Connect with Isthmus:         Newsletters 

Wednesday, January 28, 2015 |  Madison, WI: 28.0° F  Mostly Cloudy
The Paper


Can new coach Bobbie Kelsey turn UW women's basketball around?

Running lines is an age-old college basketball practice tradition. The team lines up on the baseline. The shot clock is set for the time to beat. The whistle blows. And they're off. Players run to the nearest foul line and back to the baseline. Then to the midcourt line and back to the baseline. Next to the distant foul line and back. And, finally, all the way to the other baseline and back. >More


Madison gets serious about voting rights

Nothing can rile a taxpayer quite like an unplowed street or missed garbage pickup. The delivery of basic services can make or break a mayoral career. But a funny thing happened in the last year or so: In two separate city surveys, Madison residents identified election administration as one of the priority services delivered by city employees. >More
 Madison Prep supporters, opponents fight it out

Kaleem Caire is feeling pretty confident that the Madison school board will approve Madison Preparatory Academy in late November. After all, he's made substantial concessions to appease his most influential critics, and support for the charter school, which would target at-risk minority students, appears to be gaining momentum. >More


Republicans try to rewrite recall rules

Now that state Republicans have weakened Wisconsin's campaign finance and disclosure rules and made it harder for students, poor people and minorities to vote, they are turning their attention to another urgent matter: getting control over the recall process for Gov. Scott Walker. >More
 Tell All: Advice for the west side

In "West-Siders Gone Wild" (9/23/2011), a writer named Fed Up described a discussion on his west-side neighborhood's listserv. The subject was a five-second military flyover at a Badger football game -- an event that apparently had the liberal neighbors up in arms, railing at the U.S. Army and threatening to boycott UW games. >More


The Smoking Popes' new release has a teenage point of view

Along with Green Day and Jimmy Eat World, Chicago's Smoking Popes helped pioneer the melodic pop-punk movement of the early 1990s. In 2011, they are sounding as youthful as ever. That's due in part to This Is Only a Test, a new album that shines a light on life from a teenager's perspective. >More
 Panic! At the Disco cuts new album, pares down lineup

Breaking up is hard to do, as the old Neil Sedaka song goes. However, when guitarist Ryan Ross and bassist Jon Walker left alt-rock hit machine Panic! At the Disco, the two remaining members -- singer Brendon Urie and drummer Spencer Smith -- adopted the "let's stay together" approach of Al Green. >More



Cover to cover to cover: A guide to event-hopping at the jam-packed 2011 Wisconsin Book Festival

Previewing this year's Wisconsin Book Festival schedule makes me think of that legendary interview advice. When asked to describe your biggest weakness, tell them it's probably your need to do everything right. By which I mean that the amazing depth and breadth of this year's festival (Oct. 19-23) is undeniably its greatest strength -- a person of broad interests should be delighted. >More
 Broadway, the Negro Problem and SpongeBob

A Tony and Obie award winner is artist in residence at the UW-Madison's Arts Institute. But your kids might know him best for his work on SpongeBob SquarePants. Mark Stewart, known as Stew, is a singer, songwriter and playwright who lives in Berlin and Brooklyn. He is teaching, broadcasting and hosting performances all semester. Many events are open to the public. >More
 Man Up gets modern dudes just right

I usually wince when a network sitcom panders to the 18-to-49 male demographic (see this year's Last Man Standing, last year's Traffic Lights). But the new Man Up hits this demographic where it hurts. It's a brilliant satire of male pretension and male pride, so painfully on target that it might drive away the very viewers it seeks to attract. >More


AIDS wracks a South African town in Life, Above All

People are dying of AIDS. Ashamed and frightened, sufferers keep their illness a secret. The ailment is said to be a curse, a divine punishment visited on sinners. That sounds like America a generation ago, at the height of the U.S. HIV/AIDS crisis. But it is South Africa, circa now, as depicted in the wrenching melodrama Life, Above All. >More
 Footloose returns, more revival than remake

You probably weren't expecting a profound existential enigma in the new Footloose, co-writer/director Craig Brewer's remake of the affectionately remembered 1984 film. But during the opening credits, characters dance and sing along to Kenny Loggins' familiar theme song. >More
Select a Movie
Select a Theater



Where to eat at Union South

The new Union South has six dining spaces that have opened fulltime only this fall. The wide selection of cuisines and the modern, clean ambiance of each eatery is an appealing change from the sub-sandwich-ridden cafes that dominate other university options. The only problem is deciding where to start. Here's a cheat sheet. >More
 Apple dumplings for cheeseheads (recipe)

Apple dumplings are one of my favorite apple incarnations. They pop up in cuisines across Europe (Germany, Denmark, the Netherlands and more) plus in the U.S., especially in places like Pennsylvania, where a large Amish population thrives. >More


The Brewers' pitching problem

A baseball cliché you're likely to hear a lot during the playoffs is "good pitching beats good hitting." That is, except when it doesn't. Philadelphia, the team with by far the best pitching in Major League Baseball this season, is still trying to figure out how its staff of Cy Young and postseason MVP winners could have been eliminated by St. Louis in the divisional round. >More
Promotions Contact us Privacy Policy Jobs Newsletters RSS
Collapse Photo Bar