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  • Raphael's masterpiece on view at MAM
    Art City/Mary Louise Schumacher of the Journal Sentinel
    Through June 6
    “She may be coming alone, but centuries of mystery have accompanied Raphael’s “La Donna Velata” to Milwaukee. It may be the tiniest exhibit the Milwaukee Art Museum has ever staged — featuring exactly one painting — but this solo turn of a Renaissance masterpiece is one of the most auspicious events to occur at the museum in recent memory. The portrait “La Velata,” as she is sometimes called for short, was once considered the most famous painting in the world. As of Saturday, she will be ensconced in one of the more intimate galleries of the museum’s older wing. A security guard will stand beside her at all times and only a limited number of people will be allowed into the gallery at one time.”
  • Think Negative - New Work From Undergraduate and Graduate Photography Students at UW-Madison
    March 29-May 7, Reception April 9
    “This exhibitions highlights new work from photographers studying with Professor Jim Escalante and Assistant Professor Tom Jones in the undergraduate and graduate art programs at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Think Negative features fresh and contemporary photography by Sarah Ripp, Jake Naughton, Alexander Devoe, Youn-Jae Ok, Kristen Juve, Jackie Matelski, Brittany Peterson, Ana Taylor, Linda Friend, Laurel Iber, Lisa Frank, Julie Insun Youn, Jordan Anderson, Patricia LaPointe, Niki Johnson, Andrea Brdek, Mayra Linares and Jena Schleis. Join us for the opening reception on Friday, April 9, 7-9:00 pm”
  • Currently at the James Watrous Gallery
    Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts & Letters
    Through April 11
    “Stitched Ground: Four Artists Embroider the Land, on view February 23 through April 11, is an exploration of landscape through the painstaking and richly textured medium of fabric and embroidery. The exhibition features the artwork of Terese Agnew, Leah Evans, Sarah Gagnon, and Chris Niver.”
  • Deadline Extended: 1st Annual Milwaukee Domes Art Festival
    April 10
    Faced with the rush of last minute applications and a number of applicants having timing problems the art festival application deadline is being extended to April 10th. There has been some confusion in regard to who is allowed to participate in the show. ANYONE FROM ANYWHERE IS WELCOME TO APPLY TO JURY INTO THE MILWAUKEE DOMES ART FESTIVAL Please spread the word to artists who may have thought this was a Milwaukee only or Wisconsin only show AND there are 10 more days and any artist is welcome to apply. Simply forward this message to your friends to let them know. Apply to the Domes Art Festival today at www.milwaukeedomesartfestival.com to make sure you get a chance at the $10,000 in prizes being awarded. Being a part of the Milwaukee Domes Art Festival will never again be this affordable. This is your only chance to be able to say YOU were there when it all started. August 20-22 2010. Thanks, and best of luck 1st Annual Milwaukee Domes Art Festival
  • ‘First Rate Glass’ at Racine Art Museum
    Milwaukee Shepherd Express
    Through June 6
    “Glass is everywhere. From windows to mirrors to drinking vessels, glass permeates everyday life. When assembled, blown or cast with a master touch and vision, glass can even transform into fine art. This ordinary material with contrasting properties—durable or fragile, conventional or exquisite, opaque or translucent, decorative or functional—allows the artist a multitude of expressive options. The current exhibition at the Racine Art Museum, “A Glass Act: First Rate Glass from RAM’s Collection” (through June 6), celebrates this impressive art medium, which developed rapidly when small-scale kilns became accessible to studios during the 1960s.”
  • The Magic of John Wilde
    Chazen Museum of Art
    May 29 through July 25
    “The Chazen Museum of Art will present The Magic of John Wilde, an exhibition of the Wisconsin native’s magic realist paintings and drawings. The exhibition is taken from the Chazen’s exceptional collection of art by John Wilde, ranging from the 1940s to the 1990s. The Magic of John Wilde is on view May 29–July 25, 2010. Wilde’s imaginative dreamscapes reflect artistic traditions from European Renaissance painting to twentieth-century surrealism. His artistic vision was also profoundly influenced by his domestic military service during World War II and a deep respect for nature, inspired by rural Wisconsin.”
  • Fox Cities Book Festival showcases books that are works of art
    Appleton Post-Crescent
    New exhibits going up this month at Fox Cities art galleries in conjunction with the Fox Cities Book Festival are giving people a chance to see there is another dimension to books. Beginning Monday, the University of Wisconsin-Fox Valley's Aylward Gallery on the Menasha campus will display artist's books by Wisconsin artists Brian Borchardt, Caren Heft and Jeff Morin. The Bergstrom-Mahler Museum in Neenah on Saturday opens its picture and pop-up books exhibit with a family event on paper engineering that runs from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The exhibit, which focuses on the work of children's book creators Robert Sabuda and Matthew Reinhart, remains up through June 19.
  • Opening and closing this week
    Art City/Mary Louise Schumacher of the Journal Sentinel
    Welcome to a fresh -- and may I say, glorious -- week. It's opening day. The sun is out. Yes, there are raindrops in the forecast but it really feels like it's time to put away the boots and coats and get down to enjoying spring. This also makes it a great time for some art-seeing field trips. Here's my weekly rundown of what's opening and closing this week.
  • New moves for old-wave art
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
    Artist Talk April 8 “Artists Nathaniel Stern and Jessica Meuninck-Ganger, professors of art at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, collaborate on artworks that combine some of the oldest and newest art forms. They mount translucent prints and drawings on top of video monitors, which appear to bring moving images to life on paper. The juxtaposition of physical and virtual, tactile and electronic is wonderfully strange and novel. Stern and Meuninck-Ganger have shown separately and together around the world. A show of their work (above) opens Wednesday at the Museum of Wisconsin Art in West Bend.”
  • 'Art in Bloom' offers a blooming good time
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
    It's spring, and what better way to celebrate than with flowers? The annual "Art in Bloom" event at the Milwaukee Art Museum is a unique pairing of art and floral arrangements on display throughout the museum's galleries. Floral designers will interpret the works on the walls with their own unique, artful constructions. The four-day event also includes guest appearances by celebrity designers and master gardeners, as well as lectures and presentations on topics such as centerpieces, shade gardening, floral photography and edible flowers. A "Cocktails and Blooms" reception will be from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Thursday - free for members, $20 for non-members. Special lectures also will be held during the event; reservations and an extra charge are required.’
  • Drop Thoughts Opening Reception
    Hudson Star Observer
    “Drop Thoughts is the result of a community art project where people submitted unspoken anonymous thoughts to The SPACE. The response was outstanding and now they will be on display in our gallery for the community to see. Doors open at 6pm and from 7-9pm there will be live music with the popular Sam Salter. Sam's music is a mellow blend of jazz, folk and blues with soulfull guitar and vocals. This night is full of anonymous individuals sharing their creativity with our community and we hope that you join us!”
  • Spring Exhibit features area artists of all ages
    For Immediate Release by Rountree Gallery
    Spring Exhibit features area artists of all ages Over sixty local and regional artists of all ages entered artwork into Rountree Gallery’s 16th Annual Spring Exhibit. A wide variety of artwork is on display, including photography, mosaic beadwork, sculptures, painting, and mixed media. Visitors are encouraged to browse the exhibit and cast a vote for the “People’s Choice” awards given to the favorite piece in each category (youth, teen, and adult). Nicole Felder, Director, (608) 348-6719
  • Willow art show will ‘Celebrate You and Me!’
    Hudson Star Observer
    “A sure sign of spring is the annual Willow River Elementary Music and Art Show. The April 9 event will be the sixth year the talents of Willow River students will be featured alongside work of 50 adult artists from both the Hudson and metropolitan area. This year’s theme is "Celebrate You and Me". Willow River Elementary Art Specialist, Jodi Youngman, has been educating each grade about different artists. Each child has created a self portrait in the style of that artist that will be hung in the show.”
  • Willow art show will ‘Celebrate You and Me!’
    Hudson Star Observer
    “A sure sign of spring is the annual Willow River Elementary Music and Art Show. The April 9 event will be the sixth year the talents of Willow River students will be featured alongside work of 50 adult artists from both the Hudson and metropolitan area. This year’s theme is "Celebrate You and Me". Willow River Elementary Art Specialist, Jodi Youngman, has been educating each grade about different artists. Each child has created a self portrait in the style of that artist that will be hung in the show.”
  • Milwaukee Gallery To Sell Miro Pieces
    A Milwaukee gallery is hosting an exhibition and sale of more than 30 pieces by Spanish artist Joan Miro
    NBC-15 Madison
    April 16 Reception Exhibit through July 17 MILWAUKEE (AP) – “A Milwaukee gallery is hosting an exhibition and sale of more than 30 pieces by Spanish artist Joan Miro. The David Barnett Gallery will feature six original color and 12 black and white lithographs, all signed, from the series "Maravillas con Variaciones Acrosticas en el Jardin de Miro." Owner David Barnett is also selling at least 15 color lithograph posters from his personal collection and an etching and aquatint titled "L'Forestiers." The pieces are from 1950s through the 1970s. Barnett says Miro is one of his favorite artists and he only buys art for his gallery that he would own himself. But he's selling the pieces to expose more people to Miro's work.”
  • Annual ArtOpener features variety of work
    Hudson Star Observer
    “Nine artists’ studios and galleries, located along the scenic St. Croix River throughout Stillwater, Hudson and River Falls, will open their doors to the public the first weekend in May in the 8th Annual Art-Opener. The tour, which will be held May 1 & 2 from 10 a.m.–5 p.m., will provide visitors an opportunity to meet the artists who look forward to sharing conversation and answering questions about their work.”
  • Spring show displays Sevastopol students' art
    Door County Advocate
    “Starting today, Sevastopol elementary students will have their work on display at Stone Harbor Resort in Sturgeon Bay as part of the Sevastopol Elementary Spring Art Show. The show will kick off with an afternoon punch and cookie reception that is open to parents and guests. This is the seventh year an art show has been held at Stone Harbor. The event showcases 56 students' work from the 2009-10 school year. This year's display will include oil pastel landscapes with animals, perspective drawings done with gel pens and color pencils, and bird and dog houses made of paper mache.’
  • Willow art show will ‘Celebrate You and Me!’
    Hudson Star Observer
    “A sure sign of spring is the annual Willow River Elementary Music and Art Show. The April 9 event will be the sixth year the talents of Willow River students will be featured alongside work of 50 adult artists from both the Hudson and metropolitan area.”
  • MIAD: Senior Exhibition celebrates creative talent, students’ interdisciplinary, multimedia skills
    WisBusiness
    “From a promotional video about role models for urban youth that uses 3D modeling and texture mapping, to a mobile technology access cart for speech and language delayed children, to an interactive light/sculptural installation, the state’s largest and most eagerly awaited annual show – MIAD’s 2010 Senior Exhibition – opens Gallery Night, Friday, April 16, 5 – 9 p.m., at the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design, Wisconsin’s only independent, fully-accredited four-year college of art and design. It is generously sponsored by M&I Foundation. The exhibition celebrates the innovative works of 135 artists and designers representing the college’s 11 Bachelor of Fine Arts majors. It continues through May 15 at MIAD’s Third Ward Campus, 273 E. Erie Street. Hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tues. - Sat.”
  • Objects Within: A Master of Fine Arts Exhibition by Patricia LaPointe
    Art Lofts Gallery – UW Madison
    April 17 – 22, Opening Reception April 17 “Patricia LaPoint has her Masters in Fine Arts photography show on April 17 at the U. W. Madison’s Art Lofts Gallery. An exhibition of photography in which the artist investigates objects and arrangements within people's homes as reflections of the personalities of the inhabitants.”
  • Racine Art Museum Explores the Uncomfortable Insect World
    PR Log
    April 18 – September 12
    PR Log (Press Release) – Apr 07, 2010 – “Internationally known artist and photographer Catherine Chalmers explores the life of this most maligned of insects by imaginatively constructing vignettes seen both from behind the lens of the camera and from the perspective of the insect itself. Open April 18 through September 12, 2010, "Catherine Chalmers: American Cockroach" http://www.ramart.org/ram/Catherine-Chalmers.html features artwork that humanize these insects and call our attention to the preciousness of all life.”
  • Tosa painter's unique style draws eye of Channel 10 auction organizers
    Wauwatosa Now
    April 23
    Most of his paintings begin with an inspiration and a photograph. So when a hyacinth plant growing in his mother's garden caught Reginald Baylor's eye, he shot a photo of the reddish-blue star-shaped flower. Two years later "Variety" was born. "The idea behind 'Variety' was to take an architectural approach to flowers," Baylor said of his painting. "It gives the painting a bit of an abstract feel to it." The Wauwatosa man is one of four featured artists whose artwork will be up for auction later this month on the Channel 10 Great TV Auction, a nine-day on-air fundraiser hosted annually by MPTV Friends to support Milwaukee Public Television. Viewers in southeastern Wisconsin and northern Illinois will be able to bid on more than 18,000 items donated by individuals, businesses and local artists
  • Scene & Heard: 'Quick! Draw' a truly interactive art experience
    Racine Journal Times
    April 23
    “Drawing isn't usually considered a performance art. But, on April 23, it - along with painting and other visual art mediums - will serve as entertainment at an event called "Quick! Draw." This public, interactive art experience, which will take place from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Uncorkt! wine shop, will bring together 13 area artists, each of whom will create an original piece of artwork in a period of one hour. The "audience" is invited to wander the premises, watching and interacting with the artists as they create. And, along the way, attendees can sample a variety of wines and beers from Uncorkt!, as well as food items from the Ivanhoe Pub & Eatery.”
  • Latest Chazen exhibit aims to build up viewers’ imagination
    Badger Herald
    April 22 – Hosted Talk; Exhibit Through May 16
    “Welcome to a world like Alice’s Wonderland; where gravity means nothing and the impossible is convincingly probable. True to form, the Chazen Museum of Art has brought UW students another gem. “Imaginary Architecture” by Filip Dujardin is a thought-provoking, educational, visual and intellectually stimulating experience. “Imaginary Architecture” is a collection of spectacular works of art created by photographer and architect Filip Dujardin. Through photograph - although none of them have titles, which makes for an odd statement as an artist — Dujardin takes on the personality of an architect by “creating” buildings through photos and editing them to create new pieces.”
  • Latest Chazen exhibit aims to build up viewers’ imagination
    Badger Herald
    April 22 – Hosted Talk; Exhibit Through May 16
    “Welcome to a world like Alice’s Wonderland; where gravity means nothing and the impossible is convincingly probable. True to form, the Chazen Museum of Art has brought UW students another gem. “Imaginary Architecture” by Filip Dujardin is a thought-provoking, educational, visual and intellectually stimulating experience. “Imaginary Architecture” is a collection of spectacular works of art created by photographer and architect Filip Dujardin. Through photograph - although none of them have titles, which makes for an odd statement as an artist — Dujardin takes on the personality of an architect by “creating” buildings through photos and editing them to create new pieces.”
  • Wisconsin Academy: Selected Visions
    An Exhibition of Artwork by the 2010 Wisconsin Arts Board Visual Arts Fellows on-view at the James Watrous Gallery
    WisBusiness
    April 23 - June 13
    MADISON--“Selected Visions: An Exhibition of Artwork by the 2010 Wisconsin Arts Board Visual Arts Fellows will show several artworks by each of this year's eight Wisconsin Arts Board fellowship winners. New this year to the exhibition is the artwork by the Media Arts Fellow. The Wisconsin Arts Board Individual Artist Fellowship Awards recognize the significant contributions of professional artists in Wisconsin. These awards provide unrestricted funds to support continued artistic and professional development, enabling artists to create new work, complete work in progress, and pursue activities which contribute to their artistic growth.”
  • Celebrate Gallery Night with the Journal Sentinel and Foursquare
    Art City/Mary Louise Schumacher of the Journal Sentinel
    various
    “Help us put Milwaukee’s art scene on the map — and have a little fun in the bargain — by celebrating Gallery Night on Friday with the Journal Sentinel and Foursquare. You may think Foursquare is a game you played in grade school, but it is also a location-based, social networking game that is growing in popularity in Milwaukee. Foursquare is also, in part, a city guide filled with user-generated tips. The more a community plays the game, the more robust and reliable the guide becomes. Many of Milwaukee’s art venues have yet to be even entered into Foursquare. But that changes Friday night!”
  • Gallery Night Picks: Graeme Reid
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
    April 16 – 17
    “For Gallery Night, I usually try and get good value for my time. Living in West Bend means I want to see as many artists at as many venues as I can. Consequently, one sure stop will be the senior thesis show at the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design, 273 E. Erie St. I never miss this show. It can be chaotic, but the vibe is great with nervous students, proud parents, relieved faculty, happy friends and curious guests mingling madly. These are some of our next generation of artists and designers at the early stages of their careers. Every year there’s some great work – and some that isn’t, but that’s the fun of it. Keeping with the MIAD theme, I'll head over to the Dean Jensen Gallery, 759 N. Water St., to see MIAD instructor Sonja Thomsen's photographic work. I’ve followed Thomsen’s career for several years now and her mysterious, enigmatic photographs are always worth a visit. Then, it’s off to Riverwest where I will visit the Jazz Gallery, 926 E Center St., for "Illuminate," an exhibition about light. I’m not too familiar with most of the artists featured so I’ll look forward to that.”
  • Museum highlights man's best friend. Three Woodson exhibits honor dogs
    Wausau Daily Herald
    April 16 – June 20
    “It's safe to say that the Woodson Art Museum has gone to the dogs. Already world-famous for its annual "Birds in Art" exhibition each fall, the Wausau museum will honor man's best friend this spring with the opening of three new exhibitions, "Elliott Erwitt: Dog Dogs," "Canine Beauties: Sleeping or Otherwise," and "Once Upon a Paw." The canine-centric exhibitions also will be joined by "William Steig: The Man Who Never Grew Up," which will feature the works of children's book author and illustrator William Steig. All four exhibitions will debut Saturday and run through June 20. "These galleries will have a playful tone to them," said Marcia Theel, associate director and public relations coordinator at the Woodson. "I think you'll see a lot of smiles and hear a lot of laughter from the patrons." The first exhibition, "Elliott Erwitt: Dog Dogs," will showcase the decades-old love that Erwitt, a contemporary photographer, has for man's best friend.”
  • Gallery Night Picks: Sara Mulloy
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
    April 16-17
    “In celebration of Gallery Night & Day, which falls just a few days before Earth Day, why not head over to the Live Artists Studio, 228 S. 1st St., Suite 302, where Guildless, a contemporary female art collective in Milwaukee, has organized a show in honor of the planet. "FLOW" is a juried art exhibition showcasing diverse artwork in honor of Earth Day, with a particular emphasis on water. Guildess will donate 25% of any piece sold at the show to the University of Wisconsin’s Great Lakes Water Institute. I really like the curious combination of things in Michael Waraksa’s “One in the Morning,” a mixed media, digital collage used in the show’s promotional materials. The exhibit will morph into the “EBB” after party around 9 p.m. Admission to the party is $5, and part of the proceeds will also benefit the Water Institute.”
  • 'Third Saturdays' tuning up for look at Sheboygan's musical heritage
    Sheboygan Press
    April 17
    “From Musical Instruments to Renowned Performers, A Sheboygan County Musical Review" is the focus of the April 17 "Third Saturdays" program and the museum's seasonal exhibit at the Sheboygan County Historical Museum, 3110 Erie Ave., Sheboygan. From the Concordia Singing Society, which celebrates its 150th anniversary this year, to the rock 'n' roll band Zipper, Sheboygan County has a rich musical heritage. The area has been home to hundreds of musical acts and organizations, birthplace of internationally renowned performers like the Chordettes and the Incomparable Hildegarde, laboratory to several music innovators and workshop for major manufacturers of musical equipment. This seasonal exhibit, which fills two galleries, includes displays about the Chordettes, many of the area orchestras and bands and singing organizations. Some of the musical instruments on display include the Mel Hummitzsch base drum on wheels, brass and woodwind instruments from some of the earliest bands in the county and the S. W. Miller piano built in Sheboygan in 1909.”
  • “SWALE” By Chris Gargan, oil on canvas
    77 Square
    Through May 9
    "A little purple goes a long way." That little phrase was a recent "Garganism" on the Web site of painter Chris Gargan, a Madison Area Technical College instructor (in the art department) who lives just southwest of Madison.”
  • Wisconsin Regional Art Program
    The Isthmus
    Through May 1; May 1 – Guest Lecture
    “Through May 1, the Wisconsin Regional Art Program (WRAP) presents an exhibit of paintings, mixed media, and sculpture by 91 non-professional WI artists at the UW Pyle Center, 702 Langdon St., Madison. On May 1, from 10-12 am, Chris Gargan, plein aire oil painter, and Mary Hark, hand-made paper artist, will give illustrated talks of their work to WRAP members. Gargan will critique the exhibit from 1:15-3:00 pm. Admission to lecture/critique is $5 for general public.”
  • The transformers: Architects, designers imagine rooms around museum's collection
    77 Square
    Through May 1; April 22 Reception
    “Ever wonder how an Andy Warhol print would make your living room pop? Or how a Wayne Thiebaud painting could liven up the dining room? Unlike collectors like Peggy Guggenheim - who famously decorated her Venetian palazzo with the art of her friends and then threw open her doors and invited the public inside - for the vast majority of people, priceless art is often seen on sparse, white museum walls.”
