What to do in March
Innately decorated rugs are just part of the story at the Ruth Davis Design Gallery’s Woven Gardens of Hope: Afghan Women’s Carpets. The exhibition of handmade carpets features the work of craftswomen working with ARZU Studio Hope, an organization aiming to combat poverty.
Through March 1, designgallery.wisc.edu
Thomas Gaudynski: Object Syntax and Brandon Norsted: The Purchase of Deep Water present two different narratives at the James Watrous Gallery. Gaudynski uses items to create “object salads,” while Norsted utilizes domestic objects for sculptural inspiration.
Through March 1, wisconsinacademy.org
Fans of political satire should flock to Broom Street Theater’s Greetings From Fitzwalkerstan. Written by Brian Leahy Doyle, this musical theater tells the tale of the forty-fifth governor of Wisconsin, S. Winsome Walker.
Through March 7, bstonline.org
With a strange mix of cross-dressing, choppy sailing waters, poetry and love triangles, Strollers Theatre’s Twelfth Night is a wild ride. The traditional play combines comedy and humor in the way Shakespeare mastered.
Through March 7, strollerstheatre.org
“One of the most discomfiting love stories to emerge from the American theater,” How I Learned to Drive tells the story of Li’l Brit learning the rules of the road from her Uncle Peck. This Pulitzer Prize–winning play performed by the Madison Theatre Guild offers a unique perspective on child abuse at the Bartell Theatre.
Through March 14, madisontheatreguild.org
Madison native and award-winning photographer Narayan Mahon journeyed through unrecognized countries for Lands in Limbo, a new exhibition at the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art. The photographer traveled to Abkhazia, Northern Cyprus, Trandsniestra, Nagorno Karabakh and Somaliland to photograph the day-to-day life.
Through March 15, mmoca.org
A glorious and monumental work, Illuminating the World: The Saint John’s Bible is the first hand-written Bible that interprets scripture from a modern perspective. Famed calligrapher Donald Jackson, along with a team of artisans, compiled this Bible over fifteen years, and the work is on display at the Chazen Museum of Art.
Through March 15, chazen.wisc.edu
Color, texture and mark-making connect the art of abstract painter Lori Schappe-Youens and glass artist Richard Jones in an exhibition at the Artisan Gallery. The gallery also features a group show on the importance of cups, plus metalsmith Jeffrey Clancy’s work.
February 27–April 12, artisangal.com
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
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
The coming of age story of four sisters, Little Women comes to life in Edgewood College’s production of the classic tale. For the first time in many years, the college will also be using period appropriate costume.
February 27–March 6, theatre.edgewood.edu
Commissioned by the Big Ten New Play Consortium in an attempt to bring thought-provoking plays to college campuses, Good Kids, performed by the UW–Madison’s Department of Theatre and Drama, tells the story of a devastating assault and its controversial aftermath. In a time where information travels faster than the speed of light, playwright Naomi Lizuka attempts to talk about youth culture in the digital age.
February 27–March 8, theatre.wisc.edu
Fine Art creator and illustrator Vicki Liu‘s vibrant pieces are showcased at Hatch Art House for the month of March. Her work on the natural world includes animals, landscapes, sea life and more. With vivid colors and unique design elements, Liu’s work adds elements of geometry and embellishments to enhance her exploration of our world.
March 1–31, hatcharthouse.com
Music has been a method of healing, liberation and cultural growth for thousands of years. During the brutal Apartheid period in South Africa, liberation workers used songs of resistance to bridge the racial, religious and political gaps in their society. In celebration of twenty years of freedom, two renowned freedom fighters and musical icons join together on stage to commemorate the legal end of Apartheid. Flugelhorn and trumpet player Hugh Masekela joins with guitarist Vusi Mahlasela to perform top hits, including Masekela’s notorious “Bring Him Back Home (Nelson Mandela).”
March 6, uniontheater.wisc.edu
For thirty years, the Reverend Horton Heat has toured with his unique brand of heavy rock-metal. Now, the punk rock veteran will shred the stage at High Noon Salon with his psychobilly band. They have left their mark with notable singles like “Psychobilly Freakout,” which was featured on Guitar Hero II. Their past tours include appearances with Johnny Cash, Marilyn Manson and The Ramones. The Reverend will be joined by Missouri natives Ha Ha Tonka.
