A&E: 40 things to do in April

A&E: 40 things to do in April
Photo courtesy of Overture Center for the Arts
The Beach Boys bring their "Good Vibrations" to Overture Center on April 30.

Theater
Set in Madison and written and adapted by Wisconsin authors, ” Learning to Stay ” by Forward Theater sheds light on the real-world consequences of war-related post traumatic stress syndrome. In the world premiere of the play, at the Overture Center for the Arts, the audience connects with the wife of a man who, after his return from deployment, is not the same person she married. March 23-April 9

Music
Spend a night with Los Angeles band Local Natives. After releasing their third album “Sunlit Youth,” the band is ready to jam in Madison. Their chill indie rock kickstarts the happy summer vibes Wisconsinites crave. April 5

Theater
Madison East High School’s puts on “Tell Me That You Love Me Junie Moon.” Based on a novel and film by the same name, the play features Junie Moon and her friends as they navigate life after a hospital stay. April 6-8

Festival
It’s time to feel like a kid again at the Children’s Museum Adult Swim Sustainability Sideshow. Enjoy carnival games, upcycled fashion and art, carnival-inspired local food, live music and more. The whole museum becomes an adult playground. Best part? No kids allowed, so all the fun is up for grabs. April 7

Dance
Celebrate Spain’s rich culture and legacy of language, music, history and art through contemporary and experimental dance. From Kanopy Dance comes “Snapshots of Spain,” an evening filled with both flamenco and other Spanish dance styles. Featuring guest artists and acclaimed master flamenco dancers Danica Sena and Tania Tandias. April 7-9

Music
The Madison Symphony Orchestra welcomes master pianist Philippe Bianconi for “Colossal Piano.” Bianconi tackles Rachmaninoff’s concerto, known as the most difficult number written for piano. April 7-9

Music
Join the Wisconsin chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness for “Crowe Collective’s Legacy of Love,” including live music from Backward Bird and Happenstance. Spoken word artist, Nick Becker will also perform. April 8

Music
If craving some folk music this month, check out the UW Russian Folk Orchestra’s 20th anniversary concert. Hear a variety of pieces from Russian artists as well as two world premieres from the orchestra’s own Nebojša Macura and Yuriy Kolosovskiy. April 8

Music
Help raise funds for Planned Parenthood through a benefit at High Noon Saloon. Performers will include Girls Are Go!, a group of Madison musicians and singers performing songs from 60s girl groups. The Low Czars and Better Yeti will also perform. April 9

Music
Hailing from Chicago, the John Moulder Organ Trio comes to the Brink Lounge. Moulder, a guitarist and composer, brings his contemporary sound along with organist Vijay Tellis-Nayak and Wisconsin drummer Dane Richeson for “Jazz on a Sunday.” April 9

Opera
For one day only, Kegonsa Elementary joins the Stoughton Opera House for an adaptation of Donizetti’s “The Elixir of Love.” In this installment of Opera for the Young, elementary students perform as the Justice of the Peace, the Soldier and Citizens of Lonesome Gulch. Enjoy the playful and comical characters tackling more serious themes and stimulating discussion. April 9

Film
Brett Favre fans rejoice! A new film on the former Packer quarterback premieres at the Barrymore. Todd McWilliams of Middleton spent 18 years shooting “Finding Favre” from the perspective of a fan who interviewed several people who touched Favre throughout his life. April 11

Theater
If you were unable to score tickets to see Steve Martin live at Overture Center in March, UW-Madison’s Department of Theatre and Drama brings his adaptation of “The Underpants” to Madison. Filled with Martin’s comedic outrageousness, the play focuses on a man whose wife’s underpants won’t stay on. April 13-30

Music
Jane Grace, the transgender lead singer, songwriter and guitarist of the punk rock band Against Me! breaks out on her own. In 2012, she came out as a transgender person and announced a transition to life as a woman. After a solo acoustic performance, Grace will host a free talk bout her life and music. April 14

Music
Madison Bach Musicians finish out its season by performing Johann Sebastian Bach’s “St. John Passion.” Internationally-acclaimed tenor, Dann Coakwell, joins as Evangelist John. Before the event, hear from artistic director Trevor Stephenson’s lecture on the performance history of the piece. April 14-15

Music
“Best Rapper Alive,” as the track by that title declares him, Lil Wayne is set to grace the Orpheum stage. The New Orleans artist is back with his “Kloser 2 U Tour.” April 15

Art
Join the TransLiberation Art Coalition for its first biannual event featuring art, music, food, goods and more from the local transgender, gender-queer and non-binary community. The headliner at the Madison Women’s March, Token Majority, will perform and trans-feminine author Cali Juniper will read from her novella. Proceeds from the event will support theradvancement of transgender rights. April 15

Art
The Artisan Gallery welcomes three new exhibits this month with an opening reception April 21. The solo exhibit features work from Jonathan Wilde with a focus on natural spaces of the northern United States. New “Group Show” and “In The Cooler” exhibits open as well. April 15-May 29

Film
Take in the sights of the mountains through the BANFF Mountain Film World Tour during its two-day stop in Madison. The tour highlight some of the world’s best backcountry mountain ski films. April 18-19

Music
Do you go to UW-Madison football games just to see the marching band? If so, come to the UW Varsity Band Concert where the star is the band. Hear some classics like “On Wisconsin” and “Varsity” led by Michael Leckrone. April 20-22

