Our August 2013 Picks
What’s ‘On Our Radar’ this month
Old maps, books and wallpaper seem to hold interesting histories within them, each curled edge, tear or smudge representing a unique occurrence. But artist Tahlia Day takes things a step further. In her Colonization series, she takes such materials and adds to them washes of watercolors and layers of ink, paint and other media. The process echoes organic, geological change and the results hint at maps of imagined lands.
Find Day’s work at Hatch Art House, 1248 Williamson St.
This cool striped sisal bag just begs for trips to the pool or beach. Inspired by a species of butterfly in eastern Kenya, it’s handwoven by woman artisans—and profits help them purchase food in times of drought.
Carry one home from SERRV, at 2701 Monroe St.
Madison’s popular Ride the Drive event, in which bikes replace cars on John Nolen Drive for a day, moves west this month. Grab free-wheeling friends and family and cruise a loop from Regent Street to South Rosa Road to South Hill Drive to Segoe Road on August 18. There’s no better way to see your city than on two wheels!
It’s fun to watch a big summer blockbuster at a theater, but what’s even better? Catching a flick at one of the city’s outdoor film showings. This month, choose from The Sandlot (August 9 at Warner Park), Madagascar 3 (August 23 at the Goodman Pool) or space-themed movies—Little Shop of Horrors, Invasion of the Body Snatchers, WALL-E and Total Recall—Monday nights at the Memorial Union Terrace. Or go old-school with a visit to the Sky Vu drive-in in Monroe.
Madison’s next big star may be big and gray with a very musical nose. Elephant Gerald is a character musician Robert J. Conaway and his wife Jill created to teach kids about jazz and blues music. The pair has been writing stories and songs, and artist Glenn Fuller has brought Gerald and his krewe—John Cole Crane, Miss Ella, Grizzly Gillespie, Mules Davis and others—to life in illustrations. They’re pitching the project in Hollywood, with the hopes of developing it into a film, a television series, children’s books, CDs or educational programming—or all of the above. Learn more at theelephantgeraldshow.com.