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Jennifer Cheatham takes charge of Madison schools

Jennifer Cheatham doesn't have the countenance of someone who has stepped into a maelstrom. Madison schools superintendent since April, Cheatham, 41, has already visited every school in the district and rolled out a "Strategic Framework" to tackle some of the district's thorniest issues, including the achievement gap. >More


Taking Act 10 to court

How much of Act 10 is in effect? Under an injunction? On appeal? Confused by the multiple legal challenges to Gov. Scott Walker's controversial collective bargaining law? So are we. >More
 'Race to Equity' report catalogs 'extreme' racial disparities in Dane County

There's a contradiction in Dane County that is becoming hard to ignore. While the community is known for its high standard of living, educated workforce and progressive values, multiple studies have found African Americans here have one of the highest arrest and incarceration rates in the country, do poorly in school relative to whites, and live far more often in poverty. >More
 Judge Doyle Square proposals arrive just as state threatens to strip Madison's hotel room tax funding

Two development groups have submitted detailed proposals for the massive Judge Doyle Square project in downtown Madison just as the Wisconsin Legislature is proposing to strip the city of its main mechanism for funding Monona Terrace -- hotel room tax revenues. >More


Wisconsin has become a richly rewarding place for the über-wealthy

Once known as a progressive state, Wisconsin is now deep into what might be called the post-progressive era. The poster boy for the new Gilded Age is home-improvement retailer John Menard, the 57th wealthiest American, according to the most recent Forbes 400 list. >More
 Tell All: Gay guy leaving Wisconsin for Minnesota

Dear Tell All: As a gay man in a long-term relationship, I've never felt comfortable in Wisconsin. The state finally made it explicit that my partner and I aren't welcome here in 2006, when voters passed an amendment to the constitution barring same-sex marriage. >More


The Bubble Music Festival tries to boost Madison music scene

Countless ideas have been tossed around over a game of pool and a glass of whiskey, but few have actually come to fruition. The Bubble Music Festival is one such notion that will become a reality this weekend. >More
 WHY? fuse hip-hop and indie rock with voyeuristic lyrics

More poet-singer than frontman-MC, Jonathan "Yoni" Wolf holds a unique place in the intersection of hip-hop and indie rock. Originally the alias for his left-field alt-hop solo act, WHY? has bridged the stylistic divide since 2005, when he rebuilt it as an indie band that includes his brother Josiah. >More
 Conductor John DeMain puts the Madison Symphony Orchestra in the spotlight to begin his 20th season

John DeMain clearly designed the opening program of his 20th season with the Madison Symphony Orchestra to show off what a magnificent ensemble he has developed. That brought a festive air to the initial performance at Overture Hall on Friday, Sept. 27. >More



Wisconsin Triennial 2013 offers samples of our state's finest contemporary works

Visual artists in Wisconsin grapple with the often-solitary nature of making their work, plus a limited number of venues in which to show it. Viewing art offers the hope of discovering a new and compelling take on the world, the thrill of finding something one hasn't seen before. >More
 Kashmira Sheth's children's fiction makes connections between worlds

Madison's Kashmira Sheth has written four award-winning novels for middle grade and teen readers, and a popular chapter book for six- to nine-year-olds, but right now her picture books are what she's excited to talk about. >More
 Tandem Press reopens with a visit from Irish street artist Maser

With economic recessions come higher levels of depression, the effects of which can last for years. Interventions such as psychotherapy and medication can help, but what about public art? Irish art star Maser is optimistic that it can. >More
 StageQ's Much Ado About Nothing is a gender-bending take on the Bard's comedy

When a man dressed only in tight green briefs greets you at the door, you know you're in for an interesting night of theater. Call it Shakesqueer. >More
 Siblings have unexpected houseguests when their parents split up in The Millers

Multi-camera, laugh-track sitcoms have been in decline, but The Millers is one that works. Nate (Will Arnett) and Debbie (Jayma Mays) have always kept their distance from their insufferable parents (Beau Bridges, Margo Martindale), but that becomes impossible when Mom and Dad break up. >More


R.I.P. J.F.K.: Parkland zeroes in on details of the assassination

After years of watching movies and TV, I hold two truths to be self-evident. One: If the setting is a hospital, a medical professional must eventually grab the paddles and try to jolt someone to life while hollering "Clear!" Two: An incarcerated person and a jailhouse visitor must each solemnly place a hand, palm out, on opposite sides of the reinforced glass. >More
 Gravity sends two astronauts floating through space

Watching the first 10 minutes of Alfonso Cuarón's lost-in-space adventure Gravity is both fascinating and disorienting. Astronauts Matt Kowalski (George Clooney) and Ryan Stone (Sandra Bullock) repair the Hubble Space Telescope. Veteran space jockey Kowalski jet-packs around the structure, sharing jokey anecdotes as rookie engineer Stone nervously tries to do her job. >More
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Satisfying vegan dishes at Madison's Asian restaurants

Asian restaurants are often go-to spots for vegans because of the easy availability of tofu and the possibility of customizing ingredients. Still, vegans sometimes encounter problems there " avoiding fish sauce, for instance. But at Madison Asian restaurants, there are many more options than just tofu. >More
 The World Dairy Expo is for city folk, too

There's nothing like the World Dairy Expo to remind you that Madison is less 78.13 square miles surrounded by reality than it is 78.13 square miles surrounded by dairy farms. The massive Dairy Expo, held Oct. 1-5 at the Alliant Energy Center, is a big deal, attracting visitors from all over the world. >More


MLB's 2013 post-season starting with a whimper

Baseball's regular season ended Sunday, so you might have expected to tune into sports radio the next morning and hear some analysis of the upcoming playoffs. How much will the absences of Matt Kemp and Andre Ethier affect the Dodgers against Atlanta? >More
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