A&E: Jump into July with these 37 events

Fairs, festivals, live music and more
A&E: Jump into July with these 37 events
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Dance
Fred Astaire Dance Studios of Madison West is jigging into July with its Summer Showcase. This evening event will feature adult ballroom and Latin dance numbers with dance partner match-ups similar to Dancing with the Stars. The show will end with a grand finale by the Fred Astaire Madison West professionals. July 1

Special Event
Start celebrating the Fourth a few days early this year! The Memorial Union Terrace is hosting a Fourth of July Celebration featuring the Stilt Walkers and the Amazing 12-Foot Trout from the Wild Rumpus Circus at 3 p.m. Afterwards learn about fireworks with Professor Bassam Shakhashiri, Mike Leckrone and Bucky Badger. For you night owls, the Gabe Burdulis Band will play at 10 p.m. July 1

Special Event
It’s that time of year again, when fireworks grace the night sky. Join The Edgewater Madison in celebrating Independence Day with its third annual Fourth Fest. The fest will feature live music from Moonhouse, Hometown Sweethearts and The People Brothers Band. Bring the kids for face painting and balloon art. The Mad-City Ski Team will also perform twice on Lake Mendota. July 1

Art
Enjoy color etchings by Susan Baehmann anytime during the month of July. Baehmann is a Milwaukee, Wisconsin native and works to capture the “never-ending variance of moods, shapes, forms and colors” found in the wild, natural world. She invites viewers to look beyond the subjects of her impressions and instead feel the mood that’s being expressed. July 1-30

Music
Catch Scott Tisdel and Stefanie Jacob, two members of the Prometheus Trio live at the Chazen Museum of Art or watch the concert via live stream on the Internet. The concert is a part of the Sunday Afternoon Live series performed in the museum’s Brittingham Gallery III. Tisdel and Jacob perform classic chamber music, adding their own twists and flair to the mix. July 2

Music
Take some time to speak to your soul with Big Thiefs gut-wrenching music embued with deep human emotion. Songwriter for the band Adrianne Lenker says the band focuses on “the masterpiece of existence.” While some of their concepts may be abstract, each piece is ground in simplicity. Opening for Big Thief is Twain. July 3

Music
In honor of Independence Day, Lyle Anderson will perform a carillon concert with appropriate holiday music. Aptly, the concert will be held at the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Carillon Tower. Anderson is a Wisconsin native and regularly plays piano and organ for local church services. July 4

Special Event
Is there a better way to celebrate our nation’s birth than by reading the Declaration of Independence? Not likely. The traditional reading will take place at the Wade House along with infantry drills and ice cream churning and sampling. Enjoy the holiday as one would have in the 1860s. July 4

Music
Celebrate both Independence Day and the 100th Anniversary of the Wisconsin State Capitol building at Concerts on the Square: Red, White and Boom. Concert highlights include Sarah Lawrence, soprano, who specializes in oratorio, operetta, opera and musical theater, Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture, “I Feel Pretty” from Bernstein’s West Side Story and an Armed Forces Salute in recognition of the national holiday. July 5

Comedy
From the Chicago comedy scene comes host Alex Kumin, feature comedian Matty Ryan and headliner Drew Frees to The Comedy Club on State Street. Kumin will start the show with her characteristic “unapologetic honesty” before Ryan takes over with his clever witticisms on adulthood and everything that comes with it. Frees, known to be “giggle inducing,” has built his career doing improv and sketch comedy based on his own whimsical musings. July 6-8

Theater
Experience Sloshed Shakespeare: MacBeth, a unique twist on a Shakespearean classic, performed by the Madison Shakespeare Co. at the Brink Lounge. The show involves serious local actors getting increasingly inebriated as they perform a classic work of William Shakespeare. July 7

Music
The Barrymore Theatre presents Free Hot Lunch performing “Together Again…For One More Wa-Ha Saturday Night”. Free Hot Lunch, a band native to Madison, is a zany “Jimmy Buffett-meets-the-Marx Brothers” trio. Joining them is special guest Randy Sabien, a jazz violinst and music educator. July 8

