Aug. 30--A few of the many arts and cultural events happening around Madison this week:
If you haven't made it Downtown yet for Taste of Madison, today's the day. Plenty of food and music -- with bands on three stages -- can be found around Capitol Square from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
The life of the late pianist and UW professor Howard Karp, who died this summer at age 84, will be celebrated today at 3 p.m. at Mills Concert Hall in the Mosse Humanities Building, 455 N. Park St. The public is invited.
Jazz at Five wraps up the season with an evening of jazz on the 100 block of State Street. The music starts at 4:15 p.m. with youth group Foundry Jazz Ensemble, followed by the Darren Sterud Orchestra at 5 p.m. Jimmy Voegli joins the Darren Sterud Orchestra for another set at 6:30 p.m. Bring your own chair or see jazzatfive.org about how to book a table.
"The Human Condition: The Stephen and Pamela Hootkin Collection of Contemporary Ceramic Sculpture" comprises 119 works by 35 different artists. The huge exhibition opening at the Chazen Museum of Art begins with a presentation at 5:30 p.m. by ceramic art experts Garth Clark and Mark Del Vecchio. A reception for "The Human Condition" will follow from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Chazen, 750 University Ave. The show officially opens Friday and runs through Nov. 30. Museum admission is free. www.chazen.wisc.edu
What happens at Central Library after hours? Find out with NIGHT LIGHT, the monthly after-hours event held from 8-11 p.m. Friday at the library, 201 W. Mifflin St. This month Madison Storytellers will feature live stories along the theme of "Escape: Stories About Getting Unstuck," and the library will unveil six art exhibits: The Wisconsin Sesquicentennial Portfolio, the FlakPhoto Midwest Print Show, and work by artists Jayne Reid Jackson, Katrina Schaag, Kemper Smith, and Nathan Fritz. Free admission, with drinks by Forequarter for sale.
Enjoy the musical storytelling of Broadway piano star Johnny Rodgers and his band when the new Capital City Theatre group brings them to The Majestic at 7 p.m. Rodgers, who toured as Liza Minnelli's pianist and was songwriter for the Tony-winning "Liza's At The Palace," will take listeners on a journey of American music. Tickets are $30 at www.capitalcitytheatre.org
Celebrate Latin music and culture with Fiesta Hispana, held Saturday from noon to 6 p.m. at Centro Hispano, 810 W. Badger Road. The event includes food and children's activities.
Sunday, Sept. 7
The Madison Jazz Society kicks off its fall concert series with a show featuring Iowa's River City 6 from 2-4 p.m. at the Coliseum Bar, 232 E. Olin Ave.Hear Big Band, Swing, Latin, Dixieland and New Orleans jazz hits, plus classics from the Great American Songbook. Tickets are $20 for MJS members; $25 for adults; ages 18 and younger free. www.
madisonjazz.com or 850-5400.
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-- Gayle Worland
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