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Wisconsin Fashion Week designers go their own way

It can be a hard sell. The very words "Wisconsin Fashion Week" are likely to conjure a smirk. Face it, Favre jerseys still constitute dresswear in some areas of the state. Then there's Madison, where jeans and Keen sandals will do for most activities. >More
 Drama king: Tom Hardin guides Madison Memorial's Drama, Debate & Forensics Club

One by one, the students who will soon compete at the state forensics championship take the stage in the small theater at Memorial High School. Their timing is flawless, their gestures are fluid, their skill level is professional. Some of the performances, which last four to 12 minutes, make audience members laugh; some make them cry; a surprising number do both. >More
 Master of ceremonies, John Urban

John Urban caught the show business bug on a summer day in 1977. He was 12 years old and went to see the original Star Wars movie at the Orpheum Theatre on State Street. Halfway through, he had an adolescent epiphany: People get paid to entertain. Nine years later, Urban began to entertain Madison. >More
 Overture Center announces its 2009-10 season

On Thursday, Overture Center for the Arts announced its upcoming schedule of events. Compared to previous years it is a reduced schedule, with 38 announced events -- compared to 58 a year ago and 62 the year before that. >More
 Garrison Keillor remembers his brother, Phil, with benefit

John Philip "Phil" Keillor died on Feb. 27, after sustaining critical head injuries in a fall while ice-skating in Vilas Park. He was 71. He is survived by his wife, Ann-Britt, a son, two daughters, his mother, seven grandchildren, two sisters and three brothers, including Garrison, who is coming to Madison to pay tribute to his late brother with a May 6 performance at the Overture Center. The performance will raise funds for a new Tenney Park shelter. >More
 Madison and Dane County culture bosses confront dire economy

Karen Crossley and Karin Wolf could not have foreseen the challenges. The recession may have been on the horizon by October 2006, when Wolf was hired as the new administrator for the Madison Arts Commission, but the economy was not yet in freefall. Nor had calamity reached full scale seven months later, when Dane County picked Crossley as its new coordinator for the Cultural Affairs Commission. >More
 Global culture, local performers meet in International Festival at Overture

Madisonians love live performance. And they're very cosmopolitan. So where better for them to spend a pleasant February Saturday than Overture Center's International Festival? The event, which starts at 11 a.m., boasts music, storytelling, dance and puppetry by more than 25 acts. >More
 Madison Fashion Week 2009 warms up with Fashion Fridays runway show

At a time when most people think they have to cut back on dining out, entertainment and shopping, the winter edition of Fashion Fridays, a springboard for Madison Fashion Week this spring, is set to prove you can still have fun with style in the face of a recession. >More
 Madison arts groups cope with a miserable economy

The arts are halfway through the story of Chicken Little. There are indications that the sky is falling, but time will decide whether there's a happily-ever-after ending to the recession. >More
 Madison Symphony musicians will vote on union

After decades of operating on their own in negotiations with orchestra management, Madison Symphony Orchestra players will vote Feb. 2 on whether to affiliate with the American Federation of Musicians (AFM). Union supporters say it's just a matter of learning to play in a different key. But to MSO management, the effort is like a heavy metal guitar solo in a Schubert symphony. >More
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