Around the Bubbler: 'As Goes Janesville,' music awards, City of Tomorrow and Leslie Jordan

2012-10-17T12:00:00Z 2013-07-17T16:58:25Z Around the Bubbler: 'As Goes Janesville,' music awards, City of Tomorrow and Leslie Jordan77 Square staff |
October 17, 2012 12:00 pm  • 


So goes the nation

With the election coming up, and Janesville on the lips of political pundits as the hometown of vice presidential candidate U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan, Ben Lichtenstein’s documentary “As Goes Janesville” couldn’t arrive at a better time. The film looks at the impact of the 2008 GM plant closing and how the economic desperation fed in to political polarization in Wisconsin. An edited version of the film premiered on public television last week, but Lichtenstein is bringing the full version to the screen at the Sequoya branch library. After the screening, there will be a panel discussion featuring Lichtenstein, Rep. Marc Pocan, Capital Times associate editor John Nichols and others.

Saturday, Oct. 20, 1 p.m.

Sequoya branch library, 4340 Tokay Blvd.



MAMA Jam-a

The Madison Area Music Awards kicks off its 10th anniversary season with a party at the Brink Lounge on Thursday night. In addition to congratulating all the 2012 winners, there will be an open mic jam hosted by Americana artist Briana Hardyman and featuring a bevy of local musicians. The MAMAs look to be in good shape heading into 2013, having raised $4,000 in donations toward a $5,000 matching grant from Dane Arts. The 2013 MAMAs will take place on June 2, 2013.

Thursday, Oct. 18, 7:30 p.m.

The Brink Lounge, 701 E. Washington Ave.



Living statue

This week, the Marquee theater at Union South has a wide range of films on the schedule, from “Purple Rain” (Friday, Oct. 19, 9:30 p.m.) to “Spice World” (Saturday, Oct. 20, midnight) to “Super Size Me” (Monday, Oct. 22, 7 p.m.). One of the more unique offerings is a 1920 silent German film called “The Golem,” based on a Jewish legend about a clay statue that comes to life. The screening features an original score performed by local klezmer band Yid Vicious.

Thursday, Oct. 18, 7 p.m.

The Marquee at Union South, 1308 W. Dayton St.



Italian masters at the Brink

Classical Revolution Madison hosts The City of Tomorrow, an avant garde wind quintet, at a performance next Thursday at the Brink Lounge.

Comprised of flute, clarinet, oboe, French horn and bassoon, The City of Tomorrow has won national chamber music awards and describes itself as “dedicated to highlighting new and forgotten masterworks.” Thursday’s concert focuses on modern Italian composers and how they influenced classical music in the U.S.

Thursday, Oct. 25, 7:30 p.m.

The Brink Lounge, 701 E. Washington Ave.

$11 adults, $6 students, $5 Classical Revolution member;; 661-8599


A toast to the arts

Next week, Yahara Bay Distillery celebrates five years of spirits and art with a gallery showcase featuring works by celebrity artists Anthony Quinn, Tony Curtis and Red Skelton.

The art, which comes from the private collection of William Torrison, will be on display Monday through Friday, Oct. 22-25, with an anniversary celebration on Thursday from 5-10 p.m. There will be live music, food, sampling, tours, a cash bar for mixed drinks and a meet and greet with the collector. Visit or call 275-1050 for more info.

Thursday, Oct. 25, 5-10 p.m. (art shown Oct. 22-26, 5-9 p.m.)

Yahara Bay Distillery, 3118 Kingsley Way


Goodnight moon

If you’re interested in stargazing, stop by the Moon Over Monona Terrace event Friday night. On the Monona Terrace rooftop, the public is invited to view the moon through several different telescopes. After 8:30 p.m., the telescopes will progress to different celestial objects. The clearer the night, the better.

This free event also includes children’s activities from UW Space Place and Monona Terrace. Snacks and beverages will be available for purchase at Lake Vista Café from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. If it’s raining, call 261-4000 after 4 p.m. the day of event or visit The rain or cloud date is Oct. 20.

Friday, Oct. 19, 7-9:30 p.m.

Monona Terrace Rooftop, 1 John Nolen Drive



Jordan jaws

Actor/comedian Leslie Jordan, best known for his recurring role as Beverly Leslie on the TV program “Will & Grace,” brings his one-man show to the Barrymore Theatre this Friday night. Expect Jordan’s stories to mix humor and heart, touching on everything from his humble Hollywood beginnings (he boarded a bus bound for Los Angeles with $1,200 sewn into his underwear) to his battles with addiction and brief incarceration. Visit for more information or to purchase tickets.

Friday, Oct. 19, 8 p.m.

Barrymore Theatre, 2090 Atwood Ave.

$35/$55 for VIP admission, which includes a meet and greet with Jordan


Moonlight stroll

Enjoy the outdoors while taking a 1.2-mile, self-guided walk lit with hundreds of glowing jack-o-lanterns and luminaries Saturday night at Lake Kegonsa State Park in Stoughton. When you’re done with the walk, warm up at the bonfire and enjoy refreshments sold by the Lake Kegonsa State Park Friends Group. There is no fee for this event, but a valid park admission sticker is required for entry into the park. Pets are not allowed on this trail. For more information, call Sarah at 873-9695, email or visit

Saturday, Oct. 20, 6-9 p.m.

Lake Kegonsa State Park, 2405 Door Creek Road, Stoughton



Moving up

Eric Hutchinson might be living the charmed life these days — he signed to Warner Bros. Records for his sophomore full-length, “Moving Up, Living Down,” and his songs have appeared on TV shows like “Grey’s Anatomy” — but that wasn’t always the case. The singer/pianist, who performs at the Barrymore Theatre on Tuesday, Oct. 23, was actually signed to Madonna’s Maverick Records at one point, but the label folded before he could release his debut. Undeterred, he opted to self-release the album, and the rest is history. Visit for more information or to purchase tickets.

Tuesday, Oct. 23, 8 p.m.

Barrymore Theatre, 2090 Atwood Ave.


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