For two nights this weekend, the Majestic Theatre will take on the feel of a turn-of-the-century barn. On Friday, March 8, and Saturday, March 9, the local venue will host the Great Midwestern Bluegrass Bash, an annual event now in its fifth year. Each night, four bands are set to perform. Friday’s lineup includes Whiskey Rodgers’ Galactic String Band, Horseshoes & Hand Grenades, Evergreen Grass Band and Insomniac Gypsy, while Saturday includes sets from the Tillers and the Material Boys, as well as repeat appearances by Whiskey Rodgers’ and Horseshoes & Hand Grenades. Visit majesticmadison.com for more information or to purchase tickets.
Friday, March 8, and
Saturday, March 9, 8 p.m.
115 King St.
$12 per night in advance/ $15 per night at the door/ $20 for a two-day pass (all ages)
The comic troop Broken Lizard is best known for its movies. Since 1996, the long-running collective, which formed at Colgate University in 1990, has released seven studio films, including the budding cult classics “Super Troopers” and “Beerfest.” Even so, the group’s five members remain a regular presence on the stand-up scene. Beginning on Thursday, March 7, founding members Kevin Herrernan and Steve Lemme will take over the Comedy Club on State for a full weekend of shows sure to highlight the crew’s absurdist humor. Ticket prices and show times vary. Visit madisoncomedy.com for more info or to purchase tickets.
Thursday, March 7 through Saturday, March 9
Comedy Club on State, 202 State St.
The string of things
Violinist Henning Kraggerud returns to play Mozart with the Madison Symphony Orchestra this weekend, in a program paired with Shostakovich’s powerful Symphony No. 10. Kraggerud has performed with the MSO twice in the past four years — first, playing Sibelius in January 2009, then Tchaikovsky’s violin concerto in 2011. The Mozart is “lighter fare,” according to the symphony, which will pair the piece with Shostakovich’s symphonic response to the death of Stalin and another piece by Mozart, his overture to “The Impresario.”
Friday, March 8, 7:30 p.m., Saturday, March 9, 8 p.m., Sunday, March 10, 2:30 p.m.
Overture Hall, Overture Center, 201 State St.
$13.50-78.50; $10 student rush
Who could ask for anything more?
For the third installment of its Great American Songbook series, Four Seasons Theatre celebrates the legacy of George and Ira Gershwin in three performances this weekend.
With cabaret-style singing, a few jazzy tap numbers and historical context woven throughout, “The Gershwin Songbook” will feature Tin Pan Alley classics like “I Got Rhythm” and “Embraceable You” accompanied by a jazz combo.
Friday and Saturday, March 8-9, 7:30 p.m., Sunday, March 10, 2 p.m.
Promenade Hall, Overture Center, 201 State St.
$25 adult, $20 student
The Timber Wolf Alliance and the National Wolf Watcher Coalition present the film “TRUE WOLF: What Does It Mean To Be Wild?” Wednesday night, March 13, at the Barrymore. A panel discussion and Q&A session with wolf experts, scientists and advocates will follow the screening. People can expect to hear a variety of perspectives about the role of the wild wolf in the Great Lakes region. Tickets are $10 in advance by calling the Barrymore at 241-8864 or go to barrymorelive.com.
Wednesday, March 13, 7 p.m.
Barrymore Theatre, 2090 Atwood Ave.
$10 in advance