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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
 Edgewood College opens a stately arts center

A giant Heritage Oak tree towers over Edgewood College, as if protecting the people who work, study and create there. More than 100 years old, it's a steadfast presence in an ever-changing landscape. The latest addition to this scene is another majestic structure: Edgewood's new Visual and Theatre Arts Center (VTAC), a 44,000-square-foot space that houses an art gallery, a black-box theater and studio-style classrooms for the school's growing art department. >More
 The new Bright Red Studios to host art and music

A former Scooter Therapy location at 9 North Ingersoll will now provide care and maintenance for the city's art scene with Bright Red Studios. If its colorful grand opening earlier this month is any indicator, Madison is about to get a good tune-up. >More
 Stoughton Opera House goes for broke in 2012-13 season

TheStoughton Opera House has announced a packed 2012-13 season, with over 60 events. That's up about a dozen from last season, and event coordinator Christina Dollhausen says even more shows may be added in the spring. >More
 Now 25 years old, the Barrymore Theatre took the hard road to becoming a neighborhood treasure

In light of the troubles at the Orpheum Theatre, there could be no better time to trumpet the longevity of another local show palace, the Barrymore Theatre, which will quietly observe its 25th anniversary this summer. The Barrymore is the one theater in town that achieved that elusive combination of entertainment venue and neighborhood center that arts administrators rhapsodize about. >More
 As owners squabble, city denies Orpheum Theatre's liquor license

Is this finally the end of the Orpheum Theatre? Tuesday the Madison Common Council voted unanimously to deny the historic movie palace a liquor license, based on advice from the city attorney. It's the latest in brinksmanship between the battling co-owners of the Orpheum's business and building entities, Henry Doane and Eric Fleming. >More
 Madison masterpieces: Six unforgettable artistic achievements

There's a formulation you hear from time to time: Madison is quite a place...for a city its size. But stick around long enough and take in enough art -- art broadly defined -- and you start to realize Madison artists have produced works that hold their own against what comes out of the culture capitals. Here's a by-no-means-comprehensive sampling of favorite pieces chosen by Isthmus critics. >More
 Madison masterpieces: Lee Hoiby, Summer and Smoke

Madison's gift to American opera is Lee Hoiby (1926-2011). He was born in Madison of a musically important family. Educated here, he studied at the UW with Gunnar Johansen. He trained further at Mills College for a career as a concert pianist. But he was gradually drawn into composition. >More
 Madison masterpieces: John Steuart Curry murals, UW Biochemistry Building

On a stroll through the UW campus, there's plenty of art to see, from the newly expanded Chazen Museum of Art to galleries within Memorial Union and Union South. But not all of the university's artistic treasures are in places you might expect. Take the stairwell of the recently renovated Biochemistry Building. There you'll find murals by the renowned American painter John Steuart Curry that are not only fascinating in their own right, but also a testament to a forward-thinking collaboration between the sciences and arts. >More
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