Along with other events, we recommend heading to Madison, September 19-25.
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A few notes: This overview of events is, as before, selective and not exhaustive. Each week, we’ll focus on a handful of things our editors and writers find compelling, and that’s it. We will write a few and list a few more. It will take us some time to regain our full strength with this part of our coverage, as we have had so many other exciting and challenging things to work on lately. Please contact us with suggestions – and information about your event, as long as you are able to get it to us a few weeks in advance – at [email protected]
The Low Czars, Aaron Scholz at Bur Oak. Doors at 7 p.m., music at 8 p.m. $8 in advance, $10 doors.
Aaron Scholz has been an active member of the Madison music community for over 20 years, but for a long time the original songs he wrote as a solo artist were somewhat on ice. A 15-year gap between Aaron Scholz’s actual albums ended with the 2021 release of Third place. Built on a solid, clean acoustic foundation, standout tracks like “Dorothy Door” and “St. Paul” contemplate forgotten places and overlooked people, but the lyrics are never exactly dark, nor is the music. On the contrary, Scholz excels at making loneliness heartwarming and familiar. If one line on the album sums it all up, it’s on the closing track “The Place”, when Scholz sings, “I never hesitate to stray from the path.” Scholz kicks off with a solo set here and later performs as a member of the excellent cover band The Low Czars. —Scott Gordon
Chasing Trane at Cafe Coda. 7 p.m. Free.
Brahmulus, small earthquakes at the High Noon Saloon. Doors at 7 p.m., music at 8 p.m. $10 in advance, $15 doors.
“Riddle: The Prints of David Lynch” home gallery & David Lynch: the artistic life at Tandem Press. Gallery reception at 5 p.m., screening at 7 p.m. Free.
Excerpt from Jason Fuhrman’s article: In conjunction with a reception for Enigma on Friday, September 23, starting at 5 p.m., Tandem Press will also present an outdoor screening of the documentary David Lynch: the artistic life (2016), co-directed by Jon Nguyen, Rick Barnes and Olivia Neergaard-Holm. The screening of the film will begin at 7 p.m. on the lawn in front of the Apex building where Tandem is located on the north side. Customers are encouraged to bring blankets or chairs.
Lynch worked closely with Tandem master printers Andy Rubin and Bruce Crownover and a group of graduate students to create several monotypes, edited prints and photogravures. Lynch returned to the studio in the summers of 1998, 1999 and 2001 and worked with remote press from 2007 to 2008. By all accounts, Lynch left his eccentric personality imprint on Tandem.
The mostly monochromatic exhibition parallels Lynch’s cinema insofar as the meaning of the work remains obscure, but the power of its images is undeniable. Lynch’s films force audiences to look differently – they often feel like paintings meant to be experienced rather than explained. Likewise, the recurring motifs, rich symbolism and dreamlike textures of his prints give the work a distinct narrative quality.
David Lynch: the artistic life projection alongside the reception for the Engima the exhibit looks like the perfect match. The documentary clearly demonstrates how Lynch has always been a tactile artist as he manipulates various materials with his bare hands and quietly performs manual labor. Although few Lynch films are actually mentioned in artistic lifehe emphasizes the myriad of complex links between his various activities and suggests that cinema represents only one facet of his vision.
Executioners at the UW Cinematheque. Doors at 6:30 p.m., screening at 7 p.m. Free.
Following The heroic trio (1993), screened September 16. Excerpt from the original preview by Ian Adcock: co-directed by gangster filmmaker Johnnie To and wuxia master Siu-Tung Ching, The heroic trio is a combination of the highly stylized and postmodern signatures of the two directors. However The heroic trio wasn’t a hit on the original release, everyone came together for a low-budget post-apocalyptic sequel, Executioners, the same year in order to recover production costs. Both films will be screened in a newly restored 4K DCP with English subtitles, a welcome upgrade from the dubiously dubbed Dimension Films releases that made cult films in the VHS era.
Hanah Jon Taylor Artet: Tribute to John Coltrane at Cafe Coda. 7 p.m. $20.
by Mark Doox religious icon style painting “St. John Coltrane The Divine Sound Baptist” dominates the interior of Cafe Coda. It’s not the only portrait lining the Willy Street Jazz Club, but Coltrane is certainly something of a patron saint of the place. is, after all, a venue owned by saxophonist Hanah Jon Taylor, who cherishes the spirit of expansion and improvisation that drives Coltrane’s work.On Coltrane’s 76th birthday, Taylor will perform here featuring Pawan Benjamin on woodwinds, Chris Rottmayer on piano, Dushun Mosley on percussion, and Jeremiah Hunt on bass.There’s no easy way to sum up Coltrane’s contributions to music over his 40 years, and you can expect Taylor Artet’s performance won’t be easy to pin down either. —Scott Gordon
Mad Lit: Supa Friends, NoNo, NuNu Ghee, DJay Mando at 100 block of State Street. 8 p.m. Free.
Lunar Moth, Jane Hobson, Smells at Mickey’s Tavern. 10 p.m. Free.
Laminal Animal, Matt Blair to Communications. Doors at 7 p.m., show at 7:30 p.m.