The cat came back
Maggie the cat, played by Jessica Jane Witham, prowls the stage in Strollers Theatre’s production of Tennessee Williams’ “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” opening Friday, Jan. 11, at The Bartell Theatre. Dave Durbin plays Brick, Maggie’s alcoholic husband, while Sam White steps in to play Big Daddy, a Southern family patriarch unaware that he is dying of cancer. A classic of the American theatrical canon, “Cat” runs for four weekends on the Bartell’s small black-box Evjue stage.
Friday, Jan. 11, through Saturday, Feb. 2; Thursdays at 7:30 p.m., Fridays at 8 p.m., Saturdays at 4 and 8 p.m. (no matinee on Feb. 2)
Evjue Stage, The Bartell Theatre, 113 E. Mifflin St.
$20, $15 students, seniors, Strollers members
The hills are alive
Some movies are just meant to be seen on the big screen, and you can almost feel the fresh mountain air in your lungs as you watch “The Sound of Music” in a movie theater. It’s the latest installment of the Classics Series at Sundance Cinemas this Wednesday, with Julie Andrews as the headmistress for seven rambunctious kids as the Nazis close in. It’s not the “Sing-Along” version that has played in local theaters recently, in which the song lyrics are printed on the screen. But just try not to sing along.
Wednesday, Jan. 15, 1:30 p.m. and 6:45 p.m.
Sundance Cinemas, 430 N. Midvale Blvd.
Prepare for blastoff
Launchpad, a statewide, high school battle-of-the-bands, is holding its annual benefit concert at the High Noon Saloon on Saturday, Jan. 12. The event, which kicks off at 9 p.m. and has a suggest donation of $5, includes performances from the Big Payback, Grupo Candela, Devil’s Fen and 2012 Les Paul Launchpad Award winner (and Madison West High Schoolers) the Daze. The 2013 Launchpad band application process officially opened on Jan. 2 and runs through Feb. 8. High school bands in any genre can visit launchpadwisconsin.org to fill out an application, upload application songs or for more information.
Saturday, Jan. 12, 9 p.m.
High Noon Saloon
701 E. Washington Ave.
Big names, brilliant sax
The Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra features “Towering Giants” in its first concert of 2013, playing Capitol Theater on Friday, Jan. 11. French saxophonist Claude Delangle returns (he last performed with the WCO in 2007) to play pieces by Villa-Lobos (“Fantasia”) and Glazunov’s Concerto for Alto Sax in E-flat. Also on the program are Beethoven’s “Contradances,” a lively children’s piece by Bizet called “Jeux d’enfants” and Mozart’s Symphony No. 31, or the Paris Symphony.
Friday, Jan. 11, 8 p.m.
Capitol Theater, Overture Center, 201 State St.
Masked and anonymous
Madison-based newcomers Masked Intruder, who headline the inaugural Wisconsin Punk Fest at the Majestic Theatre on Friday, Jan. 11, have started to make waves in punk circles, even signing to storied punk label Fat Wreck Chords, which is owned by Fat Mike of NOFX. Despite a well-honed gimmick (the members are all anonymous and perform wearing the colored masks usually donned by lucha libre wrestlers), the main draw remains the bands music, and the songs are often as catchy as they are ferocious. The band is joined for this show by openers Direct Hit!, Whisky Pig, Jetty Boys, the Moguls and the American Dead. Visit majesticmadison.com for more information or to purchase tickets.
Friday, Jan. 11, 8 p.m.
115 King St.
$5 (all ages)
If you enjoy expressionistic paintings, stop by the opening reception for a new exhibit titled “Expressionistic Works by Steve Boyum” at Absolutely Art Friday night. There will be live music for the event and catering by Bunky’s. The late Steve Boyum was raised in Wisconsin and studied art in Mexico and Milwaukee. He was the son of Madison sculptor Syd Boyum, and his paintings demonstrate a strong Expressionistic influence, utilizing bold colors and depicting strong emotions. The show runs through January 31.
Friday, Jan. 11, 5-9 p.m.
Absolutely Art, 2322 Atwood Ave.
FREE; 249-9100 or absolutelyartllc.com
The threads of history
Madison author Jennifer Chiaverini is nothing if not prolific, and her new book is nothing if not timely. Chiaverini is taking a break from her best-selling Elm Creek Quilts novels to tell the story of “Mrs. Lincoln’s Dressmaker,” a fact-based historical drama centered around the friendship that developed between Mary Todd Lincoln and her seamstress, a freed slave named Elizabeth Hobbs Keckley who used her skill at outfitting Washington, D.C.’s elite to buy her freedom. The novel is on stores on Tuesday, Jan. 15, and to celebrate Chiaverini will be doing a reading and book-signing at Barnes & Noble West.
Tuesday, Jan. 15, 7 p.m.
Barnes & Noble, 7433 Mineral Point Road
Dashing through the snow
Grab your sled or snowshoes and have some fun in the snow at a Tiki Torch Toboggan Event & Campfire Cookout Saturday at Aldo Leopold Nature-Black Earth Campus. After enjoying the snow-covered trails in the Driftless Region that is full of hills and valleys to be explored, you can warm up around a roaring campfire with a cup of hot chocolate and enjoy a treat in honor of Aldo Leopold’s birthday. ALNC will have adult and child snowshoes available on a first come, first serve basis for use at this event. Participants are invited to bring dinner to cook over the campfire or eat in the cabin.Pre-registration is required by calling 216-9371 or going online to naturenet.com/alnc.
Saturday, Jan. 12, 4-7 p.m.
ALNC Black Earth, 10648 Sutcliffe Road, Black Earth
$6-$7 for individuals, $20-25 for families; naturenet.com/alnc
One last mission
The documentary “Honor Flight” has been such a big hit in Wisconsin that Marcus Theatres is bringing back next week for a few more screenings. The film, which premiered before a massive Miller Park crowd, tells the story of Honor Flight, which pays for World War II veterans to travel to Washington D.C. to see the monument erected in their honor.
Wednesday, Jan. 16 and Thursday, Jan. 17
4:20, 6:35 and 8:50 p.m.
Point Cinemas, 7825 Big Sky Drive