Quick kicks: Isthmus Jazz Fest offers a variety of live jazz
Here is a roundup of entertainment news and events for this week:
A tribute to jazz
If you're looking for free music this weekend, look no further than Madison's Memorial Union terrace, 800 Langdon St., overlooking Lake Mendota. The Isthmus Jazz Fest offers a variety of live jazz from 4:30 p.m. Friday until nearly midnight Saturday, June 20-21.
Friday's lineup kicks off with the High School All Stars and also includes the Joan Wildman Quartet and Madisalsa. On Saturday, look for the Edgewood Big Band, UW-Whitewater Big Band and UW Jazz Orchestra.
UW-Madison jazz professor Richard Davis jams with Willie Pickens at 7:30 p.m. Saturday in the Wisconsin Union Theater. For a schedule, check out isthmusjazzfestival.com.
What else is free?
More than 380 free concerts are planned around Madison on Saturday, June 21, as part of the annual Make Music Madison, a summer solstice event that brings music to the masses.
Music can be heard from 8 a.m.-9 p.m. at various places around town. People will have lots of opportunities to join in, including tickling the ivories on pianos scattered around Capitol Square. The full schedule is at makemusicmadison.org.
Young pianist to debut
Ten-year-old pianist Faith Green will be the featured performer at a fundraiser and silent auction for the Turtle Creek Chamber Orchestra on Saturday, June 28.
The event starts at 7 p.m. at the Janesville Woman's Club, 108 S. Jackson St.
Green attends St. William's School in Janesville and is a student of piano teacher Carol Roy. She is scheduled to perform a piano concerto with the orchestra. Tickets are $5-$10.
Armory gets the blues
Janesville's Armory, 10 S. High St., will offer the first in a series of three blues/jazz concerts at 8 p.m. Thursday, June 19. This week's artists are Westside Andy, Billy Flynn and Barrelhouse Chuck.
Tickets are $10. Call 608-741-7400.
Fountain series starts
If you hear music coming from Whitewater's Birge Fountain, it's no mistake. The Savory Sounds Concert Series starts at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, June 19, at the fountain in front of the Cultural Arts Center, 402 W. Main St., Whitewater.
Thursday's concert features Nima Salami and food from SweetSpot. Other performers are The Giving Combo (June 26), Brothers Quinn (July 10), Whiskey Doubles (July 17) and Looper's Blues Duo (July 24).
Also in Whitewater this weekend is the Pig in the Park BBQ Cook-off, which features a barbecue competition along with music, a motorcycle show, Civil War encampment and family activities. It runs from 6-10 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday, June 20-21, in Cravath Lakefront Park, 341 S. Fremont St.
Gallery has solstice party
Amateur artists can create solar nature prints and sun-themed greeting cards, as well as add to a summer wish mural by Allegrea S.B. Rosenberg, at Raven's Wish Gallery's Summer Solstice Celebration on Saturday, June 21.
The celebration runs from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the gallery, 101 W. Milwaukee St., Janesville. For more information visit, ravenswish.com.
Grab your zombie gear
Zombie costumes are encouraged Thursday, June 19, as the Stoughton Village Players open their new “Off the Beaten Path” film series at their restored theater, 255 E. Main St., Stoughton.
The series kicks off at 7:30 p.m. Thursday with the theme of “Not Quite Dead.” The fare includes the horror classic “Night of the Living Dead,” a zombie short film and trailers from a few not-so-classic horror films.
Other themes include “Hey, Pull Up Your Shorts” on July 17, featuring comedy shorts and Blame Society films, and “Rock the Doc” on July 31, with the Brett Favre documentary “Last Days at Lambeau.”
Tickets are $5. To get them and for a film schedule, see StoughtonVillagePlayers.org or visit Yahara River Grocery Co-op, 229 E. Main St., Stoughton.