March 6, high-noon.com
Few evaded the wrath of Nazi persecution in World War II, but a small number of classical composers escaped and went on to write some of Hollywood’s greatest film scores. Celebrate Composers in Exile: Creating the Hollywood Sound with the Madison Symphony Orchestra. Featuring music by Erich Wolfgang Korngold, Miklós Rózsa and Franz Waxman, the concert includes guest violinist Daniel Hope, whose extensive research on this topic was fodder for its creation.
March 6–8, madisonsymphony.org
Join Madison College Performing Arts to witness Shakespeare’s tragic, iconic love story, Romeo and Juliet. The show joins students and community actors to tell the classic tale of death and despair.
March 6–15, madisoncollege.edu
Photographers Jim Escalante and Lewis Koch join talents with Shannon Troxler in a showcase of artwork at the Madison Public Library’s central branch.
March 6–April 23, madisonbubbler.org
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.
March 6–June 21, chazen.wisc.edu
Duck Soup Cinema returns with the Chaplin Short Film Festival. In traditional silent-film style, a Grand Barton theater organ accompanues four rare short films by cinema’s original funny man. “Kids Auto Race,” “Work,” “The Immigrant” and “Behind the Screen” feature Chaplin in his token eccentric style. Other acts accompany the program, including The Dang-Its, KG and the Ranger, Doug the Jug, Doc the Rube and Wayne the Wizard.
March 7, overturecenter.org
With alumni like Patti LuPone, David Schramm and Frances Conroy, The Acting Company has a reputation for talent. Their performance of Macbeth explores Shakespeare’s startling, thrilling and gory power play.
March 7–8, uniontheater.wisc.edu
With joint visions of growing education and fostering creativity, Children’s Theater of Madison and Theatre LILA offer Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. The collaboration’s take on this classic show details fantasy, comedy and transformation through movement and music.
March 7–29, overturecenter.org
Nine-time Tony Award-winning musical The Book of Mormon leaps into Overture Center on a national tour. The creators of South Park offer the comical story of two young Mormon missionaries traveling to Uganda to spread their religious message. Unfortunately, with little knowledge of their surroundings or their scriptures, the journey becomes a hilarious, melodious attempt at connecting with locals and growing the Mormon faith.
March 10–15, overturecenter.org
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.
March 10–May 10, wisconsinacademy.org
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.
March 10–May 31, justifiedart.com
Celtic rockers Gaelic Storm will be going “Full Irish” at the Barrymore Theater. Their greatest-hits tour include scrowd favorites, concert staples and three previously unreleased songs. The group’s diverse blend of traditional Celtic music with contemporary influences is sure to put a spring in your step.
March 11, barrymorelive.com
After more than twenty years together, Altan continues to travel around the world, performing their award-winning hits and transporting audiences to their intimate, traditional world of Irish music.
March 12, uniontheater.wisc.edu
One of Mozart’s most admired works, The Magic Flute features some of the best-known operatic tunes from its era, University Opera and UW Symphony Orchestra’s production will be sung in traditional German with English dialogue.
March 13–17, music.wisc.edu
If you’ve ever stopped to question how penguins found their way to Noah’s Ark, University Theatre’s At the Ark at Eight is right up your alley. Even if you’ve never pondered this philosophical conundrum, the production follows a unique, adventurous exploration of friendship, morality and God.
March 13–22, theatre.wisc.edu
Get your rhythm on with Trinity Academy of Irish Dance on the Kids in the Rotunda stage at Overture Center. Dancers from the internationally acclaimed group showcase traditional Irish soft shoe, along with an Irish jig and several other classic pieces. After the show, dance your way to the Central Library’s Children’s Room for free art activities and special displays inspired by the performance.
March 14, overturecenter.org
Emmy Award-winning Kronos Quartet has spent more than thirty years perfecting their diverse repertoire, with past collaborations and performances ranging from Bartok to David Bowie to Inuit throat singers. Their performance at Shannon Hall in Wisconsin Union Theater will include pieces from across their vast collection of genres.
