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Madison artistry survived the economic disaster in 2008

When it came to the arts in Madison, 2008 was, in important aspects, a year to forget. The tanking economy took its toll on arts organizations as surely as it did everything else. But guess what? The ticket booths were still open, and, amid the wreckage, the shows went on. Our critics took in oodles of music, theater, dance and visual art in 2008, and they liked what they heard and saw, recession or no recession. Here are their recollections. >More
 Overture Center cuts for 2009 include staff, Madison Children's Arts Festival

Things are tough all over, not least at Overture Center, the gleaming downtown art box. Overture's board of directors has approved a $5.6 million operating budget for Jan. 1-June 30, 2009, and there are depressing cuts in store. >More
 Madison arts funding at stake in 2009 budget battle

"This is an opportunity to express to our elected officials how much we value the arts in Madison," says Karin Wolf, who urged local arts partisans in an email appeal over the weekend to register in opposition to Amendment 26 at tonight's meeting, to speak out against it and to urge their alderpersons to vote it down. >More
 There will be blood

The vampire is tall and pale with a ruined quality to his once-beautiful face, as if from years of hard living. He carries the limp and bloodied young woman to a secluded place near the bayou, lays her down and, with his teeth, tears open a vein in his wrist. He lifts her head and holds his bleeding wrist to her mouth, saying, "Drink." She resists, and he tells her again to drink "if you want to live." >More
 Madison's drag kings dress as men, but it's more complicated than that

The lights dimmed, the crowd let forth an appreciative cheer, and onto the stage strolled the confident, swaggering, decidedly masculine figure of a dapper gentleman in a three-piece suit, complete with fedora. >More
 The main events

Here comes the 2008-2009 performing arts season at the Wisconsin Union Theater and the Overture Center, the city's top venues -- and I'm totally glued to the electoral soap opera. Can I skip the latest exploits of Sarah Barracuda for New Orleans funk or modern dance? Could I even afford to go? My habits of grocery shopping and driving a car are taking a bite out of my theater funds this year. >More
 Arts in Wisconsin, by the numbers

Wisconsin ranks 20th in the nation for number of arts businesses, but only 44th for paid arts workers. And Wisconsin ranks 33rd among the 50 states for the rate at which its number of arts businesses has grown in the last year. >More
 Stoughton develops an Artspace

A rambling, three-story, 75,000-square-foot building on East South Street in Stoughton began life as a tobacco warehouse. Artspace Projects takes buildings like these, and turn them into affordable living and working studio space for artists. >More
 Fabu: 'To be black is to be political'

On the first Saturday night in May, while rowdy college kids roamed the Mifflin Street block party in search of their next keg, a quieter crowd gathered at Escape Java Joint on Willy Street. In the art gallery coarsely decorated with organic fair-trade coffee sacks, over 50 people sat in folding chairs and in the aisles. Madison's new poet laureate, Fabu Carter Brisco, took the mike. >More
 Overture Center announces its 2008-09 season

The Overture Center for the Arts announced its new season of programming in a media soiree on Thursday afternoon, unveiling dozens of dates at its two primary venues of Overture Hall and Capitol Theater. A few big names include David Sedaris, Bill Cosby, Art Garfunkel, Travis Tritt, and Bobby McFerrin, along with productions of Avenue Q, Sweeney Todd, and a special Madison Repertory Theatre production of My Fair Lady. >More
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