What To Do in November

Performing arts heavyweights kick off the new season with powerful shows, while concerts offer everything from New Orleans trombone to Afro-Cuban jazz to holiday favorites

Kanopy Dance's

Kanopy Dance's "Martha Graham: REVERENCE"

PHOTO BY SHAWN HARPER PHOTOGRAPHY

Paying Respect

November 15–17
Kanopy Dance starts its season by staging a performance its co-directors have always wanted to do: a show inspired by and honoring Martha Graham, a venerated pioneer of modern dance. Martha Graham: REVERENCE features historical footage of Graham dancing “Lamentation,” as well as her “Steps in the Street.” Additional performances by dancers who have studied in Graham’s tradition round out the concert. kanopydance.org

Crimes of Passion

November 1 and 3
One of the most popular operas ever, Tosca opens the 2013–2014 season for Madison Opera. Giavomo Puccini’s tale of singer Floria Tosca, who murders the police chief who has tortured her lover, is fast-paced and powerful, with gorgeous Italian singing. madisonopera.org

Talking Points

November 8–December 22
While they’re trained as metalsmiths, longtime colleagues Lisa Gralnick and Venetia Dale are working in ceramics to create objects that mix elements of sculpture, design and craft. Their joint show, Two Generations, One Dialogue, at the James Watrous Gallery explores the way change—whether in time, border or consumption—adds layers of meaning to the relationships between material, process and design. wisconsinacademy.org

Brotherly Love

November 7–24
Sons of the Prophet infuses humor into tragedy to tell the story of two brothers whose father has just died and who have increasing pressures heaped upon them. Forward Theater Company kicks off its new season with this play, which the New York Times called one of the top ten plays of 2011. forwardtheater.com

Some Like it Hot

November 15–17
Augustin Hadelich joins the Madison Symphony Orchestra to play Lalo’s “hot-blooded” Symphonie Espagnole; Rachmaninoff’s Symphony No. 2 and Kernis’s jazzy “Too Hot Toccata” complete the performance. madisonsymphony.org

Four-Peat

November 4
After three Overture Hall sellout performances in just five years, David Sedaris returns to the city’s big stage. The humorist and writer’s latest release is Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls. Let’s see what hilarious anecdotes he offers Madison this time. overturecenter.com

Season’s Greetings

November 30
Join the Canadian Brass quintet and the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra for Holiday Pops, an annual way to kick off the holiday season with music performed at the Middleton Performing Arts Center. wcoconcerts.org

Wilder Times

November 8–23
Mercury Players Theatre combines early works by Madison-born playwright and novelist Thornton Wilder with new companion pieces written by local playwrights in Thornton Wilder & Companions. mercuryplayerstheatre.com

Hometown Hero

November 10
From a kid singing in Mazomanie to a breakout star in the music scene in Los Angeles—thanks to some collaboration with Eminem—Skylar Grey’s had a wild ride these past few years. Welcome her back home as she performs at the Majestic Theatre. majesticmadison.com

Mind & Body

November 21–23
Kate Corby & Dancers, the company helmed by the assistant professor at the UW Dance Department, presents Digging, a concert that explores the impact of meditation, with guest artist Danielle Russo, held in the Margaret H'Doubler Performance Space of Lathrop Hall. dance.wisc.edu

Glass Act

November 1–December 1
Optimizing the properties of glass—the ways it reflects, transmits, refracts and shifts light and color—is a focus of Kristy Sly, whose fused glass works are highlighted this month at Absolutely Art. And next door at Café Zoma, catch a group show held jointly by Absolutely Art and OPEN Madison to showcase works by local LGBQT leaders.  absolutelyartllc.com

Fab Fours

November 22
The UW School of Music’s historic and revered Pro Arte Quartet performs Anton Brunckner’s String Quintet, plus the premiere of Benoit Mernier’s String Quartet, in a free concert at Mills Hall. music.wisc.edu

NOLA Noise

November 10
Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue bring the flavor of the Big Easy—and their signature “supafunkrock” sound—to the Barrymore Theatre. barrymorelive.com

Form and Function

November 1–30
Fiber and handbag artist Joan Kennedy is the month’s featured artist at Hatch Art House. Kennedy draws inspiration from nature as well as the urban landscape, working metal pieces into her bags alongside upcycled wool. hatcharthouse.com

Bringing the Heat

November 14
Grammy-nominated trombonist Papo Vazquez, celebrated for his Afro-Caribbean jazz, headlines UW’s Music Hall as part of the Isthmus Jazz Series. uniontheater.wisc.edu

Katie Vaughn is managing editor of Madison Magazine. Read her visual arts blog and find additional and continuous arts coverage in our classical music blogpopular music blog and theater blog

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