Post by Christie Taylor on 4/26/2013 11:18am
The bulk of Wednesday's Alcohol License Review Committee meeting was devoted to a sole item: the fate of would-be Atwood brewpub Next Door Brewing, which ultimately passed. The committee also passed a slew of new license applications on the consent agenda, and the rest were met with little concern.
Next Door Brewing, 2439 Atwood Ave.
Next Door Brewing, a proposed nanobrewery and pub slated for an empty electronics storefront on Atwood, has so far been met with strong opposition, partly in the wake of the noisy history of the Africana restaurant-turned-nightclub in the same location, with e-mails to the committee before Wednesday's meetings requesting bans on music, outdoor seating, soundproofing, odor minimizing fans, and earlier closing hours.
Post by Mark Riechers on 4/25/2013 12:00pm
This week, Arts Extract co-host Scott Gordon gives you a brief check-in. The first segment this week covers the Wisconsin Historical Museum’s ongoing exhibit, You Are Here: Maps and Meanings. The second previews New York electronic artist Matt Shadetek’s May 3 show at Atwood Avenue hair salon Thorps, complete with a couple of excerpts from Shadetek’s most recent release, The Empire Never Ended.
Post by Scott Gordon on 4/12/2013 10:08am
The Badger Herald recently previewed some on-campus festivities for Out and About Month, including an April 17 talk by Alison Bechdel, author of the graphic novels Fun Home and Are You My Mother?
Post by dane101 on 4/11/2013 1:30pm
Marc Kornblatt is a diverse character. He has shared his creativity and stories as an actor in theater and movies, as an author of childrens' books, as a journalist, as a playwright and as a teacher. He added "filmmaker" to that list a few years ago and two of his films, Because it's Small and Street Pulse, play to a sold-out screening at the UW Elvehjem on Saturday, April 13 at 4pm.
Another local filmmaker, Brandon Duerst, caught up with Kornblatt on State Street and submitted this short exploring why he chose film for some of his most recent projects.
Brandon Duerst's Bio:
Brandon is a graduate of the Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah, Georgia, with a BA in film and television and a minor in animation. From 2007-2012, Brandon worked as a freelance contractor in the New York City area on television and film projects, including projects for MTV (16 and Pregnant, Teen Mom, Made), network shows (Law and Order, Lipstick Jungle, Chopped), filming celebrity interviews, and covering the runway fashion scene. His work included camera operation, editing, grip, production assistance, production technician and field producer roles. Find him on the web at Mandiinternational.com.
Post by Scott Gordon on 5/17/2013 10:00am
The response to the upcoming Make Music Madison event has been equal parts enthusiasm and wariness. Isthmus' update on MMM's city-wide efforts follows suit, noting that it sounds fun, but also seems incongruously stealthy. "If there was a billboard, I whisked right past it. If there was a radio ad or Facebook campaign, my social network was tuned in elsewhere," Jessica Steinhoff writes.
Speaking of big outdoor-music events, the Madison Mallards' Pondamonium fest won't be coming back in 2013, despite its big debut last summer.
Post by Scott Gordon on 5/10/2013 9:30am
This week marks the end of music writer Andy Downing's tenure at The Capital Times. His last full feature, previewing noise-rock band METZ's Saturday show at the Frequency, demonstrates why it's important that daily newspapers (or, in this case, whatever it is dailies are becoming) hire knowledgeable arts writers. You don't want just anyone to attempt writing about weird and abrasive music, and you want someone to be able to write about that music in a way that makes sense for a broader audience without dumbing it down.
Also: This means that nobody—not one single person—is covering music full-time for any Madison publication. In a recent shake-up at Capital Newspapers, Downing's position was converted to "Features reporter with music emphasis." And yes, there is a difference. Everyone else in town who writes about music for a local publication is either a freelancer or a full-timer with several things on his or her plate in addition to music coverage.
Downing is relocating to Columbus, Ohio, where he will continue to pursue freelance writing and other opportunities. Like his fellow Cap Times writers Lindsay Christians and Rob Thomas, he's banged out a hefty volume of stories and injected some quality arts writing into a daily-paper world that often fails to nurture it. Here's wishing him well.
Post by Mark Riechers on 5/9/2013 10:15am
This week, Arts Extract Podcast co-host Scott Gordon and Isthmus food critic Andre Darlington take a food journey to Melly Mell’s, a soul-food institution located behind a metal door and down a flight of stairs on Madison’s south side. Hear owner and cook Carmel Jackson boast about her desserts and hear Scott and Andre trying to figure out how the hell to get there.
Post by Christian Neuhaus on 5/7/2013 10:00am
Strollers Theatre is concluding its strong 2012-2013 season by getting “back to the canon” with Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. It’s also a return to Shakespeare for director Greg Harris, who directed Pericles at Broom Street Theatre in 2012. Despite recent productions by University Theatre (2009) and American Players Theatre (2008), the Strollers production was my first experience of this play onstage. In his notes for the production Harris observes that “theaters are places of the imagination,” and the staging is one that consciously avoids spectacle.
The set, which Harris designed, employs white sheets as as a palette to which the audience must apply the imagined trees of the forest. The costume design by Matthew Schroeder takes a “conventional,” modern-day approach. It’s one that works fine for the Athenians and the comical “rude mechanicals” who stage the-play-within-the-play at the end, but at first I was a little thrown when I saw the denizens of fairyland dressed (for the most part) in similar clothes as the mortals. The costume Erin Baal wears as Titania evokes a lithe elegance befitting a fairy queen, but people expecting more in the whimsy department may have seething brains when they see Oberon as a dude in a denim jacket — even if he does have the Orlando Bloom kind of dashing mien that Kathy Lynn Sliter exhibits in the role. On the other hand, in appearance and manner Sean Langenecker’s Puck is an agent of comic chaos, literalizing his line at the end “I am sent with broom before/To sweep the dust behind the door” by brandishing different sweeping implements over the course of the play.
Post by Scott Gordon on 5/3/2013 10:00am
Madison's bi-annual Gallery Night, returning this evening, can often feel more about socializing and free wine than about art, but there are always at least a few compelling works to be found. Lindsay Christians hunts down five potentially worthwhile spots for The Capital Times, and SpackleMadison.com offers this top 10. (Arts Extract is also offering the latter in podcast form.) For the truly brave, there's full map and listing of Gallery Night events on the back cover of Isthmus.
Post by Mark Riechers on 5/2/2013 10:00am
This week, the Arts Extract podcast welcomes two guests for a couple of esoteric conversations. In our first segment, Justin Taylor of metal blog goodshakes.com helps preview several worthwhile metal and noise-rock shows coming to Madison this spring and summer, including performances from some solid locally based acts. Next, Madison-based musician Julian Lynch joins hosts Mark Riechers and Joel Shanahan in assessing Free Comic Book Day and discussing their respective comics addictions.