54 places to be this November

Honoring veterans and early holiday shopping
54 places to be this November
Courtesy of Get Back Wisconsin
Get Back Wisconsin, a four-piece Madison band dedicated to studying and covering The Beatles, take the Barrymore stage to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the renowned band's White Album this month.

Theater

Forward Theater Co. stages the Wisconsin premiere of “Fun Home,” a Broadway musical based on the graphic novel-memoir by Alison Bechtel, with Tony Award-winning actress Karen Olivo in the lead role. The play follows the graphic novelist as she grapples with the legacy of her father, a brilliant man who dies unexpectedly. Nov. 1-4, 7-11, 14-18, 20-21 & 23-25

Comedy

Madison natives Joe Pickett and Nick Prueher come home and bring with them to the Barrymore Theatre, for one night only, The Found Footage Festival, in which they make fun of clips from old VHS tapes — including corporate training videos and home movies recovered from thrift stores and garage sales. Nov. 2

Comedy

A successful standup comic since the 1970s, Paula Poundstone is probably best known for her frequent appearances on “Wait, Wait … Don’t Tell Me,” the weekly comedy news quiz show on National Public Radio. Poundstone’s second book “The Totally Unscientific Study of the Search for Human Happiness,” was published last year. And she continues to host the weekly podcast “Nobody Listens to Paula Pounstone.” If you don’t, you’re missing out on her singular sharp wit. Nov. 2

Music

Kamasi Washington, a saxophone player and full orchestra arranger, infuses jazz with hip-hop, R&B and classical music, and his recent albums “The Epic” and “Heaven and Earth” are as ambitious as they are triumphant. Catch him Friday night at The Sylvee with progressive jazz band Butcher Brown opening. Nov. 2

Music

I’m With Her is the folk/bluegrass supergroup comprised of Sara Watkins singer and fiddler for the family bluegrass band Nickel Creek), Sarah Jarosz (2017 Grammy Award winner for best folk album and best American roots performance) and Aoife O’Donovan (lead singer of the bluegrass string band Crooked Still). The women named their band I’m with Her before Hillary Clinton made it the slogan of her ill-fated presidential campaign. The trio of women bring their harmonies and friendly banter to Shannon Hall. Nov. 2

Theater

Madison Opera presents two classic one-act operas “Cavalleria Rusticana” and “Pagliacci,” (Rustic Chivalry” and “The Clowns” in translation) as a double feature. Nov. 2 & 4

Comedy

Comedy filmmaker and producer Judd Apatow returns to stand-up after a 25-year hiatus. He wrote and directed several films, including “Bridesmaids” and “Knocked Up,” and more recently directed the documentary “The Zen Diaries of Gary Shandling.” Nov. 2-4

Theater

Titanic: The Musical doesn’t capture the star-crossed love tale of Jack and Rose, but the lives of the crew and passengers on the ship before it sank and explores causes of the tragedy. The main character in this Stoughton Village Players production is the ship itself. Nov. 2-4 & 8-11

Theater

Madison Theatre Guild presents “The Best Man,” a political thriller by Gore Vidal about opponents vying for the presidential seat in the 1960s primary. Nov. 2-3, 8-11 & 15-17

Music

The fifth-annual Flannel Fest brings together several regional Americana music makers. This year the headliner is Chicago’s Miles Nielsen and the Rusted Hearts. (The son of Cheap Trick guitarist Rick Nielsen, Miles and his band are more roots rock than dad’s band is power pop.) Local favorites in the lineup include Mascot Theory, Beth Kille Band and Driveway Thriftdwellers. So breakout your best flannel for the fest, a fund-raiser for the Keep Wisconsin Warm/Cool Fund, a statewide nonprofit that keeps the heat and power on for needy residents. Nov. 3

Music

Watch the beloved duo Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel’s rise to music fame in “The Simon & Garfunkel Story,” a compilation of original tour footage and a live band covering hits like “Mrs. Robinson” at the Overture Center. Nov. 3

Music

Since he started performing with The Melody Makers as a child, Jamaican-American reggae artist Stephen Marley — son of Bob and Rita Marley — has won eight Grammy Awards, three as a solo artist. Marley plays an acoustic show at the Barrymore. Nov. 3

Art

In honor of Veterans Day, the Veteran Print Project: The Transience of Narrative opens Nov. 3 in Overture’s Playhouse Gallery. For 10 years, the Veteran Print Project has brought veterans and artists together and produced works that help civilians better understand past wars and ongoing overseas conflicts. Opens Nov. 3, reception Nov. 12

Music

Nature and chamber music connect in Chance Ensemble‘s performances in which they set John Muir words over alternative chamber music in order to place audiences in the woods and emphasize the importance of art and wilderness. Nov. 4

