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Wisconsin Book Festival 2014 is a celebration of authors, libraries and bold ideas

Madison Public Library and its foundation have transformed the Wisconsin Book Festival into a yearlong feast of stellar storytelling and intriguing ideas. With many events at the Central Library, the main portion of the fest (Oct. 16-19) is also a chance for attendees to enjoy the new building's art, gathering spaces and, of course, books. Here are some of the events we're most excited about. >More
 Strollers Theatre's Jerusalem is a complex journey into an Englishman's wild and wayward existence

I had never received a vocabulary sheet upon entering the doors of a theater, not until attending the Strollers Theatre production of Jerusalem, a much-lauded play by English writer Jez Butterworth (through May 31 at the Bartell). The three-act, three-hour-long show is full of humor and drunken antics, with a smattering a literary allusions to boot. >More
 Girls Rock Camp Madison develops a sound-tech training program for summer 2014

For many people, "camp" brings to mind tents, canoeing and s'mores, but for Girls Rock Camp Madison attendees, the word means so much more. Since 2009, this organization " the local chapter of the national Girls Rock Camp Alliance -- has been building bands and empowering young women through music education and performance. >More
 MadTracks: 'Slow Motion' by PHOX

The latest music video by PHOX hit the web on April 23, and was quickly featured by Entertainment Weekly. The band's soulful folk-pop has already gained lots of attention in 2014, including recognition from NPR and The New York Times. >More
 Sights and sounds from The Lumberjack at 100 at the 2014 Wisconsin FIlm Festival

The Wisconsin Film Festival is drawing to a close after a week in which Madison residents and visitors turned out to enjoy movies and learn about the stories behind them. On Sunday, April 6, The Lumberjack at 100 series of restored films screened at UW Cinematheque. >More
 The future of Four Star Video Heaven

Four Star Video Heaven has been a staple for Madison cinephiles since 1985. In addition to sating numerous movie cravings, the video-rental shop helped launch the careers of former employees like Dan Savage, writer of the nationally syndicated sex-advice column Savage Love and editorial director of Seattle's The Stranger. >More
 Madison style blogger Gabrielle Pedriani brings a Midwestern perspective to New York Fashion Week

If you spot Gabrielle Pedriani on the street, you may think she's simply a stylish Madison gal. But dressing well isn't just a hobby for this Wisconsin native. Two years ago, she launched a blog called Look Sharp, Sconnie, which set her on a path to bigger opportunities in the world of fashion. >More
 MadTracks: "Moments" by Beth Kille and Elizabeth Petty

Beth Kille had no idea that a Kickstarter campaign would result in a musical collaboration. The fundraising site brought Elizabeth Petty to her doorstep, and before long, the two had created the new album Authenticity. >More
 UW guest artist Joe Goode fuses dance, theater and speech to explore physical frailty

UW students are on winter break at the moment, but the dance department is busy preparing for the arrival of a new guest choreographer. On Jan. 17, it will welcome Joe Goode, an icon in the worlds of both theater and dance. >More
 Communion concert series comes to Madison

Madison appears on many "best of" lists, in part because it has such a large number of concerts by touring acts each year. Having many live music options is a good thing, but it can be hard for an unknown artist to bring in an audience when famous performers come to town regularly. >More
 Madison's folk musicians serve up creativity and generosity at Wintersong

Music can nourish the soul and provide food for thought, but unfortunately, it can't be eaten when times get tough. Luckily, a group of local musicians have found a way to turn songs into sustenance: Wintersong, an all-ages holiday show at the Majestic Theatre on Dec. 6. >More
 Hunger Games parody The Hungry, Hungry Games fills bellies with laughs at Overture

The Hungry, Hungry Games comes from the masterminds behind Spank! The Fifty Shades Parody, complete with rap battles, a twisted romance and mutant bears. It honors Suzanne Collins' 2008 novel, The Hunger Games -- and the 2012 movie it inspired -- by satirizing it. The show was staged at the Capitol Theater on Friday and Saturday. >More
 Isthmus Indie Awards 2013: Hometown Artist -- Meghan Blake-Horst, Absolutely Art

Absolutely Art doesn't just show and sell art; it embodies the spirit of Madison's visual-art community. The east-side gallery represents about 200 artists from the area, finding homes for their paintings, photos, mosaics, ceramics and other types of work. These pieces are chosen by owner Meghan Blake-Horst, who opened the space in 2005. >More
 Wisconsin Triennial project Café Allongé turns coffee-shop tables into miniature stages

Local performance-art pair Spatula&Barcode are taking their Wisconsin Triennial contribution, Café Allongé, beyond the walls of the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art through Jan. 4. For this "tabletop theater" project, they recruited local artists to perform at independent coffee shops across the city. Designed for one to five people, each performance is personalized, with topics ranging from death to seduction to breastfeeding. >More
 Andrea Gibson electrifies the Majestic with an impassioned performance of spoken-word poetry

It's a rare occasion that a poet's name appears on the marquee at the Majestic Theatre, but longtime activist and spoken-word artist Andrea Gibson likes to defy convention. She performed to a nearly full house on Wednesday, the day she released her latest album, Truce. >More
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