May days: 49 arts and entertainment events

Outdoor concerts, theater, art shows and more
May days: 49 arts and entertainment events
Photo by Jonathan Raymond Popp
The cast of "Let Them Eat Cake" is ready to dig in May 4-19 at the Bartell Theatre.

Art
Hatch Art House is showcasing art from printmaker and illustrator Elizabeth Younce, a University of Wisconsin-Madison graduate student in printmaking and an assistant to master printers at Tandem Press. May 1-31

Music
Corey Mathew Hart is at the High Noon Saloon for its Summer Patio Series. Each Thursday this summer, the High Noon Saloon bring in bands to be enjoyed with adult beverages on its patio. May 3

Music
Black Violin – consisting of Wil Baptiste on viola and Kev Marcus on violin – bridge the gap between hip-hop and classical music. With big-name collaborations with P. Diddy, Kanye West and Tom Petty, the duo has quickly made a name for itself in the music industry. Watch their “Classical Boom Tour” at Overture Center’s Capitol Theater. May 3

Special Event
Stars Wars fans gather for a night of games, fandom and frivolity at Madison Children’s Museum’s “Adult Swim: May the 4th Be With You” event. Come to cosplay, play games and trivia in a children-free zone (the event is for 21 and up). May 4

Music
Take in a night of choral music from some of Edgewood College‘s most talented singers at St. Joseph Chapel. Its music department presents a spring concert by three different vocal ensembles: the Women’s Choir, Chamber Singers and Edgewood Chorale. A guitar ensemble is set to accompany the vocalists. May 4

Art
Dozens of venues open their doors for Gallery Night, a celebration of Madison’s vibrant arts scene. Enjoy a wide variety of visual art offerings in the city’s galleries, artist studios and offices of nonprofit organizations and businesses. May 4

Theater
The UW-Madison Department of Spanish and Portuguese presents Perla de la Rosa’s “Antígona; Las Voces que Incendian el Desierto” at Wisconsin Union Theater’s Frederic March Play Circle. The performance – an adaptation of Sophocles’ “Antigone” about the serial murders of women in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico – speaks to the department’s commitment in sharing Latin American history and culture through the arts. May 4-5

Music
Conductor John DeMain leads the Madison Symphony Orchestra in a performance featuring pianist Christopher O’ Riley – the host of NPR’s “From the Top.” The evening’s repertoire includes Mozart’s “Overture to Don Giovanni” and “Piano Concerto No. 22” as well as Janácek’s “Glagolitic Mass.” You have three chances to catch the concert performance, titled “Mass Appeal,” at Overture Center’s Overture Hall. May 4-6

Theater
Strollers Theatre presents the rarely performed Shakespeare play “The Winter’s Tale” on the Bartell Theatre’s Drury Stage. After wrongly accusing his wife of infidelity, a king acts as both judge and jury in a haunting trial. The tale is one of tragedy, comedy, romance and redemption. May 4-6, 10-12 and 16-19

Theater
Kathie Rasmussen Women’s Theater partners with the Bartell Theatre for the production of “Let Them Eat Cake,” a comic exploration of women and food. As friends gather to celebrate a birthday, they ponder age-old questions. Why do we eat when we are not hungry? Why do we eat when we are? May 4-6, 10-13 and 17-19

Theater
Encore! Studio for the Performing Arts invites you to “Real Life: A Play With Music About Autism.” Follow four individuals who live with autism or Asperger’s Syndrome as they experience everyday life. Learn how they live, survive and flourish. May 4-5, 11-12 and 18-19

Theater
Children’s Theater of Madison presents “The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane” at Overture Center’s Playhouse. Edward Tulane, a dignified china rabbit, does not know how to love. After he is separated from the child who loves him, he sets off on a journey – one that opens his heart to family and friendship. May 4-6, 12-13 and 18-20

Art
The Garver Gallery houses a retrospective exhibition of works from Hugh Mandelert’s career. Mandelert painted hundreds of scenes in Chippewa Falls from front porches, back alleys, through windows and other locations. May 4 through June 16

Art
James Watrous Gallery welcomes two new solo exhibitions. The first, “Permission to Play” by Anne Kingsbury,” features what Kinsbury describes as a “pataphysical alphabet.” Twenty-six beaded letters that combine human and animal forms. The second, “Em Space Engram” by Helen Lee, combines glass and graphic design to explore the physical relationships between words, letter forms and the body. May 4 through June 24

