Valentine’s weekend options include music of Patsy Cline and scenes by Shakespeare
Weekend 608 for Feb. 13-16
The Valentine’s weekend offerings in Madison include a tribute by local musicians to Patsy Cline and her contemporaries at the High Noon Saloon; swing dancing in the Wisconsin Union Theater’s Great Hall; a Shakespearian montage; and the Kanopy Dance Co.’s premiere of “Love is Love.”
Also this weekend: The Midwinter Midwest Gypsy Swing Fest, “The Office! A Parody Musical,” a concert by indie-rock collaborators Calexico and Iron & Wine and more.
“Patsy Cline Valentine,” High Noon Saloon
Thursday, Feb. 13, 7 p.m.
Several of Madison’s best musicians come together for “Patsy Cline Valentine,” a seated show at the High Noon Saloon. The heart-rending songs of Cline, Hank Williams, Dolly Parton and Johnny Cash will be on the set list for local musicians Shawndell Marks, Frank Busch and members of The Big Payback and the Driveway Thriftdwellers.
Dustin Lynch, The Sylvee
Thursday, Feb. 13, 8 p.m.
Coming off the January release of his fourth full-length album “Tullahoma,” country chart topper Dustin Lynch boot stomps at The Sylvee. Travis Denning, who has had a couple hit singles himself, opens.
Midwinter Midwest Gypsy Swing Fest, The Brink Lounge
Friday-Saturday, Feb. 14-15, 7 p.m.
Madison’s own Gypsy swing jazz band Harmonious Wail once again emcees the two-day Midwinter Midwest Gypsy Swing Fest at The Brink Lounge. Expect performances by Harmonious Wail as well as Debi Botos from Toronto, Alfonso Ponticelli and Swing Gitan from Chicago and the Gonzalo Bergara Trio from Argentina/Los Angeles.
Calexico and Iron & Wine, The Sylvee
Saturday, Feb. 15, 8 p.m.
Indie music giants Calexico and Iron & Wine are back on tour together and stopping at The Sylvee. Calexico’s Tex-Mex sound has melded well with that of Sam Beam and his band Iron & Wine that they’ve recorded three records together, most recently the first full-length album “Years to Burn, released last June.
MUSIC & DANCE
Neophonic Jazz Orchestra, Great Hall, Wisconsin Union Theater
Friday, Feb. 14, 8 p.m.
Swing your valentine around the floor of the Wisconsin Union Theater’s Great Hall as the Neophonic Jazz Orchestra plays waltzes, swing and Latin music. Tickets to the annual Valentine’s Dinner are sold out, but couples are still encouraged to come dance the night away.
“The Office! A Musical Parody,” The Barrymore
Thursday, Feb. 13, 7:30 p.m.
The Barrymore stage becomes a familiar yet fictional Scranton, Pennsylvania, paper supply company for “The Office! A Musical Parody.” This unauthorized take on the hit TV show includes several musical numbers, including “That’s What She Said” and “Marry Me, Beesly.”
“A Valentine’s Affair,” Madison Shakespeare Co.
Thursday, Feb. 13, 7:30, The Brink Lounge; Friday-Saturday, Feb. 14-15, 7:30 p.m., The Crucible
See members of the Madison Shakespeare Co. act out a collection of scenes of love and revenge from plays by William Shakespeare, Christopher Marlowe and Thomas Middleton. Also “Sonnets From a Hat,” in which the actors perform sonnets selected at random in the style and emotion suggested by the audience.
Garrison Keillor, The Barrymore
Friday, Feb. 14, 8 p.m.
Midwestern storyteller extraordinaire Garrison Keillor heads to the Barrymore Theatre for a night of “stories, songs, poetry and humor.”
“Love is Love,” Kanopy Dance Co., Promenade Hall, Overture Center for the Arts
Friday, Feb. 14, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, Feb. 15, 5 p.m. and 8 p.m.; Sunday, Feb. 16, 2:30 p.m.; Feb. 21-23
Kanopy Dance Co. is ensuring an inclusive Valentine’s Day celebration with their Disco-themed production “Love is Love.” Don’t miss the regional premiere at the Overture Center.
Barry Rothbart, Comedy on State
Friday, Feb. 14, 10:30 p.m.; Saturday, Feb. 15, 5:30 p.m., 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.
See actor and comedian Barry Rothbart’s standup act before the airing of “Kidding” on Showtime with fellow cast members Jim Carrey, Catherine Keener and Judy Greer.
Joel Patenaude is associate editor of Madison Magazine.