Celebrate live music, comedy and film this weekend with these 11 events

Weekend 608 for Jan. 9-12
marquee at the Majestic Theater

The winter music fests continue with lineups of Wisconsin bluegrass and blues acts at the Majestic Theatre. The options for weekend at the Overture Center range from a 1920 silent film, a staging of “Men are From Mars – Women are From Venus LIVE!” and new exhibits open in Overture’s art galleries.

All this and more is to be had in Madison.


G. Love & Special Sauce, Majestic Theatre
Thursday, Jan. 9, 8:30 p.m.
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 a new album-worth of material, “The Juice,” co-written and co-produced with Keb Mo’. Shamarr Allen opens. 

DJ Logic, High Noon Saloon
Thursday, Jan. 9, 8:30 p.m.
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. DJ Vilas Park Sniper opens.

Wisconsin Bluegrass Fest, Majestic Theatre
Friday, Jan. 10, 8 p.m.
Wisconsin Blues Fest, Majestic Theatre
Saturday, Jan. 11, 8 p.m.
The Majestic hosts the second weekend of a series of genre-specific lineups. Starting Friday night, the Wisconsin Bluegrass Fest brings together Chicken Wire Empire, Fireside Collective, Barbaro and Dig Deep, with hosting duties handled by Adam Greuel of Horseshoes & Hand Grenades. Then Saturday night is the Wisconsin Blues Fest, featuring Kelsey Miles, Xavier Lynn & Stackhouse, The Family Business, Madtown Mannish Boys and Boo Mullarky of Boo Bradley.


Overture Galleries Winter Reception, Overture Center for the Arts
Friday, Jan. 10, 6-8 p.m.
Attend the opening reception on Friday night for the three art galleries at the Overture Center and meet the artists whose work is on display. Then take in “The Space Between” by Rachel Durfee and Denise Presnell in Gallery I, “Human Identity Portrait Stories” by Natalie Ergas, Yong Chul Kwon and Jerry Jordan in Gallery II and “Sleepwalk” by Kassandra Palmer and Justin Parks in Gallery III.


“Men are From Mars – Women are From Venus LIVE!,” The Playhouse, Overture Center
Friday, Jan. 10, 8 p.m.; Saturday, Jan. 11, 4 p.m. and 8 p.m.
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. The comedic one-man performance for adults only is based on the best-selling 1992 book by relationship counselor John Gray and is considered perfect date-night entertainment.  Jan. 10-11


“Good References,” Duck Soup Cinema, Capitol Theater, Overture Center
Saturday, Jan. 11, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Travel a century back in time with a Duck Soup Cinema screening of the 1920 silent film “Good References.” The romantic comedy starred Constance Talmadge, who appeared in more than 80 silent films. Overture Center for the Arts. 


Michael Kosta, Comedy on State
Friday, Jan. 10, 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.; Saturday, Jan. 11, 10:30 p.m.
Comedian, TV host and former professional tennis star Michael Kosta comes to Comedy on State this weekend. Kosta hosted Fox Sports 1’s “Crowd Goes Wild” and recently made his debut on “The Daily Show with Trevor Noah.”


“(How) Does Conscious Consumption Matter?” Madison Museum of Contemporary Art
Friday, Jan. 10, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
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.” Attend the discussion.


Free Bikes for Kids Bike Collection, Multiple Locations
Saturday, July 11, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Do you have one or more bikes your children has grown too big to ride? Consider donating them on Saturday at one several dropoff sites around Madison and Dane County set up by Free Bikes for Kids. The organization hopes to refurbish thousands of bikes and redistribute them to young people in need of bikes. But they need to collect the bikes first. Check out the Free Bikes for Kids website for where to drop off bikes in Madison, Fitchburg, Middleton, Monona, Stoughton and Deforest.

Brazen Dropouts Bike Swap, Alliant Energy Center
Saturday, Jan. 11, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
Get ready for spring biking at the Brazen Dropouts Bike Swap on Saturday in the Holland Pavilion of the Alliant Energy Center. More than 100 vendors will be selling new and used bikes, bike parts and clothing. If you have a bike to sell, you can enter it in the bike corral for a small fee. The event organizers do not take a commission if your bike sells. Stay for hourly raffle prizes.

Joel Patenaude is associate editor of Madison Magazine.