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Arts 2014: Isthmus critics rate the art performances of the year

Madison's cultural scene just keeps growing and getting better. So much so, in fact, that it's hard to keep up with it all. But we give it our best. Now it's time for retrospection. Five Isthmus critics look back on the year in theater, classical music, dance and comedy. >More
 Comedian Nate Craig enjoys a hometown holiday with standup and Townie Fest

Nate Craig has Madison in his blood. He was born here, and attended both West High School and UW-Madison. While Craig is open about the love he has for his hometown, it's hard to make a career in comedy living in Dane County. That's why he moved to California, where he now works as a writer and warm-up comedian for MTV's Ridiculousness. >More


Amy Marshall's giant leap

When Children's Theater of Madison set out to find its first managing director, the search committee cast the net far and wide. Artistic director Roseann Sheridan had overseen the creative direction and financial management of the company since she began her job there in 2007. But CTM has big plans for the future. >More
 John Oliver brings his stinging satire to Madison

John Oliver is coming back to Madison at a time when he couldn't be hotter. >More


Print & Resist's Sarah Tops Rogers questions digital privilege through handmade publications

In a world where digital communication is king and corporate spin influences lots of mainstream news coverage, indie zines are appealing for their candidness and the nostalgia they conjure. The second annual Print & Resist, a daylong festival celebrating zines, grassroots journals and artisanal books, takes place at the Central Library on Saturday, Nov. 1. >More
 Wisconsin Book Festival 2014 fills downtown Madison with lively discussions about medicine, math, mini-golf and more

The Madison Public Library Foundation has transformed the Wisconsin Book Festival into a year-round celebration of authors and reading. It doesn't just honor the written word, but pays homage to the things that inspire authors to write and the big ideas that make storytelling so exciting. >More


Kanopy Dance explores the human condition through physicality in Mime Body Spirit

Kanopy Dance Company opened its 2014-2015 season Friday evening with Mime Body Spirit at Overture Center's Promenade Hall. "Making visible the invisible" is in pale script beneath the title, and that goal is achieved. >More


Poonam Rao looks to an ancient Indian plant for business ideas and artistic inspiration

When Poonam Rao started a Facebook page in December 2012, she didn't consider herself an art studio owner. "I just created my page with all the artwork that I had, to see what people were thinking," she says. "I didn't have plans of any sort." >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


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Norman Seeff BioPharmaceutical Technology Center-Promega Gallery
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Angela Richardson Madison Children's Museum
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3150 Studio Artists Overture Center-Gallery II
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Madison Ballet's "The Nutcracker" Overture Center-Overture Hall
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Michael John Streibel UW Arboretum Steinhauer Trust Gallery
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Franklynn Peterson Social Justice Center-Jackie Macaulay Gallery
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Maleficent Hawthorne Library
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Staff Exhibit Mother Fool's Coffeehouse
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Monkey Business Institute Glass Nickel Pizza-Atwood Ave.
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Paul McMahon La Mop Hair Studio
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StoryBook: Narrative in Contemporary Art Madison Museum of Contemporary Art
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From Here to There: Alec Soth's America Madison Museum of Contemporary Art
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Artisan Gallery Exhibits Artisan Gallery, Paoli
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A Handmade Christmas in Wisconsin Jura Silverman Gallery, Spring Green
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Gregg Williard South Madison Library
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Gabe Strader-Brown UW Memorial Union-Class of 1925 Gallery
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WORT-FM Volunteers WORT-FM Studio
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Gallery 211 Debut Exhibition Madison College-Downtown Gallery 211
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Atlas Improv Company Atlas Improv Company
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Don Gaines Capitol Lakes
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Narayan Mahon Madison Museum of Contemporary Art
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Tom Miller Oasis Cafe
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Kailey Barthel & Elizabeth Winters Overture Center-Playhouse Gallery
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Best of Past Shows UW-Extension Lowell Center
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Forward Theater Company initiates a community conversation about violence with From Up Here

From Up Here, the new show by Forward Theater Company, tackles numerous aspects of school violence, from bullying to shootings to the mental health problems underlying these tragic incidents. The play, written by Liz Flahive and performed through Nov. 23 at Overture Center's Playhouse, tells the story of a community affected by one boy's threat of violence. >More
 Forward Theater Company's From Up Here is a thought-provoking tale about school violence and family dynamics

Filled with witty yet honest dialogue, Liz Flahive's From Up Here is a compelling dramedy about school violence. Director Jennifer Uphoff Gray leads a gifted cast through the Forward Theater Company production. Gray's interpretation is carefully crafted yet never heavy handed, reminding us why she's the company's artistic director. >More


Compelling characters and stellar singing elevate Once's boy-meets-girl story

Before Once starts, the cast lets the audience know that the evening will be filled with energetic performances of soul-stirring music. Before the lights go down on musical's set -- a dark Dublin bar adorned with vintage mirrors -- the ensemble launches into a traditional Irish pub session of folk music and mingles with theater patrons onstage. >More
 Two actors struggle with racial stereotypes in Madison Theatre Guild's Yankee Dawg You Die

In one of the first scenes of Philip Kan Gotanda's Yankee Dawg You Die, a young Asian American actor who is new to the Hollywood scene encounters one of his screen idols at a party. They discuss a rumor that the elder has had plastic surgery, perhaps to look more American. >More


Kevin Bozeman gives thanks to the Madison comedy scene with headliners from across the country

Ten years ago, comedian Kevin Bozeman decided he wanted to put on a show on Thanksgiving Eve. "People didn't think it would be a success, but I saw that the bars were always crowded on the day before Thanksgiving. Family members going out and grabbing a drink, old friends meeting up. No one was taking advantage of it," he says. >More
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