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Here comes the 2008-2009 performing arts season at the Wisconsin Union Theater and the Overture Center, the city's top venues -- and I'm totally glued to the electoral soap opera. Can I skip the latest exploits of Sarah Barracuda for New Orleans funk or modern dance? Could I even afford to go? My habits of grocery shopping and driving a car are taking a bite out of my theater funds this year. >More
 Stoughton develops an Artspace

A rambling, three-story, 75,000-square-foot building on East South Street in Stoughton began life as a tobacco warehouse. Artspace Projects takes buildings like these, and turn them into affordable living and working studio space for artists. >More
 Arts in Wisconsin, by the numbers

Wisconsin ranks 20th in the nation for number of arts businesses, but only 44th for paid arts workers. And Wisconsin ranks 33rd among the 50 states for the rate at which its number of arts businesses has grown in the last year. >More
 Fabu: 'To be black is to be political'

On the first Saturday night in May, while rowdy college kids roamed the Mifflin Street block party in search of their next keg, a quieter crowd gathered at Escape Java Joint on Willy Street. In the art gallery coarsely decorated with organic fair-trade coffee sacks, over 50 people sat in folding chairs and in the aisles. Madison's new poet laureate, Fabu Carter Brisco, took the mike. >More
 Overture Center announces its 2008-09 season

The Overture Center for the Arts announced its new season of programming in a media soiree on Thursday afternoon, unveiling dozens of dates at its two primary venues of Overture Hall and Capitol Theater. A few big names include David Sedaris, Bill Cosby, Art Garfunkel, Travis Tritt, and Bobby McFerrin, along with productions of Avenue Q, Sweeney Todd, and a special Madison Repertory Theatre production of My Fair Lady. >More
 Our gang

Did you know that West Side Story was originally going to be called East Side Story? It would have been about the Catholic and Jewish street gangs in 1950s New York, and it would have been set during Easter and Passover. Somebody thought better of the idea, thank God, and the rest, as they say, is history. >More
 Laurie Anderson: Queen of Quirk

Pop-tech performance queen Laurie Anderson returns to Madison on April 14 after a four-year hiatus. Her latest creation from the intersection of art, technology and politics, "Homeland," toured Europe last summer and launched its U.S. junket at Carnegie Hall's Zankel Hall last month. Whether or not you dig Anderson's outré mix of electronic sound and spoken word, the subversive stories she renders as art deserve your keen attention. >More
 The business of art

In the old movie musicals, Mickey Rooney would say, "Let's put on a show in the old barn!" And Judy Garland would not exclaim, "Why, I bet my mom could write the nonprofit corporation bylaws and apply for 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status!" In real life they would have. That's arts administration, or as it's known in the field, "arts admin." It may sound boring, but sometimes it's as exciting as an old movie musical -- too exciting. >More
 Arts 2007

2007 had its share of bad news for the Madison arts scene. The Overture Center's endowment fund dipped perilously low. The Madison Center for Creative and Cultural Arts shut down. The Madison Theatre Guild almost died. Former Overture Center chief Robert D'Angelo was indicted on 39 criminal counts. >More
 All over the map

It doesn't get any better than the Wisconsin Union Theater's Madison World Music Festival (Sept. 13-15), which kicks off the fall season at the Memorial Union Terrace and the Union Theater. It's an annual, free, all-out celebration of cultural resistance to Coca-Colonized pop-rock homogeneity. This year's zippy lineup includes both traditionalists who refuse to give in and pioneers who revamp the family folklore with 21st century world influences. Here are some highlights. >More
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