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Baltimore artist Michael Owen funnels Willy Street's inclusive spirit into a mural for Plan B

Willy Street is getting a lot more love-ly this week. Baltimore artist Michael Owen is in town to create one of two new murals for Plan B, the LGBT nightclub on the 900 block. The work will consist of the word "love" spelled out in bold, graphic sign language on one side of the building. >More
 The sensitively reconstructed Wisconsin Union Theater tries to please many constituencies

"This is my favorite part," says Ralph Russo, the Wisconsin Union's director of cultural arts and theater. He's stopped to admire the view of Lake Mendota from the newly completed Sunset Lounge, part of the Wisconsin Union Theater construction project, which has been underway for two years. >More
 Madison Central Library's bold new Media Lab has free tools for budding artists, animators and videogame designers

If you've visited the new Central Library, you might have noticed a mysterious room near the teen section that resembles a TV studio, complete with computers, cameras and a green screen. It looks like some kind of secret workshop where the staff makes library propaganda. >More
 View photos of the new Wisconsin Union Theater

The new and improved Wisconsin Union Theater has been two years in the making. The renovation team worked with Wisconsin Historical Society staff and other experts to ensure that the renovated structure retains its distinguishing architectural features, and designers improved the building's function by adding multipurpose spaces and improving accessibility for visitors with disabilities. >More
 With MadRunway, two entrepreneurs try to stitch together a fashion community in Madison

In a city dominated by tech startups and athletic enthusiasm, fashion is often an afterthought. Yet that's not how Maggie Welsh and Melissa Behrens see it. >More
 For and against RAW: natural born artists

On March 12, City Beat newspaper in Cincinnati warned readers that an organization for artists had relaunched a "dubious pay-to-play operation" in the city. The organization in question, RAW: natural born artists, has chapters in cities all over the world, including Madison. >More
 Overture Center announces a 2014-15 season filled with Broadway blockbusters and music from around the world

Overture Center has unveiled its 2014-15 season, and it's a doozie. Filled with live music from around the world, innovative takes on dance and circus arts, and musicals that range from charming classics to irreverent new hits, there are tons of opportunities to get your fill of culture between August 2014 and June 2015. >More
 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
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