Build upon holiday cheer this Christmas weekend with a little time out on the town, the opportunities including a Community Kwanzaa Celebration, a book reading by Phil Hellmuth, and live music by the Madison Marimba Quartet, The Jimmys with Aaron Williams, F. Stokes, the BoDeans, and We Are the Willows.
BIRTHDAYS: Singer Annie Lennox, 1954; Pogues singer-songwriter-guitarist Shane MacGowan, 1957.
BIRTHDAYS: Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich.
Olbrich Gardens, 1-3 pm
Commence the festival of Umoja, Kujichagulia and all the rest with dancing, drumming and singing.
Mills Hall, UW Humanities Building, 1 pm
The ensemble presents its annual concert for local citizens starved for entertainment in the cultural wasteland between Christmas and New Year's. It's fun for the whole family, with a range of classical, jazz and holiday music.
University Book Store-Hilldale, 3 pm
The Madison-raised poker phenom discusses his book Deal Me In. Poker may help you pay off your Christmas shopping debts, or it may put you further in debt.
High Noon Saloon, 8 pm
To honor the memory of his father, celebrated Hammond B3 player "Cadillac" Joe Andersen, who recently succumbed to cancer, Aaron Williams has organized a musical tribute. Headlining the event are the Jimmys: Jimmy Voegeli and his nine-piece ensemble stacked with horns, brimming with Chicago blues and bursting with New Orleans funk. Proceeds benefit the UW Carbone Cancer Center.
Annex, 10 pm
The soulful Chicago hip-hop artist has a new album out with Lazerbeak, Death of a Handsome Bride, and lots of plans for the new year. Get a hint of what they might be by catching his live act.
BIRTHDAY: French actor Gerard Depardieu, 1948.
Barrymore Theatre, 7:30 pm
The rootsy rock 'n' rollers aren't spring chickens anymore, but they're about the most loyal band you'll find, returning to Madison Christmas upon Christmas to reprise "She's a Runaway," "Closer to Free" and other crowd-pleasers.
Frequency, 8 pm
Minneapolis-via-Eau Claire musician Peter Miller performs under the moniker We Are the Willows. He performs songs from his debut album, A Collection of Sounds and Something Like the Plague.