  • New spring art crawl to coincide with Evansville energy fair
    Gazette Xtra
    April 23
    EVANSVILLE — “Downtown businesses want to take advantage of extra visitors in town Friday for the annual energy fair by holding the city’s first spring art crawl. Participating businesses on Main Street will be open from 4 to 9 p.m., with featured artists at each location. Meanwhile, the eighth annual Earth Day Energy Fair will run from 4:30 to 9 p.m. at the field house, 320 Fair St. “We thought it would be a good way to bring visitors to Evansville,” organizer Jean Wyse said. “Now that spring is here, it’s just another way for people to get out and enjoy the weather and experience the arts.”
  • 15th annual Spring Arts Gala
    Pierce County Herald
    April 24
    “River Falls Community Arts Base will be holding its 15th annual Spring Arts Gala on Saturday, April 24 at the River Falls Golf Club, from 6 - 10 pm. The evening features a silent art auction; live music and entertainment from Chris Silver, the Generation II Big Band, and Isis Aurora Dance Troupe; a fine art raffle; a bounty of gourmet hors d'ouevres; and some food art demonstrations.”
  • Have you checked out the Art Show yet?
    Chippewa Herald
    Closes April 22
    “Sculptures, paintings, drawings, photos -- you name it, and you will likely find it at the Heyde Center over the next couple of weeks, as the annual Spring Art Show takes hold. The 45th Annual Spring Art Show, co-sponsored by Chippewa Valley Newspapers and the Chippewa Valley Cultural Association, runs through Thursday, April 22.”
  • New spring art crawl to coincide with Evansville energy fair
    Gazette Xtra
    April 23
    EVANSVILLE — “Downtown businesses want to take advantage of extra visitors in town Friday for the annual energy fair by holding the city’s first spring art crawl. Participating businesses on Main Street will be open from 4 to 9 p.m., with featured artists at each location. Meanwhile, the eighth annual Earth Day Energy Fair will run from 4:30 to 9 p.m. at the field house, 320 Fair St. “We thought it would be a good way to bring visitors to Evansville,” organizer Jean Wyse said. “Now that spring is here, it’s just another way for people to get out and enjoy the weather and experience the arts.”
  • From Puerto Rico to Madison: An artistic foreign exchange
    Badger Herald
    April 23
    “The University of Wisconsin is a world in flux, a place where students tromp from class to class, ideas flow and even the misleadingly stable campus buildings move with every change of class and every word spoken. It’s a concept explored in part by “Mobile Spaces: From the Caribbean to the Midwest,” an exhibition of transnational multimedia presentations opening this Friday, April 23.”
  • Westside Artwalk, MARN Team Up Plus: Catch student exhibits at area colleges
    Milwaukee Shepherd Express
    April 23 - 24
    “The Milwaukee Artist Resource Network (MARN) collaborates with the spring Westside Artwalk to complete an event that began at Milwaukee’s Gallery Night one week ago. The April 23-24 weekend provides another opportunity to purchase original art from some of the city’s well-known artists through the “Compass” fund-raiser while also discovering Milwaukee’s western borders.”
  • Artwork by the 2010 Wisconsin Arts Board Visual Arts Fellows
    Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters
    April 23 – June 13
    “Opening remarks by Lieutenant Governor Barbara Lawton and Arts Board Executive Director George Tzougros at 2:30 p.m. This exhibition will feature several artworks by each of the seven winners of the 2010 Wisconsin Arts Board Visual Arts Fellowships. New this year is the inclusion of the 2010 Media Fellowship recipient. The result of a highly competitive program, these fellowships honor outstanding faculty and alumni who work in a wide variety of media.”
  • Design MMoCA
    The Isthmus
    April 23 – May 2
    “What's at the intersection of art and interior design? A fundraiser for the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art seeks to answer that question with a ten-day schedule of unique interior designs and special events. Design MMoCA 2010 challenges 16 of the region's finest interior designers and architects to create a room inspired by and incorporating a work of art from the museum's permanent collection.”
  • Art is like freedom
    Third Coast Digest
    Through April 30
    “Inmates. Ex-offenders. Criminals. Art. These days, those words don’t often go together. Criminals and inmates are considered society’s refuse, while art is … well, art. But what is art? Art uplifts, it gives a voice to those who aren’t comfortable speaking up. Art tells stories. Who better to use and need art then criminals, inmates and ex-offenders? Mary Klotz and Francis Dombrowski teach art to inmates at the Milwaukee County Correctional South Facility (commonly known as the House of Corrections). But teaching and helping inmates create needs an audience, and that was the impetus for “Art of the State,” a show which runs through April 30 at Gallery 2622 in Wauwatosa.”
  • Oshkosh artists judging at Waupaca Arts Show
    Oshkosh Northwestern
    April 25 - 30
    “The Waupaca Fine Arts Festival Art Show opens next weekend at the Waupaca Expo Center, 187 Grand Seasons Drive. Hours for the show are 1 to 7 p.m. Sunday, April 25; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, April 30. A critique of the award winners will begin at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, April 25 by judges Michelle Tobia, Gail Panske and Jim Evans. Tobia, an assistant professor at UW-Oshkosh and head of the ceramics department, will judge three-dimensional work. UWO professor Panske will judge the two-dimensional work. Evans is a photographer, having earned a fine arts degree from UWO. He has taught at the Fox Valley Technical Institute and owned the Art Haus in downtown Oshkosh for 16 years.”
  • Current art shows worth road trips
    Wisconsin Gazette/Kat Murrell
    Various Sites & Dates
    “April is the cruelest month, tempting us with promises of warm sun, soft breezes and thoughts of leisure and vacation. But alas, although the full-blown joys of summer are still weeks away, there are plenty of options for a quick out-of-town excursion to take in some current exhibitions.”
  • Bugs, quilts and the state of art
    Art City/Mary Louise Schumacher/Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
    Various Sites & Dates
    ‘With a series of exhibits featuring rare and exotic bugs, a showcase for historic quilts and a once-every-three-years chance to see some of the best art being made in our state today, May should be a merry enough for the art-interested among us. Here is a look at seven promising art exhibits opening in May (and the last few days of April):”
  • Gift WRAP–ed for you at the Oconomowoc Art Center
    Living Lake Country
    Through May 22
    “Over 50 colorful artworks are on display at the beautiful Oconomowoc Art Center, 641 East Forest St., until May 22. This juried WRAP (Wisconsin Regional Art Program) regional celebration of art by predominantly Waukesha County artists is sponsored by the Waukesha Creative Arts League and the University of Wisconsin Department of Liberal Studies and the Arts.”
  • ‘La Donna’ lives up to the hype
    Wisconsin Gazette/ Debra Brehmer
    Through June 6
    “La Donna Velata. To utter her name is to unleash a whispered intimacy. If you haven’t heard, this woman has arrived in our city as a celebrity, an heiress, a most important persona. She is a painting created by Raphael in 1516. The Milwaukee Art Museum is staging a one-painting exhibition of this portrait through June 6. It is a painting famous enough to command a solo show. But why, really, should we pay our admission fee and meet this dark-eyed enchantress in her fabricated salon? Is this painting really so special? Well, I have to say, yes, it is.”
  • Brothers Grimm exhibit coming to airport
    The Capital Times
    April 28
    “Once upon a time....There were two brothers named Grimm who collected and published fairy and folk tales in Germany in the 1800s, including some of the most famous tales we know -- "Cinderella," Snow White" and other legends that propelled Walt Disney's animated films. The Brothers Grimm's work will be prominently displayed at the Dane County Regional Airport beginning on Wednesday, thanks to the sister county relationship Dane County has with the Grimms' adopted homeland of Kassel, Germany.”
  • St. Croix Valley Studio Tour
    Hudson Star Observer
    May 1
    “St. Croix Valley Studio Tour, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Nine artists’ studios and galleries, located along the scenic St. Croix River throughout Stillwater, Hudson and River Falls, will open their doors to the public the first weekend in May in the 8th Annual Art-Opener.”
  • Spring blooms at the Paine
    Oshkosh Northwestern
    May 1
    “See thousands of spring bulbs in bloom at the Paine Art Center and Gardens. Each year, more than 10,000 bulbs of hyacinth, tulips and daffodils are planted throughout the property, and this week the bulbs are in full bloom. Wander the paths lined with flowering trees.”
  • Art for arf's sake
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
    May 7
    “Painting and panting go together during the parade of painted doggies sponsored by The Doggy Bag, 150 E. Wisconsin Ave. in Oconomowoc, to help area homeless pets. The art comes through the help of Boston Store, which donated fiberglass pups that local artists then decorated. The art will go up for auction to help several local shetlers.”
  • No bugs were harmed in the making of this art
    Third Coast Digest
    Through September
    “This month, the RAM opened All the Buzz, an exhibition devoted entirely to the winged and many-legged creatures that crawl the earth. The gallery walls are decorated with whole and deconstructed insects, as well as dozens of artistic renderings.”
  • Art Blooms! to be held May 17 at Telemark
    Sawyer County Record
    May 17
    “The Cable Hayward Area Arts Council (CHARAC) will conduct its major fund-raiser of the year — Art Blooms! —on Monday, May 17 at Telemark Lodge, an event featuring exhibits, art demonstrations, gardening tips, garden accessories, food, music and fun.”
  • Cable Natural History Museum upcoming events
    County Journal
    “The exhibit “On Lake Owen: The Art of Walter Bohl” open house is Saturday, May 29. Join us on an artistic journey to Lake Owen to discover the life, work, ...”
  • Edgewood Orchard opens with reception, calendar
    Door County Advocate
    May 1
    “Edgewood Orchard Galleries celebrates the beginning of its 42nd season with an opening reception from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, May 1, for a group show titled “Daybreak.” The public is welcome, and refreshments will be served.”
  • Fine Line opens with new artists Exhibit
    Resorter Reporter
    Now Showing
    “Fine Line Designs Gallery will officially open for the 2010 season Friday, April 30, with the first of its four artist exhibits of the season opening Saturday, May 1.”
  • Phipps Calendar
    Hudson Star Observer
    Various Dates
    For more information, contact The Phipps Center for the Arts at (715) 386-2305, (715) 386-8409 (box office) or www.ThePhipps.org.
  • ’Art Explores Science’ featured at Phipps
    Hudson Star Observer
    May 7
    “Shedding Light: Art Explores Science,” an exhibition featuring the work of six well-known area artists, will open on May 7 in The Galleries of The Phipps Center for the Arts.”
  • Openings remain for dog portraits
    Wausau Daily Herald
    May 13
    “The Woodson Art Museum has openings in its “Your Dog in the Spotlight” program Thursday, May 13. To schedule a dog for a 10-minute sitting between 4:30 pm ...”
  • Art Fair for the senses
    Marshfield News-Herald
    May 9
    “Enjoy a feast for the senses at the 47th annual Marshfield Art Fair. View a wonderful assortment of original art, listen to the sounds of local performers, try a hands-on activity and sample some freshly popped corn. It all happens from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mother's Day, Sunday, in the Marshfield High School Fieldhouse.”
  • Glass artist Therman Statom returns to RAM
    Racine Post (blog)
    May 22
    Glass artist Therman Statom returns to the Racine Art Museum for a behind-the-scenes tour of his exhibition Outside the Box in RAM's Windows on Fifth ...
  • Kara Patterson column: Wild Apple exhibit shines light on talented young artist
    Appleton Post Crescent
    Through May 22
    “Below the centerpiece painting in Julie Jilek's solo art exhibit at the Wild Apple Glass Studio & Gallery in Menasha is a framed finger-painting of a rose she created as a young child. There's also a small card by the artist that reads, "When I was 5 years old, my parents had a gathering on a cold winter evening. Instead of parking my brother and me in front of a television, they plopped us on the kitchen floor with sheets of printer paper and finger-paints. Thank you both for making that decision."
  • Theaster Gates at the Milwaukee Art Museum
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
    Through August 1
    “When you fill this jar with pork and beef Scot will be there to get a peace This poem, signed simply “Dave,” is haunting despite its whimsy. It is inscribed on the shoulders of a giant ceramic vessel that is the centerpiece of a multimedia exhibit at the Milwaukee Art Museum by Theaster Gates called “To Speculate Darkly.”The words were placed there by Dave Drake, a slave”
  • Art Explores Science’ featured at Phipps
    Hudson Star Observer
    Through June 6
    ““Shedding Light: Art Explores Science,” an exhibition featuring the work of six well-known area artists, will open on May 7 in The Galleries of The Phipps Center for the Arts. Participating artists are Christine Baeumler, Heidi Hafermann, David Lefkowitz, Jantje Visscher, and Krista Kelley Walsh with Susan Armington, who also curated the show.”
  • Mona Boulware Webb: Treasures from the Mystic Wayhouse Gallery
    Facebook
    Through July 30
    “Edgewood College is honored to exhibit the work of a Madison arts icon. Treasures from the Mystic Wayhouse Gallery presents 28 paintings from the legendary Madison-based Outsider Artist, Mona Boulware Webb. Until her death in 1998, Boulware Webb lived in a home and gallery on Williamson Street and used the building to create an art environment that was at the centre of Madison’s art scene for decades. Boulware Webb covered the inside and outside of the building with sculpture, paintings, and installations inspired by her deep- seated faith in the power of creation and the importance of integrating beauty into everyday life. She believed that the smallest creative gesture was a physical record of universal and mystic power.”
  • Opening and closing this week
    Art City/Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
    Various Sites & Dates
    Art and architecture critic Mary Louise Schumacher explores Milwaukee's creative endeavors
  • 'State of the Art Hope' -
    St. Nicholas Hospital invites cancer survivors, caregivers to submit work for exhibition
    Sheboygan Press
    June 13
    “St. Nicholas Hospital, Matthews Oncology Associates and Sheboygan Cancer & Blood Specialists will be marking National Cancer Survivors Day in June with an art exhibition showcasing artwork from local cancer survivors and caregivers.”
  • Juan Chawuk Connects With Latino Arts Gallery
    Shepherd Express
    May 14 Reception
    “Latino Arts Inc. continually strives to provide Milwaukee with the artwork of acclaimed Latin artists. In keeping with that mission, the current exhibit “Coexistencia en Chiapas y Aqui” brings...”
  • Djembe Drum Carving/Building Demonstration presented by master woodcarver, Djam Vivie
    This week at Artisans Row
    May 13
    We are excited to host this unique event! Please join our guest artist, Djam, as he demonstrates the traditional art of wood carving from his home country of Ghanna, West Africa. Djam is an educator who shares his craft through workshops, classroom instruction, and public demonstrations. He is also a locally-known musician. You may have heard him perform at festivals or with the Madison-based Atimevu Drum and Dance group.
  • The impossible buildings of Filip Dujardin in 'Imaginary Architecture' at the Chazen
    The Isthmus
    Through May 16
    “Although he hails from Ghent, Belgium, an old city filled with storybook canals and picturesque buildings, that's not the sort of world photographer Filip Dujardin conjures up in his show "Imaginary Architecture". Instead, the 40-year-old artist has taken photographs of nondescript, often depressing modern buildings and remixed them using Photoshop to create strange hybrids. The results may be fantastical, but could never be described as whimsical.”
  • Six days to paint. One incredible event
    Door County Plein Air Festival
    May 16
    Dujardin's photos, on view at the Chazen Museum of Art through May 16, depict lonely, gritty places, full of hard, industrial materials like concrete, glass and corrugated metal. Forty Artists. Over 100 years ago, artists made the move from the studio, to painting outdoors en plein air. Artists sketched the landscape in paint to bring forth its full light and color. Today’s plein air painters have mastered the art of capturing the changing light on a scene. Bold, painterly strokes and luminous colors define the brilliance of the fourth annual Door County Plein Air Festival artists.
  • Off the Wall:
    77 Square
    Through April 30
    “The rotating shows in the first-floor lobby of the Wisconsin Department of Administration (DOA) building feature a variety of art from our home state, from jewelry, sculpture and books to paintings and photographs.”
  • Gallery Night Picks: Rafael Francisco Salas
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
    April 16-17
    “The exhibit I am most excited to visit during Gallery Night & Day is "Spatial City: An Architecture of Idealism” at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s Inova/Kenilworth space, 2155 N. Prospect Ave. The temperature of a culture can be read in its architecture. This has certainly been true in the Western world of the 20th century. Modern thought is reflected in the lofty ideals of the buildings we created. Modernist architecture in the form of glass and steel skyscrapers displayed our belief in progress and utopias. By conquering space, we thought we could conquer and improve ourselves. As those cities in the sky gradually rusted, turned into housing projects, or were destroyed as symbols of our hubris, we saw the optimism of those visionary ideals erode.”
  • WebGrants Orientation & Information Sessions
    Dane County Cultural Affairs
    May 13, 19, 24
    “The Commission staff will host multiple hour-long information sessions to provide information about our grant program, introduce grant applicants to the new WebGrants online system, and answer questions. The info session schedule follows: All info sessions will take place in the Dane County Executive Office conference room, located in Room 421, City-County Building, 210 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, Madison, WI 53703.”
  • 'Frogs' exhibit hops over to Milwaukee Public Museum
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
    October 1 – January 2
    “All things great, green and even horned get the spotlight at "Frogs: A Chorus of Colors," a new exhibit coming to the Milwaukee Public Museum, 800 W. Wells St., starting Oct. 1 and running through Jan. 2. Visitors can go eyeball to eyeball with more than 150 frogs from around the world, including the American Bullfrog, the African clawed frog, the Vietnamese mossy frog and a school of tadpoles. Some of the most bizarre members of the frog family will be on exhibit, including the Ornate Horned Frog, which encases itself in a thick layer of dead skin during droughts. All the frogs will be displayed in self-contained custom habitats, complete with live plants rock ledges and waterfalls - all climate and temperature controlled. The exhibit also will let visitors learn frog calls and test their own knowledge of froggy trivia.”
  • Pabst mansion up close and personal
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
    May 20
    “There's more to the Captain Frederick Pabst mansion, 2000 W. Wisconsin Ave., than usually meets the eye. Like the basement, attic and offices. But on Thursday, all will be revealed in a Grand Tour offered at 1 p.m. in recognition of Wisconsin Museum Week.”

Community Arts

  • Dancing for Little Stars' second celebrity couple: Ted Balser and Liz Rice Janzen
    Oshkosh Northwestern
    April 23
    "A Parent Connection of Family Services is hosting the 14th annual Blue Ribbon event to bring awareness of child abuse prevention. This year's event is Dancing for Little Stars, featuring 20 local celebrities who dance in pairs to compete for votes from the public. Each vote costs a $1.00 and there is no limit to the number of times you can vote. The couple who raises the most money will win the competition. Advance tickets for the event and voting for your favorite dance couple can be done at www.familyservicesnew.org and at the Dancing for Little Stars event, Friday, April 23 at 6:30pm at the Hilton Garden Inn, 1355 W 20th Ave."
  • A week of practice to culminate in 'Frog Prince'
    Chippewa Herald
    June 14
    “The Chippewa Valley Cultural Association and the Heyde Center for the Arts would like to alert parents about an exciting opportunity for kids this summer. Again this summer, the CVCA will welcome the little red truck of the Missoula Children’s Theatre with everything it takes to mount a full-scale original musical production — except the cast. The Missoula Children’s Theatre specializes in a week-long theatre residency that begins with an open audition for 50 to 60 local children in grades 1 through 12 and culminates with two public performances of “The Frog Prince,” an adaptation of the classic children’s story about a prince who was turned into a frog by a wicked witch.”
  • On Stage with TCD
    Weekly Highlights from 3/31-4/6
    Third Coast Digest
    Various Sites & Dates
  • Milwaukee Repertory Theater Prop and Costume Garage Sale
    Milwaukee Repertory Theater
    April 3
    Items to be sold will include costume pieces, props, furniture and set decoration from such favorite Rep productions as: THE CHERRY ORCHARD (19th century-look electric train, transformer and 12 foot circle of track); A MONTH IN THE COUNTRY (Victorian bookcase); THE NIGHT IS A CHILD (pub table and stool); HULA HOOP SHA-BOOP (’57 Chevy cutout); THE GOAT OR, WHO IS SYLVIA? (mission-style arm chair); THE FOREIGNER (bronze branch chandelier); HAPPY NOW? (couch, chairs, book case, rolling butcher block kitchen island, coffee table and dining table from); SHEAR MADNESS (Plexiglas furniture and mirror) and a whole bunch of items from ROUTE 66. Payment by cash or check will be accepted. All purchases are cash and carry, and must be removed from The Rep by the end of the day.
  • Easter Hat Parade - Kids Stuff
    The Isthmus
    April 3
    “The 9th Annual Easter Hat Parade will be held Saturday April 3rd, 2010. Children and their playful adults are welcome to celebrate spring by parading around the Capitol Building in hats and bonnets. Participants can bring hats or make them on the day of the event at Capitol Kids, 8 S. Carroll on the Capitol Square. (Or, attend a Hat Making Workshop to make one prior to April 3rd.)”
  • Music festival seeks singers, interns
    Door County Advocate
    April 19
    Peninsula Music Festival is holding open vocal auditions to establish a local pool of talented singers who may be called upon in the future for various musical projects with PMF. During the 2009 season, local singers joined the PMF Orchestra and the Apollo Chorus of Chicago for an Aug. 15 program with conductor Victor Yampolsky and guest pianist Stewart Goodyear, performing Haydn’s Mass No. 11 in D minor. The audience response was so good that similar projects are being discussed.”
