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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
 Film professor Lea Jacobs will tackle arts and humanities funding in new role at UW Graduate School

Lea Jacobs is a familiar face to film lovers on the UW campus. A communication arts professor, she's also afounding director of the UW Cinematheque, the campus organization that screens noteworthy films for free nearly every week, including silent films and 16mm and 35mm prints. Now she's adding another title to her resume: associate dean for the arts and humanities in the UW Graduate School. >More
 "Stacked" celebrates creativity at Madison's new Central Library

Believe it or not, a public library can be the epicenter of cool. Madison Public Library and its maker-focused project, the Bubbler, proved this on Thursday night at "Stacked", an ode to art and creativity in the new Central Library, which opens Saturday, Sept. 21. >More
 New Madison Central Library buzzes with activity before reopening

Late last week, a huge question mark appeared in the dark windows of the Central Library, 201 W. Mifflin St. Illuminated with 372 yellow LEDs, the two-story sculpture by Roberto Behar and Rosario Marquardt speaks to the anticipation surrounding the renovated building, which debuts Sept. 21. >More
 Common Council approves Madison Cultural Plan to bolster city's creative infrastructure

After almost 10 years of research, discussion and planning, there is finally a Madison Cultural Plan, but the work has really just begun. The Common Council approved the latest version of the plan on Tuesday evening. Karin Wolf, the city's arts program administrator, says she is thrilled with the council's action. >More
 Deb Gilpin, new director for Madison Children's Museum, uses stories to meld art, science and history

Deb Gilpin could listen for a living. You can almost hear her pluck ideas from conversations. But her eyes stay focused on yours, making you feel at home whether you're wedged in the Madison Children's Museum elevator or roaming across the lush, green rooftop. It's impressive, considering that Gilpin became the museum's executive director less than a month ago. >More
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