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Bookless is a party in the stacks

If you've ever had a mad urge to speak loudly in a library, you'll get a chance to yell, dance and even eat during Bookless, a benefit for the new central branch of the Madison Public Library, which was vacated late last year ahead of a two-year renovation. >More
 Thinking ahead: Madison arts leaders offer ideas for 2012

At this time of year, many of us reflect on ways to better ourselves. It's the same for area arts leaders, who offer a variety of New Year's resolutions. Rob Chappell, spokesman for the Overture Center for the Arts, resolves to "convince every member of every touring Broadway cast to expunge the word 'thrilled' from their bio." >More
 Arts 2011: Isthmus critics rate the year in Madison culture

What a year it has been on the arts scene. Artists reacted passionately to the political drama in the Capitol, boldly designed new buildings opened on campus, and striking new artistic voices emerged. Our writers look back on a colorful 2011. >More
 Life as a UW-Madison photographer: Jeff Miller, Bryce Richter collaborate to create poignant, spectacular shots of campus

Three hundred fifty feet above the UW-Madison campus, a helicopter carrying photographers Jeff Miller and Bryce Richter is circling in anticipation. Strapped into harnesses with cameras pointed out the open helicopter door, the two are patiently waiting for the moment known as the "golden hour." >More
 After renovations, Orpheum Theatre focuses on live events

The Orpheum Theatre's Lobby Restaurant has closed, at least temporarily, as the building enters yet another phase in its long life. Thanks to remodeling, it's now primarily a venue for live entertainment. >More
 Mark 'Stew' Stewart, multi-media artist and musician, brings huge personality to UW

The normally sterile quality of a college professor's den takes on a vibrant energy as we enter his office, an atmosphere not unlike the fast-paced city of New York where Stew spends the rest of his working time. Phones are ringing. An email needs to be sent out. His next class begins in less than an hour. "But I want to give you everything you need for your article, so please forgive all this craziness," Stew says. I turn the tape recorder on. If he writes the email, then it's yet another example of his multi-tasking abilities. >More
 Yuletide in Madison: This holiday season, give yourself the gift of live entertainment

Nights are getting longer, trees are getting barer and mall-goers are getting acquainted with the 734th version of "Little Drummer Boy." It's that magical time of year when families gather 'round the hearth, children ring around the tree and I consume my weight in eggnog. Do you hear what I hear? >More
 Broadway, the Negro Problem and SpongeBob

A Tony and Obie award winner is artist in residence at the UW-Madison's Arts Institute. But your kids might know him best for his work on SpongeBob SquarePants. Mark Stewart, known as Stew, is a singer, songwriter and playwright who lives in Berlin and Brooklyn. He is teaching, broadcasting and hosting performances all semester. Many events are open to the public. >More
 Inaugural Wisconsin Science Festival embraces art

When this weekend's Wisconsin Science Festival was in the planning stages, among the first to jump onboard were Madison artists and arts organizations. In its inaugural year, the festival is exploring the overlap between science and art. Says Laura Heisler, director of programming at the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation, "The arts people got it more quickly than the science people." >More
 Overture Center events look back at 9/11

Ronnie Hess, coordinator of the long-running Academy Evenings talks, says the program's mission is to bring people together. "Engaged, thoughtful conversation is something we believe should be cultivated, and done in person," she says of the events, presented by the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters. "There's something transformative about listening to someone who's knowledgeable on a subject and then talking to her or him about it." >More
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