Madison Museum of Contemporary Art
Design MMoCA 2012
Madison's spring art season maintains a busy pace this week. The calendar includes: the opening of Design MMoCA; talks by Benjamin Mee and Michael Hardt; live music from Hellyeah, Eric Hutchinson, and Lambchop; and, a Solidarity Sing-Along celebration.
NOTEWORTHY: Henry Aaron hammers his first major-league home run, 1954.
NOTEWORTHY: Carrying the Hubble Space Telescope, Space Shuttle Discovery lifts off, 1990.
Barrymore Theatre, 7 pm
Take members of Mudvayne, Nothingface, Damageplan and Pantera, and what you have is this bona fide metal supergroup. Hellyeah hits like "Alcohaulin' Ass" enliven parties. With Clutch, Kyng and Monstro.
Majestic Theatre, 8:30 pm
This pop-rock singer-songwriter is like flypaper for the rich and famous. Madonna's Maverick Records snatched him up in the early 2000s, then celebrity blogger Perez Hilton helped propel his self-released album, Sounds Like This, up the iTunes charts, which led to a deal with Warner Bros. and an appearance on American Idol. With Anya Marina.
NOTEWORTHY: St. Lawrence Seaway opens to shipping, 1959.
Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, through May 6
Design teams create fabulous rooms inspired by artwork from MMoCA's permanent collection. The event also features lectures, gallery talks and workshops. Shmooze at tonight's gala opening (6-9:30 p.m.)
High Noon Saloon, 7:30 pm
Though this band's recordings often get filed in the alt-country section, its songs are equally indebted to soul masters like Barry White and Marvin Gaye. The group's new album, Mr. M, is filled with off-kilter humor and bits of lounge music. With Horse Feathers and Brown Bird.
UW Union South's Varsity Hall, 7:30 pm
Mee, who bought a zoo and began running it as a family business, thereby inspiring the recent film We Bought a Zoo, speaks at this Distinguished Lecture Series event.
NOTEWORTHY: Chernobyl nuclear plant disaster, 1986.
Majestic Theatre, 7 pm
After leading noontime protest sing-alongs at the Capitol for more than a year, a diverse group of local musicians and activists celebrates a new CD, This Is What Democracy Sounds Like. Performances by DJ Nick Nice, Peter Leidy, Lou & Peter Berryman, VO5 and the Goodtime Camper cap off the evening.
Chazen Museum of Art, 7:30 pm
The Duke University professor of literature and Italian tells us "What to Do in a Crisis" at this Humanities Without Boundaries lecture.