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Arts picks for the week of Aug. 3, 2014

August 4, 2014

By Gayle Worland, The Wisconsin State Journal

Aug. 04--A few of the many arts events happening around Madison this week:


Step lively into a new week with English Country Dancing at the Wil-Mar Center, 953 Jenifer St. Experience isn't necessary -- nor is a partner. The dancing and lessons start at 7:30 p.m.

Art Cart, the free outdoor art program sponsored by MSCR and the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, keeps rolling along through Aug. 14. This week the roving craftmobile for ages 3 and up visits seven Madison parks, plus East Madison Community Center, Huegel School and Tenney Beach. Find a schedule at


Stop by the Middleton Senior Center, 7448 Hubbard Ave. in Middleton, for a Senior Sing-Along at 10 a.m. Sheet music is provided; new voices welcome.

Or carry your carryout to the King Street corner of Capitol Square for a Free Lunch Time Live concert at noon featuring the Lucas Cates Band.

Afterward, stroll over to the James Watrous Gallery at Overture Center to see side-by-side solo exhibitions by Wisconsin artists Graham Yeager and Tyler Robbins, on display through Aug. 24. Yeager's whimsical wood and steel sculptures in "Making Adjustments" hide interactive surprises. And in "Anatomy of a Weekend," Robbins' photo-montages are a playful, graphic twist on the suburban backyard. Free; gallery hours listed at


These precious summer nights are numbered -- but fortunately there's still a month left of Capitol City Band concerts. Join the band's professional musicians for a free, outdoor concert each Thursday at 7 p.m. through Aug. 28 at Rennebohm Park, 115 N. Eau Claire Ave.


Dilemma solved. Want to see the American Theatre Players production of "The Doctor's Dilemma" by George Bernard Shaw, but don't want to drive to Spring Green? APT offers a Badger Coaches bus ride this Friday for $15. The bus leaves Capitol Lakes in Downtown Madison at 5:15 p.m. and St. Bernard's in Middleton at 5:45 p.m., arriving at APT in time for a quick picnic before the 8 p.m. show. Purchase at or 588-2361.

Close to two dozen local female artists who grew up sister-free have created works reflecting on the idealization of sisterhood. "Twenty-Three Sisters" opens with an artists' reception from 6-8 p.m. Friday at Gallery 1308 in Union South, 1308 W. Dayton St. The show runs through Sept. 30.


Witness an Overture Center treasure in the hands of a young talent when Donald VerKuilen performs on the Overture Concert Organ at 11 a.m. VerKuilen, a state native studying at Oberlin College, will perform music by Saint-Saens, Widor and Archer in this free, 45-minute concert sponsored by the Madison Symphony Orchestra.

Then try your hand at folk-art painting during a sketch and painting workshop inspired by the Wisconsin Historical Museum's exhibit "Wisconsin in Watercolor: The Farmscapes of Paul Seifert." Drop by the museum, 30 N. Carroll St., between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. to join in. $2 suggested donation.

The Black-eyed Susans are blooming, but everything's coming up roses in Oregon, where the Oregon Straw Hat Players present "Gypsy" Aug. 9-16. The show opens at 8 p.m. Saturday at Oregon High School Performing Arts Center, 456 North Perry Parkway, Oregon. Tickets: $17, or $15 for seniors/youth at

-- Gayle Worland


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