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Date of Release: 
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
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Katie Kazan, Director of Public Information
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A Night of Vice and Verse

A Night of Vice and Verse
Friday, March 6 · 5:30-9 pm

MADISON, WI – Pencil in the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art on Friday, March 6 from 5:30-9 pm, for an evening of performance art, poetry and film inspired by the museum's current exhibitionSomething Wicked This Way Comes.

5:30-6:30 pm 
The Witching Hour
Organized by local musician and arts instigator Kia Karlen, The Witching Hour will bring together sixteen musicians, actors, and dancers to present solo and small ensemble performances inspired by Something Wicked This Way Comes. Performances will range from Renaissance-era vocal duets and wandering Klezmer minstrels to eerie theremin loops, laptop improvisations and Tuvan throat singing. Actors and dancers will appear in the main galleries as living, breathing characters sprung to life from the exhibition. The performances will take place simultaneously over one hour, scattered throughout public spaces in Overture Center for the Arts, MMoCA galleries, and the 200 block of State Street.

6:30-8 pm 
Poems for the Wicked
In this special evening, members of the Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets will read original poems that delve into themes depicted in Something Wicked This Way Comes. An informal reception in the museum's main lobby will follow. Main galleries. 

7-8:30 pm
L'enfant (The child) (2005)
Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne, directors · Belgium · 35mm
Spotlight Film & Video will present the Cannes Film Festival Palme D'Or award-winner L'enfant in conjunction with Something Wicked This Way Comes. The story focuses on twenty-year-old Bruno, his girlfriend, and their infant son Jimmy. Desperate for money and unable to face his parental responsibilities, Bruno sees Jimmy as little more than a new source of wealth.

Admission for the poetry reading and performance art is free; admission for the film is $5 (free for MMoCA members).


Admission to exhibitions at the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art is free of charge. MMoCA is an independent museum supported through memberships and through generous contributions and grants from individuals, corporations, agencies, and foundations. Important support is also generated through auxiliary group programs; special events; rental of the museum's lobby, lecture hall, and rooftop garden; and sales through the Museum Store.

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