‘The Color Purple,’ The Toasters and an arts and craft show in Madison this weekend

Weekend 608 for Feb. 20-23
The Toasters
Ska legends The Toasters play The Sylvee on Thursday night. (Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons)

A diverse lineup of live music and theater come to Madison this weekend, along with two unique events showcasing local Madison art and adult beverages.


Celebrate Wisconsin Craft Spirits and Mackenzie Moore, Yahara Bay Distiller
Friday, Feb. 21, 5-10 p.m.
Taste local small batch spirits Friday evening at Yahara Bay Distillers. And stick around for live music by Wisconsin singer-songwriter Mackenzie Moore, who will play starting at 8 p.m.

Fine Art & Craft Sale, Olbrich Botanical Gardens
Saturday-Sunday, Feb. 22-23, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
The Madison Weavers Guild presents the Fine Art & Craft Sale, which brings together local and Midwest artists for two days of festivities at Olbrich Botanical Gardens. Shop for wire tree sculptures, hand-crafted jewelry and more.


“The Color Purple,” Overture Hall, Overture Center for the Arts
Thursday, Feb. 20, 7:30 p.m.; Friday, Feb. 20, 8 p.m.; Saturday, Feb. 22, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.; Sunday, Feb. 23, 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.
The Tony Award-winning musical with its Grammy Award-winning score, “The Color Purple” comes to the Overture Center. Based on the novel by Alice Walker, “The Color Purple” tells the story of a young African American woman’s journey in the rural American South in the early 20th century. 

“Mockingbird,” Overture Center
Saturday-Sunday, Feb. 22-23, 2:30 p.m. and 7 p.m.; Feb. 29 and March 1
The Children’s Theater of Madison brings the heartfelt, family-driven work “Mockingbird” to The Playhouse at Overture Center. The play focuses on an 11-year-old girl with autism who loses her brother in a school shooting. Because of the sensitive subject matter, “Mockingbird” may not be appropriate for children under 10 years of age.


The Toasters, High Noon Saloon
Thursday, Feb. 20, 7:30 p.m.
New York-bred giants of ska music, The Toasters stop by the High Noon Saloon on their “4 Decades in Ska Tour” to deliver their high energy and head-banging jams.

Dorien Electra, Sett at Union South
Saturday Feb. 22, 9 p.m.
Rising pop star and queer icon, Dorien Electra hits the Sett on their first headining tour. Alice Longyu Gao and DJ Boyfrrriend open the show.

Manic Focus, Majestic Theatre
Saturday Feb. 22, 9 p.m.
Head to the Majestic Theatre Saturday night with your dancing shoes on and prepared to vibe out to fellow Midwesterner John “JmaC” McCarten, aka Manic Focus, who fuses jazz and funk with boom bap break beats at the Majestic. Daily Bread opens.


Langston Kerman, Comedy on State
Thursday, Feb. 20, 8 p.m.; Friday-Saturday, Feb. 21-22, 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.
Coming off of roles in the Comedy Central series “South Side” and HBO’s “Insecure,” LA-based comedian Langston Kerman puts his stand up to the test at Comedy on State.

Tim and Eric, Orpheum Theater
Sunday Feb. 23, 8 p.m.
Adult Swim creators and comedy duo Tim and Eric bring their “Mandatory Attendance Tour” to Orpheum Sunday night. Expect them at their most cringe worthy.

Henry Michaels is an editorial intern at Madison Magazine.