42 A&E events in March

Early spring brings theater, music and film fests
42 A&E events in March
A film about the plight of Ecuador's Kichwa tribe will be featured at the Wild and Scenic Film Festival March 29 at the Barrymore Theater.

ART
Take a look at UNESCO World Heritage Site, Mount Athos, through an exhibit at the Chazen Museum of Art. Considered to be one of the most sacred sites for Eastern Orthodox Christians, photographer Frank Horlbeck brings these rare glimpses to Madison. January 27 – March 26.

THEATER
In “Richard the Second,” one of Shakespeare’s historical plays, the audience follows the story of Richard II and his loss of the British throne to the house of Lancaster. Madison Shakespeare Company presents this tale of war, power and death at the Broom Street Theater. February 17 – March 11.

THEATER
Agatha Christie’s “A Murder is Announced” comes to the Diane Ballweg Theatre at Edgewood College. In this thriller, an announcement of a murder’s time and place in the newspaper sends the town into a frenzy. February 24 – March 4.

ART
To commemorate the 50th anniversary of Milwaukee’s fair housing marches, the Wisconsin Historical Society hosts “Crossing the Line.” The exhibit features photographs and documents which focus on the consequences of segregation. March 1-21.

ART
The Steinhauer Trust Art Gallery in the UW Arboretum displays the artwork of Samantha Christian throughout March and April. Her exhibition “Fawn Lake” fits the theme of the gallery: Wisconsin’s natural heritage. March 1-April 30.

THEATER
During the “Marcia Legère Student Play Festival,” see five different one-act plays created by students. As a UW student in the 1940s, Legère participated in theater and won a playwright competition. Years later, after finding out the competition was discontinued, she started the play festival. Now in its 26th year, the festival continues to be student-focused and free. March 2-4.

COMEDY
Starring most recently as “Danny” in the comedy series “Undateable,” Chris D’Elia brings his standup show “Incorrigible” to the Orpheum Theater. March 3.

COMEDY
Two comedy legends, Steve Martin and Martin Short, come together to present a one-night only show in Overture Hall. “An Evening You Will Forget for the Rest of Your Life” will include comedy, musical numbers, film clips and more. Martin will also do some najo pickin’ with Grammy Award-winning bluegrass band, Steep Canyon Rangers. March 3.

THEATER
After winning two major awards for the 2015-2016 season at the National Opera Association Competition, the University Opera is tackling Benjamin Britten’s “The Turn of the Screw.” Following each performance, the cast and members of the staff will discuss with audiences the intense themes of the opera. March 3-7.

THEATER
Don’t miss another Shakespeare classic, “Macbeth,” as performed by the Young Shakespeare Players. See actors, ages 7 to 18, take on the iconic tragedy, and hear them recite classic lines like “Double, double toil and trouble; fire burn and bubble.” March 3-12.

THEATER
Based on post-Civil War America, “The Whipping Man” shows the relationship between a wounded Jewish Confederate officer and his family’s two former slaves. Thus the Madison Theatre Guild explores the irony of Jewish slave-owning. March 3-18.

ART
In this four-part exhibition at the Chazen Museum of Art, Martha Glowacki presents sculptures and installations which reflect human observation and description of the natural world. “Natural History, Observations and Reflections” incorporates scientific illustrations and writing to introduce audiences to the history of scientific illustration. March 3-May 14.

DANCE
To help celebrate the “In the Light of Naples: The Art of Francesco de Mura” art exhibit at the Chazen Museum of Art, the Italian Folk Dancers of Madison will perform. Along with the traditional Italian dancing, demonstrations and other hands-on activities take place. March 4.

MUSIC
Originally hailing from Waukesha, Wiisconsin, this rock band is known as one of the best live acts in the business. Thirty years later and the BoDeans still remain active. Join them for a night of classic rock and high-energy performances at the Barrymore. March 4.

MUSIC
With rhythmic drums, edgy guitar and vocal harmonies, the Hottman Sisters have brought their sound to audiences across the country. These sisters are prepared to rock the Frequency in support of a new album released last summer. March 4.

MUSIC
As artist-in-residence and professor of chamber music and cello at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Parry Karp has been the cellist of the Pro Arte Quartet for 41 years. He’s bringing his intensive knowledge of the cello and performance skills to the Chazen Museum of Art. March 5.

MUSIC
To help delve into spirituality of the arts, St. Joseph Chapel is hosting Pope Francis’s Laudato Si’, the first encyclical devoted to environmental and social justice issues. The Chorale, Chamber Singers and Women’s Choir Guitar Ensemble from Edgewood College perform along with digital visualization from Isabel Rafferty from the Art Department. March 5.

MUSIC
Foghorn Stringband and Cajun Country Revival partner to bring “A Rare Evening with Legends of Cajun and Old Time Music.” Both groups take the sounds of the past and keep them relevant. March 7.

THEATER
Try your hand at solving a murder mystery at “A Deadly Incentive,” an audience participation in show at Buck & Honey’s Restaurant. March 7-8.

DANCE
Dancer Li Chiao-Ping and visual artist Douglas Rosenberg join forces to present “Landed.” In this dance and spoken text showcase, the focus rests on the immigrant experience from the late 1800s at two ports of entry into the United States — Angel Island and Ellis Island. March 9-11.

MUSIC
Since its formation in Madison, Aaron Williams and the Hoodoo have entertained audiences in Madison and throughout the Midwest with its blues-rock. One of the trio’s next stops is The Brink Lounge. March 9.

