Clown around with Wild Rumpus Circus 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday, during their winter performance “Punky Rumpus: A Steampunk Circus” at Goodman Community Center, 149 Waubesa St. Let the all-ages troupe entertain you with clowning, juggling, tight wire, acrobatics, stilts, trapeze, aerial, bungee, silks and more. Arrive early (doors open 30 minutes before showtime) for the best selection of the festival-style seating that includes chairs, bleachers and the floor. Admission is a suggested donation of $12.50/adults and $7.50/kids and tickets are available online or at the door.
More information and tickets at therumpusroom.org/rr-events/winter-circus; or phone 608-333-3830.
Valentine market and
Browse for baubles, try on trinkets and procure presents for your sweetheart at the free Madison Maker’s Valentine Market and Pub Crawl noon to 5 p.m. Saturday at Bos Meadery, 849 E. Washington Ave., The Brass Ring and The Brink Lounge, 701 E. Washington Ave., and Old Sugar Distillery, 931 E. Main St., No. 8. More than 40 local vendors offer their handcrafted wares that include art, jewelry, apparel, home goods, soaps, foods and more.
More information www.madisonmakersmarket.com.
Music in Madison
Be “Drown’d in One Endless Day” with Madison Choral Project, as they explore transformational moments when time seems to stop. Performances are 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Christ Presbyterian Church, 944 E. Gorham St., and 2 p.m. Sunday at St. Andrew’s Episcopal, 1833 Regent St. Tickets are $10-$40.
More information and tickets at themcp.org.
Wind down the weekend with an afternoon of bluegrass starting 12:30 p.m. Sunday at Barrymore Theatre, 2090 Atwood Ave. The family-friendly United Way Bluegrass Benefit features Cork ‘n Bottle String Band, Sparetime Bluegrass, Dave Landau, Oak Street Ramblers, MadFiddle, Highway 151 and Old Tin Can String Band. Tickets are available at the door and are $10/adults, $5/children 5-12, with children under 5 admitted free, and a maximum family cost of $20.
More information www.barrymorelive.com; or phone 608-246-5487.
Keep an eye on the Mad Scientist as he defies gravity at 1 p.m. Sunday during the Waisman Center Children’s Theater special event “Mad Science — Spin, Pop, Boom!” Children will be introduced to the world of chemistry with foaming cups and steaming chemical reactions in the Friends of the Waisman Center Auditorium, 1500 Highland Ave. Early bird activities begin at noon. Admission is $2/adults and $1/children.
More information www.waisman.wisc.edu/event/mad-science-spin-pop-boom.
— Robyn Norton