At the end of every August when the Orton Park Festival makes its triumphant return to the east side block that once served as a cemetery well over a century ago, a remarkable thing occurs there as night falls in the late summer air. Performances end on the live music stages, the food vendors close up shop, and a hush descends upon the crowds gathering around a regal and imposing oak tree with massive (and sturdy) boughs. They're getting set to watch the (nearly) annual performance by Cycropia Aerial Dance, a fifteen-year-old troupe based in Madison. Nearly four minutes of footage from their performances on stage and under the stars follows below. >More
The Detective. The Mobster. The FBI Agent. The Hitman. The Strip Club Owner. The Waitress. The Bruiser. The Cop. The Horny Bastard. The Priest. The Jailbird. The Bum. These are the characters of Vile City, a comic-styled noir and direct homage to Sin City that is set and was shot in the city of Janesville. A teaser trailer for the flick follows below. >More
Collecting MadVideos -- Five years ago with Honor Among Thieves Kristian Knutsen on Tuesday 11/14/2006 4:32 pm "Teeth and Hair" is the first track on The Blue God, an album released about six years ago by Honor Among Thieves. They are one of Madison's most venerated bands, serving up their blues-y mix of jazz, rock, klezmer and funk for more than twenty years. Live concert footage of the song follows below. >MoreCollecting MadVideos -- CowParade ends with milking madness Kristian Knutsen on Tuesday 11/14/2006 1:03 pm After many months of ubiquity in downtown Madison over the spring and summer, the painted plaster participants in the CowParade are long gone, packed up before Halloween and ready to move on to their next home. Not long before the round-up started, though, a gang of mad milkers hit the streets to see if they could squeeze at least a little bit of absurdity before the cows went home. A short video looking back at the cows and the kids who loved them follows below. >MoreCollecting MadVideos -- A brief look at Buckystein Kristian Knutsen on Monday 11/13/2006 11:39 am When making its world premiere at the Barrymore Theatre on May 13, a locally-produced 47-minute film about a half-man/half-badger that terrorizes and devours people around Madison played to a full house. Nearly six months later, the movie hit the screens at the Orpheum on State Street for a pre-Halloween blood drive. This film is Buckystein, of course, the gloriously-B satire about life in Madison. The minute-and-a-half trailer for Buckystein follows below. >MoreCollecting MadVideos -- PINE do Laverne & Shirley Kristian Knutsen on Friday 11/10/2006 5:59 pm One, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight.
PINE's music video in tribute to De Fazio and Feeney follows below.
>MoreCollecting MadVideos -- The Doughboy arrives for Armistice Day Kristian Knutsen on Friday 11/10/2006 2:49 pm Tomorrow, Saturday, Nov. 11 marks Veterans' Day, a national holiday originally instituted as Armistice Day in remembrance of the official close of World War One, which ended at 11:00 a.m. on November 11, 1918. Earlier this year, a Chicago-based film student shot a short film in Shawano for his studies titled The Doughboy, which follows below. >MoreCollecting MadVideos -- Bucky goes on a Hunger Strike Kristian Knutsen on Thursday 11/09/2006 2:15 pm Here's one small sign that the long-fomented '80s retro revival might be getting long in the tooth, and pop culture is getting ready to devour the next decade: Buckingham U. Badger is appearing in a grunge video. The short music video tribute follows below. >MoreBonds have more fun Kent Williams on Thursday 11/09/2006 But there's no denying that Craig generates sexual heat. Plus, he knows how to act, how to give a character emotional heft. And the word on the street is that there'll be fewer gadgets this time, more emotional heft. >MoreIgnorance is bliss Kent Williams on Thursday 11/09/2006 We pay dearly for that ignorance in Borat, where Cohen (who never breaks character, even when the cops arrive) sets off on a journey across this great country of ours, fanning the
flames of racism, sexism, homophobia and good ol' stupidity. Not since de Tocqueville gathered material for Democracy
in America have we allowed ourselves to be X-rayed so radioactively. >More