Oct
26
3:00 PM15:00

Author Event: Dean Kuipers and Gavin Van Horn


Arcadia Books, the Aldo Leopold Foundation, and the Center for Humans and Nature invites you to a conversation with Dean Kuipers, author of THE DEER CAMP: A Memoir of a Father, a Family, and the Land that Healed Them and Gavin Van Horn, author of The Way of Coyote: Shared Journeys in the Urban Wilds, as they talk about human interdependence with nature, reconnecting with an abundant wildness where you are, and how ecological restoration can also heal us and our families.

This is a free non-ticketed event with limited seating.
Please RSVP by calling 608-588-7638 or emailing info@readinutopia.com
Doors open at 2:00 p.m.


Dean Kuipers weaves a beautiful and surprising story about the restorative power of land and of his own family, which so desperately needed healing. Heartwarming and profound, THE DEER CAMP: A Memoir of a Father, a Family, and the Land that Healed Them is the perfect story of fathers, sons, and the beauty and magic of the natural world.

In The Way of Coyote, Gavin Van Horn reveals the stupendous diversity of species that can flourish in urban landscapes like Chicago. The stories occasionally lament lost abundance, but they also point toward incredible adaptability and resilience. Van Horn populates his stories with a remarkable range of urban wildlife and probes the philosophical and religious dimensions of what it means to coexist, drawing frequently from the wisdom of three unconventional guides—wildlife ecologist Aldo Leopold, Taoist philosopher Lao Tzu, and the North American trickster figure Coyote.

Dean Kuipers is an author, journalist and editor. His 2009 nonfiction book, Operation Bite Back, is the story of eco-radical Rod Coronado and the use of domestic terrorism charges against U.S. environmental activists. His book Burning Rainbow Farm, about the 2001 FBI shooting of two libertarian pot activists on a farm in Michigan, was selected as a 2007 Michigan Notable Book.

Gavin Van Horn is the Director of Cultures of Conservation for the Center for Humans and Nature, a nonprofit organization that focuses on conservation ethics. He is the co-editor of City Creatures: Animal Encounters in the Chicago Wilderness and Wildness: Relations of People and Place. He lives in Evanston, IL.

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Nov
1
7:00 PM19:00

Honey Pies

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The Honey Pies is an exciting collaboration of Madison-based music veterans. Jodi Jean Amble made a major splash in the Chicago scene fronting her eponymous band—nominally jazz, but equally at home with, pop, country, and more—and as a member of the highly eclectic ensemble Jenny Dragon. Tom Waselchuk leads the MAMA Award-winning Americana band The Dang-Its and has performed for more than twenty years in a free-swinging guitar duo with multi-instrumentalist Doug Brown. Doug has long been among the most in-demand freelance sidemen on the Madison music scene in a variety of genres, as well as being a band-leader, composer, and arranger. Matt Rodgers is among southern Wisconsin’s busiest bass players, equally at home in most any style of music. 


Displaying a formidable range of musical backgrounds and notable depth of experience, The Honey Pies apply crystal vocal harmonies and virtuoso instrumental skills to the best of traditional, contemporary, and original Americana music.


The four members of The Honey Pies are all terrific musicians in their own right, but together their musicality shoots to new heights.  The sound is free-spirited but amazingly focused and precise. And what a range of styles!  This is not your typical three-chord country-folk band!” — Nancy Cullen, Rural Musicians Forum, Touchstone Theatre 


Jodi Jean Amble – “Elegant, subtlety sexy and composed, Jodi sounds and looks great on stage and literally has the crowd howling from her first song on. Her voice is inviting and draws the audience to her.”  – Randy Freedman, Chicago Jazz Magazine


Tom Waselchuk  — “I was blown away by his performance last night. I consider him among the best musicians we have had on our stage.” — Marv Nielsen, Blackhawk Folk Society


Doug Brown — "Brown handles an acoustic guitar like a master. His jazzy style is characterized by amazing finger-picking skill." — Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange

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Nov
9
8:00 PM20:00

Big Wing and the Elusive Shimmer

An Evening of Original Music with Big Wing & the Elusive Shimmer. A Country-Soul Outfit made up of local boys made good. Featuring: Marcus Truschinski - vocals, Ben Feiner - guitar and vocals, Jack Whaley - guitar, Patrick Michaels - drums, Tim Fauver - bass, Erik Johnson - saxophone, Matt Snow - trumpet, and Rob Doyle - keys.

