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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
 UW guest artist Joe Goode fuses dance, theater and speech to explore physical frailty

UW students are on winter break at the moment, but the dance department is busy preparing for the arrival of a new guest choreographer. On Jan. 17, it will welcome Joe Goode, an icon in the worlds of both theater and dance. >More
 Communion concert series comes to Madison

Madison appears on many "best of" lists, in part because it has such a large number of concerts by touring acts each year. Having many live music options is a good thing, but it can be hard for an unknown artist to bring in an audience when famous performers come to town regularly. >More
 Madison's folk musicians serve up creativity and generosity at Wintersong

Music can nourish the soul and provide food for thought, but unfortunately, it can't be eaten when times get tough. Luckily, a group of local musicians have found a way to turn songs into sustenance: Wintersong, an all-ages holiday show at the Majestic Theatre on Dec. 6. >More
 Hunger Games parody The Hungry, Hungry Games fills bellies with laughs at Overture

The Hungry, Hungry Games comes from the masterminds behind Spank! The Fifty Shades Parody, complete with rap battles, a twisted romance and mutant bears. It honors Suzanne Collins' 2008 novel, The Hunger Games -- and the 2012 movie it inspired -- by satirizing it. The show was staged at the Capitol Theater on Friday and Saturday. >More
 Isthmus Indie Awards 2013: Hometown Artist -- Meghan Blake-Horst, Absolutely Art

Absolutely Art doesn't just show and sell art; it embodies the spirit of Madison's visual-art community. The east-side gallery represents about 200 artists from the area, finding homes for their paintings, photos, mosaics, ceramics and other types of work. These pieces are chosen by owner Meghan Blake-Horst, who opened the space in 2005. >More
 Wisconsin Triennial project Café Allongé turns coffee-shop tables into miniature stages

Local performance-art pair Spatula&Barcode are taking their Wisconsin Triennial contribution, Café Allongé, beyond the walls of the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art through Jan. 4. For this "tabletop theater" project, they recruited local artists to perform at independent coffee shops across the city. Designed for one to five people, each performance is personalized, with topics ranging from death to seduction to breastfeeding. >More
 Andrea Gibson electrifies the Majestic with an impassioned performance of spoken-word poetry

It's a rare occasion that a poet's name appears on the marquee at the Majestic Theatre, but longtime activist and spoken-word artist Andrea Gibson likes to defy convention. She performed to a nearly full house on Wednesday, the day she released her latest album, Truce. >More
 Film professor Lea Jacobs will tackle arts and humanities funding in new role at UW Graduate School

Lea Jacobs is a familiar face to film lovers on the UW campus. A communication arts professor, she's also afounding director of the UW Cinematheque, the campus organization that screens noteworthy films for free nearly every week, including silent films and 16mm and 35mm prints. Now she's adding another title to her resume: associate dean for the arts and humanities in the UW Graduate School. >More
 Delta Spirit and PHOX end Live on King Street 2013 on a high note

The Majestic Theatre capped off Live on King Street, its annual summer outdoor concert series, with a farewell show on Friday. This final installment in the five concert series featured indie rockers Delta Spirit, the increasingly acclaimed Madison-based pop band PHOX, Hugh Bob and The Hustle, and DJ Nick Nice. >More
 Broom Street Theater's The Waiting Room peeks behind the scenes of a concert venue

It's a familiar pattern: Set a goal, try to reach it, struggle, become bitter and maybe try again. At some point it becomes clear that some dreams aren't very achievable and others aren't worth the trouble. Michael Tooher's The Waiting Room, which just finished its run at Broom Street Theater, illustrates these points through stagehands at a concert venue. >More
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