A&E Guide: 62 things to do in April

A&E Guide: 62 things to do in April
UW Varsity band concert

Theater
From the roller skate-loving creative team of Xanadu comes the provocative BARE: A Pop Musical by Mercury Players Theatre. A modern-day twist on Romeo and Juliet, BARE followers two senior boys at a Catholic boarding school producing the Shakespearean classic. Filled with scandal, drugs, sex and Catholic guilt, this show is for mature audiences only. Through April 4, mercuryplayerstheatre.com

Theater
The story of Mineral Point’s Pendarvis traces back nearly a century. The life of the two men who founded the historic site laid the groundwork for Broom Street Theater’s production of Ten Dollar House. With a four-person cast, the intimate story traces the complicated path to love.?Through April 11, bstonline.org

Theater
In another rambunctious and thrilling collaboration, Stage Q partners with Are We Delicious? for a new show, Deliciously Queer. The show focuses on two primary queer experiences—coming out and commitment. Using Delicious Ensemble Theatre’s non-traditional formula, the small group of performers will conceive, write, rehearse and perform the one-hour show in seven days.?Through April 11, stageq.com

Art
Color, texture and mark-making connect the art of abstract painter Lori Schappe-Youens and glass artist Richard Jones in an exhibition at Artisan Gallery. The gallery also features a group show on the significance of cups, plus metalsmith Jeffrey Clancy’s work.?Through April 12, artisangal.com

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Fanny Garver Gallery highlights the work of the Wisconsin Watercolor Society in a new exhibition showcasing a variety of subjects.?Through April 18, fannygarvergallery.com

Art
Photographers Jim Escalante and Lewis Koch join talents in a showcase of artwork about books at the Madison Public Library’s central branch. Through April 23, madisonbubbler.org

Art
The Madison Museum of Contemporary Art’s Young at Art is a biennial celebration of the importance of art education and creativity, feauturng work by students in kindergarten through twelfth grade in the Madison Metropolitan School District.?Through May 10, mmoca.org

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Wisconsin is marked by water: our lakes, rivers and streams have spent centuries carving our land to be as it stands today. In Waterways at the James Watrous Gallery, three Wisconsin artists examine the nature and messages of our water. Madison locals Sarah FitzSimons and John Miller join their work with Milwaukee’s Marsha McDonald to convey the importance, significance and history of the water that surround us.?Through  May 10, wisconsinacademy.org

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Artists Eric and Heather ChanSchatz have created large-scale paintings on American soldiers in Iraq, coal miners in Pennsylvania, Cairo citizens in the Arab Spring and stateless children in Thailand. The duo works within communities to create artwork that emblemizes key social issues and events of our time. Their first major museum survey, 22nd Century at the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, features a work based on Madison’s “collective yet layered identity.”?Through May 17, mmoca.org

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Inspired by the Reverend Alex Gee’s 2013 essay “Justified Anger,” Justified Art! combines creative expression and social justice. Artists’ pieces examine personal experiences with discrimination and oppressive practices to promote conversation around racial disparities in the Madison community. Curated by Simone Doing and Max Puchalsky and featured at Overture Center Galleries, Justified Art! looks at the past, present and future of race relations in Dane County.?Also on display are Linked Roots: Exploring Traditions featuring the artwork of Poonam Rao and Michael Rausch and Degrees and Kinds of Solitude by Yang Chen, Heather Baker and Benjamin Peyer. Through May 31, justifiedart.com

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On a journey to reimagine their home, contemporary Cuban artists capture the history of photography on the island at the Chazen Museum of Art with Apertura: Photography in Cuba Today. The artists seek to explore how photography has followed the country in times of transition over the last two decades. A combination of photography-based installations, digital photomontages and “intervened photography,” the works examine new Cuban photography-based art’s process of shaping reality and creating aesthetic openness.?Through June 21, chazen.wisc.edu

Art
Personal, political and social narratives unfold in the long term StoryBook: Narrative in Contemporary Art exhibition at Madison Museum of Contemporary Art. Artists draw on well-known myths and tales as well as invented narratives, demonstrating the diverse array of narrative threads woven into contemporary art.?Through July 1, mmoca.org

Art
Conservation inspiration comes from Hatch Art House’s April featured artist, Rebekah Simensen aka “Ninjagrl.” Rebekah’s art follows Ninjagrl and her pet turtle exploring the connection to the wonders of the ocean. April 1–30, hatcharthouse.com

