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Majestic grooves out, Barrymore gets 'Bob's Burgers' cast comedy


The Majestic Theater will host two electronica musical groups for an all-ages “Halloween Rager” show on Wednesday.

Coconspirator will perform house, dub-step, bass and electro tunes while BoomBox will offer an electronic blend of rock and blues.

Doors will open at 8 p.m. and the show will begin at 9 p.m. Tickets are $18.

Visit www.majesticmadison.com for information on tickets or call 608-255-0901.

The Majestic is located at 115 King St.


Musicians get critiqued by industry executives

Musicians get critiqued by industry executives


Local musicians can have their music critiqued, published and placed Thursday from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Globe University, Broadjam and the Madison Area Music Association will host The Pitch Sessions at Regent Street Retreat, located at 1206 Regent St.

Top music industry executives will be at the event including Roy Elkins, founder and CEO of Broadjam, Inc.; Randy Hawke, radio program director of WJJO; Billy Geoghegan, consultant and manager of Brown Paper Tickets; and Sandman, of Sandman Productions.

Globe University Music Business Program chair Jim Brandmeier will moderate the event.

Musicians hoping to have their music critiqued must sign in and submit their CD at the door between 6:30 p.m. and 7 p.m., said a press release.

University Book Store welcomes author Kevin Maurer


The University Book Store will host a book signing Thursday.

Author Kevin Maurer will be at 711 State Street from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. to sign his book, Gentlemen Bastards: On the Ground in Afghanistan with America's Elite Special Forces.

Maurer's book examines the Green Berets, their roots and how their role has changed with the War in Iraq.

For more information about the book, visit the Amazon site here.

Majestic Theatre celebrates its fifth anniversary this fall

Majestic Theatre celebrates its fifth anniversary this fall


Mandy Moore at the Majestic? Yes, that happened. It was actually the first show to grace theMajestic Theatre when buddies Matt Gerding and Scott Leslie opened the venue five years ago. That was before they learned a few things about the Madison music scene.

“It’s much sharper than people give it credit for,” Gerding says. “Nobody here is going to be impressed because somebody is on a magazine cover. No offense to Mandy Moore.”

Two plays performed for charity


The Madison Theatre Guild will present a special benefit performance of Two Plays for a Tuesday on Sept. 25.

The plays will be performed at the Bartell Theater located at 113 E. Mifflin St. at 7:30 p.m.

Local Madison actors Sarah Whelan and Tom Haig will perform "One Good Moment," a short play about aging, said a press release.  The play is directed by Betty Diamond.

Jack Guzman will perform a reading of his play about homelessness entitled "Waiting for the 28."

Admission to Two Plays for a Tuesday is free, but a donation of $20 is suggested.  Proceeds will be split between the Bartell Theater and RSVP of Dane County's Veterans Helping Veterans Program.

For more information contact Nick Schweitzer at 608-692-8002.

Doo-wop hits bring the '50s and '60s to Monona Terrace


The 1950s and 1960s are returning Wednesday at the Monona Terrace rooftop.

The Doo-Wop Daddies will kick off Tunes at Monona Terrace Sept. 19 from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.  The event is free and open to the public.  Food and beverage will be available for purchase at 5 p.m.

The Milwaukee quintet performs harmonic vocals of classic doo-wop hits with some of the 21st century blended in, said a press release.

Parking is available for $5 in the Monona Terrace parking ramp at 1 John Nolen Dr.

For more information about the Doo-Wop Daddies, visit their website here.  For more information about Monona Terrace events, visit their website at http://communityevents.mononaterrace.com.

Journalist uncovers secrets of Taliesin

Journalist uncovers secrets of Taliesin


A local journalist will uncover the secrets of Frank Lloyd Wright's home in Spring Green.

Ron McRea, well-known journalist and former city editor of The Capital Times, will discuss Taliesin I, the home built by Wright for himself and Mamah Bouton Borthwick 100 years ago.

In his book Building Taliesin: Frank Lloyd Wright's Home of Love and Loss, McRea explores the home that lasted only four summers before it was destroyed on August 15, 1914.  Seven people died during the fire at Taliesin.

The free event will take place at the Monona Terrace Lecture Hall on Thursday, Sept. 13 at 7 p.m.

For more information, visit http://www.mononaterrace.com/community/all-programs.