6 can’t-miss October A&E events

A new exhibit, musical performances and dance
6 can’t-miss October A&E events
Photo courtesy of Chele Isaac

“Chele Isaac: The Understory”
Through Nov. 12
Have you caught sight of a seagull in flight and wondered about its ultimate destination? Madison artist Chele Isaac encourages people to think about nature differently through an immersive, 360-degree video installation at the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art. In the exhibition “Chele Isaac: the understory,” the artist projects seven captivating videos onto the interior of a massive cylindrical structure reminiscent of a cyclorama–a special type of gallery popular in the late 19th century that housed panoramic scenes. Isaac, who earned a master’s degree of fine arts from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, presents myriad moving images, including insects, eruptions of birds and a deer trekking through newly fallen snow.6 can’t-miss October A&E events

Arlo Guthrie
Oct. 5
Beloved folk balladeer and activist Arlo Guthrie, who turned 70 this summer, will pull from five decades’ worth of his music–and even earlier vintage when he plays tunes by his father Woody Guthrie–Oct. 5 at Wisconsin Union Theater. Inspired by his father, who wanted enough children to fill out a family band, Arlo shares the stage with his daughter, Sarah Lee, and son, Abe, on their Re:Generation Tour. Arlo isn’t shy about sprinkling spirituality and politics into his story songs, carrying on a Guthrie family tradition.6 can’t-miss October A&E events

Wynonna & the Big Noise
Oct. 21
The volume turns up when Wynonna Judd and her band, the Big Noise, come to the Stoughton Opera House on their Roots and Revival Tour. Judd vaulted up the country charts with her mother, Naomi Judd, 33 years ago. Now she’s promoting “Wynonna & the Big Noise,” the LP produced by Judd’s husband and drummer Cactus Moser. The band’s site touts the shows on this tour as “part nostalgia, part comedy and all rich, soulful music.”6 can’t-miss October A&E events

“The Mineola Twins”
Oct. 13-28
One actress plays twins–one straight and one gay, with opposing political views–in a comedy by veteran playwright Paula Vogel. The production, at the Bartell Theatre, is the second of four this season for Kathie Rasmussen Women’s Theatre, known as KRASS, the youngest organization of six under the Bartell umbrella. Jan Levine Thal, artistic director of KRASS, says “The Mineola Twins”–directed by Juli Johnson–is relevant in these polarizing political times. The sisters are as close as they can be and “have to find a way to have a relationship even though they don’t agree politically,” Thal says.6 can’t-miss October A&E events

“Push”
Oct. 20-21
Contemporary dance combined with ballet’s exactness and drama will be performed to a
mix of classical and contemporary music in the Madison Ballet’s season opener “Push.” The edgy production, on Bartell Theatre’s intimate Drury Stage, presents pieces by veteran and new choreographers. The performance will display both classical and contemporary ballet. The 15-member company includes Madison natives Cecilia Monroy and Annika Reikersdorfer. 6 can’t-miss October A&E events

Jeff Daniels
Oct. 28
Actor Jeff Daniels was strumming folk-blues songs on a guitar several decades before picking up an Emmy Award for his portrayal of Will McAvoy on the HBO series “The Newsroom” and depicting a dimwit alongside Jim Carrey in a pair of “Dumb and Dumber” flicks. Daniels, a Michigan native who plays slide guitar and banjo, will perform on Oct. 28 at Stoughton Opera House. He’ll play with the Ben Daniels Band, led by Jeff’s eldest son.

Tamira Madsen is a Madison-based writer.