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Arts Beat: UW's Memorial Union to undergo major renovations

One of the most beloved arts, entertainment and recreation venues in the city is about to get a makeover. The University of Wisconsin-Madison's Memorial Union is embarking on a renovation that could result in major changes to the 1928 building. >More
 TeslaCon will turn Madison Radisson into a steampunk Zeppelin

Imagine you are on a dirigible soaring over Europe. The year is 1880. Tea is being served by butlers carrying silver trays and gentlemen wearing suits and carrying brass telescopes are milling about, talking about an evil mastermind roaming the skies. Later this fall, these dreams will become reality. Sort of. >More
 Arts Beat: UW observes Year of the Arts

The UW is kicking off its Year of the Arts. Some 300 performances, exhibits, symposia and visits by distinguished speakers will take place throughout the school year. In other words, it's business as usual. >More
 Arts Beat: Stoughton Opera House boasts impressive lineup

Iris DeMent, Suzanne Vega, Jeff Daniels, the Glenn Miller Orchestra, Bach Dancing & Dynamite Society. These and more than 20 other acts are on the venue's 2010-2011 schedule. Wisconsin Union Theater? Overture Center? Insert the sound of a discordant game-show buzzer here to signify wrong answer. >More
 Overture Center and Wisconsin Union Theater's 2010-11 seasons bring splashy musicals and more

On the heels of the Overture Center's record-breaking run of The Lion King, the arts center is queuing up other Broadway shows with easy name recognition and pop-culture ties. Over the course of its four-week run, The Lion King pulled in 68,000 theatergoers and grossed over $4.8 million. It generated an additional $15 million in spin-off economic activity, such as hotels and restaurants. >More
 Arts Beat: Overture Center loses chief financial officer

The Overture Center's chief financial officer, Chris Hunjas, is leaving, becoming the third employee in the art center's finance department to leave in the past year. >More
 The Creative Class is in session for Year of the Arts at UW-Madison

UW-Madison is designating the 2010-11 academic calendar its Year of the Arts. From September through next August, it aims to gather more than 300 exhibits, performances, symposia and other arts-related events and initiatives, putting a bright spotlight on the university's creative classes. The theme for this year-long observance: Illuminate. >More
 High over Madison

In 1908, Chicago-area photographer George Lawrence enchanted Madison with the first aerial view of the city. He was hired by the Madison 40,000 Club to produce a promotional photograph to help Madison grow to a respectable 40,000 people. Lawrence most likely stood where the railroad lines cross in Monona Bay. As many as 15 kites lifted his 65-pound camera over the lake. >More
 Arts Beat: With help from donors, Overture Center settles debt with lenders

Overture's $28.6 million debt has suddenly vanished. News officially came at a press conference this morning: lenders will write off part of the outstanding construction loan. The rest, $15.1 million, will be settled by donors "led by" Overture patron Jerome Frautschi. >More
 UW's First Wave program trains passionate hip-hop poets

It's 8 on a Friday night at the Memorial Union. On stage in the Rathskeller, a skinny-jeaned guitar band sprays a mist of minor chords and mopey pop over a room full of students busy drinking a hole into the end of the school week. One floor above, in the main lounge of the Union, another scene takes shape. Only a flight up, it's another world. >More
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