Special Event
The Art Fair on the Square, the signature fundraiser of th Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, is in its 59th year. The 2017 art fair will include a plethora of artwork, live entertainment, tasty tidbits to munch on and the Emerge Block–an area at the top of State Street showcasing up-and-coming artists. Visitors will also be able to admire and purchase works from this year’s featured artist, Jeff Condon of Michigan. July 8-9

Special Event
Miguel de Cervante’s novel Don Quixote is the inspiration for this year’s Madison Early Musical Festival Workshop and Concert Series, Quixotic Musical Treasures from the Golden Age of Spain. In its 18th year, this year’s festival will explore the depth of references to music, art and literature found in the novel Don Quixote. Attend classes, lectures, dances and musical performances based on the culture of Renaissance Spain. Featured artists include Daphna Mor and the Kane Mathis Duo, The Renaissance Band, Sonnambula and Xavier Diaz-Latorre. July 8-15

Music
Honor the Earth is kicking off its fifth annual Love Water Not Oil Tour on July 9 at the Majestic Theater with music by Nahko, Annie Humphrey and Gingger Shankar. All proceeds from this event support Honor the Earth’s mission to protect the Earth’s water from oil, specifically from proposed oil pipelines in the Midwest. July 9

Special Event
Add a little golfing to your summer repertoire at the 13th Annual Wisconsin Veterans Museum Foundation Golf Outing. Located about 25 minutes away at The Oaks Golf Course in Cottage Grove, the annual golf outing includes a putting contest, awards presentation and a prize drawing. All proceeds benefit educational programs and exhibits at the Wisconsin Veterans Museum. July 10

Festival
Willy Street Co-op is hosting its Annual Meeting & Party for 2017 this July. The co-op will provide dinners for 5,000 guests and gift bags for the first 1,000 guests. Pick up the free meal tickets starting July 1. They’re first-come, first-serve. Other activities include live music, kids’ games, free samples and the City of Madison Water Wagon. July 13

Music
As a part of the Sunset Music Series hosted by the East Side Club in Madison, Angelica Garcia will be performing the evening of July 13. Garcia found her sound and style while embracing solitude in her historic gothic home. On her website her music is described as “ghostly gorgeous countrified blues and sly swamp Americana.” In 2016 she released her first full-length album with 12 songs, “Medicine for Birds.” July 13

Comedy
Enjoy a night of laughs with New York-based writer, actor and standup comedian Michelle Wolf at The Comedy Club on State. Wolf currently writes for and contributes to Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show” and is listed by Rolling Stone among the 25 funniest people on Twitter. Hosting the show will be David Fisher, a Madison-native and winner of Madison’s Funniest Comic in 2013. July 13-15

Art
Overture Center for the Arts’ Playhouse Gallery will house the exhibition Faces of Incarceration: Changing the Narrative this July. This exhibition focuses on the discussion of Wisconsin’s fallible criminal justice system and the current narrative of racial injustice and inequity in the nation. The exhibit reception will be Saturday, July 22, 6-9 p.m., with a panel of experts on criminal justice reform at 8 p.m. July 13-Aug. 27

Art
Summer 2017’s Exhibition Cycle at the Overture Center includes three unique galleries featuring pieces by local artists. Gallery I, “Impressions and Expressions,” focuses on the reactions and feelings of the viewer. Gallery II, “Constant & Captured,” shows the changes of the sky through windowpanes and uses images of youth inside Dane County Juvenile Detention Center to explore the lives of incarcerated youth, respectively. Gallery III, “Nominal Landscapes,” features three local photographers’ experiences with Wisconsin’s landscapes. The reception for this showing will be Friday, July 14, from 6-8 p.m. in the Promenade Lounge. June 13-Sept. 3

Special Event
View the best of Madison’s scenery on the 2017 Home Garden Tour. Tour seven eastside neighborhood gardens hand-picked for their unique landscapes and gardening techniques. While on the tour, talk with homeowners, landscape architects and other gardeners for advice and tips on how to create your own slice of paradise. July 14-15

