Madison's spring arts season keeps up its brisk pace this week as venues serve up everything from cabaret by Susan Egan to a live broadcast of The Ed Schultz Show to a farewell concert by The Wizenhiemers. The calendar also includes: talks by Jerry Apps and Ayana Mathis; a Jeffrey Siegel's Keyboard Conversations performance; and, more live music from Miles Nielsen & The Rusted Hearts, Ben Rector, Captured! By Robots, and Krewella.
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Barnes & Noble-West Towne, 7 pm
The regional author discusses his latest remembrance of life on a Wisconsin farm, Limping Through Life. It explores his struggle with polio beginning in the 1950s.
Jeffrey Siegel's Keyboard Conversations
UW Humanities Building's Mills Hall, 7:30 pm
The touring pianist presents another evening of brilliant music and insightful commentary. In a program called "Listen to the Dance," he performs dance music by Chopin, Shostakovich and Beethoven.
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Miles Nielsen & The Rusted Hearts
High Noon Saloon, 8 pm
Helmed by the son of Cheap Trick guitarist Rick Nielsen, this Rockford, Ill., band has got quite the musical pedigree. Don't expect any covers of "Surrender," though. Their sound is more roots-rock than power-pop. With Corey Hart and Daniel & the Lion.
Overture Center's Capitol Theater, 7 pm
Egan earned a Tony nomination as the original Belle in Broadway's Beauty and the Beast, along with memorable star turns in Cabaret and State Fair. She'll croon charmingly as part of Overture's Cabaret Dinner Series.
High Noon Saloon, 7 pm
After forming in 1990, this local rock band played New York City's CBGB and scored a statewide hit with "Go You Packers, Go!," which became an anthem of Green Bay's Super Bowl dreams in 1996. Celebrate the band's legacy at their final show.
Chazen Museum of Art, 7:30 pm
Mathis will discuss her celebrated novel, the Oprah-anointed The Twelve Tribes of Hattie. It's about several decades in the life of an African American family that moved north in the Great Migration.
The Ed Schultz Show
Barrymore Theatre, 7:30 pm
The progressive MSNBC host was a regular around here during the Walker protests and recall. He returns to discuss jobs and the war on labor for his new TV show.
Majestic Theatre, 8:30 pm
The Nashville pop-rocker has been selling out shows across the country this year after his latest record, Something Like This, reached number one on iTunes' singer-songwriter chart. With Alpha Rev.
Captured! By Robots
Frequency, 9 pm
Six evil robots kidnapped Skankin' Pickle's bassist, Jay Vance, about 15 years ago. Powered by compressed air and a mutual love of funk grooves, ringleaders GTRBOT666 and DRMBOT0110 humiliate him while making a racket that's hilarious and surprisingly tuneful. With Lords of the Trident and the Hoot Hoots.
Orpheum Theater, 9 pm
These Electric Daisy Carnival headliners blend trendy dubstep and moombahton with house music's four-on-the-floor beats. They'll preview material from the album they plan to release this summer. With DJs Zebo and Vinnie Toma.