Overture’s Latest, Plus State Street Art Memorialized

By Shelby Rowe Moyer | Image courtesy Overture Center

BROADWAY BLOCKBUSTERS RETURN

Overture has announced a lineup of live Broadway shows that will kick off in November and run through summer of 2022. Some of these shows were originally scheduled for the 2019-20 season, and well, we know what happened there. The current lineup begins with “Fiddler on the Roof” Nov. 16-21 and follows with “Mean Girls,” “Hairspray” and “Hamilton” — to name a few.

“Announcing our Broadway season indicates there is light at the end of the tunnel,” says Tim Sauers (above), vice president of programming and community engagement. “It gives us hope for a safe reopening of Overture Center and return to live performances, and it gives us something to look forward to over the next several months.”

The only way to guarantee your seat is to become a Broadway Overture subscriber. Find details at overture.org/programs/broadway.

MADISON STREET ART IMMORTALIZED

In order to preserve the 100-plus social justice murals displayed all over State Street, a coffee table book with imagery of the murals and thoughts from the artists has been curated and released.

The book, entitled “Let’s Talk About It,” was coordinated and funded by the American Family Insurance Institute for Corporate and Social Impact, a philanthropic arm of the insurance company “to help

close equity gaps and support marginalized communities.” Part of the aim of this book is to help continue the conversation surrounding race and equity and provide further visibility of the artists, says Karin Wolf, program administrator of the Madison Arts Commission, who led the mural project for the city.

The book isn’t available for purchase, but copies can be viewed at all Madison public libraries, Madison Metropolitan School District school libraries and area colleges.

THE COVID-19 JOURNAL PROJECT

The impact of the pandemic feels heavy now, but in a few years, the details may begin to fade from our memories. In order to preserve what COVID-19 and the isolation of lockdowns looked and felt like, the Wisconsin Historical Society is asking people to create written, audio, video or art-based COVID journals, so that people 100 years from now will have an intimate understanding of what life was like.

The historical society has a history of doing this. In 1861, the WHS founder asked soldiers at Camp Randall in Madison to document their Civil War experience, complete with their daily happenings and thoughts. To this day, it’s one of the state’s most important wartime archives. Interested in keeping and donating a COVID journal? You can find the details at wisconsinhistory.org/journalproject.

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