  • First Congregational Church hosts music/ drumming circle
    Oshkosh Northwestern
    “Unity and community are important to a person's emotional, psychological, and even, physical well-being. And these days, more than ever, we find ourselves seeking ways to build community, to inspire and to reach beyond what separates us, while at the same time rejoicing in our own uniquenesses. Playing music together puts us in touch with the creative force that directly connects with our humanity. A drum circle is a fully participating, interacting group of people creating and sharing a rhythmical and musical experience together.”
  • Support for CANtastic
    WJFW-TV
    RHINELANDER - A local food pantry needs your support to make a work of art that will help the community. It's called "CANtastic." 6 teams will make sculptures out of cans of food. Each team requires several hundred cans to complete their works of art. You can help by donating the specific color, size and type of cans each team needs directly. Following the competition, all of the cans will go to the Rhinelander Food Pantry. The teams will build their CANtastic designs at Trig's Riverwalk Center in Rhinelander on April 24th.
  • Concert series announced
    Reedsburg Times-Press
    Summer Concert Season REEDSBURG – “While some unseasonably warm days have made everyone remember what summer is like, Reedsburg residents know that the hottest season of the year doesn’t really kick off until the first Concert in the Park. The Reedsburg Area Chamber of Commerce recently announced its lineup for the 12th season (see chart below) of Concerts in the Park, which run Wednesday nights in City Park. The two-hour concerts promise to feature a wide variety of musical genres and a mixture of local and regional talents, so get your folding chairs and blankets ready.”
  • Artsminded: Come find what delights you
    River Falls Journal
    Various Sites & Dates
    PlayTime Productions Sleeping Beauty at 15 Dane County Venues. Imagine being asleep for a hundred years. That's how long the princess in Sleeping Beauty has slept before she awakens in her castle. What would it be like to wake up after all that time? Find out in PlayTime Productions' unique modern take on the classic Brothers Grimm tale at 15 Dane County venues this spring (see schedule below).”
  • Dance gala to be May 15
    Spooner Advocate
    April 15
    “What do you get when you combine a fantastic community education dance course and an annual event celebrating years of performing arts? A partnership that cannot be stopped! The Shell Lake Arts Center and the Shell Lake Community Education program joined forces recently to teach the skill, technique, and fun of swing dancing to prepare area couples for the upcoming sixth annual Evening with the Stars Gala.”
  • Academy Evenings - "Warfare & Public Perception in 2050," by Prof. John W. Hall
    The Isthmus
    April 20
    “Nearly 1.9 million U.S. troops have been deployed to Afghanistan and Iraq since October 2001”two thirds of the total number of Americans who served during the Vietnam War. Considering the enormous impact the Vietnam War has had our culture over the past forty years, what will be the American response to our current wars forty years from now?”
  • Overture Center announces 2010-2011 season
    The Isthmus
    The Season
    “Overture Center for the Arts has announced the schedule of touring events for the 2010-2011 season. The trend of lighter schedules continues. There are 32 events on the upcoming roster, down from 38 last year and around 60 in years before that. Perennial Overture acts like the Capitol Steps are not to be seen, and there are no prominent solo comedians in the vein of this year's Lily Tomlin or last season's Bill Cosby.”
  • "Rockin' for Robbie" concert April 23
    Hudson Star-Observer
    April 23
    “The Gamma Phi chapter of Sigma Sigma Sigma will be holding its fourth annual Rockin’ for Robbie benefit concert on Friday, April 23, from 7-11 p.m. at the Falcon’s Nest of the University Center on the UW-River Falls campus. Proceeds from this concert will benefit the sorority’s philanthropy, the Robbie Page Memorial, which supports play therapy in children’s hospitals. Originally created to find a cure for polio, the Robbie Page Memorial now supports children in a new light. The memorial is named for the son of the sorority’s 4th national president who passed away from polio in 1951. Today, the memorial is set up to provide children with toys and games to make their stay at the hospital a more enjoyable one.”
  • Academy Evening will focus on Wisconsin and the Civil War
    Sheboygan Press
    April 27
    “Mead Public library will host an Academy Evening for the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences Arts & Letters at 7 pm, Tuesday, April 27. The topis is “Coming of Age: Lincoln, the Civil War, and the Transformation of Wisconsin and the Midwest” presented by Kerry Trask, author and University of Wisconsin-Manitowoc professor. The free program will be held in the library’s Rocca Meeting Room.”
  • AHA! Kenosha and Racine Arts Council Host Arts Wisconsin Meeting
    Press Release
    May 6
    “Arts & Humanities Alliance! (AHA!) Kenosha and the Racine Arts Council (RAC) invite the arts community to a discussion on the impact and importance of the arts in southeastern Wisconsin on Thursday, May 6, 2010, 9--11am at the Kenosha Public Museum, 5500 First Avenue. The program is free. Advance registration is required. Call the Museum at 262-653-4140 to register.”
  • Email Story
    WJFW-TV - ýRhinelander
    Check Local Listing
    “People can pick out their bowls, see the student art show, and enjoy a meal. The $15 cost will be donated to local food pantries.”
  • Savoring Milwaukee’s festivals
    Business Journal of Milwaukee
    “Hungry for the start of Milwaukee’s festival season? The Greater Milwaukee Hotel-Motel Association will host Savor Milwaukee, a culinary preview of Milwaukee’s summer festivals.”
  • The 'I' in Literature is You! with special guest Marilyn Taylor, Wisconsin State Poet Laureate
    May 1
    Callanan conducts a poetry writing workshop for ages 14 through adult, Saturday, May 1, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. There will be spirited discussion of contemporary and classic poetry, viewing of cutting-edge poetry films, and lively writing exercises to help you get your ideas down on paper. State Poet Laureate Marilyn Taylor will join participants in writing and sharing their work.”
  • 'The Gathering' set at Macktown
    Beloit Daily Newsý
    May 8
    “The theme for the event is Music of Past Decades, featuring bagpipers, a Virginia wheel dance and more. The event will be held from 9 am - 5 pm May 8 and ...”
  • Come and listen to Storytime Live!
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
    April 30
    Show times are 4 and 7 pm Friday and 11 am, 2 and 5 pm Saturday at Milwaukee Theatre, 500 W. Kilbourn Ave. Tickets, $10.75-$35.75, are available through ...
  • Hudson Community Choir begins Monday, May 17
    Hudson Star Observer
    May 17
    “During the registration time, singers will be able to pick up their music and pay for dues. Dues are $20 per singer. Singers unable to attend registration ...”
  • Music fest names additions
    Wausau Daily Heraldý
    August 13
    The weekend-long festival will also include live music Aug. 13 on the 400 block of Third Street. The fest is being organized by Wausau marketing firm ...
  • Community cooperation creates art show
    Dunn County News
    May 26, 28-29
    “The community is invited to the Red Cedar Girl Scout Art Show to view the completed projects. Witness the results of a community that works together to ...”
  • Summer festivals worth freaking out over
    Daily Cardinal
    Various Sites & Dates
    “Go to a music festival! Here, the Arts desk previws six fes In the tradition of manifest destiny, go west. Sasquatch! Music Festival, taking place May 29-31 ...”
  • Get in the groove
    UW Badger Herald
    Various Sites & Dates
    “If we're talking music, you have to start with the festival that is known and loved throughout every inch of Wisconsin — Summerfest. ...”
  • Botham Vineyards Open House
    Isthmus
    May 8 & 9
    “Barneveld, with tours (11:30 am & 2:30 pm daily), music, tasting/pairing with wine & cheese, art exhibit. $5. www.bothamvineyards.com or 888-478-9463 An ...”
  • Mural Dedication Fri May 7 6 pm (gallery night) - “Toward Revolution – 1970’s Vision”
    Press Release
    May 7
    “Join us for the dedication of a new mural at the Social Justice Center, 1202 Williamson Street. Festivities begin at 5:30 with mural dedication at 6:pm, Featuring the music of: Peter and Lou Berryman, Michael Bonesteel and David Bicknase “Harmony of the Spheres”, Kronic Jones. Be sure to check out the poster exhibit “Willy Street in the 70’s – Changing the World through Art” on exhibit at the Social Justice Center through May 31. Help celebrate a pivotal time in Madison’s history that is only beginning to be recognized for its significance.”
  • UPAF to host new fundraising event
    BizTimes Nonprofit Weekly
    May 13
    “The United Performing Arts Fund (UPAF) will host Arts Fever, a new fundraising event on Thursday, May 13 at the Hilton Milwaukee City Center, 509 W. Wisconsin Ave., from 5:30 to 8 p.m.. The event will bring together multiple UPAF groups to help raise money for the organization's Spring capital campaign. The Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra, the Florentine Opera, Next Act Theater and violinist Frank Almond will provide entertainment for guests.”
  • Green Bay Announces 100 Summer Events
    WBAY Green Bay
    Various Sites & Dates
    “On Tuesdays from July to August, Whitney Park downtown will feature "Live on Main" with live music and art shows. The popular Summer in the Park series ...”
  • Phipps Calendar May 13-20
    Hudson Star Observer
    Various Dates
    “Ballroom dance parties will be offered on Saturdays, May 15 and June 19, from 7 to 10 pm in the dance studio. Tom Larson will offer a ballroom and Latin ...”
  • BID to help fund Canal Days
    Sauk Prairie Eagle
    “Canal Days has been Portage's signature event, with a carnival, music and parade. Financial and leadership problems led the event to be significantly scaled ...”
  • The United Performing Arts Fund presents Arts Fever
    OnMilwaukee
    May 13
    “Raise the temperature on Milwaukee’s arts scene with diverse performances from the Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra; Next Act Theatre; Danceworks and the Florentine Opera; with special appearances from Wild Space Dance Company; the Milwaukee Public Theatre and Frank Almond, MSO concertmaster and artistic director of Frankly Music. Tickets are on sale for $10 in advance or $12 at the door. All proceeds go towards the UPAF Campaign. For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit the UPAF Web site.”
  • Grandma's House Celebrates Children
    Brookfield Now
    April 12-16
    “Week of the Young Child is held each year to recognize the needs of young children and thank the adults involved in their education and care. Parents, teachers, caregivers, and other adults play important roles in the lives of young children, and Week of the Young Child celebrates their efforts. Week of the Young Child is a time to focus our attention on bringing our community together for children. This year Grandma's House Day Care Centers are celebrating our children during the month of April showing off their creativity with their masterpieces during a Circus Performance, Art Gallery Night and Earth Day to help raise awareness of those around us.”
  • Pause for Paws!
    Woodson Art Museum
    June 5
    “It’s a dog-eat-dog world out there so spend a little time this Saturday away from the madding crowd -- and it's all free! Greet Wausau’s canine superstar, Winston, a Great Dane with poise and personality befitting his role as the Milk-Bone spokesdog, along with his humans, Matt and Melisa Ruppert, who love to share stories of their lovable dog’s road to fame. Shake paws with four-legged goodwill ambassadors from the Humane Society of Marathon County and learn what it takes to keep dozens of dogs fed and happy 24/7. Please bring new or gently used dog toys or tennis balls. Make pop-up dogs in Art Park during today’s open studio. We supply the materials, you add the creativity.”

Literary Arts

  • Authors will speak
    Spooner Advocate
    “Marilyn Taylor, Wisconsin Poet Laureate, and Anthony Bukoski, nationally known short story writer, will be the main speakers at Write On, the annual Northwest Area Spring Writers’ Conference to be held on Saturday, April 3, in Amery. The Northern Lakes Writers’ Guild is host of the event. Registration will begin at 8 a.m. at the Northern Lakes Center for the Arts, 113 Elm St. The conference runs from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.”
  • Local author pens fourth book, sets book signing
    Wausau Daily Herald
    “Wausau resident and local author Sandra Kring wasn't a reader growing up, mainly because she didn't have any books in her house. In fact, Kring wasn't even a good student, she said. Kring struggled with her school work and didn't have a family that encouraged her to pursue the childhood dreams that popped into her head every now and then. "I don't fit the classic mold of a writer," she said. "I was the kid who didn't excel. I was the kid who didn't read books. It was a long shot for me." When she turned 17, Kring, a newlywed at the time, went off to Platteville with her husband, who was taking classes at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville. While in Platteville, her husband would go to the library to read newspapers.”
  • James Magruder Reading from "Sugarless," his new novel
    The Isthmus
    “Magruder introduces readers to Rick Lahrem, a high school sophomore struggling with his sexuality, his loneliness and his new stepfamily. His only solace is the Broadway LPs he buys at the local record store, but when he's coaxed into joining his school's speech team, he finally discovers something he's successful at and a group of friends who actually seem to care about him.”
  • Authors reflect on pursuit of writing - Their work will be included at book bash
    Wausau Daily Herald
    April 17
    “Some people choose their career path, and for others, a path is blazed before them. At age 12, Jerry Apps of Wild Rose contracted polio. He not only had to sit on the sidelines for a year but found he was done with athletics for good. Justin Isherwood of Plover liked the idea of having a "transportable craft" and described writing as a "kind of life accessory." "In high school, I wrote for the school newspaper," Apps, 75, said. "I became assistant and then editor of the newspaper, and because I had taken a typing course, wrote most of the articles. "I found I enjoyed doing it," Apps said.”
  • CALL FOR APPLICATIONS/NOMINATIONS FOR THE WISCONSIN POET LAUREATE
    Wisconsin Humanities Council
    Deadline: June 11
    “The Poet Laureate Commission of Wisconsin announces the application process for selection of the Wisconsin Poet Laureate for 2011-2012. Submissions are welcome from individual poets who are seeking the position or, for the first time, application packages may be submitted by a person who is nominating a poet for the position of Poet Laureate. In either case, the complete application package described under Application/Nomination Requirements” below must be received by the Wisconsin Humanities Council by 4 p.m. on Friday, June 11, 2010.”
  • Human nature: Ethologist presents findings on inner lives of animals
    77 Square
    April 21
    “Jonathan Balcombe has been an animal advocate his whole life - he even saved the fruit flies of his college biology lab experiments from certain death. "If there's such a thing as an animal-loving gene, I was born with it," said the ethologist and author of the new book "Second Nature: The Inner Lives of Animals" (Macmillan, $27).”
  • Five Mile Fire recalled by author Bill Matthias in ‘Monster Fire at Minong’
    Spooner Advocate
    April 30, May 8, 10, 13, 22, June 20
    “In his new publication, “Monster Fire at Minong,” former Northwood School Superintendent Bill Matthias — who was right in the middle of the 1977 fire — shows how a courageous band of volunteers stood up to one of the most powerful forces of nature to save people's homes and lives. “Monster Fire” tells the incredible story of a modern conflagration that opened an era of fires in the Great North Woods.”
  • Busy Week of Events for Milwaukee Book Lovers
    Ralph Nader, Paul Salsini, Earth Day celebrations among highlights
    Milwaukee Shepherd Express
    Various Sites & Dates
    “2010 marks the 40th anniversary of Earth Day, and it remains as vital as ever before. Every day we confront new challenges posed by climate change and our addiction to fossil fuels. Fortunately, however, Earth Day celebrations continue to bloom each spring and highlight ways we can improve our relationship with the environment. Milwaukee has hosted Earth Day poetry festivities since 1988 and this year the city again gives voice to those who articulate their environmental concerns through powerful lyrics and spoken word at the “Milwaukee Earth Poets and Musicians Performances”April 23-24.”
  • Local libraries seek stories
    Sauk Prairie Eagle
    April 30
    “The Sauk City and Prairie du Sac public libraries are collecting stories from their patrons in partnership with the South Central Library System, in a project called "Libraries For Real Life." According to the press release submitted by the Sauk library, library visitors are asked to write a story on how the libraries have had a significant impact on their lives. The project reinforces the reality that today's public libraries are vibrant, dynamic community resources that meet the information, education, and recreational needs of residents of all ages.”
  • Sketchnotes artist Rohde to speak at Milwaukee PechaKucha Night
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
    May 11
    “The line between doodling and taking notes is no longer clear: It's been reinvented with help from Mike Rohde, a local designer, artist and writer who has pioneered the craft of sketchnotes. Sketchnotes is note-taking on steroids, combining words, lists and quotes with illustrations, diagrams and flowcharts. The penmanship and typography vary, and the finished product provides what Rohde describes as a "meta-view" of each experience. He's going to discuss the discipline of taking sketchnotes at PechaKucha Night at 8 p.m. Tuesday at Sugar Maple, 441 E. Lincoln Ave. Admission is $10.”
  • Madison Grand Poetry Slam
    Isthmus
    May 15
    “Each poet has three minutes, and cannot use props, costumes or music; it's just the voice and the mic. Part poetry, part theater, part stand-up comedy, ...”
  • Warren Kozak Discussing "LeMay: The Life & Wars of Curtis LeMay", his new book
    The Isthmus
    “Seen by some as a belligerent, remorseless murderer, and by others as a patriot of the highest order, Air Force General Curtis LeMay remains one of the most enigmatic and charismatic figures in American military history. Join former NPR reporter Warren Kozak, author of LeMay, as he discusses LeMay’s military career, from his role in creating the Air Force and Strategic Air Corps, to his role in forming early Vietnam policy; his troubling turn as George Wallace’s running mate in 1968; and his reevaluation of LeMay’s legacy some twenty years after his death.”

Arts Education

  • Two middle-schoolers head to state contests
    Spooner Advocate
    April 9
    "Geography whiz. Bryan Bloom, an eighth-grader, knows where just about everything is in the world. Ask where some city in the world lies, and he can point it out. Bloom has qualified to participate in the state National Geographic Bee in Madison on Friday, April 9. He qualified by being the tops at Spooner and then completing a written test that placed in him the top 20 in the state."
  • Oconto Falls to hold 'All Arts Day' Wednesday
    Green Bay Press Gazette
    March 31
    OCONTO FALLS — “The ninth annual "All Arts Day" will be held Wednesday at Oconto Falls Elementary School for fourth- and fifth-grade students."On this special day, we also invite our parochial school as well as Spruce Elementary — a small, two-room schoolhouse charter school — to join us," said Kelly Kokko-Ludemann, art teacher. Opening the day will be an assembly with a performance by musician Michael Drake of Waukesha. During the middle of the day, nearly 30 volunteers and professional artists provide students with fine arts experiences that may include Mexican dance, ballet, swing dancing, quilting, blown-glass demonstrations, origami, folk toys, juggling, stamping, folk singing, clay projects, weaving, Tae Kwon Do and Native American art.”
  • Author, activist Noam Chomsky to receive award
    University of Wisconsin Madison News
    April 8
    “Philosopher, political activist, lecturer and author Noam Chomsky will receive the A.E. Havens Center’s Award for Lifetime Contribution to Critical Scholarship on Thursday, April 8. The award ceremony and Chomsky’s lecture, "The Role of the Radical Intellectual: Some Personal Reflections," are free to the public and will take place at 7 p.m. in Madison’s Orpheum Theater, 216 State St. No tickets are required. Chomsky is the third scholar to receive the Havens Center award, which is given to a scholar with a distinguished and extensive record of scholarly achievement in the critical tradition of social thought. The first two went to Frances Fox Piven in 2004 and Howard Zinn in 2006.”
  • The Art Farm - Summer Art Camp for Kids
    Press Release from Julia Flanagan
    Spring & Summer Classes 2010
    We are pleased to offer classes for the 6th year. Thank you to our supporters, parents, and the wonderful children who enjoy art with me every year! We have now added ceramics to our curriculum. We have a variety of animals and a new pasture for our sheep.Summer Art Camp for Kids Each session features a variety of mediums including ceramics, sculpture, drawing, painting, mixed medium and more. Every session is unique, so if you sign up for more than one you will have new experiences. We ALWAYS have fun! We experience art in the barn and around the farm. Class size is limited to guarantee personal attention and interaction. Cost is $100 for 15 hours of instruction. All materials and snacks included. All classes run from 1-4 pm every day for a week. Sign up at address below. Session 1: June 14-18 Session 2: June 21-25 Session 3: June 28-July 2 Session 4: August 16-20 Session 5: August 23-27 About your instructor: I am Julia Flanagan. I am a licensed art teacher with 16+ years of experience. I have 2 bachelor degrees in art and art education, and a masters degree in educational leadership. I currently substitute teach in Omro and teach continuing education classes at UWO and UW Ext. I love art and sharing art with children. Occasionally, I am joined by other artists who demonstrate in their area of expertise. Reserve your spot in a class by sending name, class desired, and payment to: The Art Farm, 5512 Springbrook Road, Omro, WI 54963 Questions?
  • Sevastopol School to unveil mural in May
    Artists-in-residence add final touches to tiles Tuesday
    Door County Advocate
    May
    “The Sevastopol School District mural project, "Our Sevastopol Community from Shore to Shore," was being prepared for its final firing on Tuesday. The school's artists-in-residence, Jeanne and David Aurelius, owners of Clay Bay Pottery in Ellison Bay, along with volunteers, were prepping the tiles for dipping. The back of the tiles had to be covered in wax to keep the clear glaze from adhering to that part of the tile. After the tiles were waxed, David Aurelius dipped them in an opaque glaze that will turn clear and bring out the tiles' colors during firing.”
  • Cabaret comes to CFA
    Exponent/UW Platteville
    April 7
    “Kander and Ebb’s classic musical Cabaret, hosted by the department of Performing and Visual Arts, Pioneer Players and Musical Theater opens at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 7 in the CFA. The setting takes place in Berlin in the 1930s as the Nazis are slowly coming to power. The story focuses on relationship between a young American writer and an English cabaret.’
