The Big Share, Tuesday, March 7, online: Dane County has a remarkably deep-rooted and diverse nonprofit sector, and these community organizations have proven to be an increasingly important part of our societal safety net during the pandemic. Help Community Shares of Wisconsin nonprofit members continue their work by donating during The Big Share, an annual online fundraising day. Watch a telethon-style live stream throughout the day and learn more about giving at thebigshare.org. A kickoff event featuring drag queen bingo hosted by Bianca Lynn Breeze and Cass Marie Domino will take place on Monday, March 6 at 6pm at the Delta Beer Lab; register here (also for an online option).
Aldo Leopold Week, through March 10, Crowdcast: The Aldo Leopold Foundation has been hosting this speaker series for a couple of decades, and the need to move events online during the pandemic eventually meant its impact is now global; The 2022 speakers were heard by people in all 50 states and more than 10 other countries. The traditional opening address by Foundation Chairman Buddy Huffaker (held on March 3) and a 2022-23 Leopold Fellows Talk (March 10) were bookend presentations from a remarkably strong lineup of authors: James Edward Mills and Scott Russell Sanders (both 7th and 7th March), Delia Owens (March 8) and Robin Wall Kimmerer (March 9). It’s free; register with Crowdcast.
Sierra Ferrell + Jamie Wyatt, Tuesday March 7th, Stoughton Opera House, 7:30pm: Singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Sierra Ferrell’s latest album is called Long Time Coming. Aside from being “the liveliest indie country debut of ’, according to PopMatters, the warm and instantly familiar-sounding record has a fitting title, too. Ferrell’s long-awaited appearance in the Madison area has been delayed twice. But patient fans are treated to Ferrell’s lilting, timeless voice, which sits somewhere between the cracks of country, jazz, and bluegrass. Still touring in support of 2020’s Neon Cross, singer-songwriter-guitarist Jamie Wyatt will open the show – making this a perfect doubles performance featuring two of Americana’s most authentic artists.
Bach Around the Clock, 8th-12th March, Various Venues and Online: This annual celebration of the music of Johann Sebastian Bach features both professional (guest artists include Sean Kleve, Lawrence Quinnett and Wolfgang Rübsam) and amateurs, and performances both in person and virtually. It begins with the monthly Just Bach concert featuring Bach’s longest motet, Jesu, meine Freude (March 8, 12 noon, Luther Memorial Church); ‘Festival Day’ is March 11th, with performances starting at 10am and continuing until a 5pm reception at St Andrew’s Episcopal Church. Pre-taped performances debut online March 12. This year’s festival honors BATC founder and artistic director Marika Fischer Hoyt, who died on February 22. Visit bachclock.com for the full schedule.
First Look at the Fest, Wednesday, March 8, Great Dane-Hilldale, 7-10pm: This is a fun time for movie buffs; Attendees will receive the Wisconsin Film Festival Guide a day early and can see screeners for 2023 films while they eat snacks, sip a beer or two, and learn about the must-see films from the festival staff. You can also buy tickets for these performances. Otherwise, the guide will appear in Isthmus on March 9th and tickets will go on sale on March 11th. You can find tickets here.
Arkansauce, Wednesday, March 8, High Noon Saloon, 7:30 p.m.: A jam-grass act with hard-hitting hooks, the four-part Arkansauce from Fayetteville, Arkansas borrows heavily from traditional bluegrass but doesn’t hesitate to dive deep into improvisation that feel like the music is totally off the road. Dig Deep from the string band rich area of Stevens Point opens. Tickets at Ticketmaster.
Bad in Bed (A Fairy Tale), through March 11, Bartell Theatre-Evjue Stage: This comedy from Madison-based playwright Karen Saari centers on one of those unrequited loves from college days who comes back to tease those who to be captivated. Saari also wrote the book and co-wrote the lyrics to Ten Days in a Madhouse, which was produced by the Music Theater of Madison last year. Bad in Bed (A Fairy Tale) is part of the Wisconsin world premiere; Madison Theater Guild and Madison College Performing Arts are collaborating for the first time. The performances will take place on 3.-4. and 8th-10th March at 7:30 p.m. and on March 5 and 11 at 2:00 p.m. Tickets at bartelltheatre.org,
Old Soul Society + Nicholas Johnson with The Pinkerton Raid + Lost Lakes, Wednesday, March 8, The Bur Oak, 8pm: This is a steal for four Americana-esque bands in one comfortably seated show at the intimate Bur Oak. The Old Soul Society is a Wisconsin band that plays folk, rock, soul and more. Nicholas Johnson will be collaborating with The Pinkerton Raid (read Andy Moore’s preview here). Lost Lakes (Madison’s Corey Matthew Hart and Paul Mitch) opens.
