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Stephanie Hofmann

From art exhibits to documentaries, stage plays and floating parades, you’d be a fool to miss these wonderful spring events. Read more

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SHAWN HARPER

With a dazzling smile and exquisite technique, former cheerleader and cruise ship performer Richard Oaxaca gives up a lucrative commercial performing career to explore modern dance with Kanopy. Read more

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Jennifer Justice

Madison Theatre Guild’s production of Rajiv Joseph’s “Gruesome Playground Injuries” explores the intersecting lives of two people with a lifetime of hurts, on the inside and out. Read more

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Shawn Harper

Kanopy Dance’s “Devil’s Night: An Apocalyptic Vision in Heavy Metal” is a pulse-pounding and somewhat overwhelming night of dance set to music by the Finnish heavy metal cello band Apocalyptica. The dancing is, as always, top notch. Read more

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Ross Zentner

Two fantastic actors — Colleen Madden and James Pickering — are the reason to see Forward Theater’s production of “Heisenberg.” Read more

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Shawn Harper

Despite a scaled-back ballet season, Madison still had plenty of dance performances that challenged and delighted Isthmus dance critic Katie Reiser. Read more

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Maureen Janson Heintz

Li Chiao-Ping Dance performed a concert of collaborative works at the historic Madison Masonic Center on Dec. 1. It’s a shame the program didn’t have a longer run. Read more

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Maureen Janson Heintz

UW-Madison assistant professor Marlene Skog delivers a strong and touching look at Shakespeare’s female characters in “Consider it not so deeply.” Read more

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When it comes to the arts, Madison keeps upping the ante. Our arts writers help you narrow it down with their picks for the most promising events in theater, comedy, dance, visual art and classical music. Read more

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Liz Lauren

American Players Theatre delivers an excellent balance of comedy and tragedy in its “Measure for Measure,” set in the present day and bursting with relevance in the #metoo era. Read more

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Liz Lauren

Garson Kanin’s 1946 play “Born Yesterday” features an uncouth and unscrupulous businessman who takes Washington, D.C., by storm. This uncanny and relevant show opened at American Players Theatre on June 23. Read more

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Former UW artist-in-residence Laura Anderson Barbata returns to Madison to talk about her new book documenting her quest to repatriate the remains of her countrywoman Julia Pastrana. Read more

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Shawn Harper

Kanopy Dance pairs up with renowned corporeal mime performers for an intriguing collaborative work in “Dark Tales.” It’s at Overture through Feb. 18. Read more

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Darren Lee

It’s a shame Madison Ballet’s “She” only runs one weekend. The excellent celebration of female choreographers couldn’t be more timely. Read more

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Wannabe dance mom Katie Reiser wishes her son would grow up to dance with Reggie Wilson’s Fist and Heel Performance Group or The Seldoms. Here are her favorite dance shows of 2017. Read more

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Maureen Janson Heintz

Celebrated choreographer and dance professor Jin-Wen Yu celebrates 20 years on UW-Madison’s dance faculty with “Page 20.” Even though he’s announced it’s his final solo performance, Yu is still creating dynamic, thought-provoking works. Read more

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Shawn Harper

Kanopy Dance launches its season with "Beautiful Isolation," which includes two signature works by modern dance pioneer Anna Sokolow and strong pieces by co-directors Lisa Thurrell and Robert E. Cleary. Read more

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Shawn Harper

Madison is a creative city. Want proof? Here’s our guide to upcoming highlights in theater, dance, visual arts and classical music. Read more

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Liz Lauren

American Players Theatre’s “The Unexpected Man” is an excellent vehicle for core company members Brian Mani and Sarah Day. Both actors deliver subtle performances, illustrating the challenges of connecting with other humans. Read more

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Kelly Doering

StageQ’s “Perfect Arrangement” looks at gay and lesbian lives during the McCarthy-era “Lavender Scare.” Read more

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