  • Spotlight on Mel-Min art
    Jackson County Chronicle
    April 12
    “Melrose-Mindoro Spotlight on the Arts will be held Monday, April 12 from 6-8 p.m. in the high school’s large gym. Student art work from throughout the district will be displayed, and there will be brief live performances from choir students, junior high and high school band soloists and small groups. In addition to art and music, those attending can see student involvement in woodworking, robotics, fashion design, GEO, Forensics, drama, FFA, FBLA and yearbook.’
  • Pig out on Hog-inspired art competition
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
    “There are Hogs on two wheels and hogs on four hooves. The two breeds will team up at the Harley-Davidson Museum with a third member of the family: hogs on stands. Now through Sunday, nine decorated fiberglass pigs, all in their porcine finery, are on view at the museum, 400 W. Canal St.’
  • Student art show is April 9
    Spooner Advocate
    “Rural Arts Voice North (RAV’N) will host its fourth annual Student Art Show from 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday, April 9, and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 10, featuring the work of K-12 students from Northwood and Solon Springs schools. Music will be provided by the school music departments. The public is invited.”
  • Photo-art Display at Story School for April 16, 2010 Gallery Night
    Press Release/Arts@Large Milwaukee
    “For the April 2010 Gallery Night, the 5th, 6th and 8th Grade students at Story School are exhibiting photographs they made during a recent Arts@Large-sponsored artist-in-residency with Milwaukee-photographer, Troy Freund. Over the past 6 weeks, each class has been shown the photos of historically significant photographers. The 5th graders viewed the close-up work of Edward Weston. The 6th graders have examined what defines a superhero and looked at the work of Cindy Sherman and Gregory Crewdson. The 8th grade students have examined the portraits of Yosuf Karsh. Each class is exhibiting photographs inspired by the work of those photographers. Arts @ Large is a Milwaukee-based non-profit that sponsors artist-in-residencies at Milwaukee schools, giving the students positive experiences with local artists. Troy Freund is a Milwaukee-based editorial/commercial/fine art photographer. He has worked for numerous commercial clients and various publications. Troy has served on the board of Artists Working in Education and has taught continuing education at Cardinal Stritch University for over 10 years.”
  • Desks of dreams
    77 Square
    “As often happens with old furniture past its useful life, the 50 abandoned desks for the “Desks of Dreams” project were sitting in a warehouse, destined for a landfill. Then a few intrepid teachers and artists scooped them up and used them as building blocks for a public art project.”
  • HHS stages ‘You Can't Take It With You’
    Hudson Star Observer
    “The Hudson High School production of “You Can’t Take it With You” opens on Thursday, April 8 at 7 p.m. The school’s spring play by Moss Hart and George S. Kaufmann is the Pulitizer Prize winning story of the charmingly offbeat Sycamore family and the seriously uptight Kirbys. Full of some of the most memorable comic stage characters, it begs the question can love really conquer all—even crazy in-laws?”
  • Online vote for $75 million Union renovations this week
    UWM Post
    April 12 – 16
    “From April 12-16, UW-Milwaukee students will vote online to determine whether or not the student body supports spending $75 million on renovations to the UWM Union. An informational fair on the potential renovations was held last Tuesday and Wednesday in the Union Concourse.”
  • Green Bay East High School to present 'Show Choir Shuffle'
    Green Bay Press-Gazette
    April 16 – 17
    “Green Bay East High School will present "Show Choir Shuffle" at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday in the school auditorium, 1415 E. Walnut St. Admission at the door is $5. The show features specialty acts from members of East's Rhapsody in Red show choir and a guest performance by the Washington Middle School Show Choir.”
  • MHS stages 'Oklahoma!'
    Wausau Daily Herald
    April 17 – 19
    “The Marshfield High School Drama Club and the Music Department are in rehearsal for one of the most historically outstanding Broadway musicals, Rodgers and Hammerstein's "Oklahoma!" This is the play that signaled the start of a new genre of musical theater called the American musical comedy and set the style and form for four decades of musical theater in America integrating plot, Iyrics and melody as well as introducing ballet to musical comedy. The current production is the third time MHS has performed "Oklahoma!" The show will be directed by retired communication arts instructor John Bittrich who was invited back to direct his 99th show for the MHS Drama Club.”
  • Check out a University Program...
    Footlights Blog
    April 17
    “The University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee Peck School of the Arts does some amazing things. That is a blanket statement, but certainly one I feel confident saying. Their Kenilworth building is a great facility and the numerous spaces throughout the Peck School have fostered companies and collaborations that have really made their mark on Milwaukee's arts scene (Youngblood Theatre Company started there, Milwaukee Shakespeare made UWM its first "home"). This weekend (Saturday, April 17 from 11-2), the Peck School is opening its doors to show you some of the great resources and programming. There will be:”
  • 'Generations of Jazz' to feature school groups and guest performers
    Sheboygan Press
    April 19
    “The Sheboygan Falls School District will host the "Generations of Jazz" performance at 7 p.m., Monday, April 19, in the Sheboygan Falls High School auditorium. Featured performing groups include the Sheboygan Falls Middle Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of Carrie Winkler; the Sheboygan Falls High School Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of Jesse Dochnahl; and the Generations Big Band, under the direction of Jeff Schieble. Guest performers include Lori Dielentheis on vocals and Jeff Erickson on tenor saxophone. Dielentheis has performed locally with the Sheboygan Symphony, the Sheboygan Symphony Chorus and the Sheboygan Symphony Singers. She has been in numerous theatrical performances with Theater for Young Audiences, University of Wisconsin-Sheboygan, and most recently in "Always, Patsy Cline" at the Stefanie H. Weill Center for the Performing Arts.”
  • Art, dance and music classes available this summer
    Sheboygan Press
    Various Sites & Dates
    “The Sheboygan Area School District is offering an affordable opportunity for parents to expose their children to art, movement and music this summer. Summer courses include a variety of art classes, creative dance and movement, drama, band, orchestra and strings.”
  • Kohler Arts Center offers spring classes in dance, art and more
    Sheboygan Press
    Various Dates
    “The John Michael Kohler Arts Center is offering spring classes in watercolor painting, metalsmithing and ballroom dancing, as well as weekend workshops in paper-making and poetry-writing. "The 'I' in Literature Is You" poetry workshop with Liam Callanan will be held May 1 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Participants 14 and older will read, discuss and write poetry with artist-in-residence Callanan as part of the Poetry Everywhere Connecting Communities project.”
  • This week’s lineup on ‘The Morning Show’
    Racine Journal Times
    Various Sites & Dates
    KENOSHA — “WGTD (91.1 FM) is owned and operated as a public service of Gateway Technical College and is an affiliate of Wisconsin Public Radio. For an updated schedule, visit its website at http://www.wgtd.org “The Morning Show” airs every weekday morning between 8:10 and 9 a.m. Following is a schedule of show topics for the coming week:”
  • Earth Day events honor birth of environmentalism – Author, Margaret Atwood to speak
    University of Wisconsin Madison News
    April 20-21
    “For some of us it seems like just yesterday, but Earth Day turns 40 this year. The first Earth Day was held on April 22, 1970. Some 20 million people participated in environmental teach-ins across the United States. The event’s founder, U.S. Sen. Gaylord Nelson of Wisconsin, took a page from the antiwar movement to educate people about the environment and to put the cause on the national agenda. The Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies is hosting “Earth Day at 40: Valuing Wisconsin’s Environmental Traditions, Past, Present and Future,” April 20–21. That first Earth Day was a huge success, and it became an annual worldwide event that is now observed in almost every country.”
  • ART - GAHN with the Wind 4-21
    Sussex Sun
    April 21
    “JUDITH GAHN MURPHY, award winning watercolorist who received a BS in Art from UW Madison will critique the artworks of WAUKESHA CREATIVE ARTS LEAGUE MEMBERS at the eighth of their September - May monthly meetings at 6:30pm, Wednesday, April 21st at the Waukesha Goodwill Industries building, 1400 Nike Drive, Waukesha – a really friendly meeting place with ample lighted parking.”
  • UWGB, high school bands to play at Weidner tonight
    Green Bay Press Gazette
    April 22
    "Building a Sanctuary for our Sustainable Future" is the inspiration for a concert by the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Symphonic Band and Wind Symphony and by the State Bound Honors Band at 7:30 p.m. today in the Weidner Center on campus.”
  • Adding depth to kids' event
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
    April 23
    “The new theme for the Kohl's Art Generation Gallery at the Milwaukee Art Museum has been revealed, and it's 3-D movies. It opens Friday, and kids who visit the gallery will learn how 3-D works and see which art in the museum appears to be in 3-D using ChromaDepth 3-D glasses.”
  • Subject: "Soft Spot": Advanced Painting Workshop Opening Reception
    UW Madison
    April 24
    “A social gathering to enjoy new works from the Advanced Painting Workshop. University of Wisconsin Humanities Building, 455 N. Park Street, 7th Floor Gallery. Please email or call me with any questions. (email: arsalisbury@wisc.edu & phone: (507) 250-2998) Also feel free to call the Art Department Office at (608)-262-1660.”
  • Concerto contest winner named
    Spooner Advocate
    April 24, 25
    “Red Cedar Symphony Orchestra (RCSO) held its Concerto Competitions recently, and the winner is Kate Van de Loo, 17, a junior at Eau Claire Memorial High School, who will perform in Spooner on April 24. Van de Loo will present the third and fourth movements of Liszt’s Piano Concerto No. 1 E-flat major with the RCSO under the baton of Josh Aerie. Concerts will be held on Saturday, April 24, at Spooner High School Auditorium and on Sunday, April 25, at the University of Wisconsin-Barron County Fine Arts Theatre.”
  • Chilton High School to present play about disability awareness
    Sheboygan Press
    April 25
    "Much Like You," a meaningful, educational play about young people with special needs and how they wish to be treated by their peers, as well as by everyone in their lives, will be presented to the public at 6 p.m., Sunday, April 25, at Chilton High School. The play was written by Ronald Parker and his theater seminar students at Appleton North High School and can be previewed by going to the CESA 7 link at http://www.specialed.us/videos/ mlu/mluindex.html.”
  • Lieutenant Governor Lawton to Keynote UW Colleges Colloquium
    Annual professional development meeting to be held May 25 at UW-Fox Valley
    May 25
    MADISON, Wis. – “David Wilson, chancellor of the University of Wisconsin Extension and University of Wisconsin Colleges, has announced that Wisconsin Lieutenant Governor Barbara Lawton will be the keynote speaker at the UW Colleges Colloquium, to be held on May 25th at UW–Fox Valley. Lawton will speak about the work of the UW-Extension and UW Colleges in responding to local needs. She will also talk about the value of the liberal arts, drawing upon her national leadership with the Liberal Education and America’s Promise (LEAP) initiative.”
  • Tangled Memories’ - Students explore history from differing viewpoints
    Kenosha News
    April 30
    The Civil War will be the focus of a documentary produced by Bradford High School students who have set out to examine how its history has been shaped by varying points of view. With an eye toward seeking truths behind the stories of the war, “Tangled Memories” aims to shed light on issues ranging from the black Confederate soldier and draft riots to the roles of women on the homefront as nurses and leaders.”
  • Crimson Gig - A Jazz Benefit for Milwaukee High School of the Arts
    Catch a Rising Star Foundation
    May 4
    “The catch a rising star foundation presents Crimson Gig. The "crimson gig" is a night of jazz, appetizers, cash bar and a silent auction. It will be held on Tuesday, May 4th from 6:30 - 8:30 PM in Kilbourn Hall which is located inside the Milwaukee Theatre. A jazz benefit for the Milwaukee High School of the Arts featuring performances by MHSA students plus a silent auction Tuesday, May 4, 2010, 6:30 p.m. Kilbourn Hall, in the Milwaukee theatre complex. $35 per person • $60 per couple, rsvp by May 1 please
  • Academy Evenings: Presentation explores shifts in global migration patterns and the effect on local economies
    WisBusiness.com
    May 11
    MADISON—“Today’s global economic crisis has turned a media spotlight on immigration. Sagging labor markets have led to calls for even tougher restrictions on potential competition from immigrant workers, and ballooning fiscal deficits have heightened fears about the added burden to welfare states. But do these actions reflect the reality on the ground? Will immigration to the United States increase or decline over the next few years? What can history tell us?”
  • Tour explores hidden gems in the Northwoods
    Spooner Advocate
    May 15
    “A Down to Earth tour hosted by Northwood School Community Ed will take participants off the beaten track and into hidden gems in Sawyer, Douglas and Bayfield counties in an all-day tour on Saturday, May 15, that combines geo, eco, nature, and historical elements into a diverse experience.”
  • Launchpad update: Manitowoc-area band to play Summerfest
    Herald Times Reporter
    June 12
    MILWAUIEE — The Manitowoc County garage band, Committing Arson, will play at Summerfest on June 27 as one of three finalists in the Northeast Wisconsin Regional Launchpad competition held at Appleton West High School April 9. The band is made up of Ben Nelson of Valders High School and Sam Metzen, Ryan O'Loughlin, Dylan Grewal and Michael Stubbe, all of Lincoln High School.”
  • ArtOpener - St. Croix Valley studio tour May 1-2
    River Falls Journal
    May 1 – 2
    “The eight annual ArtOpener – The St. Croix Valley Studio Tour where you can see where art happens – from the gallery to the backyard. The tour is located along the scenic St. Croix River throughout Stillwater, Hudson and River Falls where nine artists’ studios and galleries will open their doors to the public the first weekend in May. The tour, which will be held the weekend of May 1 & 2 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., will provide visitors an opportunity to meet the artists who look forward to sharing conversation and answering questions about their work.”
  • Senior Art Show planned May 8-9
    New Richmond News
    May 8-9
    St. Croix Central seniors will show their talents to the community next weekend at the annual Senior Art Show. Pictured above are three of the committee ...
  • Bonduel High presents melodrama this weekend
    Shawano Leader
    May 7 - 8
    “Bonduel High School proudly presents its first melodrama. “The Villain Wore a Dirty Shirt” will be presented on Friday and Saturday, May 7-8 at 7 p.m. in Sousa Hall.”
  • Content Aware Fill
    Art Works by UW students Samuel Isham-Schopf, Joseph Leroux, Justin Maes, & Andrea Miller
    Announcement
    May 7
    “Art Works by UW students Samuel Isham-Schopf, Joseph Leroux, Justin Maes, & Andrea Miller will be on display Friday, May 7th, 2010 from 6-9 pm at 634 W Main St, 3rd floor. Four UW MA/MFA candidates will transform the third floor of the Kroger Warehouse on West Main St. in Madison to provide the public with a series of works that allows for a conversation to take place about various issues concerning contemporary existence. They include: A new installation by Samuel C.G. Isham-Schopf, constructed from glass and steel, celebrates both the creative and destructive impulse of the urban dweller. Joseph Leroux’s new installation “The Landing” contains a series of images and objects that convey the artist at various states of unease. Justin Maes contrasts the ghost towns of the west with the “new cowboy”, his aspirations for personal prosperity, and the declining metropolises of today, and Andrea Miller has an appreciation for overlooked parts of our constructed environment.”
  • North High spring choral concert and awards on Monday
    Sheboygan Press
    May 10
    “The Sheboygan North High School auditorium will be filled with the sounds of music Monday, May 10, when the North High choral department presents its annual spring concert and awards program beginning at 7 p.m.”
  • MATC student creations
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
    May 12
    “Marvel at the latest student projects on display Wednesday, compliments of the Milwaukee Area Technical College, which is holding its annual MATC Portfolio Night at Discovery World at Pier Wisconsin, 500 N. Harbor Drive. The free, public event runs from 5 to 8 p.m. and promises "a landscape of creativity and innovation."
  • MATC students bring footwear alive in 3-D animation
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
    May 12
    “Stinky Shoe and Coach LaRoo, Toe Jam and Hiker Hank are lacing up and stepping out Wednesday at Discovery World, where the 3-D characters will be center stage as part of MATC's portfolio night. The toons, which are based on different types of footwear, are brought to life through the efforts of animation students such as Alex Printz of Menomonee Falls. Over about five weeks and hundreds of hours, Printz and other students took concept sketches and rendered them into bright, sharp, colorful creatures and crafted the rules making them move on screen.”
  • Vann: Social media networking can enhance traditional tools of marketing
    WisBusiness.com
    May 13 - 15
    “Marketing, public relations and advertising aren’t going away. But Cd Vann, the Milwaukee-based publisher of Sohobiztube.com, says companies also need to get with social media networks as a way to reach and influence both customers and employees. “Social media tools can enhance marketing, PR and advertising,” she says. “They will always be a staple of what we do in business. But social media networks and new media tools added to these three outlets will allow you to do a much better job of communicating. “And while Milwaukee may be a little bit slow to embrace social media, it’s big in other places like Chicago, Madison and Minneapolis and it’s only going to get more important.” Vann will host “UnGeeked Elite: A Social Media & Marketing Forum” on May 13-15 at the University Club in downtown Milwaukee.”
  • College News & Notes
    Fond du Lac Reporter
    May 14
    “Art Momentum will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, May 14, in the Commons of University of Wisconsin-Fond du Lac, 400 University Drive. Student-created works are available to purchase in a "Christie's style" art auction.”

Folk Arts/Folklife

  • Historic Milwaukee Inc.
    Gives full day intensive course for volunteers
    WisBusiness
    April 10
    Milwaukee – “The Historic Astor Hotel will be hosting Historic Milwaukee, Inc. (HMI) for its first all day intensive course for volunteers on giving student tours. Aimed specifically at fulfilling the state standards and learning targets of 3rd and 4th graders our student tours provide an important tool for teachers to teach local cultural history, civic government, geography and art. This tour fills a vacuum in the teachers curricula since there are no standard textbooks currently available with this information.’
  • Milwaukee Art Museum to Show American Quilts: Selections from the Winterthur Collection
    Art Daily
    MILWAUKEE, WI.- One of the world’s finest collections of early American quilts will be on view at the Milwaukee Art Museum May 22–September 6, 2010. Featuring rare surviving textiles of the late 1700s and early 1800s from Winterthur Museum & Country Estate, Delaware, American Quilts outlines America’s earliest cultural landscape in stunning detail.
  • Myserk will play at Irish center
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
    April 8
    “Myserk, a Milwaukee quartet made up of new and veteran Celtic musicians, will perform Friday in the Parlour of the Irish Cultural and Heritage Center. Band members include the members of the Celtic band Cé, Asher Gray, Randy Gosa and Devin McCabe. Both Gray and Gosa teach at the Irish Fest School of Music. Gray also is a founding member of another popular local Celtic group, Anam Ri. Gray and McCabe, also of Anam Ri, have been playing Celtic music for more than 10 years. McCabe, a fiddler, also plays concertina, whistle and piano.”
  • Wisconsin Gourd Festival
    The Isthmus
    April 10
    “The 4th Annual The Gilded Gourd Wisconsin Gourd Festival is a dynamic event which shares an education of the humble gourd as well as an awareness of gourds as an art medium, as musical instruments, from cultural and horticultural perspectives and more. Vendors, artists, instructors and growers from around the United States will participate and attend. Classes and demonstrations, gourd-related products, supplies and tools, gourd art of all kinds, seeds and growing advice and literature will be available to the public.”
  • Our View: Hmong History Month is for all of us
    Wausau Daily Herald
    April 17
    “Last year's Hmong History Month events made a special effort to reach out to the younger generation, and to non-Hmong members of the community. Those efforts continue this year. Earlier this month, a kick-off event at the Wausau Center mall featured singing, traditional dances and information about Hmong culture and history. Other events will include a talk by author Kao Kalia Yang on April 17, and an appearance by Milwaukee actor Elvis Thao, who appeared in Clint Eastwood's film "Gran Torino.”
  • Quilter's Delight
    Brookfield Now
    April 18
    “All are welcome to join Trinity United Church of Christ, Brookfield as we display the many quilts and other works of art that the Creativity Studio Quilters have created. It will be an amazing display of many different styles, colors and patterns on Sundays, April 18 and April 25, before, during, and after the 10:00 worship service.”
  • Anoushka Shankar
    The Isthmus
    April 20
    “Don’t miss this opportunity to see world-renown musician Anoushka Shankar at the Opera House. The Anouska Shankar Project will provide an evening of spellbinding, spiritual sitar music on Thursday April 22, 2010 at 7:30pm.”
  • Art procession ‘evolves’ in Mad-town
    Badger Herald Tribune
    The evolution of man extends far beyond the physical transition to include the expansion of man’s creativity. Man’s ability to express artistically has evolved from primitive cave drawings depicting ceremonies to include great works that grace galleries and museums around the globe. “The Procession of the Species,” a “biodiversity art parade” celebrates both Darwinian and creative evolution through visual performing art.
  • Dancing the Globe: Benefit concert has international focus
    Racine Journal Times
    April 24
    “Bringing people together is what makes Kathi Wilson tick. Her latest effort in doing so is an evening of music and dance called "Our Village Our Globe" that will take place Saturday at the First Presbyterian Church, 716 College Ave. Ethnic dances from around the world, performed by the Racine International Folk Dancers, and original music by singer/songwriter Mark Paffrath will be featured at the concert, which will serve as a benefit for several causes. And Wilson is hoping that people from all walks of life will join her in not only enjoying the spectrum of entertainment, but aiding the efforts of those causes.’
