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Madison Opera Center groundbreaking previews new downtown rehearsal space

Besides Welcoming the first day of spring yesterday, Madison Opera celebrated a milestone: the groundbreaking ceremony for the Madison Opera Center, the company's new office space located on the ground floor of Metropolitan Place II condominiums at 335 W. Mifflin St. >More
 Forward Theater Company stages a debate about poverty in Good People

King of the Hill makes one wonder how the Great Recession is shaping the artists of tomorrow. Though this crisis has been measured in home foreclosures rather than bank failures, it shares some of the Great Depression's hallmarks. Margie, the protagonist in Forward Theater Company's Good People (April 4-21 at Overture Center's Playhouse), exemplifies some of these points of convergence. >More
 A new take on the New Deal at the Chazen and UW Cinematheque

It's natural to imagine 1930s America in black-and-white, not only because photos lacked color back then, but because the Great Depression made life so austere. Yet even in those bleak times, people found ways to make our culture vibrant. This theme has been on the minds of several Madison arts leaders, who've incorporated New Deal subjects into their programming this spring. >More
 Overture Center rolls out initiative to raise $600,000

Three local philanthropists gathered at Overture Center Wednesday to announce a new fundraising initiative for the downtown arts venue. If all goes according to plan, it would bring in at least $600,000. >More
 Literary superstar Lorrie Moore to trade UW-Madison for Vanderbilt University

Author Lorrie Moore is about to leave the building, the UW's Helen C. White Hall, to be exact. She's headed to Nashville, where she'll assume an endowed chair in Vanderbilt University's English department this fall. >More
 Arts lessons: Insights from 2012 that could help Madison culture in 2013

If 2012 were a high school faculty member, it would have been the disillusioned but determined substitute, pressed into service by a crisis during the second week of school. The whole year felt like a long exercise in transition and upheaval for several of Madison's arts groups and venues, some of which found themselves without a home, without a leader or without a certain future. Others flourished in unexpected ways, despite a turbulent local economy and political scene. >More
 Arts 2012: Isthmus critics rate the year in Madison culture

Madison's arts scene was a Petri dish of political commentary in this year of elections, with issues such as health care, gay marriage and global warming landing under the microscope. Other works tried to ignore the campaign-induced commotion by exploring classic themes such as love and transformation. Our writers reflect on the year's most scintillating offerings on local stages, pages and canvases. >More
 Overture Center makes new audiences a priority for 2013

On Jan. 1, 2012, Overture Center made a bold move to address its $28 million debt. It restructured as an independent nonprofit and became responsible for raising $2.4 million in a year. It met this goal, but to avoid future pitfalls must develop new audiences in 2013. >More
 Party like it's 1899: TeslaCon brings steampunk culture to the masses

Eric Larson wasn't at this summer's Renaissance fair for five minutes before strangers started approaching shyly, undeterred by his four-person "security detail." "There was an older couple, probably about mid-50s," Larson remembers. "He was straightening his hair, and I could tell he was very nervous. I turned, and I said, 'Can I help you?'" "A-a-a-a-are you Lord Bobbins?" the man asked. Ever magnanimous, Larson allowed that he was. >More
 The once and future Orpheum Theatre

On the afternoon of March 31, 1927, while bands played under bunting outside, Mayor Albert G. Schmedeman walked onto the grandest stage the capital city had ever seen. "The new Orpheum Theatre is a conspicuous addition to Madison's civic assets. Everyone should see and appreciate this magnificent palace of amusement," he announced, officially opening the venue. >More
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