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Mark Fraire is the new director for Dane Arts

Mark Fraire speaks passionately about his new position as director of the Dane County Cultural Affairs Commission, or Dane Arts, but he'd rather not do it on the phone. "That's not the way I do things. I like to get out into the community and meet people, [to] engage on a personal level and make connections," he explains with a smile when we meet to discuss his long career in the arts, education and outreach programming. >More
 Domestic Abuse Intervention Services wants to empower residents with locally made art

This summer Domestic Abuse Intervention Services will open a new shelter on Fordem Avenue. A safe haven for domestic violence survivors from Dane County, the facility should be fully operational by Aug. 1, says development director Jamie Quam. >More
 Madison style blogger Gabrielle Pedriani brings a Midwestern perspective to New York Fashion Week

If you spot Gabrielle Pedriani on the street, you may think she's simply a stylish Madison gal. But dressing well isn't just a hobby for this Wisconsin native. Two years ago, she launched a blog called Look Sharp, Sconnie, which set her on a path to bigger opportunities in the world of fashion. >More
 UW-Madison creative writing program adds Danielle Evans to its faculty roster

Danielle Evans, a former Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing Fellow, will join the faculty of the UW-Madison creative writing program as an assistant professor in the fall of 2014. A position opened about a year ago when Lorrie Moore, a revered fiction stylist who was also recognized as a rising star when she came to Wisconsin in the 1980s, quietly accepted a professorship at Vanderbilt University. >More
 Arts 2013: Isthmus critics rate the year in Madison culture

From concert halls to pop-up galleries, Madison was ablaze with artistic energy in 2013. Much of it appeared in performances, which ranged from theater and dance productions to classical and rock concerts, and even events at libraries and art museums. >More
 Gus Paras: A State Street Love Story

Standing in the dusty, cavernous basement of the historic Orpheum Theater, which he just purchased for $1.7 million, Gus Paras lets out a heavy sigh. "Nothing has been easy with this. Look at this place," Paras says. "I don't even know where to start; it's a mess." >More
 Gus Paras buys Orpheum Theater ahead of auction

When Gus Paras first moved to Madison in 1972, he would walk down State Street and marvel at the grand old Orpheum Theater. "It was one of the few places I admired," says Paras, now a well-known downtown businessman. Last Friday, Paras quietly gained control of the landmark theater, which has been the subject of an ongoing power struggle. >More
 New Edgewood arts director David Wells seeks greater visibility for the college gallery

When Edgewood College opened its new Visual and Theatre Arts Center in the summer of 2012, it gained a dedicated gallery space. In its first year, the gallery exhibited diverse, often challenging pieces by artists such as Mark Morrisroe, Nan Goldin and Milton Rogovin. These shows were largely the work of director Paul Baker Prindle, who recently departed to oversee galleries at the University of Nevada at Reno. Now that he's gone, new director David Wells must carry the torch. >More
 Frank Productions expected to bid against Gus Paras in auction for embattled Orpheum Theater

Gus Paras hopes he doesn't have to spend too much money to get control of the historic Orpheum Theater in an auction next month. "If you overspend on the auction, you won't be able to put in the money for a proper renovation," Paras says. >More
 Wisconsin Triennial 2013 offers samples of our state's finest contemporary works

Visual artists in Wisconsin grapple with the often-solitary nature of making their work, plus a limited number of venues in which to show it. Viewing art offers the hope of discovering a new and compelling take on the world, the thrill of finding something one hasn't seen before. >More
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