  • Time travel, double time
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
    May 2
    “The newest event at Old World Wisconsin in Eagle is an old-fashioned run. The Bustle Hustle is a 5K run/walk through the museum grounds on Sunday. Runners will head through the 1870s Crossroads Village, around the German area, take a shortcut through the Schottler farmstead, around the oxen pasture and through the Finnish area (shouldn't this be the finish line?) and head to the Visitors Center to complete the circuit.”
  • TOWN CHATTER: Local artists expand their portfolios
    Wausau Daily Herald
    Various Sites & Dates
    “A Mosinee quilt artist Sharon Rotz will have an exhibit, "Over the Porch Rail," opening May 6 at the Monroe Art Center's Frehner Gallery,1315 11th St., Monroe. This art exhibit highlights the beauty of Wisconsin through quilted works. Rotz for years had sewed garments and household items before she explored quilting. Her work has transformed through the years from traditional quilting into a "creative fabric art work.”
  • Bluegrass band to appear in Hayward
    County Journal
    May 2
    “It's no secret really,” said Monroe Crossing guitarist and singer Art Blackburn. “Hard work and dedication, and we all share a love for bluegrass music and ...
  • Weekly entertainment calendar
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
    May 1
    “Hales Corners Lutheran Church: Scandinavian Festival features music, dance, arts and crafts, 10 am-5 pm May 1, 12300 W. Janesville Road, Hales Corners, ...”
  • Spring on the prairie at Old World Wisconsin
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
    May 15
    “After hours, visitors can tuck into a "farmhand buffet" beginning at 5 pm The evening fun includes a barn dance with live music and a caller to help with ...”
  • Syttende Mai fests in Westby, Spring Grove
    La Crosse Tribune
    Various Sites & Dates
    Other highlights include an old-time music show at 1 pm Friday in the Our Savior's Lutheran Church basement; bicycle tour beginning at 8 am Saturday at ...
  • Wausau Planning Music Festival at Granite Peak
    Outside of concerts at Marathon Park and the Grand Theatre, music festivals don't take place very often in the Wausau area.
    WSAW-TV Wausau
    August 13
    “Outside of concerts at Marathon Park and the Grand Theatre, music festivals don't take place very often in the Wausau area. Why not Wausau? It's not only a question, it's also the name of a music festival the advertising agency Flapjack Creative is planning on holding in Wausau this fall. "There's a lot of talented, energetic people who want to see a little more cultural and relevant creativity come to town. We've got it. We've got everything here. So that's why we're asking why not. Why can't we have a nice independent music festival?" Gerald Mortensen, creative director at Flapjack Creative said. Last year, they held a concert called Sneak Peek that was a sampling of what is to come this year. They had three bands play at Granite Peak, a venue they feel is underutilized in the area.”

Media Arts

  • Warren Gerds column: Here's your shot at TV glory on 'Glee'
    Green Bay Press Gazette
    Deadline April 3
    “Some gimmicks to get people to audition for network or syndicated TV shows are better than others, though most require travel. A casting call for "Glee" may be as close as your computer, if you're age 16 to 26. Seen on WLUK, Channel 11, the Fox show is offering an open casting call to fill three new roles for the show's second season. "Glee" revolves around a high school glee club and the ups and downs of the singers. Online submissions will be accepted from aspiring singers. For the "Glee Local Casting Call Contest," singers may record their audition and upload it to the contest site at www.fox11online.com before Sunday.”
  • Library Corner - Let’s talk about movies.
    Spooner Advocate
    April 1
    “First, if you are planning on submitting a film to our local Babe Stewart Short Film Competition, the deadline is fast approaching. To see your own talent (actors, directors, writers) showcased on the big screen of the Palace Theatre, be sure to get your movie into the library by closing on April 1, 2010.”
  • Branding Comes Early in Filmmaking Process
    New York Times
    LOS ANGELES — “Jordan Yospe had some notes on the script for “The 28th Amendment,” a thriller about a president and a rogue Special Forces agent on the run. Some of the White House scenes were not detailed enough, Mr. Yospe thought. And, he suggested, the heroes should stop for a snack while they were on the lam. “There’s no fast-food scene at all, but they have to eat,” he said.”
  • Madison Bach Musicians will be on Live at 5 today
    April 8, Concert – April 10, 24
    Today at 5 pm the Madison Bach Musicians will perform selections from Brandenburg Concerto #6 live on WISC TV Channel 3. Host of Live at 5 Susan Siman will also interview us about the upcoming Madison Bach Musicians concerts featuring the Brandenburg Concerts (Nos. 4, 5 and 6). The first concert is this weekend, Saturday night, April 10 at Trinity Lutheran Church (1904 Winnebago St.) and we’ll present the program again on April 24 at the First Unitarian Society (900 University Bay Dr.).
  • Northwest' will star at Rosebud
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
    April 9 – 15
    “To see what's very possibly a perfect movie, sometimes your TV's screen just won't do. And it doesn't have to, if the movie is "North by Northwest." The 1959 Alfred Hitchcock classic - starring Cary Grant as an ad man on the run after being mistaken for a government agent and Eva Marie Saint as the woman who rescues him, or gets him killed - is showing this week, in a 35mm print, at the Rosebud Cinema Drafthouse, 6823 W. North Ave., Wauwatosa.”
  • Wisconsin Film Festival to kick off its 12th year
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
    April 14 - 18
    “The Wisconsin Film Festival runs Wednesday through Sunday in Madison. The festival, in its 12th year, is presenting 192 films from around the world at eight venues within walking distance of each other. The opening night's films include "The Art of the Steal," a documentary about the controversial decision to move a permanent art collection in Philadelphia to a new museum; "The Exploding Girl," a nuanced tale about two college students exploring their feelings; and "Lourdes," about a disabled French women miraculously cured, or not, while visiting the shrine, and shot on location in vérité style.”
  • Hudson native Kathy Lindboe tells the story of ‘Nonames’
    Hudson Star-Observer
    April 16
    “Hudson native Kathy Lindboe has written, directed and produced an independent movie that just might launch her career in the film industry. “Nonames” debuted three weeks ago at the Bermuda International Film Festival. Last week, it earned three awards at the Phoenix Film Festival. It will run Friday as part of the Wisconsin Film Festival in Madison, and then head to Atlanta for a festival there. “She’s hoping that some marketing company buys and markets it,” said Bill Lindboe, Kathy’s father and still a Hudson resident. “The more recognition she gets in the festivals, the more willing they are to (put the film in theaters).” Kathy Lindboe is a 1992 graduate of Hudson High School. She earned a degree in theater and film from St. Cloud State University after high school, and went on to direct a dozen stage productions in Minneapolis. She wrote “Nonames” as a play in the mid-1990s, according to her father.”
  • A UW alum wants to get ‘THRU’ to you
    Badger Herald
    April 16
    “Sometimes, it’s difficult to keep a solid grasp on reality. With the many self-conscious, self-indulgent neuroses we as humans possess, it is amazing we can manage to walk down the street without consuming ourselves in overwhelming feelings of guilt, fear, doubt, love and anxiety. But this is life. As the movie says: “This is just something to get through, that’s all.” And this is the simple truth of Christopher Ewing’s short film “THRU,” screening Friday at the Wisconsin Film Festival.”
  • Stalin's daughter is a cheesehead? Yep, film says
    Rhinelander Daily News
    April 18
    “An independent film is bringing to light a well-kept secret in these parts: Soviet dictator Josef Stalin's only daughter has lived incognito for much of the past two decades in small towns in Wisconsin. It is unclear whether the 84-year-old who fiercely guards her privacy still lives here today, but Svetlana Alliluyeva has lived at several addresses around Madison in the last 20 years. And in the summer of 2007, a determined film maker tracked her down at an apartment at a retirement home in an undisclosed Wisconsin town for a rare interview that could be the last she gives.”
  • WFF2010: Interview with "Feed the Fish" Producer Nicholas Langholff
    Dane101
    April 23 – 30
    “The movie "Feed the Fish," starring Ross Partridge, Tony Shalhoub (Detective Monk from the TV show "Monk") and Barry Corbin (Maurice Minnifield from "Northern Exposure") sold out its one appearance at the Wisconsin Film Fest in just 45 minutes. But fear not; if you’re hungry for a romantic boy-meets-girl comedy with a decidedly Wisconsin flavor (fish, guns, and - of course - a badger figures prominently in the plot), you’ll be able to check out the film during a one-week engagement beginning April 23 at Marcus Point Cinema located at 7825 Big Sky Drive.”
  • Local films to debut at festival
    Spooner Advocate
    April 29
    “The Babe Stewart Short Film Festival is preparing for its public premiere, and everyone is invited. A “spectacular evening of never-before-seen amateur short films” is planned for 8 p.m. on April 29, at the Palace Theatre in Spooner. The Babe Stewart Short Film Festival will feature entries by local students under the Scholastic division and the Open Class division which has films created by adults.’
  • Ed Gein: The Musical
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
    April 30 – May 1
    “Writer Dan Davies, who stars, and director Steve Russell will be a midnight screenings Friday and Saturday at the Oriental Theater, 2230 N. Farwell Ave. ...”
  • Local film fests, series
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
    April 30
    “The screenings are at 7 and 9 pm Friday at UWM Union Theatre, 2200 E. Kenwood Blvd.; 7 pm Saturday at Borg-Ward Collective, 823 W. National Ave.; ...”
  • Something Theater in the middle of the night
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
    May 22
    A brand new "Something Theater," an experimental TV program, will broadcast in Milwaukee Saturday at 2 a.m. on Channel 24 WCGV. Having tuned in last time, I must say part of the experience of this show is staying up late and experiencing an injection of art in the wee hours inbetween infomercials. it's an unusual place to encounter art.
  • To kick off Chef Shoup's menu coming to Madison
    Sundance is working with local organizations in advance of the rooftop opening to showcase his talents:
    Dane 101
    May 28
    There will be two pre-opening events to help celebrate Chef Mark’s wonderful menu, featuring tastes and cocktails from the Sundance Resort menu. On Wednesday, May 26th, The New Work Development Award Gala will celebrate collaboration between the Wisconsin Arts Board, Edenfred and Overture Center for the Arts. The evening will culminate with Lt. Governor Barbara Lawton announcing the first recipient of the award. Tickets are $35 individual /$60 for two and are available by contacting Overture Center at "mdaly@overturecenter.com" or 608.258.4142.

Performing Arts

  • Music
    UWM Opera Theatre: American One-Act Operas
    Peck School for the Arts
    April 1 - 3
    “UWM Opera Theatre presents an evening of American one-act operas directed by voice faculty members. The program will include Gian Carlo Menotti’s The Old Maid and the Thief and Carlisle Floyd’s Slow Dusk.”
  • Shell Lake Art Center
    Spooner Advocate
    April 10
    “The Shell Lake Arts Center is excited to announce the 2nd Annual Classical Piano Music Festival on April 10, 2010! This event is for intermediate and advanced students of piano performance at the middle school, high school and college level. It will provide education, networking, and the opportunity to hear beautiful classical music”
  • Vick's benevolence supported arts, culture
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
    April 16
    "Something of an unsung hero, Harriette V. Vick believed in supporting and celebrating the arts and history of Wisconsin. Now, friends say, it is time to celebrate Vick's history. Vick died Sunday, two weeks after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. She was 89. The Milwaukee Chamber Orchestra plans to dedicate its next concert, scheduled for April 16 at Calvary Presbyterian Church downtown, to Vick. Her favorite seat will be left empty in her honor. "Here's a woman who was mostly invisible to the larger community, but who has given so much," said Richard Hynson, the orchestra's music director. Contributions included the creation of a guest artist fund. "Harriette's benevolence came at a time when the orchestra's existence was very tenuous - the orchestra hadn't played publicly for two years," he said. "Because of Harriette, we've had three pretty successful seasons."
  • 2010 MAMAs announcement party highlights 139 local acts - The sounds of Madison
    The Isthmus
    Awards will be presented May 9
    “A music- and prize-filled party marked the seventh annual nomination cycle for the Madison Area Music Awards last night at the Brink Lounge. With 139 local musicians receiving a total of 212 nominations, the event highlighted a big slice of Dane County talent. Truth be told, the slate of potential winners wasn't as broad as it could have been. A large percentage of those who received nominations last night are being considered for more than one award. For instance, Mark Croft and Mike Droho & the Compass Rose each scored seven nominations, while Natty Nation, the Blue Olives and Aaron Williams & the Hoodoo racked up six apiece, making their odds of a win pretty likely. Nevertheless, last night's event showed that at least one set of fans -- an enthusiastic bunch that filled the venue's nightclub room and much of the lounge area -- are thrilled about the musicians in the running.’
  • Planning for concert season begins in Somerset -
    Warm weather in Somerset means concert season is getting close.
    New Richmond News
    June 17 - 19
    “Warm weather in Somerset means concert season is getting close. Country Splash, June 17-19, is in its third year being at Float-Rite Amphitheater. The three-day festival features a roster of country stars such as Aaron Tippin, Josh Thompson, Travis Tritt, Gretchen Wilson, Tanya Tucker, Joe Nichols, Jessie James, Lorrie Morgan, Jimmy Wayne, Keith Anderson and Zac Brown Band. In addition to the concerts, they are adding some new features to the weekend events.’
  • Dance
    Hubbard Street Dance Chicago
    The Isthmus
    April 1
    “Thirty years ago, they were plucky upstarts, shaking up the dance establishment. Now they define modern dance. Their eclectic style dazzles. Their inventive choreography entrances. Their versatility and virtuosity remain unparalleled.’
  • Music
    Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, Madison Opera present familiar and novel works in 2010-2011 seasons
    The Isthmus
    New Season
    “Two more of Madison's major musical organizations, the Wisconsin Chamber Or have announced their schedules for the 2010-2011 season. Celebrating Andrew Sewell's 10th anniversary as conductor, the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra has projected a season of Masterworks concerts that combine warhorses with novelties and experiments. Most curious at first sight is the plan to perform two familiar Beethoven Symphonies, the Eighth (Oct. 9) and the Seventh (April 8), and the Schubert Eighth (Oct. 29). But Sewell is ending this current season with Schubert's Ninth Symphony. And, on further thought, such choices make sense, for a group the size of the WCO can restore the balance of winds to strings that would have been normal in the days of Beethoven and Schubert.’
  • Theater
    UWS performs Gilbert and Sullivan classic
    Superior Telegram
    March 31 – April 1
    “On March 31 and April 1 only, the University of Wisconsin Superior Music Department and Opera Workshop program invites you to experience topsy-turvy operetta at its finest with their production of Gilbert and Sullivan’s “The Mikado,” at 7 p.m., showing in the Thorpe Langley Auditorium. The Mikado is one of Gilbert and Sullivan’s most well known works, received highly by both opera nuts and novices alike. It is with this all-inviting piece of art that the UW-Superior Opera Workshop hopes to begin a tradition of quality opera productions.”
  • Community Theater comedy 'Return Engagements' to open April 8
    Green Bay Press Gazette
    April 8 – 10; 14 - 18
    "Return Engagements," a romantic comedy with leaps in time, is the closing play of the season for Green Bay Community Theater. Written by Bernard Slade, the play is set in a suite in a guesthouse near Stratford, Ontario. The time of the first scene is 1954. Act I consists of vignettes of separate couples — a bride-to-be and a bellhop; a Polish woman and a stranger, an American carpenter, who she has chosen to father her child; and an acid-tongued columnist and his cold psychotherapist wife who are calling it quits.”
  • Area dancers to take stage in ‘Wizard of Oz’
    La Crosse Tribune
    April 13
    “The Yellow Brick Road is waiting for 12 local dancers who will get the chance to mingle with Dorothy and the Wicked Witch when the “Wizard of Oz” comes to the La Crosse Center for a show on April 13. They are Annie Skogen, Mariah Mueller, McKenzie Klipp, Maria Sell, Taylor Eide, Alexis Marcon, Jordenne Butler, Nick Kromke, Emma Smerud, Hannah Johnson, Katelyn Solberg and Kayla Bahr.”
  • Ibsen play tackles modern topics
    La Crosse Tribune
    April 17
    “John Gabriel Borkman was the Bernie Madoff of Henrik Ibsen’s day. The fictitious character in Ibsen’s play of the same name used his position as a bank manager to illegally speculate with his investors’ money. “John Gabriel Borkman” is apparently based on an incident during Ibsen’s time when a 19th century army officer attempted suicide after being accused of embezzlement. The Commonweal Theatre Company continues its commitment to Ibsen’s works with “John Gabriel Borkman” and its 13th annual Ibsen Festival, which takes on the theme of money, power and greed and features art, lecture, dance and music.”
  • UW-Madison: Costume designer featured as UW-Madison artist in residence
    WisBusiness
    April 22
    MADISON - There's no denying that clothes say volumes about the person wearing them. This is true, too, on the stage. Danny Zuko wouldn't be Danny Zuko in chinos and a tennis sweater. Not at all fierce and rebellious. Eliza Doolittle transforms from shabby rags to high-society sophistication - a mirror of her internal journey and status in society. And try to imagine the cast of "Cats" wearing anything but their furry unitards. Impossible. Costume designers are integral to helping the audience get acquainted with the characters, without dialogue. They have to inform and sometimes dazzle, but not take the audience's focus off the performances. Deborah Mitchell Dryden, the University of Wisconsin-Madison Arts Institute's current artist in residence, knows how to meet those demands. She has designed costumes for the Oregon Shakespeare Festival for 30 seasons, and has been the resident costume designer there since 1997. She is professor emerita at the University of California, San Diego, where she had an extended teaching career. She has also designed costumes for many illustrious theaters, including the American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco, the La Jolla Playhouse, the Old Globe Theatre, the Alley Theatre in Houston, the Kennedy Center and the Hong Kong Repertory Theatre.
  • Dance
    PANdemonium - The Ballet Ball 2010
    Milwaukee Ballet
    April 17
    “Join us as we celebrate Milwaukee Ballet's 40th season and the world premiere production of Michael Pink's Peter Pan! Experience an evening of never-ending adventure, intrigue and revelry with Milwaukee Ballet's dancers including: Cocktail Bacchanalia”
  • Music
    Wisconsin Chamber Choir "Bach's St. John Passion"
    The Isthmus
    April 2
    “Continuing its tradition of performing major choral works by J. S. Bach, the Wisconsin Chamber Choir is proud to announce its forthcoming performance of Bach’s St. John Passion on Friday, April 2 at 8:00 pm in the Atrium Auditorium of Madison’s First Unitarian Society, 900 University Bay Drive, Madison, WI.”
  • Cork and Bottle String Band Free
    Overture
    April 7
    “Bring your banjo, jug, washboard, kazoo ... whatever you got! The Cork 'n Bottle String Band show will culminate in a one-of-a-kind Bluegrass Jam! The Cork 'n Bottle String Band of Madison, Wisconsin was formed in 1996 by like-minded bluegrass enthusiasts. The band took its name from the Cork n’ Bottle liquor store on East Johnson St, where many of the band members worked and where the group practiced. In May of 1996 the band moved its practices to a sleepy tavern called Ken’s Bar, just off the Capitol Square on Butler Street. The band played 6pm to 9pm at Ken’s Bar every Wednesday night from May of 1996 until November of 2002 when the bar was torn down. After a series of downtown taverns the band found a new home, and currently resides on the campus of the University of Wisconsin at the Memorial Union Rathskellar and Terrace.”
  • Racine Symphony Orchestra Season Finale - Young Musicians invited to play
    Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5 in C minor with the RSO
    Press Release
    April 17
    The Racine Symphony Orchestra announces the final concert for the 2009-10 season on Saturday, April 17 at First Presbyterian Church, Seventh and College Avenue, beginning at 7:30 pm. Maestro Andrew Massey conducts Mozart, Ravel and Beethoven. Mozart’s Overture to The Magic Flute begins the evening. Chicago Symphony Orchestra and RSO’s harpist, Kelsey Erdahl plays Ravel’s Introduction and Allegro joined by an ensemble of flute, clarinet and strings. The finale for the evening will be Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5 in C minor. Local high school students selected through an audition process for the inaugural RSO Youth String Invitational will play, seated next to professional members of the orchestra. Join us for a ‘Thank YOU’ reception following the concert in Ihrman Hall, celebrating our audiences, musicians, patrons, and Andrew Massey who have all helped to stabilize the RSO this season as we end the year in the black. Displayed next door in the church Chapel is the “Watercolor Rondo” exhibit. The Wustum Watercolor Studio Class, lead by prize-winning local artist, Jean Thielen premieres a new exhibit of original watercolors created by class participants. Please join us as we celebrate the close of a successful concert season. Tickets are available by calling the RSO office, 636.9285 or going online.
  • Madison Area Music Awards Announces 2010 Nominees
    Channel 3000
    May 8
    MADISON, Wis. – “Nominations have been released for the 2010 Madison Area Music Awards as the first round of voting has come to a close. Overall, there are 212 nominations going to 139 unique nominees, according to a news release.”
  • Eric Clapton Still Alive – Who Knew – and coming to Summerfest
    WLUK-TV
    June 28
    MILWAUKEE - Eric Clapton is set to perform at this year’s Summerfest. The performance is scheduled for June 28 at 7:30 p.m. at the Marcus Ampitheater, organizers said. The 18-time Grammy winning guitarist is known for hits like “Layla,” “Cocaine,” “Wonderful Tonight” and “Tears in Heaven.”
