The week's best Madison show announcements.
The Micro-Wave Cinema Series, which focuses exclusively on the more adventurous and low-budget end of the independent-film spectrum, rolled out its spring 2016 schedule this week. All screenings take place in the UW Cinematheque screening room at Vilas Hall, are free, and feature post-film Q&As with the filmmakers, usually by Skype but sometimes in person. The seven-screening season begins January 31 with For The Plasma, Bingham Bryant and Kyle Molzan's minimal 2014 sci-fi about two friends hiding out in rural New England and somehow making stock-market predictions. Other highlights include a March 6 documentary double-header of Field Niggas, Khalik Allah's look at the life surrounding a notorious Harlem intersection, and Buffalo Juggalos, Scott Cummings' 2014 portrait of Buffalo, New York's Juggalo community. Info
First Wave-affiliated rapper Rich Robbins' February 26 show at the Memorial Union Play Circle will be an ambitious re-creation of his 2015 album Nimbus, in collaboration with a big cast of mostly Madison-based hip-hop artists including Trapo, Broadway, and CRASHprez. Info
A few additions to Madison's comedy schedule: David Cross has added a late show after his previously announced February 12 show at the Orpheum (info/tickets), and the Comedy Club on State's spring calendar is filling up with acts including sketch trio The Grawlix (March 3 through 5), Michelle Wolf (March 10 through 12), and Andy Kindler (April 3). Info/tickets
The ginormous geekdom cookie-cutter affair that is Wizard World Comic Con will be back April 8 through 10 at the Alliant Energy Center, with guests including David Tennant of Dr. Who and Jessica Jones fame. Info/tickets
Lastly, we've firmed up the second installment of our own GateSound series with NYC experimental-rock outfit Skeletons and Madison drone duo Mid Waste, on March 31 at the Gates of Heaven. Info