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Arts Beat: With help from donors, Overture Center settles debt with lenders

Overture's $28.6 million debt has suddenly vanished. News officially came at a press conference this morning: lenders will write off part of the outstanding construction loan. The rest, $15.1 million, will be settled by donors "led by" Overture patron Jerome Frautschi. >More
 UW's First Wave program trains passionate hip-hop poets

It's 8 on a Friday night at the Memorial Union. On stage in the Rathskeller, a skinny-jeaned guitar band sprays a mist of minor chords and mopey pop over a room full of students busy drinking a hole into the end of the school week. One floor above, in the main lounge of the Union, another scene takes shape. Only a flight up, it's another world. >More
 Overture Center announces 2010-2011 season

Overture Center for the Arts has announced the schedule of touring events for the 2010-2011 season. The trend of lighter schedules continues. There are 32 events on the upcoming roster, down from 38 last year and around 60 in years before that. >More
 Wisconsin Union Theater releases 2010-2011 lineup

The Wisconsin Union Theater has announced its schedule of live entertainment for the 2010-2011 season. As always, the appealing lineup includes classical, pop and world-music events. >More
 Judging from Overture's books, the arts center is doing okay

During the first quarter of Overture Center's current fiscal year, ticket sales fell short by 48% of what was budgeted. Is the Overture Center for the Arts dying? Short answer: Nope. Long answer: Read on. >More
 Nicole Gruter gets up close and personal

Nicole Gruter's art is not necessarily something you see at a gallery or a club. It's something you encounter -- or join -- during a random walk down a Madison street. >More
 Velliquette and Sargent shows at Watrous Gallery offer distinct visions

The James Watrous Gallery, tucked on the third floor of the Overture Center, is heading into 2010 with two very strong -- and very different -- exhibitions. >More
 Bright spots: Isthmus critics look back at 2009 in Madison culture

In 2008, Madison's arts scene was, thanks to the crashing economy, in trouble. In 2009, the bottom fell out. >More
 Madison makes 'em laugh

Madison has always had its fair share of sketch, improv and standup acts -- not to mention being the hometown of comedic titan Chris Farley. And these days, there's a flourishing scene taking shape here, one that offers a supportive community for those wishing to flex their funny muscles. >More
 Overture Center helps pump big bucks into downtown economy

Just in time for its fifth anniversary celebration this weekend, the Overture Center for the Arts has received a special gift: fresh financial impact figures that show audiences pumping $9.8 million in related spending into the downtown economy annually. >More
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