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A Madison dad faces deportation for smoking weed as a teenager

By the time Alex Timofeev got home from work at the Nakoma Country Club, had dinner and relaxed with his customary cup of tea, it was past midnight. When the doorbell rang in the early morning he tried to ignore it. But the ringing was insistent so he left his fiancée in bed, threw on some boxer shorts and went to the front door >More


Why are there so few women in academia working on information technology?

So what could be cooler than being a young techie in Madison? These prototypical urbanistas " bike-riders, app-writers, coffee-shop habitués and craft beer aficionados " are the exemplars of the young innovators populating the downtown and maybe building Dane County's 2lst-century economy. All the more reason for a gray-bearded reporter to sit in on the groundbreaking "Starting a Software Company" class in UW-Madison's Computer Science program last December. >More
 What are Madison police doing to watch out for the homeless?

After a homeless man was fatally beaten on the Capitol Square June 18, Capt. Carl Gloede says Madison police started hearing comments that "this happens all the time and nothing ever happens about it." >More
 Racial profiling on Madison Metro?

Jessie Reeder has been a student at UW-Madison for seven years. She's also a regular Madison Metro bus rider. In all those years, she's never once been asked to show an ID to prove her student bus pass is legit. On June 19 she climbed aboard the #2 route at Johnson and Mills, and the bus driver "just smiled at me, like hundreds of times before." >More
 Teens' summer jobs do triple duty

I always assumed my oldest kid, recently turned 16 and heading into his junior year of high school, would spend his summers as I did. A child of the '80s and under the heavy influence of Fast Times at Ridgemont High, I worked in fast food or at the mall. No parents, after all, want a Jeff Spicoli, the film's unemployed surfer dude, on their hands from June through August. So I've encouraged my son to fill out dozens of applications for sandwich-making, sweater-folding and ice-cream scooping. >More


Mary Burke for Wisconsin governor?

The most interesting news so far about the looming 2014 governor's race was Associated Press reporter Scott Bauer's scoop that Wisconsin Democrats have been poll-testing a run by Madison's Mary Burke. Within a day of the Dems' telephone poll, Bauer reports, someone registered six Internet domain names with different combinations of the words "governor" and "Mary Burke." Sounds like a plan. >More
 Tell All: In defense of Paula Deen

Dear Tell All: I'm troubled by how quickly celebrity chef Paula Deen was shunned following revelations that she'd used the "N-word" in private. Deen has been pilloried in the press, dropped from the Food Network, and fired by sponsors. >More


Madison troubadour Brandon Beebe traded medicine for music

If there were such a thing as musical multiple personality disorder, Brandon Beebe would have it. Sometimes the local singer-songwriter highlights heavy rhythms from the realms of funk, soul and world music. Other times he gravitates toward mellow folk laced with strings and vocal harmonies. And then there's the hip-hop he creates in the duo the Beat Chefs. >More
 Madison Early Music Festival honors Germany's Age of Enlightenment

As lovely as HBO's Game of Thrones theme song may be, it isn't representative of the Middle Ages, the Renaissance or even the early Baroque period. Classical music lovers can enjoy repertoire from all three of these eras at the Madison Early Music Festival July 6-12. >More
 La Fête de Marquette celebrates the global reach of French-speaking culture

La Fête de Marquette 2013 is right around the corner, and its focus on French-themed fun is stronger than ever with performers from at least six Francophone regions of the world. The four-day fest begins July 11, with Creole tunes by CJ Chenier & the Red Hot Louisiana Band (7:30 p.m.) and electronic music from Luke Solomon (8:45 p.m.). Here's a guide to some other key performances, which take place near the intersection of East Washington and South Dickinson through July 14. >More



The road to 45 North

The show's teetering on the brink of catastrophe, and the listeners have absolutely no idea. First the phone system crashed -- on the one day the studio engineer is not on site -- and it could go out again at any moment. Rhonda Fanning, one of the show's two producers, is frantically trying to get today's guest, Albert Mazibuko of the South African choral group Ladysmith Black Mambazo, on the phone. Mazibuko was there a minute ago, but now his cell's mysteriously busy. >More
 Dexter meets the woman who made him a killer

In episode two of Dexter's nail-biting final season, our psychopathic hero (Michael C. Hall) makes a troubling discovery about his past. A renowned expert on psychopaths, Dr. Evelyn Vogel (Charlotte Rampling), reveals that she's the one who worked behind the scenes to help him focus his homicidal urges as a young boy. Due to her efforts, she says, he learned to kill "only those who deserved to die." >More
 American Players Theatre shows off Hamlet's wit as well as its wisdom

A 30-minute rain delay on Saturday couldn't dampen the Dane at American Players Theatre's opening performance of Hamlet (through Oct. 4). Huddling under my poncho in a freezing downpour seemed the perfect way to watch Shakespeare's most well-known and oft-quoted tragedy. That is, until the people behind me started singing "Row, Row, Row Your Boat" at the top of their lungs. >More
 American Players Theatre's Dickens in America highlights the author's talent for cultivating empathy

You don't have to be a huge fan of writer Charles Dickens or actor James Ridge to appreciate the talents of both in American Players Theatre's Dickens in America (through Oct. 19). The play opened Saturday in the indoor Touchstone Theatre. >More


The Lone Ranger spends two hours smirking at its own jokes

Johnny Depp used to have movie buffs in the palm of his hand. Here was a too-pretty-to-be-true movie star who, instead of gravitating toward safe choices, hid his face behind funky makeup and facial hair. Even when he starred in a blockbuster franchise, Pirates of the Caribbean, it was in a role that few other stars would touch, let alone play the way he did. >More
 Despicable Me 2 adopts some of Hollywood's worst tropes

What makes Despicable Me 2 so frustrating is that its predecessor was challenging. Not challenging in a hugely subversive way, but it doesn't take much to shake up a Hollywood paradigm. Casting a villain as the hero in a cartoon comedy is one way. Filling out a cast with three wild -- and wildly individual -- little girls is another way. >More
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Banzo on Sherman Avenue continues the food cart's mania for falafel and more

It was certain that Madison would take to food carts and trucks in its own way. In larger cities like Los Angeles, the urban sprawl is ideally suited for mobile gourmet offerings that develop rabid followings. The trucks/carts stop in locations where nothing of similar quality and creativity is available " around museums, say, or in the parking lots of lonely wine shops. >More
 West Madison's changing grocery landscape

When I was growing up on the near west side of Madison, summer days meant riding dirt bikes around in a pack to Hoyt Park, Quarry Park and Picnic Point. After a day of adventuring, we would be hot and thirsty. Time to hit the main grocery store of the area at the time, El Rancho on University and Farley. >More


If you can't beat 'em, join 'em

Remember when Brewers fans chuckled about their team's domination over the Pittsburgh Pirates? It happened as recently as May 24, when headlines such as "Brewers beat Pirates...again" appeared in state media outlets. At that time, Milwaukee's record against Pittsburgh was 47-8 over the last seven seasons. >More
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