Art 
Spring has sprung, and so have the Overture Center for the Arts’ “Spring Exhibitions!” The galleries are free, open and accessible to the public through June 2, featuring collages, photography and even a futuristic, site-responsive installation. April 1-June 2

Special Event 
Pundamonium” at the High Noon Saloon puts the town’s funniest punsters to the test. Ten contestants will compete for the chance to win the witty pun slam, ending in a hilariously dramatic final pun-off — perfect for your April Fool’s Day plans. April 1

Music
Her song-a-week video series, Sunday Mornings with Reina Del Cid, already has a global audience of YouTube viewers. But this year, Cid takes her folk rock vibes across Europe and America in the flesh with Toni Lindgren, a common guest on Sunday Mornings. Catch the duo at the High Noon Saloon and enjoy their inventive singer-songwriter creativity. April 3

Music
In her new album, Be The Cowboy, Mitski Miyawaki entertains the challenges of being a successful, modern woman who must grapple with the danger of being either pedestalled by society or knocked down. At The Sylvee this month, Miyawaki performs her raw and honest indie rock jams. April 3

Theater 
“Life Sucks,” produced by Forward Theater Co. and written by Aaron Posner, is a modern update of a Chekov play that involves seven characters whose lives sometimes, but don’t always, suck. The show continues this month in The Playhouse at the Overture Center for the Arts. April 4-14

Music 
Wild Belle’s new record, Everybody One of a Kind, is a freaked-out sonic collage across genres like dub reggae, soul, R&B and pop. Catch the eclectic duo that is unafraid to test musical boundaries at the High Noon Saloon this month. April 4

Music 
Hailing from Minneapolis, Bad Bad Hats is an indie rock band that balances pop vibes of the ‘90s with the sincere lyrics of band member Kerry Alexander. Celebrate the first weekend of April with this sweet and sour trio at the High Noon Saloon. April 5

Music
Two electronic dance music groups, Shallou and Slow Magic, are at the Majestic Theatre this month on their Into the Wild tour. Shallou is a Chicago-based artist who sold out all of his first headlining shows. Slow Magic is a DIY project with a worldwide scope, producing ethereal and transcendent beats. Tickets are on sale now through Majestic’s website. April 5

Music
A High Noon Saloon favorite, “The Dirty Shirts Tribute to Gram Parsons” returns for an encore show after a six-year hiatus. The group of nine, made up of a few Dirty Shirts originals, will perform the albums GP and Grievous Angel for a delicious night of Gram Parsons jams. April 6

Dance 
One of this month’s Kids in the Rotunda performances brings the Limanya Drum and Dance Ensemble to the Overture Center. Song, dance, drum and theater come together in the groups’ performance of traditional music and dance from Guinea, West Africa. As always, Kids in the Rotunda performances are free and appropriate for all ages. April 6

Music 
Laura Jane Grace is a musician, author and activist who doesn’t play by the rules. She left the punk rock band Against Me! to pursue a solo album under the name Laura Jane Grace & The Devouring Mothers. The group will be at the Majestic this month, spewing honest and bold punk beats. April 6

Music
An artist out of the west suburbs of Chicago, Rich Robbins is a lover of anime, mess, hip hop and mix tapes. In 2012, he was accepted to the University of Wisconsin–Madison on the esteemed hip hop scholarship, First Wave. Now, he mixes his music to bridge together metropolitan and suburban kids, identity fluid kids and black and brown kids. Sail away with his beats at the High Noon Saloon this month. April 6

Music 
Michael Benjamin Lerner is at the High Noon Saloon with the release of his new album, Telekinesis. The Seattle-born artist is known for his clean and clear pop beats. April 7

Special Event 
Join the Cap Times crew for a rare but insightful live recording of “Madsplainers,” the podcast on local government. Hear behind-the-scenes stories at the High Noon Saloon about the Madison mayoral race, including the dynamic competition between top candidates Satya Rhodes-Conway and incumbent Paul SoglinApril 9

Comedy 
Cody Ko and Noel Miller were once software engineers, before ditching it all (yes, even health insurance) to make people laugh. These two goofballs started their comedy career with the podcast, Tiny Meat Gang late last year, and are now taking the show around the nation. Catch them live at the Barrymore Theatre this month. April 9

Music 
The Pink Floyd tribute show, Brit Floyd, comes to Madison’s Orpheum Theater this month. The show celebrates the 40th anniversary of the band’s iconic album, The Wall, and will perform highlights from the rock opera record as well as classic hits from albums including The Dark Side of the Moon. April 10

Music 
The Driver Era is an up-and-coming pop group featuring brothers Ross and Rocky Lynch. Their debut single, Preacher Man, touches on the angst of existential crises with soulful lyrics and intense energy. Don’t miss them at the Majestic this month. April 10

Comedy 
Cincinnati-born actor, writer and comedian Tom Segura has become one of the top comedy theater acts in the nation. You might recognize him from Netflix specials like Disgraceful, Mostly Stories or Completely Normal, but now you can catch him and his natural knack for hilarious storytelling on stage at the OrpheumApril 11

