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The Week[end]: December 12-14, 2008

It's the last big weekend of the fall semester in Madison, and there is no shortage of entertainment options to keep hearts warm for the holidays. The slate of options includes: a benefit for the Respite Center, a farewell show from Firecracker Studios, the Last Day of Class Mustache Bash, and an Allman Brothers tribute show; productions of A Christmas Carol, Boomboxed, The Wizard of Oz, Seven Santas, and It's a Wonderful Life; book readings by Rick Bayless and Jerry Apps; and plenty more live music by The Facesteak, Sunspot, Alisa Weilerstein and Inon Barnatan, Marcia Ball, The Scarring Party, Cherubic Cubes and Cribshitter, Dick the Bruiser, and Qwel. >More
 The Week: December 8-11, 2008

Deep winter chill and copious amounts of snow have arrived rather early this holiday season, so venutre out and warm up this week with live music by Oedipus Tex, Jim Brickman, Clyde Stubblefield, and the Trans-Siberian Orchestra. >More
 The Week[end]: December 5-7, 2008

The holiday arts season is in full swing, with the annual Christmas spectacular by the MSO, The Nutcracker by Dance Wisconsin, and a concert by the Festival Choir of Madison. Shop for gifts, meanwhile, at the Fair Trade Holiday Festival, the Madison Hours Holiday Trade Fair, and the Holiday Craftacular. There's much more this weekend, including: the Ebony Fashion Fair; the Madison for World Health Concert and the Machara Miracle Network Benefit for Darfur; more live music by Everything, Now!, Adam Diller, The Sadies, Pert' Near Sandstone, Denison Witmer, Jim Post and Randy Sabien, The Afromotive, John Brown's Body, Ka-Boom!Box, and Athens; an art opening with Barbara Probst at MMoCA; and book readings by Sharon Kaye and Mary Bergin. >More
 The Week: December 1-4, 2008

December starts out strong, with this week bringing a highly-anticipated visit by Bruce Campbell, and a heaping pile of live music, with shows by Taproot, Big John Bates with the VooDoo Dollz, Deastro, Jeffrey Siegel, Sharon Jones and The Dap-Kings, Jonatha Brooke, Carrie Underwood, Hot Buttered Rum, The Daredevil Christopher Wright, and Split Lip Rayfield. >More
 The Week[end]: November 28-30, 2008

Get out and get busy over this long Thanksgiving weekend, with performances of Guys on Ice and Tearoom Tango; stand-up by Nick Mortensen, a book reading by Donald Johnson; and, live music by the Oakwood Chamber Players, Natty Nation, the Tomek Miernowski Trio, The Cordeliers, the WCO, Hayward Williams and Miles Nielsen, L.O.S.T S.O.U.L.S with DJ Jinko and DJ Fusion, and Erin Aldridge. Don't forget to shop local, meanwhile, with the Downtown Holiday Open House. >More
 The Week: November 24-27, 2008

Thanksgiving is here, and it's a safe bet that most folks' plans for the week consist of food, food, and more food, compounded perhaps with some travel and shopping. There are a few oppportunities to get out around town before the big day, though. The options include: live music by Clawthroat and Kitty Rhombus, Asylum Street Spankers, Meteorade, ComplexComplex and Czarbles; stand-up by Kevin Bozeman, and a performance by Foxy Veronica's Peach Pies. >More
 The Week[end]: November 21-23, 2008

Start your Thanksgiving merry-making early with the Holiday Art Fair at MMoCA and the Madison's Women's Expo at Monona Terrace. Simply want to sit back and take in some live music or theater? This weekend brings shows by Low vs Diamond, The Hussy, Pelican, Pale Young Gentlemen, Fred Ho and the Afro-Asian Music Ensemble, Caravan Gypsy Swing Ensemble, Susan Tedeschi, Dub Trio, and JJ Grey & Mofro, as well as productions of The Gingerbread Man, The Snow Queen, Over the River and Through the Woods, Madame Butterfly by the Madison Opera, a new show by Kanopy Dance, and the UW Dance Fall Faculty Concert. >More
 The Week: November 17-20, 2008

Winter really only gets started in Madison with the Holiday Fantasy in Lights, which opens for the season at Olin Park on Wednesday. This week also offers live music by No Age, Ingrid Michaelson, Matt Nathanson, and a performance by Luna Negra Dance Theatre. >More
 The Week[end]: November 14-16, 2008

Madison bands flex their muscles this weekend, with the slate of shows representing some of the best the scene has to offer. The complete live music calendar includes performances by Buckcherry, Graham Colton, The New Standards, Wisconsin Singers, Robert Fulghum, Rose Polenzani and Anne Heaton, Harmonious Wail, We the Living, German Art Students, Over the Rhine, The Crest, Matt & Kim, Blueheels, a WORT benefit with the Low Czars and V05, Holly Golightly & the Brokeoffs, Loudon Wainright III, the Pro Arte Quartet, and Deerhunter. This mid-November break also brings productions of Winnie the Pooh and Dancing With My Other, the Ten Percent Society 25th Anniversary Coming Out Dance Party, and the Winter Art Festival. >More
 The Week: November 10-13, 2008

November is turning gray and frosty, but there are a few opportunities to get out and warm up with some fun this week. The action includes live music by Wolf Parade, The Giraffes, and Subtle, along with a Veterans Day performance of Letters Home and a visit by Big Top Chautauqua. >More
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