Read ‘C3K Live’ Host Dan Smith’s Weekend Picks

WEEKEND PICKS 10/3 — 10/5/2008

FRI 10/3

MMoCA Gallery Night, 5 – 9P.M., locations all over the city.Organized twice annually by the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, Gallery Night offers a unique opportunity to meet artists where they make and/or exhibit their work. Museums, galleries and other businesses throughout the city will participate, treating visitors to receptions, tours, demonstrations and more.

Yid Vicious Bike-In Movie: Car-Less Klezmer 8PM, Just Coffee, 1129 E Wilson St (on the Isthmus bike path)Madison-based Klezmer mavens Yid Vicious spent the past week supporting “Car-Less University”, a week-long celebration of World Car-Free Day organized by Enact Wisconsin and Madison Environmental Group. Thanks to a generous “Blink” grant from Madison Arts Commission, the seven musicians of Yid Vicious were able to take their music to the city’s streets, bike paths, and bus stops, to the surprise, delight, and sometimes bleary-eyed confusion of commuters. Local filmmaker Brian Standing documented the project, and will screen his short film on October 3 as a “Bike-In Movie” at Just Coffee (1129 E. Wilson, on the Isthmus bike path).The free screening will feature live music on the bike path by Yid Vicious. The event is timed to coincide with Gallery Night, and is located within walking distance of several participating galleries.

“ART SURGE II: The Art of Democracy,” 5 – 9 p.m., Jackie Macaulay Gallery, Social Justice Center, 1202 Williamson StreetTwelve local artists (who staged the successful “ART SURGE: Artists Against War” show at the Common Wealth Gallery in July) are regrouping to stage “ART SURGE II: The Art of Democracy”, displaying prints, paintings, photographs and mixed media works decrying the “war on terror”, the erosion of civil liberties, and the general failure of our democratic institutions both here and abroad. Participating artists include: Steve Chappell, Lester Dore, Mike Duffy, Patrick JB Flynn, Eric Hagstrom, Highflyer #13, John Hitchcock, Sam Johnson, Mike Konopacki, Colm McCarthy, Jackson Tiffany, and Andrea Samarrai-Zietko.

Pale Young Gentlemen, 9:30 p.m., Cafe Montmartre, $8, 21+CD RELEASE party for Black Forest (tra la la)

SAT 10/4

2008 Madison Area Open Artist Studios 10/4-5, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., locations all over the cityOver 150 artists in the greater Madison area will open their studios to the public for the weekend. Special Open Art Studios directories and maps are available, highlighting the location, name, and medium of every participating artists. You can find them at the Overture Center Gallery, which is currently displaying artworks of many of the participating artists. Madison Magazine Associate Editor Katie Vaughn interviews participating artists online at MM’s Liberal Arts Blog

Mami Wata Regatta presented by the Chazen Museum of Art, 3 – 5 p.m., Memorial Union TerraceSet Sail with the Chazen! An afternoon of wind-powered water fun on Lake Mendota will celebrate the upcoming exhibition Mami Wata: Arts for Water Spirits in Africa and Its Diasporas. The Mami Wata Regatta will feature sails painted by community artists and art organizations and will conclude with a parade of lighted boats. The regatta was organized in conjunction with Hoofers Sailing Club, and sponsored in part by MG&E to highlight the importance of wind power. Rain date October 5.

The War of the Worlds, presented by University Theatre, 8 p.m., Mitchell Theatre, Vilas Communication Hall, Cost$14-20 (addtl shows 10/3 & 5) University Theatre marks the 70th anniversary of Orson Welles? legendary War of the Worlds broadcast with a “radio performance” of the horrifying events that sent a nation into panic and demonstrated the power of electronic media. Produced in cooperation with Wisconsin Public Radio. The performance airs live at 8PM on WPR.

SUN 10/5

Dane County Fire Truck Parade, 1-3 p.m., State Street & Capitol Square Each year the Dane County Fire Chiefs Association hosts the Annual Fire Safety Parade, marking the start of Fire Prevention Week. Over 30 fire trucks from around Dane County will travel up State Street to the Capitol Square where they will remain on display for everyone to look at. Bring the kids, bring your camera and come out to see some beautiful fire trucks and meet the firefighters who protect our communities every day.

Fabulous Fall Fest, 2 p.m., UW Madison – Waisman CenterThe fun begins with seasonal songs by singer-songwriter Ken Lonnquist; at 3 p.m. naturalist and educator David Stokes brings critter companions and talks about the animal kingdom?s fall preparations; afterward are hands-on activities by guides from the UW Arboretum, crafts and more. First 150 kids receive a free pumpkin. Rain or shine (in inclement weather, event moves indoors).

The Masters Show: CPM Photographers Collect, 3-7 p.m. with panel talk at 4:30 p.m., Steenbock Gallery, 1922 UniversityOpening reception and panel talk for “The Masters Show: CPM Photographers Collect” hosted by The Center for Photography at Madison as part of Photomidwest 2008. Panel discussion with Jill Casid, Tom Jones, Jane Simon, Wendy Cooper, Paul Baker Prindle, and Melanie Herzog.