NOVEMBER 2-5, 2017

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in partnership with the MADISON PUBLIC LIBRARY FOUNDATION

28

Oct

Kids in the Rotunda

Sparky and Rhonda Rucker

10/28/2017 - 9:30am

Overture Center for the Arts - Rotunda Stage

Join Sparky and Rhonda Rucker for an uplifting presentation of toe-tapping music spiced with storytelling, humor and history. Their songs span over three centuries of traditional American music from slavery to freedom, including guitar, harmonica, banjo, spoons and bones. 

 

Sparky and Rhonda will put on three performances: 9:30 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m. (This show will be American sign language translated).

Kids in the Rotunda -  - <span class="date-display-single">10/28/2017 - 9:30am</span>

04

Nov

The American Dream in Wisconsin

Terese Agnew Patty Loew Jesus Salas

11/04/2017 - 4:00pm

Overture Center for the Arts - Wisconsin Studio

The American Dream is a shared dream of our own creation. The phrase implies the inclusion of all who live here and embrace the promise of a democracy that represents its diverse citizens and communities. Yet rapid, even erratic, policy changes surrounding immigration and American influence abroad are having an effect on people who share this dream across the United States. At the same time, the Seventh Generation philosophy that guides sovereign Indian nations often collides with dreams that center on short-term economic success.

 

In Whose Dream Is It?, artist Terese Agnew will host a panel discussion with journalist and Academy Fellow Patty Loew and community organizer Jesus Salas exploring what it means to be an American today and how different perspectives on Americanism contribute to—or detract from—our shared identity. The panel will open with a short performance by Blanche Brown about Caroline Quarlls, the first person known to have escaped slavery through Wisconsin’s Underground Railroad. Quarlls and panelist Jesus Salas are both featured in the Writing in Stone exhibition, on view in the James Watrous Gallery.

 

The American Dream in Wisconsin -  - <span class="date-display-single">11/04/2017 - 4:00pm</span>

18

Apr

Lunch for Libraries

Richard Russo

04/18/2017 - 11:30am

Overture Center for the Arts

Madison Public Library Foundation's annual Lunch for Libraries fundraiser is an opportunity for communty members who are committed to our libraries to come together to celebrate, support and invest in the future of our libraries.

 

This year's lunch will feature the Pulitzer Prize winning bestselling author of Empire Falls, Richard Russo. Russo will join us on Tuesday, April 18 at the Overture Center for the Arts to discuss his newest novel, Everybody's Fool.

 

In Everybody's Fool, Russo returns to North Bath—“a town where dishonesty abounds, everyone misapprehends everyone else and half the citizens are half-crazy” (The New York Times)—and the characters who made Nobody’s Fool a beloved choice of book clubs everywhere. Everybody’s Fool is classic Russo, filled with humor, heart, hard times, and people you can’t help but love, possibly because their various faults make them so human.

 

Lunch for Libraries -  - <span class="date-display-single">04/18/2017 - 11:30am</span>

22

Oct

Hue-Man

Rain Wilson

10/22/2016 - 8:00pm

Overture Center for the Arts - Promenade Hall

Esteemed performance artist, Rain Wilson, will be joined by First Wave alum Myriha Burton and other artists to perform pieces that will broaden, deepen and stimulate conversations about police brutality and how it can be changed. This comes at a time when tensions are running high in cities throughout America around the death of black and brown bodies at the hands of police. Ultimately the show will spark empowerment for those who have been the targets and remind them that they are powerful and inspire all to be a part of a rebirth of thought. A talk back with the artists and performers and a panel discussion featuring prominent community leaders will immediately follow the performance.

