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Biting bad: The nightmare of bedbugs in Madison homes

Bedbugs are back in a big way, along with all the associated problems. "We're getting anxiety disorders and other things from people who have been through this," says Phil Pellitteri, University of Wisconsin-Extension entomologist. "I'm not totally surprised. It does shake people to the roots." >More


UW-Madison campus tech pursuits on upswing

Well, this is a big breakthrough for young Madison techies. A New York venture capital firm is pledging to invest up to $500,000 over the next three years in early-stage UW-Madison startups. >More
 Mary Burke touts Trek success in carefully crafted video launch for Wisconsin gubernatorial run

When political advisors sit around crafting a candidate's message, one question is primary: What is the candidate's "story"? That is, what tightly woven narrative around a candidate's background and political agenda will most resonate with voters? >More
 Willy Street Co-op eyes a third store

The managers of the Willy Street Co-op think they've got this expansion thing down. After opening the successful Willy Street Co-op West in the fall of 2010, they're considering a third store, possibly on the far east side. >More


The downfall of Dennis Smith

Just two months into his governorship, Scott Walker signed a law removing 37 state positions from civil service requirements, including 14 general counsels. The law was criticized by Wisconsin Common Cause and others, who argued it would politicize these positions and make information less accessible to the public. >More


Madison bands and DJs try to get noticed at industry meet-ups

The digital revolution has made it easier than ever to record songs at home and share them on the web. But if you're looking to build a music career, it still helps to have the backing of the music industry, whether it's through a well-known label or a national booking agency. >More
 Lee Ranaldo and the Dust are a sharp sequel to the alt-rock legends

It's uncertain if Sonic Youth will ever play again, now that cofounders Kim Gordon and Thurston Moore have broken up, but guitarist Lee Ranaldo is perfectly content in his new band, Lee Ranaldo & the Dust. >More



Leafing through fall books: The season brings vivid new tales by and about Wisconsinites

Trees aren't the only ones dropping colorful, locally sourced creations this autumn. So are book publishers, who've released a host of new reads by Madison-area authors, and about people and inventions that have shaped southern Wisconsin. Here are four to dive into like a pile of freshly raked fronds. >More
 University Theatre's Dancing at Lughnasa visits an Irish clan on the brink of colossal changes

"I know I had a sense of unease, some awareness of a widening breach between what seemed to be and what was, of things changing too quickly." So begins Brian Friel's Dancing at Lughnasa, with the story's narrator, Michael (Daniel Millhouse), introducing us to his eccentric family members and the home they all shared in the rural Irish town of Ballybeg in the summer of 1936. >More
 UW Dance professor Jin-Wen Yu unveils intriguing video work and tributes to tango in Transit

UW Dance professor Jin-Wen Yu presents an evening of works titled Transit at Lathrop Hall's Maraget H'Doubler Performance Space through Oct. 5. There are six premieres in the program and four pieces that serve as a sort of a scrapbook of movement as Yu shares how traveling in South America has influenced him. >More
 Once Upon a Time in Wonderland revels in unreality

A companion to Once Upon a Time, Once Upon a Time in Wonderland reinterprets Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. Alice (Sophie Lowe) faces a panel of doctors in Victorian England who don't believe her stories of an invisible cat and a hookah-smoking caterpillar. >More


Escape From Tomorrow satirizes Disney World with creepy cinematography

The story of how Escape From Tomorrow was made is at least as compelling as the film itself. To create his debut feature, writer/director Randy Moore and his crew did extensive surreptitious filming at Walt Disney World in Florida. >More
 In Captain Phillips, a sailor must outsmart the pirates who've hijacked his ship

In the opening scenes of the harrowing, true-life drama Captain Phillips, the titular captain (Tom Hanks) and his wife (Catherine Keener) discuss their son's academic difficulties. Phillips is headed to a job where his ship will be hijacked by Somali pirates seeking ransom. >More
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Crandall's new restaurant on State Street is an unpredictable pleasure

Peruvian food is having a big moment. Every week in New York, there seems to be a new vendor of the country's fusion cuisine: a blend of Spanish, Chinese, African and Japanese influences. Some of this is thanks to Peruvian super chef Gastón Acurio, dubbed the "Jean-Georges of Peru," whose restaurant empire has been spreading the gospel of modern Peruvian cooking around the world. >More


Madison Table Tennis Club gets a boost with a new space

Ping pong in Madison has come out of the basement, literally. After calling the basement of the First Congregational Church on University Avenue home for the last two years, the Madison Table Tennis Club bounced over to new digs of its own (sort of) on Winnebago Street a few months ago. >More
 Badger women's hockey on a season-opening roll

The UW women's hockey team, which quietly has fashioned one of the tidiest sports dynasties in the Midwest, opened its regular season last weekend with a pair of victories at LaBahn Arena. >More
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