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The birth of a restaurant: Dan Fox hustles to open his much-anticipated Heritage Tavern

It's Valentine's Day, and Dan Fox, along with mixologist Chad Vogel, is hosting a pop-up dinner under the moniker Fox & Bird. It's going to be the name of their restaurant as well, and the event's aimed at generating buzz and nurturing an early following. >More


On probation and homeless: Wisconsin offenders with nowhere else to go are placed in shelters

It was snowing last December when Kevin Brooks, then 39, entered a homeless shelter for the first time. It was just a few days after he took a plea agreement to be on probation for the next four years. Unable to find housing near his family in Marinette County, Brooks was called back to Madison by the probation office. He expected to be confined inside a Dane County halfway house. His probation officer had different plans for him. >More
 Advocates push Dane County to open homeless day shelter before winter

Dozens of homeless people and their allies came before a county committee Tuesday night with a long list of questions about why there still is no concrete plan for opening a permanent day resource center. >More
 City of Madison to break ground on Central Park in September

Since the early 1970s, Madisonians have been talking wistfully about building a central park on the near east side. Next month, the city plans to finally break ground on that project. Laura Whitmore, a spokesperson for the Madison Parks Division, says the city plans to start construction in September on the first phase of Central Park, which includes grading the great lawn and building the event area, restrooms and paths. >More


How Gov. Doyle lowered the average tax level in Wisconsin

Poor Jim Doyle. Never Mr. Excitement as a governor, he was the sort of charisma-challenged chieftain even Democrats had trouble getting excited about. In the 2010 election, as Wisconsin was being ravaged by the Great Recession, Scott Walker and the Republicans swept to power by pounding on him mercilessly, though he wasn't the opposing candidate. The GOP caricature of Doyle, of course, included the idea he was taxing us to death, but the latest figures from the Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance remind us that this was not so. >More
 The emotional prospect of adopting a pup

The music at the neighborhood festival hasn't started, but booths are set up and business is brisk. "Say hello to Sophie!" Peggy says as I approach, gazing down at the pretty white fluff-of-a-mutt in her arms. The little dog looks calm and pampered. Like a movie star. >More
 Tell All: Cross-dressing is fine, hiding it is the problem

Dear Tell All: In "No Cross-Dressing Allowed," All Dressed Up and No Place to Go described the scene of his girlfriend coming home to find him dressed up in her clothes. She threw him out, and he complained about her failure to "understand" his interest in cross-dressing. >More


Meaghan Owens is a rebel on the road

Madison-born singer-songwriter Meaghan Owens is running for her life. Sometimes away from danger and sometimes toward it, with a rebellious spirit that won't stay put. She longs to create music that is meaningful and goes against the grain. >More
 Susan C. Cook writes a new tune for the UW music school

The UW School of Music will have a new leader as it begins the fall 2013 semester. Though she's just stepping up to the helm, her face is familiar to students who study subjects ranging from viola to Victorian poetry. Susan C. Cook replaces retiring tuba professor John Stevens as the school's director. >More
 Ben Taylor, son of James Taylor and Carly Simon, found his own path to the limelight

It's hard not to think of Ben Taylor in the context of 1970s singer-songwriters since he's the son of two of the decade's biggest stars: James Taylor and Carly Simon. His smooth and gentle vocals could be likened to his father's, and he has some of his mother's pizzazz, too. But when he stops by the Frequency on Aug. 17, you'll see that he has blazed his own trail. >More



What's cooking at Overture Center and Wisconsin Union Theater in their 2013-14 seasons

Changes are afoot for the 2013-14 season at Overture Center and Wisconsin Union Theater. Tim Sauers, Overture's new vice president of programming, has tweaked the venue's booking recipe by shifting the focus away from Broadway blockbusters to accommodate more new and exciting work. And renovations continue at WUT, forcing music and theater events to relocate to other UW buildings through September 2014. Despite this challenge, it has also filled its calendar with tantalizing events. >More
 The ghost signs of Madison

Downtown was treated to lost treasure and a ghost story this summer " a "ghost sign," that is. Ghost signs are flaking, dimly seen advertisements painted onto the sides of buildings. Most were created in the first half of the 20th century. Often they're revealed when adjacent buildings are demolished. >More
 American Player Theatre's Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead attacks thorny questions with humor and verve

"We are entitled to some direction," says Guildenstern, one half of a tragicomic duo, in the first act of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead. The American Players Theatre production of Tom Stoppard's existential riff on Hamlet (through Oct. 5) opened Saturday night in the Spring Green company's outdoor amphitheater. >More
 Four Seasons' Les Misérables brings big voices and production values to Mitby Theater

When I heard that the Four Seasons Theatre production of Les Misérables (through Aug. 18) was on stage at Madison College's Mitby Theater, I felt a chip swelling on my shoulder. Broadway theater? At a community college? We're not talking about just any Broadway theater, but the iconic, operatic Les Mis. >More
 The abominable Kirstie Alley makes a memorable villain in Baby Sellers

Baby Sellers goes inside the criminal operations that provide infants for the adoption market. The TV movie is efficiently written and directed to evoke maximum outrage. >More


A White House servant watches the civil rights movement unfold in Lee Daniels' The Butler

Even if you're unfamiliar with Lee Daniels, it's easy to see why his name appears in the title of Lee Daniels' The Butler, a film based on the life of former White House butler Eugene Allen. >More
 A parking snafu unites two sad souls in Love Is All You Need

Every romantic comedy has its Meet Cute. I won't soon forget the one in Love Is All You Need. It's actually more of a Meet Awkward. The leads' first encounter is funny, moving and well observed, like the rest of this very good Danish film. It was directed by Susanne Bier, who made the Oscar-winning thriller In a Better World. >More
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Viva! Saúde! It's time to consider Portuguese wines

The 2013 Portuguese Wine Invasion descended upon Madison briefly a few weeks ago. Doug Weber, who works at the distributor Purple Feet, arranged for the four winemakers involved to make an unscheduled stop at Square Wine Company. The group was traveling across the Midwest by van, spreading the gospel of Portuguese wine to markets where consumers may not be familiar with what the country has to offer. >More


A Green Bay Packer named Banjo

The Packers have a player named...Banjo? I blinked to refocus. That's right, Banjo. As in, fee fie fiddley-i-o, strummin' on the ol'. >More
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