50 things to do in Madison this January

Ring in the new year with music and dance
orchestra of musicians is in front of a screen with harry potter
The Madison Symphony Orchestra performs John Williams’ score to Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets live in concert on June 16-17. 

Comedy
Chicago improv student turned Saturday Night Live star Alex Moffat comes to Comedy on State. You know Moffat for voicing Jimmy in “Ralph Breaks the Internet,” his role as Anthony on “Billions” and, of course, his impression of Eric Trump on “Saturday Night Live.” Jan. 2-4

Music
Check out several of Wisconsin’s best hip-hop artists ‑ including Lucien Parker, Mic Kellog, Bravo, Genesis Renji, Outside Voices, Eli B and Supa Friends – at the Wisconsin Hip-Hop Fest at the Majestic Theatre, the first of several genre-specific lineups this month at various Madison venues. Jan. 3

Music
Continue the musical adventure with the Wisconsin Punk Fest at the High Noon Saloon, featuring Gender Confetti, Coasting, Something To Do, Telethon, We Should Have Been DJs, No Question, Parsing, Courtesy of Tim and Clean Room. Jan. 3

Music
Explore the jazzier voices of Wisconsin with the Paul Dietrich Big Band, Mike Cammilleri Trio and Isthmus Bones at the Wisconsin Jazz Fest at Majestic. Jan. 4

Theater
Take the kids to see juggler and comedian Truly Remarkable Loon at one of three shows on the Rotunda Stage at the Overture Center for the Arts. Jan. 4

Music
Celebrate the life and music of David Bowie with DJ Young American at Bowie’s Birthday Bash at High Noon Saloon. Jan. 8

Music
Blues artist G. Love has collaborated with Lucinda Williams, Dave Matthews, The Avett Brothers and Jack Johnson. He and his band, Special Sauce, come to Majestic with their new with a new album-worth of material, “The Juice,” co-written and co-produced with Keb Mo’. Jan. 9

Music
Steve Forbert brings his toe-tapping folk rock to The Winnebago. Jan. 9

Music
DJ Logic grew up on jazz music but quickly became intrigued by the Bronx hip-hop scene. He’s been experimenting with fusing the genres ever since. See DJ Logic at High Noon Saloon this month. Jan. 9

Talk
Could changing our consumption habits help alleviate the climate change crisis in a meaningful way? Jennifer Bucheit delves into the topic with her photography project “Again and Again: A Reflection on Consumer Culture” at the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art. Attend a discussion on the topic “(How) Does Conscious Consumption Matter?” at MMoCA. Jan. 10

Music
Explore the Wisconsin bluegrass scene with Chicken Wire Empire, Fireside Collective, Barbaro and Dig Deep at the Wisconsin Bluegrass Fest at Majestic. Jan. 10

Art
Visit Overture’s three art galleries to see “The Space Between” by Rachel Durfee and Denise Presnell, “Human Identity Portrait Stories” by Natalie Ergas, Yongchul Kwon and Jerry Jordan and “Sleepwalk” by Kassandra Palmer and Justin Parks. Meet the artists at the Overture Galleries Winter Exhibition ReceptionJan. 10

Comedy
Comedian, TV host and former professional tennis star Michael Kosta comes to Comedy on State this month. Kosta hosted Fox Sports 1’s “Crowd Goes Wild” and recently made his debut on “The Daily Show with Trevor Noah.” Jan. 10-11

Music
Hear from some of Wisconsin’s best blues artists like Kelsey Miles, Xavier Lynn & Stackhouse, The Family Business, Madtown Mannish Boys and Boo Mullarky of Boo Bradley at the Wisconsin Blues Fest at Majestic. Jan. 11

Theater
Relationships are tumultuous and “Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus” does not shy away from the highs and lows of dating and marriage. Straight off its Off-Broadway success, this John Gray book turned play comes to the Overture Center for the Arts stage.  Jan. 10-11

Film
Travel back in time to the roaring twenties through a Duck Soup Cinema screening of the silent film “Good References” at Overture Center for the Arts. Jan. 11

Event
Kakani Katja quit the U.S. International Figure Skating Team to study marine life. She takes us through the ecosystems below the surface at “National Geographic Live: Designed by Nature” at Overture Center for the Arts. Jan. 14

Music
Twenty-one-time Grammy nominated bluegrass artist Dwight Yoakam brings a little bit of country soul to Overture Center. Jan. 16

Music
Keep your eye on Black Pumas because they are rising quickly. This Grammy-nominated group will perform songs from their self-titled debut album at Majestic. Jan. 16

Comedy
You may recognize Joe List from the second season of “The Stand Ups” on Netflix or heard bits from his albums “So Far No Good” and “Are You Mad at Me?” on Sirius Radio. List comes to Comedy on State. Jan. 16-18

Music
The critically acclaimed North Mississippi All-Stars but out their latest album, “Up and Rolling,” in October and it benefits from appearances by Mavis Staples and Jason Isbell. Here the band’s soulful tunes at Majestic. Jan. 17 

Dance
Madison Ballet’s “Inside Out” is a window into the life of dancers of color who struggle to meet the demands of conforming to traditional beauty norms in order to achieve artistic success. See this one-of-a-kind performance at Overture Center. Jan. 17-25

Music
The homegrown, genre-centric series of music fests continue at the Majestic with the Wisconsin Funk Fest featuring Phat Phunktion, Immigre, Black Market Brass, The Funkee Jbeez and DJ Phil Money. Jan. 18