Music

November features almost half of the Edgewood College Music Department‘s fall repertoire, with performances from the Jazz Ensemble, Edgewood Chamber Orchestra and the first night of their 91st Annual Christmas Concert. Nov. 4, 11 & 30

Dance

On the Madison stop of its extended U.S. tour, Ballet Folklórico de Mexico will perform classic choreography from the company’s 66-year history that combine the culture, movement, costume and folklore of a people, past and present. Nov. 6

Theater

Madison writer and motivational speaker Sagashus T. Levingston’s book “Infamous Mothers” adapts to the stage, under the direction of M List honoree Marie Justice, to tell the remarkable stories of six real and four fictionalized women. Nov. 8-11, 15-18 & 23-24

Music

The red blazer-clad MadHatters a cappella group belts tunes from the 20th century all the way up to today’s top hits at their 21st fall concert. Nov. 9

Music

Madison Symphony Orchestra’s Music Director John DeMain’s 25th anniversary with the group coincides with another special milestone: composer and conductor Leonard Bernstein’s 100th birth year. The orchestra’s show “Remembering Lenny” will honor his impact on American music. Nov. 9-11

Art

Abel Contemporary Gallery welcomes Nick DeVries’ intricate porcelain pieces and fabric collages forming abstract landscapes by Rachel Davis, along with an exhibit of small pieces by various artists — all for sale in time for holiday gift shopping. Opens Nov. 9

Theater

For over 30 years, theater-goers have watched a diabolical plant seek world domination in the hit musical “Little Shop of Horrors.” Now, Madisonians can watch poor Seymour face the wrath of Audrey II, the blood-thirsty alien plant, when Edgewood College Theatre actors hit the stage. Nov. 9-10 & 15-17

Comedy

Launched by Madison comedian Dina Nina Martinez, the 3rd Annual International Lady Laughs Comedy Festival will include six acts split between the fest’s two shows at the Barrymore Theater. Nov. 10

Special Event

In recognition of the 100th anniversary of World War I, the Wisconsin Veterans Museum is opening a special exhibit, “WWI Beyond the Trenches: Stories from the Front,” with guided tours offered on Veterans Day. Exhibit opens Nov. 10

Art

Support work by University of Wisconsin-Madison Master of Fine Arts candidates at Open Studio Day, where workspaces in the art lofts and the humanities building will be open, art will be sold, makers will speak on their processes and the public can participate in workshops. Nov. 10

Music

Get the kids grooving along with Mickey and Minnie Mouse, Sofia the First, Doc McStuffins and more Disney characters as they jam to the channel’s greatest hits in the interactive “Disney Junior Dance Party.” Nov. 10

Art

Madison’s Winter Art Fair Off the Square fills the Monona Terrace Convention Center with more than 135 Wisconsin makers selling woodworking pieces, pottery, paintings and more. There will even be a corner for kids 12 and under to pick out artwork of their own choosing. Nov. 10-11

Music

Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestra‘s fall concert repertoire lists Tchaikovsky and Stravinsky as some of the composers young musicians are tackling this season. They’ll have two shows in November, including small ensembles and a full band show. Nov. 10 & 16

Art

Madtown Artisans, a new area art group, will host a fall event at High Noon Saloon where more than 15 local makers will show and sell work from 3D paintings to jewelry. Nov. 11

Music

Go back in time to the groundbreaking heavy blues tunes of Cream with the descendants of original members Eric Clapton, Ginger Baker and Jack Bruce. They will cover the band’s hits on the group’s 50th anniversary. Nov. 14

Music

Started in 2013, 30 of Madison’s most powerful voices have kept gospel alive in the area. Fall Gospel Fest Choir‘s high energy songs of praise and joy will ring through Overture’s main halls. Admission is free. Nov. 14

Talk

TV host, newspaper columnist and traveler Rick Steves uses personal anecdotes and satirical commentary tas he reflects on his 30 years traveling across the globe. Expect Steves to touch on the intersection of travel and politics, especially in America, during his lecture at the Memorial Union. Nov. 15

Theater

“Consider It Not So Deeply,” an original work choreographed by UW-Madison Dance Department Assistant Professor Marlene Skog, explores the psyches of women in Shakespeare’s plays. A cast of 15 dancers and one actor will utilize dance, music and spoken word. Nov. 15-17

Music

In celebration of The Beatles’ White Album 50th anniversary, Madison-based band Get Back Wisconsin — a group dedicated to learning about and covering the entire Beatles discography — will join some friends and recreate an authentic performance of the entire album. Nov. 16

