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'I loved him so much': Why one woman stayed with her abusive husband

It's not the three decades of abuse she suffered at the hands of her late first husband that still haunts 79-year-old Bea Christensen. What pains her now, so many years later, is what happened to her children. "The part that makes me feel bad is not my getting hit, but their getting hit," she says tearfully. "It makes me remember when they were little and they had their little white Jockey pants, and they had been spanked so hard on the bottom that his hand print was visible in -- the bruises. And I was too afraid to walk away." >More


A new hotel wouldn't necessarily solve Monona Terrace's problems

Charles Johnson, a consultant hired by the city, told a committee Monday evening that the convention business is a healthy one that Madison could do more to cash in on. But he added a caveat: "It's a mature industry, so you have to fight more." In his new study, Johnson is urging Madison to enter the ring by subsidizing a 400- to 500-room hotel downtown across from the Monona Terrace convention center. >More
 There's still a chance we'll see a new Madison bus depot

When Badger Coaches turned its bus terminal at the corner of West Washington Avenue and South Bedford Street into apartments and retail space in 2009, Madison's bus passengers were dealt a blow. In a letter at the time to city officials, the company's attorney noted that "operations going forward will be more in line with how bus companies are now operating all over the country." In other words: Madison bus riders better get used to online ticket sales and curbside pickups. >More
 Madison B-cycle's year of the commuter

Madison B-cycle considers its 2012 season a victory for bike commuting. The bike-sharing program allows users to check out bicycles at stations throughout the downtown, take a trip, and return the bike to a station. Customer miles traveled last year tripled from the 2011 inaugural season, leaping from 36,618 to 94,402 miles, according to the program's annual report, released in December. >More


Wisconsin mining bill is widely misunderstood

One of the first items of business for Wisconsin's new Legislature will be a reconsideration of Assembly Bill 426, which reforms the state's regulation of iron mining. In the previous session, the bill passed the Assembly by a 59-36 margin but fell one vote shy in the Senate, when Republican Dale Schultz defected in an otherwise straight party-line vote. With an expanded 18-to-15 majority, the GOP can pass AB 426 without Schultz's vote, but hopefully a few Democrats will also support the interests of their blue-collar union constituents by voting in favor of this widely misunderstood bill. >More
 Rethinking ink: What we see when we see tattoos

Bobby Blair's dad was a beer drunk. That means he could work at his buzz all afternoon, and he sure enough did. He was the kind of man who liked to be left alone. He sat in a chair most of the day under the awning of their back porch and stared off into the woods behind their house. >More
 Tell All: Defending Suzy Favor Hamilton

Dear Tell All: I disagree with your answer to In Shock, who criticized the sexual misconduct of Madison-based track star Suzy Favor Hamilton ("Sympathy for Suzy Favor Hamilton," 1/4/2013). You excuse Favor Hamilton's decision to spend the past year as a high-priced Las Vegas prostitute because of "the pressure she must have felt" as an Olympic athlete, a corporate spokesperson and a motivational speaker. Well, who forced her to be all those things? When most of us feel pressure, we stop doing whatever is causing us trouble. >More


Red Dragon TV honors the kindness of a Madison musician

The story of Ari John White Wolf's early years overflows with more pain and sadness than anyone should have to endure. This darkness springs from the bio he's posted to his website,, but he beams when speaking about one person from his past: Mark Wiley. A musician who played in local bands like Side Effects and Figure 5, Wiley took a lost and lonely teenage White Wolf under his wing and into the Madison music scene in the 1980s. >More
 Murder by Death explore nihilism one moment, tenderness the next

Murder by Death's gothic country sound is defined by the their group dynamic, not their generous helping of spaghetti-western tropes. Sarah Balliet's cello proves as rugged and volatile as singer Adam Turla's mournful baritone. While the Indiana band's 12-year career has had its ups and downs, the musicians shift deftly between punk-like fury and eerie quiet. >More
 With the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, Claude Delangle proves that the saxophone can be a classical instrument

Andrew Sewell and the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra once again demonstrated their penchant for adventurous novelty Friday evening at Overture Center's Capitol Theater. This was certainly so in their choice of a guest soloist. >More



The Grand Illusionist: Matthew Teague tries to make it as a full-time Madison magician

Matthew Teague has a problem. In fact, the 28-year-old magician has a couple of them. First, it's loud. Presumably, the atmosphere at Nakoma Golf Club is more sedate most days. But it's a Friday night in mid-December, and holiday celebrations are in full swing. Bass shakes the walls as a band covers Beyoncé in the next room. >More
 Chazen Museum's German and Austrian Prints examines European modernism

Print lovers owe themselves a visit to the UW's Chazen Museum of Art this winter. Two current shows, one showcasing work made at Tandem Press and the other highlighting a collection of prints donated by a UW alum, are essential viewing. >More
 Strollers Theatre's Cat on a Hot Tin Roof is a remarkable portrait of a southern family in crisis

A sold-out house and a standing ovation welcomed Strollers Theatre at its opening performance of Cat On A Hot Tin Roof last night. This exemplary production runs through Feb. 2 at the Bartell Theatre. Perhaps it was the racy playbill featuring leading lady Jessica Jane Witham that drew me to the show. >More
 The Following features the world's most unlikely evildoer

I've always argued that a Kevin Bacon performance is never without merit, no matter the production. But I've finally lost the argument with the premiere of The Following, a horror series from Kevin Williamson of Scream fame. It's written so badly that even Bacon bombs as a detective with a permanent Joe Friday scowl. >More


In Rust and Bone, romance springs from street fights and soul-crushing tragedies

Rust and Bone is not the first movie French filmmaker Jacques Audiard would be expected to make on the heels of A Prophet, his widely lauded 2009 film. A devastating story about race, class and power, A Prophet takes place within an all-male prison, far from the azure waters of Antibes, the Mediterranean resort town where Rust and Bone is set. >More
 Broken City's detective stumbles into a web of corruption

Broken City evokes the gallows humor of Menace II Society, the 1993 debut of twin-brother directors Allen and Albert Hughes, but it lacks a coherent plot. Allen went solo to direct this detective story, suggesting that Albert is the twin with the most talent. >More
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A La Brasa Latin Cuisine takes cooking over coals seriously

Madison is in the midst of a major expansion of Latin restaurants: Salvadoran, Dominican, Caribbean. It should be a good time for A La Brasa Latin Cuisine, on Broom Street in the former Tropical Cuisine space, to make its mark. Yet it sometimes struggles to maintain its footing. >More
 Pair a syrah with bitter cold weather

The market for syrah has gone sour for a while now, the noble varietal's reputation damaged by schlocky inexpensive Aussie shiraz. There's a tired joke in wine country that it's easier to get rid of pneumonia than a case of this once hot grape. >More


Cheering local sports

Now that the Green Bay Packers' season is over, the spotlight has shifted to other parts of the sporting world. This week, headlines are dominated by cycling legend Lance Armstrong telling Oprah Winfrey about his use of performance-enhancing drugs. >More
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