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Overture Center events look back at 9/11

Ronnie Hess, coordinator of the long-running Academy Evenings talks, says the program's mission is to bring people together. "Engaged, thoughtful conversation is something we believe should be cultivated, and done in person," she says of the events, presented by the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters. "There's something transformative about listening to someone who's knowledgeable on a subject and then talking to her or him about it." >More
 Arts Beat: UW arts dorm will gather culture-minded residents

The University of Wisconsin is working to set up a "Creative Arts and Design Residential Learning Community." In other words, an arts dorm. It's scheduled to open in the fall of 2012. But that's an oversimplification. The facility's purpose is to foster creativity across a broad range of students' future vocations, such as engineering and computer design, besides the arts. >More
 On with the shows at Overture Center and Wisconsin Union Theater

Looking ahead to the 2011-12 season, there are many more performing arts events to look forward to. Here's a look at some of what two of the city's biggest players -- Overture and the Wisconsin Union Theater -- have on tap. >More
 What creativity looks like: Art of the Wisconsin solidarity movement

In February, Madison playwright Doug Reed was assigned the summer slot at Broom Street Theater. He had a new script in the works. But all his free time was spent at the protests that were engulfing the city, so he wasn't getting any writing done. It occurred to him that perhaps these separate activities should become one. >More
 Now hiring: Overture Center CEO

I have a vivid memory of the day Overture Center opened in 2004. As a glut of Madisonians streamed in, Jerry Frautschi himself held open one of the massive, heavy doors facing State Street. While Frautschi, who donated an astonishing $205 million for the building's construction, is a name everyone knows, he's not a face everyone recognizes. >More
 Wisconsin Arts Board, economic engine

If you thought the arts were struggling before, just wait. Once Gov. Scott Walker's budget is adopted, Madison arts organizations could see state aid cut by as much as $542,000. The actual impact could run to well more than $1 million. >More
 Viva light at Neon Lab

Everybody loves neon signs, right? Those colorful symbols of allure that beckon us to bars and restaurants. Turns out people love neon the way they love typewriters and film cameras and vinyl LPs. Neon is fading as a technology -- and as a craft. Tom Zickuhr wants to make sure that in this corner of the world, at least, that doesn't happen. >More
 Arts Beat: New Wisconsin Historical Museum exhibit to open

Badger creativity from Les Paul to Betty Boop will be celebrated at the Wisconsin Historical Museum this fall. "Wisconsin Innovations: From the Iconic to the Unexpected," a major new exhibition, will debut Sept. 17. >More
 Savion Glover, Terence Blanchard highlight Wisconsin Union Theater's 2011-12 season

In its final season before a two-year renovation disperses its performances to other locations, the Wisconsin Union Theater's 2011-12 schedule is piquant enough to excite a salivary response. >More
 A survey identifies Madison's urgent cultural needs

Artists and other cultural workers in Madison tend to be less white, feel alone, and be self-employed. 40% of them earn less than a living wage. Understandably, some of them are even a little bitter, with 19% reporting that community response to their work is "unsatisfactory." >More
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