Connect with Isthmus:         Newsletters 

Wednesday, January 28, 2015 |  Madison, WI: 32.0° F  Light Rain
The Paper


Monroe Street keeps it local

Monroe Street has some of our finest shops and restaurants. It's home to Bucky Badger, nuns and Trader Joe's, and it has been visited by notables including Ulysses Grant and the real Winnie the Pooh. It's our first suburb, and according to an official city report it "has no existing direct competitors within Madison in terms of business mix and merchandise quality." >More


The apartment building boom is back in Madison

Before the housing crash in 2008, most American cities saw their share of new condo projects and subdivisions of shiny new McMansions. The Madison area was no exception. All that growth, however, came to a halt with the economic downturn. But five years later, the city is suddenly erupting with new construction -- almost exclusively apartment buildings. >More
 Common Council defeats proposal to turn the Madison Municipal Building into a hotel

An effort to let developers use the Madison Municipal Building as part of the Judge Doyle Square project narrowly failed to get approval from the Common Council Tuesday night. The massive project on two city blocks, adjacent to Monona Terrace, includes replacing the city's Government East parking garage with underground parking, a headquarters hotel to complement Monona Terrace, and retail, housing and office space. >More
 Dane County looks to buy new vote tabulators

As floods go, the timing couldn't have been better. On June 27, the Madison clerk's office realized that several of its electronic vote tabulators stored at the Villager Mall had flooded. >More


WEDC offers taxpayer support for Walker campaign contributors

The Doyle administration civil servant who went to jail on federal corruption charges was a right-wing scapegoat during the 2006 governor's race, before she had her conviction overturned because the evidence was so thin. The Republicans piled on Thompson, who was actually a Republican hire, during their crusade to unseat Gov. Jim Doyle. >More
 18,000 pounds of fun at La Fête de Marquette (video)

When Ed Dudley took a job with Iowa-based Sound Concepts, he figured the owner was going to give him audio work at concerts and festivals. "I didn't even know he owned a Ferris wheel." That was nine years ago. Dudley's been operating a Ferris wheel ever since. Would you ride a 45-foot-tall amusement assembled by your neighbors? No? Too late if you rode the wheel at La Fête de Marquette last weekend. Dudley's contract says festivals must provide setup and takedown labor. >More
 Tell All: Using the N-word

Dear Tell All: In defending celebrity chef Paula Deen, whose cooking empire crumbled after she admitted to using the N-word, Southern Cooking Fan told you about her own older relatives, who occasionally used the N-word themselves ("In Defense of Paula Deen," 7/3/2013). How astoundingly arrogant of you to judge her relatives as having hate in their hearts. I'd agree they are insensitive and old-fashioned, but how can you know they hate, just because they privately use the N-word? >More


Youthful troubadour Max Dvorak is blazing a trail to Nashville

Max Dvorak appreciates heartbreak just as much as happiness. Well, almost. As the local singer-songwriter, 17, prepares for life after high school, he appreciates what it's taken to get to where he is now. He knows that the good and the bad have shaped who he is today, and that both can inform the songs he writes tomorrow. >More
 Killer Mike and El-P are twice as menacing in Run the Jewels

This Saturday, the UW Memorial Union Terrace plays host to one of the most impressive underground hip-hop bills in recent Madison history. Run the Jewels, a duo composed of Atlanta's Killer Mike and Brooklyn's El-P, headline a show that also features Das Racist's Kool A.D. and Despot, a talented MC from Queens. Here is an essential track from each of them to get you prepared for the impending verbal Olympiad. >More



Locavore lit: Summer brings novels to savor by Madison authors Susanna Daniel and Kelly Harms

One of the pleasures of living in Wisconsin is its bounty of delights for locavores, from hoppy microbrews to rich cheeses and brilliantly colored produce at farmers' markets. But why limit yourself to just eating locally? It's rewarding to be a literary locavore, too. There's a fresh crop of books by Madison authors out this summer, including new titles by Susanna Daniel and Kelly Harms. >More
 Small spaces, big ideas: Little Galleries arrives on Monroe Street

Last Friday a new art gallery opened with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Monroe Street. The building's sleek black lines and glass windows blend in with the surrounding architecture, and its first exhibit is attracting plenty of foot traffic. Pretty good for a gallery with less than three square feet of space. >More
 University Theatre's Hound of the Baskervilles is an entertaining romp with a sharp Sherlock Holmes

University Theatre is smart to tap into Sherlock Holmes' resurgence in popularity by presenting Hound of the Baskervilles (through July 28 at UW Vilas Hall), Tim Kell's play based on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's novel. The dynamic between Dr. Watson and the famed detective, whether on the big screen with Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law or the small screen with Benedict Cumberbatch and Martine Freeman, or Jonny Lee Miller and Lucy Liu, is always appealing. Holmes enthusiasts will enjoy this pair's repartee in this production as well. >More
 Breaking Pointe chronicles bad behavior in a real ballet troupe

The CW, home of teen soaps like Gossip Girl, goes in a different direction with Breaking Pointe. Beginning its second season, the docuseries peeks behind the scenes of Salt Lake City's Ballet West, where dancers dedicate themselves to an exacting art form. >More


'80s references disguise The Way, Way Back's lack of substance

The Way, Way Back taps into Generation X's nostalgia for the good ol' days, invoking Pac-Man and REO Speedwagon in a subtle homage to movies like The Flamingo Kid, in which teenage boys experience transformative summers on their way to adulthood. But these pop-culture signifiers contribute little to this contemporary coming-of-age tale set in a sleepy Cape Cod beach town. >More
 The Conjuring's lack of imagination is scarier than its demons

The Conjuring uses every parlor trick imaginable to scare up a scream: deafening door-slams, ghostly apparitions, demonic cackling, levitating chairs. But the seen-it-before elements of this supernatural thriller, directed by Saw's creator, are more hoary than horrific. It might as well be retitled The Amityville Exorcist. >More
Select a Movie
Select a Theater



Walleye is the king of Friday fish fry in Madison

Walleye is a special fish in Wisconsin, and Madison is no exception. Unlike some of the other local species, walleye is well represented around town with several topnotch options to choose from. While the fabulous freshwater fish tends to carry a heftier-than-average price tag (usually in the $12-$20 range), it is typically worth the payoff as you get more meat for your money. >More
 A little respect: Rehabilitating the Sauvignon Blanc

Wine people all have a conversion story. That defining moment when angels appeared in a bottle and lured them to a life of the vine. For me, that moment was with a Sauvignon Blanc. No kidding. To hardcore aficionados that's like saying I got into cigars by nibbling on cherry Swisher Sweets and that I still like them. >More


Wide world of carnage

When the news hit last week that a 20-year-old referee in the northeast of Brazil had a) sent off a 30-year-old player in an amateur soccer match on June 30; b) been attacked by said enraged player; c) pulled a concealed knife from his clothing and stabbed the player in the heart, killing him; and then d) been beaten, quartered and decapitated by spectators, his head left on a spike on the field " well, the reaction here was as you might expect. >More
Promotions Contact us Privacy Policy Jobs Newsletters RSS
Collapse Photo Bar