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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
 Mark Fraire is the new director for Dane Arts

Mark Fraire speaks passionately about his new position as director of the Dane County Cultural Affairs Commission, or Dane Arts, but he'd rather not do it on the phone. "That's not the way I do things. I like to get out into the community and meet people, [to] engage on a personal level and make connections," he explains with a smile when we meet to discuss his long career in the arts, education and outreach programming. >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
 Forward Theater Company announces intriguing 2014-15 season, full of dark humor and absurdity

Madison's Forward Theater Company is about to embark on its sixth season presenting contemporary plays featuring the talents of professional actors, directors and designers. This week it announced the lineup for its 2014-15 season. Here is a brief snapshot of each play the troupe has selected. >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
 Madison authors find 15 minutes of fame at Mystery to Me's Local Author Slam

Journalists, bloggers and talk-show hosts constantly recycle one of Andy Warhol's most famous remarks: "In the future, everyone will be world-famous for 15 minutes." While international fame, however fleeting, seems to be a goal for over-the-top reality-TV participants, local fame seems to visit modest folks fairly often, too. >More


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


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


Sunday, April 20
Wings & Water River Arts Center Gallery, Prairie du Sac
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Tami Reschke UW Hospital & Clinics
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Fabu Madison Municipal Building-ARTspace
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Inspired by Books Middleton Library
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Mary Poppins Fireside Dinner Theatre
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Judy Pfaff, Patrick Ireland, Alan Shields, David Klaman Wisconsin Institutes for Medical Research
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Paul Briskey Fair Trade Coffee House
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Marginalia: cARTography Chazen Museum of Art
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Natasha Hovey UW Art Lofts
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The Memory Cloth Collective Lakeside Street Coffee House
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Warren Buckles Center for Photography at Madison
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Oliverio Balcells, Terrence Coffman, Tom Loeser, Paul Nitsche Biopharmaceutical Technology Center-Promega Gallery
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UW Student Art Show UW Memorial Union
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Bindley Ceramics Collection Edgewood College-The Stream
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Design 2014 UW Nancy Nicholas Hall-Design Gallery
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Philip Lyons, Ryan Myers Overture Center-Gallery II
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Lori Schappe-Yoens UW Health Sciences Learning Center
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University Theatre's "Richard III" UW Vilas Hall-Mitchell Theatre
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Steve Wirtz Hatch Art House
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Jason Peter Gray Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery
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Real/Surreal Madison Museum of Contemporary Art
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Barbara Westfall UW Education Building
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Christopher Gerg UW Health Sciences Learning Center
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Madison Watercolor Society UW Hospital & Clinics
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Line Breaks UW Lathrop Hall-H'Doubler Performance Space
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Beyond the Water's Edge Lussier Community Education Center
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Shared Threads Oakwood Village-University Woods Gallery
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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


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


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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