  • Theater
    'It's Your Mother' has a familiar message
    Boulevard Theatre play is ripped from answering machine
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
    Opens March 31
    “The Boulevard Theatre's new production "It's Your Mother!" was midwifed into being two decades ago by that famous writer's friend, the answering machine. Actress-singer Patricia Durante and her friend and roomie, theater teacher Betsy Tuxill, came home from brunch to two messages on the machine. The first one, Durante said, was "Hi Patty, it's only me." Click. Her mother. The second, she said, was Tuxill's mom, who took up the rest of the tape filling in her daughter on the goings-on in the neighborhood. Durante took her coat off, went to the bathroom, and came back into the living area. Tuxill's mom was still talking. "I said, 'That's a play,' " Durante remembered.”
  • Dance
    Escape to Neverland - Bayshore Town Center Rotunda
    Milwaukee Ballet
    April 3
    “Milwaukee Ballet invites you to “Escape to Neverland” on Saturday, April 3 from 2-4 p.m. at the Bayshore Town Center Rotunda. Come dressed as your favorite fairy or a swashbuckling pirate, and watch a live ballet performance, take part in a magical craft and get pictures with beautiful dancers. Dance performances will occur at 2:30 and 3:30 p.m. Since Neverland is a place where you never have to grow-up, encourage Mom or Dad to dress-up, too! Milwaukee Ballet’s world premiere of Peter Pan runs May 13-16 at the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts. Buy your tickets online, or call the box office at (414) 902-2103. Shows are selling out!”
  • WHO'S YOUR NANA? A dog and family friendly celebration of Milwaukee Ballet’s Peter Pan.
    Milwaukee Ballet
    April 24
    Activities include: Canine costume contest, Buried treasure dig, Tunnel to Neverland, Bobbing for crocodiles, Walk the plank, Prizes for dogs and people! Come dressed in Neverland gear! Nana, Peter Pan, Tinkerbell, Captain Hook, Darling Children, Pirates, Fairies, Indian Braves, Lost Boys and Crocodiles. This event is for dog-social and people-social dogs. A $20 per dog fee supports the animals in the care of the Wisconsin Humane Society. The event will be held at the Wisconsin Humane Society, 4500 W. Wisconsin Avenue, Milwaukee.
  • Music
    Steel Bridge Songfest tickets on sale April 2
    Door County Advocate
    April 2
    “Hundreds of musicians are expected to perform in the four-day event, taking place June 10-13, with many returning artists as well as a number of fresh faces. The songfest is a celebration of the Michigan Street Bridge, which spans the canal cutting through the heart of downtown Sturgeon Bay and links its East and West sides. The bridge, currently under rehabilitation trough at least October, is one of just two of its kind remaining in the United States and is on the National Register of Historic Places.”
  • Elgar and Chopin at MSO
    Milwaukee Shepherd Express
    April 2 - 3
    “This weekend’s Milwaukee Symphony concert gives us a chance to hear the magnificent Symphony No. 1 by Edward Elgar (1857-1934), last played here in 1994. The self-taught son of a music shop owner, Elgar rose from poverty in the early 1880s to be recognized 20 years later as the greatest English-born composer since Purcell.”
  • Madison Area Music Association Benefit
    The Isthmus
    April 3
    “Bellatoria Pizza and Next Level Productions present the rock and roll event of the year: the 2nd Annual Rock the Sound: A Benefit for the Madison Area Music Association on Saturday, April 3rd at Scatz Sports Bar and Nightclub. This show will feature many of Madison’s best hard rock bands including Muzzy Luctin, Faces for Radio, Cudasigh, Don Bakken, The Motherhive Syndicate, The Viscous Circle and Transient.”
  • Dean Granros - Acoustic Cafe
    Eau Claire Jazz Festival
    April 9
    “Dean Granros trio will perform on Friday April 9 at the Acoustic Cafe at 7pm "Dean Granros is one of the Twin Cities’ veteran jazz guitarists and has played numerous venues in that area over the the last 40 years. In 2008 he relocated to Wisconsin and is now performing in the Eau Claire / Chippewa Falls area. A jazz guitarist, composer, and improviser, Mr. Granros has gained a reputation for innovation in his writing and playing, and, at the same time, his work contains a solid grounding in the jazz tradition.’
  • PMF's Yampolsky guests with Green Bay Symphony
    Door County Advocate
    April 10
    “Peninsula Music Festival music director Victor Yampolsky is guest conductor for the Green Bay Symphony Orchestra’s April 10 concert, “Mozart’s Jupiter.” The program holds Dvorak’s Serenade for Strings, Mozart’s Horn Concerto No. 4 (with soloist Bruce Atwell) and Mozart’s Symphony No. 41 (“Jupiter”).
  • Eau Claire Jazz Festival kicking off
    Eau Claire Leader-Telegram
    April 15 – 18
    “The 43rd annual Eau Claire Jazz Festival starts Monday with events scheduled throughout the Chippewa Valley. The two-week festival will feature live music, art, educational programs and children's activities. Many events are free. National jazz musicians will present concerts April 15 to 18. This year's headliners are trumpeter Nicholas Payton, saxophonist Kenni Holmen, violinist Randy Sabien, cellist Matt Turner, saxophonist Richie Cole and vocalists Connie Evingson and Fred Steele. The event is a partnership between UW-Eau Claire and Eau Claire Jazz, Inc. These are activities scheduled during the first week of the Eau Claire Jazz Festival:”
  • Theater
    ‘Much Ado’ continues on stage this weekend
    Spooner Advocate
    April 1 - 4
    “After playing to packed houses last weekend, Theatre in the Woods’ production of William Shakespeare’s delightful comedy “Much Ado about Nothing” continues on the Erika Quam stage in Shell Lake Thursday through Saturday at 7:30 and Sunday at 2 p.m. “Audiences who saw the play last week found their concerns about understanding the unfamiliar language eased and were happy about the accessibility of the production,” say co-directors Karen Kaufman and Carolyn Burnett.”
  • CAUGHT ON TAPE: Standing Room Only Players open “Unnecessary Farce”
    Sauk Prairie Eagle
    April 2, 9, 10, 11, 16, 18, 24
    “If you are going to do a play about catching bad guys in a case of embezzlement, who better to cast than actual law men in a few of the parts. And if it's a farce with a Scottish hit man in it, who better to cast than Harry Porfilio who can dust off just about any accent and make it funny. "I'm pretty much angry through the whole play," he said, joking that he's typecast, having played an Italian opera singer and an English director the past two years in Standing Room Only Players productions.”
  • Presenting
    Ben Sollee & Daniel Martin Moore
    The Isthmus
    April 3
    “Ben Sollee & Daniel Martin Moore will be heading to Madison on April 3rd, playing Majestic Theater. In case you are unfamiliar with the project, Dear Companion is collaboration between three Kentucky musicians: the songs are written and performed by Ben Sollee and Daniel Martin Moore, produced by and featuring Yim Yames of My Morning Jacket and Monsters of Folk.”
  • Dance
    Allegro Dance Theater auditions
    Wausau Daily Herald
    “Dancers from any dance studio may come and audition to be an Allegro Dancer. The audition consists of a ballet class. The Season will include "Cinderella" at the Grand Theater with the Wausau Symphony.”
  • Music
    Green Lake Festival of Music
    Summer 2010 Schedule “The Festival offers four major areas of programming: adult concert series, free family concert series, a two-week chamber music camp, and a three-day choral institute.”
  • Flights of fancy: Madison Opera brings Wagner’s ‘Flying Dutchman’ to Overture
    The Capital Times
    Mention “Wagner opera” and most people imagine massive women in viking helmets and long blond braids, belting high notes to the back of a theater for hours on end. Wagner can be long, loud and — let’s face it — boring. So, for its first opera by Richard Wagner, Madison Opera is blowing up the myths with “The Flying Dutchman,” a two-and-a-half-hour story of obsessive love with a score full of hummable melodies. Following the spooky, smaller scale “Turn of the Screw” in January, “Dutchman” tells the story of a ghostly ship’s captain, doomed forever to wander the sea under blood-red sails, and the woman who wants to save him.”
  • Kara Patterson column: Fox Valleyaires Men's Barbershop Chorus puts some new moves in repertoire
    Appleton Post Crescent
    “The Fox Valleyaires Men's Barbershop Chorus is celebrating seven decades of ringing the chords of classic a cappella music with a concert that pays tribute to those tight harmonies. "A cappella music is always exciting and interesting," said tenor Dick Staedt, 72, of Appleton, who has sung with the chorus for 50 years. "It's your voice along with three other guys, or in this case the sections of a chorus, making the sound. Music made by voice alone is always more soothing than raucous accompaniment. ... You hear all four voice parts and them blending together."
  • Piano Festival April 10 at Shell Lake Arts Center
    Spooner Advocate
    “Shell Lake Arts Center will present its second annual Piano Festival on Saturday, April 10, featuring Dr. Roger McVey of the University of Wisconsin-River Falls and renowned pianist Gail Olszewski. The Festival caters to intermediate and advanced middle school, high school, and college level pianists to help them further develop their skills in classical piano performance, organizers said. Dr. McVey is the professor of piano at UW-River Falls, and has performed all over the world, including (but not limited to!) Europe, Asia, New Zealand, China, Spain, Italy, and Korea. At the Arts Center, he is known as the extraordinary and talented man with a flair for teaching.’
  • UW Guest Artist Series
    The Isthmus
    AMERICAN BRASS QUINTET PLAYS MADISON ON 50TH ANNIVERSARY TOUR The Guest Artist Series at the School of Music presents the American Brass Quintet on Tuesday, April 6 at 7:30 p.m. in Mills Hall. The concert is part of the ABQ's 50th anniversary season and will feature music it has commissioned or premiered during its distinguished history. Admission is free.”
  • John Chappell Stowe, Edith Hines
    The Isthmus
    “UW Humanities Building's Mills Hall, 7:30 pm In this UW faculty concert, two local luminaries of early music, harpsichordist Stowe and baroque violinist Hines, perform Bach's six sonatas for violin and obbligato harpsichord.”
  • Viterbo’s Platinum Edition promises high-energy show
    La Crosse Tribune
    Viterbo University Platinum Edition Show Choir should be in top form when it stages its 12th annual spring show on April 10. Platinum Edition recently performed at Lincoln Center in New York City, serving as the host college show choir at the Fame national show choir competition. “The kids did a great show in New York, and people here will get to see some high energy and exciting choreography,” said Nancy Allen, director of Platinum Edition.”
  • Olympia Brown to host Second Saturday Coffee House
    Racine Journal Times
    RACINE — “Second Saturday Coffee House will be held at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 10, at Olympia Brown Unitarian Universalist Church, 625 College Ave. The performance will feature The May Day Madrigal Singers, duets with Andrea LaMartina and Jim Foy, singer Stephan Kalmar, poetry reading with Jim Foy, and the music of The UU Troubadours.”
  • Karen Kim returns home to perform with Parker Quartet
    La Crosse Tribune
    “Violinist Karen Kim returned home to play a recital in 2009 and has performed with the La Crosse Symphony Orchestra a few times. But this time, the La Crosse Central High School graduate is coming home to perform with her award-winning quartet on April 11 as part of Viterbo University’s Bright Star Season. The quartet also will have a weeklong residency in La Crosse schools.”
  • Theater
    Conversations at Ten Chimneys to feature actor/author
    Milwaukee BizTimes
    “Actor and author Dick Van Patten will appear at Ten Chimneys, the National Historic Landmark estate of Broadway legends Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne, on Saturday, April 10. Van Patten will share memories of his acting career and his relationship with the Lunts as part of the popular “Conversations at Ten Chimneys” lecture series. Best known as the dad from Eight is Enough, Van Patten started his prolific career as a child actor, playing alongside Broadway stars such as Melvyn Douglas and Tallulah Bankhead. As a teenager, he spent three years playing the son of Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne in O Mistress Mine (winning the role over a young Marlon Brando).”
  • Children’s musical has elementary appeal
    La Crosse Tribune
    “The cast of “Miss Nelson is Missing” didn’t exactly have a same fourth-grade experience as the characters in the children’s story. In the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse children’s show, the students in Room 207 have a reputation for misbehaving and tormenting sweet and gentle Miss Nelson. So she decides to go missing.”
  • Actress relishes her role as Wicked Witch
    La Crosse Tribune
    “When “The Wizard of Oz” comes to the La Crosse Center on April 13, the Wicked Witch will come complete with broom, flowing cape and that creepy “I’m melting” cry as she disappears into a puddle of smoke. Yes, she really will disappear.”
  • Strollers Theatre's "Man of La Mancha"
    The Isthmus
    “Strollers Theatre is proud to produce Man of La Mancha, an inspired story of conquering doubt, embracing hope and fighting for love. A play within a play, we follow the unforgettable Everyman hero of Don Quixote as he battles windmills in the pursuit of the impossible dream. Winner of 5 Tony Awards, Man of La Mancha was written by Dale Wasserman, lyrics by Joe Darion and music by Mitch Leigh.”
  • Presenting
    Baaba Maal
    The Isthmus
    A Madison favorite, Senegalese singer, guitarist and percussionist Baaba Maal is an international superstar whose releases range from contemporary Afropop to traditional West African music. “Simultaneously traditional and contemporary, this is a towering work of art,” says Music Week.”
  • Music
    UWM Wind Ensemble and Symphony Band
    Zelazo Center for the Performing Arts
    “The UWM Wind Ensemble, conducted by John Climer, and the UWM Symphony Band, conducted by Scott Corley, offer a concert. The Wind Ensemble joins the Music Department’s Libby Larsen Celebration with their performance of Strut; they also perform Color Code This! by Mark Phillips, excerpts from Vincent Persichetti’s Divertimento for Band and Niagara Falls by Michael Daugherty. The Symphony Band performs Paul Hindemith’s adaptation of Beethoven’s Geschwindmarsch and Armenian Dances, Part I by Alfred Reed.”
  • Performing with Baroque instruments adds a layer of authenticity to concertos
    77 Square
    “When it comes to better Baroque music, the viola da gamba and the cello were not created equal. The Madison Bach Musicians will perform three of Johann Sebastian Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos (No. 4 in G major, No. 5 in D major and No. 6 in B-flat major) on two Saturdays, April 10 and April 24, using the instruments for which Bach composed in the early 18th century, from wooden recorders to authentic Baroque violas.’
  • PMF's Yampolsky guests with Green Bay Symphony
    Door County Advocate
    “Peninsula Music Festival music director Victor Yampolsky is guest conductor for the Green Bay Symphony Orchestra’s April 10 concert, “Mozart’s Jupiter.” The program holds Dvorak’s Serenade for Strings, Mozart’s Horn Concerto No. 4 (with soloist Bruce Atwell) and Mozart’s Symphony No. 41 (“Jupiter”).”
  • Alverno Presents: Zemog/El Gallo Bueno
    Alverno College
    This is not your grandpa’s salsa. This is the mad hot creation of bad boy/wild man Abraham Gomez-Delgado who “does for Afro-Latin music what Tom Waits did for Weillian cabaret, bringing a madcap energy and willful weirdness to the basic ingredients and blowing it up with his personality” (Down Beat Magazine).
  • Fine Arts Quartet
    Zelazo Center for the Performing Arts
    The world-renowned Fine Arts Quartet, artists in residence at the UWM Peck School of the Arts, concludes the 2009-2010 season with quartets by Philip Glass (No.2), Efrem Zimbalist, and César Franck.
  • Hooray for Hollywood
    Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra
    “Jack Everly serves up a feast of unforgettable themes from the grandest adventures, romances, and fantasies in the history of film. You’ll hear familiar themes from such blockbusters as Ben Hur, Titanic, Doctor Zhivago, and Star Wars.”
  • Artists Series to present acclaimed fiddle/cello duo April 14
    University of Wisconsin Eau Claire
    EAU CLAIRE — “The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire will welcome Scottish fiddle star Alasdair Fraser and cello prodigy Natalie Haas to the Artists Series stage April 14. Displaying dazzling teamwork, dancing rhythms and a shared passion for improvising on the melody and groove of Scottish tunes, the duo will begin its concert at 7:30 p.m. in Schofield Auditorium.”
  • Theater
    Steel Magnolias
    Soulstice, Ltd
    Immortalized in the classic 1989 films starring Sally Fields and Julia Roberts, this play tells the story of Truvy’s (a beauty salon in Chinquapin, Louisiana, where all the ladies who are “anybody” come to have their hair done), her assistant Annelle, the town’s rich curmudgeon Ouiser, an eccentric millionaire Miss Clairee and the local social leader, M’Lynn, whose diabetic daughter Shelby risks pregnancy and forfeits her life.
  • Lend Me A Tenor
    Bay Players
    “The night in September of 1934 may be the biggest in the history of the Cleveland Grand Opera Company: World famous tenor, Tito Morelli, is to perform his greatest role, Otello, at the gala season opener. Unfortunately, Morelli is late, and when he finally sweeps in it is too late to rehearse with the company. Max, an aspiring singer himself, gets into Morelli’s Otello costume and succeeds at fooling the audience into thinking he’s Il Stupendo. Morelli comes to and gets into his other costume — and there are two Otellos running around the opera house.”
  • Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
    First Stage Children’s Theatre
    There are good days, there are bad days, and then there’s Alexander’s day. It starts with gum in the hair and it’s downhill from there. A charming musical about one of the funniest fed-up kids you’ll ever meet.
  • Sleeping Beauty
    Playtime Productions Children’s Theatre
    “For almost two decades, Playtime Productions Children's Theatre has been delighting audiences with its creative and spirited renditions of classic tales. Since its very first performance of Snow White, PTP has staged more than a dozen productions, including Peter Pan, The Emperor's New Clothes, and Sleeping Beauty.”
  • Legally Blonde
    Marcus Center for the Performing Arts
    “Legally Blonde follows sorority star Elle Woods, an underestimated blonde who doesn’t take “no” for an answer. When her boyfriend dumps her for someone more “serious,” Elle puts down the credit card, hits the books, and sets out to go where no Delta Nu has gone before: Harvard Law. Along the way, Elle proves that being true to yourself never goes out of style.”
  • The Sweetest Swing in Baseball
    Milwaukee Chamber Theatre
    Milwaukee Artist Thea Kovac will join actors in a talkback 4/29 after the 7:30 pm One day Dana's the toast of the art world; the next day, she's at the bottom of the food chain. When the emotional crash causes her to be institutionalized - and her insurance runs out - help arrives from the unlikeliest of places: the inspirational swing of baseball legend Darryl Strawberry. Here's a funny, inventive and occasionally scathing look at the demands of creating art and the tremendous cost.
  • Review: Next Act’s The Value of Names
    Third Coast Digest
    Two or three words can signify identity, a career, culture, gender, heritage or marital status. Friday night, Next Act Theatre opened Jeffrey Sweet’s The Value of Names, which effectively shows how names can take on these layers of meaning. The triangle in Sweet’s story, set in 1981, forms among Benny Silverman (Robert Spencer), his daughter Norma Silverman (Kelsey Brennan), and Benny’s old friend Leo Greshen (John Kishline). The characters all work in film, television, or theater. The two men originally met in an actors’ political group in the early ‘50’s. Norma is appearing in a play under a stage name. By coincidence, Greshan will be directing her, to Benny’s great displeasure.”
  • Music
    Honors Choir to perform challenging choral music at Arts Center April 8
    Spooner Advocate
    April 8
    “The area’s most talented sixth-, seventh-, and eighth-grade choral students will perform at the Shell Lake Arts Center’s first annual Middle Level Honors Choir at 6 p.m. tonight (Thursday, April 8). Participants will have the opportunity to work with the featured director, Paul Gulsvig from Onalaska.”
  • Zemog back at Alverno
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
    April 10
    “Zemog, El Gallo Bueno was a surprise hit at the 2007 Global Union world music festival at Alverno College. Now, the band is back to play its own gig at the college's Pitman Theatre this weekend. Combining lurid salsa rhythms with tart horn work and some wholly unexpected guitars, a la Van Halen, Zemog bends traditional Latin music into a brand-new sound. Band leader is Abraham Gomez-Delgado, a native of Puerto Rico whose family has roots in Peru. Gomez-Delgado moved to the U.S. as a child. Zemog's music reflects this fusion of cultures, along with Gomez-Delgado's unusual perspective - and it's a winning combination, judging by the critical praise evident on the group's MySpace page, myspace.com/zemogelgallobueno.”
  • Spring concert at RC to focus on British bands
    Ripon Press
    April 11
    “The Ripon College Symphonic Wind Ensemble will present its spring concert Sunday, April 11 at 3:15 p.m. in the Demmer Recital Hall of Rodman Center for the Arts. Selections will highlight music from the great British band tradition.”
  • Folk singer John McCutcheon to hold concert for The Neighbors' Place
    Wausau Daily Herald
    April 11
    “World-renown folk singer and Wausau native John McCutcheon will give back to his hometown when he returns Sunday to hold a benefit concert for The Neighbors’ Place. A six-time Grammy nominee, McCutcheon has been a staple of the American folk music scene since the 1970s. He has recorded 31 albums and written songs about everything from baseball and a child’s haircut to freedom and peace.”
  • Racine Symphony Orchestra to cap off year of recovery with ‘April Rising' concert
    Racine Journal Times
    April 17
    “The RSO's April concert will be Maestro Andrew Massey's final appearance as music director of the orchestra. Massey will conduct the symphony in its performance of Mozart's overture to "The Magic Flute"; Ravel's "Introduction and Allegro," with solo harpist Kelsey Erdahl; and Beethoven's Symphony No. 5 in C Minor. Local high school students, selected through an audition process, will play with the RSO as part of its new Youth String Invitational program.”