Help support original live music with a suggested donation/cover of $5-10

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Jan
10
8:00 PM20:00

Rare Element

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The new Madison, Wisconsin based horn band, RARE ELEMENT performs high-energy instrumental funk music in a truly unique manner.  The band’s highly talented roster coupled with it’s creative and intricate arrangements make Rare Element a must-see act. 

Chad Whittinghill (trumpet, flugelhorn) and Bryan Husk (tenor, baritone sax) first met in 2003 as members of the urban neo-soul band, VIBE SYNDICATE.  Unbeknownst to them, they would spend the next 16 years playing side by side at hundreds of shows with some of Wisconsin’s finest funk and blues bands.  For years, they honed their skilled working together with CLYDE STUBBLEFIELD's weekly Funky Monday shows.  Later, the two would team up with Hammond B-3 ace Jimmy Voegeli and his blues supergroup, THE JIMMYS

A while later, they crossed paths with Nat McIntosh (trombone) and the horn section was born.  Nat is a long-time member and composer for the phenomenal YOUNGBLOOD BRASS BAND. Over the years, they shared a common goal to create  a band where this horn section could be pushed to it's limit. Finally, in 2018, a roster of highly skilled musicians was assembled to make this goal a reality

They named that band...RARE ELEMENT.

2019 MAMA Award Winner Todd Phipps (keyboards, B3 organ) of  THE BLUE OLIVES (and many other bands) was the first join.  Recently, Todd was honored with his addition to the roster of Hammond Organs endorsed artists! 

Longtime Madison talent, Joe Niesen (guitar), also got in early.  Joe is an incredibly funky guitarist and can also be seen with the great Madison band Don't Mess With Cupid.  

Joining us on 6 string bass is the extremely talented Josh Cohen.  Josh can be seen all over the midwest blowing peoples' minds with his incredible mastery of the electric bass.  He is endorsed by Gruv GearPhil Jones Bass, and La Bells Strings.  Josh's arrangement of Herbie Hancock's "Chameleon" was ranked the #1 bass video of 2015 by No Treble Magazine.  

The critical piece of the puzzle was finding the right drummer to keep it funky.  Enter Mark Marsh, 2016 WAMI (Wisconsin Area Music Industry) Award Winning Drummer of the Year.  Mark brings relentless energy and deep groves to every performance.  

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Zach Pietrini Band
Oct
10
7:30 PM19:30

Zach Pietrini Band

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Voted Best Live Act in Milwaukee (Milwaukee Magazine, 2017), it’s been 4 years since Zach Pietrini showed up on the Milwaukee music scene. Despite being a Chicago transplant, The Zach Pietrini Band has become a recognized name around town playing featured spots at Summerfest and Bastille Days. At the forefront of the Americana resurgence in the north country, Pietrini quickly distinguished himself with his fearless vulnerability, prolific writing, and dynamic live show. “Pietrini’s skill is crafting the kind of Americana that gets right into you with a beguiling friendliness” (88Nine Radio Milwaukee).

Pietrini’s 6th release, Denver Sessions, has continued to solidify his reputation as an Americana force. Picked for Best Album 2019-  by Artistic Echoes, the new album was a "b-sides record that is more like an A-sides anthem." Music Review Roulette.  Musically, “Pietrini’s smooth and delicate voice [affixes] to infectious hooks and a touch of classic country” (Milwaukee Record). 

Zach and the Band push onwards. Voted Best Band in Milwaukee by Milwaukee Magazine, and serving as direct support for Huey Lewis and the News, Ray Wylie Hubbard, The Shook Twins and Miles Nielson & the Rusted Hearts, the band has proven it is here to stay. They will be hitting the road this March and are excited to share their stories, sounds, and music.

