Historic Capitol Theater Features Upcoming Lecture, Music and Film

For immediate release: Monday, April 3, 2017
Contact: Sarah Knab, 608.258.4438 /

Historic Capitol Theater Features Upcoming Lecture, Music and Film

Nat Geo Live! Continues; Duck Soup Cinema and MadCity Sessions Series Come to a Close

Madison, Wis. – Overture Center’s Capitol Theater houses a multitude of events throughout the year. The next two weeks feature the second-to-last lecture in 2016/17’s National Geographic Live! series; Duck Soup Cinema’s final silent film of the 30th Anniversary season (with local vaudeville acts); and the last 2016/17 MadCity Sessions free indoor concert series (showcases two local bands per date).

National Geographic Live! continues:

Rhinos, Rickshaws & Revolutions: My Search for Truth | Tuesday, April 4, 2017 7:30 p.m. | $35+

Experience our world through the eyes of a photojournalist whose career has brought her face-to-face with violence as well as the enduring power of the human spirit. Working in more than 90 countries, through the war in Kosovo to tense border disputes between India and Pakistan, Ami Vitale has lived in mud huts, traveled via rickshaw, and donned a panda suit to live the story. Recently, she has covered groundbreaking efforts to reintroduce endangered animals to the wild to halt the threat of extinction, recognizing that our stories are intertwined.

Final Duck Soup Cinema film in the 30th Anniversary season:

Steamboat Bill, Jr. | Saturday, April 8 at 2 & 7 p.m. | $7, $3 children 12 & under

  • This favorite Buster Keaton comedy features organist Jelani Eddington. ASL interpretation at 7 p.m. performance.

For 30 years, Overture has revived and celebrated the heritage and legacy of Capitol Theater, originally built for silent film and opened in 1928. Local vaudeville-style acts open each performance with live organ accompaniment to mirror the actors’ emotions on the 1928 Grand Barton Organ, one of the last of its kind still in its original theater.

Final MadCity Sessions double-bill in 2016/17 season:

Lo Marie & Grupo Candela | Thursday, April 13, 2017, 7:30 p.m. | FREE

  • Singer/songwriter Lo Marie combines her operatic training with a passion for jazz music and has found a unique voice in the musical world. Her album, Solid Ground, won Jazz Album of the Year at the 2015 MAMA Awards.
  • Grupo Candela is an epic Latino big-band includes 12 members, performing the many styles of Latin music including Salsa Dura, Merengue, Bachata and Cumbia. Get ready to jump to your feet and dance to this high-energy music.

MadCity Sessions – Get Social | Thursday, April 13, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. | $15

  • Patrons can arrive early to expand upon their experience with drop-in salsa dancing with Eastside Salsa, first access into the space, mingle with the bands, appetizers, themed-drinks and more.

Tickets are available in person at the Overture Center Ticket Office (201 State Street), online at or by phone at 608.258.4141.

The National Geographic Live!series is sponsored locally by Exact Sciences.

Duck Soup Cinema is sponsored by Goodman Jewelers. Steamboat Bill, Jr. is underwritten with a generous gift from Robert N. Doornek. In 2016, Steamboat Bill, Jr. was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress, as it was identified as a historic and socially significant silent film. We recognize that there are images in Steamboat Bill that may be considered socially insensitive in 2017. Please be aware that this movie was released in 1928 and depicts some of the theatric conventions of the time.

MadCity Sessions is sponsored by WISC-TV with additional funding provided Additional funding provided by the Arts Access Fund, component fund of the Madison Community Foundation, and contributions to Overture Center for the Arts. Grupo Candela sponsored by UW Health & Unity Health Insurance.

Overture’s Get Social is presented by Godfrey & Kahn, S.C.

OVERTURE CENTER FOR THE ARTS in Madison, Wisconsin features seven state-of-the-art performance spaces and five galleries where national and international touring artists, ten resident companies and hundreds of local artists engage people in nearly 700,000 educational and artistic experiences each year.


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