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Bo Ryan holds court

Astute observers of the University of Wisconsin men's basketball team might remember a handful of games when coach Bo Ryan wore a red sport coat. One of those times, his mother, Louise, happened to be watching on TV. "After that game, my mom told me, 'I wouldn't wear that again. It makes you look like you're parking cars,'" says Ryan. >More

NEWS

Homer V. Simpson gets honorary street sign in Madison

Homer Simpson made his mark in Madison long before a character of the same name became a cultural icon on the small screen. Legend has it that Homer V. Simpson, a prolific gambler, won half of Antler's Tavern in a poker game and bought the owner out of the second half in 1943. He also bought land around the West Broadway bar, eventually donating some to the city. Simpson Street -- which runs parallel to Broadway -- was named in his honor. >More
 What will happen to Knapp house, the original Wisconsin governor's mansion?

The future of the Wisconsin governor's mansion is in doubt. Not the current one, where 14 governors have lived. It's the earlier one, home to 18 governors from 1883 to 1950, that is a few blocks from the Capitol. >More
 City of Madison wants to redesign Philosopher's Grove

Anthony Rineer took over Myles Teddywedgers, the iconic pasty shop located at the top of State Street, this September. One night shortly after the purchase, he was putting in a new floor when he saw a brawl going on just outside his door. >More

OPINION & COMMENTARY

The liberal deer hunter

I have often thought that if Democrats could just figure out how to win a majority of the Wisconsin deer hunter vote they'd be running the state again. >More
 Tell All: Advice for feminists

Dear Tell All: I'm stunned by your advice to Baby Doll, who enjoys being demeaned by her boyfriend during sex. Baby Doll calls herself a feminist and yet gets aroused by being degraded in a classically sexist way. >More

MUSIC

Madison musicians criticize citys' decision to block Frank Productions' plans for an east-side concert hall

On Nov. 7 city officials announced their opposition to a 2,000- to 2,500-seat music venue slated for the 1000 block of East Washington Avenue. Proposed by Madison-based concert promotion company Frank Productions, the venue is part of a Stone House Development project that includes residential and commercial space. >More
 Tennessee native Rosanne Cash shares songs of the South with Madison-area friends and family

Sometimes a change of scenery can yield unexpected revelations. For Tennessee native Rosanne Cash and her husband, John Leventhal, recent journeys to the South were more than just a chance to check out the sights. The trips opened their eyes to the power and spirit of the region. >More

AT A GLANCE

ARTS

Scrupulous sleeping around on The Ethical Slut

Hussy, floozy, strumpet, slut: So many colorful words have been invented to weaken a woman's power by condemning her sexual past, even without knowledge of her actual behavior. Many of these terms come from the Victorian Era, when a lady's virtue was measured by her aloofness. Desires -- material, sexual and otherwise -- were the province of fallen women, the lowest of the low. >More
 Brooks Wheelan bounces back after being fired from Saturday Night Live

Brooks Wheelan is best known as the guy who played himself during Saturday Night Live's 39th season and the guy who was let go from the show this past summer. Though such a blow might signal the beginning of the end for some comedians, Wheelan views it as a chance to rekindle his relationship with what got him the SNL gig in the first place: stand-up comedy. >More
 Software trainers embark on a steamy business trip in Mercury Players Theatre's Widescreen

If you lie awake at night fantasizing about the raunchy situations some people must get into on business trips, if they have the chance and the libido, the Mercury Players Theatre production Widescreen is for you. The play features tablets, smartphones, laptops and four different sex scenes before intermission. >More
 Kanopy Dance explores the human condition through physicality in Mime Body Spirit

Kanopy Dance Company opened its 2014-2015 season Friday evening with Mime Body Spirit at Overture Center's Promenade Hall. "Making visible the invisible" is in pale script beneath the title, and that goal is achieved. >More

MOVIES

The Theory of Everything is a remarkable portrait of ailing physicist Steven Hawking and his wife, Jane

The Theory of Everything delicately observes the boundless universe of love's possibilities: what we're willing to give, take and endure. Inspired by Jane Wilde Hawking's memoir about her life with former husband Stephen Hawking, the brilliant theoretical physicist diagnosed with motor neuron disease at age 21, the film's heart beats with a romantic optimism, even when their union ends. >More
 The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 adds mouth-watering context to the dystopian heroine's tale

Chopping the final novel of the Hunger Games trilogy into two segments, Mockingjay Part 1 and Mockingjay Part 2, was a surprisingly brilliant decision. A similar approach led to the terrible Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows in 2010. Peter Jackson isn't even finished with his Hobbit series, and he's already shown that J.R.R. Tolkien's short-ish novel shouldn't have been turned into three long films. >More
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EATS

Cocktail contenders: Madison ups its mixology game for good

This year, Madison's cocktail scene reached a crucial tipping point. Two of the biggest restaurant debuts, Rare and Cento, both have a serious craft focus to their bars and are significant new contenders. >More
 Campus Kitchens chapter forms at UW-Madison

The University of Wisconsin-Madison has to feed lots of people. On average, some 14,500 meals are served in the dormitory dining halls alone, every day. Despite best efforts, some food necessarily goes to waste. >More

SPORTS & RECREATION

The new College Football Playoff -- discuss!

This is what you asked for, college football fans. For years you complained about the Bowl Championship Series that set teams up in five bowl game matchups. You wondered why college football couldn't have playoffs like nearly every other sport in the country. >More
 What's up for Wisconsin men's basketball in the 2014-15 season?

As the University of Wisconsin men's basketball team shoots for a 14th consecutive NCAA Tournament bid and a second straight trip to the Final Four this season, Badgers coach Bo Ryan faces an impending age problem. >More
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