Sharon Vanorny

Creative spark

Angela Richardson is a creative powerhouse who spreads her arts gospel throughout Madison. During February, she’s serving as artist-in-residence at the Bubbler space at Madison’s Central Library, where she wants to light everyone’s creative spark.

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Dan Myers

Bawdy and bizarre

It makes sense for Music Theatre of Madison to stage the drag-friendly farce, “La Cage Aux Folles,” at a real nightclub. The show has great moments, but the space at Five Nightclub presents real challenges. more »

Feb 6, 2016 3:10 PM Stage


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Pushing the limits

It’s tough to overstate Frank Stella’s impact on the art world. The celebrated artist was at the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art on Feb. 5 to open his first retrospective since 1982. more »

Feb 6, 2016 3:00 PM ARTS & CULTURE


James Gill

Absorbing and compelling

Madison Opera successfully tackles a contemporary opera with an absorbing production of “Little Women.” more »

Feb 6, 2016 2:30 PM Stage

Barn wood and apple crates

Bulldog Recover and Restore rescues the rustic. more »

Feb 4, 2016 5:00 AM Emphasis


Meg McMahon

Gains in women’s cyclocross

Former Purgolder Emma Swartz makes it to the world championships in the inaugural year for the under-23 category. more »

Feb 4, 2016 5:00 AM Sports


Rebecca Bagley

Behind the scenes of "The Flick"

Spots fill up fast for Forward Theater’s Play Club, which is like a book club for plays. Laura Jones says the group discussion gave her new insights into Annie Baker’s controversial play, “The Flick.” more »

Feb 4, 2016 5:00 AM Stage


David Michael Miller

How harmless is a chant of “air ball”?

Furor over WIAA chant reprimand fails to address the lack of sportsmanship. ESPN’s Jay Bilas and area athletic directors weigh in. more »

Feb 4, 2016 5:00 AM Sports

“We’re not going anywhere”

Madison Ballet will still perform a repertory concert at the Bartell Theatre this weekend. But it’s the last you’ll see of the local troupe in 2016, as it canceled remaining productions due to a budget shortfall. more »

Feb 2, 2016 4:00 PM Stage


Ross Zentner

Millennials doing menial labor

Forward Theater’s production of Annie Baker’s Pulitzer-winning play, “The Flick,” is set in a dilapidated movie theater, where three main characters are incessantly sweeping. The play may be the “Waiting for Godot” for the millennial generation. more »

Jan 29, 2016 5:00 PM Stage

Not to be confused with...

It’s Birchbox vs. BarkBox in part 2 of our popular series, “Not to be confused with....” more »

Jan 28, 2016 5:00 AM Emphasis


Greg Dixon

The surge before the madness

Prep basketball heads into regionals. The end-of-season matches are well worth watching. more »

Jan 28, 2016 5:00 AM Sports

Fill ’er up

Eco-conscious Plant Based Goods is a dedicated refill shop for soaps, cleaning supplies and more. There’s even shampoo for Fido. more »

Jan 28, 2016 5:00 AM Emphasis 1 Comments


Laura Zastrow

Poet of the people

Oscar Mireles, the city’s new poet laureate, looks forward to raising the profile of writers of color in Madison. more »

Jan 28, 2016 5:00 AM Books


Mindy Tucker

Dream debate

After video of a mock debate between Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump went viral, the comedians playing the candidates launched a national tour. “Trump vs. Bernie” makes a Madison stop on Feb. 2. more »

Jan 28, 2016 5:00 AM Comedy


Gillian Blake

Sisterly tragicomedy

“Rumors of Truth,” the winner of the 2009 Wisconsin Wrights contest, gets a world premiere at the Bartell Theatre. more »

Jan 28, 2016 5:00 AM Stage

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