Guitar whiz Stanley Jordan hits the big time after his stint as a Madison busker in the '80s.
Simon Sparrow becomes a nationally recognized outsider artist in the '80s after being discovered selling his work on Madison streets.
Garage-rockers Fire Town get a major-label recording contract in the 1980s.
Smart Studios records Nirvana, Smashing Pumpkins and other major acts, and cofounder Butch Vig goes on to stardom as a producer and member of Garbage.
George Segal's "Gay Liberation" statue installed in Orton Park, 1986.
The satirical musical Walmartopia heads to off-Broadway in 2007 after its Madison run.