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Wisconsin Legislature votes to end seniority for Supreme Court chief

In a move that seems to target Chief Justice Shirley Abrahamson, the Wisconsin Legislature voted to end seniority as a means of selecting the chief, and would like to add an age limit -- of 75 -- for all justices >More

NEWS

Bucky's China venture falters

After three years and about a half a million in investment, the UW's Shanghai Innovation Office has lost its founding leaders, has no known new funding, and might not last past summer. >More
 Wizard World offers fans a panoply of superheroes, zombies, vampires and pop-cult celebrities

Call it a geek-culture state fair, a pop-culture spectacle or an entertainment circus. But whatever moniker you choose to slap on it, you'd better also slap on your sword and superhero boots: Wizard World, one of the biggest pop-culture conventions in North America, is poised to land at Madison's Alliant Energy Center the first weekend in February, much like the Incredible Hulk will land on Tony Starks' Hulkbuster armor in this summer's Avengers sequel. >More

OPINION & COMMENTARY

Opinion: Pundits ponder the hole in Scott Walker's resume

Sure, he's more conservative than Chris Christie and younger and fresher than Jeb Bush, but voters, some of whom feel dismissed by intellectuals, keep electing smarty-pants candidates. >More
 Tell All: Should parents tolerate their kids smoking pot?

Shrugging off a child's drug use is not acceptable behavior for a parent. >More

MUSIC

Yonder Mountain String Band moves forward after founder's departure

Rather than folding or caving into pressure to change their sound, remaining members Dave Johnston, Adam Aijala and co-founder Ben Kaufman began collaborating with fiddle player Allie Kral and mandolin player Jake Jolliff. >More
 Standup is only one facet of Demetri Martin's varied career

New York-based comedian Demetri Martin is poised to record a new standup special this spring, release a book of illustrated short stories this summer and finish editing his directorial film debut — starring Kevin Kline — later this year. >More

AT A GLANCE

ARTS

Ensemble shines in The Beautiful Dark

Erik Gernand's script is sharp and witty, providing just the right amount of biting sarcasm. The snappy dialogue propels the story while still providing the necessary time for the pieces of the plot to unfold. >More
 Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra shines on Schönberg

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

MOVIES

Jennifer Aniston is believable, but Cake falls flat

Cake marks America's sweetheart Jennifer Aniston's opportunity to flaunt facial scars and brood greatly, qualifying under the radar last December to nab a Golden Globe nomination, but failing to capitalize on any similar Academy Awards love upon its return to theaters. >More
 A Most Violent Year is unexpected, enthralling

Set in the semi-lawless New York City of 1981, A Most Violent Year is about an immigrant entrepreneur trying to expand his heating-oil business while fending off near-daily hijackings of his delivery trucks. It's kind of a thriller -- there are two chase scenes, at least -- but any genre expectations will be thwarted by writer/director J.C. Chandor's almost perverse pleasure in stopping shy of the boiling point. >More
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EATS

El Burrito Loco brings good Mexican dishes to the far west side

I'd rather eat a bland burrito any day of the week than choke back an overcooked meat patty on a corn-syrup-laced bun. But I'd really prefer to sit down and eat real Mexican food, or even Tex-Mex, that's locally prepared and offers a wider array of dishes. So I was happy that El Burrito Loco, which also operates a restaurant in Oregon and a lunchtime food cart at Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard at Main Street on the Square, opened a location on the far west side of Madison near the corner of Old Sauk and High Point roads. >More
 New eateries flock to the Square

A slew of new restaurants is headed to the Square and just off it. This is on the heels of last year's openings of Rare, a spacious steakhouse at 14 W. Mifflin St., and Cento, an Italian restaurant one block off the Square at 122 W. Mifflin. The only half-block of the Square that will remain restaurant-free is East Mifflin between Wisconsin Avenue and Hamilton Street. >More

SPORTS & RECREATION

The 'Super Bowl' of climbing competitions

For the past two years, Madison climbing enthusiast Jeremy Hemberger watched the American Bouldering Series National Championships streamed live from the City Auditorium in Colorado Springs, Colo. Sooner or later, he thought, he would travel west and compete. >More
 Reasons to root for Seattle

The Seattle Seahawks probably feel like they're at McDonald's, because they must be lovin' this. Nobody is paying attention to the Patriots' NFC opponent in Sunday's Super Bowl XLIX; Seattle cornerback Richard Sherman's elbow simply can't compete with New England quarterback Tom Brady's balls. >More
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