Theater
You could be off to the see the wizard at Sun Prairie Civic Theatre’s performance of “The Wizard of Oz.” See all of your favorites: Dorothy, Glinda the Good Witch, the Scarecrow and more. You’ll have a feeling you’re no longer in Wisconsin anymore through the decorated Oz stage design and costumes. April 20-23

Fashion Show
The Waisman Center hosts he “Fashion Show for All Abilities,” highlighting both models with and without labeled disabilities. Over 350 men, women and children have participated in the past working with over 70 retail outlets in the Madison area. April 21

Music
Jasha Tull, the artist known as Space Jesus, brings his electric, futuristic and bass-line heavy tunes to the Majestic Theater. Starting at a young age, Space Jesus worked on creating beats. He continues to make signature sounds of alien basslines, gangster beats and future feels. April 21

Opera
Overture Hall will host a two-day engagement of “The Magic Flute, which Mozart wrote in the last year of his life. The opera is part-fairy tale, part-adventure. Check out the “Up Close” preview April 9. April 21-23

Theater
Stage Q’s production of the “Perfect Arrangement” looks closely into the struggles for the LGBTQ+ community during the McCarthy era. See how two U.S. State Department employees investigated sexual nonconformists within their own ranks while they themselves were gay. April 21-May 6

Theater
A divide between real individual feelings and stage character roles is the central theme of “The Nance.” Madison Theatre Guild and OUT!Cast Theatre bring the tale of Chauncey Miles, a gay burlesque comedian who plays a stereotypical representation of a homosexual. After New York Mayor Fiorello La Guardia’s crackdown on deviants, Miles confronts his roles on stage versus his true sexuality. April 21-May 6

Art
Two different art galleries are opening at Edgewater College. One is the annual student-juried show featuring art from students in the program. The other features Alan Luft’s portraits in the art faculty sabbatical exhibition in celebration of his book of portraits documenting the changing of Berlin since 1985. April 21-May 21

Art
Journey to the Japan of the past through the Chazen’s exhibit “Samurai: The Way of the Warrior.” The exhibition includes armor, lacquered objects, helmet, swords, sword guards, saddles, stirrups, arrows, quivers and bows to showcase the old military class of Japan. April 21-July 23

Dance
Kanopy Company 2, the pre-professional company and training program, presents “Pictures Without Frames.” The performance features fresh numbers from Kanopy artistic directors, guest artists and collaborative pieces from members of the company. April 22

Theater
The Children’s Theater of Madison tells the tale of a young African American girl from Milwaukee during the civil rights movement and the story of Golda Meir, the future prime minister of Israel. Written by Milwaukee playwright-actor Jonathan Gillard Daly, “To the Promised Land” showcases friendships and community injustices. April 22-30

Music
Hear from two different Indian musicians, Zakir Hussain and Rahul Sharma. Zakir Hussain, master of the tabla, has accompanied performers such as George Harrison, YoYo Ma, Van Morrison and Mickey Hart. Rahul Sharma brings another instrument to the table: a 100-stringed Kashmiri santoor. April 27

Music
Turn off your DVD of Pitch Perfect to see and hear real life a cappella from UW-Madison’s own Madhatters. Join in celebrating their 20th anniversary and the release of their seventh album. April 28

Comedy
Come see why Marc Maron made the most appearances of any stand-up performer on “Late Night with Conan O’Brien.” Binge listen to Maron’s podcast “WTF with Marc Maron” in preparation for a night guaranteed to make you laugh. April 28

Comedy
Manhole Sketch Comedy performs at the Wisconsin Union Theater for a night filled with original comedy. Students in the group create every sketch, song and short film in the showcase. They only perform twice a year, so check it out while you have the opportunity. April 28

Art
The Wisconsin Academy of Sciences Arts & Letters welcomes two solo exhibitions to the James Watrous Gallery. Gerit Grimm’s exhibit “Eternally Rolls the Wheel of Being” and Gina Litherland’s “Curious Encounters” both draw from myths and folktales. April 28-June 18

Art
This year’s Chazen Museum Prize for Outstanding MFA Student goes to Alex Orellana. For the show “Middle Child,” the artist created a series of varying images of themself as different genders to show how traits which are inherently masculine or feminine are arbitrary. A reception occurs April 27 before the official exhibit opening. April 28-June 25

Music
Even though it’s April, let The Beach Boys take you to warm sunny shores. “Wouldn’t It Be Nice” to join in the “Good Vibrations” at Overture? April 30

Music
You may know her as the voice of Mulan and Princess Jasmine, but Lea Salonga has mesmerized audiences for years in stage roles that have included Eponine in “Les Miserables” and Kim in “Miss Saigon.” Following a recent appearance in the Broadway musical “Allegiance,” this theater great visits the Wisconsin Union Theater. April 30

Music
Enjoy over four hours of music from Madison Music Foundry’s Student Showcase. The Rock Workshop’s student bands will have spent 10 weeks preparing for the event. Along with the Rock Workshop, a student jam allows students to come together for the first time to perform on stage. The Foundry Jazz Ensemble and Foundry Rock Band plan to make appearances as well. April 30

Music

MadFiddle brings together violin players ages 6 to 17 to explore fiddle music from around the world. Adult backing band Highway 151 joins the young fiddlers at the Stoughton Opera House. April 30

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