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Tis the Season (Not the Holiday One)

Don’t worry. With Halloween wrapping up, we’re not immediately turning to thoughts about the holiday season. However, before winter is upon us, we want to write about another season that got underway a couple months ago. Typically beginning in the fall, our many music and theater groups embark on their season of concerts and productions. Groups like Madison Symphony Orchestra, Madison Opera, Madison Ballet, Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, Forward Theater Company, University Theatre, and several other groups stay very busy with an ongoing array of excellent music and theater. Similar to our restaurant scene and sporting events, a small city like Madison has so much to choose from when it comes to the performing arts scene. With that in mind, we’d thought we’d give you a few of our recommendations for the upcoming season so you don’t miss out on some excellent shows and concerts.  Continue reading

Summer Time Fun

Last week I really enjoyed a supplement to our weekly newspaper, The Isthmus, called “Summer Times”.  It reminded me of all the wonderful things Madison has to offer this time of year.  Certainly we have our time-honored events like Concerts on the Square, Opera in the Park, Art Fair on the Square, and Paddle and Portage.  But The Isthmus supplement was well done because it also featured things to do and see that are less familiar, either because they typically attract a smaller crowd or perhaps still have not been discovered by most residents and visitors.  Of those, the following are ones I would recommend checking out for summer 2015: Continue reading

Discover The Other Place With Forward Theater

The-Other-Place-Graphic-WebWhat do a yellow bikini and walking a mile in someone’s shoes have in common?  I don’t know, but I’m excited to find out next week.  The second play in Forward Theater’s 2014-15 season, The Other Place, debuts Thursday, January 15, and runs through February 1.  The play centers on Juliana Smithton, a drug-company scientist, and her movement between a career as a confident, professional woman and a fragile place at the core of what it means to be human.  The Other Place ran successfully both on  and off Broadway, and I am looking forward to experiencing it through the lens of our outstanding local theater company, Forward Theater. Continue reading

Madison Improv

Scene from CTM's A Christmas Carol

Scene from CTM’s A Christmas Carol

How do I love you, Madison? Let me count the ways…

Okay, sorry for the dramatic introduction to today’s post, but I wanted to share yet another thing we love about Madison – the arts culture you find in this great city.  Since we have three kids, we get to explore what Madison has to offer both as an audience and as behind-the-scenes participants, since our kids have varied interests that we try to support through classes, workshops and other learning opportunities. Continue reading

Opera for Everyone

Over the past few years, my wife and I have attended a good portion of Madison Opera’s productions. Our children have also had the opportunity to attend dress rehearsals, through school and tickets from friends. Without hesitation, I can tell you we’ve enjoyed every single one.  And, in fact, we’ve attended mostly the less popular productions (for example, we missed La Boheme).  Each time it has been a thrill to enter the Overture Center and surround ourselves with the story, the music, the set, the costumes, and the incredible singing talent. Continue reading