Simon Joyner & the Ghosts//TS Foss//Communication//Tue 8/27
Aug
27
7:00 PM19:00

Simon Joyner & the Ghosts//TS Foss//Communication//Tue 8/27

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It is a great honor and pleasure to be putting on this here special show and welcoming Omaha legend SIMON JOYNER along with his band the Ghosts to Madison for the first time in a decade! AND FOR MY (tyler fassnacht) BIRTHDAY!!

Simon Joyner (Jagjaguwar, Shrimper, Woodsist, Truckstop, Unread Records, Sing Eunuchs!...)
https://simonjoyner.bandcamp.com/
Since starting in 1992 Joyner has released 13 full length albums, 5 compilation records, 3 live albums, over a dozen singles and EPs, has collaborated with the likes of the Mountain Goats, Bright Eyes and David Nance, has a published book of poetry, founded a record label and has yet to slow down. He constantly pushes the boundaries of what can be considered "folk," "americana," or "singer-songwriter," with releases ranging from intimate lo-fi bedroom recordings, to full band twangy rock anthems, to blown noise and has been name checked as a favorite by Beck and John Peel and a direct influence to the likes of Conor Oberst, Gillian Welch and Kevin Morby. An artist who has remained a champion of DIY and the underground for over 25 years.

TS Foss
https://tsfoss.bandcamp.com/
solo acoustic, finger pickin' sad tunes. after some touring and recording, gearing up for a new release (details forthcoming).
AND RESIDENT BIRTHDAY BOY FOR THE EVENING

Simon Joyner's music is heartbreaking, powerful, beautiful and IMPORTANT. It will truly be such a treat to see him at the wonderful intimate Communication. this might be the biggest DO NOT MISS i ever have booked

7PM
$10
ALL AGES
SOBER SPACE

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Copy of Copy of Teens Open Art Studio - Summer Workshop Series
Aug
28
2:00 PM14:00

Copy of Copy of Teens Open Art Studio - Summer Workshop Series

Communication invites local teens for a FREE Wednesday afternoon workshop series all summer long from 2-3:30pm! Three local teaching artists will lead workshops in 3 different art processes: printmaking, needlework and collage. You can come to one month's series or all 3. Register for the series at the "ticket" link. Following is some information about each artist. Please get in touch with any questions.

Jaundy Brunswick will teach our August workshops. Brunswick is a self taught artist who is inspired by The Golden Girls, Kenny Rogers, Totino's Pizza Rolls, and her friends. She began doing collage when she was 15 and in the last few years views her artistry as a meditative practice.

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Sep
5
7:00 PM19:00

Real Numbers//Proud Parents//Communication//Thur 9/5

We are so stoked to welcome Minneapolis pop mainstays Real Numbers back to Madison!!

Real Numbers (Minneapolis, MN)
https://real-numbers.bandcamp.com/
With 2016's "Wordless Wonder" released on the esteemed and illustrious Slumberland Records, Real Numbers have achieved the perfect pop concoction of jangly guitars, bouncing rhythms, and melodies that are both saccharine sweet and hauntingly beautiful. Some call them twee, some indie, but just about everyone calls them great. Truly one of the midwests best treasures for over a decade, so dont miss their communication debut!

Proud Parents
https://proudparentsband.bandcamp.com/
Your favorite local popsters. Four vocals, two lead guitars and whole lotta heart poured into tracks full of harmonies, solos, and irresistible hooks. Currently hard at work on the follow up to last years S/T record on Dirtnap Records, Proud Parents shows are gonna stay few and far between for most of the summer and fall.

8PM
ALL AGES
$8
SOBER SPACE

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Library Workers Make Art: a group exhibition
Sep
7
5:00 PM17:00

Library Workers Make Art: a group exhibition

Library Workers Make Art (and Community): a Group Exhibition at Communication

Libraries provide communities with space to learn and books to read, but that is not their only function. They are a link to job resources, internet access, quiet study space, support for new immigrants, and often, voter registration. Many libraries offer remote access to books for patrons who cannot come in person and are often the first line of defense in a heat wave or cold snap, providing safe temperatures and refuge for those without that comfort.

Library workers are a central part of supporting their local communities and we wanted to know what that experience is like. Contributors to this exhibition were asked the following questions:

What is your role at the library you work at? How can you use an art form to describe this role, and how it makes you feel about your community?

The following library workers (some artists, some not) have contributed works in various media for this exhibition:

Emily Meredith Lewis
Kristi Fane
The Bubbler at the Madison Public Library
Mel Kolstad
Anna Simon
Laura Damon-Moore / Rachal Duggan
Dan Constien
Kendall Clay
Katie Loughmiller with the Milwaukee Public Library
Micaela Sullivan-Fowler
Savana Stauss
Sarah Johns

Reception will be held Saturday, September 7 from 5-8pm.
Exhibition will be up during open hours August 16-October 26.

