A&E 41 Events in February

It's the season of love and art
A&E 41 Events in February
Do Ho Suh explores the concept of home Feb. 11-May 14 at the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art. 

THEATRE

What happens when a newly wed’s soulmate loses her soul to a mysterious old man? Presented by Strollers Theatre at the Bartell Theatre , ” Prelude to a Kiss ” tells the tale of a honeymoon gone amuck when the bride swaps souls with an old man and her husband must track the man down before it’s too late. Feb 3-18

ART
University of Wisconsin-Madison fine arts graduate student Ariel Wood gives new meaning to solitude and companionship in her exhibition that is inclusive of paintings, sculptures and installations at Drunk Lunch. Feb. 3-26

MUSIC
Leading UW-Madison’s marching band for over half a century, Mike Lekrone continues to please the crowd at “Onstage Student Field Trip” at the Overture Hall filling the air with musical selections ranging from pop to Broadway. Feb. 9-10

MUSIC
A post-punk quartet from Washington D.C., Priests has been described as “one of America’s most promising young punk bands” by Rolling Stone Magzine for their protest-minded mission paired with an explosive sound. Join Priests for a night of in your face punk rock with an activist edge at Memorial Union. Feb. 10

THEATRE
Only the second company to take on this jazz and opera fused work, Madison Opera presents “Charlie Parker’s Yardbird“, the story of a dead musician’s spirit that is determined to compose a final masterpiece before his body is claimed from the morgue. Enjoy the animated score of jazz, energy and rhythm at the Overture’s Capitol Theater. Feb. 10-12

THEATRE
Encompassing drama, comedy and an abundance of love over the course of ten short plays, StageQ presents its 12th installment of “Queer Shorts” with “Queer Shorts 2.1: Queer Love” at Bartell Theatre. Feb. 10-18

DANCE
Kanopy Dance Company illustrates the Russian folktales behind “Baba Yaga“, the wickedest witch that has graced the pages of fairy tales and canvases for hundreds of years. Kanopy recreates the tales through creative choreography and the fantastical costumes of New York designer David Quinn at the Overture. Feb. 10-19

ART
In partnership with Wisconsin Public Radio, the “Let’s Draw” exhibition pays homage to what was formerly known as WHA’s weekly art lesson broadcasts aimed at rural and underserved communications. The exhibit includes photographs, transcripts, an interactive station to listen and follow along with an actual “Let’s Draw” broadcast and six featured Wisconsin artists with unique drawing styles. Get the creative juices flowing at the James Watrous Gallery through April. Feb. 10- Apr. 9

ART
Originally from South Korea, Do Ho Suh began his work in sculptures and installations in 1994 following his move to the United States. Suh reimagines and recreates his past homes while exploring themes of global identity, nomadism, memory and displacement at the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art. Feb. 11

ART
Madison Museum of Contemporary Art presents its biennial exhibition “Young at Art“, a highlight of art created by students of the Madison Metro School District in grades kindergarten through 12th. Inclusive of various art forms such as sculpture, media arts, painting, ceramics and more, “Young at Art” calls on students creative and individual expression. Feb. 11-Mar. 23

MUSIC
Venezuelan pianist and composer Gabriela Montero performed at President Obama’s 2008 inauguration and earned a Grammy nomination the same year. Montero brings her gift of execution and improvisation to the Wisconsin Union Theater. Feb. 11

COMEDY
Paula Poundstone may have a record number of losses on NPR’s podcast “WAIT WAIT…DON’T TELL ME!” but that only adds to her unscripted charm. Poundstone has been traveling the country doing standup since the 1980s and has earned an American Comedy Award as well as a spot on Comedy Central’s “100 Greatest Standups of All Time” in the process. Poundstone brings laughter for the soul to the Barrymore Theatre. Feb. 11

