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Fresco Opera Theatre repackages the genre

It ain't your grandparents' opera. Fresco Opera Theatre is opera as if P.T. Barnum had to reinvent it for Lady Gaga: fast, sexy, short and as snarky as possible. Madison's newest performance troupe looks forward to madly combining the fustiest of art forms with children's tea parties, game shows, puppet shows and pro wrestling. >More
 Returning live theater to the Orpheum

It's been 41 years since the Orpheum Theatre saw a theatrical production. That changes Feb. 25, when The Rocky Horror Show opens live at the vaudeville and movie palace. Cabaret will follow in May. The productions represent the revival of what was once one of the city's most important stages. From a technical standpoint, however, it's going to be tough. >More
 Dane County, month by month

For many of us, the new year cannot begin without a calendar from the Dane County Cultural Affairs Commission. Over the last 11 years it's been an annual survey of the best in Wisconsin art, a daily reminder of the link between artist and space, and above all the holiday gift we send distant friends to remind them of home. >More
 The Statue of Liberty goes for another dip in Lake Mendota in 2010

In February, Madison's iconic Statue of Liberty is returning to Lake Mendota. First displayed as a UW student-government prank in 1979, the submerged-looking Lady Liberty has returned to Lake Mendota only three times, in 1980, 1996 and 2009. It also appeared near the Alliant Energy Center in 2004. >More
 A leaner Madison Ballet returns after trying times

Each year at this time comes an impish Nutcracker to delight children -- and hopefully provide Madison Ballet with 25% of its gross annual income. It's the holidays, when people part with most of their annual arts dollars to enjoy pops concerts, A Christmas Carol and sing-alongs to Handel's Messiah. The money gathered via populist December programming is slowly disbursed the rest of the year, making this a critical time for performing arts groups. >More
 Toward a magical, rebellious Dane County arts commission

What Dane County needs is a more "masculine" Arts Commission. No? Then what about more "feminine"? Or just more "magical"? >More
 A visit by Cuban painter Orestes Larios Zaaka and sculptor Gregorio Perez Escobar

Finally, here's some change we can believe in. The U.S. blockade on Cuba is alive and well, but Obama's given us wiggle room. For the first time since the start of W's second term, Cuban artists can get visas to visit the States. Thanks to impressive efforts by the Madison-Camagüey Sister City Association, with support from Edgewood College, the Dane County Cultural Affairs Commission, and the Overture and Pleasant T. Rowland Foundations, painter Orestes Larios Zaak and sculptor Gregorio Pérez Escobar will be our guests. It's part of the Madison-Camagüey association's 15th anniversary celebration. >More
 UW teaches artists business skills

"So you're an actor?" goes an old joke in both Manhattan and Hollywood. "Which restaurant?" The image of the starving artist may be romantic, but that's about it. The University of Wisconsin-Madison is combating uncertainty for people contemplating arts careers with a groundbreaking program called Arts Enterprise. >More
 Wanted: Imagination

Creative minds already craft performances and works of art. They and the public will be challenged to craft downtown Madison's arts future at a city planning session in the Madison Municipal Building on Sept. 25. >More
 Kennedy Center brings 'Arts in Crisis' symposium to Overture

Michael Kaiser, president of the Washington, D.C., John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, will lead a symposium on "Arts in Crisis" at Overture Center Aug. 24. Among issues for nonprofits he'll address are fundraising, board relations, budgeting and marketing during the recession. >More
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