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Madison in Motion

How do people get around town? For the Isthmus photo contest "My Madison Ride," we asked you to send in pictures of your unique mode of transportation. We received a lot of creative images of bikes and boats, as we expected. But we have to admit, we didn't see the helicopter coming. >More


Community Car founder Sonya Newenhouse expands her green mission to other ventures

Wisconsin's first car-sharing program turned 10 this fall. From its humble launch in Madison with only 26 members, it now serves some 1,300 customers who rely on fuel-efficient Community Car vehicles for errands and pleasure, as well as for reducing their carbon footprint. >More
 Mary Burke woos Wisconsin progressives

Ron Biendseil first threw gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke a softball: "When are you coming out with your book?" he asked, alluding to Gov. Scott Walker's recent Unintimidated: A Governor's Story and a Nation's Challenge. "Believe it or not I'm focused on the people of Wisconsin," Burke told the approximately 30 members of the Middleton Action Team, who gathered Nov. 20 for a midday meeting at Sofra Family Bistro in downtown Middleton. >More
 Madison takes steps to improve its digital infrastructure

The city of Madison is recruiting applicants for a new Digital Technology Committee, tasked with advising Mayor Paul Soglin and the Common Council on ways to make high-speed Internet more accessible to residents and businesses, with a focus on low-income areas. >More


Why Wisconsin's new John Doe probe scares conservatives

To understand the John Doe probes that have continued to dog Gov. Scott Walker, it's instructive to remember the "caucus scandal" from a decade ago. For many years Republican and Democratic legislators maintained caucus staffs that essentially were paid by the taxpayers to campaign on public time. In 2002 prosecutors launched an investigation of ringleaders in this sleazy system, which resulted in convictions of five legislators and several staff members from both parties. >More
 Tell All: A jerk for Thanksgiving

Dear Tell All: Our 25-year-old niece is dating a 33-year-old guy who's an obnoxious know-it-all. She's dumped him in the past but keeps going back to him. The guy had a steady job for 12 years and then quit and moved to Wyoming to take a temporary job at a resort. Now he's back in Wisconsin again living on unemployment and staying at his mother's house. >More


Compact Duo turn the Fountain into a time machine with live music and vintage films

The videocamera is an instrument in organ-and-drums act Compact Duo. The local two-piece combines music and film to create a multi-sensory experience at the Fountain on Tuesday nights. >More
 Charles Bradley turns hard knocks into compelling soul music

For much of his life, Charles Bradley battled hardship upon hardship. At times, he found himself living on the streets. Soul music was a bright spot during these rough periods. Watching his hero, James Brown, convinced him to perform even when the going got tough. Then lightning struck in 2002: Gabriel Roth, cofounder of Daptone Records, caught one of Bradley's shows and quickly signed him to the label. >More



TAPIT/New Works joins Ohio's New World Performance Lab for an unusual apocalypse tale

Add zombies to a tale about the apocalypse, and you're bound to attract an eager audience. But what happens if you add some classic Greek tragedy to the mix? TAPIT/New Works Ensemble Theater will reveal the answer at Edgewood College on Dec. 6 and 7. >More
 In Digging, Kate Corby & Dancers explore meditation through movement with UW Dance

UW dance professor Kate Corby presented Digging, an evening of contemporary works at Lathrop Hall's Margaret H'Doubler Performance Space (through Nov. 23). Her Chicago-based company, Kate Corby & Dancers, appeared with students and faculty from the UW Dance Department. >More
 Chazen Museum's Mithila Painting shows how adaptable a traditional Indian art form can be

It's been a strong year of exhibitions for the UW's Chazen Museum of Art, and there is a little time left to catch one of its most intriguing and unexpected offerings. Mithila Painting: The Evolution of an Art Form (through Dec. 1) features a style of painting that's unfamiliar to many. But even if it's new to you, you'll quickly be drawn in by intricate, stylized works with themes ranging from Hindu deities to contemporary social and political issues. >More
 Treme's last jam

Treme's final run begins with Barack Obama's election in 2008. We see a clip of Obama alluding to Sam Cooke's "A Change Is Gonna Come" in his acceptance speech, and that song becomes a leitmotif in the episode. >More


In Philomena, a mother and a journalist search for a child the church stole

Be warned: Philomena will make you angry. This film takes place in the Magdalen laundries of Ireland, where the Catholic Church imprisoned young women for "crimes" like having sex, being raped, or even being too pretty. The last of these brutal places didn't close until 1996. >More
 In Frozen, Disney princesses solve problems instead of chasing boys

Frozen bears little resemblance to its supposed inspiration, Hans Christian Andersen's The Snow Queen. It sprang from the grand Disney tradition of animated, Broadway-style musicals. But unlike 2009's tired retread of The Princess and the Frog, it could very well be the start of a new era of fairy-tale films. >More
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La Nena and Fruteria Ali do simple and spicy pleasures right

A diablito is a fire-engine red, tongue-tingling, eye-popping combination of hot and cold, icy and spicy, sweet, salty and sour. Tangy tamarind syrup, chili hot sauce and salty chamoy (originally a condiment made from pickled fruit) mingle with crushed ice; the whole production is finally speared with a straw coated with a searing tamarind candy that slowly dissolves into the drink. >More


Football follies as injuries mount for the Packers

Last Sunday's game between the Packers and Vikings was a sterling example of everything that's alternately wonderful and maddening about the NFL. >More
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