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Featured Events

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Saturday, Nov 22, 8:00 PM
Memorial Union - Fredric March Play Circle

Tickets go on sale August 1, 2014 at 11:30am. General Public: $25; Wisconsin Union Members & Non UW-Madison Students: $21; UW-Madison Faculty & Staff: $23; UW-Madison Student (with ID): $10. Prices do not include fees.

Broadway's Next Hit MusicalThis unique theater experience goes beyond musical comedy, enlisting the audience?s help in an improvised "awards show" to determine the name of the "next hit musical." The cast, which includes such improv greats as Deb Rabbai, Rob Schiffmann and Robert Z. Grant, then puts on an impromptu performance of the next hit musical ? each song, dance, and line is made up on the spot. Broadway's Next Hit Musical brings the thrill of spontaneity to musical performance, keeping audiences around the country on their toes as their sides are splitting.


Monday, Nov 24, 7:30 PM
Union South - The Marquee

Tickets on sale August 1, 2014 at 11:30am. General Public: $12; Wisconsin Union Members & Non UW-Madison Students: $10; UW-Madison Faculty & Staff: $10; UW-Madison Student (with ID): $6; Dinner: $17. Prices do not include fees.

Travel Adventure Series - The Great American Southwest with Dennis BurkhartDennis Burkhart goes beyond the expected in his travel films, taking audiences on an adventure that reveals the fascinating and often surprising depths of the locale he's exploring. An avid traveler and lover of nature, Burkhart has worked and played around the world as a Peace Corps volunteer, an underwater excavator, a mountaineer, a photographer and filmmaker, and a travel guide. Burkhart's photographs have appeared in National Geographic Magazine, and he has produced several award-winning videos. In The Great American Southwest, Burkhart takes us on a journey through the not-so-distant land of the American South, from the archaeological wonders of Mesa Verde to the breath-taking wilderness of the Grand Canyon. Dennis Burkhardt will offer a free min-course titled Must See National Parks, Sunday, 6:30pm, Nov. 23rd, Union South.


Tuesday, Nov 25, 7:30 PM
Union South - The Marquee

Tickets on sale August 1, 2014 at 11:30am. General Public: $12; Wisconsin Union Members & Non UW-Madison Students: $10; UW-Madison Faculty & Staff: $10; UW-Madison Student (with ID): $6; Dinner: $17. Prices do not include fees.

Travel Adventure Series - The Great American Southwest with Dennis BurkhartDennis Burkhart goes beyond the expected in his travel films, taking audiences on an adventure that reveals the fascinating and often surprising depths of the locale he's exploring. An avid traveler and lover of nature, Burkhart has worked and played around the world as a Peace Corps volunteer, an underwater excavator, a mountaineer, a photographer and filmmaker, and a travel guide. Burkhart's photographs have appeared in National Geographic Magazine, and he has produced several award-winning videos. In The Great American Southwest, Burkhart takes us on a journey through the not-so-distant land of the American South, from the archaeological wonders of Mesa Verde to the breath-taking wilderness of the Grand Canyon. Dennis Burkhardt will offer a free min-course titled Must See National Parks, Sunday, 6:30pm, Nov. 23rd, Union South.


Saturday, Dec 20, 2:00 PM
Memorial Union - Shannon Hall

Adult $34/$30/$22; Senior $32/$28/$20; Students and Children $17/$15/$11. Prices include facility fees.

Dance Wisconsin presents: The NutcrackerDance Wisconsin presents The Nutcracker with the Dance Wisconsin Orchestra. Music arranged by Taras Nahirniak, conducted by Blake Walter and Lori Nahirniak and the Monona High School Singers.


Saturday, Dec 20, 7:30 PM
Memorial Union - Shannon Hall

Adult $34/$30/$22; Senior $32/$28/$20; Students and Children $17/$15/$11. Prices include facility fees.

Dance Wisconsin presents: The NutcrackerDance Wisconsin presents The Nutcracker with the Dance Wisconsin Orchestra. Music arranged by Taras Nahirniak, conducted by Blake Walter and Lori Nahirniak and the Monona High School Singers.


Sunday, Dec 21, 2:00 PM
Memorial Union - Shannon Hall

Adult $34/$30/$22; Senior $32/$28/$20; Students and Children $17/$15/$11. Prices include facility fees.

Dance Wisconsin presents: The NutcrackerDance Wisconsin presents The Nutcracker with the Dance Wisconsin Orchestra. Music arranged by Taras Nahirniak, conducted by Blake Walter and Lori Nahirniak and the Monona High School Singers.


Friday, Jan 30, 8:00 PM
Memorial Union - Fredric March Play Circle

Free

Musical Theatre Open Mic with Four Seasons TheatreFour Seasons Theatre brings its popular Musical Theatre Open Mic Night to the Play Circle Theater. FST provides the pianist, you provide the voice! Bring in your favorite scores and sheet music and share in a night of music-making with fellow Broadway enthusiasts.


Thursday, Feb 12, 7:30 PM
Memorial Union - Shannon Hall

FREE

An Evening with Bill T. JonesBill T. Jones is the artistic director of New York Live Arts and the director/co-founder of the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company. The recepient of a 2013 National Medal of Arts, a 1994 MacArthur Genius Award and Kennedy Center Honors in 2010, Jones has also been awarded the 2014 Doris Duke Award, recognized as Officier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French government in 2010, and inducted into the American Academy of Arts & Sciences in 2009. He is a two-time Tony Award recipient for Best Choreography for FELA! and Spring Awakening and received an Obie Award for Spring Awakening's off-Broadway run. This lecture is sponsored by WUD Distinguished Lecture Series Committee and the WUD Performing Arts Committee. Free and open to the public. Note: On February 14, The Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company performs at the Wisconsin Union Theater, a separate ticketed event.


Saturday, Feb 14, 8:00 PM
Memorial Union - Shannon Hall, Union Theater

Tickets go on sale August 1, 2014 at 11:30am. General Public: $44, 40, 25; Wisconsin Union Members & Non UW-Madison Students: $40, 36; UW-Madison Faculty & Staff: $42, 38; UW-Madison Student (with ID): $10. Prices do not include fees.

Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance CompanyThis dance company began as an 11-year collaboration between the two eponymous dancers and choreographers, McArthur fellow Bill T. Jones and his late partner Arnie Zane. Now celebrating its 30th year, the company has performed in 200 cities and on every major continent. Their performances integrate innovative choreography with live music and a broad range of art forms, with past collaborations including Keith Haring, Cassandra Wilson, Susan Sarandon, the Orion String Quartet, the Chamber Society of Lincoln Center, and countless others. The winner of six New York Dance and Performance Awards since 1989, the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company is an experience not to be missed.


Sunday, Feb 15, 8:00 PM
Memorial Union - Shannon Hall, Union Theater

General Public: $40, 36, 25. Wisconsin Union Members & Non UW-Madison Students: $36, 32. UW-Madison Faculty & Staff: $38, 34. UW-Madison Student (with ID): $10. Prices do not include fees.

Zap Mama and AntibalasMarie Daulne, leader and founder of the female vocal polyphonic quintet Zap Mama, has evolved into a performer who alternates between storytelling and creative vocal expression, reinterpreting Urban, Afro-scat and Alternative Funk music. The music of Afrobeat band Antibalas falls somewhere between Eddie Palmieri and Fela Kuti and 'embodies the principles of grassroots revolutionary movements,' according to the BBC.


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