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Bartell is the heart of community theater

After six months on the job, the Bartell Community Theatre's new managing director says she's already seen big changes at the shared venue. If Sarah Hoover gets her way, even bolder changes may be coming. >More
 Overture's debt

The recent liquidation of the trust fund that was designed to pay off the Overture Center's construction debt is a big deal. But it's unclear if the city of Madison will take a hit because of it. >More
 Madison Rep begins a transitional season

The Madison Repertory Theatre's decision last spring not to renew its contract with artistic director Richard Corley came at an especially inconvenient time. >More
 Make room for art

Now that the Peterson office building has been leveled, both UW old-timers and newly arrived students can get a better sense of how the 80,000-square-foot expansion of the Chazen Museum of Art will match up with the original, Harry Weiss-designed Elvehjem building. Astute observers will note, however, that the Peterson building's basement remains largely intact. >More
 Passing the hat at the Broom Street Theater

Broom Street Theater celebrates its 40th anniversary next season with plenty of hope for the future. Since succeeding the late Joel Gersmann in 2005, artistic director Callen Harty has kept the independent company focused on original works written by local playwrights, and slowly but surely the theater's longtime Williamson Street facility has been upgraded. Among other things, the theater's old, backless bleachers were replaced with more comfortable seating options and an ongoing landscaping project has made the theater's modest grounds more attractive. >More
 Mouth music: Madison gets ready for the National Poetry Slam

With 76 teams of poets from the United States, Canada and Europe converging on Madison to attend the annual National Poetry Slam festival Aug. 3-9, the city is set to become the center of the spoken-word universe during one of the hottest weeks of the year. >More
 Grand Theft Auto class

Games+Learning+Society isn't the biggest or best-known confab of its kind, but thanks to the work of the UW's Kurt Squire and former UW professor James Paul Gee, Madison has become a power spot for education-oriented gaming research. >More
 The city takes its time with public art for Frances Plaza

The selection committee formed under the auspices of the Madison Arts Commission has narrowed down its preference for the new water feature that will grace Frances Plaza. The committee said it preferred Spokane artist Tom Askman's redesign of the centrally located space abutting State Street. It also kept Stockholm, Wis.-based husband-and-wife duo Myklebust + Sears in the running. >More
 The Overture Center shakes things up for 2008-09

In years past, the Overture Center and its predecessor, the Madison Civic Center, didn't work very often with outside promoters. The center usually took on all the risk in hopes of reaping greater rewards. The 2008-09 season indicates that Overture's approach has changed. >More
 The Overture Center: Coming up short

Joel Gersmann, the late artistic director of Broom Street Theater, often joked that one day the city would be begging the Ho-Chunk to convert the Overture Center into a casino. Now, I don't know that the shift to slots and craps will ever happen. But it turns out that Gersmann was right to be skeptical of the $205 million cultural center's future. >More
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