Friday, April 27, 2012

Saturday 4/28: Nathan Englander @ James Madison Park

Nathan Englander (circa mid-90s)
Nathan Englander, the famous author of For the Relief of Unbearable Urges as well as the more recent What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank, will be reading in Madison on Saturday. Apparently he lives here sometimes (and even eats at Ha Long Bay!).

The event is being put on by the lit-journal Madison Review, and is happening inside a synagogue.

Afterwards there's a party at Brocach (the irish pub on the capitol square).

Gates of Heaven, James Madison Park. 302 E. Gorham Street. 7:30pm. Free.

Friday, April 20, 2012

Friday 4/20: White Denim @ High Noon Saloon

White Denim
Austin’s White Denim are difficult to classify. Depending on the song (or the segment of a song), they’re by turns mathy, garagey, grungey, folky, sneezy, dopey, etc. They draw inspiration from every corner, layering tracks on top of tracks that quickly branch into different directions at once. What unites their sound is an energy and an attitude, and an inclination to rock.

I mean rock in the grand, old sense: that thing that makes you jump up and down.

If you don't believe me, check out this awesomely-directed music video:

Tonight. High Noon Saloon. 9:30pm. 701 East Washington Avenue. $12.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Thursday 4/19: Wet Hair @ Mickey's Tavern

Iowa City's Wet Hair will be blazing their midwest-flavored krautrock at Mickey's Tavern tonight. These dudes run the Night People label and used to be in the excellent Raccoo-oo-oon. They have stepped up their game from being a groovy noise rock band in order to make their music a little more pop-oriented, with great results.

Of course, you should allow the music to help you decide whether or not you'll head over to check it out. Here's the music video for "Echo Lady" (off the album In Vogue Spirit on De Stijl):

Tonight, alongside dj sets by the Legalize It crew. Mickey's Tavern. 1524 Williamson Street. 10pm. Free. 21+.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Saturday 4/21: Pop-Up Markets & Tastings Galore

Saturday Farmers' Market (via)
"When it rains, it pours." Luckily, it looks like it won't be raining at all this Saturday, so you'll be able to bike around Madison to check out all the fun stuff going on:
  • Vintage Flea & Finds Pop-Up Market: 40 vendors will be selling rad antiques and "upcycled" arts & crafts. There will also be booze and snacks, if vintage goods aren't enough of a selling point. East Side Club, 3735 Monona Drive, 10am-4pm.
  • Asparagus Tasting: the co-op always has great programming for its owners, and this tasting is no exception. Willy Street Co-Op, 1221 Williamson Street, 11am-2pm.
  • Saturday Farmers' Market: while the farmers' market goes on year-round, this weekend marks the beginning of the summer market. Oh yeah. Capitol Square, 6am-2pm.
  • Record Store Day: support your local record stores and buy some vinyl. There's a ton going on but I don't want to be redundant, so check out the A.V. Club's guide to all of the Record Store Day events in town.
  • Wisconsin Grilled Cheese Championship: yeah, this is a thing. It's a little far for biking, but if you're looking to get off the isthmus for a day trip and love grilled cheese, you should check this out. Iowa County Fairgrounds, Mineral Point, WI, 10am-2pm.
Since these events all start pretty early in the day, you should be able to check out most of these events and still make it to all of the Wisconsin Film Festival screenings that you're attending!

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Today: Spring Election

Election day is finally here. Polls close at eight.