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Liz Angle brings painful clarity to How I Learned to Drive

How I Learned to Drive, the Pulitzer Prize-winning work by Paula Vogel, is a heartbreaking memory play following the tumultuous pre-teen and teen years of the main character, Li'l Bit. In the solid Madison Theatre Guild production directed by Suzan Curry at the Bartell Theater, Liz Angle imbues the character of Li'l Bit with painful clarity. >More
 UW Theatre's Good Kids addresses rape culture but roles lack nuance

Something happened on Friday night, and now everyone at school is talking about it. In the UW-Madison Theatre Department's production of Good Kids, by Naomi Iizuka, it was not a schoolyard spat or youthful prank. It was rape. >More
"Non-fiscal bombshell" or just the appearance of one?

Gov. Scott Walker's proposed budget ends the requirement for UW System schools to report sexual assaults to the state, at the request of UW System officials, who already report the information to the federal government. >More
 Talking back to censors

Forward Theater's Out of the Fire: The Banned Book Monologues makes for a provocative, thoughtful night of theater. >More
 Madland: The easily re-electable blandness of Mayor Paul Soglin

Soglin's quiet leadership makes it difficult to attack him -- there's no single project to use as a rallying cry to work up voters. But Soglin certainly has some weaknesses. >More
 Citizen Dave: Loving America

"I love my country. I love it with all its real flaws, but I love it more for what it promises to be, which is so aspirational and inspirational, and so impossible to achieve, and so wonderful." >More
 Sneak Peek: The 2015 Wisconsin Film Festival

The classic 1970 Italian anti-war film shows a decimated Italian infantry facing an order to storm Austrian positions on the Italian/Austrian border during World War I. >More
Michigan union members warn Wisconsin about life under right-to-work

When Michigan workers rallied to oppose their state's so-called "right-to-work" legislation in 2012, laborers from Wisconsin joined them at the Capitol in Lansing to protest the anti-union bill. >More
 Citizen Dave: Scott Walker and the college issue

The problem with Scott Walker is not that he didn't pick up a diploma or that he's not smart or that he's not an "intellectual." The problem with Scott Walker is that he apparently never developed the habits of mind that make someone thoughtful. >More
 Isthmus Picks: Madison calendar for February 26 - March 5, 2015

Here are this week's Isthmus Picks. The Guide provides an extended listing of events in and around Madison. >More
 Arch is a new concept in salon service

Arch, a new breed of salon that caters to the lunch-hour crowd, opened in January in the ground floor of the Tenney Building on the Capitol Square. The salon offers a wide selection of what co-owner and stylist Cera Fass calls "express services," including blowouts (a hairstyle without a haircut), brow waxing, makeup application and more. If you need to get in and out during a lunch break, this is your salon. >More
 Protest redux

Perhaps it was the familiar uniform of the gathered ironworkers, the electrical workers and the laborers -- steel-toed boots, blue jeans, hard hats -- or maybe it was the signs bearing slogans recycled from the Act 10 protests of 2011, but the demonstrations this week at the Capitol felt worn out. >More
Parks, apartments, and the price of land

A Chicago-based developer of a State Street residential complex is eyeing land at the intersection of Gorham and Bassett for a 12-story building. This area, however, is on a Madison plan to purchase for a park; the city has budgeted $7 million for this purpose. >More
 GOP: The party of schadenfreude

The policies of Gov. Scott Walker and his Republican allies are driven by a message of punishment: Cut the wages of middle-class workers, devalue public education and take away benefits from the working poor. >More
 Isthmus Live Sessions: The Districts

Just because a performance is acoustic doesn't mean it can't rock. In this Feb. 21 visit to Isthmus, frontman Rob Grote and drummer Braden Lawrence showcased what makes the Districts such a compelling live act: their bold, baby-faced energy. >More
 Beer Here: King George by Capital Brewery of Middleton

King George is made with more than a dozen specialty malts, which give it rich chocolate, caramel and biscuit flavors. There's a distinctive undertone of roasted cherrywood smoked malt, which "goes really well with the other dark malts," says brewmaster Ashley Kinart. >More
 Caring for Ebola patients in Sierra Leone

Jariatu was found in a house surrounded by nine of her family members. All of them, except her, had died from Ebola. She was just 14 months old and barely alive. She is the patient that Marc Rosenthal, a Madison nurse who spent months in Sierra Leone helping fight Ebola, remembers most. >More
 Tig Notaro: Queen of deadpan

