This weekend: Scandihoovian Fest, Riverdance, Champions of Magic and Harry Potter

Weekend 608 for Jan. 30-Feb 2
orchestra of musicians is in front of a screen with harry potter
The Madison Symphony Orchestra performs John Williams’ score to Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets live in concert on June 16-17. 

There is an abundance of family fun to be had in the Madison area this weekend: The Scandihoovian Winter Festival in Mount Horeb, a scatalogically-centric event at the Madison Children’s Museum and — at the Overture Center for the Arts — youth drum corps performances, a big magic show and a showing of a Harry Potter movie accompanied by the Madison Symphony Orchestra.


Scandihoovian Winter Festival, various locations in Mount Horeb
Friday-Sunday, Jan. 31-Feb. 2
The quirky Scandihoovian Winter Festival is celebrated in Mount Horeb again this year. You needn’t don a pointy red hat to participate, but why wouldn’t you while frozen turkey bowling, tubing or cross-country skiing by candlelight? On Saturday you can match wits in the adult spelling bee at the old schoolhouse. And new this year is the partner carrying contest, which is exactly what it sounds like.

Faculty Exhibition 2020, Chazen Museum of Art
Preview reception: Friday, Jan. 31, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
An exhibit of artwork by more than two dozen faculty and staff at the University of Wisconsin–Madison opens Friday at the Chazen Museum of Art. A reception that evening will be attended by many of the artists as well as include refreshments, a cash bar and music provided by Madison’s Ka-Boom!Box. The exhibition will remain open to the public until May 10.

Poop Day, Madison Children’s Museum
Saturday, Feb. 1, 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Leave it to the Madison Children’s Museum to come up with educational programming on the occasion of National Poop Day, observed annually since 2016 when young museum goers passed a referendum to do so. The event — which is recognized elsewhere, and not coincidentally, on the day after the Super Bowl — is an opportunity to show young people the importance of eating healthy and identifying wild animals by their scat. There will be a reading of the popular children’s book “Everybody Poops,” fun with microscopes and craft time when young people are issued, ahem, “No. 2” pencils.


Riverdance 25th Anniversary Show, Overture Hall, Overture Center for the Arts
Thursday, Jan. 30, 7:30 p.m.
A quarter century has passed since Riverdance was transformed from a seven-minute Irish music and dance performance at the 1994 Eurovision Song Contest to a full-fledged stage show in Dublin. River dance has toured the world multiple times, becoming one of the most successful dance productions in history. See it for yourself aThursday night at Overture Hall .


Turkuaz, High Noon Saloon
Thursday, Jan. 30, 8:30 p.m.
If the ability of Turkuaz — a nine-piece funk and soul band from Brooklyn — to get the large crowd at the 2018 La Fête de Marquette music festival jumping is any indication, the group’s more intimate show Thursday night at the High Noon Saloon will be a sweaty dance party. And if you saw Turkuaz at McPike Park a couple years ago, the band has new music to experience with the four-song EP “Kuadrochrome” released this past November.

Black Star Drum Line & Urban Arts Showcase, Rotunda Stage, Overture Center
Saturday, Feb. 1, 9:30 a.m., 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Madison’s youth percussive arts group Black Star Drum Line is joined by guest musicians, DJs, hip-hop dancers and rappers for three free Saturday performances on Overture Center’s Rotunda Stage. Expect a high-energy show from this 12-year-old award-winning group founded and directed by Joey B. Banks.


Champions of Magic, Capitol Theater, Overture Center
Thursday, Jan. 30, 7:30 p.m.
The Champions of Magic, a team of five illusionists, return to Overture Center Thursday night with more unbelievable tricks up their sleeves. For fans of closeup magic, mind reading, levitation and a harrowing escapes from a Harry Houdini water torture cell.

“Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban” in Concert, Overture Hall, Overture Center
Friday, Jan. 31, 8 p.m.; Saturday, Feb. 2, 1 p.m.
As the feature film “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban” plays on a big screen, the Madison Symphony Orchestra plays the soundtrack live in the largest theater at the Overture Center. You’re not likely to experience a more dramatic screening of the third film in the Harry Potter movie franchise. The show is just over three hours, including a 20-minute intermission.


 Joel Kim Booster, Comedy Club on State
Thursday, Jan. 30, 8 p.m.; Friday-Saturday, Jan. 31-Feb. 1, 10:30 p.m.
Comedian Joel Kim Booster has many TV credits to his name, including appearances on “Shrill,” “Bojack Horseman” and “Big Mouth.” He currently stars on “Sunnyside,” an NBC sitcom. Booster is also listed on several lists of risi9ng comic stars. To see him in the small Comedy Club on State while you still can.

Joel Patenaude is associate editor of Madison Magazine.