Hue-Man -  - <span class="date-display-single">10/22/2016 - 8:00pm</span>

22

Oct

Hip Hop Education Summit

Jeff Chang Chris Emdin First Wave Brian Mooney Toni Blackman

10/22/2016 - 10:00am

Overture Center for the Arts - Promenade Hall

This four and a half hour event will feature some of the most important figures in the burgeoning field of hip hop pedagogy including Chris Emdin and Brian Mooney (Teachers College, Columbia University), Toni Blackman (Carnegie Hall), Jeff Chang (Stanford University) and K-12 classroom teachers that will showcase the power and potential of using hip hop methodologies in the classroom and beyond. All of those involved have participated in OMAI’s highly successful Hip Hop in the Heartland Educator’s Institutes that take place annually in the spring and summer.  The event will be hosted by the Overture's new Director of Diversity, Ed Holmes and MMSD's Arts Director Laurie Fellenz.

 

Registration for this event is full - see waitlist information.

Hip Hop Education Summit -  - <span class="date-display-single">10/22/2016 - 10:00am</span>

21

Oct

Making Waves Across The World

First Wave Toni Blackman Xuman

10/21/2016 - 8:00pm

Overture Center for the Arts - Promenade Hall

This special evening will serve as welcome and celebration of the arrival of First Wave’s 10th cohort through a special showcase performance by cohort members and will culminate with a performance of one of Africa’s most important hip hop artists, Senegalese superstar Xuman to be featured with special guest performer Toni Blackman (the former US Ambassador to Hip Hop) and local artists Nick Moran, Robert Schoville, Paul Hastil and Emily Wendorff backing them up. 

Making Waves Across The World -  - <span class="date-display-single">10/21/2016 - 8:00pm</span>

21

Oct

First Wave Voices

First Wave

10/21/2016 - 5:30pm

Overture Center for the Arts - Promenade Hall

Gloria Ladson Billings hosts First Wave poets as they put their unique poetic spin on the theme of the PTM Festival “Hip Hop Education in the Classroom and Beyond”.
 
 

First Wave Voices -  - <span class="date-display-single">10/21/2016 - 5:30pm</span>

20

Oct

All Elements Hip Hop Arts Showcase 2016

First Wave

10/20/2016 - 7:00pm

Overture Center for the Arts - Promenade Hall

This spoken word & hip hop event is hosted by OMAI’s allies. Come hear visiting youth poetry slam champions and hip hop artists from cities across the Midwest including Chicago, Milwaukee, Indianapolis, Detroit, Green Bay, Madison, and the Twin Cities.

All Elements Hip Hop Arts Showcase 2016 -  - <span class="date-display-single">10/20/2016 - 7:00pm</span>

20

Jul

Summer Library Carnival

Justin Roberts

07/20/2016 - 10:30am

Overture Center for the Arts

Celebrate reading at an event co-sponsored by Overture Center for the Arts and Madison Public Library. Enjoy a performance by Justin Roberts at 10:30 am or 2:00 pm.  Following the performance, Justin will be signing and selling merchandise in the Overture Center Library.  Next, stop by the Library for carnival games, crafts, a scavenger hunt, and more!  Plus - outdoor play and bubbles! 11:30 am - 1:30 pm at Top of State, Philosophers' Grove, 100 W. Mifflin St. (Children must be accompanied by an adult; no drop-offs.) No registration is required. Want to bring a whole group of kids? Great! Call our Central Youth Services Desk at 266-6345 for details!)
Madison's summer reading clubs supports learning all summer long.  For more information, visit http://www.madisonpubliclibrary.org/kids/summer-reading-club

Summer Library Carnival -  - <span class="date-display-single">07/20/2016 - 10:30am</span>

23

Oct

Celebrating Ten Years of OMAI

Baba Israel First Wave

10/23/2015 - 7:00pm

Overture Center for the Arts - Promenade Hall

A showcase featuring OMAI’s new website, guest artists, and an excerpt of Baba Israel’s “The Spinning Wheel by Baba Israel
 
About The Spinning Wheel:
 
Baba Israel and Leo Kay embark on an exciting collaboration to develop a new solo performance exploring the extraordinary life of Baba’s father, Steve Ben Israel.  Jazz musician, beat poet, stand-up comic, political activist and core member of the iconic Living Theatre, Steve Ben Israel passed in 2012, leaving behind a legacy, a story and a family. He used his art to speak out against injustice and to try and find humour in the madness of modern America, and he inspired Baba to do the same.  Leo and Baba decided to make the show to celebrate his unique life and the powerful ideals he lived by, re-imagining his story through a combination of hip hop, intimate performance, live music and video interaction.

