7 March performances and exhibits

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7 March performances and exhibits
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"Cabaret" at Overture Center

Wisconsin Film Festival March 30 – April 6
Since 1999, the Wisconsin Film Festival has brought indie, international, experimental, documentary and children’s films to Madison packed in an eight-day festival. This year’s fest runs from March 30 to April 6. On average, 150 films are shown during the festival, and past films have portrayed a booze-guzzling Jesus and overnight millionaires, among others. Two categories not to miss are the Big Screens, Little Folks series of short films and feature-length productions for the kid set, and Wisconsin’s Own category, showcasing selections by Wisconsin filmmakers or Sconnie scenes and settings.

7 March performances and exhibits

Steve Martin & Martin Short March 3
Funny guys Steve Martin and Martin Short are like the Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis of our time, hosting a comical evening with a little bit of music wedged in. Join the duo at the Overture Center for the Arts’ Overture Hall for “An Evening You Will Forget for the Rest of Your Life” as they trade barbs and reflect on their long show business careers. Martin will also play banjo with the bluegrass band the Steep Canyon Rangers.

“Learning to Stay” March 23 – April 9
Forward Theater reminds us that war doesn’t end once the soldiers come home; it’s just the beginning. Contemporary and set in Madison, “Learning to Stay” tells the story of a wife, Elise, as she struggles to care for herself and her husband, Brad, upon his return from Iraq. As Forward Theater’s first commissioned play, this world premiere at Overture Center opens the conversation of relationships impacted by post-traumatic stress disorder.

7 March performances and exhibits

“Cabaret” March 21 – 26

Welcome to the Kit Kat Klub, a cabaret set in pre-WWII Germany where patrons can forget their everyday troubles. As emcee Sally Bowles directs the raucous evening, some of musical theater’s most memorable songs, such as “Cabaret” and “Willkommen,” will brighten the performance. A multiple-Tony-award-winning play in several categories, this 40-plus-year-old production never loses its dazzle.

7 March performances and exhibits

Don Kauss & Briony Morrow-Cribbs Feb. 24 – April 16
Imagine walking through your grandfather’s attic and finding an excess of abandoned items that seem to have no further use. Now imagine those items transformed into novel sculptures. At the Artisan Gallery in Paoli, Wisconsin, native artist Don Kauss expresses human-animal interactions through mixed-media sculptures, incorporating an array of found, discarded and recycled items. Kauss is joined by fellow artist and University of Wisconsin-Madison alumnus Briony Morrow-Cribbs, who also focuses on the relationships between humans and animals through printmaking.

7 March performances and exhibits

Journey in Concert March 28
Don’t stop believin’ that Journey will put on an amazing show at the Alliant Energy Center. This chart-topping group is one of the world’s best-selling bands of all time, and the multigenerational appeal will have everyone embracing the hits with “Open Arms.” (Sorry, we had to.)

7 March performances and exhibits

“Primavera” March 31- April 1
Madison Ballet moves to the contrasting ideas of romanticism in its spring show, “Primavera.” Comprised of two shorter ballets, the show incorporates various dances symbolizing romance. These ballets, premiering at the Bartell Theatre, include “One Last Waltz,” which is a compilation of classic, graceful Viennese waltzes, and “La Cuatro,” a Latin tango laced with bold, sultry strides.