As the academic year comes to a close, UW-Madison’s campus buzzes in anticipation for finals week, grade outcomes, graduation and the impending release of summer vacation.
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Recent graduate Jake Walczyk started Madison Industry for Madison Students to fill a void plaguing the music scene on campus. He asked himself why this club was needed on campus and what purpose should it serve.
Already grossing nearly $2.5 billion worldwide at the box office, “Avengers: Endgame” is perhaps the biggest film event of the year. Fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe waited a year for the studio to deliver an epic conclusion that united all of the superheroes to defeat the mad titan Thanos, and directors Joe and Anthony Russo did not disappoint.
After last week’s somewhat rushed and disappointing episode, HBO aired one of the best episodes of “Game of Thrones” by a long shot this Sunday. Two weeks ago director Miguel Sapochnik gave us “The Long Night,” the giant battle at Winterfell against the Army of the Dead, which brought the remaining characters together to fight for their lives in a spectacular array of CGI and fantasy spectacles. Now he directed “The Bells,” an episode that not only shocked audiences and delivered stunning action but was rooted in powerful, emotional suspense that honored its complex characters.
Superorganism is a well-oiled machine (assuming in this metaphor that machines are coalitions of incredibly theatrical, talented and artistic people and “well-oiled” refers to their well-put-togetherness and not to the amount of oil on them). The quirky octet displayed their musicianship with a multi-faceted and highly entertaining show at the Majestic on May 1.
After a gigantic episode involving the war at Winterfell between the surviving heroes and the Army of the Dead, episode four of the eighth and final season of “Game of Thrones” entitled “The Last of the Starks” offered both recovery from last week and a build up to the show’s spectacular finish. In one of the best-written episodes in the series, the show laid the framework for yet another battle and the show’s climax.
It isn’t often that a Broadway legend like Bernadette Peters ends up in Madison, so it was a treat to see this two-time Tony award winner at the Overture on April 19 for her traveling live show, “A Night with Bernadette Peters.” Her show was like taking a trip back in time fifty years, to the works of Sinatra and Sondheim, the era of glamour and pizzazz, and the constant objectification and belittlement of women.
The Sylvee was beaming with swarms of Minnesota natives and indie rock fans to welcome Hippo Campus this past Friday night.
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With the warm weather months coming into swing, there are also some theatre performances coming up in Madison to look forward to. Within the next month, the Overture Center will host Broadway’s new travelling productions of “A Bronx Tale” and “Anastasia.”
It’s starting to look like it might be a dry summer in terms of big game releases, with not a lot of solid releases pinned down. There’s always the chance that a bunch of groundbreaking titles will start lining up their release dates in the coming weeks, but this late in the year it’s doubtful. There’s a precedent for quiet game industry summers. Even if nothing really big happens, plenty of lower key gems are on their way to help us all pass our time in the sun (or out of it).
On May 15th, New York Times bestselling novelist Celeste Ng will be visiting Madison for a highly-anticipated speaking event. Ng is the featured author for the Madison Public Library Foundation’s annual Lunch for Libraries — a fundraiser in support of the Wisconsin Book Festival.
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Lizzo has exploded into the mainstream. After opening for HAIM on the North American leg of their Sister Sister Sister world tour, Lizzo — real name Melissa Viviane Jefferson — efficiently increased her reach and momentum, increasing her television appearances and going viral with videos of her flute-playing during live performances. This all happens alongside releasing a variety of music, including a non-album single, a cover of “Stayin’ Alive” tied-into “Happy Death Day 2 U” and the lead single for her major-label debut.
Virtually every remaining character in the series is gathered together at Winterfell to fight the Dead. With so many lovable characters in the same presence, episode two of season eight of “Game of Thrones” titled “A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms” did a remarkable job of reminding us why the show truly works so well — the emotional depth and the rich characters.
Cyra K. Polizzi is no stranger to the theater. But this is the first time they’re running the show with the creation of a sustainable, accessible, feminist theater practice — a space for creative exploration and activism.
Co-founder Alexandra Lakind named her art series “Terra Incognita” because she wanted something that is both abstract and clear. The phrase means “unknown land” in Latin and connects to the complex histories of colonization and land acquisition that many of the artists in the series are grappling with in their work “that explore the relationships between humans and the world they inhabit.”
Playing music, for some, might be confined to memories of picking out squeaky tunes on a plastic recorder in elementary school. Others might passionately play and get to know their instruments throughout their lives.