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Mark 'Stew' Stewart, multi-media artist and musician, brings huge personality to UW

The normally sterile quality of a college professor's den takes on a vibrant energy as we enter his office, an atmosphere not unlike the fast-paced city of New York where Stew spends the rest of his working time. Phones are ringing. An email needs to be sent out. His next class begins in less than an hour. "But I want to give you everything you need for your article, so please forgive all this craziness," Stew says. I turn the tape recorder on. If he writes the email, then it's yet another example of his multi-tasking abilities. >More
 Yuletide in Madison: This holiday season, give yourself the gift of live entertainment

Nights are getting longer, trees are getting barer and mall-goers are getting acquainted with the 734th version of "Little Drummer Boy." It's that magical time of year when families gather 'round the hearth, children ring around the tree and I consume my weight in eggnog. Do you hear what I hear? >More
 Broadway, the Negro Problem and SpongeBob

A Tony and Obie award winner is artist in residence at the UW-Madison's Arts Institute. But your kids might know him best for his work on SpongeBob SquarePants. Mark Stewart, known as Stew, is a singer, songwriter and playwright who lives in Berlin and Brooklyn. He is teaching, broadcasting and hosting performances all semester. Many events are open to the public. >More
 Inaugural Wisconsin Science Festival embraces art

When this weekend's Wisconsin Science Festival was in the planning stages, among the first to jump onboard were Madison artists and arts organizations. In its inaugural year, the festival is exploring the overlap between science and art. Says Laura Heisler, director of programming at the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation, "The arts people got it more quickly than the science people." >More
 Overture Center events look back at 9/11

Ronnie Hess, coordinator of the long-running Academy Evenings talks, says the program's mission is to bring people together. "Engaged, thoughtful conversation is something we believe should be cultivated, and done in person," she says of the events, presented by the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters. "There's something transformative about listening to someone who's knowledgeable on a subject and then talking to her or him about it." >More
 Arts Beat: UW arts dorm will gather culture-minded residents

The University of Wisconsin is working to set up a "Creative Arts and Design Residential Learning Community." In other words, an arts dorm. It's scheduled to open in the fall of 2012. But that's an oversimplification. The facility's purpose is to foster creativity across a broad range of students' future vocations, such as engineering and computer design, besides the arts. >More
 On with the shows at Overture Center and Wisconsin Union Theater

Looking ahead to the 2011-12 season, there are many more performing arts events to look forward to. Here's a look at some of what two of the city's biggest players -- Overture and the Wisconsin Union Theater -- have on tap. >More
 What creativity looks like: Art of the Wisconsin solidarity movement

In February, Madison playwright Doug Reed was assigned the summer slot at Broom Street Theater. He had a new script in the works. But all his free time was spent at the protests that were engulfing the city, so he wasn't getting any writing done. It occurred to him that perhaps these separate activities should become one. >More
 Now hiring: Overture Center CEO

I have a vivid memory of the day Overture Center opened in 2004. As a glut of Madisonians streamed in, Jerry Frautschi himself held open one of the massive, heavy doors facing State Street. While Frautschi, who donated an astonishing $205 million for the building's construction, is a name everyone knows, he's not a face everyone recognizes. >More
 Wisconsin Arts Board, economic engine

If you thought the arts were struggling before, just wait. Once Gov. Scott Walker's budget is adopted, Madison arts organizations could see state aid cut by as much as $542,000. The actual impact could run to well more than $1 million. >More
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