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Madison's racial divide: The school board race exposes an ugly problem

Reaction was swift and angry. "Enough is enough of this. Hypocrisy is alive and thriving in Madison!" read a Facebook post from United Migrant Opportunity Services board chair Juan Jose Lopez. "It was all part of a plan to silence Ananda Mirilli," wrote radio host and former Urban League board member Derrell Connor in a blog post entitled "Madison liberals hurting communities of color." >More


Why plans to build BioLink -- a key bio-agriculture project -- broke down

Can't really sugarcoat it. The failure of the BioLink project -- an ambitious city-led effort to create greenhouse space for commercializing agriculture research -- is a major setback in the region's efforts to create a 21st-century economy. >More
 East Washington Avenue warming shelter for homeless closes

On Sunday, the warming shelter located at 827 E. Washington Ave. will close its doors. The facility was intended to be open for only one season, but Dane County officials wanted a permanent, year-round day shelter that would provide people access to showers, lockers, food and services. >More
 Satya Rhodes-Conway reflects on Madison Common Council tenure

Satya Rhodes-Conway has been on the Common Council for only six years, but in that time she's established herself as one of its most intelligent and passionate members. Her tenure, however, is coming to an end, as she's decided not to run for re-election April 2. >More
 An easier 3D printing experience: Radiant Fabrication focuses on accessibility

If you're an inventor or crafter, perhaps you've used a 3D printer to bring your ideas or artwork to life. For the rest of us, the concept might sound kind of far out. But a world where 3D printing is as commonplace as laser printing is close enough to touch. >More


Paul Ryan, the wonk who wasn't

In the fall of 2010 the Federal Reserve was looking for a way to boost the economy out of the Great Recession. By then interest rates were as low as they could go, so the Fed tried another tack: "quantitative easing," injecting $600 billion of new money into the economy by buying up long-term debt. >More
 Tell All: The Boy Scouts' dilemma

Dear Tell All: I read with interest "No Honor for Boy Scouts" (2/21/2013). Den Brother argued that the Boy Scouts of America should simply stop discriminating against gays, and that the National Headquarters is wrong to wring its hands over "the complexity of this issue." >More


Ben Jaffe boldly leads Preservation Hall Jazz Band into the future

Start describing New Orleans' musical history and you may sound pompous in spite of yourself, so loaded is the subject with evolutionary leaps, esoteric traditions and ostentatious egos. The multigenerational Preservation Hall Jazz Band not only guards the momentous compositions and musical forms that gave birth to jazz, but also keeps the music fresh and open to new possibilities. >More
 British expat Bobby Long explores American traditions on Wishbone

When it came time to make his sophomore album, Wishbone, British singer-songwriter Bobby Long knew he wanted to take a different path than he did on his studio debut, 2011's A Winter Tale. His life changed a lot in the interim, so it seemed natural to reflect that shift in his music. >More
 Make Music Madison festival launches matchmaking system for performers and venues

The summer solstice festival Make Music Madison took its first steps toward fruition this week. Organizers have launched an online "matchmaking" system to connect performers with venues all over the city. Performances will take place all day on June 21. >More



Kiosk culture: Madison remains a haven for concert fliers, even in the Internet age

Saying the digital revolution has changed the music industry is like saying the wheel has really helped people get around. Once upon a time, musicians had to rely on record labels and disc jockeys to get their start, but now any band can create a song and broadcast it to the whole world in a day. Promoters can instantly reach the masses with tweets and email blasts. >More
 WYOU in limbo: The community-access TV station may collapse if it can't update its equipment

What is Madison's riskiest business these days, if by "risky" you mean "likely to disappear"? Traditional media outlets are top contenders. So are nonprofit organizations, especially those whose funding has been slashed. WYOU is both of these things: a nonprofit, community-access TV station that nearly vanished following the passage of the Video Competition Act in 2007. >More
 'Mr. Selfridge' turns a department store into the greatest show on earth

Jeremy Piven provides Masterpiece Classic with a jolt of American energy, rousing the series from its recent Downton Abbey lethargy. In the eight-part "Mr. Selfridge," Piven plays the real-life Harry Gordon Selfridge, a brash Chicago huckster who pioneered the modern department store in turn-of-the-century London. >More
 Madison Theatre Guild's zany Rumors brims with laughs and topnotch performances

The plot of Rumors could be the start of a joke: a lawyer, a shrink, and a politician walk into a dinner party. Then, of course, everything goes wrong. Hilariously wrong. Madison Theatre Guild gets everything right in its production of Neil Simon's classic comedy (through April 6 at the Bartell Theatre). >More


Like Someone in Love explores the relationship between affection and identity

For viewers, disorientation sets in early. The austere drama Like Someone in Love begins in a crowded Tokyo restaurant. We hear a voice. Who is speaking? The woman at the table over there, with her hand in front of her mouth? No. Eventually we learn that the voice belongs to Akiko (Rin Takanashi), a young university student. >More
 The Gatekeepers examines the triumphs and failures of an Israeli intelligence agency

The cardinal rule of surveillance is to keep quiet and let others do the talking. The Oscar-nominated documentary The Gatekeepers flips the script, to astonishing effect, giving voice to the retired directors of Shin Bet, Israel's domestic intelligence agency. >More
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Mineral Point's MP Dining Company is unexpected, and accomplished

Chef Charlie Socher's restaurant, Café Matou, was a well-regarded part of the Chicago dining scene for over a decade. While it didn't have big-name flash or follow trends, the bistro-y spot attracted the attention of knowledgeable diners with its solid French-centric fare. From eating there in its early days, I remember two comfortably appointed rooms, good service and relatively inexpensive dishes that had moments of flavor-combining greatness. >More


The Baseball Thesaurus is an insider's guide to the game's lingo

Every time I hear Milwaukee Brewers announcer Bill Schroeder call a sharp line drive a "frozen rope," I'm reminded why I love the game. Words are as integral to baseball as statistics. It's a sport that makes people leap after synonyms like fielders flying into stands to catch a foul ball. >More
 Spotlight's on Wisconsin men's hockey in NCAA tournament

The Wisconsin men's hockey program has won six national titles, the most recent of which came in 2006. That title run was set up nicely for Wisconsin with two regional games in Green Bay and the Frozen Four in Milwaukee, all well attended by a fan base hungry for a taste of hockey glory they hadn't experienced since 1990. >More
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