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Taking on Bishop Morlino

Jim Beyers is a lifelong Catholic and proud of it. He loves his church and what he feels it stands for -- "justice and service to others." He's been active in many parish ministries and was the CEO of a Catholic hospital for 13 years. But there is one thing that Beyers, like some other local Catholics, does not like about his church: its leader, Madison Bishop Robert Morlino. >More


Madison council candidate Matt Phair a suspected ringer

In the spring of 2009, Mayor Dave Cieslewicz drew flak for recruiting candidates to run against his Common Council nemesis, Brenda Konkel. Konkel lost her seat to Bridget Maniaci, who had previously interned in the mayor's office. Now another of Cieslewicz's foes may be challenged by someone else with ties to the mayor. >More
 New University Research Park a big deal

Mark Bugher has a dream -- a big dream. Bugher, director of the University Research Park, already oversees an institution that provides jobs to 3,500 employees in Madison. But he has his eyes set on more. >More
 Willy Street braces for construction chaos

In the spring, Madison will tear up Williamson Street from Blair Street to the Yahara River, potentially causing months of headaches for residents, businesses and commuters. Ald. Marsha Rummel, who represents the district, fears for many of the businesses located along the commercial district. >More


Wisconsin Supreme Court undercuts openess

It was like those legal dramas on TV. The judge, ruling from the bench, always starts out paying homage to some legal principle or perspective. Then there's a "but" and the judge shifts gears, coming down firmly on the other side. So it was with the Wisconsin Supreme Court's recent ruling in a case known as Schill v. Wisconsin Rapids. Chief Justice Shirley Abrahamson, writing for the majority, began her decision by praising the state's traditions of openness. >More
 Tell All: Don't touch!

Dear Tell All: I recently visited Olbrich Gardens, and in the Bolz Conservatory a young man and woman walked around enjoying the sights and touching everything - the plants, I mean. They obviously didn't read the sign (or heed its advice if they did read it) that says not to touch the plants. People don't seem to understand what damage they can do to things by constantly touching them. >More


High Noon honeymoon

The High Noon Saloon is a popular place for Madison couples to meet and fall in love, according to owner Cathy Dethmers. She didn't think it would happen to her, though. Not there, anyhow. Well, fate has a sly sense of humor: Dethmers and her new fiancé, Dan O'Brien of local western-swing band North Country Drifters, met at the High Noon during a Tift Merritt show in the spring of 2008. >More
 Bingo for barflies at the Frequency

Sunday nights are notoriously slow for many Madison bars, especially during the summer. So Darwin Sampson, owner of the Frequency, 121 W. Main St., has been using a senior center staple -- bingo -- to get folks off their porches and to his downtown club. He calls it Band Bingo. >More
 Germany's Chris Weiduwilt has A Crush on Yesterday

How does a 24-year-old German singer-songwriter book a show at a small coffeehouse in Madison, Wis.? For Chris Weiduwilt, who performs as A Crush on Yesterday at Mother Fool's Coffeehouse on July 30, the effort has been years in the making. >More



The great outdoors

Madison doesn't lack for entertainment options during the warmer months. By the end of winter, a mass case of cabin fever makes us almost hyperactive when it comes to creating and finding activities as soon as the ground thaws. But most of the events that let us enjoy the great outdoors overwhelmingly take place during the day. What if you're a night owl, though, and want to find ways to socialize and take in the moonlight? As it turns out, a group hike with flasks isn't your only option. >More
 Bill Maher laughs in the face of despair

If you've got tickets to see Bill Maher perform his standup at Overture Center on Aug. 1, you probably have a good idea of what you're going to get. And yep, the Emmy-nominated host of HBO's Real Time With Bill Maher says he'll be letting fly about Sarah Palin, "tea-baggers," the BP oil spill and, of course, religion. >More
 Rachel Zoe is, like, betrayed!

Rachel Zoe, a fashion stylist to the stars, finds yet another reason to feel victimized as The Rachel Zoe Project begins a new season. Rachel is shocked to discover that her extravagantly nasty assistant Taylor has acted extravagantly nasty -- who'd have thought? -- and screwed over the business. She reacts to this betrayal the way she reacts to everything: like a petulant teenage valley girl. >More


Winter's Bone evokes a land of poverty and meth labs

Watching Winter's Bone, I kept wondering: Is this an exploitation film? Certainly it's easy to imagine filmmakers -- and audiences -- condescending to this material. Filmed in Missouri, Winter's Bone is set in a milieu of devastating rural poverty, complete with destroyed families, grungy homes, ancient cars, casual mayhem and those deadly meth labs we keep hearing about. >More
 Disney makes a comeback in Waking Sleeping Beauty

It's hard to believe that 30 years ago the Walt Disney Company -- corporate colossus of film, television, music, theater, real estate -- was all but forgotten in the entertainment world. But after Walt Disney died in 1966, the company drifted, so that by the late 1970s, Disney's film output was largely reduced to shlocky kiddie entertainments like The Cat From Outer Space. >More
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Madison southwest bike path cafe brouhaha

These days, chefs and restaurateurs are rebelling against being tethered to the four-walls-bricks-and-mortar model of an eatery. Locavores are out dining in fields. In Austin, Texas, yummies are being dispensed from vintage travel trailers parked in vacant lots. And in Madison, Christopher Berge wants to build a cafe accessible only by bike or foot next to the southwest bike path. >More
 The lowly chuck gets its star turn (recipe)

Like more and more people these days, I'm eating less beef than I used to. In the interest of flavor, health, the land and fair play (for the animals as well as the humans who handle them), what beef I do eat comes from grass-fed and locally raised cattle. And yes, pastured beef is expensive. (It should be.) So most often I buy ground beef, because it's affordable and versatile. Yet there's still room for steak in my life. >More


Brewers enjoy the present

The Brewers' inspired play of late (the team is 8-5 since the All-Star break) has helped lighten up these dog days of summer. Hearing a game like Monday night's tense victory over Cincinnati end with Bob Uecker shouting "Haaayyy struck heem out!" is a welcome treat after the 11 weeks Mr. Baseball spent recovering from heart surgery. >More
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