Good Madison events announced this week: Rabit, Spotlight Cinema, etc.

A few fresh events worth adding to your calendar.


Rabit. Photo by Lane Stewart.

Rabit. Photo by Lane Stewart.

We’ve always got our eyes peeled for shows being announced in Madison. Here’s what stands out from the past week’s newly added events. Keep up with more events, thoughtfully previewed by our writers, in our Calendar section.

Big Eyes. Oct. 3, Mickey’s Tavern. The New York band, led by guitarist/singer/songwriter Kait Eldridge, makes some of the most catchy, cutting punk around.

Spotlight Cinema. Oct. 4 through Nov. 29, Madison Museum of Contemporary Art. Mike King of UW Cinematheque and the Wisconsin Film Festival curates this Wednesday series of screenings, which focuses on compelling feature films, just about all of which get their local premiere here. This year’s Spotlight calendar begins on October 4 with Jean-Pierre Dardenne and Luc Dardenne’s The Unknown Girl. Other highlights include Alejandro Jodorowsky’s Endless Poetry on Oct. 18 and Swedish filmmaker Ruben Östlund’s The Square on Nov. 8.

Dan Savage. Oct. 7, Barrymore. The Savage Love columnist and former Four Star Video Heaven employee makes another visit.

Wisconsin Book Festival. Nov. 2 through 5, multiple locations. Highlights in this year’s Book Festival schedule include the cartoonist-physicist duo of Jorge Cham and Daniel Whiteson, legal scholar Angela J. Davis, Madison-based historian Mike Duncan, and journalist Amy Goldstein.

Tone Madison 3rd anniversary party. Nov. 9, Art In. We’ll be celebrating three years of publishing with music from Tippy, 3rd Dimension, Exploration Team, Ilana Bryne, and DJ Glynis, and live drawing from Rachal Duggan. This event is free for our Patreon donors and it’s never too late to join their ranks.

Rabit. Nov. 17, Art In. The Houston producer’s rugged and shadowy music should make this one of the standout electronic shows of the fall.

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