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Overture Center announces a 2014-15 season filled with Broadway blockbusters and music from around the world

Overture Center has unveiled its 2014-15 season, and it's a doozie. Filled with live music from around the world, innovative takes on dance and circus arts, and musicals that range from charming classics to irreverent new hits, there are tons of opportunities to get your fill of culture between August 2014 and June 2015. >More
 University Theatre heightens the drama of Richard III using elements of traditional kabuki

UW theater professor David Furumoto says his first exposure to traditional kabuki changed his life. It was the late 1970s, and he was a teenager growing up in Hawaii. One day, his mother insisted that he drive her to a performance " and stay to see it. He had no idea what he was getting into. >More

ARTS

Domestic Abuse Intervention Services wants to empower residents with locally made works

This summer Domestic Abuse Intervention Services will open a new shelter on Fordem Avenue. A safe haven for domestic violence survivors from Dane County, the facility should be fully operational by Aug. 1, says development director Jamie Quam. >More
 Broom Street Theater's W8ing 4 G-Dogg is a fun, modern response to Samuel Beckett's Waiting for Godot

While philosophers like Jean-Paul Sartre are known for their deep discussions of existentialism, existential crises affect the rest of us, too. Samuel Beckett knew that and presented a problem of this sort in his famous Waiting for Godot. The Broom Street Theater production W8ting 4 G-Dogg (through April 12) isn't quite a remake of Beckett's play, though it follows a similar plot with analogous characters. It's both accessible and enjoyable. >More

WORDS

Susan Gloss and Gayle Rosengren make an impression from Madison

Susan Gloss and Gayle Rosengren write for very different audiences, but both authors call the Madison area home. Their characters live nearby, too. What the Moon Said, Rosengren's recently released novel for middle-grade readers, takes place on a Wisconsin farm. Gloss' novel, Vintage, revolves around three women who spend time in a vintage clothing boutique on East Johnson Street. >More
 Madison style blogger Gabrielle Pedriani brings a Midwestern perspective to New York Fashion Week

If you spot Gabrielle Pedriani on the street, you may think she's simply a stylish Madison gal. But dressing well isn't just a hobby for this Wisconsin native. Two years ago, she launched a blog called Look Sharp, Sconnie, which set her on a path to bigger opportunities in the world of fashion. >More

COMEDY

Comedian Maria Bamford finally comes to Madison

For a relatively small city, Madison has seen more than its share of the greats of standup comedy over the last few years -- Patton Oswalt, Mike Birbiglia, Aziz Ansari and Marc Maron, just to name a few. When I talk with local comedy fans, there's one comic missing from that list, someone people have wanted to see in Madison for years: Maria Bamford. >More

ART

Yellow Rose Gallery to take root at the top of State Street

The 100 block of State Street has been teeming with activity over the past two years. First came the Fountain in late 2011, which quickly added concerts, poetry readings and sing-alongs to its menu. Then came 100State, a place for entrepreneurs and creative types to brainstorm and collaborate. Now a visual-art venture -- Yellow Rose Gallery -- is preparing to join this mini-community. Its doors will open in late March, according to founder Miles Kristan. >More
 Victor Castro raids recycling bins to create 'social sculpture' in Madison

Victor Castro is proud to create art with "leftovers." Castro, who is known for his public art projects in Mexico and Peru, received a $10,000 grant from the Madison Arts Commission last year to create a site-specific mural at the new Meadowridge Library. >More

THE GUIDE

Wednesday, April 23
Visiting Artist Colloquium UW Elvehjem Building, 4:30pm
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Madison Contemporary Fiber Artists UW-Extension Pyle Center
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Discovering Austen Sequoya Library, 7:00pm
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Artisan Gallery Exhibits Artisan Gallery, Paoli
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Architecture at Madison College Madison College-Truax Campus
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Shared Threads Oakwood Village-University Woods Gallery
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Bruce Fortney Capitol Lakes-Atrium Galleria
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Non-Stop Motorless Motion Bicycles
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Barbara Schempf Gallery at Yahara Bay
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Michael Engelberger UW Hospital & Clinics
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Jeb Prazak River Arts on Water, Prairie du Sac
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Los Grandes del Arte Moderno Mexicano Madison Museum of Contemporary Art
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Tami Reschke UW Hospital & Clinics
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Jaroslava Sobiskova UW Hospital & Clinics
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Africa at Noon UW Ingraham Hall
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Azul Sphaera Pasqual's-Monroe St.
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Madison Watercolor Society UW Hospital & Clinics
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University Theatre's "Richard III" UW Vilas Hall-Mitchell Theatre
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Real/Surreal Madison Museum of Contemporary Art
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Book Discussion Monroe Street Library, 6:00pm
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Steve Wirtz Hatch Art House
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Jeff Stern Ancora Coffee-King Street
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Margaret Durow Mother Fool's Coffeehouse
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Tom Miller, Wayne Brabender UW-Extension Lowell Center
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Christopher Gerg UW Health Sciences Learning Center
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Four Seasons Theatre displays charisma, charm and killer vocals in Great Dames

Four Seasons has consistently demonstrated a fervor to deliver Madison's best voices, and Great Dames is no exception. The company always looks like it's having fun, too, and that's important. >More
 Children's Theater of Madison creates an innovative version of Alexander & the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day for kids on the autism spectrum

For an autistic child, the theater can be challenging. Loud noises startle. Lighting changes overwhelm. Many things the average theatergoing public takes for granted, from waiting patiently in line to sitting quietly in one's seat, can prove difficult. But Susannah Peterson, executive director of the Autism Society's South Central Wisconsin chapter, knows that these kids love storytelling, too. >More

THEATER

Broom Street Theater's Chat ;) is an entertaining comedy about the challenges of online dating

Dan Myers' Chat ;) is a romantic comedy in which a boy meets girl, and then lots of texting ensues. He directs a production of this play for Broom Street Theater (through March 8). >More
 Strollers Theatre tackles tough questions about the moral ambiguity of war in Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo

Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo by Strollers Theatre explores life in a war-wrecked city by giving the dead a voice. At the time of Operation Iraqi Freedom, Baghdad is filled with the ghosts of tyrants, children, soldiers and many victims of murder, including a tiger killed in captivity. >More

DANCE

Madison Ballet's Repertory II is a rare chance to see George Balanchine's works performed locally

Madison Ballet closes its 2013-14 season with Repertory II, a program at the Bartell Theatre. It has three works, two from artistic director W. Earle Smith and one from iconic choreographer George Balanchine, and features former New York City Ballet principal dancer Charles Askegard. The last two performances are on Saturday, March 22, at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. >More
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