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Films by Madison writer, director will be shown at Central Library

Films by Madison writer, director will be shown at Central Library

Four Phantom Moth Production films that took home awards for acting and cinematography will be shown at the Madison Central Library Thursday.

The films, from Madison’s Nicolas Alexander and Phantom Moth Productions, will be shown from 6:30-8:45 p.m. in meeting room 302, according to a release.

Over the past two years, Alexander has gathered local, multi-talented artists for his production troupe including cinematographer Evan Parquette and hip-hop musician and actor Carlos Christian, organizers said. “Keep Movin” and “Runnin” situate biographical elements from Christian’s life inside of pulp crime fiction stories.

Folks head to State St. for annual Maxwell Street Days

Folks head to State St. for annual Maxwell Street Days

An annual sidewalk sale in downtown Madison returned this week.

Maxwell Street Days on State Street in Madison opened Friday morning and will take place through Sunday. Multiple retailers on State Street bring goods to the street with tables, tents and racks ooffering deals. 

The Greater State Street Business Association and Madison's Central Business Improvement District said the Maxwell Street Days was brought to State Street in Madison in 1975, borrowing from the outdoor market idea on Maxwell Street in Chicago.

Event-goers can peruse a multitude of clothing, jewelry, gifts, artwork, sporting goods, books and more from retailers and food from eateries along the span of State Street. A list of participating shops is available through the Madison BID website at visitdowntownmadison.com.

Motorcycle parade to cause brief traffic delays Saturday

Motorcycle parade to cause brief traffic delays Saturday

A motorcycle parade traveling more than seven miles Saturday will affect multiple Madison roadways, officials said. 

The Gold Wing Motorcycle Grand Parade will start at Warner Park and end at the Alliant Energy Center, the city of Madison said. The Gold Wing Road Riders Association is a social organization for owners and riders of Honda Gold Wing/Valkyrie motorcycles. The group is holding its 36th annual Wing Ding convention in Madison this week at the Alliant Energy Center. 

Madison police will close streets along the route from about 8:30 to 9 a.m. to accommodate the cyclists and cross-traffic will not be allowed, organizers said.

The scheduled motorcycle route will have bikers travel:

Red Dragon TV founder creates paradise for independent voices

Red Dragon TV founder creates paradise for independent voices

Walking into the Red Dragon TV clubhouse, you may feel as if you have entered the Garden of Eden. Except instead of a tree of knowledge, there is a soundboard of reverberations. Instead of beautiful gardens, there is a spot lit stage. And instead of a serpent, there is a red dragon.

You are not in the Garden of Eden, but rather a part of "Inna Godda Davida," Red Dragon TV’s live Friday night music show named after rock and roll band Iron Butterfly’s 1968 album. And perhaps this title is more fitting, as it is rumored that Iron Butterfly got its album name from a drunken attempt at saying the lyrics “In the Garden of Eden.”

Red Dragon TV founder and executive producer Ari-John White-Wolf, who goes by his first name primarily, said he thinks the name encompasses the human condition.

Local filmmakers mix politics and horror genre

Local filmmakers mix politics and horror genre

People may come for the politics, but they will stay for the gore. That’s what director and lover of the horror genre Adam Schabow hopes as he makes the low-budget, independent zombie film New World Horror around Wisconsin this summer.

The unique horror movie, complete with Tea Party zombies, is set to begin filming in mid-May. Shooting will take place in Janesville, Milwaukee and Madison, and Schabow hopes to gain access to the capital for filming.

New World Horror has already received pushback from the conservative right.

Schabow said that the “knee-jerk” reaction to the pre-production film fits a theme found in the movie: Don’t judge a book (or in this case, movie) by its cover (or teaser poster). “It’s interesting because that is definitely one of the themes of the movie and we’re seeing it play out,” he said.

5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche

Stage Q is proud to present 5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche written by Evan Linder and Andrew Hobgood at the Bartell Theatre, 113 E. Mifflin Street in downtown Madison, from March 28th to April 12th, 2014.  Directed by Jan Levine Thal, 5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche is a comedy with a twist and a “frolicsome little play that ventures into heady excesses of absurdism” (NY Times).

 

A dark comedy set in 1956 amid the threat of nuclear war, this play harpoons many of the mid-century myths and assumptions that pushed lesbians into the closet or into the kitchen to bake quiche.

 

Performances run from March 28 thru April 12 and tickets are available at www.stageq.com and are $15 for Thursday, $20 Friday and Saturday and $10 for Sunday.

 

Improv troupe celebrates 10 years with free show

Improv troupe celebrates 10 years with free show

"I can still smell it. It was like rancid oil mixed with musty concrete."

That's the former artistic director of east-side-based Atlas Improv Co. describing the improv troupe's humble beginnings, which included holding classes in the dank basement of a Planned Parenthood. 

Neil Pohl now works in New York as a copywriter and studies improv at Magnet Theater. Pohl's been improvising for 14 years and was with the company in the beginning, when the group split from then ComedySportz Madison and founded Atlas.

On March 29 from 4 p.m. to 2 a.m., Atlas will present "PhatCamp: 10 years, 10 hours," a non­stop evening of improv offered up as a free event in celebration of the company's 10-year anniversary. 

Current artistic director, Kristina Martinez, credits the performers and the community for the group's decade of longevity.