at Nancy Nicholas Hall.
Through August 13, sohe.wisc.edu
“All-Licensed Fool: Animations by Allison Schulnik and Wong Ping” brings two different projects to MMoCA. Both exploring the monstrousness of the human form within surrealistic worlds, view Schulnik’s film “Eager” and Ping’s film “An Emo Nose” in the museum’s Imprint Gallery.
Through August 28, mmoca.org
In “Claire Stigliani: Half-Sick of Shadows,” the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art reveals a new body of work by the Brooklyn-based artist known for infusing her mixed-media drawings with references to fairy tales and pop culture to probe ideas of femininity.
Through Sept. 3, mmoca.org
Gallery Marzen’s current exhibition, “Dolls and Deviants” features work from Molly Carter on fashion and femininity and prints from Jason Ruhl that deconstruct musical compositions.
Through July 1, gallerymarzen.com
Featuring infrared photographs by Wisconsin artists and a tribute to the father of infrared photography, “Wisconsin Landscapes in Infrared” is the Madison Science Museum’s newest exhibit.
Through August 13, madisonsciencemuseum.org
“Compassionate Eye: The Art of Frances Myers” at MMoCA’s Henry Street Gallery displays print-making from the long and illustrious career of artist Frances Mayers, a long-time educator at UW-Madison.
Through October 2, mmoca.org
The Wisconsin Veterans Museum unveiled their latest exhibition, “The Art of Persuasion: Mobilizing the Masses in World War I.” Learn about the deep influence of propaganda for free at the Mifflin Street museum.
Through March 2017, wivetsmuseum.com
The Organic Quintet plays a jazz set at Central Library as part of the Greater Madison Jazz Consortium “InDIGenous” Jazz series.
June 10, jazzinmadison.org
Rhythm and blues band Sonny Knight and the Lakers bring back authentic soul at Majestic Theater. The Minneapolis band’s retro sound is a throwback to music legends like James Brown and Otis Redding.
June 10, majesticmadison.com
The Bach Dancing and Dynamite Society’s annual chamber music festival, now in its twenty-fifth year, returns to the Stoughton Opera House. “Silver Jubilee” combines contemporary pieces with classical masterworks.
June 10-12, stoughtonoperahouse.com
Grammy-winning blues rock band Cage the Elephant takes the biggest stage in town at the Alliant Energy Center for an in-your-face concert.
June 11, alliantenergycenter.com
The Haiti Allies benefit welcomes Richard Shindell to Art in the Barn in Fitchburg. The folk singer-songwriter plays an outdoor concert to raise funds for Haiti Allies.
June 11, haitiallies.org
Kick off a summer full of local festivals at the Marquette Waterfront Festival. The festival features two days of music lineups on two stages, a Dandelion Dash 5k and a Fool’s Flotilla from the locks at Lake Mendota to Yahara Place Park with floating bands on the water.
A fresh voice in music, Adia Victoria stops by The Frequency on her Me & the Devil tour to share her “back-porch-blues-swamp-cat-lady-howlin’-at-the-moon” sound.
June 16, madisonfrequency.com
Enjoy two days of jazz music and sunshine at the Isthmus Jazz Festival on the Terrace. Venture to the UW Memorial Union’s Fredric March Playhouse or the outdoor stage for lineups including the Madison Jazz Orchestra, Caravan Gypsy Swing Ensemble, Gerri DiMaggio and more.
June 17-18, isthmusjazzfestival.com
Madison’s newest musical theater company, Capital City Theater, presents the classic showbiz mom musical, “Gypsy.” A story inspired by the memoirs of Gypsy Rose Lee, watch Mama Rose morph her daughters into performers at Overture’s Capitol Theater. The Broadway musical includes beloved standards “Rose’s Turn” and “Everything’s Coming Up Roses.”
Hear Adrian Binckley’s mastery of a larger-than-life instrument at a free organ concert at Overture Center.
June 18, overturecenter.org
Sit lakeside at the Edgewater Hotel’s plaza and enjoy music from the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra at a free concert on the gorgeous patio.
June 18, theedgewater.com
Sex pop band Tickle Torture brings their risque act to The Frequency.
June 18, madisonfrequency.com
Hear who is making waves in the local music scene at the MAMAs! The Madison Area Music Awards take place at Overture. With performances from past winners like the Jimmys and Dogs of War, a red carpet and awards up for grabs, the event is an exciting celebration of local artists and music education.
June 19, themamas.org
This DIY music festival is happening anywhere and everywhere in Madison! Make Music Madison fills stages, sidewalks and lawns all over Madison for a community festival with room for all skill levels. Attend a concert or strike up one of your own to celebrate the summer solstice.
June 21, makemusicmadison.org
The king of song parodies comes to Overture Center for the Arts. Weird Al Yankovic promises laughs, music and his penchant for spoofing songs old and new, from “Eat It” to “White and Nerdy.”
June 21, overturecenter.org
The Madison Contemporary Vision Dance Company mesmerizes with modern movement in a free performance at Monona Public Library for the 2016 Wednesdays at ONE library program.
June 22, mcvdance.com
The Bodega at Breese Stevens Field, a brand new outdoor market, unites local craftspeople, artists, farmers, food carts and musicians in one historic spot.
June 23, breesestevensfield.com
Adapted from Franz Kafka’s acclaimed novel, “The Trial” is a play about a man trapped in a surreal system of justice. See the stage adaptation of this classic at UW Memorial Union’s Fredric March Play Circle, presented by Fermat’s Last Theater Company.
June 23-July 7, union.wisc.edu
Dark Star Orchestra, a dedicated Grateful Dead tribute band, recreates a jam set from the Dead song by song at the first Live on King Street concert. Presented by the Majestic, the free outdoor series takes place just off the Square in front of the Majestic marquee.
June 24, liveonkingstreet.com
Saturday Night Live’s New York City-bred wunderkind Pete Davidson performs a stand-up set at the Barrymore Theater.
June 25, barrymorelive.com
Explore local art from community members at the Tenney/Lapham Neighborhood Art Walk. The fifteenth annual art walk is a self-guided tour that turns neighborhood streets into gallery spaces. Download the map and check out artwork from fourteen different area artists.
June 26, tenneylapham.org
All-time great singer-songwriter Gordon Lightfoot plays in Madison. Catch the legendary artist share old hits and new tunes at Overture Center.
June 27, overturecenter.org
Explore two- and three-dimensional representations of landscape in “Hair-Trigger Eternities” at Overture Center’s Playhouse Gallery. Hand-cut paper by Caryn Ann Bendrick, photographs by Marissa Mackey and sculptures by Barbara Landes and Paul Sullivan meditate on topography and the natural spaces that surround us.
June 27-September 4, overturecenter.org
Summer in Madison doesn’t truly begin until Concerts on the Square start! The Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra’s beloved series returns to the Capitol lawn. Headliner and pianist Liam Mayo will play. Mayo was the winner of the 2016 Young Artist Concerto.
June 29, wcoconcerts.org