It's morning again in America, and it's time to have some fun. Thankfully, this weekend is overflowing with options, including: the Madison Holiday Market; the Homegrown Hip-Hop Festival and the 30th birthday party for Wild Hog in the Woods; an insane amount of live music by the MSO, Amos Lee, Rachel Yamagata and the rest of the Hotel Café Tour, Pat MacDonald, Screamin' Cyn Cyn & the Pons, Parry Karp and Eli Kalman, My Brightest Diamond, Shanghai Party Boss and Meteorade, Michael Franti & Spearhead, and Eagles of Death Metal; productions of The Greeks and Mangia Mangia and a performance by Savion Glover; and author appearances by Naomi Klein and Kadir Nelson.
Madison Holiday Market
Alliant Energy Center's Exhibition Hall, 10 am. Also Saturday & Sunday, Nov. 8 & 9, 10 am
The holiday season is upon us -- ulp -- and that means it's time for frantic shopping. So get your frantic shopping over with early at this event, which benefits Madison Ballet and features 120 vendors selling everything from crafts and toys to pottery and beauty products.
Mary Bero, Dennis Nechvatal, Daniel Ostrov
Grace Chosy Gallery, 6 pm
Opening for collections of the colorful fiber work of Bero, the vivid paintings of Nechvatal and the glass sculpture of Ostrov.
Lou & Peter Berryman, Ken Lonnquist, Jim Schwall
Wil-Mar Center, 7:30 pm
The Wild Hog in the Woods folk cooperative celebrates its 30th anniversary this year, and this birthday concert features three local greats: civic treasures the Berrymans, comic songwriter Lonnquist (lately of Sarah Palin spoof "Brain to Nowhere" fame) and bluesmeister Schwall.
Overture Center's Playhouse, 7:30 pm. Also Saturday (4 & 8 pm), Sunday (2 pm), Wednesday (7:30 pm) & Thursday (7:30 pm), Nov. 8, 9, 12 & 13
Madison Repertory Theatre collaborates with the UW's theater department on this production based on plays by Euripides and Aeschylus having to do with war and its discontents. Turns out that in ancient Greece, as now, war was hell. Through Nov. 23.
UW Humanities Building, 7:30 pm
The Canadian journalist and globalization critic arrives to plug her latest tome, The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism.
Madison Symphony Orchestra
Overture Center's Overture Hall, 7:30 pm. Also Saturday (8 pm) & Sunday (2:30 pm), Nov. 8 & 9
Anu Tali conducts violin great Sarah Chang in Brahms' "Violin Concerto," the familiar staple that was scorned as "against the violin" on its debut in 1879. Also on the docket: Barber's "Overture to The School for Scandal," Tormis' "Overture No. 2" and Shostakovich's "Symphony No. 9."
Bartell Theatre, 8 pm. Also Thursday (7:30 pm) & Saturday (4 & 8 pm), Nov. 6 & 8
Boy meets girl, everyone dies. It's all there in Strollers Theatre's production of Shakespeare's dithering Dane. Through Nov. 29.
Homegrown Hip-Hop Festival
UW Memorial Union's Great Hall, 8 pm. Also Thursday (7 pm) & Saturday (6 pm), Nov. 6 & 8
The five emcees of the Twin Cities' Doomtree collective meld metal-rock and hip-hop in a way that's garnering the praise of critics and fans from coast to coast. See them -- free! -- Thursday night at the university's weekend-long hip-hop, along with I Self Devine, Big Quarters, Muja Messiah, Chosen Few, Defcee. On Friday check out the OMAIs Just Bust! open mike, and on Saturday it's Kid Sister, who made waves in the hip-hop world last year when her single "Pro Nails," featuring Kanye West, reached number 21 on the singles chart. Also Saturday: Yea Big & Kid Static, Tru Ruts Crew, Fall Guys, A.R.M., Quest McCody, DLO, Hyder Ali.