Music
Indie-pop found an identity with Belle and Sebastian in Glasglow in 1996. Over the past two decades, the group has melded political statement with a token quirky electro sound to leave their mark on music. Honeyblood opens for the group’s tour at the Overture Center, featuring music from their ninth album, Girls in Peacetime Want to Dance.  April 4, overturecenter.org

Music
Buds Joe Mailander and Justin Lansing—the Grammy-winning Okee Dokee Brothers—use bluegrass music to encourage a love of nature. Catch them in Overture Center’s Kids in the Rotunda series. April 4, overturecenter.com

Music
There’s no place fans of British electronic group Clean Bandit would “Rather Be” than the Majestic Theater. April 4, majesticmadison.com

Music
Straight No Chaser has dazzled the a cappella world for nearly twenty years. With acclaim from guests like Jason Mraz, Phil Collins and Dolly Parton, these ten suited-up men know how to harmonize the night away. Catch them live at Overture Center for a captivating performance of The Happy Hour Tour. April 7, overturecenter.org

Music
From Austria to Madison comes Grazer Kapellknaben, or the Graz Boychoir, to perform with members of the Madison Youth Choirs at Bethel Lutheran Church. Performance selections include works by Bruckner, Handel and Mendelssohn, as well as traditional German and Austrian melodies and arrangements of music Billy Joel and Toto. April 7, madisonyouthchoirs.org

Talk
The UW–Madison Center for the Humanities welcomes Ta-Nehisi Coats, author, blogger and senior editor at The Atlantic, who wrote the magazine’s June 2014 cover story making the case for slave reparations and regularly covers contemporary Black America. April 7, humanities.wisc.edu

Music
Boston alt-rockers Guster, hailed for their live performances, play the Orpheum following their recent release of their seventh studio album, Evermotion. April 8, madisonorpheum.com

Music
The 1970s are alive and well for Dutch-born musician Yuri Pool. Along with his band, Pool performs The McCartney Years at Overture Center, a tribute to one of the most iconic artists of a generation. April 9, overturecenter.org

Film
The Wisconsin Film Festival features rare and independent films from across the realms of cinema. This year’s showings will include Orson Welles’s recently discovered film Too Much Johnson, critically acclaimed French film Girlhood and featured film The End of the Tour, starring Jason Segel and Jesse Eisenberg. April 9–16, wifilmfest.org

Theater
Vanya and his adopted sister Sonia lead a simple life—caring for their parents on a farm in Bucks County, Pennyslvania, life is low key. That is, until movie-star Masha enters the picture with her young lover, Spike, to shake up her siblings’ quiet life. With fairytales, Maggie Smith references and an exploration of familial connection, Forward Theater’s Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike brings excitement to the trials everyday living. April 9–26, forwardtheater.com

Music
One of the foremost pianists of today, Christopher Taylor is a professor piano at the UW–Madison School of Music. In Piano Genius, he joins the Madison Symphony Orchestra and maestro John DeMain for a night filled with Bach, Liszt and Bruckner at Overture Center. April 10–12, madisonsymphony.org

Art
Explore modern Chinese expression through Tradition and Innovation: The Human Figure in Contemporary Chinese Art. Featuring notable artists Liu Xiaodong, Su Xinping, Ma Shulin, Chi Peng, Li Xiangqun, Xiang Jing and Geng Xue, experience a snapshot of the body that will challenge your preconceptions about Chinese art. April 10–July 5, chazen.wisc.edu

Music
Take a seat in Shannon Hall to reimagine the ukulele with the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain. Get a dash of sass and humor on the side of this octet of uke’s that go as non-traditional as imaginable. Rock out with their versions of Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way” and Wheatus’ “Teenage Dirtbag,” and be amazed by classics like Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy” and Wagner’s “Ride of the Valkyries.”  April 11, uniontheater.wisc.edu

Talk
Former chair of the National Endowment for the Humanities and a thirty-year member of the U.S. Congress, Jim Leach visits the Madison Civics Club to speak on “The Frailty of Today’s Civil Society. April 11, madisoncivicsclub.org

Music
Don’t miss Chicago’s Cash Box Kings as they bring old-school blues to the Harmony Bar. April 11, harmonybarandgrill.com

Dance
The Kalaanjali School of Dance showcases the vibrant Bharatanatyam-style dancing of Southern India at Overture Center as part of the free Kids in the Rotunda series. April 11, overturecenter.com

Music
The Madison Music Collective has been crooning and swinging for thirty years—that calls for a celebration. MMC founder and radical pianist Joan Wildman joins forces with bassist Joe Fonda to commemorate the Madison Music Collective’s 30th Anniversary at The Brink Lounge. April 12, madisonmusiccollective.org