MUSIC
Four Grammies, nine American Music Awards, nine Soul Train Awards and three Billboard Awards to their credit, Boyz II Men continues to be one of the best-selling R&B groups of all time with hits such as “End of the Road”, “I’ll Make Love to You” and “On Bended Knee.” Boyz II Men brings their smooth, romantic classics to the Overture. Feb. 12

MUSIC
Join United Way for its “16th Annual United Way Bluegrass Benefit.” A day of fiddle playing and cheerful tunes at the Barrymore Theatre goes a long way towards the fight for education, financial stability and health of everyone in Dane County. Feb. 12

MUSIC
Prince, David Bowie and Carrie Fisher are just a few of the names of iconic celebrities that passed away in 2016. Les Cougars entertainment troupe dedicates a tribute to such legends at “A Loving Tribute to our Fallen Icons of 2016” at High Noon Saloon. Feb. 14

POETRY
World-renowned poet Nikki Giovanni visits the UW campus as the Black History Month Keynote speaker. Giovanni will be speaking on the theme “Black love is black wealth” in relation to this year’s “Black Joy” theme for the month. The keynote will take place at Gordon Dining and Event Center. Feb. 15

MUSIC
In any popular music, it’s difficult not to hear the influence of African-American musicians. Black Music Ensemble pays tribute to the musical legacy of black musicians at Wisconsin Union Theater. Feb. 16

COMEDY
UW-Madison’s only sketch comedy team, Manhole Sketch Comedy, brings a night of original individual and team written sketches to Wisconsin Union Theater. Feb. 17

MUSIC
After stepping away from popular bands Fake Problems and Antarctigo Vespucci, solo artist Chris Farren is looking to make it as a solo singer-songwriter. If the indie-pop sound evident on his solo record “Can’t Die” is any indication, Farren will embrace happiness without leaving sadness too far behind at the Memorial Union’s Rathskeller. Feb. 17

COMEDY
From Pitch Perfect, to Comedy Central’s Workaholics and most recently co-starring beside Zac Efron in “Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates,” it’s evident that Adam Devine is a rising young comedian. Devine brings his “Weird Life Tour” to Orpheum Theater. Feb. 17

MUSIC
Grammy-nominated British composer Stephen Hough gives a rendition of Camille Saint-Saëns’ “Piano Concerto No. 5 (The Egyptian)”, a work with Javanese and Spanish influences. Madison Symphony Orchestra and composer John DeMain kick off the show with Samuel Barber’s “Second Essay” and close the program with Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 6 at the Overture. Feb. 17-19

MUSIC
Great (musicians) come in threes at Madison Symphony Orchestra’s “The Organ in Oratorio & Opera.” Rising tenor Andrew Bidlack joins forces with seasoned bass Kyle Ketelsen and Madison Symphony Orchestra’s own principal organist and curator Samuel Hutchison at the Overture. Feb. 21

MUSIC
The Head and the Heart‘s latest album incorporates more colors and a stronger presence of electric guitars making for feel-good songs and some timeless ballads. The indie folk band brings Signs of Light to the Orpheum. Feb. 21

THEATRE
Jackie Robinson cemented his name, and jersey number, in American history as the first African-American to cross over to the Major Leagues. Mad River Theater Works tells the story of challenges and triumphs that shaped his career in a play at the Overture. Feb. 22

DANCE & MUSIC
Shen Yun Performing Arts School rekindles China’s dignified history as the “Land of the Divine” in their 2017 World Tour. Awakening 5,000-year-old stories of Chinese culture, the world’s premier classical Chinese dance and music company uses great athleticism and elegance to capture the spirit of ancient China at the Overture. Feb. 22-23

THEATRE
Award-winning dance company Pilobus presents “Shadowland“, a work of innovation combining modern dance with fast-paced multimedia and the merging of on-screen objects with choreography. Pilobus intersects dance and technology at the Wisconsin Union Theater. Feb. 23

DANCE
Now in their 42nd season, the male dancers of Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo have mastered the art of combining humor and dance. These dancers give audiences the best of both, offering a range of athletic ability seen in their graceful pas de deux and playfulness seen in their sharp parodies. Witness the all-male comic ballet company at the Overture. Feb. 24