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Sep
27
7:00 PM19:00

Laura Sellner - Spring Green Musician in Residence

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Join us as we welcome Laura Sellner to the beautiful, creative and supportive River Valley area of Wisconsin as this year's Spring Green Musician in Residence. The Spring Green Musician in Residence program was created to sow more support for the art of musicianship in Wisconsin. Spring Green has a variety of exciting ways to enjoy music, including The Shitty Barn, BobFest and Beatlefest at the General Store, local taverns/restaurants hosting live music, and the Rural Musicians Forum. But this community goes the extra mile. We don't only support art. We nurture it.

Administrative and financial support for the program is generated from volunteers, local performance venues, The Shitty Barn Sessions, Spring Green Area Arts Coalition, and Arts Wisconsin.

Laura Sellner is the singer-songwriter, guitarist, and manager of Superior Siren. Superior Siren is an all-female Eerie Folk project created on the shores of Lake Superior in Duluth, Minnesota. The music captivates listeners with alluring vocals, haunting melodies, and mesmerizing blends of strings and percussion. In 2014 Sellner showcased her first collection of songs with the Lotus in the Muck EP. Since then the musician has continued to captivate audiences with songs of unfeigned honesty and heartfelt emotions. In 2016 Sellner joined forces with cellist Rachel Gobin, bassist Nyssa Krause, and drummer Emma Deaner to craft a dark and raw folk sound. The band released the Superior Siren LP in January 2018, followed by a tour of the Midwestern United States.

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Sep
26
9:00 PM21:00

Charlie Smythe

Jazz Pianist Charlie Smythe may just be passing through on his visit to America, but he’s staying long enough to share his incredible gifts with us Thursday night. Come on out for a night of jazz piano you won’t soon forget!

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Sep
22
to Sep 23

Open Mic

Come share music with our community. Play alone or with others. Plug into our sound system, or play acoustic. We’ve got lots of sheet music and Bob Willoughby is happy to accompany you on the piano.

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Sep
21
5:30 PM17:30

Author Event: Pam Houston

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Reading and book signing, sponsored by Arcadia Books. Visit Arcadia books for tickets.

Pam Houston is the prize-winning author of Cowboys are My Weakness and Contents May Have Shifted, among other books. She is professor of English at the University of California–Davis and lives on a ranch at 9,000 feet in Colorado near the headwaters of the Rio Grande.

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Sep
14
7:00 PM19:00

Big Wing and the Elusive Shimmer

An Evening of Original Music with Big Wing & the Elusive Shimmer. A Country-Soul Outfit made up of local boys made good. Featuring: Marcus Truschinski - vocals, Ben Feiner - guitar and vocals, Jack Whaley - guitar, Patrick Michaels - drums, Tim Fauver - bass, Erik Johnson - saxophone, Matt Snow - trumpet, and Rob Doyle - keys.

Louka will be opening the evening with a selection of original and adapted 'dark bluegrass/ opaque folk'  songs.  Louka Patenaude is a highly sought after guitarist skilled in many genres and has been a staple of the Madison music scene for over 15 years.

Help support original live music with a suggested donation/cover of $5-10

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Sep
8
to Sep 9

Open Mic

Come share music with our community. Play alone or with others. Plug into our sound system, or play acoustic. We’ve got lots of sheet music and Bob Willoughby is happy to accompany you on the piano.

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Aug
26
8:00 PM20:00

Drunk Shakespeare

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A.L.F.E. (Actors Looking for Future Employment) invites you to join them for a rousing night of Shakespeare, in a way you’ve not seen it before!  Enjoy a selection of Shakespeare scenes and monologues—and maybe even a song or two!-- with one slight change: a number of the actors will be totally drunk.  There will be singing, drinking, and even some audience participation!  The show will begin @ 8:00pm, tickets are $5 at the door, and all proceeds will go to benefiting the A.L.F.E. organization.   Audience should please be 21+ years of age to attend—we hope to see you there!!

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Jul
7
to Jul 8

Open Mic

Come and share your talent at this night of amateur entertainment. No experience necessary. Fly solo, play with friends, or sing along with our accompanist on the piano. We will have some sheet music, but feel free to bring your own and we’ll do our best. Suggested donation $5. All proceeds benefit ALFE. Cabaret seating.

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