The return of the Waterfront Fest, tons of jazz and other highlights in Madison this week.
Hi people. If you’ve been a long time Your Madison reader, you may have noticed that it took us a while to get back into the habit of event previews. The pandemic demolished our usual routine of event coverage in March 2020, and to be honest, it’s been hard to start putting things back together! But for the past few months we have partnered with the wonderful independent email newsletter Madison Minutes to bring you event recommendations each week. Starting this week, we’re dipping our toes back into some actual articles, some of which will appear in Madison Minutes‘ weekly event email, and all of which will appear here.
A few notes: This overview of events is, as before, selective and not exhaustive. Each week, we’ll focus on a handful of things our editors and writers find compelling, and that’s it. We will write a few and list a few more. It will take us some time to regain our full strength with this part of our coverage, as we have had so many other exciting and challenging things to work on lately. Please contact us with suggestions and information about your event, as long as you are able to send it to us a few weeks in advance, at [email protected].
Either way, if it’s listed below, we think it’s at least worthy of your attention, and probably very good. Enjoy.
Future Crimes at AMC Madison 6, AMC Fitchburg 18 and Marcus Point Cinema, duration of theatrical run at Madison TBD.
Body horror genre progenitor David Cronenberg looks back on his early days as a filmmaker, harking back to the title of one of his microbudget projects of the same name, Future Crimes (1970), about a devastating cosmetic plague in 1997 and a dermatological clinic called House Of Skin. With its gruesomely gruesome surgical visors, Cronenberg’s first film in eight years continues to look forward in a cutting-edge vision of human evolution as channeled by high-profile performance artist Saul Tenser (Viggo Mortensen ). It is also the last to have the honor of appearing on the Cannes walkout list. —Grant Phipps
Jazz On State: New Orleans Tribute Band, Mr. Chair at 100 Block of State Street. 5:30 p.m. Free.
Steve Braunginn and Jane Reynolds Going Away Party at Cafe Coda. 7 p.m. $20.
Sound Tile Piano Series by Luke Leavitt at Garver Feed Mill. 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Free.
Strollin’ Capitol East at multiple locations, 5-11 p.m., free.
The 2022 Madison Jazz Festival kicks off with this free and varied evening of music at four locations within walking distance of each other: Arts + Literature Laboratory, Dark Horse ArtBar, the High Noon Saloon patio and Robinia Courtyard. Highlights include upbeat free-jazz trio Brennan Connors & Stray Passage (7:30 a.m. ALL), a fresh look at vocal standards from Feest Quintet (7:30 a.m. Robinia) and the Tony Castañeda Latin Jazz Band (9:30 a.m. , Robinia). The festival continues until June 19 with a variety of free and paid events; I would particularly recommend saxophonist Jon Irabagon, who returns as a quartet (June 12 at ALL) after an excellent solo set at ALL in March, an evening of spoken-word and hip-hop with the New Breed Jazz Jam and Rob Dz (June 14 at Robinia), and some history-focused sessions celebrating Duke Ellington’s 1972 residency at UW-Madison (June 11 at Sequoya Library and June 17 at Hamel Music Center). —Scott Gordon
JUNE 11 TO 12
Marquette Waterfront Festival at Yahara Place Park, 10:30 a.m., see link for set times
Much of the bumper crop of Americana fodder at the first Waterfront Fest since 2019 is a treat to see for free: Transcendent and terminally ill country artist Robbie Fulks (main stage, Sunday, 4:45 p.m.), Madison’s Paul Mitch performing behind his debut solo album (Main Stage, Sunday, 12:00 p.m.), the return of beloved once-Madisonian folk band Count This Penny (Main Stage, Sunday, 1:30 p.m.). That said, Saturday’s headliner of Kaleta & Super Yamba Band (main stage, 6:30 p.m.) is by far the best reason to go. On the album 2019 Medahothe veteran Nigerian musician and his New York-based band chain draw on undeniably rich and funky layers of music worthy of someone who played with legends like King Sunny Adé and Fela Kuti. —Scott Gordon
Sweet Brontosaurus, Reaching Venus, Akimbo Legs at Dark Horse ArtBar. 9 p.m.
Graham Hunt, Cold Lunch, The Cult Of Lip at Mickey’s Tavern. 10 p.m. Free. Lily Your MadisonGraham Hunt’s February 2021 profile. This show is a celebration of the release of Hunt’s new album, If you knew, you would believe it.
Jennifer’s body at Memorial Union Terrace. 9 p.m. Free.
A view from the terrace of THE Jennifer’s body? During Pride Month, nothing less? An absolute revelation. This movie literally helped a generation – myself included – realize their homosexuality (and star Megan Fox knows it too). The 2009 film was written by Diablo Cody, a Midwest native of Juno (2007) renamed and directed by Karyn Kusama, a game made in girl’s heaven. In the movie, the queen of high school teenage dreams, Jennifer Check, is possessed by a demon that feeds on humans (boys and girls, because she goes both ways). Needy Lesnicky (Amanda Seyfried), her somehow nerdy BFF, learns what’s going on and tries to put a stop to her demonic best friend’s carnage. To top it off, the film’s soundtrack was produced by former Fall Out Boy label Fueled By Ramen, and yes, it absolutely smacks. —Hayley Sperling
RAP Ferreira, BLAX, Randal Bravery, Supa Friends at High Noon Saloon. Doors at 7 p.m., music at 8 p.m. $15 upfront, 20 doors.