Music
Madison indie psych-rock band Dolores headlines a show at the High Noon Saloon that also features Mutts, Little Legend and Cowboy Winter. April 11, high-noon.com

Music
Fingerstyle guitar opened the doors to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame for Jorma Kaukonen. Grammy nominee and founder of The Jefferson Airplane and Hot Tuna, Kaukonen’s twenty-five-year career weaved through blues, Americana and rock and roll. One of the greatest interpreters and cover musicians of the century, Kaukonen performs at Stoughton Opera House. April 12, stoughtonoperahouse.ticketforce.com

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Madison’s own Samuel Hutchinson has served as Overture’s concert organ curator, principal organist and a member of Madison Symphony Orchestra for more than ten years. His recital includes performances of Bach, Widor, Duruflé and more. April 14, overturecenter.org

Dance
Fluid, inventive and intriguing, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago‘s choreography is hailed nationwide. Their iconic style showcases at Overture Center with a Meet the Artist Q&A following the performance. April 15, overturecenter.org

Art
Matthew Bindert explores globalization and consumerism through wood work at Edgewood College Gallery. Bindert’s Large Scale Woodcuts combine textiles, DNA structures and corporate structure patterns to create unique, thoughtful pieces. April 15–May 8, ecgallery.edgewood.edu

Music
MadCity Sessions
return with instrumentalist Anna Laube and violinist Ida Jo. A producer and songwriter to boot, Laube has been featured across platforms such as Wisconsin Public Television, NPR and The San Francisco Bay Guardian. Southern rock-influenced Jo is a singer, strings enthusiast, yogi and 2013 WAMI Female Vocalist of the Year. The two join for a free showcase at the Overture Center. April 16, overturecenter.org

Music
UW–Madison’s quartet-in-residence since 1940, the Pro Arte Quartet offers a free concert of string quartets by Mozart, Kirchner and Korngold at Mills Concert Hall. April 16, music.wisc.edu

Music
An entertainment spectacle and beloved Madison tradition, the UW Varsity Band Concert at the Kohl Center features boisterous marching band performances, guest artists, surprises and the ever-entertaining band director Mike Leckrone. April 16–18, badgerband.com

Comedy
Second City Chicago has produced comedy heroes the likes of Stephen Colbert, Jane Lynch and Amy Poehler. The experts at hitting in comedy’s sensitive spots, The Second City Hits Home visits Overture Center to poke fun at cheeseheads and beer aficionados alike. April 17, overturecenter.org

Art
Visual artist Kay Brathol-Hostvet’s expansive work explores landscape tradition and human expression. Her show Still joins Victoria Nieman’s extraordinary mixed media sculptures and a group show, Sterling, at Artisan Gallery. April 17–May 31, artisangal.com

Dance
In a show of grace, athleticism and artistry, Madison Ballet presents Repertory II. In the intimate space of Bartell Theatre, experience the essence of Madison’s premiere ballet company performing Balanchine’s “Elégie” and “Pas de Deux,” and a work by artistic director, W. Earle Smith. April 17–18, madisonballet.org

Dance
International styles meet local artistry in Kanopy Dance’s Emergence: Gaia Rising. Works premiering include Kiro Kopulos’s Japanese Butoh-inspired piece, Tiana Ching Maslanka’s Scottish-folklore-inspired dance and Juan Carlos Diaz Velez’s blend of Flamenco and contemporary ballet. April 17–19, kanopydance.org

Music
Madison Bach Musicians presents the infamous opera-ballet, Jean-Philippe Rameau’s Pygmalion at the First Unitarian Society. A masterpiece of Greek mythology, sculpting and mixed media, the show also includes concert excerpts from Rameau’s Les Indes Galantes. April 17 & 19, madisonbachmusicians.org

Film
The General and Annabelle Lee are Johnnie Gray’s two true loves. After the Confederate Army and Annabelle Lee both send him packing and his train is hijacked, he must save both of his loves. The General, a film that failed initially and blew up thanks to Roger Ebert, is the latest presentation by Duck Soup Cinema at Overture Center. April 18, overturecenter.org

Dance?
West African Dance of Madison offers high-energy performances of drumming, song, costumes and dancing at a Kids in the Rotunda performance at Overture Center. April 18, overturecenter.org

Music
For more than a decade, T. Oliver Reid has been performing with some of Broadway’s biggest stars. Enjoy dinner and a show with Reid’s tribute to Bobby Short at the Overture Center’s Cabaret Dinner Theater. April 23, overturecenter.org

