Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra shines on Schönberg John W. Barker on Saturday 01/24/2015 12:00 pm The Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra's Friday evening concert was cunningly planned. Each half opened with unfamiliar, maybe off-putting music, followed by works of familiar composers. The orchestra was accompanied by Russian-born pianist Ilya Yakushev as soloist. >More
Beer Here: InAbsinthia, from Vintage Brewing Company Robin Shepard on Thursday 01/22/2015 5:53 pm "This is unique," says Vintage brewmaster Scott Manning of his latest creation. InAbsinthia is a robust blend of English and Belgian brewing tradition, aged for nearly a half-year in an absinthe barrel. With its layers of flavor, spicy notes of licorice and alcoholic warmth, InAbsinthia isn't for everyone. Adventuresome drinkers and those who love to find rare, limited-release beers, this is one you need to try. >More
The wee bear gets the movie he deserves in Paddington Marc Savlov on Thursday 01/22/2015 8:00 am Bears and marmalade have gone together like Pooh and honey ever since 1958, when U.K. author Michael Bond and illustrator Peggy Fortnum published their children's book A Bear Called Paddington. Featuring the misadventures of a young bear from "darkest Peru" who finds himself living in London through no fault of his own, the Paddington books are the rarest of VYA (Very Young Adult) touchstones, the children's classic. >More
The ghosts of Richard Brown Nathan J. Comp on Wednesday 01/21/2015 4:52 pm As Richard Brown Sr. sees it, Madison is suffering from a crisis of leadership. A former Dane County supervisor, Brown says the crisis will end only when voters stop living in the past.
"We're stuck in the Paul Soglin time warp," Brown says. "People have lost confidence in the mayor's office. There is no leadership there." >More
Mashups on tap for MACN Week André Darlington on Wednesday 01/21/2015 4:14 pm MACN Week, the Madison Area Chefs Network's new food event to take place March 9-15, is shaping up to be a kitchen-hopping extravaganza. There are still more events to be confirmed and details to iron out, but already there's much to look forward to. >More
Cold War Kids tear down the wall between rock and pop Andrew Brandt on Wednesday 01/21/2015 3:10 pm Cold War Kids weren't literally kids when they dropped their infectious single "Hang Me Up to Dry" in 2007. But the band, founded in 2004 by Nathan Willett and Matt Maust, was young enough to stand out in a crowd of fresh-faced indie rockers. Five albums and more than a decade into their career, Cold War Kids have ascended from early blog darlings to rock 'n' roll regulars. >More
UW's Cinematheque honors Kenosha-born auteur Orson Welles Jon Kjarsgaard on Wednesday 01/21/2015 12:54 pm This year marks the 100th anniversary of Orson Welles' birth. The Kenosha-born filmmaker and actor (who lived in Madison when he was 10) is revered for his groundbreaking work in theater, radio and film. UW's Cinematheque will celebrate his career all year, kicking off with a six-week run of films at 4070 Vilas Hall emphasizing his career as the "complete auteur." >More
New cafe to open in King Street's Atrium space in downtown Madison Linda Falkenstein on Wednesday 01/21/2015 11:55 am The Atrium is a unique space in Madison and almost no one knows that better than Benjamin Altschul. Altschul grew up at the site, at 111 King St., between where the Kitchen Gallery and Context Clothing are now located. Kitchen Gallery was once home to Botticelli's, the restaurant owned by his parents, Jane Capito and Dan Altschul. "My first memories are from there," says Altschul, who is now co-owner and operator of the Tip Top Tavern, a venerable Eken Park-neighborhood tap that he revitalized in 2013. >More
"Festival brews" would make an ambitious Isthmus Beer and Cheese Fest even better Kyle Nabilcy on Tuesday 01/20/2015 5:33 pm There's a lot of common beer festival DNA, no matter which one you attend. You'll see a lot of pretzel necklaces, of course, and some kind of crazy clothing accessory -- hat, novelty glasses and beer-themed socks are common. If the festival is indoors, you'll definitely get to know the ooooooh..., that half-sympathetic, half-judgmental cheer that goes up whenever a glass is dropped. So yes, you would have witnessed all these things at the Isthmus Beer and Cheese Fest (IBCF) which just wrapped up its jam-packed sixth annual iteration last Saturday. >More
Local alt-country artists breathe new life into classic Stones album Michael Popke on Tuesday 01/20/2015 4:14 pm, (2) Comments Matt Earley first heard the Rolling Stones' classic 1972 album Exile on Main St. at age 19, and it quickly became a go-to record for him. This week, the 45-year-old vocalist, guitarist and ukulele player for Madison's Americana string band Winn Dixie will lead the "Exile on Willy St." project -- a who's-who of the city's alt-country music scene -- in a one-time-only, front-to-back reworking of the 18-song double album now regarded as one of the finest records in rock history. >More
Ten tips for Isthmus Beer and Cheese Fest 2015 on Friday 01/16/2015 10:00 am We are just about ready for the sixth annual Isthmus Beer and Cheese Fest, and we want you to be on your game too! The festival will be held on Saturday, Jan. 17 at the Alliant Energy Center Exhibition Hall. It's our biggest and best festival yet, and promises and afternoon of delicious tastes and good times. >More
Beer Here: Road Slush Stout from New Glarus Brewing Robin Shepard on Thursday 01/15/2015 2:00 pm Few beers pay homage to Wisconsin's winter landscape like as Road Slush, an oatmeal stout from New Glarus Brewing. This name underscores the brewery's Wisconsin-only identity, and here where the snow flies, it attracts beer fans who relish malty sweetness and hints of coffee. >More
Mama Madison: The Pinterest effect Jessica Burfield on Thursday 01/15/2015 1:32 pm If you've been anywhere on the Internet in the past few years, you may have noticed that more and more sites are inviting you to follow them on the social media network Pinterest. Here users create "boards" and search through thousands of "pins" on subjects that interest them and save images to create their own series of digital bookmarks. >More
Ale Asylum plans a fun 2015 with new brews, cans and its Ferment Dissent release party Robin Shepard on Wednesday 01/14/2015 5:34 pm Ale Asylum is shaking things up in a big way for 2015. Over the next year, the Madison brewery plans to revamp its production schedule with a new series of beers, introduce cans for some its most popular labels and launch a major summer release party. "We've been so focused on keeping up with demand; we decided [it was time] to flex our creativity and have some fun," says co-owner Otto Dilba. >More
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