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Musical thrill rides: Buckle up for 25 exciting concerts by Madison bands in fall 2012

Madison is in for a turbulent fall, musically speaking. And that's not necessarily a problem. Don't get me wrong: Peaceful times aren't bad for the arts. Madison residents create plenty of good music while grinding away at graduate degrees and retiling their bathrooms. But the next few months will make local musicians discover how resourceful and tenacious they are. Change is on the horizon. >More


Ale Asylum readies to open large new brewery on north side

"The last 2,297 days went by too fast," says Ale Asylum co-owner Otto Dilba. Dilba, 38, shut off the tap lines and poured the final beers in the Madison brewery's Kinsman Boulevard tasting room on Saturday night. Dilba and co-owner/brewmaster Dean Coffey, 47, met while working together at the Angelic brewpub in downtown Madison and started Ale Asylum with some of its former equipment when Angelic jettisoned brewing to focus on being a campus-area bar. >More
 Tami Miller started a charity to deliver supplies to Madison's homeless

More than 60 of Madison's homeless, normally scattered all over the city, are gathered Friday night among the Philosopher's Stones alongside the Wisconsin Historical Museum, just off the Capitol. They're sitting or milling around, waiting this warm August evening for a special delivery. The word has obviously gotten out. >More


The two Tommys

It's a tale whose origins date to the Middle Ages, the story of Faust, the man who sold his soul to the devil. That's the scenario Democrats will be shopping this fall about Tommy Thompson, your Republican candidate for U.S. Senate: that this wide-eyed, small-town boy from Elroy, after 38 years as a public servant, couldn't resist compromising himself for cash, greedily striking a devilish bargain to win a lobbyist's plunder. >More
 Tell All: Sally Ride is no hero

Dear Tell All: I always idolized Sally Ride, the first female American astronaut in space. I also appreciated her efforts to get kids interested in science - a powerful message coming from a woman. But I was distressed to learn, after Ride's recent death, that she'd spent her life in the closet. She helped write her own obituary, in which she posthumously disclosed that she'd been involved with a woman for almost 30 years. >More


The Tiny Band enchants with wee instruments

Size matters to the Tiny Band, a local ensemble that includes Lisa Marine and Julia Ziemer of garage-waltz purveyors the Pointy Birds, Matt Appleby of klezmer outfit Yid Vicious, and Dan Hobson of proto-grunge trailblazers Killdozer. They play rock 'n' roll on the smallest instruments they can find. >More
 Saul Williams and Dessa shepherd hip-hop into poetic territory

"Spoken word" isn't the sexiest term in hip-hop, but it signals a point where the genre's artistry becomes more eclectic and free. American-born, Paris-dwelling artist Saul Williams and Dessa of Minneapolis' Doomtree crew blend rapping, singing and poetic monologues within a single track -- sometimes a single line. >More



Offering of the Angels exhibit at Chazen highlights religious works by major Italian artists

The UW's Chazen Museum of Art is offering a glimpse into the past -- from 300 to 600-plus years ago -- through Nov. 25. Here, at Offering of the Angels: Paintings and Tapestries from the Uffizi Gallery, visitors can admire rarely seen works from one of Europe's most famous museums: the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, Italy. Madison is this touring show's only Midwestern stop. >More
 Paula Poundstone garners laughs in the stacks and onstage

If Paula Poundstone wasn't a comedian, she might be a librarian. In addition to serving as a panelist on the popular NPR quiz show Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me, she's the spokesperson of the Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends and Foundations. I asked her about her less bookish habits -- stand-up and improv -- during a recent phone call. >More
 Go On is a sitcom based on grief

On Friends, Matthew Perry created one of the funniest TV characters of all time in the neurotic quipster Chandler Bing. Perry hasn't clicked in any starring vehicle since then, but not for lack of trying. After the doomed Mr. Sunshine and Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, he returns in Go On, playing a sports broadcaster named Ryan who's sent to a grief-counseling group to deal with his wife's death. >More


2013 Wisconsin Film Festival adds days, cuts downtown venues

Madison movie fans, brace yourselves: Major changes are in store for the Wisconsin Film Festival, the city's annual orgy of cinephilia. The 2013 fest will be longer. Slated to begin Thursday, April 11, it will last eight days, up from this year's five. >More
 A machine develops human flaws in Robot & Frank

Robot & Frank is a weird, winning little movie that explores what happens to the essential self as one's memory fades. Oh, and it's a heist picture. With robot butlers. I don't think I've ever seen anything quite like it. >More
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Double S BBQ in Cambridge favors East Texas specialties

"Word of mouth" is an odd phrase, if you think about it. What else would our mouths do, but make words? Well, eat, duh. Eat, and then talk about it. Eat roasted meats and bright vegetables and creamy desserts and then tell everyone you know. This is the magic that Double S BBQ has managed to harness. In the few months since opening the Cambridge storefront, owners Sarah and Shon Jones have bagged high honors at La Fête de Marquette and Taste of Madison. >More
 Madison gets its own producer of the fermented honey drink: Bos Meadery

With new Hobbit movies and the red-hot series Game of Thrones in the cultural consciousness, mead-swilling characters from medieval environs abound. So it is with admirable timing that Colleen Bos has just opened Madison's first facility dedicated solely to mead, combining her backgrounds as a homebrewer and medieval historian. Her Kickstarter project reached its goal in mid-August, and now a clean, professional meadery at 849 E. Washington Ave. is open for business. >More


Tale of two receivers

As a Madison East High School basketball and football star, Marquis Mason was as close to unguardable as any athlete I've seen in over 10 years. As a receiver in East's spread offense, Mason would get the ball on a screen pass, toss a defender or two aside and sprint down field. Mason's size, at 6'4" and 225 pounds, meant that few could out-leap him or fight through his stiff-arms to bring him down. >More
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