Steve Nass vs. the UW Vikki Kratz on Thursday 09/27/2007 For someone who generates headlines by vigorously attacking the UW every chance he gets, state Rep. Steve Nass is a remarkably quiet man. During long conversations about the UW, the Republican lawmaker from Whitewater sits mostly silent, hands folded, nodding his head as his research assistant, Mike Mikalsen, does the talking. >More
Getting away with murder? Jason Shepard on Wednesday 09/26/2007 In the front room of her small east side home, Margie Milutinovich skims computer records she's compiled over the nearly three years of searching for her son, Amos Mortier. "Missing" posters hang on the walls. Notes, timelines and piles of court records are scattered on a desk. >MoreTeen center eyed as homeless shelter Vikki Kratz on Wednesday 09/26/2007 Madison developer Cliff Fisher is bothered to see homeless men on the Capitol Square. He wishes they were somewhere else. >More
OPINION & COMMENTARY
The PFC -- not worth defending Bill Lueders on Wednesday 09/26/2007 Some folks are up in arms over a provision in the Senate version of the state budget bill to revamp the process for disciplining police officers and firefighters. >MoreFoodie fare Linda Falkenstein on Wednesday 09/26/2007 What's a high-end kitchen store to do when even Target has Michael Graves designing toasters and teapots? Carry hand-made dishware by American artisans, the best of world cookery products, the tastiest gourmet salts and sauces, and the most clever gadgets around, that's what. That's the philosophy at The Kitchen Gallery on Williamson Street, a lovely space in the historic Kaiser Hall building that was also once the home/studio of outsider artist Mona Webb. >MoreDepends Mr. Right on Wednesday 09/26/2007 I recently received a present in the mail from a great-aunt of mine, and along with the lovely afghan she was handing over to me was this not-so-faint odor that I totally associate with her. I'm not sure how to describe it, but it's kind of like old dead flowers. And although I rather like it, since it reminds me of her, my husband hates it. >More
The CD may be dying as far as major labels are concerned, but it remains the lifeblood of many small independent acts. That's especially true in this town, where a local band without a CD is indeed a rara avis. It's not unusual to have multiple release parties during the same week.
There may be no other American musician who's made the Iraq War more fundamental to his recent work than Michael Franti. His 2006 album, Yell Fire, was inspired by his 2005 travels to Baghdad, Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories. He produced and directed a film, I Know I'm Not Alone, documenting what he saw on that trip.
Facing Mecca Susan Kepecs on Thursday 09/27/2007 The thing I love most about Kanopy Dance is the company's devotion to relevance. The choreography in this year's annual "Fall for Dance" concert leaps across W's oil-drenched chasm between "us" and "Islam." Martha Graham's local heirs meet Sadira, Mad City empress of Middle Eastern dance, who's studied with masters and performed in Cairo. >MoreWilly Loman up close Katie Reiser on Thursday 09/27/2007
Death of a Salesman's Willy Loman, the traveling salesman who loses his grip on reality, is a common sight on stages around the world. But Arthur Miller's celebrated 1949 play hasn't been performed in Madison for over 20 years. Director Richard Corley's decision to present Madison Repertory Theatre's version on a stark stage, allowing the language and performances to dominate, is a good one.
Broom Street Theater has long been an advocate for new works by emerging playwrights, and for this it deserves kudos. The downside, of course, is that emerging playwrights (especially when they also direct) are often poor judges of their own work. Such is the case with Ethan Mutz's crime drama Funnel.
How to stop the terrorists Kent Williams on Thursday 09/27/2007 When an Islamic-terrorist leader masterminds a shooting spree and well-timed bomb in a Saudi Arabian housing compound where American oil-company employees live with their families, Foxx's Fleury ignores the wishes of the State Department and the White House and lands in Riyadh with his explosives guy (Chris Cooper), his intelligence guy (Jason Bateman) and his forensics gal (Jennifer Garner). They're going to find the bad guys and do a Dirty Dozen number on their asses. >More
At first glance, kale doesn't have much going for it. It's a headless brassica, one in a group known as Old World cabbages that medieval serfs cooked to a mush and downed for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Mature kale has tough, gray-green leaves and, if you're not careful, it can gain King Kong-like girth and terrorize your garden. Northern Europeans go for it in a big way, but seven out of ten Americans surveyed would rather eat live flies than kale.
Work out on the Square David Medaris on Wednesday 09/26/2007 Around the corner, the Madison Athletic Club's old aerobics room has been re-imagined as a group exercise studio, where classes including Fusion (a blend of Pilates and Yoga) and BodyPump (for strength and endurance) will be scheduled on a suspended maple floor where another coat of varnish is now drying. >More