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Madison theater survives and thrives after a devastating year

New companies have sprung up in the Rep's wake, the Playhouse is booked with productions from local and out-of-town troupes, and Madison theater groups are pressing forward, expanding their offerings, trying out new ideas. Not only is Madison theater in general surviving, it is thriving in ways that have confounded the naysayers of less than a year ago. >More


Good news for Madison's urban forest

Madison Ald. Marsha Rummel says it's about time. The city of Madison is now drafting new rules requiring the protection of trees during construction and levying fines for violations. "It's better because it's going to be upfront, and the expectation is that everybody is there to protect trees," says Rummel of the new policy, which will likely be presented to the city's Board of Public Works next month. >More
 Crying over raw milk

Both Carolyn Graff, a raw milk advocate in Madison, and Donna Gilson, spokeswoman for the state Department of Trade, Agriculture and Consumer Protection (DATCP), grew up on small Wisconsin dairy farms. And both remember drinking unpasteurized milk, direct from the cow. >More
 On the trail of Paul Bunyan

A few years back, Michael Edmonds was toiling away at his job with the Wisconsin Historical Society when he happened upon a newspaper clipping from 1916 about Bernice Stewart. She was a UW college student who'd gone 'round to northern Wisconsin logging camps, asking lumberjacks to share what yarns they could spin about a feller name of Paul Bunyan. >More
 A 'gag rule' at city parks

Kathy Esposito says the first thing Marla Eddy told her at a presentation on forestry in mid-December was, "I can't talk to you." Eddy, Madison's city forester, conveyed in an email that Esposito must first "touch base with our PIO" -- public information officer. >More


The carp are coming!

If you haven't yet seen the YouTube videos of Asian carp flinging themselves out of the water, head-butting anglers and hurling their hideous, slimy selves at passing motorboats, you really ought to check them out. These monster fish (they can grow up to seven feet long and weigh 150 pounds) are heading our way. It's like a low-budget horror movie, except it's for real. >More
 Tell All: A leg man

Dear Tell All: My husband likes putting on my pantyhose and then going out to bars. It drives me crazy. I mean, those things aren't cheap! What's a girl to do? >More


Madison spring 2010 concert therapy

Throughout it all, music is there to comfort, inspire and rock you to the core. Check out these upcoming shows and you'll see what I mean. >More
 Occidental Brothers' world music gains alt appeal

Nathaniel Braddock spent his college years fawning over the Pixies, Dinosaur Jr. and Sonic Youth. Then, one day, he heard some African guitar tracks being played on his local public radio station. "I already had my ear kind of bent toward the obscure," says Braddock. "So when I heard this stuff, it became natural for me to explore." >More



MMoCA's Apple Pie looks at America, from earnest to bleak

There's something I love about a Paul Shambroom photo in the collection of the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art. The 1999 image captures a city council meeting in tiny Dassel, Minn. (population 1,134). Four middle-aged women, including the mayor, sit in a modest meeting room surrounded by maps and flags. Though they're casually dressed -- and each has a can of Coke at the ready -- there's a seriousness to the proceedings. >More
 Lying to Be Perfect attempts an extreme makeover

In Lying to Be Perfect, Nola (Poppy Montgomery) is an overweight magazine editor who has a deep, meaningful relationship with doughnuts. She's a frumpy doormat in the office but has devised a secret alter ego: a sexy advice columnist whom no one has ever seen. >More
 Dark Void is fairly fun and fresh, despite dumbness

Funny dialogue awaits you in Dark Void. But I think it's accidentally funny, instead of funny on purpose, like in a B-movie. Then again, this is a humans vs. aliens shooting game, set in the Bermuda Triangle, so that's kind of accidentally funny in itself. >More


Jeff Bridges is brilliant in Crazy Heart

You'd never guess that Crazy Heart is the work of a first-time filmmaker, but it is, and while the story is as old and true as the broken-down country-and-western balladeer at the heart of it, nearly everything about Scott Cooper's debut feels intimate and immediate and as emotionally raw as every country song that ever mattered. >More
 Mel Gibson shows his age in Edge of Darkness

Adapted from a BBC television drama, Edge of Darkness is Mel Gibson's first major film since his scandalous roadside ranting and arrest in July 2006. >More
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Wisconsin beers to pair with appetizers, entrees and desserts

Beer may not match wine when it comes to finding a place at the dinner table, but in Madison it's encouraging to see so many restaurants with great local beer selections. With its range of malty sweetness, hoppy bitterness, spiciness and yeasty-earthiness, beer offers endless pairing opportunities for meals. Here are a few ideas to guide matching a favorite style of beer with just the right dish. >More


Hockey Badgers face key stretch

The Wisconsin men's hockey team thought last weekend's series against then top-ranked Denver was huge, but tying and beating the Pioneers only increased the importance of this week's trip to Duluth. The Bulldogs (16-9-1 overall) lead the Western Collegiate Hockey Association. >More
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