51 flavors of arts and entertainment in June

Outdoor concerts, festivals, stage plays and more
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. 

Theater
Capital City Theatre presents “The Hunchback of Notre Dame,” based on the novel by Victor Hugo and songs from the Disney film. A deformed bell ringer longs to observe Paris and be free from his devious caretaker. June 1-3

Theater
Theatre LILA, in partnership with the Overture Center, invites you to its production of “The Whoopensocker Show.” The stories and poems written by students of the Madison Metropolitan School District were handed to LILA actors, who then created a full-length performance from the material. June 1-3

Music
For the first time ever, the 2018 Isthmus Jazz Fest spans 10 days. The event, which has evolved into a city-wide celebration of jazz, includes jazz performances at venues throughout Madison, including a Strollin’ series on State Street. June 1-10

Art
The Garver Gallery is set to display the work of John Wilde, a painter and printmaker who produces imagery of people, animal and objects that populate a fantasy world. Wilde, a Wisconsin-native, received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in art from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He went on to teach for 35 years. June 1-30

Art
The Chazen Museum of Art opens a new exhibit – “Watanabe: Japanese Print Envoy” – showcasing the works of artists and craftsmen under the employment of Shozaburo Watanabe, who started a publishing business to create Japanese prints “in the time-honored tradition of Hokusai and Hiroshige.” The prints are colorful portraits of Japanese people. June 1 through September 2

Music
Con vivo! hosts its spring concert at First Congregational Church. Antonin Dvorak’s “Romance in F Minor” is on the program as well a “Quintet for clarinet and strings” by Johannes Brahms. June 2

Art
The Madison Museum of Contemporary Art welcome a new exhibition: “The House of Sparkling Glasses: A Celluloid Experience by M.J. Paggie.” The collection consists of 16 short films from the late 1960s to the early 1970s by independent cinematographer M.J. Paggie. Each video is linked to the history of Madison and to MMoCA. June 2 through Sept. 2

Music
The Majestic Theatre celebrates its 10th annual SummerJam. Through the summer, the venue presents some of the best local talent around Madison. For its second event in the series, The Werks – a dance, jam, funk and rock band – takes the stage. June 7

Comedy
After graduating from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, Kevin Bozeman had a strong desire to only work an hour a day. Comedy fit that agenda. Thirteen years after debuting at an open mic night in Madison, the “Last Comic Standing” semi-finalist returns to the Comedy Club on State. June 7-9

Special Event
The Chazen Museum of Art’s “Summer Spin” is a Thursday night series that brings the museum outside. Each week, activities change – ranging from showings of “Finding Nemo” to the “Make Music Madison” event where local musicians showcase their original compositions. Refreshing treats are provided. June 7, 14, 21 and 28; July 5 12, 19 and 26; August 2, 9, 16 and 23

Music
Acoustic guitarist Leo Kottke and vocalist Shana Morrison are at the Barrymore Theatre for a night of country and blues music. And with any luck, Morrison might showcase her pop and R&B vocal background to diversify the night even more. June 8

Special Event
Join the Wisconsin Historical Society and the Central Madison Business Improvement District every Friday this summer at The Grove on State Street to partake in a fun, outdoor educational experience for kids and families. Hands-on activities work to highlight parts of Wisconsin’s history. June 8

Music
The 6th Annual Handel Aria Competition takes place at Mills Concert Hall on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus. The 2018 finalists are set to perform selections by Handel, accompanied by the Madison Bach Musicians. First, second and third place prizes are awarded. June 8

Music
The Frequency celebrates its 10th anniversary and the end of its reign as Madison’s go-to punk and rock venue with a two-night bill. (The Frequency closes its doors at the end of June.) The event features Dead Ride, Faun Fables and more. June 8-9

Theater
Travel back to Philadelphia in Four Seasons Theatre’s staging of the musical “1776.” John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson and more colonists are about to declare independence from Great Britain, and at the Wisconsin Union Theatre, you can have a front row seat to that historical moment. June 8-10

Art
The Abel Contemporary Gallery welcomes three new exhibitions: Jose Sierra’s “New Work in Clay,” a group show titled “Grayscale” and Eric Ford’s “In the Cooler.” June 8-22

Theater
Mercury Players Theatre’s production of “TEMPS! The Musical!” by Catherine Capellaro and Andrew Rohn is at the Bartell Theatre. Set in the mid-1990s, a group of workers unite to expose their bosses and politicians’ plan to destroy labor unions. June 8-9, 13, 15-17, and 21-23