Barrymore Theatre, 8 pm
The singer-songwriter, a protégé of Norah Jones, arrives to promote his latest, Last Days at the Lodge. The record sees him mining folk sounds and doing some marvelous falsetto soul crooning.
TAPIT/New Works, 8 pm. Also Saturday & Sunday, Nov. 8 & 9, 4 pm
This play by the storied east-side organization recalls Madison's old Italian enclave the Greenbush. Playwright Danielle Dresden, who is TAPIT/New Works' producing artistic director, based the work on interviews with former Greenbush residents. Your admission also gets you catered Italian grub from nearby Bunky's.
Hotel Café Tour: Rachael Yamagata
High Noon Saloon, 9 pm
Hollywood coffeehouse-turned-venue Hotel Café, a mecca for singer/songwriter types, has launched a national tour with a rotating bill of its favorite artists, including Rachael Yamagata, whose moody piano-pop gems "Be Be Your Love" and "Worn Me Down" have been in heavy rotation on the CW and HBO. Also playing: Meiko, Thao Nguyen, Jaymay, Alice Russell. The show benefits the Keep Wisconsin Warm Fund.
Cafe Montmare, 9:30 pm
The Chicago indie combo rolls into town on the strength of their full-length debut, Amateur Lovers. The Saps also appear.
Harmony Bar, 9:45 pm
While many know him as the singer and guitarist behind '80s band Timbuk3, MacDonald has also won praise for his songwriting as a solo artist and in collaboration with artists such as Cher, Keith Urban and Imogen Heap. Singer/songwriter/cellist melaniejane opens.
Screamin' Cyn Cyn & the Pons
Frequency, 10 pm
The over-the-top theatrical punk of this Crustacean Records foursome is the kind of thing listeners either love or love to hate. Either way, it's likely to pack the Frequency with a raucous, dance-frenzied pack of revelers. Also playing: IfIHadAHiFi, Zebras, Let's Get Out of This Terrible Sandwich Shop.
Truly Remarkable Loon
Overture Center's Rotunda Stage, 9:30 & 11 am, 1 pm
The Madison juggler is truly remarkable, not to mention hilariously eccentric. See for yourself at this Kids in the Rotunda event.
Wisconsin Union Theater, 8 pm
The contemporary -- and singular -- practitioner of tap dancing hoofs his way into town.
Parry Karp and Eli Kalman
UW Mills Hall, 8 pm
Violoncellist Karp and pianist Kalman perform music of Prokovief, Saint-Saëns and more in this faculty concert.
My Brightest Diamond
Stage Door at the Orpheum Theatre, 9 pm
Blending influences such as Jeff Buckley, Björk, Antony and the Johnsons and Nina Simone with training as an opera singer, My Brightest Diamond creates soundscapes that are as chilling as they are beautiful. Also playing: Clare & the Reasons, Marla Hansen.
Shanghai Party Boss and Meteorade
Mickey's Tavern, 10 pm
Neo-New Wavers Shanghai Party Boss bring a bit of cheek to Mickey's along with the jangly, Weezer-inspired pop of Meteorade.
Overture Center's Rotunda Stage, 2 pm
Bring the kids: The Caldecott award-winning children's author and illustrator reads from We Are the Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball. Slides will be shown.
Michael Franti & Spearhead
Barrymore Theatre, 7:30 pm
Protest music rarely takes the form of a dance party, especially when it's played on acoustic guitars in coffee shops. Instead, Franti and his band get fans moving to a politically charged message with the help of reggae beats and catchy hooks from their latest CD, All Rebel Rockers. Solillaquists of Sound open.
Eagles of Death Metal
High Noon Saloon, 9 pm
The Eagles of Death Metal play a blend of garage and blues-rock that has little in common with death metal except for their hyped-up stage presence. Think R.L. Burnside and Queens of the Stone Age playing a birthday party for the Strokes. The Duke Spirit opens.