  • Theater
    Madison actors put the drama in dying on stage
    Strollers Theatre presents "Man of La Mancha"
    77 Square
    April 8 – May 1
    “Don Quixote languishes on his deathbed. He has forgotten his days of glory, fighting windmills and defending the honor of his lady, Dulcinea. He begins composing his last will and testament, when ...”
  • Children's Theater of Madison's "Narnia"
    The Isthmus
    April 9-18
    “Aslan is back! A timeless adventure story and one of the great masterpieces of fantasy literature, Narnia is a magical, musical presentation of a unique, enchanted world filled with mythical creatures.’
  • Kathie Rasmussen Women's Theatre's "The Butcher of Baraboo"
    The Isthmus
    April 9-10; 16-17
    “Everyone has a theory and a motive in a husband's disappearance! This outstanding ensemble of actors creates a pragmatic production that according to Director Kristin Forde, exploits the effects of suspicion, submission and regret among women in a superficial and bloodthirsty world. It makes me laugh and cringe at the same time, which our world so often does.”
  • Music
    Best Bets for April 14-20
    Blog: Well Tempered Ear/Jacob Stockinger
    Various Dates
    “This is a very busy week in Madison as various groups start the end of the season rush. There is an event to go to literally every day of the week with some days hosting several and sometimes conflicting events. The Madison Symphony Orchestra this weekend will close out its current season with a MUST-HEAR all-Russian program that combines a lot of forces under conductor John DeMain and includes French pianist Philippe Bianconi (below) in Rachmaninoff’s popular “Rhapsody on a Theme by Paganini”); Metropolitan Opera bass-baritone Dean Peterson and the Madison Symphony Chorus in excerpts from Mussorgsky’s “Boris Godunov.” Also to be performed is Rimsky-Korsakov’s “Russian Easter Overture.”
  • Theater
    His 'Bad Day' equals good fun
    Actors young and old delight in First Stage Children's production
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
    Through May 9
    “We've all had bad days, but most of us haven't seen them set to music. The First Stage Children's Theater production of the musical "Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day," which opened Friday, is a look at a little boy's bad day and the equally lousy mood it causes. The play, geared for children ages 3 through teens and adults, is based on the book by Judith Viorst and is directed by First Stage's artistic director, Jeff Frank.”
  • Interview - The piper's calling you to join him: Dale Gutzman and Hamlin by Jeff
    AVClubMKE
    April 15
    “Dale Gutzman is back. After several years of doing theater in far-flung places like Thailand and Ukraine, the former wunderkind of the Skylight Opera and Milwaukee Theater is in his 60s and busier than ever at downtown’s tiny Off The Wall Theatre. Recently he’s been seen onstage in Off The Wall’s La Cage Aux Folles and in The New Century at the Milwaukee Gay Arts Center, but he’s back in the director’s chair for Hamlin, a satirical thriller based loosely on the tale of the Pied Piper that opens Thursday. Gutzman recently talked about the show with The A.V. Club.”
  • Other
    BLINK Temporary Public Art Opportunities
    Madison Arts Commission
    Upcoming Deadlines: June 1; October 1
    BLINK is an opportunity for experimental, ad-hoc, temporary works of art to sprout up throughout the community and vanish leaving residents and visitors eager to see what is next. Madison neighborhoods and urban areas are open canvases. The possibilities for creations on open spaces, construction sites, and public parks will provide a glimpse of how the world looks through an artist’s eyes. BLINK Guidelines and Application (PDF)
  • Announcing the 2010 VSA arts Playwright Discovery Call for Scripts
    VSA Arts
    Deadline: April 15
    The VSA arts Playwright Discovery Program invites middle and high school students to take a closer look at the world around them, examine how disability affects their lives and the lives of others, and express their views through the art of playwriting. Playwrights may write from their own experience or about an experience in the life of another person or fictional character. Scripts can be comedies, dramas, or even musicals—be creative! Young playwrights with and without disabilities are encouraged to submit a script. Entries may be the work of an individual student or a collaboration by a group or class of students. The winning play will be professionally produced or staged at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. The winning playwright receives $2,000 and a trip to Washington , D.C. , to see his or her play performed. All submissions must be received by April 15, 2010, for consideration.
  • Music
    Unruly Music to rule festival
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
    April 15
    “The Unruly Music Festival, which takes a spin through a variety of styles and genres in contemporary chamber music and electronic sound, kicks off Thursday at the Marcus Center's Vogel Hall with a performance by chamber music ensemble C2. The duo's recital is part of the second phase of a residency with Unruly Music, which operates under the direction of composer Christopher Burns, a faculty member at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee's Peck School of the Arts.”
  • Presenting
    Air Force band to perform
    Wausau Daily Herald
    April 15
    “Academy Winds, the newest member in the U.S. Air Force Academy Band's family of musical ensembles, will perform a free concert at 7 p.m. today at Theater @1800, 1800 Northpoint Drive. This innovative septet is comprised of instrumentalists from every section of the concert band to include woodwinds, double reeds, brass and percussion. Drawing on fresh, dynamic arrangements, the group presents a wide variety of musical styles, always with contagious enthusiasm. Academy Winds supports its missions of community relations, educational outreach and Air Force recruiting. Its exceptional musical performance not only will entertain you, but also deliver a patriotic message that will linger in your hearts and minds forever.”
  • Theater
    On the Aisle: Mercury Rising
    The Capital Times
    April 16
    “Eight plays, four directors and 31 characters go into the blender this weekend for "Mercury Rising," Mercury Players' second celebration of unpublished playwrights from all over the Midwest. Each "Mercury Rising" play runs about 15 minutes, so expect to be in the Evjue (in the Bartell Theatre) for about an hour and a half. Opening night is Friday, April 16. Without further ado, the plays! (To be read aloud as though at the Academy Awards):”
  • Lawrence University senior seeking hope, Waldo in original play
    Appleton Post Crescent
    April 16 – 17
    “Lawrence University senior Nikko Benson’s original musical theater production, “Hope/Who’s Waldo?,” tells stories from both sides of the traditional comedy-tragedy mask. The two one-act musicals, which Benson created as companion pieces for a cast to stage back to back, prompt people to consider whether comedy’s purpose is to help them forget tragedy in life or to provide hope in the face of despair. “Hope” follows refugees as they attempt to flee from a genocidal government. “Who’s Waldo?” follows its title character of “Where’s Waldo?” children’s search-and-find book fame as he travels the world of classic literature, trying to find places that are familiar and people who recognize him.”
  • Racine Theatre Guild digs in to stage "Holes"
    Racine Journal Times
    April 16 – 25
    “Given the choice of going to jail or attending Camp Green Lake, Stanley Yelnats - whose family has never been able to afford camp - tells the judge he wants the second option. Camp Green Lake, however, is nothing like its name. And Stanley soon finds himself sentenced to digging hole after giant hole in a scorching desert wasteland, with a crew of fellow youthful offenders. Any signs of "green" or "lake" at his new Texas home dried up a hundred years ago, and instead of counselors, the camp is run by a warden. Stanley, who is there because he was wrongly accused of a minor crime, also soon discovers that the holes he's digging to "build character" are actually part of the warden's secret search for something mysterious.”
  • A golden couple: Sheboygan pair has the husband-wife parts down cold for 'On Golden Pond'
    Sheboygan Press
    April 16 – 25
    Making a marriage work — dealing with each other's moods and frustrations — takes a lot of time, energy and commitment. Lynn and Glenn Schultz know this, not just from their own life experiences, but also from their roles as Ethel and Norman Thayer in "On Golden Pond," the one-set play opening Friday at Memories Dinner Theatre, 1077 Lake Drive, Port Washington. The show runs weekends April 16-25. The Sheboygan couple, who have been married for nine years, was hand-picked by Memories Theatre owner and producer/director Rolland Roebuck. "This is the third time I've done this show now (last time was 10 years ago) and the first time I've done it with an actual husband and wife," said Roebuck.”
  • Music
    St. Norbert College students to present vocal recital Friday
    Green Bay Press-Gazette
    April 16
    DE PERE — “St. Norbert College music students Damien Ellis, De Pere, and Allison Harvey, Escanaba, Mich., will present their junior vocal recital at 5 p.m. Friday in Walter Theatre on campus. Admission is free. Their program will include works by George Friderick Handel, Gabriel Faure and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. They will be accompanied on piano by Joe Stawicki, Sturgeon Bay, and Dan Berres, Cato.”
  • Appleton Boychoir ready to debut newly commissioned song
    Appleton Post-Crescent
    April 16
    “The Appleton Boychoir's spring concert Friday will open and close with songs by a contemporary American composer that praise the diversity and beauty in nature and in humanity.Artistic director Kevin Meidl said Minnesota resident Steve Heitzeg's "Song of the Beatitudes" and "O Colored Earth" match well the makeup.”
  • OK Go delivers another YouTube spectacle
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
    April 16
    “It took NASA engineers, eye-popping feats of physics, six months of planning and 85 takes, but OK Go has finally topped itself. After releasing two bubbly pop-rock albums, the Chicago quartet, now based in Los Angeles, hit the big time in 2006 with the music video for its song "Here It Goes Again," where the musicians danced on eight operating treadmills. The YouTube video has been viewed more than 50 million times. OK Go followed up with a few other, less successful efforts. Then in March came a video for its single "This Too Shall Pass," from the band's new album, "Of the Blue Colour of the Sky." It featured a two-story, Rube Goldberg-esque machine that included a toy truck toppling a swerving line of dominoes, a sledgehammer smashing a flying TV and, in the end, the band getting blasted by paint-launching cannons.”
  • Lakeshore Youth Chorale spring concert Sunday
    Sheboygan Press
    April 18
    “The Lakeshore Youth Chorale will present its spring concert, "A Song in Your Heart," at 2 p.m., Sunday, April 18, at First United Lutheran Church, 2401 Kohler Memorial Drive. This year, a new group for high-school age singers, the Chamber Choir, joins the Lyric Choir (grades three to five) and the Jubilate Choir (grades six through eight). Admission is $15; student tickets $8. "A Song in Your Heart" will offer music that captures the thoughts and feelings of storytellers and poets. Some of the composers are known, but many of the tunes have been passed down from generation to generation. Music director Heather Hammond has chosen a variety of songs, letting the singers and audience experience music from around the world.”
  • Lakeland Concert Band to provide Wisconsin premiere at Sunday concert
    Sheboygan Press
    April 18
    “The Lakeland College Concert Band will present a Wisconsin premiere at its spring concert at 3 p.m., Sunday, April 18, in the Bradley Theatre on the Lakeland campus. The program will include music by Mozart, Percy Grainger, John Philip Sousa, David Maslanka, Kevin Walczyk and Dmitri Shostakovich. Admission is free. The featured soloist with the concert band will be Arthur Johnson, piano faculty member at Lakeland. Johnson will give the Wisconsin premiere of Maslanka's Concerto No. 2 for Piano, Winds, and Percussion. The concerto presents an array of novel imagery, including Bugs Bunny, St. Francis and Groucho Marx.”
  • NATS regional vocal auditions Sunday
    La Crosse Tribune
    April 18
    “Four singers will perform Sunday at Viterbo University in the North Central Region artist awards audition of the National Association of Teachers of Singing. The audition begins at 1 p.m. in Viterbo Fine Arts Center Main Theatre. It is free and open to the public. Two of the four singers are from Wisconsin - Caitlyn Cisler of Madison and Saira Frank of Waukesha. Also singing are Jamie Hagen of North Dakota and Binna Han of Minnesota. The winner of advances to the national competition in July in Salt Lake City, Utah. The North Central Region covers Manitoba, Minnesota, North Dakota, Saskatchewan, South Dakota and Wisconsin. The national winner will receive $10,000, a New York solo recital debut and a full-tuition scholarship to the American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria.”
  • Theater
    5Q: Five questions for Katina Jordan
    Third Coast Digest
    April 19 - 20
    “Tonight the Milwaukee Multicultural Theatre presents : “M” A Collection of Mothers, a play and an art exhibition . It runs April 19 & 20 at the UWM Union Ballroom. Judith Ann Moriarty caught up with founder and Artistic Director Katina Jordan to chat about M and to explore exactly what “multicultural” means for Milwaukee. Katina, can you give me a brief overview of the Milwaukee Multicultural Theatre?”
  • Fiesta collectors so love dinnerware, there's even a play
    Renaissance Theaterworks' "American Fiesta," opens Friday
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
    Through May 23
    “The sign said "Everything 10 cents." Kathy Holley made her way into the dim basement of the estate sale and saw a pool table loaded with housewares. Then she spotted them: Four egg cups. Bright red. "I picked them up," she says. "I flipped one over. My hand started to tremble." She looked at the sign again. Dealers and "professional pickers" had passed them by, but Holley knew exactly what she had in her trembling hands: Fiesta Dinnerware egg cups.”
  • Nelson play ready for Earth Day, in limited way
    Country Messenger
    April 22
    A play about Earth Day founder Gaylord Nelson and the modern environmental movement is still scheduled to have its public premiere in St. Croix Falls this Earth Day, April 22, though not in the form originally envisioned. With other places in Wisconsin not prepared to bring in a tourism production until this coming fall, the Earth Day presentation at the Auditorium Theater will be a staged reading rather than a full-fledged stage production. There will be some lighting effects and a minimal amount of stage-setting, but the actors won’t rehearse and remember their lines.
  • Dance
    Groundbreaking Chitresh Das Dance Company comes to Kohler Arts Center stage April 20, 22
    Sheboygan Press
    April 20 & 22
    “Chitresh Das Dance Company will bring the elegance, artistry and driving rhythms of Indian classical dance to the John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Tuesday and Thursday, April 20 and 22. Featuring the company's founder and world-renowned master of traditional kathak dance, Pandit Chitresh Das, the troupe exemplifies the technical, graceful and dramatic aspects of the style. The choreography explores the boundaries of kathak dance, creating compelling works that are inventive, yet deeply rooted in the tradition. Das's powerful and moving depictions of the epic tales of India are intimate and almost interactive in nature. As a kathaka (storyteller), he engages viewers and brings them into his world, speaking directly to the audience between segments and describing the story.”
  • Music
    Trevor Stephenson of Madison Bach Musicians will discuss Musica Antiqua on WORT
    Madison Bach Musicians
    April 20
    “Tomorrow morning, from 10-11 I’ll be the guest on WORT radio’s (89.9 FM) Musica Antiqua program. Host John Barker and I will discuss and play selections from Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos, and we’ll also talk about the Madison Bach Musician’s upcoming concert of these works on Saturday evening April 24 at the First Unitarian Society.”
  • Classical music datebook: Free Earth Day concert on Tuesday features UW performers and works
    Blog: The Well-Tempered Ear By Jacob Stockinger
    April 20
    “This a reminder that a FREE and PUBLIC Earth Day concert will be held in Promenade Hall in the Overture Center this Tuesday, April 20, at 8 p.m. Admission is free and no tickets are required, but seating is limited. The Gaylord Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies at UW-Madison is hosting the event in connection with its Earth Day conference April 20-21 at Monona Terrace, which marks the 40th anniversary of both Earth Day (which former Wisconsin governor and US Senator Gaylord Nelson founded) and the Nelson Institute."
  • Dance
    UW Dance Program Spring Concert
    The Isthmus
    April 22-24
    “In honor of Lathrop Hals’s 100th year, the UW-Madison Dance Program will present two special performances and an Interarts & Technology (IATech) exhibit this month. The annual Spring Program Concert, featuring works by this year’s guest artist Kun-Yang Lin and Dance Program artists will be presented Thursday-Saturday, April 22-24, at 8:00 p.m.”
  • Music
    Jeffrey Siegel's Keyboard Conversations
    The Isthmus
    April 20
    “Jeffrey Siegel completes his Keyboard Conversations® series with Chopin and the Future on Tuesday, April 20th at 7:30 pm in Mills Hall. Tickets for the general public are $35. UW-Madison student tickets are free! Tickets can be purchased by phone (608-265-ARTS), by fax (608-265-5084), by mail or in person at the box office (Wisconsin Union Theater, 800 Langdon St., Madison, WI 53706) or online.”
  • Theater
    Curtain to rise again for Youngblood Theatre's injured actor
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
    April 22 – May 9
    “When actor Andrew Edwin Voss says theater is his life and his passion, he is not kidding. After Voss, 27, woke up in the hospital after a stabbing in January, he clung to the idea that he would get back to Youngblood Theatre's show, "Red Light Winter," until he realized how seriously he was injured. Don't look down, he remembers his mom, a nurse, telling him. His abdominal injuries required three surgeries; he lost his spleen and one of his kidneys. Voss was troubled to realize he had been unconscious for two days while his family, girlfriend, Youngblood compadres and friends worried "that I might not be coming back." Happily, both Voss and Youngblood return to action this week, when the company performs "Spirits to Enforce" beginning Thursday night.”
  • PlayTime Productions' "Sleeping Beauty"
    The Isthmus
    April 30
    “Imagine being asleep for a hundred years. That's how long the princess in Sleeping Beauty has slept before she awakens in her castle. What would it be like to wake up after all that time? Find out in PlayTime Productions' unique modern take on the classic Brothers Grimm tale at 15 Dane County venues this spring (see schedule below).”
  • Dance
    UW Dance Program Spring Concert
    The Isthmus
    April 22-24
    “In honor of Lathrop Hals’s 100th year, the UW-Madison Dance Program will present two special performances and an Interarts & Technology (IATech) exhibit this month. The annual Spring Program Concert, featuring works by this year’s guest artist Kun-Yang Lin and Dance Program artists will be presented Thursday-Saturday, April 22-24, at 8:00 p.m.”
  • SPEAKING of HAPPINESS
    Wildspace Dance Company
    April 22, 23, & 24
    “This emotionally charged evening explores the elusive nature of happiness. 'How do we find it? Why does it matter?' Inspired by our quest for fervor, joy and exuberance, this compelling new work features contributions by dancers/ choreographers Monica Rodero and Dan Schuchart, and collaborations with company dancers.’
  • Shen Yun Performing Arts
    Third Coast Digest
    April 23-24
    The Wisconsin Falun Dafa Association presents Shen Yun Performing Arts, the world’s premier Chinese dance and music company. Shen Yun brings to life classical Chinese dance and music in a gloriously colorful and exhilarating show. This company of elite dancers, singers and musicians is accompanied by a full orchestra.
  • Music
    Classical music datebook
    Blog: Well Tempered Ear/ Jacob Stockinger
    April 21-27
    “Classical music datebook: Best bets for April 21-27 are plentiful and include early music and new music, symphonic music, chamber music and an opera. As we rush toward the end of the semester, the classical music calendar keeps getting busier and busier. It would be hard to pick a more difficult day in the entire 2009-10 season to have to choose events to attend than this coming Friday: Do you go to the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra? The University Opera? Or the Pro Arte String Quartet? It’s a dilemma.”
  • Theater
    A Streetcar Named Desire
    Carte Blanche Studios
    April 22- May 8
    That classic steamy tale of lust, violence and the charm and elegance of the old world colliding with the brash, harsh realities of the new world. One of Tennessee Williams’ finest achievements as staged by Carte Blanche.
  • American Fiesta
    Renaissance Theaterworks
    April 23 – May 23
    An obsessive collector deals with his Oklahoma parents’ opposition to his same-sex marriage, as he travels across America to find the “perfect piece” of vintage Fiestaware. His comical journey reveals a fresh, hopeful look at our country’s cultural/political divide and the many ways we can find common ground. Milwaukee’s own John McGivern will play over 20 different characters in this tour de force role.
  • Oliver!
    Falls Patio Players
    April 23- May 1
    The classic Lionel Bart musical as played by the Falls Patio Players. Tickets $14-$17. Showtimes Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m., Sunday 2 p.m.
  • Dames, Dolls and Divas
    Sunset Playhouse
    April 26 – 27
    Here’s to Girl Power! Four local cabaret artists — Eric Nelson, Rana Roman, Becky Spice and Linda Stieber, along with rising star Ellen Jenders, will join forces to pay tribute to songs by, for and about women.
  • Dance
    Marc Bamuthi Joseph
    The Isthmus
    April 24
    “Internationally-renowned spoken-word artist and dancer Marc Bamuthi Joseph brings back his engaging, thought-provoking performance "The Break/s: a mixtape for the stage." This performance was created during Joseph's residency with the UW-Madison Arts Institute.”
  • Music
    Monteverdi Master Chorale to present 'Seasons of Life'
    Marshfield News-Herald
    April 24
    STEVENS POINT -- Monteverdi Master Chorale will be presenting its spring concert, "Seasons of Life." Two concerts will be performed: 7:30 p.m. Saturday at St. Peter's Church, Stevens Point; and 3 p.m. Sunday at St. Paul's United Methodist Church, Stevens Point.”
  • Performance by award-winning pianist to conclude UWEC Artists Series season
    WQOW TV Eau Claire
    May 6
    EAU CLAIRE (Press Release) — “The silver medalist in the most recent Van Cliburn International Piano Competition will perform May 6 at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, concluding this season's Artists Series. Yeol Eum Son, a 23-year-old pianist from South Korea, will perform at 7:30 p.m. in Gantner Concert Hall of Haas Fine Arts Center. She will replace Van Cliburn finalist Evgeni Bozhanov, who is participating in a piano competition in Belgium. Tickets for Bozhanov's concert will be accepted at the door. Food and drink will be available for purchase before the concert and at intermission.”
