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How Madison native Orson Welles cooked up a Martian invasion in War of the Worlds

I always think about Orson Welles this time of year. For me, Halloween is associated with his War of the Worlds radio broadcast, which caused a national panic on October 30, 1938. >More
 American Players Theatre's 2015 season includes Shakespeare's Othello and works by Homer, Coward and Austen

American Players Theatre, the 36-year-old repertory theater company based in Spring Green, has released the schedule for its upcoming season, which runs June 6 through Oct. 18, 2015. In addition to presenting Othello and The Merry Wives of Windsor by William Shakespeare, its specialty, APT will stage works by such famous writers as Noël Coward, Tennessee Williams, Jane Austen and Homer. >More


American Players Theatre delivers a modern yet timeless Alcestis, Euripides' tale of love and fate

Despite being 2,500 years old, Alcestis fits naturally on the contemporary stage. Themes like love, death, and fate are universal; the story is easy to follow; and director David Frank offers some entertaining twists in an American Players Theatre production of Euripides' classic before stepping out of his role as the Spring Green company's producing artistic director. >More
 FlakPhoto's Andy Adams curates his first Madison exhibition

Ask a professional shutterbug to name one of the web's leading authorities on photography, and that person will likely mention Andy Adams of FlakPhoto. Since launching in 2004, the website has attracted more than 53,000 Facebook fans, 39,000 Twitter followers and numerous contributors from around the world. What began as an online gallery of sorts has evolved into a web-based community that presents works by artists, curators and bookmakers. >More


Wisconsin Book Festival 2014 is a celebration of authors, libraries and bold ideas

Madison Public Library and its foundation have transformed the Wisconsin Book Festival into a yearlong feast of stellar storytelling and intriguing ideas. With many events at the Central Library, the main portion of the fest (Oct. 16-19) is also a chance for attendees to enjoy the new building's art, gathering spaces and, of course, books. Here are some of the events we're most excited about. >More
 Stephin Merritt is a singer, a songwriter and a Scrabble nut

Stephin Merritt might be a master of song and verse, but the rules governing the word games Scrabble and Words with Friends bewilder him. Especially the 101 two-letter words officially recognized by Scrabble. >More


Madison Fall Arts Preview 2014: Theater and dance

When copious amounts of television are making you feel like a zombie, trekking to Spring Green's American Players Theatre for a classical Greek tragedy is the perfect remedy. High-art performances can engage your brain in restorative ways, and seeing them onstage has a visceral impact most TV shows can't replicate. >More
 Madison Fall Arts Preview 2014: Film

Madison's movie calendar plumps up in the fall as Sundance's screening room announces its offerings, the UW Cinematheque starts its semester, and the Spotlight Cinema and Duck Soup Cinema series return to the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art and Overture Center. >More


Jason S. Yi examines order, chaos and change in A Fragile Permanence at MMoCA

The lobby of the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art was packed the night of Aug. 23, when Milwaukee-based artist Jason S. Yi debuted his site-specific installation A Fragile Permanence. From the top of MMoCA's main staircase, the crowd looked like a swarm of dots moving about at random, but up close it was clear that much of the movement had a purpose. >More
 Two exhibitions at the James Watrous Gallery explore summer's pleasures with whimsical objects

I've spent the summer searching for an inexpensive grill, and by now I've grown mighty tired. Perhaps that's why I was drawn to the latest pair of shows at the James Watrous Gallery. >More


Friday, October 31
Marcia Sparks UW Health Sciences Learning Center
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Carolyn Kallenborn Edgewood College-The Stream
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From the Archives UW Memorial Union-Lakefront on Langdon
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Call for Artists Holy Wisdom Monastery, Middleton
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Robert Knight UW Memorial Union-Porter Butts Gallery
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WORT-FM Volunteers WORT-FM Studio
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Katie Schofield Edgewood College
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Beth Racette Edgewood College-Sonderegger Science Center
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EarthSongs Sun Prairie Library
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Margaret Durow UW Memorial Union-Class of 1925 Gallery
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Jason S. Yi Madison Museum of Contemporary Art
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Elizabeth K. Winters Yellow Rose Gallery
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John Murray Mason U-Frame-It-East
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Laurie Ruck UW Hospital & Clinics
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The Archive as a River: Paul Vanderbilt & Photography Overture Center-James Watrous Gallery of the Wisconsin Academy
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Ann Campoll River Arts on Water, Prairie du Sac
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Southwest Six Pasqual's Cantina-Hilldale
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Harley-Davidson Exhibit River Arts Center Gallery, Prairie du Sac
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Bryan Morris, Stacey Kulow Comedy Club on State
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David Hilgendorf & Jason Vaughn Overture Center-Gallery III
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Linda Koenig Fanny Garver Gallery
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PhotoMidwest Invitational Overture Center-Gallery II
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Cool Science Image Contest Winners Wisconsin Institutes for Medical Research
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Debra Bushy UW Health Sciences Learning Center
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Belly Dancing Mediterranean Hookah Lounge and Cafe, 8:00pm
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Atlas Improv Company Atlas Improv Company
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Anime Club Ashman Library, 6:45pm
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Carolyn Knorr Prairie Cafe and Bakery, Middleton
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Art Beyond Sight Wisconsin Council of the Blind & Visually Impaired
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Franklynn Peterson Social Justice Center-Jackie Macaulay Gallery
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StoryBook: Narrative in Contemporary Art Madison Museum of Contemporary Art
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David Frank, take a bow

The sun is assaulting the outdoor stage at American Players Theatre. It's a Friday afternoon late in May, the third week of rehearsal for the company's production of Much Ado About Nothing. >More
 Theatre LILA makes magic in the ethereal The Suitcase Dreams

The Suitcase Dreams by Theatre LILA is so good, I don't want you to read this review. Instead, I'd rather you go see it, like I did, without knowing too much. I want you to sit down in the slightly uncomfortable seats of Overture Center's Promenade Hall without having any idea what you're about to experience. >More


American Players Theatre nails Chekhov's dark humor in The Seagull

The Seagull is not some boring old Russian play. Anton Chekhov's 1895 piece is stunningly relevant in 2014. The excellent production by American Players Theatre production (through Sept. 20) makes for a satisfying time at the Up-the-Hill Theatre in Spring Green; it's a show that will linger in audience members' minds for a long time. >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


Madison Fall Comedy Preview 2014: Standup and improv

Fall's dropping temperatures mean it's time to head into comedy clubs and other places that can help you laugh yourself warm. This season Madison has a calendar jam-packed with excellent shows. From these, Isthmus has picked 16 you don't want to miss. Some are stocked with local favorites, and others feature famous headliners. >More
 Madison Fall Comedy Preview 2014: How Atlas Improv brought Bryan Morris and Stacey Kulow together

"The number-one rule of Atlas Improv is follow your fear," says local comedian Bryan Morris. "Go after that thing you are scared of." For Morris and Stacey Kulow, following fear has led them into improv, standup comedy and acting. As Madison's comedic power couple, they've had to juggle overlapping careers in the arts with the stresses of a relationship. >More
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