What to Do in Madison This Week: Reimagined Aldo Leopold Park, Motel Breakfast, and More Isthmus Picks – Isthmus
Aldo Leopold Park reinvented, Tuesday, August 2, 2906 Traceway Drive, 3:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.: This 11-acre neighborhood park south of the UW Arboretum and the Beltline has a basketball court, an open field for various games, a newly renovated playground, and is a popular sledding spot in the winter. And, thanks to suggestions from the UW Health Healthy Kids Collaborative, there are now more facilities for biking at Aldo Leopold, including a pump track and a single-track mountain bike trail. Madison Parks will celebrate the additions with a program and ribbon cutting at 3:45 p.m., beginner skills clinics at 4:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. and a group bike ride at 6:00 p.m., plus Madison activities Reading Project, MSCR’s Fit2Go and Girls Inc. programs, artists Dream Bus and Bubbler. The event ends with a screening of Lucas to 7 p.m. (and if you really want to make a day of it, the Art Cart visits the park from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.). Find more information here.
Hidden History: A Walk on the Weird Side of Madison, Tuesday, August 2, Wisconsin Historical Museum, 6 p.m.: At least since the counterculture era of the 1960s, parts of Madison have proudly been considered an oasis of oddity in Midwestern Wisconsin. But the past story may be even stranger than many realize, especially in the central Capitol Square neighborhood. The Wisconsin Historical Society hosts this occasional walking tour of locations around the plaza for those interested in learning more (next dates are September 6 and October 25). It meets in front of the Wisconsin Historical Museum, but prior registration is required.
Comedy shot! Bang! Tuesday, August 2, Barrymore Theatre, 7 p.m.: Scott Aukerman’s talkative satirical improv comedy podcast takes a fluid approach with celebrity guest interviews, with other improv guests playing outlandish characters. The emphasis is on improvisation, and anything can happen. Special guests are promised for each appearance on the tour. See Josh Heath’s preview interview with Aukerman here.
Jazz at five, Wednesday, August 3, McKee Farms Park, Fitchburg, 5 p.m.: For 2022, the annual Jazz at Five series will again split its time between Fitchburg and Capitol Square. The music begins at McKee Farms Park on August 3 with a series opening set from guitarist Charlie Painter, accompanied by bassist Jeff Weiss and drummer Kelby Kryshak. Also on the bill are the Kal Bergendahl Project, a jazz-funk sextet led by Kenosha bassist Bergendahl; his last album, Parallels Ch. III, came out just a year ago. Jazz at Five continues with another show at McKee on August 10, followed by three Wednesdays back at the square; find the complete program on jazzatfive.org.
Concerts on the Square, Wednesday August 3, Place du Capitole, 7 p.m.: So as not to fear that the summer is going away, but… the last Concerts on the Place of 2022 are already close. By now you probably remember the drill: picnic blankets can hit the lawn from 3:00 p.m., and performers are posted on the King Street side. August 3, Final with Foley, will present concertos for double bass, skilfully performed by guest artist Xavier Foley. “When Xavier was there [in 2021], he blew everyone away,” says OMD Music Director Andrew Sewell. “So we invited him again this year.” Find program details and all weather-related updates at wcoconcerts.org.
first date, July 28-August. Sept. 7 and 15-25, UW Vilas Hall-Mitchell Theatre: Summer is always fun at the University Theater as many other local troupes are on hiatus. first date, a musical send-off from the date everyone hates the most, is the perfect fare for those looking for light but relevant entertainment. What happens when a blind newbie is set up with a serial dater? The action goes on a date, with “inside critics” making physical guest appearances. Performances take place from July 28 to August 28. 7 (with a fall semester revival from September 15-25), with performances at 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are available at 608-265-2787, by artsticketing.wisc.eduor at the Mitchell Theater box office one hour before performances.
Waves, Wednesday, August 3, High Noon Saloon, 8 p.m.: Indie rock band Wavves celebrate 10 years of their landmark album king of the beach (slightly delayed by the pandemic) with a tour stop in Madison. The San Diego-based band brings an energetic mix of alternative rock, garage rock, and surf rock sensibilities. Check out some of the band’s greatest hits on king of the beachas well as tracks from the 2021 LP Refuge and more. With BOYO, Smut.
Breakfast, Thursday, August 4, High Noon Saloon, 8 p.m.: Chicago’s Motel Breakfast is simple and charming. the group can sound like a sloppy Irish bar band or an 80s pop-folk band The Waterboys. They even remember the early 2000s sound of David Gray – remember, the guy from “Babylon”? With Social Cig and Blue County Pistol.
Memory fabric circle, until August 31, UW Arboretum Visitor Center: Bees, Birds and Other Wee Beasties is a textile art gathering by the Memory Cloth Circle that highlights our friends the pollinators. They are colorful, whimsical and joyful works that celebrate those little creatures that we, the big creatures, depend on. The Memory Cloth Circle began in 2013 as an extension of the Wisconsin Triennial; Member artists convey stories through sewing, fabric and other mixed media. Visitor Center hours are 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays and 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. weekends.
rooftop cinema, August 4, 11, 25, September 1, Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, 8 p.m.: Enjoy a quartet of independent documentary films on the MMoCA rooftop on upcoming Thursdays. Rooftop Cinema kicks off August 4 with The American sector, explore what Cold War artifacts can tell us about politics today. It is followed on August 11 by Poly Styrene: I Am A Cliché, in which director/screenwriter Celeste Bell (daughter of X-Ray singer Spex) reconstructs her mother’s past; August 25 by The Village Detective: A Song Cycle, which builds a story around 1969 film reels found in the ocean by Icelandic fishing nets in 2016; and September 1 by North by current, a personal documentary by filmmaker Angelo Madsen Minax about truths uncovered when he returned to his hometown after the death of his niece. Ticket sales begin at 7:30 p.m. in the lobby.
flying fluff, August 4, The Bur Oak, 8 p.m.: We don’t recall many teenage bands playing Summerfest twice on the same day. But that’s exactly what Flying Fuzz has done in 2021. Finalists in last year’s statewide ROCKONSIN band competition for musicians in grades 7-12, this young band from Madison revels in traditional heavy metal performed in the spirit of early Black Sabbath, early Metallica and early Judas Priest. Flying Fuzz has already released two full albums, including last year’s Fuzz II steering wheel — and amassed a large online following that should help propel the band to even greater things.
We hope it is convenient for you to find selections grouped together in one article. Individual picks can still be found in the usual places online: collected hereand sprinkled everywhere all events.
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