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Did you know that West Side Story was originally going to be called East Side Story? It would have been about the Catholic and Jewish street gangs in 1950s New York, and it would have been set during Easter and Passover. Somebody thought better of the idea, thank God, and the rest, as they say, is history. >More
 Laurie Anderson: Queen of Quirk

Pop-tech performance queen Laurie Anderson returns to Madison on April 14 after a four-year hiatus. Her latest creation from the intersection of art, technology and politics, "Homeland," toured Europe last summer and launched its U.S. junket at Carnegie Hall's Zankel Hall last month. Whether or not you dig Anderson's outré mix of electronic sound and spoken word, the subversive stories she renders as art deserve your keen attention. >More
 The business of art

In the old movie musicals, Mickey Rooney would say, "Let's put on a show in the old barn!" And Judy Garland would not exclaim, "Why, I bet my mom could write the nonprofit corporation bylaws and apply for 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status!" In real life they would have. That's arts administration, or as it's known in the field, "arts admin." It may sound boring, but sometimes it's as exciting as an old movie musical -- too exciting. >More
 Arts 2007

2007 had its share of bad news for the Madison arts scene. The Overture Center's endowment fund dipped perilously low. The Madison Center for Creative and Cultural Arts shut down. The Madison Theatre Guild almost died. Former Overture Center chief Robert D'Angelo was indicted on 39 criminal counts. >More
 All over the map

It doesn't get any better than the Wisconsin Union Theater's Madison World Music Festival (Sept. 13-15), which kicks off the fall season at the Memorial Union Terrace and the Union Theater. It's an annual, free, all-out celebration of cultural resistance to Coca-Colonized pop-rock homogeneity. This year's zippy lineup includes both traditionalists who refuse to give in and pioneers who revamp the family folklore with 21st century world influences. Here are some highlights. >More
 Let the shows begin

Who are we, seven years into the 21st century? Is Madison still Dairyland's cultural core, or has our level of sophistication risen with population growth and the crime rate? Ticket sales at the city's two main performing arts venues this year should contain clues to our current identity. >More
 Students at play

The "living room of campus," the perpetual winner of countless favorite-place polls, home of the most famous chairs in the solar system - the University of Wisconsin-Madison student union is 100 years old this year. >More
 Third annual WYOU Awards presented at Overture

"This is a chance for us to say thank you," says Charles Uphoff, the executive director of WYOU Channel 4, Madison's cable access station as he introduces the third annual YOUies in the Overture Center's Rotunda on Friday evening. >More
 Madison Arts Commission Signature Grant supports 'Bold Visions'

Known for her predisposition toward intense color, Senungetuk produces photographic prints, altered digital photographs and mixed-media drawings >More
 Labors of love

Someone in the newspaper biz once said to me that Midwesterners play it safe because of their rural roots. 'You know, farmers plant the same thing every year because it's what they know,' she said dismissively. Luckily for her, my Midwestern gentility helped me stifle a rhetorical but well-deserved question: 'Lady, are you nuts?' >More
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