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The Week[end]: December 28-30, 2012
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Madison Marimba Quaret
Madison Marimba Quaret

The holiday arts season is wrapping up this weekend with the annual free concert by the Madison Marimba Quartet. The calendar also includes: the Leo Villareal exhibit at MMoCA; stand-up by Carl LaBove; a performance by Dead Man's Carnival; live music from BoDeans, The Velvet Smash, and Dwarves; and a final chance to see the Holiday Fantasy in Lights.


Friday 12.28
NOTEWORTHY: Spain recognizes Mexico's independence, 1836.

Leo Villareal
Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, through Dec. 30
Villareal uses light as a medium, from strobes to LEDs. His stunning sculptures and installations are often inspired by nature, with computer-driven patterns.

Carl LaBove
Comedy Club on State, 8 & 10:30 pm. Also Thursday (8 pm), Saturday (8 & 10:30 pm) & Monday (5:30, 8 & 10:30 pm), Dec. 27, 29 & 31
LaBove made his reputation collaborating with such brutally honest comic legends as Bill Hicks and Sam Kinison in the 1980s. He still deserves the moniker "Outlaw of Comedy."

BoDeans
Majestic Theatre, 9 pm
The Milwaukee-area roots-rockers offer a fix of '80s and '90s radio staples like "She's a Runaway" and "Closer to Free."

Dead Man's Carnival
High Noon Saloon, 9:30 pm
Vaudevillian high jinks and jaw-dropping circus stunts converge when this Milwaukee act performs.


Saturday 12.29

Madison Marimba Quartet
UW Humanities Building's Mills Hall, 1 pm
The ensemble presents its annual free concert -- called "Our Gift to You" -- for music lovers seeking live entertainment between Christmas and New Year's. It's fun for the whole family, with a range of classical, jazz and holiday music arranged for this unique instrumentation.

The Velvet Smash
Brink Lounge, 7 pm
Reptile Palace Orchestra's Anna Purnell fronts this new, retro-futuristic lounge act, who'll release an album called Smashing at this show.

Dwarves
Frequency, 10 pm
Celebrate the tawdry history of these Chicago punk legends, which includes onstage sex acts and a death hoax, as they perform selections from 2011's The Dwarves Are Born Again. With the Gusto and Warhawks.


Sunday 12.30
NOTEWORTHY: Israel and Vatican City establish diplomatic relations, 1993.

Holiday Fantasy in Lights
Olin-Turville Park, daily from dusk to dawn, through Dec. 31
The dazzling seasonal light sculptures in Olin Park are a festive Madison tradition, courtesy of the National Electrical Contractors Association and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 159. Thanks, union members.

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