Music
Charlie Parr
‘s soulful, authentic music resonates truth, remorse and timelessness. With his raspy voice and twelve-string guitars, Parr’s shows are raw. He will take the stage at the Stoughton Opera House to share his folk-blues repertoire. April 24, stoughtonoperahouse.ticketforce.com

Theater
Get meta with Madison Theatre Guild’s [title of show]. A musical about writing a musical, the show follows two guys submitting a yet-to-be-written show to a musical theater festival. Bartell Theatre hosts this exploratory performance with questions of joy, collaboration and creativity. April 24–May 9, madisontheatreguild.org

Theater
Step back to a different time before advertising on the internet reigned, when selling door-to-door put food on the table for families. Willy has been a traveling salesman all his life, but his dues have not come up due yet. After an economic shift, Willy must find new employment and continue searching for his family’s “big break.” Strollers Theatre presents Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman at the Bartell Theatre. April 24–May 16, strollerstheatre.org

Music
For the first time in twelve years, The Barber of Seville returns to Madison. Madison Opera’s performance follows the enthralling story of a disguised count, a witty young woman and an eccentric barber. Rossini’s most famous opera is sung in Italian with English translations. April 24–26, madisonopera.org

Music
Four Seasons Theatre and Union Theater have partnered again for their second instillation of Cabaret @ the Circle. Join FST for their tenth anniversary season to see “MADison Men Sing,” real men singing show tunes. The repertoire includes music from Les Miserable, The Secret Garden and more. April 24, fourseasonstheatre.com

Music
Her flowing melodies and cross-genre sound make Martha Redbone a powerhouse performer. The Martha Redbone Roots Project at Overture Center showcases her award-winning music and creative blend of performance elements. April 24, overturecenter.org

Music
Jazz lovers, it’s time to celebrate! The Capital City Jazz Fest returns with a lineup of musicians from across the country, including the Uptown Lowdown Jazz Band, Wally’s Warehouse Waifs, the Climax Jazz Band and the Midiri Brothers Jazz Sextet. April 24–26, madisonjazz.com

Art
Glass, neon and cast aluminum may be unconventional artistic media, but Rory Erler Wakemup combines them all to become Darth Chief, hunter of offensive Indian “mascots” at sports events and cigar stores. Through the strange combination of materials, Kill the Idiot, Save the Fan draws on Wakemup’s Native American background, pop culture and humor to create an intense message for his audiences. April 25–June 7, chazen.wisc.edu

Music
The Getaway Drivers
, known for their edgy alt-rock energy, hit the High Noon Saloon with American Feedbag. April 25, high-noon.com

Music
Folk duo Jay Ungar and Molly Mason have been musically intertwined for more than two decades. In that time, they have produced award-winning recording, collaborated with artists like flutist Sir James Galway and mandolinist Peter Ostroushko and begun broadcasting their own live-performance radio show, Dancing On Air. They return to the Wisconsin Union Theater after their last sold-out show. April 25, uniontheater.wisc.edu

Music
Midwestern native and jazz star Kurt Elling comes to Madison to swing the night away. With eleven Grammy nominations under his belt, Elling’s stunning vocals and smooth melodies have afforded him comparison to genre greats like Frank Sinatra. April 25, overturecenter.org

Music?
Local rockers The Gomers invite kids to take the stage with them when they offer “rockstar kiddyoke,” letting youngsters belt out anything from the ABCs to classic rock tunes. The performance is part of Overture Center’s Kids in the Rotunda series. April 25, overturecenter.org

Music
Rhiannon Giddens
is best known as a member of the Carolina Chocolate Drops, but outside of the group, she’s a musical force to reckon with. Her versatile style and variety of instruments make her a standout soloist as well as a team player. April 27, overturecenter.org

Theater
If you ever dreamed of being a dancing queen, young and sweet at seventeen, your time has come. MAMMA MIA!  dances onto Overture Center’s stage. The musical based on ABBA’s greatest hits will have you singing along to your favorite tunes. April 28–May 3, overturecenter.org

Theater
The blonde is back, and she’s going to Harvard! University Theatre’s production of Legally Blonde—The Musical closes their season with Elle, Paulette and, of course, dog Bruiser, at Memorial Union’s Shannon Hall. April 29–May 3, theatre.wisc.edu

Theater
Broom Street Theater’s The Point of It All deals with the real life intersections of addictions and love. This late-night, adults-only show is written and directed by Madison local Dan Myers (of Finding Human). April 30-May 10, bstonline.org