  • Choir finale on Mother's Day
    Viterbo Lumen
    May 9
    “This Mother’s Day, May 9, at 2 p.m., Viterbo University’s Concert Choir and 9th Street Singers will be performing their last concert of the year at the San Damiano Chapel. The choir has had a busy year, performing not only for a conference of Wisconsin’s choral and instrumental directors in November, but for the American Choral Directors Association in the North Central Division in March.”
  • Theater
    Green Bay Southwest High School opens “Harvey” on Friday
    Green Bay Press-Gazette
    April 23-24
    “Green Bay Southwest High School students will present the comedy classic, “Harvey” in three performances Friday and Saturday. The play by Mary Chase revolves around Elwood P. Dowd (Eli Wickman) and his imaginary friend, Harvey, a 6-foot-4-inch invisible rabbit. When Elwood introduces Harvey to guests at a dinner party, his sister, Veta (Adalia Thao), has seen as much of his eccentric behavior as she can tolerate. She decides to have him committed to a sanitarium to spare her daughter, Myrtle Mae (Gabby Vanden Avond), and their family from future embarrassment.”
  • Menomonie Theater Guild presents farce 'Noises Off'
    Menomonie News Bureau
    April 24 – May 2
    MENOMONIE - "Noises Off" may have the largest set ever built for a production on the Mabel Tainter Center for the Arts Landmark stage. The 22-foot-by-16-foot set spins 180 degrees. On one side is the set for the fictional farce "Nothing On." On the other side is the backstage of that show, where Act 2 of "Noises Off" takes place. Presented by the Menomonie Theater Guild, "Noises Off" opens Friday.”
  • Dreams of 'Three Sisters' in Black Box Theatre
    Viterbo Lumen
    April 29 – May 2
    “Viterbo University’s Theatre & Music Theatre departments are closing out the season with a production of Anton Chekhov’s “Three Sisters,” an early 20th century drama set in provincial Russia. “Three Sisters” revolves around the three sisters of the Prozorov family, Olya, Masha, and Irina, played by Charlotte Parker, Molly Pach, and Courtney Toepel, as their romantic aspirations and hopes for a better life hinge on a return to their former lives in Moscow and the soldiers and men they meet.”
  • Flight Night at the Skylight Fundraiser Features Award-Winning Master Cheesemakers
    Skylight Opera
    May 15
    “The Skylighters, an auxiliary of Milwaukee's Skylight Opera Theatre, presents a new twist on its annual wine tasting fundraising event. "Flight Night at the Skylight: A Wine, Cheese and Chocolate Event" is scheduled for Saturday, May 15 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Broadway Theatre Center, 158 N. Broadway, in Milwaukee's Historic Third Ward. Tickets are $35 per person in advance, $45 at the door. Proceeds from the event benefit the Skylight Opera Theatre and its programs. Patrons must be 21 to attend the event.”
  • Dance
    The legacy of Lathrop Hall
    The Capital Times
    April 22 – 24
    “Mary "Buff" Brennan, dance professor emerita, remembers when Billie ran the elevator in Lathrop Hall. "When I came, we had only one elevator," Brennan said. "It was a cage, and a woman operated it. She would open the door, sit there ... and take you in and go to whatever floor you wanted to go." From toe-touches on the floor of a gymnasium to world premieres of complex choreography, Lathrop Hall has seen some significant changes in its 100 years. Built as an "activity space" for women in 1910, the current home of the UW-Madison Dance Program originally had a gymnasium, a track and a pool (turned into a studio during an extensive renovation in 1997).”
  • Presenting
    Lehto & Wright at StageNorth
    Ashland Daily Press
    April 23
    “Noted by Dirty Linen magazine as "among North America's best practitioners of Anglo-Celtic folk-rock," guitar-mandolin ensemble Lehto & Wright will celebrate their 10th anniversary and the release of their new album, “Children's Songs,” with a concert on Friday, April 23 at StageNorth in Washburn. Doors open at 7 p.m. for the 7:30 show. Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for seniors, and $8 for students."
  • Dance
    ‘Speaking of Happiness’ Through Dance - Wild Space explores the elusive quality
    Milwaukee Shepherd Express
    Through April 24
    “When I think of happiness, I think of my European friends deeming the quest for it as “so American.” When a character in a Theatre X play cried “I just want to be happy” on tour overseas, it was a surefire laugh line, taken by the audience as satire or a burlesque of Chekhov. Back home, the line was met with uneasy sympathy. That was in the 1980s. Recently, it’s been suggested that the traumatic events of the last decade have brought Americans closer to the experience of Europeans with their front-row seat at the arena of monstrous crimes and tragic consequences. So has the pursuit of happiness become inherently comedic here now, too? Inevitably set in quotation marks?”
  • Music
    Japanese music group to play in Hartford
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
    April 23
    "Close The Japanese Music Ensemble, led by the innovative Hiromitsu Agatsuma, will perform at Hartford's Schauer Arts and Activities Center on Friday as part of the nine-city Arts Midwest World Fest.”
  • Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra
    The Isthmus
    April 23
    “Known for imagination, a graceful, elegant style and exquisite technique, Stewart Goodyear, is an accomplished young artist whose career spans many genres - concerto soloist, chamber musician, recitalist and composer.”
  • Classical music preview
    Let us now praise Johann Nepomuk Hummel — whose music you can hear tonight
    Blog: Well Tempered Ear/Jacob Stockinger
    April 23
    “Tonight at 8 p.m. in the Overture Center’s Capitol Theater, the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra closes out its 50th anniversary season. On the program are Richard Strauss’ “Capriccio” Sextet; Schubert’s Symphony No. 9 “The Great”; and the Piano Concerto in A minor by Johann Nepomuk Hummel, with the critically acclaimed pianist Stuart Goodyear (below bottom) as soloist.”
  • Theater
    Broom Street Theater's "Multiple O: Women on Top"
    The Isthmus
    April 23 – May 30
    “Mattie convinced her book club to read Nancy Friday’s "Women on Top", a book about the sexual fantasies of women. She thought it would be an interesting read for the group and lead to some good discussion. She was not prepared for what her fellow club members were about to reveal.”
  • Review: Dale Gutzman’s Hamlin at Off-the-Wall Theatre
    Third Coast Digest
    Through April 25
    “Everyone knows the story of the Pied Piper of Hamlin, a staple in every classic collection of fairy tales for the last 200 years. Dale Gutzman, of Off-the-Wall Theatre, turned this classic it into a modern comic thriller, a cautionary tale on the dangers of greed in our modern society.”
  • PlayTime Productions' "Sleeping Beauty" Kids Stuff
    The Isthmus
    April 23
    “Imagine being asleep for a hundred years. That's how long the princess in Sleeping Beauty has slept before she awakens in her castle. What would it be like to wake up after all that time? Find out in PlayTime Productions' unique modern take on the classic Brothers Grimm tale at 15 Dane County venues this spring (see schedule below).”
  • Music
    Chamber music on tap April 24
    Ashland Daily Press
    April 24
    “The Ashland Chamber Music Society will be hosting its final concert of the 2009-10 season on Saturday, April 24 at 7:30 p.m. at the Presbyterian-Congregational Church in Ashland. The returning duo, cellist Betsy Husby and pianist Alexander Chernyshev, is set to perform an exciting concert titled "Mostly Living Composers." (They did, however, add Samuel Barber and Felix Mendelssohn to the lineup!) The program will feature two pieces by Dr. Justin Rubin, whose somewhat eclectic compositional style has been performed by the Minnesota Orchestra as well as numerous chamber ensembles throughout the United States. Rubin's "Waltz" (2005) and the "Sonata for Violoncello and Piano" (2007) will open the concert. This will be followed by the gorgeous and dramatic "Sonata for Cello and Piano, Opus 6" by Samuel Barber.”
  • Classical music news
    This week UW opera to give local premiere of revised version of Donizetti’s bel canto opera “Maria Stuarda”
    Blog: The Well-Tempered Ear By Jacob Stockinger
    April 25, 27
    “An epic power play that ignites vocal fireworks is University Opera’s latest premiere and season closer: Gaetano Donizetti’s “Maria Stuarda.” Sung in Italian with projected English surtitles, the work will be given three performances—Friday, April 23 at 7:30 p.m., Sunday, April 25 at 3 p.m. and Tuesday, April 27 at 7:30 p.m. All shows will take place at the Carol Rennebohm Auditorium in Music Hall on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus.”
  • What makes Beethoven’s “Missa” massive? Hear it for yourself this weekend at UW (Part 1 of 2)
    Blog: Well Tempered Ear/Jacob Stockinger
    May 1 - 2
    “This Saturday and Sunday nights, the UW Choral Union – a campus and community chorus – will team up with the UW Symphony Orchestra to perform Beethoven’s late and massive (85 minutes long) “Missa Solemnis,” Op. 123. Performances are in Mills Hall at 8 p.m. on Saturday and 7:30 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets are $15 for general admission, $8 for seniors over 62 and students. Call 262-2201 or 265-ARTS or 252-1500. Tickets will be sold at the door starting 30 minutes before the performance. I recently asked Beverly Taylor (below), the director choral activities at the UW School of Music and the assistant conductor of the Madison Symphony Orchestra, to discuss the Missa, which she will conduct after a semester of rehearsals.”
  • Dance
    Neverland is Closer to Becoming a Reality!
    Milwaukee Ballet
    May 13 - 16
    Neverland inches closer each day as Milwaukee Ballet prepares to take you on an exhilarating journey in Michael Pink's world premiere of Peter Pan.
  • Music
    Choir, Jazz Ensemble to perform
    Marshfield News-Herald
    April 27
    “The "Music @ The Wood" annual spring concert will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Helen Laird Theatre at the University of Wisconsin-Marshfield/Wood County, 2000 W. Fifth St. The concert is sponsored by the Laird Fund for the Arts and Ministry Health Care.”
  • Performance by award-winning pianist to conclude Artists Series season
    University of Wisconsin Eau Claire
    May 6
    EAU CLAIRE — “The silver medalist in the most recent Van Cliburn International Piano Competition will perform May 6 at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, concluding this season's Artists Series. Yeol Eum Son, a 23-year-old pianist from South Korea, will perform at 7:30 p.m. in Gantner Concert Hall of Haas Fine Arts Center. She will replace Van Cliburn finalist Evgeni Bozhanov, who is participating in a piano competition in Belgium. Tickets for Bozhanov's concert will be accepted at the door. Food and drink will be available for purchase before the concert and at intermission.”
  • Wynonna to reappear with MSO Pops
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
    May 4
    Wynonna remembers who got her into classical music. It was her dad, Michael Ciminella, and it wasn't exactly voluntary. "It was forced on me by a cruel parent," she said with a laugh during a telephone interview. "When my father decided I needed a teaching, he would put it on." Now, the country singer, 45, not only listens attentively to orchestras, she sings with them occasionally. A fund-raising benefit concert she sang last year with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra went so well that the MSO is bringing her back for a non-subscription Pops concert May 4 at the Riverside Theater.”
  • Music
    Girlchoir concert focuses on spring
    La Crosse Tribune
    May 2
    The La Crosse Girlchoir will perform a wide range of repertoire to usher in spring at its Sunday, May 2, concert at Logan Middle School.”
  • UWMC choirs to present Mother's Day concert
    Wausau Daily Herald
    May 9ý
    Choral music students will present a Mother's Day concert at 7:30 pm on Sunday, May 9, in the Theatre at the University of Wisconsin Marathon County
  • Jarrod Gorbel
    Isthmus
    April 30
    “This free event, sponsored by the Wisconsin Union Directorate Music Committee, is intended for UW students, faculty, staff and Union members and guests.”
  • Strollers Theatre's "Man of La Mancha"
    Isthmus
    April 29
    “Winner of 5 Tony Awards, Man of La Mancha was written by Dale Wasserman, lyrics by Joe Darion and music by Mitch Leigh. This production has pulled at the ...”
  • Presenting
    AQUA TEEN HUNGER FORCE LIVE!
    Isthmus
    April 30
    “Dave Willis and Dana Snyder, the hilarious co-creators and voices of the monster hit, will be performing music, reading from scripts, and showing unseen ...”
  • Music
    Johns, Sturtz to perform Sunday concert
    Chippewa Herald
    May 2
    “His music career began at an early age playing in dance bands, radio and television. He has shared billing with many world class performers, including Tony ...”
  • Noteworthy: Local music updates
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinelý
    May 7
    An eclectic mix of Wisconsin-area musicians assembles at the Pfister Hotel next Friday as a part of the "This Time Tomorrow" song and concert benefit ...
  • Presenting
    Simon & Garfunkel tour to Madison postponed
    WKOW-TV.com
    May 9
    MADISON (WKOW) -- The Simon & Garfunkel tour originally scheduled for April - May is being postponed due to a vocal strain recently sustained by Art ...
  • Greenfield's music man hits a high note
    Greenfield West Allis Now
    June 2
    “Dominguez relates that if you get a chance to see the film, the camera pans and if you don't blink, there he is at the piano doing his thing. ...”
  • 3 area bands advance in Launchpad contest
    Scene
    June 12 ý
    “Three area high school bands were chosen to compete against a dozen other regional winners on June 12 at the Wisconsin Union Theater on the UW-Madison ...”
  • Presenting
    Public Image Ltd. at the Pabst Theater
    A.V. Club Milwaukee
    May 7
    “... colored in tunes like “Psychopath” and “Warrior” by plucking away at an electric saz, a three-stringed instrument commonly used in Turkish folk music. ...”
  • Liza Minnelli coming to PAC
    Fox11online.com
    June 25
    “Minnelli's concert performances have electrified audiences around the world including London's Palladium, Sydney's Opera House, Paris' Olympia Theatre and ...”
  • Music
    Classical music datebook: Best bets for May 5-11
    The Well-Tempered Ear
    Various Sites & Dates
    Classical music datebook: Best bets for May 5-11 include the Ax-Ma-Perlman Trio tonight on PBS; the popular a cappella group Chanticleer and Chicago’s Baroque Band in early music; the Oakwood Chamber Players; and the UW’s Pro Arte String Quartet’s farewell concert before Carnegie Hall.
  • Theater
    Sunday Afternoon at the Coach House
    Herald Times Reporter
    ýMay 16
    “The Masquers Inc. community theater group will present an afternoon of theater, dance and music. There will be vocal and instrumental music, dance, poetry ...”
  • 'Romeo and Juliet' challenges actors
    Leader-Telegram
    May 12 - 15
    “Presented by the UW-Eau Claire music and theater arts department, "Romeo and Juliet" opens tonight in Kjer Theatre on lower campus. ...”
  • Music
    Brown County Civic Music Association mixes familiar, new for 84th season
    Green Bay Press Gazette
    May 15
    “Brown County Civic Music Association is looking forward to its 84th season of bringing to Green Bay an array of artistic talent from around the world. But first, it will close its 83rd season Saturday with a performance by the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra.”
  • Scaled back Berigan event worth a listen
    Beaver Dam Daily Citizen
    May 15
    FOX LAKE - "Although the Bunny Berigan Jazz. Jubilee will be held on one day this year, it will be a day to remember. On May 15 from 2 to 5 p.m. the Bunny Berigan Memorial Band led by the Rev. Allan Townsend, will perform at the American Legion Hall in downtown Fox Lake."
  • Theater
    Madison Young Playwrights Festival
    Isthmus
    May 11
    "The program, founded four years ago by Madison Repertory Theatre with the support of the Madison Community Foundation, was developed to inspire student ..."
  • Humor juices up Evergreen Theatre's twisty thriller 'Deathtrap'
    Green Bay Press Gazette
    May 13 - 15
    DE PERE — "Deathtrap" has fascinations as a twisty thriller, when along comes a comical psychic as icing on the theatrical cake. Folks don't always leave a suspense play with a smile, but they do with Ira Levin's sometimes taut, sometimes windy play.”
  • Madison Theatre Guild's "The Sea Horse"
    Isthmus
    May 13 – 28
    “The Sea Horse will run in repertory with a play to be announced in the Drury Theatre. (The Spitfire Grill is postponed) By Edward J. Moore. ...”
  • Dance
    Milwaukee Ballet’s Spectacular ‘Peter Pan’ -
    Michael Pink debuts world premiere based on J.M. Barrie story
    Shepherd Express
    Through May 16
    The Milwaukee Ballet’s new Peter Pan by Artistic Director Michael Pink could be the most spectacular show ever originated in Milwaukee. The list of reasons to see it is mighty compelling. One of Pink’s aims is to prove that a big theatrical statement with high production values, an original score and a live orchestra can be made at a reasonable cost. In this case, that’s less than a half-million dollars...”
  • Classical music datebook:
    Best Bets for May 12-18 includes the Festival Choir in “bird songs” and radio opera
    Well Tempered Ear Blog/Jacob Stockinger
    Various Sites & Dates
    “This is finals week at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and most of the major presenters of classical music have shut down for a while, though it is the season of student recitals. The next big events will be the summer ones: the Bach Dancing and Dynamite concerts and Madison Symphony Orchestra’s Concerto on the Green in June; the Madison Early Music Festival and the Madison Opera’s “Opera in the Park” in July; and the Token Creek Chamber Music Festival in August as well as some of the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra’s Concerts on the Square.”
  • Pro Arte readies to celebrate 100 years of music
    Wisconsin State Journal
    May 15
    “Katrin Talbot When violist Sally Chisholm started playing with the Pro Arte Quartet nearly 20 years ago, she looked at her music and noticed the markings of ...”
  • Theater
    Fractured fairy tales in Northwood
    Superior Telegram
    May 14, 16
    “Northwood high school students take audiences “Into the Woods” this weekend, where a handful of fractured fairy tales mingle, providing a grim view on what comes post- “happily every after.”
  • In Tandem Entertains With ‘The Apple Tree’
    Shepherd Express
    Through May 16
    “Be careful what you ask for. You just might get it.” These all-too-familiar words have an all-too-true meaning for the characters in The Apple Tree, which In Tandem Theatre opened last weekend...”
  • Music
    Four Seasons gets a gimmick (and it's a good thing)
    The Capital Times
    Through May 22
    “Anything they can do, he can do better. Some 34 years after "Side by Side by Sondheim" debuted, the songs sing on. Stephen Sondheim can turn a phrase, weave a motif and reveal the inner workings of the human mind more tellingly, and more beautifully, than perhaps any other musical theater composer working.”
  • Chamber Music at Trevor Stephenson's
    May 23
    Music of Schubert, Haydn & Mozart - Piano Four-Hands Duets: Schubert's Hungarian Divertimento, Mozart's Variations in G major, Soprano Arias & Art Songs by Schubert & Haydn Amy Conn, soprano; Trevor Stephenson and Timothy Mueller, 18th-c. fortepiano & 19th-c. Victorian parlor grand piano Reservations required.
  • Presenting
    Metal in the mainstream
    Wisconsin State Journal
    May 18
    “;But on Tuesday, they'll headline a show at the Orpheum Theatre. They changed a lot. When I first started playing, it was my uncle, who was playing drums in ...”
  • Folk-pop master Rouse finds solace and rest in Spain
    OnMilwaukee.com
    May 28
    Josh Rouse returns to play Turner Ballroom on May 28.Josh Rouse spent part of his childhood living in the Midwest, and the American folk-pop singer-songwriter returns to the area for a gig on Friday, May 28 at Turner Hall Ballroom.
  • Theater
    Art imitates life for Skylight's 'Rent'
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
    Through June 20
    Starving, rebellious artists facing eviction, singing their guts out: Are we talking about "Rent," or about the Skylight Opera Theatre? Both, actually.
  • Next Act, Boulevard Theatre Wrap Up Another Season
    Milwaukee Shepherd Express
    Through May 2
    “It’s always a pleasure to see an actor paired with the perfect role. One of the season’s best potential matches graces the stage of the Off-Broadway Theatre this week, as Next Act Theatre closes its 20th season with Jeffrey Sweet’s The Value of Names.The contemporary drama stars Robert Spencer as Benny Silverman, a charismatic star of stage and screen who was blacklisted during the witch hunt for Communists during the Cold War. Set decades after Silverman appeared before the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC), the play focuses a good deal on Silverman’s relationship with his adult daughter, played by Kelsey Brennan.”
  • Next Act drama finds power in forgiving, regretting
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
    “When a frail Elia Kazan received his honorary Oscar in 1999, some actors refused to stand or applaud. Almost 50 years earlier, Kazan had named names before the House Un-American Activities Committee, and not everyone was willing to forgive. You can watch the 1999 Hollywood version of this drama on YouTube. Or you can opt for a more nuanced account of what divided the glitterati that night by checking out playwright Jeffrey Sweet's "The Value of Names," which refuses to indulge in the politically correct grandstanding this topic usually provokes. Under David Cecsarini's direction, Next Act Theatre opened a production of "Names" on Friday night that honors the intelligence and integrity of Sweet's play.”
  • What is "g26"?
    Third Coast Digest
    May 14 - 16
    gVoice teachers inevitably hand beginning students one of the standard anthologies of songs and arias. Most have 26 Italian numbers, from the late Renaissance through the Romantic era. Singers Jill Anna Ponasik, 34, and Nathan Wesselowski, 39, and dancer/choreographer Kelly Anderson, 31, have made a show out of 26 Italian Songs and Arias, the anthology that Ponasik started singing when she was in high school.h
  • Summer music festival guide
    UWM Postý
    Through August 8
    "It's time to start getting serious about your summer travel plans, especially if you plan on attending one of the regions many music festivals. ..."