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Millenials to the rescue! Young entrepreneurs could save Madison's economy

Those damn kids. They got trophies just for showing up, won't move out of the house and are always on their phones. They studied dance and philosophy and wonder why they can't get a job. They all want to save the world, as long as they can do it from their mom's house in pajamas and on Twitter. >More


Madison Police Chief Noble Wray fought to change an imperfect system from within

Chief Noble Wray didn't always view police work as an honorable profession. He confesses that as a youngster growing up in Milwaukee during a militant period in the civil rights movement, "I spelled police P-I-G." But he says a teacher at the Harambee Community School, the African-inspired private school that Wray attended, helped change his way of thinking. >More
 LGBT-friendly senior housing on the table for Union Corners

Compared to a lot of places, Madison is a pretty easy place to be openly gay. But that sense of freedom can be fleeting, especially for seniors who move to retirement communities only to find that they are the only out gay or lesbian resident around. >More
 Solidarity Sing Along protest "fueled" by Wisconsin Capitol police crackdown

According to Pam Oliver, an expert on social movements and collective actions, there are typically multiple protests a day at statehouses across the country. "That's what Americans do," says Oliver, a sociology professor at UW-Madison. "Most [protests] are small, and most don't get news coverage." >More
 Madison's Heritage Tree program honors our voiceless companions

The city recently recognized some notable Madisonians with deep roots in the community. They're trees. >More


Madison should conduct a national search for its next police chief

It is likely that the next chief of police in our fair city will be someone from within the department. I would put my money on Acting Chief Randy Gaber or Capt. Mary Schauf, though there are other very good candidates. >More
 Tell All: When friends attack

Dear Tell All: These days there is a depressing amount of bickering. I was reminded of my own situation by the letter from Waste Not, whose politically correct east-side neighbors chastise him for his overflowing recycling bin. >More


Nine sizzling acts to catch at the 2013 Orton Park Festival

The "warm-up" for the Orton Park Festival, an Aug. 10 concert at Overture Center by Brazilian chanteuse Bebel Gilberto, left a lot of music fans cold, and not in that exhilarating, shivers-down-the-spine kind of way. The singer is famous for her jazzy, sensuous take on bossa nova, but this show was filled with snafus, from out-of-tune vocals to peculiar rambling and stumbling over cords. Luckily, the musicians at the fest itself should yield a much warmer response. >More
 The Reverend Horton Heat partner with Victory Records for their next release

Pushing 30 years as a "country-fed punkabilly" trio, the Reverend Horton Heat stand as the big-name ambassador to all kinds of rock 'n' roll fusion. Surf rock, swing, rockabilly, psychobilly: It's all touched on over the course of guitarist-singer Jim "The Rev" Heath's lengthy catalog, usually energized by punk-rock D beats, bass-drum triplets and plenty of ride cymbal. >More
 Mad Toast Live podcast takes a vacation

Mad Toast Live, a Madison-made podcast hosted by husband-and-wife string players Chris Wagoner and Mary Gaines, is going on holiday. Wagoner says producer Andrew LaValley, who records the show at the Brink Lounge on selected Tuesdays, will piece together previously unreleased performances and interviews with the show's musical guests. >More



Playtime! Madison theater troupes offer all sorts of fun in 2013-14

Madison's 2013-14 theater season offers an incredibly diverse selection of shows. It's impossible to describe them all in a single phrase, but one thing is clear: This art form continues to thrive in Madison. >More
 American Players Theatre's Antony & Cleopatra takes creative risks in the indoor Touchstone Theatre

When American Players Theatre, beloved for its open-air amphitheater, opened an intimate, indoor stage in 2009, company leadership gave several reasons for the new direction. It wasn't only about staging plays that would likely draw smaller crowds, but also about keeping core company staff creatively engaged and able to take risks. You could say that the Spring Green theater's new adaptation of Shakespeare's Antony & Cleopatra (through Oct. 20) is one of those creative risks. >More
 American Players Theatre questions the American dream with All My Sons

Spending an evening at American Players Theatre each summer is a beloved tradition for many, including me. I love arriving well before the show starts to have a leisurely dinner as the sky gradually goes dark. Recorded trumpets call the audience to their seats and then, as bats fly overhead and whippoorwill and crickets sing, the lights come up. This is what we've been waiting for. Many of the characters in APT's production of Arthur Miller's All My Sons (through Sept. 28) are waiting, too. >More
 Escape from Polygamy looks inside a creepy religious sect

You'd expect a TV movie called Escape from Polygamy to be a predictable docudrama. It's true that the title gives away the ending, but this Lifetime production offers plenty of surprises in its story of a teenage girl trapped among religious fundamentalists. >More


A shattered socialite tries to collect herself in Blue Jasmine

Woody Allen almost hit rock bottom in 1992, when his girlfriend, actress Mia Farrow, discovered he was romantically involved with her adopted daughter. His relationship with his own kids was decimated in the custody battle that followed. His power and prestige waned. I bristled at his insistence that "there was no scandal." Was he in denial, or having delusions of grandeur? Whatever the reason, he sounded awfully flip. >More
 Murderers present their crimes as movie scenes in The Act of Killing

There's more than one way to make a documentary about mass murder. Watching The Act of Killing, I kept thinking of Shoah, Claude Lanzmann's famous film about the Holocaust. Over 10 hours, Lanzmann examines the history of the extermination camps in excruciating detail. Watching, we sit with this evidence until it is unbearable. >More
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Forgo fusion for the straightforward dishes at Blair Street Brew & BBQ

Blair Street Brew & BBQ serves what it calls "Mad City-style" barbecue, blending styles from across the country into one menu beholden to no single area. >More
 Curd Girl is Madison's new dedicated fried cheese curd food cart

Curd Girl is a cute, farm-themed, heart-of-the-Midwest styled cart with barnboard sides and a red-and-white-striped awning. The menu is simple. It's battered, deep-fried cheese curds, with a choice of homemade dipping sauces. The cart is run by best friends Kayla Zeal and Jessica Wartenweiler, who grew up together in Monroe. >More


Doesn't Madison's bike polo team deserve a real court?

THWACK! In Minneapolis, a bicyclist in shockproof gear fighting through the North American Bike Polo Championship 2013 slams a polyvinyl chloride ball into the net with a customized fiberglass mallet, then skids to a halt. In Madison, bike polo players are riveted, watching the aspiring champions of this nascent sport on BikePoloTV. >More
 Dog days at Miller Park

The Brewers, holy crap. The postmortems have already begun for a season that has five weeks to go, and a franchise that did so many things right during the past decade seems fresh out of good options. >More
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