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Garrison Keillor remembers his brother, Phil, with benefit

John Philip "Phil" Keillor died on Feb. 27, after sustaining critical head injuries in a fall while ice-skating in Vilas Park. He was 71. He is survived by his wife, Ann-Britt, a son, two daughters, his mother, seven grandchildren, two sisters and three brothers, including Garrison, who is coming to Madison to pay tribute to his late brother with a May 6 performance at the Overture Center. The performance will raise funds for a new Tenney Park shelter. >More
 Madison and Dane County culture bosses confront dire economy

Karen Crossley and Karin Wolf could not have foreseen the challenges. The recession may have been on the horizon by October 2006, when Wolf was hired as the new administrator for the Madison Arts Commission, but the economy was not yet in freefall. Nor had calamity reached full scale seven months later, when Dane County picked Crossley as its new coordinator for the Cultural Affairs Commission. >More
 Global culture, local performers meet in International Festival at Overture

Madisonians love live performance. And they're very cosmopolitan. So where better for them to spend a pleasant February Saturday than Overture Center's International Festival? The event, which starts at 11 a.m., boasts music, storytelling, dance and puppetry by more than 25 acts. >More
 Madison Fashion Week 2009 warms up with Fashion Fridays runway show

At a time when most people think they have to cut back on dining out, entertainment and shopping, the winter edition of Fashion Fridays, a springboard for Madison Fashion Week this spring, is set to prove you can still have fun with style in the face of a recession. >More
 Madison arts groups cope with a miserable economy

The arts are halfway through the story of Chicken Little. There are indications that the sky is falling, but time will decide whether there's a happily-ever-after ending to the recession. >More
 Madison Symphony musicians will vote on union

After decades of operating on their own in negotiations with orchestra management, Madison Symphony Orchestra players will vote Feb. 2 on whether to affiliate with the American Federation of Musicians (AFM). Union supporters say it's just a matter of learning to play in a different key. But to MSO management, the effort is like a heavy metal guitar solo in a Schubert symphony. >More
 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
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