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Scenes from a Con

It's a pretty safe bet that Paul Soglin never expected his mayoral campaign to include sharing a stage with Groot, Lando Calrissian and Chad Vader, but there he is, sandwiched between a remarkably accurate cosplay version of Marvel's regenerating alien and Madison's favorite Sith Lord parody, helping to cut the ribbon on our city's inaugural ComicCon event. >More
 Exhibit of carpets and textiles show another side of Afghanistan

"Woven Gardens of Hope: Afghan Women's Carpets" highlights the rich textile tradition of Afghanistan and the surrounding region. The exhibition offers a stark contrast to the more common contemporary views of a country stricken by violence and turmoil. >More
 Wizard World offers fans a panoply of superheroes, zombies, vampires and pop-cult celebrities

Call it a geek-culture state fair, a pop-culture spectacle or an entertainment circus. But whatever moniker you choose to slap on it, you'd better also slap on your sword and superhero boots: Wizard World, one of the biggest pop-culture conventions in North America, is poised to land at Madison's Alliant Energy Center the first weekend in February, much like the Incredible Hulk will land on Tony Starks' Hulkbuster armor in this summer's Avengers sequel. >More
 Madison's 'arts entrepreneurs' make the city cool

"The arts create a sense of place that attracts new people to our city," says Karin Wolf, and support for affordable spaces, and investment in people and education, improve Madison's competitive edge. >More
 Arts 2014: Isthmus critics rate the art performances of the year

Madison's cultural scene just keeps growing and getting better. So much so, in fact, that it's hard to keep up with it all. But we give it our best. Now it's time for retrospection. Five Isthmus critics look back on the year in theater, classical music, dance and comedy. >More
 Print & Resist's Sarah Tops Rogers questions digital privilege through handmade publications

In a world where digital communication is king and corporate spin influences lots of mainstream news coverage, indie zines are appealing for their candidness and the nostalgia they conjure. The second annual Print & Resist, a daylong festival celebrating zines, grassroots journals and artisanal books, takes place at the Central Library on Saturday, Nov. 1. >More
 Silverwood County Park is more than just a place to get back to nature

"You need to see it to really appreciate it," says Edgerton High School Principal Mark Coombs of Dane County's new Silverwood County Park. "It's almost 300 acres of not just woods, but lake frontage and agriculture." Edgerton schools are among the first to use Silverwood, billed as "South Central Wisconsin's Sustainable Agriculture Classroom." >More
 Madison Fall Arts Preview 2014: Film

Madison's movie calendar plumps up in the fall as Sundance's screening room announces its offerings, the UW Cinematheque starts its semester, and the Spotlight Cinema and Duck Soup Cinema series return to the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art and Overture Center. >More
 Madison Fall Arts Preview 2014: Theater and dance

When copious amounts of television are making you feel like a zombie, trekking to Spring Green's American Players Theatre for a classical Greek tragedy is the perfect remedy. High-art performances can engage your brain in restorative ways, and seeing them onstage has a visceral impact most TV shows can't replicate. >More
 Madison Fall Arts Preview 2014: Picks for pint-size playgoers

Madison has an abundance of excellent theater, including grownup shows you can take the little ones to. But some of the best productions all season are geared toward the 18-and-younger set. From giant peaches to dancing frogs and lively holiday fare, these productions should be stellar choices for your littlest theater fans this fall. >More
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