Theater
Stage Q partners with the Bartell Theatre for its production “Queer Shorts: Unity.” Similar to previous years, the annual short play festival represents the full spectrum of the LGBTQ community and efforts to unify. June 8-9, 13-14, 15-17, and 20-23

Music
The Bach Dancing and Dynamite Society presents its 27th annual summer chamber music festival, “Toy Stories,” a 12-part concert series over three weekends at Overture Center’s Playhouse, the Stoughton Opera House and the Hillside Theatre at Taliesin in Spring Green. The concerts hope to recapture the imaginative spirit that comes from playing with toys. June 8-10, 15-17, 22-24

Special Event
Madison’s Children Museum houses its 2018 “Summer Palooza.” Kids can enjoy free museum admission all day, live performances outside and a community parade around Capitol Square. Performance highlights include the Black Star Drum Line and the Wild Rumpus Circus. The event is free and open to children of all ages. June 9

Special Event
The Marquette Waterfront Festival invites you to take a stroll along the Yahara River at Yahara Place Park, partake in the Dandelion Dash kids’ run, enjoy food by local vendors and take in the live music. June 9-10

Art
The Overture Galleries welcome three new exhibitions. Gallery I displays “Random | Acts | Memory” by Amy Bethel and Lorraine Reynolds. The show repurposes and rebuilds three-dimensional objects that blend nature, history and technology. Gallery II is “Captured in Time,” a collection of collages that evoke memory and mystery, by Sharon Beckman and Sunil Gopalan. And finally, Gallery III is an exhibition that investigates beauty as a cultural construct titled by #ReclaimBeauty and Comfort Wasikhongo. June 12 through September 2

Special Event
The Capital Times hosts “Cap Times Talks” at the High Noon Saloon, a live panel discussion on topics of interest to you as a Madisonian. This time the panel focuses on Madison’s outdoor festivals. Specifically, are there too many or not enough? June 13

Art
The Class of 1925 Gallery at Memorial Union houses the exhibition “The 602 in the Sixties” by John Riggs. Riggs tended bar at the 602 Club, a hotspot for artists, activists, intellectuals and the gay community. At the time, Riggs was also at the start of his photography career, and he took photographs while mixing drinks and schmoozing. June 13 through July 27

Music
Monona Terrace’s “Concerts on the Rooftop” series continues with a performance by BritBeat, a Beatles tribute band. BritBeat plays The Beatles’ repertoire from the band’s early days at the Cavern Club to the later years at Abbey Road. June 14

Music
“Live on King Street” is back for the summer with its first of six Friday night concerts on in front of the Majestic Theatre on King Street. The night features Cracker, an alt-rock Americana band on tour to promote its 10th studio album “Berkeley to Bakersfield.” June 15

Theater
Broom Street Theater’s “A Contest of Wills” takes place in a post-Trump America. Themes of greed, lust and murder take center stage as Will Masters, Jr. is robbed of his inheritance, home and partner by his father. June 15-16, 21-23, 28-30 and July 5-7

Music
Steely Dan and the Doobie Brothers have a lot in common: Both were popular in the 1970s, managed by Irving Azoff and legends of rock. They team up for “The Summer of Living Dangerously” tour, which stops at Breese Stevens Field. Open to all ages. June 16

Dance
Move Out Loud takes Overture Center’s Capitol Theater stage for its 2018 spring performance. The event includes everything from ballet and jazz to tap, musical theater and hip-hop. June 16

Theater
Music Theatre of Madison presents “Hephaestus” at the Madison Opera Center. The world premier workshop invites audience members to see the musical in its early stage and give feedback. June 16-17

Music
The Madison Symphony Orchestra performs John Williams’ score to Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets live in concert. Live out the magic while the movie is screened directly behind the orchestra from start to finish. June 16-17

Theater
American Players Theatre kicks off its 2018 season with Shakespeare’s “As You Like It” at the Hill Theatre. The production, directed by James Bohnen, celebrates being human, mistakes and all. After fleeing persecution, protagonist Rosalind finds safety and love in the Forest of Arden. June 16, 24 and 27; click here for dates in July-Oct.

Theater
Blood Knot,” starring Jim DeVita (Madison Magazine’s 2018 best local actor), is about family and race. The love between two brothers transcends skin color and digs “beneath the surface of what makes [them] kin.” Do they like what they find? Find out at APT’s Touchstone Theatre. June 16 (sold out), 23 (sold out), 24 and 27; click here for July to Sept. dates.

