Some events in Madison, from June 27 to July 3, 2022 – Tone Madison

Sarah Akawa, seen here in a Left Shark costume, hosts the Hot Summer Gays: Hotter Than Halloween party on July 2 at Robinia Courtyard. Photo courtesy of Dyke Dive.

A Hot Summer Gays Halloween, and a rich mix of experimental films and music.

We partner with the wonderful independent email newsletter Madison Minutes to bring you event recommendations each week. Starting this June, we’re dipping our toes back into some actual articles, some of which will appear in Madison Minutes‘ weekly event email, and all of which will appear here.

A few notes: This overview of events is, as before, selective and not exhaustive. Each week, we’ll focus on a handful of things our editors and writers find compelling, and that’s it. We will write a few and list a few more. It will take us some time to regain our full strength with this part of our coverage, as we have had so many other exciting and challenging things to work on lately. Please contact us with suggestions – and information about your event, as long as you are able to get it to us a few weeks in advance – at [email protected].


Greene/Drobka/Blair at the Arts + Literature Laboratory. Doors at 6:30 p.m., music at 7 p.m. $10/$12 in advance, $15 at the door.


Mills Folly Microcinema: eyes of summer and recent short films at the Arts + Literature Laboratory. Doors at 7:30 p.m., screening at 8 p.m. $5.

After a break in May, Mills Folly Microcinema returns to the Arts + Literature Laboratory in this last week of June. Full disclosure: I am a member of the programming committee for this film series and helped book Rajee Samarasinghe Show me other places (2021). So it’s both my biased and unbiased opinion that Madison needs a steady anchor for experimental cinema. Since 2018, Mills Folly has provided that primarily to ALL, featuring filmmakers ranging from more Wisconsin-affiliated talent like Kym McDaniel (who visited with Exit Strategies #1-5 end of April) to a native of Sri Lanka like Samarasinghe. His two films in this program, Show me other places and eyes of summer (2020), move from the relationship between physical and virtual space in the former to Samarasinghe’s mother’s hamlet in the latter. Summer explores, in a haunted and improvised narrative, the relationship between a child and an inhabiting spirit.


This program also highlights Australian filmmaking duo Richard Tuohy and Dianna Barrie In and out of a window (2021), a play about cinematic framing devices (softly reminiscent of Abbas Kiarostami’s film 24 frames), as well as the 23 minutes of Michael Robinson D-shaped polycephaly (2021) from this year’s Media City Film Festival. Robinson’s conceptually apocalyptic work characterizes telepathic separations and connections between two men in opposite polar environments with dizzying montage. And then it turns into an absurd, witty commentary on the history of fantasy cinema. But, above all, you won’t shake this ineradicable cliché of Melania T. in its malevolent element. —Grant Phipps

Walnut squirrels (a cut of She’s funny like that) at the UW Cinematheque. Doors at 6:30 p.m., screening at 7 p.m. Free.


Daniel Wyche, Emili Earhart, Julian Lynch at the Arts + Literature Laboratory. Doors at 6:30 p.m., music at 7 p.m. $15 in advance, $20 at the door.

Three experimental artists with remarkably varied repositories play solo sets during this show, and will also play an improvised set as a trio. Madison’s Julian Lynch is best known for the smooth, yet multi-layered songs in his solo discography, and is equally compelling when branching out into more free-form solo instrumental ensembles. His improvised lead guitar playing here may draw on some of the elements of the music he composed for the True Crime Podcast. Deliver us from Ervil. The other Madisonian on the bill, pianist Emili Earhart (who is also Your Madison contributor), will bring together an array of classical and minimalist influences in his set. In the electric guitar works of Chicago-based Daniel Wyche, notes of abrasion cut across delicately layered expanses, deeply intentional composition and arrangement blending with a vast array of pure textures. It’s a composite vision of music and sound, achieved through intensive solo work and collaboration – “This Was Home”, the opening track from Wyche’s 2021 album Earthwork captures a performance during which the audience had control of various filters and effects, manipulating the sound of the guitars of Wyche and several other players (Andrew Clinkman on guitar, Lia Kohl on cello, Michael Nicosia on guitar and Ryan Packard on vibraphone). This letting go of control results in a complex yet oddly beautifully cohesive performance. —Scott Gordon

The swimming pool at the UW Cinematheque. Doors at 6:30 p.m., screening at 7 p.m. Free.

An excerpt from Lewis Peterson Your Madison Insight Madison preview of the Alain Delon series from the UW Cinematheque, which begins with this screening: The swimming pool did in the summer of 2021 when he performed at the Film Forum in New York for almost four months. Before last year, it was hard to see in the US, even after it was the basis for Luca Gudagnino’s 2015 English-language remake. A bigger splash. The swimming pool is not without its detractors, but it offers a good opportunity to mentally stroll with the characters and some decidedly bourgeois concerns, if they can be called concerns at all. He even features a pool party with a group of hippies, but their own questioning of the societal order goes no further than the chorus of Michel Legrand’s soundtrack song “Ask Yourself Why.” who asks why there are signs to avoid the grass and why there are so many parking lots under construction.

Sigra, Candace Griffin at Dark Horse ArtBar. 8 p.m. $5.


Kick off Mad Lit 2022 on the 100 block of State Street. 8 p.m. Free.

Mad Lit, a free concert series presented by Urban Community Arts Network and Greater Madison Music City Project, enters its second year with a solid block of music. For the launch event, the focus will be on emerging acts and equitable landscapes in a city that desperately needs this kind of engagement. KIC, Alice Mosley, RSHN 6 and DJ Terrence J will be the artists taking the stage to kick off Mad Lit in 2022. This year’s iteration of Mad Lit will once again take place every other Friday, this time from July 1 to October 7, promising an exceptional and diverse list of not only artists, but also participating sponsors and companies. The 100 block of State Street will remain the location of Mad Lit, providing a familiar backdrop to counterbalance a host of fresher musical faces. Among the artists performing over the two-month-plus series are Danielle Crim, Orquesta Mas, Kinfolk, Nono, Rob Dz, a host of DJs and many more. Every entry in Mad Lit 2022 will be worth seeking out, not just for the undoubted talent of the performers, but for the show’s genuinely progressive spirit, something Madison could use a lot more moving forward. —Steven Spoerl

casablanca at the UW Cinematheque. Doors at 6:30 p.m., screening at 7 p.m. Free.


Hot Summer Gays: Hotter than Halloween at Robinia Courtyard. 10 p.m. $10.

The Hot Summer Gays series quickly became a crucial part of Madison’s annual music lineup when it launched in 2017. In addition to their fierce commitment to creating spaces of queer support in Madison’s nightlife, HSG organizers have reliably gathered strong, varied and local invoices. of DJs and live artists. This summer’s edition of the Halloween costume party is no exception, and the lineup is powerfully geared up for a night of sweaty dancing. The evening includes DJ sets from series co-founder Sarah Akawa, Sunstone and DJ Goldiloxx. Additionally, 7ucky Vita will present a live set of brash, funky and glamorous pop behind a recently released self-titled album. —Scott Gordon


The Zombies, Altameda to Barrymore. 7:30 p.m. $40-$50.

Jennifer C. Burleigh