Arts and Culture

6 top events to see in Madison this March

Kick off the month with a Scottish alt-rock band

Teenage Fanclub
The Scottish alt-rock band Teenage Fanclub, which has been churning out music for more than three decades, comes to the Majestic Theatre. A momentous occurrence for the band came when its seminal recording “Bandwagonesque” was named the top album of 1991 by Spin magazine, ahead of Nirvana’s “Nevermind.” Spin characterized “Bandwagonesque” as being “hook-filled and generally winning as any guitar-rock album of the decade.” March 5

Rosanne Cash with John Leventhal

Making music always has been a family affair for Rosanne Cash, the daughter of country music icon Johnny Cash. Rosanne Cash now records and performs with multi-instrumentalist husband John Leventhal. Together at the Capitol Theater of the Overture Center for the Arts on March 16, the couple may draw from “The River & the Thread,” which won three Grammy Awards in 2014, and “She Remembers Everything,” released last year. “The nearly unornamented way she carries melodies, shading some words with the tiniest bit of a quaver, comes across as both pensive and determined,” wrote Jon Pareles in his review of the new album in The New York Times. March 16

Punch Brothers

During its 12-year tenure, the Brooklyn quintet Punch Brothers has delved into bluegrass, rock, jazz and classical music. The group, in town for a concert at Orpheum Theater, is promoting its self-produced disc “All Ashore” after working with legendary producer T Bone Burnett on the 2015 album “The Phosphorescent Blues.” Punch Brothers’ mandolinist and lead singer Chris Thile — also a member of Nickel Creek — became in late 2017 the host of the public radio show “Live from Here,” the successor to Garrison Keillor’s “A Prairie Home Companion.” March 21

Weezer

The Los Angeles quartet Weezer has kept things colorful and interesting over its 26-year history. In January, the alternative rock band released its “Teal Album” — a batch of cover songs, including “Africa” by Toto and TLC’s “No Scrubs.” Weezer was due to put out the “Black Album,” the band’s 13th studio recording, on March 1. Weezer’s stop at Veterans Memorial Coliseum at Alliant Energy Center on March 31 is the band’s only scheduled Wisconsin show this spring. Veteran indie band the Pixies and grunge group Basement will open the show. March 31

Un/Seen: The Alchemy of Fixing Shadows

Painstaking 19th century photography processes come into sharp focus in “Un/Seen: The Alchemy of Fixing Shadows” at the Chazen Museum of Art’s Leslie and Johanna Garfield Galleries. Old forms of visual storytelling become new as University of Wisconsin–Madison student artists alter the past and present by showcasing historical ways people first made photos. The labor-intensive and often toxic methods for making daguerreotypes, tintypes, ambrotypes and cyanotypes will be on display. Art history curatorial students and adjunct professor Sarah Carter cultivated the 40-piece exhibit. “It’s a unique, hands-on experience to curate and produce, just as our professional staff would do,” says Kirstin Pires, an editor at Chazen. “They honestly do everything that a curator would do — social media, labeling, posters and images.” Through April 14

Find Yourself in Art

A trio of painters — Chuck Bauer, Reed Michael Jones and Leila Ensaniat — have pieces installed at Gallery 800 UBD in the UW Hospitals and Clinics Recruitment building at 800 University Bay Drive. Bauer, a UW–Madison graduate, is a plein air painter, and Jones and Ensaniat specialize in canvas oil paintings. The gallery highlights Madison-area artists in exhibits twice per year, with photography exhibits opening in the spring and nonreproducible works in the fall. Through April 26


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