On the Morning You Wake (To the End of the World), March 9-10, UW Science Hall, Room 280, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.: January 13, 2018 may not be a date burned into your memory …unless you were a Hawaii resident at the time. A false emergency alert went out that morning about an imminent missile attack, which was not recalled for about 40 minutes. The virtual reality documentary On the Morning You Wake (To the End of the World) is an immersive experience that puts the viewer in the situation Hawaiians faced that morning. It is viewed through headsets, so space is limited and registration is required. Screenings of the first chapter or the entire 60-minute film begin every hour on March 9th and 10th from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm. Bombshelltoe Policy x Arts Collective founder and author Lovely Umayam follows on Zoom on March 10th at 4pm.
Connexions, 9th-12th March, Overture Center-Promenade Hall: Witness the political energy of contemporary dance and pay tribute to the great Burt Bacharach, who died February 8, when Madison’s Kanopy Dance Company welcomes guest dancers and choreographers Lloyd Knight and Jamar Roberts to ” Links”. Knight will premiere his contemporary work Commune; Knight will also perform the Roberts-choreographed Born to Love solo to Bacharach’s (There’s) Always Something There to Remind Me. Also on the program are Lisa Thurrell’s For Persephone ate the Pomegranate and Robert Cleary’s Fear is the Enemy. The performances are on March 9th at 7pm; 7:30 p.m., March 10; 5 and 8 p.m., March 11; and 1 p.m. and 4 p.m., March 12; Tickets at overture.org.
Sarah Silverman, Thursday, March 9, Orpheum, 7 p.m.: What Can’t Sarah Silverman Do? Talk about a multi-hyphenate — she’s a world-famous, multi-award-winning stand-up comedian and actress who narrowly missed out on an Oscar nomination for her dramatic turn in 2015’s I Smile Back. She also had a hit sitcom of the same name on Comedy Central in the mid-2000s; just spent a week in February hosting The Daily Show; and she’s even Philip J. Fry’s ex-girlfriend! Silverman is currently busy with the Grow Some Lips stand-up tour meeting Madison for a night. Expect her effortless, charming thoughts on the state of the world, a vulnerable candor not seen in early works, and probably a raunchy bit about her parts. Tickets at Ticketmaster.
Fences, through March 10th, UW Vilas Hall-Mitchell Theatre: General rule of thumb: don’t miss your chance to see an August Wilson play. In Fences, Wilson traces the bitter downfall of Troy Maxson, who went from Negro baseball league star to garbage collector. It is a timely production that reflects this country’s ongoing struggles with race and racism. “August Wilson shares a story that we cannot allow to disappear but must remain on our stages,” said Baron Kelly, University Theatre’s executive producer. The last performances are on March 9th and 10th at 7:30 p.m.; Check ticket availability at artsticketing.wisc.edu; or one hour before the start of the performance at the box office in the foyer. Read Gwendolyn Rice’s preview here.
Comedy at the Cabaret, Thursday, March 9, North Street Cabaret, 7:30 p.m.: Madison’s East Side needs some more comedy love, and Allie Lindsay’s Comedy at the Cabaret has stepped up over the past five years to be standing fun and bring original music to life. The combination of impromptu music from Madison’s prankster Jake Snell and stand-up from hilarious locals makes this a show unlike anything else you’re likely to see, no matter which side of town you’re from. This month features local comics Glenn Widdicombe, Andrew Rynning, Samara Suomi and headliner Charlie Kojis as he prepares to release his debut album/special, A Normal Amount of Pain, in 2023. Tickets on Eventbrite.
Adam Greuel & the Space Burritos, Thursday, March 9, High Noon Saloon, 8 p.m.: Maybe Adam Greuel is doing 90 percent of the work of getting crowds in the door by playing with a band called The Space Burritos. The other 10 percent is the excellence of this folk-bluegrass group, with Greuel (of Horseshoes & Hand Grenades) on lead vocals and accompanied by plaintive fiddle over plenty of guitars. “I haven’t been drinking as much as I should lately, it’s just not my style,” he sings about the band in a Waylon Jennings cover. He might not, but you can. Tickets at Ticketmaster.
Find each collected pick here and as part of the full calendar of events.