Chazen Museum of Art, through June 29
The Chazen gets into the big-top spirit with two shows. "Ringmaster: Judy Onofrio and the Art of the Circus" exhibits Onofrio's life-size sculptures next to the objects from Circus World Museum that have inspired her. "Harry A. Atwell, Circus Photographer" features black-and-white images from the circus' golden age.
Building a Visual Arts Legacy
Watrous Gallery in the Overture Center, through June 8
This exhibition features artists who've received the Wisconsin Visual Art Lifetime Achievement Award, honoring those from the 19th century to today with a unique vision. Included are photographer H.H. Bennett, painters John Steuart Curry and Warrington Colescott, and sculptor Helen Farnsworth Mears.
Cork 'n Bottle String Band
High Noon Saloon, 5:30 pm
The cheeky local pickers celebrate their 12-year anniversary. Expect originals, bluegrass standards and lots of fancy fretwork.
Saving Abel and Endeverafter and Meriwether and People in Planes
Annex, 7:30 pm
Saving Abel specializes in "rodeo metal," Endeverafter's goal is to have their songs played in strip clubs from coast to coast, People in Planes favor introspective alt-rock, and Meriwether's hard rock flirts with a punk flavor. It's all music high school seniors can nod their heads to just a couple weeks away from graduation. Good thing this show is 18 and up.
Loft in the Lussier Teen Center, 7 pm
St. Louis' Ludo is playing nearly 50 shows this summer, including a spot on the Warped Tour. They have recently performed their punk pop in the infield at the Kentucky Derby, on Jimmy Kimmel Live and at Bamboozle in New Jersey. So much for the slacker rock-star lifestyle. Steel Train, Sing It Loud and Start From Scratch open.
Café Montmartre, 8:30 pm
The up-and-coming alt-country band from Johnson City, Tenn., features pedal steel, fiddle, gorgeous male-female harmonies and a distinctive take on such traditional country subjects as heartache and loss. Martha Berner and Katie Sawicki open.