Celebrating Ten Years of OMAI -  - <span class="date-display-single">10/23/2015 - 7:00pm</span>

23

Oct

First Wave Spoken Word Showcase: Indigenous Traditions, Multilingual Voices

First Wave J. Ivy Frank Waln Telmary Diaz Baba Israel

10/23/2015 - 5:00pm

Overture Center for the Arts - Promenade Hall

First Wave poets put their unique poetic spin on the global languages of hip hop and will be responded to by renowned local and internationally acclaimed artists, community intellectuals and UW faculty members.

First Wave Spoken Word Showcase: Indigenous Traditions, Multilingual Voices -  - <span class="date-display-single">10/23/2015 - 5:00pm</span>

24

Oct

Showcase Performance Celebrating 10 Years of OMAI

First Wave

10/24/2015 - 8:00pm

Overture Center for the Arts - Promenade Hall

This event will feature J. Ivy, Telmary Diaz, Frank Wain, and First Wave artists as well other surprise guests. 

Showcase Performance Celebrating 10 Years of OMAI -  - <span class="date-display-single">10/24/2015 - 8:00pm</span>

22

Oct

Indigenous Traditions, Multilingual Voices in Hip Hop Today

First Wave Telmary Diaz Baba Israel J. Ivy Frank Waln

10/22/2015 - 3:30pm

Overture Center for the Arts - Promenade Hall

A panel discussion featuring Frank Waln, Telmary Diaz, J. Ivy, Baba Israel moderated by Dr. Kyle T Mays concerning the role of indigenous and multilingual voices in modern hip hop culture.

Indigenous Traditions, Multilingual Voices in Hip Hop Today -  - <span class="date-display-single">10/22/2015 - 3:30pm</span>

22

Oct

All Elements Hip Hop Arts Showcase

First Wave

10/22/2015 - 7:00pm

Overture Center for the Arts - Promenade Hall

This spoken word & hip hop event is hosted by OMAI’s allies J. Ivy, Telmary Diaz, Frank Waln and features the Midwest Spoken Word and Hip Hop All-Stars. Come hear visiting youth poetry slam champions and hip hop artists from cities across the Midwest, including Chicago, Detroit, the Twin Cities, St. Louis, Milwaukee, and Indianapolis (all cities and artists not confirmed).

All Elements Hip Hop Arts Showcase -  - <span class="date-display-single">10/22/2015 - 7:00pm</span>

19

Oct

Photos From Home

Michael Forster Rothbart Danny Wilcox Frazier Scott Strazzante

10/19/2014 - 11:00am

Overture Center for the Arts - Promenade Hall

Documentary photographers, Michael Forster Rothbart, Scott Strazzante, and Danny Wilcox Frazier, each discuss and show photos from their books, all of which explore questions of home and how people's lives change when the home/land changes.

Forster Rothbart will discuss Would You Stay?:

Photos From Home -  - <span class="date-display-single">10/19/2014 - 11:00am</span>

18

Oct

OMAI’s Passing the Mic Tribute Showcase

Chinaka Hodge Dasha Kelly

10/18/2014 - 8:00pm

Overture Center for the Arts - Promenade Hall

This special evening will celebrate the life of a great spirit who has passed and many more spirits that are alive and deserve our love and solidarity. Nakila Robinson was the self-proclaimed “gatekeeper of all things fierce.” A young womyn representing those who are proud and loud about who they are, she was an inspiration to all of those around her to be better humans. Although on this world too briefly, her impact was vast and her life will be celebrated this evening by spoken word and hip hop arts pieces from those that were impacted by her ferocity including a special performance by the 8th cohort of First Wave. 

 

 

OMAI’s Associate Artistic Director Rain Wilson will close out the event with a special tribute performance to the life of Maya Angelou that also addresses the challenges facing our own community outlined in the Race to Equity Report. 

