Kick off summer with these 6 can’t-miss June events
Marquette Waterfront Festival will be June 9-10
Drawn to Art
Through July 15
Artists from the U.S., including Madison, and 15 other countries produced more than 200 works in the University of Wisconsin-Madison Waisman Center’s collection. Now those pieces, all produced by people with developmental disabilities, are showcased in the Pleasant T. Rowland Galleries at the Chazen Museum of Art. “Drawn to Art: The Waisman Center’s Collection” features selections from the Harvey A. Stevens International Collection of Art by People with Developmental Disabilities, named after the first administrator of the Waisman Center. While the center researches human development, developmental disabilities and neurodegenerative diseases, center director Albee Messing says, “The collection encourages individuals of all abilities to express themselves and expand their world through art.”
“Temps! The Musical”
June 8-9, 13, 15-17, 21-23
Local playwrights Andrew Rohn and Cat Capellaro have written two full-length musicals that have gone from page to stage. A reboot of the married couple’s show “Temps! The Musical” will be performed by Mercury Players Theatre on the Drury Stage at Bartell Theatre. The musical –which had its first run in 1997 at the now-defunct Braveheart Theater on Atwood Avenue – tells the story of idealistic workers who “want to keep the greedy politicians and bosses from destroying labor unions,” says director Bonnie Balke. A small combo band featuring guitar, bass, keyboards and drums will accompany the singers. Mercury Players Theatre is producing the musical to commemorate the 20th anniversary of Bartell Theatre.
Marquette Waterfront Festival
The Marquette Waterfront Festival is the smallest of the four near-eastside fests, but with abundant views and ready-made strolls along the Yahara River at Yahara Place Park, it’s definitely the prettiest. The Fools’ Flotilla, a Sunday tradition in its ninth year, starts at 9:30 a.m. with decorated boats meandering down the river from Tenney Park to Yahara Place Park. The Dandelion Dash kids run, food and craft vendors and two music stages fill out the fest. The event marks its 29th year and is operated by the Marquette Neighborhood Association.
Rhythm and blues pioneers The Temptations not only significantly influenced popular music in the 1960s and 1970s with unforgettable harmonies, band members also incorporated choreography and a flashy fashion sense that inspired generations to come. The Motown quintet – which Billboard magazine named one of the greatest R&B/hip-hop artists of all time – performs at Wisconsin Union Theater’s Shannon Hall. Co-founder Otis Williams, who at age 76 is The Temptations’ only living original member, still sings with the group, which first got together in Detroit.
Harry Potter Film Concert Series
There isn’t a better way to introduce children of all ages to classical music than putting a beloved movie on a 40-foot screen in front of them and having them listen to a live, full orchestra perform the film score. That’s what will occur at Overture Center’s Overture Hall, with the Madison Symphony Orchestra playing the music from “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets,” the second book in author J.K. Rowling’s iconic series. The event is produced by CineConcerts, which creates live music experiences with visual media.
Steely Dan and The Doobie Brothers
Steely Dan and The Doobie Brothers are in the middle of a 37-city North American tour that settles in for a show at Breese Stevens Field on June 16. This is Steely Dan singer-keyboardist Donald Fagen’s first tour since co-founder and guitarist/bassist Walter Becker died in September 2017. The pair met in 1967 at Bard College, got the band together and never lost each other’s numbers. Patrick Simmons and Tom Johnston still play with The Doobie Brothers, who have seen a revolving door of members since the band formed in 1969 in San Jose, California. The turnover hasn’t stopped the band from churning out hits like “Takin’ It to the Streets” and “What a Fool Believes.”
Tamira Madsen is a Fitchburg-based writer.
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