The Madison Museum Of Contemporary Art is a fine, rarified spot for drinking and hanging when the excuse is right. And behold, MMOCA will once again be hosting its summer Rooftop Cinema series of art films and oddities on the first four Fridays in June. These can actually draw a good-sized crowd, so show up early or risk having to take a seat on the post-modern cement. As usual, the lineup is short but quite eclectic: The June 5 show celebrates the short films of animator Emily Hubley; a June 12 screening called Above And Beyond collects short films that look toward the skies and heavenly objects; June 19 features two films about frogs and toads; and June 26 explores some unlikely meetings of film and music via shorts whose soundtracks range from Stravinsky to Devo to Elliott Smith.
The Terrace's Monday-night Lakeside Cinema series (June 8-Aug. 10) is slated to offer a more nostalgic treat this summer, featuring movies from the '90sstarting with Edward Scissorhands and ending with The Matrix. While the patio at Mickey's Tavern can get crowded pretty quickly, it'll be worth cramming in there on a couple of nights during the summer: Multi-instrumental mischief-maker Biff Blumfumgagnge (of local band The Gomers) will be improvising live musical accompaniment to F.W. Murnau's silent horror classic Nosferatu (July 11) and a to-be-determined assortment that'll likely include some old silent cartoons (Aug. 29).
by Scott Gordon