Music 
Mary Timony, Betsy Wright and Laura Harris of Ex Hex stand out from other rock bands in their powerful aura and upbeat presence. Magnet Magazine named them No. 1 on its Best of 2014 list, and No. 11 in the Pazz & Jop critics poll. Don’t miss Ex Hex’s contagious energy at the High Noon Saloon this month. April 11

Art
Before we had cameras in our pockets, developing photos required hours of labor that the viewer of the final photograph would never see. The complex process of historical photography is the focus of the exhibition “Un/Seen: The Alchemy of Fixing Shadows,” which runs until April 14. Anna Campbell, sculptor and assistant professor of gender & women’s studies, will host a gallery talk at 12:30 p.m. on April 11 in the Garfield Gallery of the Chazen Museum of Art. April 11-14

Music
In all the glory of the ‘60s, “Beatles vs. Stones: A Musical Showdown” hits the Barrymore this month. Stellar tribute bands Abbey Road and Satisfaction meet at the mic in an unforgettable mix of classic hits from the two legendary groups. April 11

Music 
If you’re feeling introspective, or even slightly poetic, Carrie Newcomer and Over the Rhine at the Barrymore Theatre will sooth your restful soul. Newcomer is known for her soulful lyrics and enticing stage presence. The husband and wife duo, Over the Rhine, leaves audiences applauding their effortlessly in-sync instrumentation. April 12

Comedy 
He might be an old fart, but that doesn’t mean he’s not a good handyman. Red Green’s “This Could Be It!” tour takes to the Capitol Theater stage at Overture this month, bringing you advice and knowledge as the leader of Possum Lodge men’s club. You can expect guest appearances from Harold, advice to married guys and an apology to the world on behalf of all baby boomers in this live, comedic rendering of The Red Green Show. April 12

Dance 
For one weekend only you can discover the changing tide of classical dance. Emerging Voices” at the Bartell Theatre features a sexy, interactive and fresh take on traditional ballet by some of the industry’s most promising artists. April 12-13

Dance 
Kanopy Dance Co. is celebrating the warming air and chirping birds with “Spring’s Awakening” in Promenade Hall at the Overture. Relish in the expressions of new beginnings and blossoming flowers as you sit back and enjoy this locally grown production. April 12-14

Film
Duck Soup Cinema is back at it again with the silent film, Grandma’s Boy, a 1922 comedy about a shy man and a good luck charm, showing this month in the Capitol Theater at Overture. This screening is part of Duck Soup Cinema’s silent film series, which provides a rare and historic glimpse into the silent film experience. April 13

Special Event
Grab the kids and head to the Madison Children’s Museum for a museum-wide, musical event. The “Symphony Shindig” partners with the Madison Symphony Orchestra, Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestra and Suzuki Strings of Madison to bring musical education and exploration to the next generation! Enjoy activities like opera yoga, recycled instrument-making and various classical performances throughout the day. April 13

Theater
In Overture’s lavish Capitol Theater, “B – The Underwater Bubble Show” follows the colorful and bubbly character, Mr. B, to an underwater world called Bubblelandia. It is there where audiences are invited to dream, savor and marvel at the beautiful and mysterious world with Mr. B. This fun-for-all-ages 75-minute show will leave you feeling lighthearted and creative. April 14

Art
UW–Madison graduate Gillian Laub will be available for a Q&A session following the screening of “Southern Rites in the Marquee Theater of Union South. The documentary compliments Laub’s photography exhibition on display in the Chazen through May 12, which explores nuances in cultural identity, including images of a southern U.S. town that held racially segregated dances well into the 21st century. April 16

Special Event
A lifelong advocate for racial, economic and gender justice, Angela Davis comes to UW–Madison to deliver moving words in An Evening with Angela Davis” at Shannon Hall in Memorial Union. Davis is the author of nine books, has taught at universities across the nation and has spoken worldwide. In the ‘70s, she spent 18 months in jail and on trial, and was placed on the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted List. Now, she draws upon that experience to advocate for disproportionately represented and oppressed groups in the criminal justice system. April 16

Special Event
The current star of Broadway’s Hello, Dolly! Bernadette Peters is looking swell at An Evening with Bernadette Peters” in Overture Hall this month. Ms. Peters is a three-time Tony Award-winning actress, lauded nationally for her performances in Broadway classics like Sunday in the Park With George and Into the Woods. April 19

Theater
Directed by John Siewert and commissioned by Madison’s queer theater company, StageQ, comes “RAID! Attack on Stonewall.” The production takes audiences back to the Stonewall Riots of 1969, where police raided the Stonewall Inn, a gay club in New York. The raid resulted in a week of violence and rioting, and was a catalyst for the gay rights movement across the United States and beyond. Tickets for the historically significant and moving production are on sale now. April 19-27

Music 
Madison-local reggae band, Natty Nation comes to the High Noon Saloon this month for “Vibrate Higher: Natty Nation’s 4/20 Party.” The evening will also feature popular groups like Atsang, Euforquestra and Spare Change. April 20

Music
The ethereal, mysterious and experimental is invited to see AL1CE “The Unity of Opposites Tour” at the Crucible. The group is more than just a band; they create multimedia dance, art, video and music mashups with rock beats and fearless experimentation. April 22

