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Wisconsin Film Festival announces winners of 2014 audience awards

Ever since the final credits of the 2014 Wisconsin Film Festival rolled the night of April 10, workers have been tallying the results of the annual Steep & Brew Audience Award competition. Now it's time for a drumroll: The winners of this year's awards are American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs, The Rocket and Vertigo. >More
 Screening at the Wisconsin Film Festival, Obvious Child is a funny yet poignant tale about an unplanned pregnancy

The Wisconsin Film Festival feature Obvious Child centers on two not-quite-children: Donna (Saturday Night Live alum Jenny Slate), a cash-strapped young comedian struggling with the responsibilities of adulthood, and the fetus she discovers she's carrying after a one-night stand. >More
 Wisconsin Film Festival 2014 begins on a mischievous note

During the first 24 hours of the fest, many guests seemed to be taking a break from their everyday responsibilities, and the freedom made a few of them downright giddy. On Friday morning, fancy coffee drinks and long lines filled Sundance Cinemas. >More
 Spring Green's Shitty Barn teems with local and national talent in 2014 season

It's easy to giggle at the Shitty Barn's name, but the Spring Green concert venue's May-through-October music lineup is more likely to elicit expressions of awe. Announced at a recent house show in Madison, the roster includes national touring acts such as dapper roots musician Pokey LaFarge (July 1) and no-nonsense Nashville country artist J.P. Harris (Aug. 27), plus talented local rockers like El Valiente and Icarus Himself (June 4). >More
 Touring acts kick back in Madison after the hustle and bustle of SXSW 2014

Austin, Texas, becomes a magnet for musicians each March, when South by Southwest takes over the city. Hotels, museums and barbecue joints become makeshift concert venues, and performers often squeeze multiple shows into a day, hoping to cross paths with music-industry VIPs. Sets can shrink to just a song or two if a concert is behind schedule, sound systems can malfunction, and crowds can grow to unfathomable sizes. >More
 Revelry Music & Arts Festival 2014 announces lineup and move to Langdon Street

Last May the UW launched the Revelry Music & Arts Festival as an alternative to the booze-soaked Mifflin Street Block Party. The outdoor event returns on May 3 from noon to 10 p.m., rain or shine, along with beer and other refreshments. But live music remains the focus. >More
 Make Music Madison recruiting performers and venues for June 2014 fest

Make Music Madison, a citywide celebration of song slated for June 21, has started accepting registration materials from potential performers and performance venues. Sign-up takes place until May 15, through a locally produced "matchmaking" program that pairs musicians with places to play. Volunteers may also register through the program. >More
 Forward Theater Company announces intriguing 2014-15 season, full of dark humor and absurdity

Madison's Forward Theater Company is about to embark on its sixth season presenting contemporary plays featuring the talents of professional actors, directors and designers. This week it announced the lineup for its 2014-15 season. Here is a brief snapshot of each play the troupe has selected. >More
 Madison hip-hop: Examining the past and preparing for the future

How can local hip-hop artists get the respect they deserve? It's a question that comes up again and again as Madison struggles with stereotypes about "urban" music. Julia Burke investigates the issue in the March 14 issue of Isthmus, shining a spotlight on several people who are helping cultivate performance opportunities for these artists. >More
 A Room of One's Own is anything but as Lorrie Moore reads from Bark, her new story collection

A single room couldn't contain all the folding chairs at A Room of One's Own Wednesday night, as Lorrie Moore prepared to read from her new book, Bark. Though Moore accepted a professorship at Vanderbilt University about a year ago, after nearly 30 years teaching in the UW's creative writing department, the audience welcomed her as a neighbor and friend. >More
 Madison folk-pop band PHOX sign to Partisan Records

Today PHOX climbed another rung on the ladder to fame by announcing that they've signed with Partisan Records, the record label Deer Tick, Heartless Bastards and the Dismemberment Plan call home. The local sextet are currently preparing for a series of concerts at South by Southwest in Austin, Texas, but their biggest event of 2014 will likely be the release of a self-titled album in June. >More
 The Smart Studios Story will show how Butch Vig and Steve Marker made music history in Madison

It's been four years since Madison's Smart Studios shut down, but local musicians refer to it so fondly that one might think it's still alive and kicking. >More
 St. Vincent: St. Vincent

Concerts " not albums " are the biggest moneymakers for many touring acts, and one smash song can often fill a venue. Each of the 11 tracks on St. Vincent could hold its own as a single, but I appreciate that they make an even greater impact as a group. >More
 Twelve hot tickets at the 2014 Wisconsin Film Festival

It's here! The official guide to the 2014 Wisconsin Film Festival is hot off the presses, nestled inside the issue of Isthmus that hits newsstands today. Though the fest takes place April 3-10, tickets sales begin Sat., March 8. Seats for many of the films will go fast, so here's a shortlist of titles you'll want to read up on right away. >More
 Yellow Rose Gallery to take root at the top of State Street

The 100 block of State Street has been teeming with activity over the past two years. First came the Fountain in late 2011, which quickly added concerts, poetry readings and sing-alongs to its menu. Then came 100State, a place for entrepreneurs and creative types to brainstorm and collaborate. Now a visual-art venture -- Yellow Rose Gallery -- is preparing to join this mini-community. Its doors will open in late March, according to founder Miles Kristan. >More
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