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Ensemble shines in The Beautiful Dark

Erik Gernand's script is sharp and witty, providing just the right amount of biting sarcasm. The snappy dialogue propels the story while still providing the necessary time for the pieces of the plot to unfold. >More
 A countdown to New Year's Eve 2014-2015 parties in Madison

Whether you wish to bid a fond farewell to 2014 or just say good riddance, there are plenty of ways to party and dance your way to 2015. Here are some spots around town where bands will be rocking, bootys will be shaking and booze will be flowing. >More
 Isthmus Indie Awards 2014: Sharon Kilfoy of Williamson Street Art Center

If you've seen a mural in Madison, Sharon Kilfoy probably had a hand in its creation. For the last 10 years, Kilfoy has run the Williamson Street Art Center, which helps local kids and artists enhance local neighborhoods with large-scale works, especially in areas that get overlooked in discussions about public art. >More
 Anna Vogelzang tries a grueling approach to songcraft for Driftless

Anna Vogelzang traded leisurely songwriting retreats for hectic musical-production spurts in preparation for Driftless, a new EP she'll release Nov. 16 at the Old Sugar Distillery. A grab bag of tracks from her work with Real Women, Real Songs, a collective of 20 or so women who compose a new piece each week for a full year, the recording shows just how versatile the local folk artist can be. >More
 Driftless is an intriguing departure from Anna Vogelzang's previous folk records

Many of the songs on Driftless are more intense than Anna Vogelzang's past work. She juxtaposes contrasting elements beautifully, like swelling choruses and quiet bridges. >More
 Halloween 2014: Madison after dark

Let's face it: Halloween has been sanitized for the young and innocent. Trick-or-treating starts on Oct. 31 at the not-so-scary hour of 4 p.m. in a number of Madison neighborhoods, and many of the weekend's parties are designed for toddlers, ending well before the average disco napper wakes. What's a thrill-seeker to do? >More
 Poonam Rao looks to an ancient Indian plant for business ideas and artistic inspiration

When Poonam Rao started a Facebook page in December 2012, she didn't consider herself an art studio owner. "I just created my page with all the artwork that I had, to see what people were thinking," she says. "I didn't have plans of any sort." >More
 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
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