Arts & Culture

Winners of annual Madison Area Music Association awards announced

2020 Madison Area Music Association doled out more than 100 awards on Oct. 4.

Singer Lo Marie won numerous 2020 Madison Area Music Association Awards during a livestream of the awards ceremony on Sunday night. The MAMAs doled out more than 100 awards to well-known artists and newcomers alike.

Fall reading recommendations from three local bookstores

From a novel set at the site of the Salem witch trials to a collection of children’s books, local bookstore experts have just the book for you this fall.

From a novel set at the site of the Salem witch trials to a collection of children’s books, local bookstore experts have just the book for you this fall.

Falconbridge Players to offer live dramatic readings

Shakespeare, Conan the Barbarian and feminists featured in selected scripts.

The Falconbridge Players will turn the lawn of Esser Place in Middleton into an outdoor playhouse on three weekend afternoons in October.

Madison hosts an operatic scavenger hunt

Fresco Opera’s ‘Aria Hunt’ ends Sept. 27

Fresco Opera's "Arias Hunt" is innovative alternative to gathering in a concert hall that allows people to hear the classic opera pieces in a safe, physically distant way.

The Wisconsin Book Festival goes virtual

The live talks by writers have moved online — including the annual fall event, set for Oct. 15-17.

The Wisconsin Book Festival runs year-round but culminates with a fall celebration that attracts thousands of people to readings by local and national authors.

Madison rock band Sunspot revels in the weird

Musicians/podcasters have a penchant for the paranormal.

The rock trio Sunspot has seamlessly merged its quirky music with a popular podcast, "See You on the Other Side," about the paranormal.

The ghosts of lost live performances

In Madison, the arts scene endures despite pandemic concerns and social unrest.

Entire theatrical and musical seasons were abandoned and large city events were either canceled, scaled back or conducted online.

Pandemic a mixed bag for drive-in movie theaters

While new drive-ins pop up around Milwaukee and Madison, an established one sees lower attendance.

As people limit their travel from home and as movie studios continue to delay releases or turn to streaming platforms, drive-in theaters may be as in danger as any small business during the pandemic.   

Overture Center to host virtual performance featuring 'Hamilton' star

Proceeds from $40 tickets benefit Overture Center.

While Overture Center for the Arts is not hosting live shows until the end of November, it is one of a few nonprofit arts organizations participating in the livestream concert, "Christopher Jackson: Live from the West Side" on Aug. 15 at 7 p.m.

Art Fair on the ... screen?

MMoCA goes virtual July 11-12 for Art Fair on the Square

On July 11, the Art Fair on the Square webpage will go live for the two-day event — exhibiting the work (for sale and shipment) of artists across all mediums while raising money for MMoCA’s youth and adult programs.