Tig Notaro revels in awkwardness. On Conan the comedian once pushed a stool across the stage -- and back again -- for an impossibly long 101 seconds. In "No Moleste," she riffs on the translation of the "Do Not Disturb" sign on her Mexican hotel room. The Mississippi-born Notaro dropped out of high school in ninth grade and has built an impressive career, appearing on The Sarah Silverman Program, The Office and Community and her own Comedy Central Presents Tig. >More
 Isthmus on WORT: Henry Janisch and American Sniper

American Sniper is now considered the most successful war movie of all time, grossing more than $400 million and generating fiery debate. As Catherine Capellaro reports in the February 19 Isthmus, there's a reason many veterans are embracing the film. >More
 Dumbing down the DNR

Gov. Scott Walker's budget proposes the elimination of 66 positions within the Department of Natural Resources, 25 percent of which are research and science-related. Walker says the jobs "no longer fit the core mission of the agency," but some conservationists speculate that lawmakers are attempting to curtail research that could be a barrier to mining and other such industries. >More
 Sneak Peek: The 2015 Wisconsin Film Festival

When Phnom Penh fell to the Khmer Rouge 40 years ago, the brutal regime stamped out a thriving pop music culture. This one-of-a-kind documentary pairs rare archival footage with interviews with survivors from Cambodia's music scene. >More
 Tell All: The worst Valentine's Day ever

There's nothing inherently magical about Valentine's Day. It can be a great day or a terrible day, just like any other. More often than not it's disappointing because we put such weirdly high expectations on February 14. >More
 Pianist Shai Wosner approaches Schubert with delicacy

The Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra demonstrated its capacity for highly polished and focused playing in a concert on February 20 at the Overture Center's Capitol Theater. >More
 Madland: The Wisconsin Legislature's odd rebuke of Rebecca Blank

Among other things, the Joint Finance Committee co-chairs, Sen. Alberta Darling and Rep. John Nygren, wonder why UW Chancellor Rebecca Blank is questioning things her predecessor agreed to. That's like admonishing new Badgers football coach Paul Chryst for not using Gary Andersen's old playbook. >More
 Vinyl Cave: Dollar-bin diving with Soundsville, Monkey Business, The Surfsiders Sing the Beach Boys Songbook

Back in the day, a segment of the record industry used cover bands to mimic, or just vaguely approximate, current hits. Sometimes the LP cover art was dressed up to mimic the real album, maybe to fool grandparents into thinking they were buying what little Jimmy or Susie asked them for. >More
 Citizen Dave: Walker reveals devolution of the Republican Party

It should have been a stupid question, not a stupid answer. Any sensible, reasonably well-educated person, asked their views on evolution, should be able to respond that it happened and is happening. But it turns out that you are prohibited from making this self-apparent statement if you want to lead the world's most powerful nation and you happen to be a Republican. >More
 Local business sparks debate by barring unvaccinated children from store

Happy Bambino, a specialty children's store in Monona that also hosts classes, posted a notice last week asking parents of unvaccinated children not to bring them to the store in the event of a measles outbreak in the Madison area. The announcement prompted some debate, but the store owner says she'd rather lose a few customers than be responsible for someone's baby getting sick. >More
 Isthmus Picks: Madison calendar for February 19-26, 2015

Here are this week's Isthmus Picks. The Guide provides an extended listing of events in and around Madison. >More
 Citizen Dave: Mayor's race is on for real now

Madison's sleepy mayoral primary ended last night with some pop. Now that longtime incumbent Paul Soglin faces just one opponent in Ald. Scott Resnick, things are about to get interesting. >More
 Soglin, Resnick survive primary; sparring begins

After decades in office and with wide name recognition, incumbent Mayor Paul Soglin came out on top in Tuesday's mayoral primary, grabbing 52.7% of the vote. Second-place finisher Ald. Scott Resnick sees opportunity in that number. >More
 Isthmus on WORT: Paying living wages and making money

While Congress and state legislatures continue to battle over raising the minimum wage, Wisconsin business owner Susan Bulgrin does brisk business and pays her employees well. She also provides paid vacation and health and dental insurance. >More
 Beer Here: Big Swede from Valkyrie Brewing Company

Big Swede appeals to those who love strong, rich malty chocolate and roasted toffee flavors, and it's on many fans' bucket lists. Brewery owner Randy Lee says it is the beer that travelers from all over turn up on his doorstep looking for. >More
 Isthmus Live Sessions: Matt Costa

Matt Costa hails from Orange County, and his songs play like the perfect soundtrack to a late-night fire on the beach. The singer/songwriter stopped by the Isthmus office for a six-song live acoustic session. >More
 The Wisconsin Idea in practice

The UW-Madison has long wanted to have a permanent, physical presence in south Madison, a neighborhood that has experienced more than its fair share of struggles and outside assumptions. But officials at the UW were also wary of coming in with a heavy-handed approach. They wanted to be involved in a way that's respectful of local community. >More
 Willy Street West rejects union representation

The National Labor Relations Board, which administered the Feb. 10 election, said 89% of eligible workers participated. Fifty voted against joining the United Food & Commercial Workers Local 1473; 43 were in favor. >More
 Citizen Dave: Who has created more harm: Brian Williams or Scott Walker?