Film
Breese Stevens Field is hosting EatStreet Catch & Reel, an event that pairs a film with a fish fry. The film will be projected on the field’s videoboard with beverages and food available to purchase. The films are “The Blues Brothers” on July 14 and “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban” on July 21. July 14-21

Music
The Frequency is hosting the band Pseudo along with the groups Barely Civil and Gash. Pseudo conjures up the ’90s pop=punk of Green Day and Blink-182, and Barely Civil and Gash complement Pseudo’s style. This is a line-up sure to be a hit for Gen X’ers and Millennials alike. July 16

Music
Olbrich Botanical Gardens hosts its Summer Concert Series on Tuesdays at 7 p.m. In the mood for some folk and cabaret? Then head on over to see Peter and Lou Berryman, a dynamic duo which has recorded 18 albums of “funny or not so funny but with a twist” folksy music. July 18

Film
Attend the free, public screening of the documentary 13TH to learn more about the United States’ criminal justice system and its history of racial inequality. The documentary’s title makes reference to the Thirteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution which made slavery largely illegal except when issued as a punishment. Director Ava DuVernay aims to shed light on the similarity between mass incarceration and slavery. July 19

Festival
It’s finally here. The Dane County’s Fair and everything it bringe–from free nightly concerts, fair food classics, animals both large and small and a carnival. July 19-23

Music
As a part of the ‘Concerts on the Rooftop” series st the Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center, Madison County will be performing this July. Madison County is an award-winning country band that has performed at the terrace for the past six years. July 20

Music
Join Joe Scalissi & His Big Band Orchestra for a Dean Martin’s 100th Birthday Celebration at the Majestic Theatre. Scalissi is a renowned portrayer of Dean Martin, performing at venues like Disneyland in California and Rio Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. Scalissi has also won awards for his impersonations of Dean Martin. July 21

Music
Visit the Memorial Union Terrace to hear the collaborative storytellers the Lesser Lakes Trio. The trio weaves a web of music “to feel the wonder of it all.” Sit back, let the music flow over you and watch the stars come out. July 21

Special Event
A Prelude Dinner is being held in support of this year’s Opera in the Park. The dinner will be catered by Upstairs Downstairs Catering, offering complimentary beer and wine. Vegetarian meal option will be available as well. Tickets includes VIP seating at the Opera in the Park concert, with a complimentary glowstick and the chance to meet the performing artists following the show. RSVP by July 7. July 22

Music
The 16th annual Opera in the Park will be conducted by Joseph Mechavich and feature soprano Cecilia Violetta López, mezzo-soprano Adriana Zabala, tenor David Walton and baritone Will Liverman. Relax and enjoy the peaceful atmosphere, lilting music, and stellar performances. July 22

Dance
Re-live or experience the 1940s at Wisconsin Aviation’s 16th Annual 1940s Style Hangar Dance. Ladies Must Swing will provide the music and vintage dress is encouraged. The best-dressed couple and the best dancers will be awarded prizes. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Badger Honor Flight. July 22

Music
See singer-songwriter Margaret Glaspy bare her soul through songs on her self-produced debut album “Emotions and Math” at the High Noon Saloon. Listen closely to learn about the path Glaspy’s life has taken so far. And come early to support fellow independent artist Liza Annem, whose music combines rock, folk and experimental elements. July 23

Dance
Tinndølan, a Norwegian folk music and dance group, aims to captivate audience members with their traditional garb and enthusiastic steps. Finalists on the Norwegian dance show “Norske Talenter,” Tinndølan has 18 members, ages 13 to 21, and an unbounding enthusiasm for Norwegian culture and heritage. July 27

Theater
H.M.S. Pinafore,” a comedic opera by Gilbert & Sullivan, tells the tale of wrongful love filled with surprise plot twists and gleeful humor. Put on by the Madison Savoyards and directed by Audrey Wax, “H.M.S. Pinafore” tells a tale we can all relate to about loving the one you’re not supposed to. July 28-30

Music
It’s time to rock! Tesla, the heavy metal-blues band that charted in the ’80s (and toured with Def Leppard, Aerosmith and David Lee Roth), comes to the Orpheum Theater. July 29