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play in your free time Art Throb The art of teaching by Pete Lundberg Too often, we tend to think of museum offerings as staid and stuffy assemblages. Nothing could be further from the truth, and in February we have an opportunity to see works by artists who are shaping the 21st century art world. From Feb. 4 to April 1, the beautifully expanded Chazen Museum of Art will present "Compendium 2012," a selection of pieces by the faculty of the University of Wisconsin Art Department. This show only occurs every four years, and is a re- markable opportunity for the public to see works in nearly all mediums by 34 active faculty members and affiliates, as well as a dozen emeritus professors. As a bonus, the museum is offering a chance to hear many of the artists publicly discuss their works in a series of lectures planned throughout February and March. We don't often get the opportunity to experience the works of the faculty, as their most obvious duties on campus are to educate. But many have successful ca- reers aside from teaching, and are shown nationally and even internationally. With such wide diversity, this show is not to be missed! Visit for more. Pete Lundberg is not only an art lover but owner of Janus Galleries in Madison. Book Club Delicious works of fiction for those who love foods served with a side of mys- tery and romance The Peach Keeper By Sarah Addison Allen In a town steeped in tradition, a remod- eled manor and its lone peach tree hold secrets people want to keep hidden and truths that need to be told. When a long-dead skeleton is unearthed, the stories that surface with it bring everything together. Published by Bantam, $15 The Cookbook Collector By Allegra Goodman Two sisters—one practical and ambitious, one a dreamer and free spirit—are at the center of a modern story about loyalty and trust, greed and power, and a collection of rare cook- books with a story all their own. Published by Dial Press, $15 Like Water for Chocolate By Laura Esquivel In this worldwide bestseller, each chapter begins with a recipe, which brings with it the flavors of turn-of-the- century Mexico and the cooking of a young woman who is challenging her destiny in the name of love. Published by Anchor, $14 Above: Meg Mitchell, signs (and the role of the reader), 2011, mixed media Right: Leslie Smith III, Runaway, 2011, oil on canvas Happening this month: A Valentine's Craftacular: The Glitter Workshop takes over the East Side Club on Feb. 4 for a day of make-and-take crafts and a Valentine's photo booth for kids. Visit Ritz Crafters Urban Craft Market: Support handmade "classy crafters" at this brand new showcase of unique accessories, apparel, décor and more at the High Noon Saloon on Feb. 18. Visit 70 BRAVA Magazine February 2012

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