Music
Soul, jazz, R&B and rock are all evident in the music of Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio. Check them out at The Winnebago. Jan. 18

Event
Is there anything more quintessentially Wisconsin than beer and cheese? Embrace your ice-fishing, Packer-loving side at the Isthmus Beer and Cheese Fest. Jan. 18

Music
Film, music and theater all come together to tell the story of Prokofiev’s renowned Symphony No. 5. Actors from American Players Theatre lead you through the World War II-era history of the piece. Experience “Beyond the Score: Sergei Prokofiev, Symphony No. 5.” At Overture Center. Jan. 19

Music
Instrumental hip-hop artist Blockhead showcases his newest album “Bubble Bath” with special guests Arms and Sleepers and il:lo at High Noon Saloon. Jan. 22

Dance
The Seldoms explore the way people are treating this earth and the detrimental impact we’re having in their new piece “Floe” at Wisconsin Union Theater. Jan. 22-24

Comedy
New York-based comedian Emmy Blotnick, a former staff writer for “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” and head writer for Comedy Central’s “The President Show,” performs at Comedy on State this January. Jan. 23-25

Theater
In David Daniel’s solo show “Every Brilliant Thing.” a six-year-old boy decides to make a list of all the things that are brilliant about the world after his mother is hospitalized. The list starts with ice cream, water fights and staying up past bedtime. He continues the list through his adulthood. This touching coming-of-age story comes to Overture Center via Forward Theater Co. Jan. 23- Feb. 9 

Music
Chicago-based duo Whitney perform songs from their new album “Forever Turned Around.” They’ll be joined onstage by Japanese quartet Chai which draws inspiration from the kawaii subculture of Japan. See these two groups perform at The Sylvee. Jan. 24  

Comedy
Christopher Titus, creator of the Fox show “Titus” comes to Barrymore Theatre with a 90-minute set of “Stories I Shouldn’t Tell.” Jan. 24

Music
Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra featuring Orion Weiss on piano perform Mozart, Mendelssohn and Donald Fraser at Overture Center. Jan. 24

Theater
“The Game’s Afoot,” a comedy-murder mystery by Ken Ludwig, includes a shocking ending. Try to solve the mystery staged by the Sun Prairie Civic Theatre at Cardinal Heights Theatre. Jan. 24- Feb. 2

Theater
StageQ’s production “Next Fall” asks one question – how does love age? – while following the five-year relationship of Adam and Luke through their best and worst times. Come see this sweet story unfold at the Bartell Theatre. Jan. 24- Feb. 8

Comedy
After 30 years in the comedy business and traveling to perform in 100 cities, Brian Regan arrives at the Orpheum Theater. Jan. 25

Comedy
Comedian Andrew Santino starred in the Showtime series “I’m Dying up Here” produced by Jim Carey and starred in ABC’s “Mixology.” See his standup at Barrymore. Jan. 25

Music
After the wild success of his band Phish, Mike Gordon is on a solo tour performing songs from his fifth album, “Ogogo,” at “An Evening with Mike Gordon (of Phish)” at Majestic. Jan. 25

Music
Fellow Midwesterners Trampled by Turtles bring their Duluth-rooted bluegrass and folk music to The Sylvee. They’ll be joined by Coulee Boys. Jan. 25

Music
The Escher String Quartet cellist David Finckel perform Schubert’s Quinet in C Major D at Wisconsin Union Theater’s Shannon Hall. Jan. 25

Music
“Dino-Light” tells the story of a scientist who brings a dinosaur to life. The story isn’t told through actors, singers, musicians or even film but through light. Ian Carney and Corbin Popp wield this medium like you’ve never witnessed before. Kids of all ages are welcome to the spectacle at Overture Center. Jan. 26

Music
The harmonies by the sibling singers of Bailen are especially tight. Raised by musicians, the trio has been singing together since childhood. See Bailen perform at High Noon Saloon. Jan. 28

Dance
Celebrate the new decade Irish style at the “Riverdance 25th Anniversary Show” at Overture Center. Jan. 28-30

Film
Enjoy inflatable swords, tiaras, trivia games and themed cocktails during a screening of “The Princess Bride” at Majestic. It will be an inconceivably good time. Jan. 30

Special Event
Five magicians with 30 million online views between them will blow your mind at “Champions of Magic” at Overture Center. Jan. 30

Special Event
An indoor cycling class takes place in the lobby of Madison Museum of Contemporary Art. Participate in Art Velo, a unique fundraiser for a unique museum. Jan. 30

Comedy
If you don’t recognize Joel Kim Booster‘s face from NBC’s “Sunnyside,” you’ll surely recognize his voice from his roles on “BoJack Horseman” and “Big Mouth.” See Booster’s stand up set at Comedy on State. Jan. 30- Feb. 1

Music and Film
Whip out your wand and fly your Hippogriff over to Overture Center for a screening of “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban in Concert” with the Madison Symphony Orchestra. Experience the magical film like you’ve never have. Jan. 31- Feb. 1

Music
The duo of Mandolin Orange create a sound and story through music that rivals an entire Orchestra. See Mandolin Orange at Stoughton Opera House. Jan. 31

Theater
When the Northern Lights cast their glow over a small town in Maine mid-winter, the residents will never be the same again. Love is in the frigid air and hearts are healed and broken in the most unlikely of ways. Come see this seasonally appropriate “Almost, Maine” at Bartell Theatre. Jan. 31- Feb 15

Dana Munro is an editorial intern at Madison Magazine.

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