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The Daily

Overture Center announces a 2014-15 season filled with Broadway blockbusters and music from around the world

In addition to featuring blockbuster Broadway shows like The Book of Mormon in its 2014-15 season, Overture center will host kid-friendly productions like The Gruffalo's Child and show what teen stars of yore like Molly Ringwald have been up to in recent years. >More
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The Madison Bach Musicians brought us a brave and convincing period-style performance of Bach's monumental back in 2008, and now they have done it again, even more triumphantly. The group performed the work at the First Congregational Church on April 18, and the program will be repeated at the First Unitarian Society on April 19 at 7:30 p.m. >More
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The Paper

Madison Opera's Dead Man Walking explores a real-life relationship between a nun and a convicted killer

When Sister Helen Prejean, a Roman Catholic nun known for her work to abolish the death penalty, learned that the San Francisco Opera wanted Jake Heggie to create an opera based on her book Dead Man Walking, she had to learn more about the composer. So she called him up. >More
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Sharon Corrigan is making history as the newly elected chair of the Dane County Board. Only one other woman -- Mary Louise Symon -- has held the post, serving from 1974 to 1980. Corrigan was elected chair by her colleagues Tuesday at a noontime meeting of the board. The reelection of vice chair Carousel Bayrd made for another first -- this will be the only time women have occupied both top leadership posts on the board. >More
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Brews Brothers pairs an ample tap list with big burgers

The corner bar doesn't have to look like Cheers. Heck, it doesn't even have to be on a corner. What it has to have is a welcoming vibe, staff who make an effort and at least a decent tap list. Brews Brothers has all of these things, and the big menu of burgers doesn't hurt, either. >More
 Relax, it's okay to pack a rosé

April is synonymous with rosé wine season. It's when pink juice begins arriving on store shelves in the same way smelt appears at fish fries and crocuses pop in sun-drenched lawns. While it may still seem a bit cold to enjoy wine that is best suited for warm summer afternoons, rosé-heads can't help themselves; they're already pulling corks to see what the 2013 harvest is/was all about. >More
Sons of Atom turn infuriating news reports into punchy punk songs

Tim Radl watches the news, gets pissed off and then writes songs. That's the modus operandi for the vocalist and guitarist of Sons of Atom, a punchy rock trio consisting of Madison musicians who've done time in countless local bands, including Digibot, the Madtown Vipers, the OuttaTunes and the Low Czars. >More
 Lydia Loveless' Record Store Day single defends Kesha during a messy management battle

When 23-year-old country punk Lydia Loveless recorded a single for Record Store Day 2014 " a nationwide event happening this Saturday, April 19 " she shocked some fans by releasing a cover of Kesha's "Blind." In addition to identifying with the pop star's irreverent spirit, Loveless wants to show her own music's great variety of influences, many of which come from the pop world. >More
University Theatre heightens the drama of Richard III using elements of traditional kabuki

UW theater professor David Furumoto says his first exposure to traditional kabuki changed his life. It was the late 1970s, and he was a teenager growing up in Hawaii. One day, his mother insisted that he drive her to a performance " and stay to see it. He had no idea what he was getting into. >More
 University Opera's Béatrice et Bénédict is a playful ode to Shakespeare, romance and departing director William Farlow

Ending a memorable 16-season career with University Opera, director William Farlow directed a charming rendition of Hector Berlioz's comic opera Béatrice et Bénédict at the UW Music Hall on Friday, April 11. The production will be performed again on Sunday, April 13, at 3 p.m., and Tuesday, April 15, at 7:30 p.m. >More
Scarlett Johansson morphs into a sexy, unknowable alien in Under the Skin

Scarlett Johansson is occasionally nude: That's all some moviegoers need know about Under the Skin. They're in for a surprise, though: This is easily the most unique science-fiction movie to hit theaters in years. >More
 The Lunchbox glimpses a charming mealtime tradition in modern Mumbai

The last place one might expect to find the Lubitsch touch would be in The Lunchbox, Indian writer-director Ritesh Batra's debut film. Yet if you disregard the sights and sounds of modern Mumbai for just a moment while the story unfolds, you might imagine yourself in Manhattan during another era, watching as James Stewart and Margaret Sullavan exchange notes in The Shop Around the Corner. >More