The amount of damage a man as powerful as Scott Walker can do by lying about the Wisconsin Idea is a whole lot scarier than a news anchor padding his resume of wartime victimhood. >More
 Madland: Vaccine waivers don't make sense in modern schools

I'm all for personal liberty, but your rights are challenged when it enters the public space and endangers others. An elementary school student is already a sticky bag of disease wrapped up in a Minecraft T-shirt. We don't need to make them any more infectious. >More
 Bill T. Jones-Arnie Zane Dance Company creates magic

If dancers are "athletes of God" as Martha Graham said, then the dancers in Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company are the champions. The New York City-based contemporary dance company, founded by Jones and his late partner Zane in 1982, performed Play and Play: An Evening of Movement and Music at the Wisconsin Union Theater's Shannon Hall. >More
 Colleen Madden delivers staggering performance in CTM's The Music Lesson

Tammy Ryan is a lucky playwright. She had the good fortune to live next to a couple, both music teachers, who fled Bosnia for the United States in the 1990s. The piano and violin teachers shared heart-wrenching stories with Ryan about their home in Sarajevo, the talented students who perished in the conflict and the ways war altered their lives. Ryan transformed these poignant memories into the beautifully moving play The Music Lesson. Children's Theater of Madison (CTM) brings the touching story to life in a masterful production. >More
 Pianist Ingrid Fliter brings Chopin mastery to Madison Symphony Orchestra

Argentinian pianist Ingrid Fliter is an international Chopin superstar -- a rare treat for audiences at the Madison Symphony Orchestra (MSO) concert presented Feb. 13-15 at Overture Hall. But being a Chopin soloist means Fliter inevitably brought along one of Chopin's two concertos. In my opinion, they are the most inept concertos by any major composer of the nineteenth century, kept alive by the composer's name alone. >More
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CITIZEN DAVE

Citizen Dave: Loving America

"I love my country. I love it with all its real flaws, but I love it more for what it promises to be, which is so aspirational and inspirational, and so impossible to achieve, and so wonderful." >More
Citizen Dave: Scott Walker and the college issue

The problem with Scott Walker is not that he didn't pick up a diploma or that he's not smart or that he's not an "intellectual." The problem with Scott Walker is that he apparently never developed the habits of mind that make someone thoughtful. >More
Citizen Dave: Walker reveals devolution of the Republican Party

It should have been a stupid question, not a stupid answer. Any sensible, reasonably well-educated person, asked their views on evolution, should be able to respond that it happened and is happening. But it turns out that you are prohibited from making this self-apparent statement if you want to lead the world's most powerful nation and you happen to be a Republican. >More
Citizen Dave: Mayor's race is on for real now

Madison's sleepy mayoral primary ended last night with some pop. Now that longtime incumbent Paul Soglin faces just one opponent in Ald. Scott Resnick, things are about to get interesting. >More
Citizen Dave: Who has created more harm: Brian Williams or Scott Walker?

The amount of damage a man as powerful as Scott Walker can do by lying about the Wisconsin Idea is a whole lot scarier than a news anchor padding his resume of wartime victimhood. >More
Citizen Dave: LinkedIn or doomsday machine?

I hit a button... in seconds, hundreds of invitations to LinkedIn to me were sent off into the ether. My inbox was quickly filled with eager careerists... I was both appalled and kind of jazzed... it sure looked I was a popular guy... >More
Citizen Dave: A college degree does not guarantee presidential timber

There are lots of reasons Gov. Scott Walker should not be president, but one of them is not the fact that he didn't complete his college degree at Marquette. >More
Citizen Dave: Welfare for the Milwaukee Bucks is a bad deal

Gov. Scott Walker's proposal to use state taxpayer-supported borrowing to pay for a large portion of the Bucks' new arena is just a flat-out horrible idea from both a policy and a political perspective >More
Citizen Dave: There's snow business like snow business

I just don't understand people who don't get winter. I mean real winter. Polar vortex winter. Inches and inches of snow winter. "Baby, it's cold outside," kind of winter. >More
Citizen Dave: Auto autos will change cities for the better

In the past few months Google has rethought its driverless car. They've changed their business model from selling automated cars to essentially integrating them into a massive car-sharing system. >More
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