Dance
Fanning the Flame,” presented by Kanopy Dance Company at Overture Center’s Promenade Hall, presents the next generation of Kanopy dancers and choreographers with new stories, ideas and expressions through dance. The evening showcases several guest artists including Madison choreographer Lix Sexe, as well as a restaging of Anna Sokolow’s masterwork “The Unanswered Question.” May 5

Music
Peter Hook — bassist for The Joy Division and New Order — and his band The Light are at the Majestic Theatre. Hook’s repertoire draws from Joy Division’s masterpiece albums “Unknown Pleasures” and “Closer.” May 5

Film
Actor John Cusack is at the Orpheum Theater for a screening of his 2000 romantic comedy “High Fidelity.” Cusack is also speaking on the making of the film and his career as he takes questions from. movie-goers. May 5

Dance
Arch8, a dance quartet from the Netherlands, explores how we connect with one another with a live, Tetris-inspired performance. As part of the American Girl’s Fund for Children Family Series, the group stops at Overture Center’s Capitol Theater and invites the whole family to dance with them. May 5

Art
Irene Grau debuts her first solo museum exhibition in the United States at the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art. Grau is first inspired by color-coded lines and shapes spray-painted across streets and sidewalks by construction workers. She takes this idea to reframe our everyday surroundings. May 5 through Aug. 5

Art
Russell Panczenko, the retired director of the Chazen Museum of Art, houses an exhibit of his own photography – images of buildings, everyday objects and portraits of other artists at work – in Gallery 800 UBD. May 4 through Sept. 28

Music
Edgewood College Music Department hosts its annual spring concert for the student Concert Band and Jazz Ensemble. The event, located at St. Joseph Chapel, benefits the Luke House Community Meal Program. May 6

Music
Brit Floyd, a Pink Floyd tribute band, returns to Overture Center’s Overture Hall to celebrate the 45th anniversary of Pink Floyd’s “The Dark Side of the Moon.” The group performs songs from that album as well as “Wish You Were Here,” “Animals” and “The Wall.” May 7

Music
Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra welcomes back pianist John O’Conor to complete its season with a program of all Beethoven. The orchestra first performs “Overture to King Stephen,” a look into the more playful side of Beethoven. Then, O’Conor joins in for performances of Beethoven’s “Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor” and “Symphony No. 5 in C minor.” May 11

Music
Madison Music Collective continues its inDIGenous Jazz Series with a performance by Richard Hildner Armacanqui at Madison Central Library. Hildner is a Peruvian-American musician born in Madison whose music mimics his diverse background. May 11

Music
Organist Greg Zelek returns to Overture Center’s Overture Hall after his debut recital alongside the Madison Symphony Orchestra in 2016. His program includes Bach, Schuman, Franck and Liszt’s “Fantasy and Fugue on the Chorale.” May 11

Theater
The Sun Prairie Civic Theatre stages “Nunsense,” a musical that follows the crazy antics of five nuns from the Little Sisters of Hoboken convent. After 52 sisters die due to a toxic meal and the convent’s Reverend Mother splurges on a plasma television, the survivors find themselves with a great financial burden. To raise money, they host a benefit concert of “Grease: The Musical.” May 11-12 and 18-20

Art
With over 220 works by artists, all with some kind of developmental disability, Chazen Museum of Art’s new exhibition “Drawn to Art,” sponsored by the Friends of the Waisman Center, is meant to inspire and encourage people with disabilities to express themselves through art. Works from the international collection have also been compiled into a book edited by Madison Magazine editorial director Neil Heinen. May 11 through July 15

Music
Kitten Forever, a Minneapolis-based drums and bass trio, performs at the High Noon Saloon’s “Half-Stack Sessions Spring Showcase.” No Hoax, Blacker Face and Gender Confetti – a two-piece queer punk band – also takes the stage. May 12

Music
Irish pianist John O’Conor performs for the Salon Piano Series at Farley’s House of Pianos. The Dublin-native, who has performed with symphonies all over the world, is set to play Beethoven’s “Moonlight Sonata in C minor” and “Sonata No. 32” by Joseph Haydn. May 12

Music
Madison Youth Choir singers explore the unexpected elements of humor, from improvisation to irony to timing. Their spring concert series, “Seriously Funny,” at First Congregational Church, is the product of that exploration. May 13

Music
Olbrich Botanical Gardens hosts a Mother’s Day Concert. Stroll through the gardens budding with spring flowers and enjoy music from the New Horizons Concert Band. May 13

Music
Stuart Stotts is a local author, storyteller and songwriter who emphasizes the power and importance of storytelling. He performs at the Wisconsin Historical Museum as part of its SPARK! series, a free program for people experiencing early to mid-stage memory loss and their care partners. May 14

