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American Players Theatre explores medical ethics with a scalpel-sharp The Doctor's Dilemma

In the first years of the 20th century, playwright George Bernard Shaw was very concerned about the medical profession: how many unqualified quacks offered their services with impunity, how tempting it would be for doctors to act in the interest of financial gain instead of patient health, how few remedies were available to the working and lower classes; and how physicians' egos could get the better of them. >More
 Broom Street Theater's Nottingham! dares audience members act out parts of a new Robin Hood tale

What's a folk-hero vigilante to do when he finds himself on the right side of the law? The same thing an audience does when they find themselves in the middle of a play: Go with it. >More


Fermat's Last Theater Company sets a genderqueer Troilus and Cressida in a circus ring

War is a circus. So says Fermat's Last Theater Company in its production of Shakespeare's Troilus and Cressida, which is set in a circus ring. The play -- part comedy, part tragedy, part historical drama -- is one of Shakespeare's lesser-known pieces. >More
 Overture Center turns 10: How the arts venue is transforming downtown Madison

Madison philanthropist Jerry Frautschi changed the architectural landscape of the isthmus when he donated $205 million to create Overture Center for the Arts. Since opening in 2004, the arts venue has also influenced the downtown business climate, enhanced artistic and educational resources for the community, and sparked animated political, financial and social discussions. >More


A doctor heals herself in Ann Garvin's The Dog Year

The Dog Year, by Wisconsin author Ann Garvin, is a very funny book about sadness and loss. It's also only a little bit about dogs and a lot about the ways in which relationships can help you heal. >More
 Jordan Ellenberg, the math evangelist

Jordan Ellenberg really wants you to like math. Not math in the sense of calculating a tip or doing your taxes, but math as the path to understanding, math as evidence, math as truth. Hence the title his new book, How Not to Be Wrong: The Power of Mathematical Thinking, which Penguin Press released this week. >More


Fabulous Farm Babe Pam Jahnke is a bold voice for Wisconsin agriculture

On a soggy spring morning Pam Jahnke greets me from the top of the stairs at Mid-West Family Broadcasting's west-side office. A broken foot bone makes walking up and down steps painful for her. Her tennis shoes are loosely laced. "Boot cast?" I suggest, having fractured a few metatarsals myself, and she scoffs at the idea. >More
 Madison Central Library's bold new Media Lab has free tools for budding artists, animators and videogame designers

If you've visited the new Central Library, you might have noticed a mysterious room near the teen section that resembles a TV studio, complete with computers, cameras and a green screen. It looks like some kind of secret workshop where the staff makes library propaganda. >More


Saving 'The Spirit of Greenbush' statue

The spirit of Greenbush is alive and well, but its namesake monument is in trouble. The pyramidal statue at Regent and North Murray streets has fallen into alarming disrepair. >More
 Baltimore artist Michael Owen funnels Willy Street's inclusive spirit into a mural for Plan B

Willy Street is getting a lot more love-ly this week. Baltimore artist Michael Owen is in town to create one of two new murals for Plan B, the LGBT nightclub on the 900 block. The work will consist of the word "love" spelled out in bold, graphic sign language on one side of the building. >More


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David Stluka Capitol Lakes
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Daithi Sunroom Cafe
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Michael Ward UW Health Sciences Learning Center-Ebling Library
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Jason S. Yi Madison Museum of Contemporary Art
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Jessica Pankratz Mother Fool's Coffeehouse
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Keary Kautzer UW-Extension Pyle Center
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StoryBook: Narrative in Contemporary Art Madison Museum of Contemporary Art
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Elizabeth K. Winters Yellow Rose Gallery
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Brent Nicastro Tamarack Studio & Gallery
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Emily L.R. Adams UW Memorial Union-Porter Butts Gallery
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Opera House Art Gallery Debut Show Opera House Art Gallery, Mount Horeb
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Carol & Mark Pflughoeft Capitol Lakes-Atrium Galleria
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Jane Addams Book Club South Madison Library, 6:30pm
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Wisconsin Visual Artists-South Central Chapter BioPharmaceutical Technology Center-Promega Gallery
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S.V. Medaris & Alicia Rheal Overture Center-Gallery I
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Jeff Stern Ancora Coffee-King Street
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A Photo Affair Submissions Madison Senior Center
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MItzi Kust, Metje Butler UW Hospital & Clinics
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James Krysan UW Memorial Union-Lakefront on Langdon Gallery
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Richard Ely & Stephen Enriquez Overture Center-Gallery II
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A Steady Program of Art UW Memorial Union-Class of 1925 Gallery
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Leo Rotelli UW Hospital & Clinics
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Artisan Gallery Exhibits Artisan Gallery, Paoli
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Twenty-Three Sisters UW Union South-Gallery 1308
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3150 Studio Artists Verona Library
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Lois Bergerson UW Health Sciences Learning Center
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Making Memory Cloths Circle Lakeside Street Coffee House
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Music Theatre of Madison's Miscast challenges age, gender and race expectations with lovely singing and lots of humor

The annual performance of Miscast by Music Theatre of Madison asks questions like "Are eight year old girls with red hair and freckles the only ones who get to sing songs from Annie?" The answer, according to executive director Meghan Randolph, is no. At least once a year, the role is open to anyone with the nerve and talent to take the stage. >More
 Drama in the West High theater department

On July 14, about 500 locals received an email message with a dramatic subject line: "West Theater Program in Jeopardy!" The message came from Friends of West High Drama, a booster organization for parents of students who've participated in the school's theater programs. It asked recipients to contact administrators and express concerns about proposed cuts to theater classes for the 2014-2015 school year. >More


American Players Theatre's American Buffalo peeks inside a pawn shop where three men are plotting a robbery

When David Mamet's American Buffalo burst onto the theater scene in 1977, it was hailed as a triumph of the vernacular and pronounced an instant classic. Mamet infused Buffalo's dialogue with caustic profanity and the stark rhythms of a struggling, disillusioned class one that had rarely been represented with such searing clarity. >More
 American Players Theatre's The Importance of Being Earnest is a fun, frothy start to the 2014 season

Oscar Wilde's biggest hit, The Importance of Being Earnest, might seem sexist to modern viewers if the men weren't every bit as foolish as the women. As it is, Wilde skewers both sexes in his takedown of the social pretensions of the English upper classes. The play is the first to appear on the outdoor Up-the-Hill stage at American Players Theatre this summer. >More


Li Chiao-Ping's Rise Over Run fills the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery with intriguing movements and questions

Surprises abounded at the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery on Friday as Li Chiao-Ping and her dance company presented a program of modern dance set in more than a dozen sites throughout the building. A complex undertaking in a complex that's a mixture of public and private spaces, Rise Over Run: Off the Wall Dances, invites audiences to view dance by moving through WID, guided by ushers. >More
 Guts, grace and gratitude with JoJean Retrum and Dance Wisconsin

It's a very important day at Dance Wisconsin. A Regional Dance America representative is visiting to decide which of the company's routines will be performed in Chicago next month. She impatiently shushes the dancers, who talk, laugh and move about excitedly. The issue isn't that the dancers lack seriousness; it's that they're all between the ages of 12 and 18. But when the show begins, they bust out some very serious skills. >More
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