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Zooniversity's UW-themed hip-hop is a social networking smash

Wisconsin's great "Teach Me How to Bucky" T-shirt fad was launched by accident. It was the first day of class at UW-Madison, Sept. 2, 2010, and senior Quincy Kwalae walked into the wrong room. "Ironically," he says, "it was an entrepreneur class." >More
 Madison rockers fundraise for a skateboard park

Jeanette Dunscombe says she grew up in the skateboard community in Arizona before she moved to Madison 13 years ago. Now that she has two sons learning to grind and flip locally, she is helping Madison build its first outdoor skate park. She's doing it the way she knows how -- booking a rock show. >More
 Steamy Monteverdi duet caps Wisconsin Baroque Ensemble concert

As with its last concert, in late November, the Wisconsin Baroque Ensemble drew a capacity audience at the old Gates of Heaven Synagogue in James Madison Park Sunday afternoon -- and an enthusiastic audience, too. >More
 Piano Fondue crafts delicious performances from guilty pleasures

It's Friday night at the Brink Lounge, and Josh Dupont and Adam Nelson have laced up their sneakers. Though piano-bar performers tend to sport shiny wingtips, this wardrobe choice makes sense once the show begins. These guys are musical triathletes, performing a marathon set of tunes, swimming through piles of song requests and riding jokes to their hilarious conclusions. >More
 UW's Laura Schwendinger takes a risky route to Carnegie Hall

"Thrilling" is one of the words she uses. Exciting. Fascinating. Dangerous. Laura Schwendinger is describing her experience with "Shadings," the contemporary composer's collaboration with her cousin, New York-based lighting designer Leni Schwendinger. Scheduled to premiere March 4 at Carnegie Hall as part of the American Composers Orchestra's Playing It UNsafe project, "Shadings" finds the UW-Madison music composition professor confronting risk. >More
 Madison Opera's Threepenny Opera entertains brilliantly

The Madison Opera has established the practice of presenting smaller-scale midwinter works in the Overture Playhouse. This season, for what proves the company's last production before general director Allan Naplan departs to Minneapolis, the offering is The Threepenny Opera of Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill. >More
 The Threepenny Opera is a modern masterpiece about depravity

Once in a lifetime, a play comes along that crystallizes an era and changes our way of thinking about theater. Add some seductive music to the mix and you have that unforgettable concoction of political satire, love-gone-wrong and decadence that is The Threepenny Opera. The Madison Opera's production of this masterpiece lights up the Overture Center's intimate Playhouse this weekend and next. The cast includes American Players Theatre favorites James DeVita and Tracy Michelle Arnold, and the acclaimed Dorothy Danner directs. >More
 Milwaukee bands make a rare onslaught on Madison this week

Three Milwaukee bands are playing two Madison venues this week. You might think that's business as usual, but it's not a routine occurrence. That's surprising, considering only 70 miles separate the two metropolitan areas. Madison club owners say there's a musical disconnect between Mad Town and the Brew City. >More
 In Overture Hall, Ben Folds proves once again that piano pop can rock your socks off

A Ben Folds show isn't just a live performance of his latest album. It's a crackpot journey through the musician's past, musically and psychologically. Plus, it's one that turns the mirror on the crowd's inner weirdos and angry, dorky tendencies. But above all, it's fun as heck, as last night's show at Overture Center proved. >More
 Madison Hostel shelters traveling bands (fans, too)

Madison may have a lot of futons, but touring bands don't always know their owners, which can present a challenge when they need a place to crash after shows. Same goes for music fans who travel here to see performances. Lodging prices can make or break concert-going plans for those on a shoestring budget. >More
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