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Madison masterpieces: Six unforgettable artistic achievements

There's a formulation you hear from time to time: Madison is quite a place...for a city its size. But stick around long enough and take in enough art -- art broadly defined -- and you start to realize Madison artists have produced works that hold their own against what comes out of the culture capitals. Here's a by-no-means-comprehensive sampling of favorite pieces chosen by Isthmus critics. >More
 Madison masterpieces: The Syringa Tree, American Players Theatre, 2010

Placid Sauk County, Wis., is about as far as you can get from apartheid-era South Africa. But over five months in the summer and fall of 2010, Spring Green's American Players Theatre revisited the apartheid regime's horrors using a starkly simple format: one woman alone on a stage. >More
 Madison masterpieces: The Chris Farley Show

Chris Farley was raised in Madison and performed here professionally at the Ark Improv Theatre. He was also buried here -- right down the street from my house -- after his untimely death in 1997. So I feel comfortable claiming his brilliant work on Saturday Night Live for our city. >More
 Madison masterpieces: Garbage, Garbage

What prompted me to listen to Garbage's debut, I cannot precisely recall. I think I liked the cover art and band name. I'm almost positive I hadn't heard a single song before trying it out on the headphones at a record store in Lincoln, Neb., in August 1995. >More
 Madison masterpieces: John Steuart Curry murals, UW Biochemistry Building

On a stroll through the UW campus, there's plenty of art to see, from the newly expanded Chazen Museum of Art to galleries within Memorial Union and Union South. But not all of the university's artistic treasures are in places you might expect. Take the stairwell of the recently renovated Biochemistry Building. There you'll find murals by the renowned American painter John Steuart Curry that are not only fascinating in their own right, but also a testament to a forward-thinking collaboration between the sciences and arts. >More
 Madison masterpieces: Lee Hoiby, Summer and Smoke

Madison's gift to American opera is Lee Hoiby (1926-2011). He was born in Madison of a musically important family. Educated here, he studied at the UW with Gunnar Johansen. He trained further at Mills College for a career as a concert pianist. But he was gradually drawn into composition. >More
 Madison masterpieces: Marques Bovre, 'Ground That I Own'

As much as I find terms like "world-class" and "masterpiece" meaningless - usually bestowed because of widespread fame and commercial success, after all - I have to suggest that the work of Madison folksinger Marques Bovre deserves a place at the table. Even though Bovre never hit it big and didn't land a major-label contract, anyone familiar with his body of songwriting and recording knows his lyrics and melodies sound right at home in an iPod shuffle with tunes from Dylan, Wilco, the Band, Arlo Guthrie - heck, Woody Guthrie. >More
 Wisconsin Union Theater announces 2012-2013 season

Wisconsin Union Theater, the great performing arts series hosted by the UW-Madison, has announced the lineup for its 2012-2013. One thing hasn't changed. The live schedule is a typically beguiling mix of jazz, classical, world music and theater. >More
 Dane County libraries endowment in the works

The Dane County Library Service and Madison Community Foundation have embarked on a unique partnership to build a $1.4 million programming endowment. They've already secured a prestigious $350,000 challenge grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. >More
 Overture Center announces 2012-2013 season

Overture Center for the Arts has released its schedule of events for the 2012-2013 season. There are big names -- Bill Cosby (Oct. 19), Branford Marsalis (Feb. 28), the Mormon Tabernacle Choir (June 18) -- and acts that may be new to you, like Les 7 Doigts de la Main, the Quebec troupe that presents its circus-like show PSY (April 18-21). >More
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