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Epic Systems: Epic tale

Software innovator, Epic Systems, stakes out Dane County's place on global IT map. >More


Neighbors to Madison-Kipp: Shhhhh!

Sharon Helmus hears the sound when she gets up in the morning, when she's trying to enjoy a summer evening in her yard, when she's trying to sleep at night: the constant hum of industrial fans from her next-door neighbor, Madison-Kipp. >More
 Getting failure out of the system

The news seemed numbingly familiar. "State delays $150 million computer project," read a headline in the April 12 Wisconsin State Journal. Reporter Jason Stein put it in the context of an ongoing series of botched state computer projects that have cost taxpayers nearly $200 million in canceled or over-budget projects. >More
 Great Taste of the Midwest: No more bike corral

For the first time in at least a decade, the Great Taste of the Midwest will not have a bike corral. The Madison Homebrewers and Tasters Guild, which organizes the annual event at Olin Park every summer, recently voted to ditch the bike parking. >More


Dane County Judge Richard Niess wrongly let stand an overreaching ban on equitable treatment

It was a David vs. Goliath moment. A UW-Oshkosh political science instructor, who happens to have a gay daughter, took on the state of Wisconsin over its 2006 amendment banning gay marriage and civil unions. Goliath won. >More
 A remote possibility

I'm sure you've addressed this issue before, but what is a wife to do when her husband completely monopolizes the remote control for the television? >More
 The Green Parasol: Under my umbrella

Greeting a visitor to the Green Parasol are one giant, fake tree with leaves cut out of sheet music, and a curtain of paper hanging down from the ceiling. Public radio plays, as opposed to easy listening, and not one item in the women's boutique has been featured in Us Weekly. Buyer, beware, this is no trip to West Towne - but rather a traditional (and experiential) shopping oasis. >More


The Midwest Beat channel a distant era's sound, plus the low down on the Forward Music Fest

The Midwest Beat's appearance last Friday night at the High Noon Saloon could easily have had all the excitement of a wake. The vinyl version of their exceptional, '60s-tinged self-titled EP had been held up at the pressing plant, which meant that what had been scheduled as a record-release bash was now just another ordinary Madison gig. And as singer-bassist Logan Kayne noted during an interview on the High Noon's breezy patio earlier in the day, ordinary Madison gigs have often disappointed the three-year-old Madison-Milwaukee band. >More
 Local chamber groups thrive as the classical music world downsizes

The classical music world has gone small as chamber groups lead the way while symphony orchestras recoup financial losses. An unexpected result of the shift from large to small is that chamber groups are popping up everywhere. >More
 Bach Dancing and Dynamite features new American composers

Among the joys of the Bach Dancing and Dynamite Society's annual operations has been their outreach beyond Madison. I love their performances at the Stoughton Opera House, a restored jewel. For this year's opening concert, they reached out to the Mineral Point Opera House, another regional gem, one awaiting - and richly deserving - restoration. >More



A Midsummer Night's Dream works its magic

Something magical happened in the woods at American Players Theatre's opening-night performance of A Midsummer's Night Dream. It wasn't just that torrential rains paused, nor was it that the cloud of hovering mosquitoes didn't seem to be biting. It was that William Brown's deftly directed production was as inspired and beautiful as it was funny. >More
 Lovers leap in StageQ's Queer Shorts

The third edition of Queer Shorts, presented by StageQ, is subtitled All You Need Is Love, a fitting epithet for the 11 brief comedies and dramas that constitute a most enjoyable evening's entertainment. >More
 Two dads and a dud

Morgan Spurlock's 30 Days (Tuesday, 9 p.m., FX) invites participants to immerse themselves in a world very different from their own. It's a daring social experiment that delves into topical issues, sometimes with painful results >More
 Green days: The Incredible Hulk

Hulk is based on the summer movie and features voice acting from the film's stars. But there is no captivating storyline. You are Bruce Banner. You've been turned into this large green fellow by gamma rays. U.S. soldiers and evil robot things try to slay you. >More


The Happening: M. Night Shyamalan self-destructs

Something's happening in The Happening, a mystery that nobody can adequately explain, and I'm not talking about the airborne toxin that's turning the industrial Northeast into a mass grave of suicide victims. I'm talking about the complete disintegration of M. Night Shyamalan as a director. >More

Like a cork borne along by the tide, Jellyfish floats toward you for 78 minutes, then goes on its bleakly merry way. Why it's called Jellyfish I'm not quite sure, since it doesn't have much of a sting. But it's surprisingly buoyant for a movie about the lost connections between parents and children, husbands and wives, who we'd like to be and who we turned out to be. >More
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Flooded farm, part two

After last year's $750,000 loss, Richard de Wilde was doubtless hoping for a not-too-wet wet season. He didn't get one. On de Wilde's Harmony Valley Farm, the organic operation near Viroqua, 20 acres' worth of plantings were destroyed by the recent storms. Among the losses were tomatoes, peppers, sweet potatoes, salad greens, dill, cilantro and a cornfield - the same one ravaged in last year's rains. >More
 Strawberry (or Blueberry) Cheesecake Shake recipe

Novelist Wally Lamb once wrote: "Accept what people offer. Drink their milkshakes. Take their love." Give some, too. Making milkshakes - or love - is a pleasurable endeavor with deliciously sweet results. And what a treat for a languid summer day. >More


All for Camp Manito-wish

Emily Stirr is in the backyard of her parents' residence on Madison's far west side. Joined by Meg Casey and Nina Emery, she is pitching two of the rugged tents they plan to call home this summer. But the tents won't be staying here this summer, and this pleasant backyard setting will not be home. >More
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