MUSIC
Julian Rhee stole hearts in 2015 at the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra’s 2015 young artist competition. Now, at only 15 years of age, the child prodigy violinist returns to the Overture as a soloist performing “L’histoire du Soldat”, the story of a soldier that sells his soul to the Devil. Feb. 24

MUSIC
The newly renovated Rathskeller at the Memorial Union hosts a night of emo, punk and rock music by southern bands You Blew It! (Florida), All Get Out (South Carolina) and Free Throw (Tennessee). Feb. 24

MUSIC
Beginning in early January, Carnival season brings festive costumes, street parades and other public celebrations across the globe, the biggest being in New Orleans, Brazil and throughout the Caribbean. High Noon Saloon joins in on the festivities with “Carnaval : Pan America ” a night of celebration of the Brazilian Carnival inclusive of an assortment of Brazilian performers including Samba Novistas , The Handphibians and more. Feb. 24

THEATRE
Bartell Theatre presents “Morticians in Love“, a comical play on the difficulties of love and relationships through the eyes of two morticians. Death do us part takes on a new meaning as the morticians take both living and dead excursions of heterosexual and queer couples. Feb. 24-Mar. 4

THEATRE
University Theatre presents Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night“, one of his most popular comedies about love triangle between a twin, a Duke and a Countess following a shipwreck. University Theatre brings new innovations to the classic setting the scene as South Seas island with a focus of multicultural and multi-ethnic casting. Feb. 24-Mar. 12

ART
Imagine wandering through your grandpa’s garage and finding an excess of abandoned items that seemed to have no further use. Now imagine those items transformed into novel sculptures. 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 artist Briony Murrow-Cribbs who also focuses on the relationships between humans and animals through printmaking. The UW alumnus, will be featured at Artisan Gallery. Feb. 24-Apr. 16

FESTIVAL
Take a tour of the different art forms the world has to offer, no passport necessary. The Overture hosts its annual “International Festival“, a six hour exhibition featuring over 30 performances as well as artisans and cuisines of local businesses and organizations with global connections. Feb. 25

MUSIC
Three-time Grammy award nominated jazz musician Gerald Clayton Quartet got his start in the genre at an early age thanks to the influence of his father, a jazz bassist, composer and band leader. Since the age of seven Clayton has made music the focal point of his life studying it in both high school and college and landing performances in venues such as Steinway Hall. Clayton keeps the jazz tradition alive and well at the Wisconsin Union Theater. Feb. 25

THEATRE
Relive all six seasons of the hit show “Sex and the City” in one night at “One Woman Sex and the City: A Parody on Love, Friendship and Shoes.” Comedic whimsy Kerry Ipema’s one-woman show brings our favorite characters to life at the Barrymore Theater. Feb. 25

THEATRE
This musical will move mountains. The Children’s Theater of Madison presents “Seussical“, a compilation of our favorite Dr. Seuss characters, including Horton the Elephant, Gertrude McFuzz, Lazy Mayzie and the Whos of Whoville. Bring the whole family for a night of Dr. Seuss’ cheer and song at the Overture. Feb. 25-Mar. 12

THEATRE
Fourteen years on Broadway and audiences still can’t get enough of “Mamma Mia!“, the musical about a mother and daughter on a Greek island in pursuit of the daughter’s father. Fireside Dinner Theatre is the first in the area to perform the musical. Through Feb. 26

MUSIC
Teamwork makes the dreamwork as four stylistically unique musicians join forces to make up the lo-fi band LVL UP. With a documentarian influence and mystical and dark and personal storytelling, the band makes odd magic. LVL UP is joined by Palm, a punk metal band from New York. Feb. 26

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC
Take refuge in knowing that no living dinosaurs will be harmed in the retelling at the Overture of what once was the world’s largest predatory dinosaur, the Spinosaurus, a 50-foot-long reptile whose fossil was not discovered until WWII. Feb. 28

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