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April Williamson

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April Williamson

Opening night at the two-day Forward Music Festival on Friday was not without a few glitches. But I have to applaud the organizers of this event for pulling off such a large undertaking in a city that to bands and promoters can feel small and unwelcome to change. A multi-venue event like this must take an incredible amount of work, unselfishly put in out of a love for music and a desire to see Madison assert itself on the national music stage. more

Sep 20, 2008 9:17 PM MUSIC

The east side's Goodman Community Center, formerly the Atwood Community Center, has long been responding to the needs of Madison's youth population, as well as the community at large. One current focus of the center's varied teen services is a growing employment program based on the culinary arts, agriculture and entrepreneurship. Ben Hunter, the center's teen employment program coordinator and director of food systems, is working with the Goodman staff to refine and expand these programs in conjunction with the center's imminent move to a new, larger space located at 149 Waubesa Street. more

Aug 22, 2008 6:00 PM FOOD & DRINK

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April Williamson

Darwin Sampson's promising new live music club The Frequency opened its doors on Friday night with an invite-only preview show featuring Stephanie Rearick, Awesome Car Funmaker and The Treats. This varied lineup of bands represents the kind of musical diversity Sampson is hoping to bring to the club just off the Capitol Square as he books local bands to play every weekend this summer. more

May 31, 2008 5:05 PM MUSIC

"E for Everyone", the new studio album from Madison mainstay Awesome Car Funmaker, is pleasantly paradoxical. Who could have expected such a mature, cleanly produced album from a group of four goofy guys known for their raucous, over-the-top live show? The band skillfully delves into deeper territory, exploring relevant issues like war and morality without betraying their rocker roots. more

May 13, 2008 8:42 PM Song A Day

Pop rockers 8889 have been working for a few years on their new album "Zoology", the follow-up to their well-received 2005 debut release "My Music Plan". If the five men behind the band have spent a long time in the studio, it's because they now have a growing reputation to uphold: "Dandelions" from that first album won the 2006 Madison Area Music Award for Best Pop Song. more

May 8, 2008 3:43 PM Song A Day

A lively and responsive audience attended the screening of Stuart Gordon's latest horror flick, "Stuck", late Saturday night at the Orpheum. Gordon himself introduced the film, along with Wisconsin Film Festival director Meg Hamel. He drew applause as he talked about seeing revolutionary films like "The Graduate" and "Bonnie and Clyde" at the Orpheum in the late '60s. He considers the iconic theater on State Street his early classroom, a place that influenced him to start creating films. more

Apr 7, 2008 1:30 AM Movies

When hard-working Francisco leaves Harlem on a scholarship to a ritzy prep school in upstate New York, his new acquaintances treat him like a seductively dangerous novelty. "Up With Me", directed by UW-Madison graduate Greg Takoudes on a meager $20,000 budget, at first seems like it could fall into the same trap. more

Apr 5, 2008 5:30 PM Movies

UW-Madison alum Stuart Gordon got his start as a renegade in the local theater community, famously getting arrested for obscenity for his campus production of "Peter Pan" in 1968 and subsequently founded Broom Street Theater. Over the course of a 40-year career, he has also become a very successful director of horror, thriller and science fiction films, notably the cult classic "Re-Animator" and other Lovecraft adaptations. He brings his latest offering, "Stuck", to the Wisconsin Film Festival on Saturday at the Orpheum Main Theater. more

Mar 31, 2008 7:22 PM Movies

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Jim DeVita, who has been gracing stages for 14 years as a company actor with American Players Theatre in Spring Green, will be appearing in the Wisconsin Film Festival for the first time in April. The actor and writer plays Michael, the main character in "Madison", which will make its world premiere in a sold out screening at the Chazen Museum of Art. more

Mar 24, 2008 8:10 PM Movies

Is it May yet? I can't argue that winter hasn't been especially brutal this year, but instead of sitting around feeling sorry for ourselves, let's welcome February, oh cruel February, with open arms. That's right, it's time to get out of the house and celebrate winter. Fortunately, the confluence of Groundhog Day and Super Bowl XLII, on the eve of Mardi Gras no less, provides ample justification to check out some of the events around Madison this weekend. more

Jan 31, 2008 5:21 PM Scenes