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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
 Madison arts study on 'facilities crisis' gears up

Karin Wolf, Madison's arts program administrator, often hears the same complaint. "What we hear at the city all the time is there's a facilities crisis. [People say], 'What we really need is some incubator space, production space.' Then I talk to others, and they say, 'I think the space is there, but we need a way to connect people to the space.'" >More
 Historic Orpheum Theatre poised to reopen by end of 2012 (updated)

The Orpheum Theatre could reopen by the end of the year. The logjam of lawsuits today gave way under a foreclosure action filed in October, clearing the way for new but temporary management. Madison's Frank Productions, one of the largest independent concert promoters in the country, will take control of the historic movie palace. >More
 Pedro Guerrero, Frank Lloyd Wright photographer with Madison ties, dies at 95

Pedro Guerrero, known for his iconic photographs of architect Frank Lloyd Wright and his buildings, has died at 95. Guerrero had lived in Arizona but was an annual visitor to the Madison area, where he maintained ties with the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation. >More
 Karen Crossley 'loved every day' of leading Dane Arts

Where to go after a five-year stint as director of the Dane County Cultural Affairs Commission? Disney World? Make that Canada. On Aug. 31, Karen Crossley stepped down as head of the commission, whose marketing name is Dane Arts. Almost immediately after that, she traveled to Ontario for a week at the Toronto International Film Festival. >More
 Your guide to the 2012-2013 seasons at Overture Center and Wisconsin Union Theater

Late summer always triggers back-to-school feelings, even though, thankfully, I'm well past the age for stockpiling spiral notebooks. With adulthood comes a grown-up version of back to school: back to the arts, that glorious time of year when local venues unveil a new season of performances. Fresh neon highlighters come in handy for selecting concerts, musicals and other cultural goodies. >More
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