Reading 
As a part of Madison Public Library’s Wisconsin Book Festival, Nickolas Butler will be in the Central Library to chat about his newly released novel, Little Faith. This captivating story is the cross-generational tale of a Wisconsin family reconvened. What should be a happy time for main character Lyle Hovde turns out to be challenging and divisive when his daughter and her son fall under the influence of a radical church. Little Faith is one of Madison Magazine’s picks for the 2019 local reading list. April 24

Theater 
Six runaways vow to keep absolutely silent in their attempt to escape from bustling city life, but human connection becomes difficult without communication. “Small Mouth Sounds, presented by Madison Theater Guild and directed by Dana Pellebon, takes the stage at the Bartell in a charming, sometimes awkward production. April 25-May 4

Music 
If you feel that lately our country has been fixated on our differences rather than our similarities, you won’t want to miss Son Volt at the Majestic. The band’s newest album, Union, is out now, and addresses feelings of separation and polarization. Wrapped up in a bluesy, feel-good package, Son Volt’s music will restore your faith in unity. April 26

Music
A ca-rock your way through this a capella evening with the first and premier all-male a capella group, the MadHatters. If their red blazers don’t hook you, their wit, charm and sheer talent will. Tickets are on sale now for The MadHatters Spring Concert in the Capitol Theater at Overture. April 26

Music 
Born in the artsy St. Paul, Minnesota, Hippo Campus is an eclectic indie rock band that made it big after performing at South by Southwest and on Conan. They released their new album, Bambi last fall, and are performing the new releases across the country. Tickets are on sale now for their performance at The Sylvee this month. April 26

Theater 
Enter a world of pure imagination with the Children’s Theater of Madison’s rendition of Roald Dahl’s “Willy Wonka.” The whole family will be swept off to the land of oompa loompas and chocolate rivers when Charlie finds his golden ticket. April 26-May 12

Dance 
Let loose and release yourself into the music of DJ Cykophuk at the Crucible this month with Continuum – Midnight Dance Party. A once-a-month event, this dance party is for those who truly love to boogie. April 27

Art 
In the Wisconsin Studio of the Overture Center for the Arts, artist Jerry Butler will teach a Creative Play Collage Workshop open to teens and older. Learn from the master, then see his work in the exhibition Folks displayed in Gallery One through June 2. Bring your own unique images, graphics and fabrics to create your collage masterpiece. April 27

Music 
Some musicians find it trendy to say they don’t fit into a genre, but for Pokey LaFarge it’s simply the most accurate way to describe his music. To LaFarge, lyrics are the most important thing, and his style is influenced by his global travels. Sometimes his tunes are jazzy, and sometimes they’d be best described as a waltz. Leave all expectations at the door, and enjoy LaFarge’s fluidity at the High Noon Saloon. April 27 

Music
Lead singer Alex Varkatzas of Atreyu says his band’s newest album, In Our Wake, is a deep one. It focuses on the delicious yet terrifying reality of legacy versus forgottenness and explores the dangers of failure. The rock band has been in the Top 10 of the Billboard Top 200, garnering a gold certification from the Recording Industry Association of America. Catch Atreyu’s reflective and honest music at The Sylvee. April 27

Music
Your girlfriend’s favorite band is at the Majestic this month, known for their crafty spin on popular songs from Justin Timberlake, One Direction, Katy Perry and more. Sporting classy beards and high energy vibes, Pork Tornados will leave you laughing and dancing along. April 27

Music 
Even after 27 years, Face to Face is finding new ways to inspire and engage fans. The classic punk rock group has rolled with the changing genre for decades, but now surprises fans with an acoustic take on their signature sound. The quartet will unplug the electrics and grab their hallow body guitars for a performance at the Majestic. April 29 

Reading 
Neil Hilborn is a spoken word, slam poetry artist known nationally for his moving words and captivating presence. He recently released a debut full-length book, Our Number Days, and is a College National Poetry Slam champion. Don’t miss him at the High Noon Saloon at the end of this month. April 29

Music 
Neko Case’s newly released album, Hell-On, is inspired by a blazing fire that destroyed her home and most prized possessions. Her songs focus on the fleeting fragility of life and rage, and the importance of passing on our stories, regardless of whether they have a happy ending. Neko Case is at The Sylvee this month with songs off of her deep and reflective album. April 30 

Music 
Steve Marion drifts in and out of the circles of legends, having recorded with Paul Simon and Kanye West. Marion also produces his own work, like his forthcoming LP, Till I Burn Up, which comments on the toxic nature of our fast-paced, digital lifestyle. Delicate Steve will perform tracks from his new LP as well as other reflective originals at the end of the month at the High Noon Saloon. April 30

Music 
Fans of The Growlers or Thee Oh Sees will find Black Lips equally entrancing with their rocky, blues punk vibes. The band was formed in 1999 when Jared Swilley and Cole Alexander were kicked out of Georgia’s Dunwoody High School for bad behavior. Now a group of five, more than 15 years later, and Black Lips has been making a scene on stages worldwide. Tickets to see the reckless group at the Majestic are on sale now. April 30

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