Special Event
The 15th Annual MAMA Awards are presented on Overture Center’s Capitol Theater stage. The Grammy’s of Madison celebrate the wide range of talent and strong work ethic of local musicians. June 17

Music
Join the Madison Symphony Orchestra for its “Concert on the Green.” While golfing is optional, the event includes a cocktail party, concert and dinner at Bishops Bay Country Club overlooking Lake Mendota. All proceeds benefit MSO’s Education and Community Engagement programs. June 18

Music
High Noon Saloon hosts the “Ragged Roots Music Fest Pre-Party.” The lineup includes Old Soul Society, a Wisconsin-based group firmly rooted in American folk, rock and soul, as well as Mark Joseph and the American Soul, known for its freestyle approach to its live shows. June 22

Theater
Young Shakespeare Players presents George Bernard Shaw’s “Saint Joan,” a play about the 15th century French military figure Joan of Arc. June 22-24 and 28-30

Theater
School House Rock Live! Jr.” is performed at the Sun Prairie Civic Theatre. The musical is inspired by the Emmy award-winning Saturday morning educational cartoon series. Notable songs include “Just a Bill” and “Conjunction Junction.” June 22-24

Theater
Madison Shakespeare Co. presents “Taming of the Shrew” at the Edgewood College Amphitheater. The Shakespearean comedy depicts the courtship of Katherina, a headstrong shrew, and Petruchio who attempts to tame her. June 22 through July 1

Dance
Li Chiao-Ping Dance performs its Summer Dance Concert at the Margaret H’Doubler Performance Space in Madison. Since moving to Madison in 1993, Li Chiao-Ping Dance has produced emotionally charged and athletic dance works. This concert falls in line with that same tradition. June 23

Music
The iHeart Radio Rooftop Party at Monona Terrace brings iHeartRadio DJs, food and beverages ro one place. The night ends with a spectacular view of fireworks over the lake. June 23

Comedy
Aunty Donna, an Australian three-piece comedy team, stops at the Overture Center’s Capitol Theater for a night of fast-paced comedy. June 23

Theater
American Player Theatre welcomes the American comedy “Born Yesterday” by Garson Kanin to its Hill Theatre stage. After Harry Brock – a corrupt junk dealer with dreams of becoming a senator – brings his showgirl mistress Billie Dawn with him to Washington D.C., he realizes his girlfriend’s behavior is a liability to his goal. Brock hires a journalist to educate her, but strong-headed Dawn has no desire to play by Brock’s rules and starts interfering in his plans. June 23, 29; click here for July-Sept. dates.

Music
Olbrich Botanical Gardens welcomes Trapper Schoepp, a folk rock musical artist, to its Great Lawn as part of the garden’s summer concert series. Throughout the summer, Olbrich hosts a wide variety of music – from folk, soul, jazz and more – every Tuesday. June 26

Music
Legendary performer and composer Yanni stops at Overture Center’s Overture Hall on his “Live at the Acropolis Anniversary Concert Tour.” June 26

Music
Cellist Matthew Udry joins the Wisconsin Chamber orchestra for Concerts on the Square. Just 18 years old, Udry has already studied at the Cello Institute of Milwaukee and is a member of the 12-cello ensemble I Cellisti. June 27

Music
The Mascot Theory, a local folk-country-rock band, is at High Noon Saloon for the venue’s Summer Patio Series. Every Thursday this summer, live music, food and beverages can be enjoyed on its patio. June 28

Special Event
The first-ever LunART Festival takes place in various venues across Madison. The festival works to promote, support and celebrate women in the arts. Thus, all artistic creators – whether composers, writers, visual artists, etc. – in the festival are women. June 28-30

Theater
The Recruiting Officer comes to American Player Theatre’s Hill Theatre stage. Worthy and Plume arrive in Shrewsbury with the intention to see the women they love – Melinda and Sylvia. But Melinda has no plans to become a mistress and Sylvia, mourning her brother’s death, disguises herself as a man to escape her grief. The result is comedic chaos. June 30; click here for July to Sept. dates.

Music
The Edgewater rocks the dock for its 4th Annual Fourth Fest, featuring People Brothers Band, carnival games, kids’ entertainment and waterfront fun. The event also includes a performance by the Mad City Ski Team. June 30

Theater
In Eugene Ionesco’s “Exit the King” – at American Player Theatre’s Touchstone Theatre – King Berenger faces a world teetering on the brink of an apocalypse and his own demise. The king’s first wife, Marguerite, wants him to face his mortality headon, but Marie, his second wife, wishes to shield him from the news. June 30 (sold out); click here for July to Sept. dates.

Abigail Carpenter is an editorial intern at Madison Magazine.