This weekend’s event lineup: Whitney, Emmy Blotnick and more

Madison has live music, dance, theater and comedy this weekend.
the band Whitney performs on stage at pitchfork
Photo by digboston, Nina Corcoran through Wikimedia Commons

Live indie and bluegrass music, a dance production concerned with climate change, dinosaurs outlined in the dark and several stand-up comedians take the stage this weekend in Madison.


Whitney, The Sylvee
Friday Jan. 24, 8 p.m.
Chicago-based indie duo Whitney — comprised of Max Kakacek and Julien Ehrlich, both formerly of the band Smith Westerns — perform songs from their new album “Forever Turned Around” released last August. Opening the show is pop-punk Japanese quartet Chai.

Trampled By Turtles, The Sylvee
Saturday, Jan. 25, 8 p.m.
From Duluth, Trampled by Turtles bring its high-energy bluegrass and folk music to The Sylvee. They’ll be joined by Western Wisconsin’s Them Coulee Boys, which spice their brand of bluegrass with a little rock and punk. The bill is an inspired pairing.

Escher String Quartet with David Finkel, Shannon Hall, Wisconsin Union Theater
Saturday, Jan. 25, 7:30 p.m.
The Escher String Quartet is joined by cellist David Finckel — co-artistic director of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center in New York City — to perform Schubert’s “Quintet in C Major D. 956” at Wisconsin Union Theater’s Shannon Hall.


“Floe,” The Seldoms, Play Circle and Shannon Hall, Wisconsin Union Theater|
Wednesday-Friday, Jan. 22-24, 7:30 p.m.
The Seldoms stage the world premiere of “Floe,” the Chicago-based dance company’s interpretation of how climate change is adversely affecting the planet. The piece will require audience members to move between the Play Circle and Shannon Hall.


“Every Brilliant Thing,” The Playhouse, Overture Center for the Arts
Thursday-Saturday, Jan. 23-25, 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, Jan. 26, 2 p.m.; Jan. 29-31, Feb. 1-2 and 5-9
In David Daniel’s solo show “Every Brilliant Thing,” a six-year-old boy decides to make a list of all the things that are brilliant about the world after his mother is hospitalized. The list starts with ice cream, water fights and staying up past bedtime. He continues the list through his adulthood. This touching coming-of-age story, for audience members age 16 and up, comes to Overture Center via Forward Theater Co. Pre-show lectures take place Thursday at 6:30 p.m., Sunday at 1 p.m. and before a select few other performances. Talk-back sessions follow every performance.

“Next Fall,” Bartell Theatre
Friday-Saturday, Jan. 24-25, 7:30 p.m.; Jan. 30-31, Feb. 1-2 and 6-7
StageQ’s production “Next Fall” follows the five-year relationship of Adam and Luke through their best and worst times. The play, with a cast of six, sheds light on faith and commitment with humor and candor.

“Dino-Light,” Capitol Theater, Overture Center
Sunday, Jan. 26, 3 p.m.
“Dino-Light” tells the story of a scientist who brings a dinosaur to life. Through puppetry and high-tech lighting, the dinosaur encounters other creatures outlined in the darkness. Kids of all ages are welcome to the spectacle at Overture Center. The show is visually amazing for audiences of all ages.


Emmy Blotnick, Comedy on State
Thursday, Jan. 23, 8 p.m.; Friday-Saturday, Jan. 24-025, 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.
New York-based comedian Emmy Blotnick, a former staff writer for “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” and head writer for Comedy Central’s “The President Show,” performs at Comedy on State this weekend.

Christopher Titus, Barrymore Theatre
Friday Jan. 24, 8 p.m.
Christopher Titus, creator of the Fox show “Titus,” promises to tell highly personal “Stories I Shouldn’t Tell” to those who attend his 90-minute Friday night show at the Barrymore. 

Andrew Santino, Barrymore Theatre
Saturday Jan. 25, 7 p.m.
Comedian Andrew Santino starred in the Showtime series “I’m Dying up Here” produced by Jim Carey, starred in ABC’s “Mixology” and hosts the podcast “Whiskey Ginger.” See Santino’s standup Saturday night at the Barrymore.

Brian Regan, Orpheum Theater
Saturday, Jan. 25, 8 p.m.
Veteran road comic Brian Regan, a favorite of Jerry Seinfield, delivers profanity-free, observational stand-up comedy. Check him out Saturday at the Orpheum.

Joel Patenaude is associate editor of Madison Magazine.