March 14, uniontheater.wisc.edu
International mediator, coach and educator Joan Goldsmith has worked on leadership development, team building and conflict resolution for more than three decades. Her talk at the Madison Civics Club on “Resolving Conflicts to Build Healthy Relationships” will focus on mediating hostility in all realms of life.
March 14, madisoncivicsclub.org
Thirty years of music making and community growth deserves quite the festivity. In remembrance of their orchestral journey, Oakwood Chamber Players presents REPLAY! The show features Claude Debussy’s “Sonata for flute, viola and harp” and Ottorino Respighi’s “Ancient Aris and Dances for flute, violin, clarinet, horn and cello.”
March 14–15, oakwoodchamberplayers.com
Fanny Garver Gallery highlights the work of the Wisconsin Watercolor Society in a new exhibition highlighting a variety of subjects.
March 16–April 18, fannygarvergallery.com
Mat Kearny‘s 2006 chart topping album Nothing Left to Lose was just the start for the melancholy artist’s career. Nearly a decade and three albums later, Kearny’s newest album drops February 24 and includes his latest single “Heartbeat.” His Just Kids tour stops in Madison with special guests Parachute and Judah & The Lion.
March 18, majesticmadison.com
In 1876, Lavinia Goodell was denied admission to the bar of the Wisconsin Supreme Court because she was a woman. In 2015, Betty Diamond and Madison Theatre Guild join together to retell the tale of her strong will and remarkable vigor with their original show, Lavinia.
March 19–21, madisontheatreguild.org
Take a day trip to Latin America with Bach Dancing & Dynamite Company’s Flautistico. Professor and flautist Stephanie Jutt of UW–Madison’s School of Music is joined by Venezuelan clarinetist Orlando Pimentel, Puerto Rican mezzo-soprano Yanzelmalee Rivera and Madison’s Thomas Kasdorf. The show also features spoken word, a dance by Ariel Juarez, a tango by Jacques and Maria Saint-Cyr and an original art installation by Carolyn Kallenborn.
March 20, overturecenter.org
Cellist Amit Peled joins Madison Chamber Orchestra for Masterworks IV. The repertoire features Schumann’s “Cello Concerto in A Minor” and Schubert’s “Arpeggionne Sonata.” Hailed as warm and amiable by critics, Peled’s performance will dig deeply into rich, classic compositions.
March 20, wcoconcerts.org
From the roller skate-loving creative team of Xanadu comes the provocative BARE: A Pop Musical at the Bartell 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.
March 20–April 4, mercuryplayerstheatre.com
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.
March 20–April 11, bstonline.org
The Giver takes utopian society to another astonishing level. Oregon Straw Hat Players tackle this futuristic show based on Lois Lowry’s popular novel.
March 21–28, oshponline.org
Celebrating twenty years of performance in Dane County, Li Chiao-Ping Dance presents Armature: Bodies of Hope at Fredric March Play Circle Theater. The production visits old favorites and new releases, focusing on experiences with change, transformation, resilience and hope.
March 26–28, lichiaopingdance.org
Molly Ringwald may not be serving time in high school detention any more, but she’ll still make you swoon with her jazzy tunes. An Evening with Molly Ringwald at Overture Center will show you a new side of Molly, featuring songs from her album Except Sometimes. With a mix of original songs and custom versions of classic pop tunes like “Don’t You (Forget About Me),” there’s sure to be at least one iconic fist in the air.
March 27, overturecenter.org
In another rambunctious and thrilling collaboration, Stage Q, Inc. 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.
March 27–April 11, stageq.com
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.
March 27–May 10, mmoca.org
Experience a night at the ball with Madison Ballet’s production of Cinderella. With a full cast of spritely fairies, wicked step-sisters and a handsome prince, the enchanting romance will come to life before the clock strikes midnight.
March 28–29, madisonballet.org
Andrea Gibson‘s poetry has never been gentle: Her raw prose is political, fearless and emotional. With five full-length albums and two books, Gibson is one of the most notable spoken word poets today. She will take the Majestic stage again for a show with guest Jesse Thomas.
March 30, majesticmadison.com
Legendary performers ZZ Top are still rocking on after forty years together. The original trio will continue their run at the Overture Center celebrating their top hits album, “The Very Baddest.”
March 30, overturecenter.org