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Madison's black sororities are agents of change

When Theresa Sanders was an undergraduate at Wilberforce University during the 1960s, the struggles for racial equality and women's rights were fully under way. She saw classmates at the historically black college in Ohio board a bus for Cleveland to support Carl Stokes, the first black mayor of a major U.S. city, and take part in bra-burning ceremonies. Sanders wanted in on the action. So she joined a sorority. >More


The ghosts of Richard Brown

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
 Book credits a former Madison woman with helping to solve a half-century-old murder

Janet Tessier didn't think anyone would listen. She had tried before, to no avail, in calls to local police and the FBI. But in 2008, the Madison resident made one final attempt to tell authorities about the secret her dying mother had saddled her with 14 years earlier: "John did it. You have to tell someone. You have to do something." >More


The takeover of Wisconsin's public schools

Proposed legislation punishes "failing" schools (read, schools that serve low-income kids) by turning them over to private entities that can make a profit by siphoning off public funds. >More
 Sugar Shack Records celebrates its survival

The Packers-Cowboys game roared through the car speakers as I pulled up to Sugar Shack Records. Is there anything less Packer-like than a used record shop on a football Sunday? The fact that Sugar Shack owner Gary John Feest selected game day for his store's 33 1/3 anniversary sale was perfect. In the face of indignities both industry-imposed and self-inflicted, Feest has lasted more than three decades. >More


Local alt-country artists breathe new life into classic Stones album

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
 Madison's Oh My Love goes from folk to electronic on new EP

Madison's Oh My Love had been booked to open for Mates of State, the indie pop duo from Kansas, at the High Noon Saloon last April. There was just one problem: Oh My Love had just lost two of its members, guitarist Kent Watson and bassist Zach Ellis. But the band's singer and leader, Hannah Luree, quickly improvised, playing the show with only drummer Christian Lisser and keyboardist David Dickson. >More
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Local author and illustrator looks to children for inspiration

On any given Saturday, you can find Noah Phillips at the Madison Children's Museum. Well, he's not exactly Noah Phillips. About once a week, the 22-year-old Washington, D.C., native and 2014 UW-Madison graduate becomes Philo A. Fflatus " a beleaguered, ink-splattered children's author and illustrator suffering from a serious case of writer's block. >More
 Tracy Michelle Arnold is vulnerable, heroic in Forward Theater's The Other Place

Forward Theater delivers a brave and bruising production of Sharr White's The Other Place (through Feb. 1 at Overture Center's Playhouse). It's a complicated portrait of a woman descending into disease -- one that irrevocably alters her perceptions of the present, her memories of the past and her sense of self. >More


UW's Cinematheque honors Kenosha-born auteur Orson Welles

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
 Bradley Cooper is a revelation in Clint Eastwood's American Sniper

Clint Eastwood's second film of 2014 (Jersey Boys was released in June) is also his best film since at least 2008's Gran Torino. With it, the filmmaker revisits his long preoccupation with guns and their capabilities, although the recoil of American Sniper doesn't have the same moral reverb of Eastwood's finest work. Still, the action sequences are packed with zealous clarity and tense dynamism. >More
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An assured Oliver's Public House dresses up the farm-to-table scene

A farm-to-table restaurant with a serious craft cocktail program -- it's so basic a formula nowadays that it elicits yawns. In big markets, menus barely acknowledge farms anymore; it's taken for granted that a decent restaurant will source impeccably and locally. And craft cocktails are a given. >More
 Mashups on tap for MACN Week

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


How about them high school teams?

By now, you may have recovered from witnessing arguably the most improbable NFC Championship victory in NFL history. But discussions of how the Green Bay Packers squandered a 16-0 halftime lead over the Seattle Seahawks and lost in overtime, 28-22, will continue long into the offseason. >More
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