 

 

OMAI’s Passing the Mic Tribute Showcase -  - <span class="date-display-single">10/18/2014 - 8:00pm</span>

17

Oct

Performance Poetry 2014

First Wave

10/17/2014 - 5:00pm

Overture Center for the Arts - Promenade Hall

Presented in partnership with 100 State, the Morgridge Center, the YWCA, the Madison Media Institute, the Hip Hop Revival, UCAN.

 

Three First Wave poets will put their unique poetic spin on the Race to Equity Report, one of the most troubling documents that has exposed the profound inequality existent in Dane County among communities of color, particularly African-Americans and whites related to poverty, achievement gap issues and incarceration rates and beyond. The poems will be responded to by three renowned local and internationally acclaimed artists and community intellectuals .

Performance Poetry 2014 -  - <span class="date-display-single">10/17/2014 - 5:00pm</span>

16

Oct

Passing the Mic/All Elements Hip Hop Arts Showcase featuring Midwest Hip Hop All Stars

First Wave reg e gaines Chinaka Hodge

10/16/2014 - 8:00pm

Overture Center for the Arts - Promenade Hall

This spoken word & hip hop event is hosted by First Wave and features the Midwest Spoken Word and Hip Hop All-Stars. Come hear visiting youth poetry slam champions and hip hop artists from cities across the Midwest including Chicago, the Twin Cities, Milwaukee and Indianapolis and see two of America’s top spoken word and hip hop artists, reg e gaines and Chinaka Hodge.

Passing the Mic/All Elements Hip Hop Arts Showcase featuring Midwest Hip Hop All Stars -  - <span class="date-display-single">10/16/2014 - 8:00pm</span>

19

Oct

Passing the Mic Tribute Showcase

Lemon Andersen Gia Scott-Heron

10/19/2013 - 8:00pm

Overture Center for the Arts - Promenade Hall

This special evening will celebrate the lives, achievements and legacies of three pioneers through poetry, music, dance, spoken word, and hip hop theater. OMAI will celebrate, with the entire Madison community, the recent announcement that UW-Madison’s own legendary bassist Richard Davis was named the 2014 NEA Jazzmaster, the highest honor in his field. A special First Wave performance will be premiered in his honor that will be presented at the gala award ceremony in January (tentative).  Gia Scott-Heron will read some classic works from her father’s collection and  perform original pieces from her own collection and friends and family of Vietnam will read and perform pieces from his recently published poetry collection.

Passing the Mic Tribute Showcase -  - <span class="date-display-single">10/19/2013 - 8:00pm</span>

19

Oct

Lemon

Lemon Andersen

10/19/2013 - 6:00pm

Overture Center for the Arts - Promenade Hall

LEMON, brings to the screen Lemon Andersen's struggle to free his family from poverty and pain as he exposes his most shocking secrets on the NY stage. It follows Lemon's desperate battle to keep the past where it belongs and move into a brighter future. Redemption may lie within Lemon's grasp when none other than Spike Lee steps in to produce his show. The stakes are high. With the power of a cliffhanger, asks the larger question: Can any of us really escape the past?

Lemon -  - <span class="date-display-single">10/19/2013 - 6:00pm</span>

20

Oct

Saige Paints the Sky Movie

Jessie Haas

10/20/2013 - 11:30am

Overture Center for the Arts - Promenade Hall

Life is changing for Saige. Her grandma is still recovering from the accident, and she misses the time they spent together. She takes comfort in riding Georgia, her grandma's youngest horse. She knows her grandma needs cheering up, so Saige comes up with a plan to restore their special art afternoons. Inspired by her grandma, she organizes a "Day of Beige" at her school to show how boring the world would be without creativity and color. Things are finally starting to get better, and then grandma tells her of plans to sell Georgia. Can Saige find a way to keep the horse she loves—and help save the arts at her school?

