This year’s Madison Museum of Contemporary Art (MMoCA) Spotlight Cinema series includes tonight’s “The Unknown Girl.” Released in 2016, this Belgian film stars Adèle Haenel as Jenny, a physician who receives a late-night caller at her office and refuses to open the door. The next morning, it is revealed that the caller was a girl, found dead outside Jenny’s office. The police are unable to identify the girl and Jenny, guilt-stricken, makes it her mission to learn who the girl was. If you’re a member of MMoCA you won’t pay for a seat, non-members will pay $7 and you can buy tickets in the lobby starting at 6:30 p.m. The film begins at 7. Get details online, here.
Farm to School Night Out
From 6 a.m. until 11 this evening, you’re invited to celebrate local food by eating at local participating restaurants. Ten percent of sales benefit the REAP Farm to School Program in Madison schools. Whether you dine in or carry out, do visit one of the participating eateries today. You can find them listed online at reapfoodgroup.org.
Arlo Guthrie, The Re:Generation Tour
Mention Woodstock to anyone who was there and you’ll hear the name Arlo Guthrie. He was the eighth performer on day one of the iconic music festival (“3 Days of Peace and Music”) on August 15, 1969. And, he’s been kickin’ around the music biz ever since. You have a chance to see him – and his children, Abe and Sarah Lee – perform live at the Wisconsin Union Theater. Get details online at union.wisc.edu.
Madison celebrates 29 years of Gallery Night tonight from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m. Enjoy a variety of art offerings, scattered throughout the city, with special exhibitions and receptions. Then, be sure to stick around for the after-party in MMoCA’s lobby until 11 p.m. Enjoy live music, snacks and a cash bar. Learn more about Gallery Night here.
October 6 – 8
Alumni Park Opening
This weekend is the long-awaited grand opening of Alumni Park and you’re invited to join the celebration. You’ll find gorgeously landscaped gardens, green spaces and views to die for. The Goodspeed Family Pier offers boat slip access to the public and lots of “artful exhibits” dot the space. Opening celebrations are from 5:30 p.m. until 9 p.m. and include, among other events, a UW Marching Band performance. And, the celebrations continue throughout the weekend at 724 Langdon St. in Madison. Learn more online at alumnipark.com.
Quivey’s Grove Beer Fest
October and beer – we can thank the German’s for how well these two fit. And, if your Oktoberfesting isn’t satiated yet, head to Quivey’s Grove for the 24th annual Beer Fest from noon until 5 p.m. Enjoy samplings from among more than 100 beers and listen to live music. Find out more online at quiveysgrove.com.
October 7 and 8
Oak Bank's Great Pumpkin Give Away
Grab the kids and head out to Fitchburg’s Oak Bank to grab your Halloween pumpkin. Bring cash, too, because you’ll need to make a donation to the Wisconsin Academy for Graduate Service Dogs to get that bad boy. It happens from 9 a.m. until noon and do stick around after snagging that pumpkin because there’s lots more to do. The address is 5951 McKee Rd. in Fitchburg.
Ex Libris Vol. VII: Beer and Bites
The Madison Public Library Foundation’s annual fundraiser takes place this evening from 7 p.m. until 10 p.m. at the Central Library (201 W. Mifflin St.). Your $75 admission allows you to enjoy local brews from Madison breweries, food, live music and a silent auction and raffle. Learn more online at mplfoundation.org.
An eastside fall favorite, this year’s Pie Palooza happens at the Goodman Community Center (149 Waubesa St.) in Madison. Come have brunch and enjoy your choice of two slices from the buffet of pies, quiches, tarts, turnovers and more. Salads and beverages will be available as well. Hosted by REAP Food Group, buy your tickets now at reapfoodgroup.org.
Halloween in Madison – the best way to do it right is at Freakfest 2017. The music, the partying – it’ll be a night to remember. More than 15 acts on three stages and six full hours of fun. Wear your costume and head to State Street from 7 p.m. until 1:30 a.m. See this year’s lineup and get more information at madfreakfest.com.
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