Amanda Rigell


KelsyAnne Schoenhaar

Last fall, Encore Studios, the only theater company in Wisconsin for actors with disabilities, moved from its downtown home at the Bartell Theatre to a new black-box space on Martin Street. This intimate stage is perfect for "Acts to Grind IV", the p more

Sep 26, 2011 7:18 PM Stage

When this weekend's Wisconsin Science Festival was in the planning stages, among the first to jump onboard were Madison artists and arts organizations. In its inaugural year, the festival is exploring the overlap between science and art. Says Laura Heisler, director of programming at the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation, "The arts people got it more quickly than the science people." more

Sep 22, 2011 2:00 PM A & E

Ronnie Hess, coordinator of the long-running Academy Evenings talks, says the program's mission is to bring people together. "Engaged, thoughtful conversation is something we believe should be cultivated, and done in person," she says of the events, presented by the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters. "There's something transformative about listening to someone who's knowledgeable on a subject and then talking to her or him about it." more

Sep 8, 2011 2:00 PM A & E

At first I was dubious about seeing a silent film in James Madison Park. The feature was to be a 1920 German Expressionist telling of "The Golem", an ancient monster-morality tale set in the Jewish ghetto of Prague. It sounded like dark stuff. more

Aug 25, 2011 2:00 PM Movies

Madison singer-songwriter Jeremiah Nelson embarks on a national tour next month. Nelson sold out his March album-release show at the Frequency, and he continues to gain momentum as a songwriter and performer. more

Aug 11, 2011 2:00 PM MUSIC

The songs on John Hiatt's new release are mostly standard Hiatt fare: mid-tempo ruminations on shitty small-town life; a slow song about a lost lover. The upbeat "Love That Girl" is uncomfortably close to Train's songwriting territory, but if you already like John Hiatt, you're not going to be disappointed by this record. more

Aug 11, 2011 2:00 PM MUSIC

On Aug. 13, Madison blues band Aaron Williams & the Hoodoo will celebrate the release of their new album, "10:49", at the Harmony Bar. For Williams, it's a place that feels like home. "The Harmony really caters to Americana, roots, blues music," he says. "You can go there any weekend and see someone great. I've grown up seeing shows there." more

Aug 11, 2011 2:00 PM MUSIC

Last winter, UW-Madison and American Players Theatre alum Carrie Coon stunned audiences and critics in Edward Albee's "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" at Chicago's Steppenwolf Theatre. She's set to do the same in 2012 -- on Broadway. more

Aug 4, 2011 2:00 PM Stage

Drummer Scott Beardsley, bassist Chris Boeger and keyboardist Mike Cammilleri, mainstays on the Madison music scene, will grace movie screens across the country next summer. The three flew to Cape Cod last week for the filming of an Adam Sandler movie, tentatively titled "I Hate You, Dad". more

Jul 28, 2011 2:00 PM MUSIC

In New York City on May 26, the University of Wisconsin Press received its second Publisher's Service Award from the Lambda Literary Foundation, which honors achievements in LGBT literature. It's the only publisher to win two Lambda awards, or Lammys, in the foundation's history. more

Jun 9, 2011 2:00 PM Books

The 2011 Madison Area Music Awards, held at Overture Center's Capitol Theater Saturday night, reflected the eclectic nature of Madison's music scene. The ceremony included performances and pageantry from across genres. True to form in its eighth year, the show focused on live performances by nominated artists, video montages and speeches with heartfelt reminders of the MAMAs' driving purpose, fundraising for music education. more

Jun 5, 2011 3:05 PM MUSIC

My friend Katie may have best summed up The Felice Brothers show at Union South Saturday night when she leaned over and said, "I like these guys a lot. What the hell is going on up there?" more

May 8, 2011 2:27 PM MUSIC

In the author's note on the program of his new play at Broom Street Theater, Rob Matsushita writes, "...for me, it always comes down to characters and dialogue." The play, abhorrently titled "Hitler Was Right," is top heavy with both. more

Apr 25, 2011 5:08 PM Stage