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City of Madison launches survey about local performance venues

The Madison Arts Commission hopes a new Performing Arts Facilities Study will help it better understand the needs of local performance venues. As part of the data-gathering process, it's inviting the public to participate in an online survey about their performing arts interests at is.gd/MACsurvey. >More
 Scenes from the 2013 Hair Affair at Madison Museum of Contemporary Art (slideshow)

It would be a mistake to write off those who conjured up, designed and executed the elaborate hair creations on display at MMoCA last weekend as barbers. Yes, the medium is hair on heads, but the final result is much more than a haircut, hairdo or even hair style. This was truly hair art. >More
 Overture Center announces shows and new series for 2013-14 season

Monday night, Overture Center unveiled its lineup for the 2013-14 season, which begins on Aug. 17. The downtown performing arts center will once again feature series that focus on Broadway musicals, cabaret, world music, dance, and children's shows. >More
 The Bubbler, a new Madison Public Library program, finds innovative ways to connect creative types

In the past, Madison Public Library wasn't the place to craft a blueprint or build a miniature rocket. If there were any handmade books on the premises, they were probably in a display case, behind a layer of glass. Well, times have changed, and now you can learn to create all of these items through hands-on classes the library has organized. They're part of the Bubbler, a new, free program for local "makers." >More
 Kiosk culture: Madison remains a haven for concert fliers, even in the Internet age

Saying the digital revolution has changed the music industry is like saying the wheel has really helped people get around. Once upon a time, musicians had to rely on record labels and disc jockeys to get their start, but now any band can create a song and broadcast it to the whole world in a day. Promoters can instantly reach the masses with tweets and email blasts. >More
 Madison Opera Center groundbreaking previews new downtown rehearsal space

Besides Welcoming the first day of spring yesterday, Madison Opera celebrated a milestone: the groundbreaking ceremony for the Madison Opera Center, the company's new office space located on the ground floor of Metropolitan Place II condominiums at 335 W. Mifflin St. >More
 A new take on the New Deal at the Chazen and UW Cinematheque

It's natural to imagine 1930s America in black-and-white, not only because photos lacked color back then, but because the Great Depression made life so austere. Yet even in those bleak times, people found ways to make our culture vibrant. This theme has been on the minds of several Madison arts leaders, who've incorporated New Deal subjects into their programming this spring. >More
 Forward Theater Company stages a debate about poverty in Good People

King of the Hill makes one wonder how the Great Recession is shaping the artists of tomorrow. Though this crisis has been measured in home foreclosures rather than bank failures, it shares some of the Great Depression's hallmarks. Margie, the protagonist in Forward Theater Company's Good People (April 4-21 at Overture Center's Playhouse), exemplifies some of these points of convergence. >More
 Overture Center rolls out initiative to raise $600,000

Three local philanthropists gathered at Overture Center Wednesday to announce a new fundraising initiative for the downtown arts venue. If all goes according to plan, it would bring in at least $600,000. >More
 Literary superstar Lorrie Moore to trade UW-Madison for Vanderbilt University

Author Lorrie Moore is about to leave the building, the UW's Helen C. White Hall, to be exact. She's headed to Nashville, where she'll assume an endowed chair in Vanderbilt University's English department this fall. >More
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