What to do in Madison this May

Get back into the groove of things with this month’s arts and entertainment lineup.
Rare Element
Photo by Kyle Hilker of Shatter Imagery
The horn-based band, Rare Element, is stacked full of talented musicians.

As the city gears up for its return to hosting more events we may as well make the best of it. These virtual and socially distant get-togethers celebrate music, movies and more, so plan ahead and make an evening of it all.

“Reading Between the Wines,” May 6
The Literacy Network’s annual event celebrates the work of lifelong learners in town, featuring guest speakers and a reading of the personal stories written for the group’s “My Journey of Hope” project. Madison Magazine’s own Doug Moe will also be speaking about his experience as a local author, journalist and storyteller. An online auction leading up to the event allows folks to bid on items like Madison Mallards merchandise, artwork and historic relics, with the proceeds funding supplies like books and computers for The Literacy Network.

Wisconsin Film Festival, May 13 through 20
Binge watch any of the more than 100 shorts and features available for this year’s online film festival in your PJ. The lineup of films include social justice documentaries, children’s movies and international thrillers. Check out the list after April 30 on the Wisconsin Film Festival website to set your watchlist.

Matteo Lane, May 13-15
After the year we have had, we could all use some laughter right about now. Comedy on State is back with distanced seating, so cozy up with your drink of choice and giggle it up with Matteo Lane from Netflix’s “The Comedy Lineup.”

“Music She Wrote,” May 15
The Wisconsin Chamber Choir is welcoming Grammy-winning soprano Sarah Brailey for its newest special, composed entirely by women of different ages and backgrounds. Tune in live on YouTube to watch the performance, as the WCC will be implementing its “Parking Lot Choir” format to allow the leading ladies to belt as loudly (and safely) as they please.

Diamonds and Lead, May 15
Hody Bar & Grill in Middleton is hosting local group Diamonds and Lead for a night of upbeat music and meals to keep you amped. This country-slash-rock cover band will be performing late into the evening, so if you’ve been waiting for a night of rock-and-roll, your time has come.

Rare Element, May 22
The Garver Feed Mill atrium is back with cocktails, food and dancing room for those yearning for live entertainment. Rare Element, an instrumental funk band from Madison, will be honking their horns for all to hear. Number of tickets are limited, so snag one before they run out.

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