What to do in Madison this week: Wisconsin Science Festival, Becoming Dr. Ruth, and more Isthmus offerings – Isthmus

Wisconsin Science Festival, Oct. 10-16, UW campus (and nationwide): An annual celebration of curiosity, the Wisconsin Science Festival features events for all ages and interests. This year’s theme is glass, which will take center stage when Big Ideas for Busy People and Nerd Nite are held back-to-back at the High Noon Saloon, with guest host Maynard Okereke, Hip Hop MD (7 p.m., October 11). STEM activities are back as Science on the Square joins a special Downtown Madison Night Market (4:00-8:00 p.m., Oct. 14). This is just the beginning of a huge schedule of events across the country; find the details of wisconsinsciencefest.org.

Wendy Wimmer, Monday, October 10, Room of One’s Own, 6:00 p.m.: Green Bay author Wendy Wimmer will celebrate her debut collection of short stories, Entry level, in the backyard at A Room of One’s Own. The title refers to the loose theme of these 15 stories, which revolve around the lack of work. They’re weird and wonderful and disturbing but utterly engaging, and Wimmer’s dark humor shines through: “They give you a pamphlet when your mother loses her mind. The pamphlet doesn’t tell you where to find it. Entry level is the winner of the 2021 Autumn House Fiction Award, and Wimmer’s work has been nominated for The Pushcart Prize and appears in ANMLY, Barrel and The believer.

Robert Torres Mata, Through October 16, Edgewood College Gallery: Mata’s textile and multimedia works are the heart of ‘Clandestine’, which explores the theme of migration in many ways. Matta earned an MFA in 2021 from UW-Madison’s stellar printmaking program. The exhibition continues until October 16.

DAMA Name Change Party, Tuesday, October 11, DAMA Mural Shop, 5004 Allis Ave., 5:30-7:30 p.m.: Dane Arts Mural Arts (DAMA) helps artists create community murals, but it does more than that. DAMA supports local artists, underinvested communities and youth development. Hence the name change – Development of artists, murals and alliances. Same initials DAMA so the group doesn’t have to order new towels. Celebrate with artists and teens from DAMA’s Summer Youth Artist Intern Program and learn more about what DAMA does.

She’s beautiful when she’s angry, Tuesday, October 11, Central Library, 6:30 p.m.: Local discussion group Peregrine Forum presents a free screening of the 2014 documentary about the women’s liberation movement, She’s beautiful when she’s angry. The film, directed and produced by a woman, highlights the founding of the modern women’s movement from 1966 to 1971, from the birth of NOW to its more radical factions. Come on honey, you can certainly smile at us about that.

Kaleta and Super Yamba Band, Tuesday 11 October, Bur Oak, 8pm: The Brooklyn-based Afro-funk dance group blew away the crowd at the Waterfront Festival in June. Band leader and juju music veteran Leon Ligan-Majek grew up in Lagos, Nigeria, the birthplace of Afrobeat. Before settling in New York, he toured with heavy hitters including King Sunny Ade (for over 10 years) and Lauryn Hill. Things get super hyped and psychedelic in their show and then – BOOM – totally familiar as Caletta screams and growls with James Brown abandon.

20 Years of Odyssey Amplifying Voices and Celebrating the Vote, Wednesday, October 12, UW Memorial Union-Great Hall, 5:30 p.m.: The 2022-2023 academic year marks the 20th anniversary of the UW Odyssey Project, a program offering humanities classes to adult students who face economic barriers to college. They’re celebrating the milestone with a series of events, starting with this program featuring a short film screening, readings from current and former students and refreshments, plus voting information from the League of Women Voters of Wisconsin and partners. It’s free to attend; register at odyssey.wisc.edu to participate via Zoom.

Mike LeCrone: Moments of Happiness, October 12-16, Overture Center-Playhouse: This is new: The Four Seasons Theater presents an evening with Professor Mike LeCrone, now retired and beloved director of the UW-Madison Marching Band for 50 years. in Mike Lecrone: Moments of happiness, Leckrone, ever the showman, will tell Badger Band stories interspersed with musical selections performed by jazz musicians Chris Rottmeier (piano), Ben Ferris (bass) and Michael Koszewski (drums). It’s like if Mark Twain tonight played, you know, Mark Twain instead of Hal Holbrook. If this one pans out, can we expect Barry: The Musical? Screenings at 7:30 p.m., Oct. 12-15; and 2:00 p.m., October 16. Tickets in overture.org.

There is no age, Wednesday, October 12, High Dining Room, 8:00 p.m.: As No Age, Randy Randall and Dean Spunt have always let the muse of experimentation lead them where it may, whether it’s straight-up guitar strums, making a film, or accompanying a multimedia art installation. Fans of their more trippy soundscapes will be pleased with September’s People helping people, their third Drag City feature, which is all over the place in a good way. No Age starts a month and a half down the road right here in Madison. With DREAM_MEGA.

Wisconsin Book Festival, October 13-16, Central Library (and other places): After an all-virtual celebration in 2020 and a hybrid celebration in 2021, the Wisconsin Book Festival celebrates its 20th anniversary by returning to its traditional fall celebration with four days of in-person events. And there’s an impressive lineup of authors from Wisconsin and beyond spread across more than 40 events, most of which take place in person at the Central Library. Read more in our previews of isthmus.comand find the full schedule of wisconsinbookfestival.org.

Becoming Dr. Ruth, October 13-14 and 16, Brink Lounge: Dr. Ruth, the diminutive Holocaust survivor who isn’t afraid to talk openly about sex and pleasure, has largely faded from public consciousness as the conversation has progressed. But she was a force to be reckoned with – still is; at 94, she is still working. Playwright Marc St. Germain tells the incredible story of Dr. Ruth in the one-woman play Becoming Dr. Ruth. With Atlanta-based actor Eileen Koteles in the lead, it’s brought to Madison by TNW Ensemble Theatre. Performances are at 7:30 p.m., October 13-14; and 3:00 p.m., October 16; tickets on Brown paper tickets.

Willie Porter, Thursday, October 13, Majestic, 8:00 p.m.: One of Milwaukee’s most reliable musicians returns to Madison (where he lived in the late 1980s) to begin a month-long tour of mostly Midwestern cities. For more than 30 years, Willie Porter has been hurling an acoustic guitar from stage to stage, leaving behind an impressive body of Americana and folk music. It reached its commercial peak in 1994 A dog-eared dream, which saw him open slots with The Cranberries and Toad the Wet Sprocket, but Porter never stopped strumming his trusty guitar – releasing a series of quality albums with universal theme songs and sung in a well-traveled voice. Rumor has it that record number 13 could drop sometime this year.

Find individual choices collected hereand as part of the full calendar of events.

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