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Avola, Elrond, Saint Saunter, Woodman/Earhart
Sep
11
8:00 PM20:00

Avola, Elrond, Saint Saunter, Woodman/Earhart

Tone Madison and Communication present:

AVOLA - music: "Portland-based musician Vern Avola makes electronic music that combines a ferocious wall of sound with a deceptively subtle sense of dynamics. One could call it noise music, except that Avola puts enough into weirdly shifting harmonics as she does into abrasion. One could also call it drone, but Avola's approach to synth music is too rhythmic, itchy, and restless to fit easily under that label. She’s recently shared bills with artists including electro-pop eccentric EMA, metal band Big Business, and long-running experimental rock outfit Oxbow, to give you some idea of the difficulty of pigeonholing the project."

https://verns.world

Elrond: Sonic provocateurs Elrond, featuring Ian Gorman Weiland (Misty Montane, Antecessor, Hot Victory) and Vern Avola (Avola, EMS, Prizehog), deliver a cyborgian onslaught of hammered beats and roaring frequencies that would be the highlight of an off-planet prom for Replicants and T-1000s. Often improvising unique live sets and pushing their analog synthesizers to the brink with a style that mixes elements of noise with Berlin school and techno, Elrond are a fair league away from anything resembling nostalgic revivalism.

https://elrondislove.net

Saint Saunter: The DJ and production moniker of Madison's Sarah Akawa, also the mind behind Hot Summer Gays and queer.IRL [queer dance party]

https://soundcloud.com/saintsaunter
Woodman/Earhart: Transcendent improvised drone from Madison.

https://nocoastrecordings.bandcamp.com/album/woodman-earhart-shore
$8 / $5 for Tone Madison Sustainers
all ages
sober space

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Justice Club: Zine making workshop for kids and families
Sep
14
1:00 PM13:00

Justice Club: Zine making workshop for kids and families

Justice Club is a service-learning art project for elementary school-aged artists who want to empower others by expressing themselves! We will provide supplies and guidance for kids to create collage pages that illustrate who they are as art-makers and young members of the community.

The pages we create in the workshop will be compiled into a zine to be sold in the Communication shop. All proceeds from the zine we make will go towards RAICES- a nonprofit that promotes justice by providing free and low-cost legal services to immigrant children, families, and refugees. Artists will each receive a free copy.

Families are welcome to stick around and join in on the fun!

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Déso Lée (ALBUM Release SHOW) / Fear Of Moose / Sanitorium
Sep
19
7:00 PM19:00

Déso Lée (ALBUM Release SHOW) / Fear Of Moose / Sanitorium

Doors at 7pm
Music starts at 8pm

Déso Lée cassette release for EP001 & EP004
- French Avant-garde artist Dèso Lèe

Confides in us with his sorrowful and expressive pop experimentation. 8track set (exclusive audio)

- https://woebegones.bandcamp.com/album/exp-rimental

Sanitorium

- WAVE, electronic beats, vocals and guitar.

- https://soundcloud.com/sanitorium/sets/soft

Fear Of Moose

- Acid Beats, Dada, Experimental

- (older releases) https://fearofmoose.bandcamp.com/music

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Infamous Local: Saturday Workshops
Sep
21
10:00 AM10:00

Infamous Local: Saturday Workshops

Day of workshops, skill building and connections.

More details to come soon!!!

All workshops at Communication

Button making workshop in house held by local artist - 10am to 3pm

PA/DJ workshop - 10:30am- noon

Guitar and amplifier tune-up workshop with Ellie Erickson and Koriana Kent - 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.

Bystander intervention workshop with Jes Skolnik - 3 p.m. - 4 p.m.

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Infamous Local: Live Recording sessions and Record Sale
Sep
22
9:00 PM21:00

Infamous Local: Live Recording sessions and Record Sale

We are setting up for live band recording on the stage at Communication, bands have to pre-sign up to get a 30min recording of their band! All sets open to the public, come get your voice on the background of a record.

Morning Record sale with afternoon sessions.

Sunday live recording sessions

9am - 1pm - record sale
1pm - live recording
2pm- live recording
3pm - live recording
4pm -live recording
5pm- live recording

all ages // sober space // safer space

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Copy of Teens Open Art Studio - Summer Workshop Series
Aug
21
2:00 PM14:00

Copy of Teens Open Art Studio - Summer Workshop Series

Communication invites local teens for a FREE Wednesday afternoon workshop series all summer long from 2-3:30pm! Three local teaching artists will lead workshops in 3 different art processes: printmaking, needlework and collage. You can come to one month's series or all 3. Register for the series at the "ticket" link. Following is some information about each artist. Please get in touch with any questions.

Jaundy Brunswick will teach our August workshops. Brunswick is a self taught artist who is inspired by The Golden Girls, Kenny Rogers, Totino's Pizza Rolls, and her friends. She began doing collage when she was 15 and in the last few years views her artistry as a meditative practice.

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Summer Vintage Thrifty Market
Aug
18
11:00 AM11:00

Summer Vintage Thrifty Market

Come by on Sunday, August 18, for our second Thrifty Market! We'll have several vintage dealers set up to sell their overstock. Piles and piles of vintage duds at a deep discount, with most items $10 and under. Cash or card accepted!

NOTE: This is not a traditional market and we DO NOT have spaces available for vending. Thank you for understanding!

All ages // sober space

Flier and banner by Maggie Denman

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Teens Open Art Studio - Summer Workshop Series
Aug
14
2:00 PM14:00

Teens Open Art Studio - Summer Workshop Series

Communication invites local teens for a FREE Wednesday afternoon workshop series all summer long from 2-3:30pm! Three local teaching artists will lead workshops in 3 different art processes: printmaking, needlework and collage. You can come to one month's series or all 3. Register for the series at the "ticket" link. Following is some information about each artist. Please get in touch with any questions.

Jaundy Brunswick will teach our August workshops. Brunswick is a self taught artist who is inspired by The Golden Girls, Kenny Rogers, Totino's Pizza Rolls, and her friends. She began doing collage when she was 15 and in the last few years views her artistry as a meditative practice.

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