Our June 2013 Picks

Our June 2013 Picks

At first glance, you assume you’re looking at a beautiful photograph of water. It’s soothing, refreshing, mesmerizing. Then you come closer and realize, no, this is a painting! Wisconsin artist Amy Arntson depicts water without referencing land or people—instead, she focuses on the dance of color, light, pattern and texture that plays out over the surface. Says the artist, “Without a horizon line, viewers are encouraged to meditate on the water, projecting themselves into the painting.”



“Everywhere you look you can see the signs. Roadside stands are open, clothes are out on the line. The smell of charcoal is blowin’ in from the patio. Uecker’s calling the play by play on the radio … It’s the first night of summer. Baby, I’m takin’ you out.”

– An excerpt from “First Night of Summer,” a song on Madison bluegrass band The Whiskey Farm‘s latest album, From the Still 




I’m mesmerized by this Bird in Hand Necklace by Dawn Estrin, offered by the Madison-based Artful Home. The pendant reveals such a surreal, dreamlike scene that I wouldn’t be surprised to see the yellow bird jump up and fly into that starry sky.

Available at artfulhome.com.





How cool would it be to have a song named after you? Or a building? How about a sandwich? The Judy, Judy, Judy at Stalzy’s Deli is a tasty mix of Muenster, Gouda, cheddar, tomato and tangy slaw on the house rye—and it’s named for owner Neil Stalboerger’s girlfriend.






Music sounds good all year long in Madison, but there’s something delicious about hearing it in the summertime. Festival season kicks off June 8–9 with the Marquette Waterfront Festival, and on June 26 Concerts on the Square begins its thirtieth season of mixing beautiful music with pleasant picnics on the Capitol lawn. Celebrate the best local rockers at the Madison Area Music Awards at Overture Center on June 23. And find music taking place across the city in the first-ever Make Music Madison event on June 21.

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