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Extreme beer: Wisconsin brewers go way beyond lager

Normally, I would not get up early on a Saturday, pile into my car and drive 30 miles through the freezing rain just for a beer. Extreme beers, however, call for extreme measures. And so it is that I find myself at Vintage Liquor in Black Earth, purchasing four bottles of Thermo Refur, made by Spring Green brewer Furthermore. >More


How to solve the achievement gap in Madison?

Just when all signs indicated that supporters of Madison Preparatory Academy were abandoning hope of joining forces with the Madison school district, they've decided to give it one more shot. They're seeking another vote on the controversial charter-school proposal in late February. >More
 Walker recall drive breaks national records, as 'dance' begins for a Democratic challenger

There had to be an event planner involved at some point. First there was the buildup: Organizers of the campaign to recall Gov. Scott Walker kept mum for weeks about the total number of signatures collected. Then there were the successive news briefings for media on Tuesday with embargoed conditions (shame on you, Bloomberg, for jumping the gun). And then there was the theatrical procession of volunteers from around the state carrying more than 1 million signatures from a U-Haul truck to the state elections board on East Washington Avenue. >More


Abortion is here to stay

Abortion is a powerful force in American politics. If anybody but Mitt Romney wins the Republican presidential nomination, it will be at least partially due to Romney's past support of abortion rights as governor of Massachusetts. Likewise, if Romney prevails, he'll have his recently adopted anti-abortion position to thank. >More
 Remembering the first car

It's probably just a myth that the city of Madison requires all new car purchases to be Subaru Outbacks. Still, we complied after our gray van died over the holidays, giving new meaning to winter break. God rest her soul. She was a good 'un, the sixth car we've owned since we got married. Like a lot of things, the first was the best. >More
 Tell All: Moving south of Madison

Dear Tell All: Longtime Madisonian, first-time writer. I found myself loving this snowless winter while it lasted. A lot. And I have been thinking about how I might be a happier person overall if I moved somewhere in the U.S. where I didn't have to contend with typical Wisconsin winters. But that means heading south, to a political climate I probably wouldn't feel at home in. What are the most progressive cities in the U.S. that also have warm climates? >More


DLO creates an instrumental hip-hop series in his basement

Rapper DLO, real name Bradley Thomas, is one of Madison's strongest hip-hop voices. That's thanks in part to his work with dumate, the hip-hop band that released We Have the Technology in 2009. Thomas also pairs with producer Man Mantis as IceMantis and helps fellow dumate MC Laduma Nguyuza produce the James Baldwin-inspired Billie James Project. >More
 Rock veteran Paul Collins carries on

Power-pop hero Paul Collins remembers his teen years, four decades ago, as if they were yesterday. His family had settled in New York City after stints in Europe and Vietnam, and he was accepted to Juilliard's prestigious music program. Before long, he and his band, the Nerves, trekked to California, where their breezy sound blazed a trail for pop-loving rockers. >More



Lynda Barry brings her visionary talent to a UW residency

On a blustery afternoon at November's end -- when it's drearily dark at 4:30 -- a standing-room-only crowd jammed into a subterranean lecture hall at the UW's Chazen Museum of Art. Seating nearly 300, room L160 is typically a place where undergrads soldier through intro art history lectures on the Doryphoros or the Isenheim altarpiece. Yet, on this day, they were there to see cartoonist extraordinaire Lynda Barry, who quickly ensnared the audience with her kooky and sometimes profane wit. >More
 Phil Ochs: Strumming for peace

Phil Ochs was a singer-guitarist at the heart of the 1960s protest-folk movement. "Phil Ochs: There But for Fortune" on American Masters explores his passionate commitment to peace and justice, as he strummed his way through endless anti-segregation and anti-war demonstrations. >More
 JD Walsh previews new Hulu political drama Battleground, shot in Madison

Madisonians are plugged in politically, but many of us were confused by the campaign bus that came to town last fall advertising "Deirdre Samuels for Senate." Who the heck is Deirdre Samuels? We'll find out on Feb. 14, when Battleground premieres on the popular streaming website >More


Haywire star Gina Carano is a knockout

Steven Soderbergh has a knack for finding talent in unlikely places. In casting The Girlfriend Experience, he looked to porn and found the appealing Sasha Grey. Now, with the action thriller Haywire, he has looked to mixed-martial-arts fighting and come up with Gina Carano, a glowering fighter who is a lovely, lively presence. >More
 Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close avoids melodrama

Some look at the story elements in Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close and see rich dramatic possibilities: the 9/11 attacks; a grieving mother and son; a mysterious, mute neighbor; a quest to find the lock that fits a key. Others see a recipe for emotionally manipulative preciousness. You know which one you are. >More
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The new Brocach suits the near west side

It's hard to believe the original Brocach on the Capitol Square is going on eight years old already. Continuing the formula that worked well here, a second location opened in Milwaukee four years ago. Now, owners Cliff McDonald and Don Gautreau have launched a third branch on Monroe Street across from Trader Joe's. >More
 The Muffin Exchange operates on good works from you

Say, what would you give for a muffin? $1.50? Nope, sorry, that won't do. To get a muffin from Ian Klepetar, you're going to have to cough up something more personally crucial than the bills in your wallet. Klepetar exchanges commitments for muffins. >More


Where's the ? for Wisconsin women's hockey?

The defending national champion Wisconsin women's hockey team has won four out of the last six national titles. Ranked first in the country, the Badgers (20-2-2) are favored to make another title run this season. >More
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