Saige Paints the Sky Movie -  - <span class="date-display-single">10/20/2013 - 11:30am</span>

18

Oct

Line Breaks Rewind

First Wave

10/18/2013 - 8:00pm

Overture Center for the Arts - Promenade Hall

Line Breaks Rewind features selected breakout works and/or excerpts from the annual Line Breaks Festival - a weeklong space that encourages deepened investigation into contemporary youth narratives toward experimental and contemporary theatre. 2013 features are:

  1. “Buried Beneath: Bombs and Lattes”, a hip-hop theater solo work that weaves poetry, traditional chant, movement and ukelele to tell si dåko’ta alcantara-camacho's family’s queerstory,
  2. excerpts from “Shock” the 2012 First Wave Touring Ensemble work on culture shock, that also featured at the Cultural Olympiad in London and Contacting the World Theatre Festival in Manchester and Corby, England.

Line Breaks Rewind -  - <span class="date-display-single">10/18/2013 - 8:00pm</span>

18

Oct

Performance Poetry

First Wave

10/18/2013 - 5:30pm

Overture Center for the Arts - Promenade Hall

Poetry and Performance were once a united art, going back to common ancient roots. In the last few centuries, this connection has largely been lost. This event will point to some of the ways back, bring "page" poets and "stage" poets together across multiple divides:page/stage/class/race/gender/age.  OMAI presenters, Lemon Andersen and Gia Scott-Heron, will provide feedback alongside   Verse Wisconsin responders, Margaret Rozga, Ching-In Chin, Amaud Jamaul Johnson, and Andy Gricevich.

Performance Poetry -  - <span class="date-display-single">10/18/2013 - 5:30pm</span>

19

Oct

Kids in the Rotunda - Return of the Glass Slipper

MadCap

10/19/2013 - 9:30am

Overture Center for the Arts - Rotunda Stage

MadCAP is pleased to present Return of the Glass Slipper, a retelling of Cinderella with a twist, as part of Overture Center's Kids in the Rotunda series. Audience members will be swept along on a journey to Once Upon a Time in a Land Far Away...where nothing is quite as it should be in the fairy tales we already know. MadCAP's cast of fairy tale characters will teach the audience songs, dances, and even an audience role in the show!  The music is infectious and catchy, the dialogue is fast paced and witty, and the cast will dazzle with fancy footwork and physical comedy. Join us for this literary journey through the pages of a favorite fairy tale!

Kids in the Rotunda - Return of the Glass Slipper -  - <span class="date-display-single">10/19/2013 - 9:30am</span>

19

Oct

Sons of the Prophet

Verse Wisconsin Forward Theater Company

10/19/2013 - 12:00pm

Overture Center for the Arts - Promenade Hall

Forward Theater Company will open their 2013-14 season with the Wisconsin premiere of Sons of the Prophet by acclaimed playwright Stephen Karam. A dark comedy about one family's ability to withstand a hailstorm of misfortunes, the play's main character is a distant relation of Lebanese-American poet Khalil Gibran, author of The Prophet. To complement the production, Verse Wisconsin invited Madison-area writers to create original poetry in response to the play’s source material and subject matter. Get a taste of FTC's opening production and hear the poetry it inspired.

Sons of the Prophet -  - <span class="date-display-single">10/19/2013 - 12:00pm</span>

17

Oct

Public Enemy

Bill Ayers

10/17/2013 - 7:00pm

Overture Center for the Arts - Capitol Theater

In this sequel to Fugitive Days, Ayers charts his life after the Weather Underground, when he becomes the GOP’s flaunted “domestic terrorist,” a “public enemy.” In the face of defamation by conservative media, including a multimillion-dollar campaign aimed solely at demonizing Ayers, and in spite of frequent death threats, Bill and Bernardine stay true to their core beliefs in the power of protest, demonstration, and deep commitment.  Ayers reveals how he has navigated the challenges and triumphs of this public life with steadfastness and a dash of good humor—from the red carpet at the Oscars, to prison vigils and airports, and ultimately on the ground at Grant Park in 2008 and again in 2012.

 

Author Meet & Greet: Bill Ayers

10/017/2013 - 5:30 - 6:30pm

The author Meet & Greet event is cancelled. Contact 266-6318 for more information.

Public Enemy -  - <span class="date-display-single">10/17/2013 - 7:00pm</span>


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