New shows: Jim White, Hari Kondabolu, and more
The week's best Madison show announcements.
We rarely end up covering shows at Kiki's House of Righteous Music, an East Side house venue that's on the up-and-up—host Kiki Schueler is the best and books great music basically for the sheer fun of it, but shows usually sell out quick via an email list of dedicated regulars. But as far as we know, there are still spots available to see singer-songwriter Jim White there on December 3. White's approach to folk and country songwriting, as captured on a string of releases on Luaka Bop between 1997 and 2007 (including Wrong-Eyed Jesus!, No Such Place, and Transnormal Skiperoo), has an eerie, mystic heft to it, but also a great deal of vulnerability, sly humor, and subtly warped production. His 2015 album Take It Like A Man is a collaboration with fellow Athens, Georgia residents Packway Handle Band. Info/tickets
American Players Theatre rolled out its 2016 schedule this week. This year's Shakespeare offerings are King Lear, Richard III and The Comedy Of Errors. APT continues diversifying beyond that both in its outdoor "up the hill" theater and the indoor Touchstone, with Arthur Miller's Death Of A Salesman, Sarah Ruhl's Eurydice, Oscar Wilde's An Ideal Husband, Tom Stoppard's Arcadia, Samuel Beckett's Endgame, and Stephen Massicotte's Mary's Wedding. Tickets go on sale in February. Info
Muscular Chicago power-pop outfit MAMA, who released their recent EP Speed Trap on sturdy rock-n-roll label HoZac Records, will play November 17 at Mickey's Tavern with Madison's Uzi Ferrari and The New Villains. Info
Wintersong, a folk-heavy annual benefit concert for Second Harvest Food Bank, will be back on December 12 at the Barrymore. Acts on the bill include Faux Fawn, Anna Vogelzang, and Crane Your Swan Neck. Info/tickets
UW Cinematheque has made a late addition to its series of Madison film premieres with Suffragette, director Sarah Gravon's new drama about the early-20th-century movement for women's right to vote in the UK. It gets a pre-release screening on November 3 at Vilas Hall. Info
Comedian Hari Kondabolu had to cancel a planned show in Madison this past April, but has finally rescheduled for January 17 at the Majestic. Info/tickets