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Jeff Klawes

Zak Stowe made national news after his conservative college spiked a production of "Inherit the Wind." Now the young director has found a theater home directing “Southern Baptist Sissies” for StageQ. more

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Middleton-Cross Plains elementary teachers asked to reexamine using Laura Ingalls Wilder’s books after the popular “Little House on the Prairie” author’s name is removed from a major children’s book award. more

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Latasia Dhami

Trinity Lutheran Church unveils a marvelous new mural facing its parking lot. It’s a bold and colorful visual expression of the church’s service-driven mission. more

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Cadence & Eli Photography

Verona native Sally Franson’s “A Lady’s Guide to Selling Out” is a fast-paced look at modern office culture. Catch the author at her hometown library on July 9. more


Serbian-born flutist Iva Ugrćič faced discrimination and harassment in her homeland. Then she moved to Madison, and found there was still lots of work to be done. She’s launched LunART festival to address the disparities. more


“Somos Latinas” is a new book from the Wisconsin Historical Society Press documenting the important contributions of the state’s Latina activists. It’s based on an ongoing oral history project. more


Wauwatosa author Brice D. Smith’s own transition from female to male was spurred by a longtime research project about trans pioneer Lou Sullivan. His biography of Sullivan was released recently by Transgress Press. more


In “Flying at Night,” a distinctly Madison novel, an artist struggles to balance care for an elderly father and a son diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. more


Wild and Scenic Film Festival hopes to inspire future water protectors. Former UW-Oshkosh student Luke Stevens’ documentary is on the bill. more


The documentary “Circle Up” explores the potential of Native American-style talking circles in restorative justice initiatives. Members of the Dane County Timebank hope the film will inspire Madison to expand the programs in operation here. more


“Shhh….”, a new exhibit at Arts + Literature Laboratory, artists riff on World War II propaganda posters. A multimedia opening event includes karaoke by DACA more

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Samantha Dutcher

It’s been 10 years since Emily Mills and Jesse Russell launched a raunchy, inclusive event on the same night as the Frostiball. The organizers say the apocalypse-themed masquerade at the Majestic on Jan. 27 will be the finale. more


Arts + Literature Lab celebrates its second anniversary with “Arsenal,” a wide-ranging homage to fiber as a feminine weapon created by 11 women artists. more

Visual Arts


J. Leigh Garcia

An exhibit at Overture Center features two artists who highlight the plight of immigrants. J. Leigh Garcia and Evelyn Galindo’s “¿Quiénes somos? (Who Are We?)” will be up for Oct. 6 Gallery Night. more

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Ingrid Laas

Typhoid Mary and the gay flight attendant blamed for the AIDS crisis are central characters in a new play at TAPIT that explores the stories of public health pariahs. Handily, Judith Leavitt, an expert on Typhoid Mary, lives right here in Madison. more


A father’s dinosaur paintings and a daughter’s crocheted landscapes make up a shared exhibit at the Madison Senior Center. more

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“From Awkward Spaces” is a new play at the Bartell Theatre that documents the story of how leaders of Madison theater groups got together to create a home for themselves in an unused movie house. more


Documentary filmmaker Amy Oden spent a year following exotic dancers and sex workers in Guam. Her new film, “Exotic,” screens June 13 at Art In Gallery. more



Amy Stocklein

By day, it’s a quiet space for writers. At night, 702WI comes alive as a social space for readings and book clubs. more