Explore the 100-year-old site in the eastern portion of UW-Madison Arboretum of what was to be the “Venice of the North.” Meet at the visitor center, 1207 Seminole Highway, by 1 p.m. Sunday for a free 2 1/2-hour guided hike, “Getting Lost in the City.” Fragments of pavement and other construction remnants of the failed subdivision can be seen along the way. Parts of the trail have obstacles that hikers will need to be able to step over. No registration required.
More information arboretum.wisc.edu/visit/events/" target="_blank">arboretum.wisc.edu/visit/events; or phone 608-263-7888.
Volunteer for an Ecological Restoration Work Party in the arboretum core area and Curtis Prairie 9 a.m. to noon Saturday. Meet at the visitor center, 1207 Seminole Highway. Training and tools are provided, and you can learn more about prairies and savannas.
More information arboretum.wisc.edu/visit/events; or phone 608-265-5214.
Watch and listen as University Opera weaves together songs, arias and ensembles from the best-loved operas and Broadway shows of “one of the most important music and theatre artists of the 20th century” in “A Kurt Weill Caberet.” Hardships, alienation and pain are intertwined with hope, redemption and savvy comedy in the 7:30 p.m. Friday, 3 p.m. Sunday, and 7:30 p.m. Tuesday performances in Music Hall, 925 Bascom Mall. Tickets are $25/adults, $20/seniors, and $10/students.
More information www.music.wisc.edu/event/university-opera-kurt-weill/2017-10-27; or phone 608-263-1900.
Annual quilt show
Piece together plans for your weekend that include visiting the St. John’s Piecemakers Quilt Club annual show “Quilting Through the Ages.” Many beautiful quilts, including antique quilts, will be on display in St. John’s School Gymnasium, 114 E. Third St., Waunakee, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday. There will also be a quilt raffled to benefit the school’s endowment fund, a silent auction benefiting Waunakee Food Pantry, vendors, a food court, and an opportunity to vote for Viewer’s Choice awards. Admission is $3.
More information stjohnpiecemakers.weebly.com; or phone 608-849-5482.
Short film festival
Relax and enjoy an afternoon of viewing at Lakeside Short Film Festival, held noon to 4 p.m. at High Noon Saloon, 701 E. Washington Ave. A dozen short films by independent filmmakers will compete for the Audience Favorite award of $500. Two other non-eligible short films will be screened as well. Tickets are $10.
More information and tickets www.livingstormproductions.com/lsff-2017; or phone Nathan, 608-381-5341.
— Robyn Norton