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Songs from death row: 'Dead Man Walking' makes its Wisconsin premiere

Songs from death row: 'Dead Man Walking' makes its Wisconsin premiere

Composer Jake Heggie created the opera, inspired by the accounts of Sister Helen Prejean, with playwright Terrence McNally.

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Civil War letters reveal faith and trials of tumultuous time

Civil War letters reveal faith and trials of tumultuous time

Letters between a wife at home on the Oconomowoc farm and a husband on active duty are a fine addition to the books about Wisconsin's role in the Civil War.

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Q&A: Author goes from victim to math savant

Q&A: Author goes from victim to math savant

At age 31, Jason Padgett was jumped outside of a bar and badly beaten. Today, more than 10 years later, he's still coming to terms with the repercussions from a brain injury that fundamentally altered the way he sees the world.

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A chat with 'Dead Man Walking' creators Sister Helen Prejean and Jake Heggie

A chat with 'Dead Man Walking' creators Sister Helen Prejean and Jake Heggie

An event Thursday introduces Madisonians to the opera and also includes songs from the show, which debuts in Madison on Friday.

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Inspired by art — but with design in mind

Inspired by art — but with design in mind

What will Madison designers come up with next? Design MMOCA showcases their brainstorms.

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Book Events for April 20-27

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For two Madison actors, 'more collaboration' is the way of the future

For two Madison actors, 'more collaboration' is the way of the future

Tom Haig and Sarah Whelan have been performing with Madison-area theater companies since the 1970s. They appear in "I'm Herbert," a short play opening this weekend with Madison Theatre Guild.

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Book Briefs

‘You’re Not You’ gets distributor

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Q&A: Parks, luck helped launch mystery series

Q&A: Parks, luck helped launch mystery series

Nevada Barr is perhaps best known today as the author of 18 novels starring Anna Pigeon, a crime-solving ranger for the U.S. National Park Service. But Barr has enjoyed a life of disparate careers including stage actor, voice talent, law enforcement ranger and, through it all, writer.

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Al. Ringling Theatre fund goal in sight

Al. Ringling Theatre fund goal in sight

Two upcoming campaigns should help the Al. Ringling Theatre Friends reach a $1.5 million fundraising goal — two years ahead of schedule.

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Just Read It | Nickolas Butler

Just Read It | Nickolas Butler

Just Read It is a regular feature in which the State Journal seeks recommendations from authors, literary enthusiasts and experts, focused on the contributor’s particular genre of expertise.

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For cartoon editor, a New Yorker state of mind

For cartoon editor, a New Yorker state of mind

Bob Mankoff's deep understanding of humor crackles through his new book, "How About Never — Is Never Good for You?"

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'The Book of Mormon' to headline new Overture season

The nine-time Tony Award-winning musical from "South Park" creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone and "Avenue Q" co-composer Robert Lopez stops in Madison for six nights, March 10-15.

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A decade of Overture: 'Book of Mormon' highlights 10th anniversary season

Overture Center's 2014-15 season also includes "Once," "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" and "Mamma Mia!"

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Q&A: Janet Mock on getting real

Q&A: Janet Mock on getting real

Janet Mock invokes Zora Neale Hurston in the epigraph to Mock’s memoir, “Redefining Realness.” The quote speaks to “that oldest human longing — self revelation.”

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