Theater
Emilio and Gloria Estefan migrated to American from Cuba to become sensations in the music industry. Now their story has inspired the hit Broadway musical “ON YOUR FEET!,” showing at Overture Center’s Overture Hall. May 15-20

Music
Rock musician David Byrne stops at the Orpheum Theater on his “American Utopia Tour” with Benjamin Clementine. Byrne is promoting his solo album “American Utopia,” which he released in March. The show is said to be his most ambitious endeavor to date. May 16

Music
Venture to The Frequency for its “Wort Block Party Warm-Up Show” featuring Imaginary Watermelon, a Madison-based folk-rock band; Small Mediums, a powerhouse rock band; and DJ Catwoman. May 17

Special Event
National parks service photographer Jacob Ortiz discusses his large-format photography series and his relationship to the unique places he photographed at Majestic Theatre. The event is part of the Doug La Follette Environmental Speakers Program presented by Clean Wisconsin, “a state-wide environmental organization committed to protecting and preserving Wisconsin’s clean air, water and natural heritage.” May 17

Music
As part of the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra Family Community Concert Series, the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra performs “Beethoven Lives Next Door” at the Goodman Community Center. The concert is unique in that it allows children of all ages to interact with the classical musicians and seeks to serve as a great way for parents to introduce them to classical music. May 19

Music
The Stoughton Opera House participates in the city’s Norwegian Syttende Mai Folk Festival with a performance from Sid Boersma and Hardanger Friends. Sid is a Stoughton-based fiddle teacher who plays bluegrass and Norwegian music. Also on the lineup is The Edvard Grieg Chorus, a men’s chorus that has for more than 90 years performed Norwegian spiritual and secular songs for the public. May 19

Music
The Oakwood Chamber Players’ concert, titled “Journey,” welcomes adventure seekers to “consider the view over the ever-expanding horizon.” Enjoy performances of “Yankee Doodle con variazioni,” “Trio Op. 86” for flute, oboe and bassoon and more. May 19-20

Music
The Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestra’s Eugenie Mayor Bolz Family Spring Concerts feature a lineup of impressive young ensembles at Mills Concert Hall. The Harp Ensemble, its Concert Orchestra, the Percussion Ensemble and more groups made up of talented young musicians are set to perform. May 19-20

Music
Queens of the Stone Age kicks off the music season at Breese Stevens Field. The performance, which is likely to include material from the band’s most recent album “Villains,” marks the rock band’s first time in Madison. May 22

Music
Madison Opera presents “Jazz Libations” at the Madison Opera House. Gerri DiMaggio and friends perform as guests enjoy a variety of spirits, food, a silent auction and more. All proceeds benefit Opera in the Park 2018, a free summer concert series by Madison Opera. May 24

Music
Cynergy 67 invites you to The Frequency for its CD release party of “Afterglow Part 2: Apex.” The performance is the first in two years for the industrial rock band. May 25

Special Event
The World’s Largest Brat Fest is at Alliant Energy Center’s Willow Island. Enjoy performances by Aaron Lewis, Gin Blossoms, Gwen Sebastian and many more bands. The event, which raises money for local Madison charities, also has a carnival, fireworks, food and more. May 25-28

Music
The Wurst Times Festival is a one-day charity event benefiting the Madison Area Music Association, Guitars for Vets and the Wil-Mar Neighborhood Center. The event includes over 24 Madison area bands on three different stages playing mostly original music as well as brats, beer and other local food. May 26

Music
The Edgewater hosts its “We Gotta Get Out of This Place, A Concert Experience” on its Grand Plaza. Sean Michael Dargan & The Back in the World Band performs music based on the book, “We Gotta Get Out of This Place” by Doug Bradley and Craig Werner. While the music plays, Vietnam veterans provide first person narratives that offer diverse viewpoints on war and the impact of music on their time in Vietnam. May 26

Music
For over a decade, Insomnium has made a name for itself among the melodic death metal industry. The band stops at the High Noon Saloon on its North American tour to promote its sixth studio album “Shadows of the Dying Sun.” May 27

Comedy
Broom Street Theater invites you to Madison Comedy Week. Headliners include Mary Mack, a folk humorist, and Tim Harmston, who has made appearances on “The Late Show with David Letterman,” and NBC’s “Last Comic Standing.” May 27 through June 3

Music
The Reunion Beatles Fantasy Tribute brings its “Sgt. Submarine Tour” to the Barrymore Theatre. Enjoy “Get Back,” “Imagine,” “A Hard Day’s Night” and more of the group’s classic songs. May 30

Abigail Carpenter is an editorial intern for Madison Magazine.