THE GUIDE

Sunday, April 20
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Free Easter Meal First United Methodist Church, 12:00pm
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University Theatre's "Richard III" UW Vilas Hall-Mitchell Theatre
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Line Breaks UW Lathrop Hall-H'Doubler Performance Space
Monday, April 21
Project M Challenge  Funk's Pub, Fitchburg, 6:00pm
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Y&T, Autumn Grey  High Noon Saloon, 7:00pm
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Line Breaks  UW Lathrop Hall-H'Doubler Performance Space
Tuesday, April 22
PlanetRawk, L.U.V., Wait Here  Frequency, The, 9:00pm
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Line Breaks  UW Lathrop Hall-H'Doubler Performance Space
Wednesday, April 23
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Lydia Loveless, The Rodeo Bums  High Noon Saloon, 8:00pm
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University Theatre's "Richard III"  UW Vilas Hall-Mitchell Theatre
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Line Breaks  UW Lathrop Hall-H'Doubler Performance Space
Thursday, April 24
3Lau, Antics  Segredo, 9:00pm
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University Theatre's "Richard III"  UW Vilas Hall-Mitchell Theatre
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Sister Helen Prejean & Jake Heggie  First Congregational United Church of Christ, 7:00pm
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Line Breaks  UW Lathrop Hall-H'Doubler Performance Space

CRITICS' CHOICE

The Week: Madison calendar for April 18-24, 2014

Here is this week's critics' choice calendar. >More

TELEVISION

In 700 Sundays, Billy Crystal explores the forging of a Jewish comedian's soul

Billy Crystal performs his Tony-winning one-man play 700 Sundays before a live audience, telling the story of his wonderful, horrible Long Island childhood (Saturday, 8 p.m., HBO). He stands in front of a brick faÃade that evokes his modest abode, with home movies and photos from the 1950s and '60s flashing on the walls. "When I was a kid," he says, "I would do anything for a laugh." >More

TELL ALL

Tell All: I'm dating a 12-year-old

Dear Tell All: A few months ago I met a guy through a dating website and have been seeing him regularly. We have many things in common, are physically attracted to each other, and get along well in person. The problem comes when we communicate via texting or Facebook. >More

ISTHMUS PARENTS

Mama Madison: When mom gets a new roomie

This past week, against both my will and better judgement, I accompanied 50 or so middle school kids to the Future Problem Solvers Wisconsin State Bowl, a popular academic and skit-writing competition. It was my husband who had originally signed up to chaperone the event, thinking that spending a few days with his 11-year-old daughter and her compatriots would serve as an excellent anthropological experience. But when an unexpected work obligation made it impossible for him to attend, it was me left holding the bag >More

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COVER STORY

Eldonna Hazen emphasizes tolerance as a pioneering minister at First Congregational Church
On a frosty winter morning, Eldonna Hazen was preparing to do something she had postponed for years: lead Sunday morning worship service. "I felt a call to the ministry my sophomore year in college. But I thought that, as a gay woman, it was not possible for me," says Hazen, who was recently installed as the senior minister at First Congregational Church. She is the congregation's first woman minister and its first openly gay one. >More
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CITIZEN DAVE

Citizen Dave: New Madison Police Chief Mike Koval could help lighten things up in city government
The Madison Police and Fire Commission couldn't have made a bad choice for the next chief of police. Both Mike Koval and Carl Gloede, the two finalists, would have made fine choices. But with Mike Koval we could get something we haven't seen much of in that office and which city government badly needs right now: someone with a sense of humor. >More

BEER

Beer Here: Big Sweet Life Maibock from Wisconsin Brewing Company
"I love malt-emphasized beers," says Wisconsin Brewing Company's Kirby Nelson. That's an understatement to those who have followed Nelson's passion for brewing malt-focused German lagers. However, it raises a question. Since opening Wisconsin Brewing in Verona last November, why has he waited so long to make a Maibock? >More

EDUCATION

Bailey Corcoran got nabbed under Madison's old zero-tolerance policy
When Bailey Corcoran entered La Follette High School in the fall of 2011, her big sister was a senior and she hung out with the same friends she'd had since kindergarten. She was excited about the football games and proms in her future and was looking forward to playing volleyball. But then she was caught on school grounds drinking from a soda bottle spiked with alcohol and passing it to another student. She was suspended in late November and officially expelled on Feb. 13, 2012, through the 2013 school year. >More

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