Music

The dream team of indie rock, broken-hearted crooners Julien Baker, Phoebe Bridgers and Lucy Dacus joined forces for a joint EP under the name boygenius, songs which will be played at their Sylvee show along with tunes from each artists’ solo records. Nov. 16

Art

The James Watrous Gallery‘s newest exhibits explore movement — connecting the moving body to technology through Nathaniel Stern’s print scans and Maggie Sasso’s weavings which mimic a stream’s current. Opens Nov. 16

Theater

UW-Madison student actors take on “opera’s earliest masterpiece” from 1643 — Monteverdi’s The Coronation of Poppea, a story in which virtue is frowned upon and ruthlessness is praised. The setting will be captured authentically and with genuine period instruments. Nov. 16-20

Music

Many of UW-Madison’s top vocalists, grouped together as Wisconsin Singers, explore America’s top hits from the past 50 years, including one-hit wonders and musical theater theme songs, in their newest show “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now!” Nov. 16-17

Reading

Six military veterans will gather for “In Good Company: A Reading by Veterans” at the Arts + Literature Laboratory to read their written works. Taking place shortly after Veterans Day, the event will include a reception. Nov. 17

Art

Check all the gifts off your holiday list with a one-stop shop at the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art’s Art & Gift Fair where nearly 100 booths will sell juried art. Wine, snacks and live entertainment will also be enjoyed. Nov. 17-18

Theater

Follow the adventures of Dewey Finn, a rocker faking it as a substitute teacher as he forms a band out of his students. In the musical stage adaptation of the popular film School of Rock, 14 new songs by composer Andrew Lloyd Weber are played by the kid rock band accompanying the actors. Nov. 20-25

Comedy

Midwest comedian Kevin Bozeman invites comedy headliners to his 14th annual Pre-Thanksgiving Show at Comedy on State. “You’ll never know who will stop by,” the club’s website says. Nov. 21

Music

Madison’s best Latin and salsa musicians come together for the 11th consecutive Latin Music Fest, an event people should be prepared to dance and party at. Proceeds benefit Centro Hispano of Dane County’s music program. Nov. 21

Special Event

Experience Madison’s local delicacies, and avoid the chaos at the mall, with Madison Makers Black Friday Market & Pub Crawl, serving only local brews and goods crafted by more than 85 local makers. Nov. 23

Music

The second Oakwood Chamber Players show of the season features the six-piece group who play flute, bassoon, viola, percussion and more. Nov. 24-25

Music

Who doesn’t have Mannheim Steamroller’s “Deck the Halls” on their winter jogging playlist? Feel the Christmas energy live with the group’s holiday show, which includes unique instrumentals and multimedia effects at the Overture Center. Nov. 27

Music

After 30 years and many lineup changes, Chicago-based alt-rock band Smashing Pumpkins is still crushing the music scene. Their current national tour stops at The Sylvee just a couple weeks after their latest album drops. Nov. 28

Art

Fourteen artists collaborated to build a “socially engaged art experience” depicting ideas of shelter in order to raise awareness and spark conversations about the issue of housing insecurity in “Shelter: Crafting a Safe Home.” Opens Nov. 24, reception Nov. 29

Reading

Poet Andrea Gibson returns to A Room of One’s Own to share works about gender, family and love from the latest collection, “Lord of the Butterflies.” Nov. 29

Music

Five years after indie folk singer-songwriter Phosphorescent dropped the record “Muchacho,” frontman Matthew Houck experienced a lifetime’s worth of events, which culminated in the new release “C’est La Vie.” The transformation of the band is evident and will undoubtedly be apparent at their Majestic performance. Nov. 29

Music

Grammy award-winning singer Jewel has a holiday gift for you: An Orpheum stop on her Handmade Holiday Tour, sure to be gift wrapped beautifully. Nov. 30

Art

Ginger Owen-Murakami and Vicki Vanameyden’s sculptural exhibit “Heritage Habitats” aims to immerse viewers in their histories and lead them to recognize commonalities that tie people together by showing common memories in a physical space intended for contemplation. Opens Nov. 30

Dance

Kanopy Dance performers will float like glittering snowflakes across the stage in “Winter Fantasia,” a combination of two stories featuring magical worlds of snow fairies and a decked Christmas tree. Nov. 30-Dec. 2

Music

Get into the holiday spirit with Madison Symphony Orchestra’s annual Christmas special, featuring internationally-renowned opera singers and ending with the audience joining in by singing carols. Nov. 30-Dec. 2

Theater

Kathie Rasmussen Women’s Theatre opens its 10th anniversary season with “After the Revolution,” a story of a family confronting hard questions about their legacy as they confront their blacklisted grandfather. Nov. 30-Dec. 15

Sammy Gibbons is an editorial intern at Madison Magazine.

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