MUSIC
Over 10 years ago, 13-year-old Jojo released her debut single which went to No. 1 on U.S. charts, making her making her the youngest solo artist to accomplish that. Now she’s back, on tour with a complete debut album, “Mad Love.” March 10.

MUSIC
Leading Norwegian trumpet soloist, Tine Thing Helseth, joins the Madison Symphony Orchestra during its “Peak Performance.” The concert highlights Richard Strauss’s “An Alpine Symphony” and Johann Hummel’s “Trumpet Concerto.” March 10-12.

THEATER
While Meryl Streep will not star in The Bartell rendition of “August: Osage County,” a play that has earned its own accolades. The story of a returning father, pill-popping mother and three secretive sisters exposes the dark past of an American family. March 10-25.

MUSIC
Get a glimpse of some of the new songs from Cold War Kids before their sixth studio album comes out in early April. The indie rock group from California are bringing the same sound and a couple new members back to the Majestic. March 14.

THEATER
From Trey Parker, creator of The Book of Mormon and South Park, comes “Cannibal! The Musical.” Overture Center hosts the U.S. premiere of this campy musical comedy about the only person convicted of cannibalism in America. March 14-19.

ART
The Galleries at the Overture Center for the Arts, introduces its Spring 2017 Exhibition Cycle. Gallery I features “Relevant Shapes,” an exhibit by Justin Eccles and Lauren Harlowe, who interpret everyday imagery in memory. Anne annd Tim Connor and Rebecca Kautz explore rural life in “Animalia.” Through portraiture, Alyssa Ackerman and DarRen Morris examine emotions of humanity in “Growing Pains.” March 14-June 4.

MUSIC
Marty Stuart, a five-time Grammy Award winner and platinum record selling recording artist, brings his country sound to the Stoughton Opera House. The performance features original songs, covers and traditional hymns. March 18.

MUSIC
The March Wood Chamber Players present “Looking Through the Lens.” They ask the question “Can we speak when there are no words?” through four different pieces of music combining different instruments from the group. March 18-19.

THEATER
For one night only, the American Players Theater presents “Return of the Prodigal.” As the lazy son of a wealthy family returns home after falling ill, his family sympathizes with comedic results. March 20.

FILM
The “Food + Farms Film Festival” promises to educate and entertain guests on the subject of healthy and sustainable food systems. After each short to medium-length film, local Wisconsin and Madison food experts will present short TED-style talks. March 21.

THEATER
Feel “Willkommen” at the Cabaret. As part of its 50th anniversary season, the Roundabout Theatre Company brings “Cabaret” to Overture Hall. While it’s still in Madison, “Maybe This Time” check out the stage production to hear some of the memorable songs and extravagant dance numbers. March 21-26.

COMEDY
One of the original cast members on the sketch comedy show MADtv, Bryan Callen,is gearing up for a weekend at the Comedy Club on State. There are a couple chances to see the stand-up comedian and “The Fighter and The Kid” podcast host. March 23-25.

MUSIC
After his 40-plus year tenure with the Original Salty Dogs Jazz Band, Kim Cusack returns to Wisconsin from California to perform at the Madison Jazz Society. This jazz clarinetist will perform alongside three other master musicians. March 26.

MUSIC
Five young musicians are bringing their unique sounds to the Frequency. Headlining is Alex Wiley, a 19-year-old Chicago native who was named an artist people need to listen to in both the Huffington Post and Chicago Magazine. Before Alex Wiley gets on stage, 17-year-old Madison native Trapo and teenage rapper Kembe X will open the concert by young performers. March 28.

FILM
The River Alliance of Wisconsin hosts the Wild & Scenic Film Festival at the Barrymore Theater and provides a one-year membership to the organization with every ticket sold. Included among the films about conservation efforts around the world will be four “shorts” on local efforts by the River Alliance. March 29.

FILM
Since its foundation in 1999, the Wisconsin Film Festival has presented diverse films in a range of genres. This year’s festival continues that tradition. The festival will also feature the Wisconsin’s Own Competition, with selections from Wisconsin filmmakers or highlighting Wisconsin themes and settings. For the third year in a row, the festival will offer a “First Look at the Fest” on March 8–a peek into the whole festival as a whole. March 30-April 6.

MUSIC
Sip some cocktails in the tropical Bolz Conservatory while listening to local DJ, DJ Urbane. While she mixes pop and electronic music, DJ Urbane is able to change the sound based on the audience and atmosphere. All proceeds benefit the Olbrich Botanical Gardens. March 31.

MUSIC
While the real “American Idol” might be off the air, the Four Season Theatre and Music Theatre of Madison continue to present their own “Madison Musical Idol” competition. Expect local singers belting out Broadway tunes competing for the crowning glory of Madison’s next great musical star. The audience chooses the winner. March 31.

DANCE
The final performance in this year’s Madison Ballet season, “Primavera” celebrates dance and music with three new ballets. Artistic Director W. Earle Smith created two of the new ballets. The first, “One Last Waltz” highlights the Viennese Waltz era and the second, “La Cuatro” is set to an interpretation of Vivaldi’s popular “Four Seasons” suite. March 31-April 1.

THEATER
Take a trip to Philadelphia in 1959 to see one of Billie Holiday’s last performances. With so many hits, Holiday became an icon. Capital City Theatre incorporates many musical numbers to create a portrait of her life in “Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill.” March 31-April 8.

THEATER
Before “Steel Magnolias” became a movie starring Julia Roberts, it was a stage play by Robert Harling. Take a look into a beauty salon to see the relationship between Southern women in Louisiana with this comedy-drama at The Bartell. March 31-April 15.

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