Spring into March with these 6 events

Start the month with a Li Chiao-Ping Dance show

“An American in Paris”
The Broadway blockbuster “An American in Paris” marks its first North American tour with a run at Overture Hall. Songwriter George Gershwin called his 1928 composition an extended “symphonic tone poem” about a person absorbing the sights and sounds of the French city. “An American in Paris” drew inspiration from the 1951 movie starring Gene Kelly that tells the joyous tale of the liberation of Paris after World War II. The sets and songs are striking, and the production includes a ballet sequence. The musical won Tony Awards in 2015 for scenic design, orchestration and choreography. Feb. 27-March 4Spring into March with these 6 events

Not having a stage on which to dance is no problem for members of Li Chiao-Ping Dance as they perform an array of works at Overture Center for the Arts’ Promenade Hall. “ARENA” emphasizes abstract expression through the dancers’ bodies and provides an intimate, in-the-round presentation. Dancers weave their way through the audience, providing rare perspectives. Chiao-Ping, who choreographed all the works, has been associated with the University of Wisconsin-Madison since 1993 and currently chairs UW-Madison’s dance department. Chiao-Ping has been awarded local and national grants, including one from the MAP Fund, a national program that supports new works of live performance. March 2-4Spring into March with these 6 events

Jonny Lang
Since Jonny Lang’s debut album went platinum and he won a Grammy Award in the late 1990s while he was still a teenager, the blues guitarist’s career has seemingly never hit a rough patch. Lang is promoting his 2017 album “Signs,” his first in four years. He will perform at Overture Center’s Capitol Theater. Lang, heavily influenced by B.B. King and Buddy Guy, has transitioned to more pop and rock with “Signs.” Tony Lucca, a runner-up finalist on the 2012 season of “The Voice,” will open the show. March 4

Jose Carlos Teixeira’s “ON EXILE”
Portuguese visual-video artist Jose Carlos Teixeira explores the demands and intricacies of immigration through video installations in the Imprint Gallery of the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art. Teixeira, a Wisconsin resident, produced personal and emotional video essays in 2016 and 2017 from interviews with people exiled from their communities. Teixeira will discuss “ON EXILE” during an opening event on March 9. March 9 through May 20 Spring into March with these 6 events

John Hiatt & The Goners
Legendary musician John Hiatt celebrates the 30th anniversary of his album “Slow Turning” with a two-set concert at Barrymore Theatre. The show will begin with Hiatt playing the entire album. He will then draw from his expansive songbook. Joining Hiatt & The Goners will be Sonny Landreth, who played steel and acoustic slide guitars on “Slow Turning” when recorded in Nashville in 1988. Some of rock’s greatest musicians and singers have recorded tunes by Hiatt, including Bob Dylan, Bonnie Raitt, B.B. King and Eric Clapton. March 29Spring into March with these 6 events

W. Earle Smith, artistic director at Madison Ballet, bids adieu to the organization he has overseen and grown since 1999, with “Rise” at Overture Center for the Arts’ Capitol Theater. Smith choreographed “One Waltz,” a new piece for the production, and two of his previously performed works will be restaged. Smith has created five full-length ballets and more than 25 repertory works during his tenure. “Rise” itself is a repertory of different dances, including a contemporary pas de deux–dance for two people–from “The American” by Tony Award-winning choreographer Christopher Wheeldon. March 30-31