Madison Arts Reads, Feb. 8, 2013
Post by Scott Gordon on 2/8/2013 11:00am
Wisconsin Film Festival titles have begun to dribble out, mostly through WFF's own Facebook page. Rob Thomas also has this Capital Times report on the local ties in one 2013 WFF selection 56 Up. The documentary is the latest installment of Michael Apted's documentary series, which has incrementally tracked a group of 14 people since their childhoods in the 1960s. (More about 56 Up and other films that will be in the festival on Thomas' blog.)
Thomas also reports on actor James Cromwell's bizarre trip to the Dane County Jail after being arrested amid an animal-rights protest. This makes it all the more annoying that Capital Newspapers is shaking up the roles Thomas and other dedicated arts-beat reporters play. Our own Christie Taylor reported on that earlier this week.
In a Cap Times interview ahead of his two Saturday shows at the Barrymore, actor/comedian Nick Offerman defends Parks And Recreation's early episodes and heaps this praise on UW-Madison: "Of all the colleges I've played, it's the only one where I walked offstage and was handed a bratwurst and a frosty beer. Which made it the most vastly superior college in the nation."
In music previews, my Isthmus piece explores the sometimes-wacky exuberance of venerable sax player Richie Cole, who will play Sunday afternoon at The Brink.
Isthmus' Jessica Steinhoff finds surprises in the Arts Lesson exhibition at Edgewood College: "Some would say these photos are about New York during the birth of punk and the emergence of AIDS, but that's not the whole story either. They're also about in-between places…. the spaces where transitions occur, or where something -- or someone -- disappears."
Dane101.com's own Christia Neuhaus reviews Mercury Theatre's Circle Mirror Transformation, a play about an adult-acting class. Isthmus' Cameron Connors, meanwhile, has this preview of the Acting Company's brief stop at Vilas Hall's Mitchell Theatre, which included one show last night and finishes with another tonight.
Part-Madisonian metal trio Romero's new album, Take The Potion, has been receiving some good reviews (and they are deserved, I think) from a smattering of metal blogs. The album "takes the cake when it comes to putting some air, slow tempos and colors into the aural destruction," Stoner Hive writes.
Edgewood College Gallery Blog Mark Morrisroe Untitled (Jonathan) c. 1980 T-108 Polaroid