Kyle Kinane’s biggest claim to fame so far is being the “Voice of Comedy Central,” reading promos and intros for the network. But the Illinois native’s voice is getting stronger and stronger, and the ticket sales prove it: Two of his five shows at Madison’s Comedy Club on State this month already are sold out. There’s one left each night of his time in the city (Thursday at 8:30 p.m. and Friday and Saturday at 10:30 p.m.), so you’d better chime in fast if you want a seat.
At 202 State St. Tickets are $10 Thursday, $12 Friday and $15 Saturday. Visit madisoncomedy.com to order.
Jan. 14 to 16
The Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra’s Masterworks season will begin in “unknown seas” and continue on an enigmatic course from there. New Zealand poet Allen Curnow’s “Landfall in Unknown Seas,” a poem about the island’s pioneer days set to string accompaniment by Douglas Lilburn, will open the program, followed by Saint-Saëns’ little-known Symphony No. 2 and Beethoven’s Violin Concerto in D. The latter will be performed by 25-year-old Madison native Ben Beilman, making his return to the city.
At Overture Center, 201 State St. Tickets are $15 to $80 and can be purchased at 608-258-4141 or overturecenter.org.
8 p.m. Oct. 2
Outpost Natural Foods Co-op turns 45 this year, which is an even better reason than usual to hop on your bike for the 45-mile Tour de Outpost. The all-day event will start at Outpost Bay View, before sending riders out to Outposts at State Street, Mequon, Capitol Drive and all the way back to Bay View again. Food and refreshments will be available at all locations, with a birthday cake and raffle at Bay View in the afternoon.
Visit outpost.coop for more information
7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sept. 26
The Madison Symphony Orchestra is back in session and wasting no time in their opening concert, built to lead up to Tchaikovsky’s groundbreaking Fourth Symphony. Laying the groundwork for that is a literal overture — Beethoven’s Leonore No. 3, the best of his early attempts to write an overture for his opera Fidelio — and the orchestra’s first-ever performance of Aaron Copland’s Clarinet Concerto, featuring principal clarinet Joseph Morris.
At Overture Center, 201 State St. Tickets are $16 to $85 and can be purchased at 608-258-4141 or overturecenter.org.
Sept. 25 to Sept. 27
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Twin comedians sounds like a gimmick, but the way the Sklar Brothers work, it’s anything but. Randy and Jason Sklar have used their similarities and synergy as a tool to enhance their act, not a crutch to support it, and the results have been seen on shows as diverse as Curb Your Enthusiasm, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Grey’s Anatomy and Entourage. Taking a break from their current roles as hosts of the History Channel docu-comedy The United Stats of America and sports podcast Sklarbro Country, they’ll appear at Madison’s Comedy Club for a three-night stint.
At 202 State St. Tickets range from $15 to $20 and can be purchased at madisonorpheum.com or 608-250-2600.
Aug. 27 to 29
The Four Seasons was one of the hottest rock ’n’ roll acts of the mid-20th century, but who’d have thought they’d still be a part of the cultural consciousness in the 21st? Or that lead singer Frankie Valli would still be able to parlay that recognition into a continuing career, even in his 80s? The hit musical Jersey Boys explains, in part, the phenomenon, illuminating the Four Seasons’ lives like never before. But it’s the songs — tunes like “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Rag Doll” and “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You” — that explain it better. They’re too good to forget, and Valli’s still able to prove it half a century after the band first rose to fame. At the Overture Center, 201 State St., Madison. Tickets range from $65 to $125. Call 608-258-4141 or visit overturecenter.org to order.
7:30 p.m. Aug. 9
Check the back of your closets for your jackets, T-Birds and Pink Ladies. Madison’s Overture Center will show the classic film Grease this month, with a special sing-along screening. Hosts will provide a free fun pack with items for use during the show, as well as run the audience through vocal warm-ups and teach them how to hand jive with the best of them.
At 201 State St. Tickets are $19 to $25 and can be ordered at overturecenter.org or 608-258-4141.
7 p.m. June 19
Companies often stage operas in different time periods, but it seems safe to say that no one has thought to stage Rinaldo, a 17th century opera by Handel set during the First Crusade of the Middle Ages, a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away. Fresco Opera Theatre will be the first then, with a reinterpretation of this story of love and war set in a Star Wars-esque universe, complete with an evil empire (originally, the Muslim forces holding Jerusalem), rebel heroes (Western crusaders trying to claim the city) and a princess being used as bait for an apprentice Force-user to rescue (don’t worry, this one isn’t his sister).
At Overture Center, 201 State St. Tickets are $30, $20 for students and seniors. Visit overturecenter.org or call 608-258-4141 to order.
8 p.m. June 5 and 6, 2 p.m. June 7
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For the first time in 12 years, The Barber of Seville will return to Madison Opera. The comic opera about a disguised count, a young woman attempting to outwit her guardian and the barber who helps get them together is considered one of the greatest operas ever written, and Madison Opera’s production will delight both those who’ve heard it all before and those who’ve never heard a note.
At Overture Center, 201 State St. Tickets range from $18 to $125 and can be ordered at 608-258-4141 or overturecenter.org.
8 p.m. April 24, 2:30 p.m. April 26
Brush off that winter chill with the help of Madison’s Kanopy Dance Company. Their spring show, Emergence, will feature new works by local, national and international choreographers. Japanese butoh dance theater, Scottish folklore and flamenco are just a handful of the diverse influences at play in the vibrant program.
At Overture Center, 201 State St. Tickets are $29, $22 for students, $14 for children. Call 608-258-4141 or visit overturecenter.org to order.
April 17 to April 19