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#MeetMadison: Who are the people of this city?

Madison is a city but can often feel like a small town. Even the most gregarious among us tend to hang out with those we already know. It's comfortable and easy. But we can miss a lot. #MeetMadison, a partnership between Isthmus and four UW journalism classes, attempts to paint a more complete portrait of the people who live and work here. >More


Nathan Lustig takes his talent abroad

It's revealing how often Nathan Lustig uses the pronoun "we" when he discusses the tightly connected world of Madison's tech entrepreneurs. Just a tender 27 years old, Lustig ran two celebrated Madison enterprises as a UW-Madison undergraduate. enabled sellers and buyers of UW football tickets to do their business online. And with Jesse Davis, Lustig launched Entrustet, a digital will that allowed people to transfer and delete online accounts upon death and their passage to the no-service hereafter. >More
 Can Madison's city government, school district work together?

Steve Somerson and Helena Tsotsis would like Madison's city government and schools to work together. As parents of children in the school district, they say they haven't seen much cooperation in the past. >More
 Another hassle for Occupy Madison homeless encampment

The Occupy Madison homeless encampment spent most of last summer at Dane County campgrounds. It hoped to do the same this year when the parks reopened for camping. But when the campers showed up at Lake Farm Park last week, they faced a new camp rule: Only one tent is allowed per site. >More
 The Doyenne Group offers support for female entrepreneurs

Next time you're at an entrepreneurial event, count the number of women in the room. Wondering why there are so few? Heather Wentler and Amy Gannon have some ideas. Founders of the Doyenne Group, which aims to support female entrepreneurs, Wentler and Gannon questioned women about their conspicuous absence from networking and business-building events. >More


Should Wisconsin's politicians or voters decide when a recall is warranted?

The 10th Senate District is a mostly rural area bordering the Mississippi River in northwestern Wisconsin that has been something of a family fiefdom. Republican Jim Harsdorf served it from 1981 to 1989, and his sister and fellow Republican Sheila Harsdorf has held it from 2000 to today. Prior to this, Sheila served an Assembly district for 12 years that her brother had previously held for four years. >More
 Tell All: Enough with the kinky sex!

Dear Tell All: I consider myself a tolerant person, and I'm no prude about sex. It's not that easy to shock me. But my husband and I are friends with a local couple who've begun talking to us about their kinky sex lives, and I find myself feeling like a repressed 1950s suburban wife. This stuff really does shock me. >More


The Hussy blow this popsicle stand

Psychedelic garage rockers Bobby and Heather Hussy aren't a romantic couple, but they are a couple of turkeys. They're goofy, wild and, at times, quite noisy. It took them four years to learn how to fly, but they've been defying gravity ever since. >More
 Carolina Chocolate Drops find success with their version of traditional folk

The Carolina Chocolate Drops have hit it big with their contemporary take on old-time folk music. So big that life on the road can be discombobulating. "I knew we were hitting it hard on the road when I wouldn't remember what room I'd be in at a hotel, just because there'd been too many in a row," says multi-instrumentalist Dom Flemons. >More
 Freddie Gibbs didn't need an LP to launch his rap career

When rapper Freddie Gibbs visits the UW Union South Sett this Saturday, he'll bring along a deep catalog of songs. This may come as a surprise since he hasn't released an LP after nearly 10 years in the game. But the Gary, Ind., native hasn't let years of false starts and label drama hold him back. >More



MMoCA's Seen/Unseen examines the link between observing and believing

The relationship between senses and beliefs is fertile territory for thinkers in the arts and sciences. Must something be seen to be believed? When does sight fail to reflect reality? And if something is out of sight and out of mind, does it truly "exist"? These are just a few questions considered in the Seen/Unseen exhibition at the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art (through June 16 at the Henry Street Gallery). >More
 Madison Theatre Guild's boom is a smart, witty comedy about sex, fate and the end of the world

boom by the Madison Theatre Guild (through May 4 at the Bartell Theatre) starts with a Craigslist ad in the personals section. Jo, a journalism student (Stacy DeGolier), advertises her desire for "sex to change the course of the world," which leads her into the underground laboratory of Jules, a marine biologist (Nate Peterson). She bursts onto the scene ready for earth-shattering intercourse, only to find a nerd obsessed with his apocalyptic theories. >More
 American Idol emphasizes silliness over singing

The American Idol season is heading into its final stretch, but it's not the must-see TV of yore. Ratings are dropping, rival singing competitions are coming on strong, and the last half-dozen winners have been nondescript. We've been around the block too many times to buy into the finalists' personal journeys, which we now know will likely culminate in touring Broadway musicals, at best. >More


A reporter probes a lawyer's radical past in The Company You Keep

The Company You Keep is an engaging thriller. I wished for more. The film's topic is the Weather Underground, the band of radicals who committed violent crimes in the Vietnam War era. Some of them took it on the lam for years after. You'll recall that the Weather Underground was a campaign issue in 2008, when President Obama's foes attempted to link him to members of the group. >More
 In Room 237, obsessive Kubrick fans share elaborate theories about The Shining

Room 237 is like an Opposite Day version of That's Entertainment!, the 1974 film that gathered the best scenes from old MGM musicals. Director Rodney Ascher's documentary compiles the most mundane moments from Stanley Kubrick's horror film The Shining -- and declares them the most interesting moments. >More
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Marrakesh's small dishes are the way to make a meal

When the well-liked Shish Cafe closed along with its sister restaurant, Palmyra, the double loss left a Mediterranean-sized hole in Madison's west-side dining scene. The closures hit vegetarians particularly hard, as the classic meze (small dish) items like hummus, stuffed grape leaves and baba ganouj at the two Syrian spots were among the city's tastier non-meat offerings. >More


A more beautiful Southwest Bike Path

Across Madison, residents have stepped forward to help beautify our network of bike paths. On the near west side, that's led the Regent and Dudgeon-Monroe neighborhoods to create a unique partnership. Their nexus is the Southwest Bike Path, where residents and organizations have come together to beautify their shared South Prospect Avenue crossing. It started modestly in 2000, as an experiment in "guerrilla gardening." >More
 Badger softball's promise

The Wisconsin softball team was holding on to third place in the Big Ten by a half-game going into Wednesday's scheduled doubleheader against Northwestern. Michigan and Nebraska were ahead of the Badgers in the standings, with each team playing 13 home games so far this season. >More
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