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From vision to reality: Computer renderings are shaping Madison development

When John Martens read in the newspaper about plans to renovate the Edgewater Hotel, he was thrilled. An illustration of the plans showed a grand public walkway extending from the hotel down to the shore of Lake Mendota -- and Martens has long advocated for more public access to the lakes. But as he stared at the illustrations for a while, he began to notice some peculiarities. >More


Madison College and the Literacy Network team up to help a wide range of students with ESL

They are Syrian immigrants and Bhutanese refugees. Spouses of visiting professors from Pakistan and au pairs from Ecuador. Studious mothers of 12 from Somalia whose turn it is, finally, to attend class. Some, highly educated in their home country, arrive with advanced degrees. Others have never set foot inside a school and struggle to read and write in their native language. >More
 John Schulze out as Wisconsin DOT legal chief following release of offensive John Doe email

John Schulze, the chief legal counsel for the Wisconsin Department of Transportation since last spring, is no longer with the department, an agency spokesperson has confirmed. Schulze's departure follows the release last week of an offensive email he sent in 2010 to a secret email system in Gov. Scott Walker's former Milwaukee County office. >More
 Women's groups dismayed by Scott Walker email about firing a female doctor who modeled thongs (updated)

Jews, people of color, gays, the mentally ill and Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch all had reason to take offense at documents released Wednesday in relation to a John Doe investigation. >More
 John Doe emails reveal depth of scorn for Rebecca Kleefisch in Scott Walker's camp

There's plenty of dirty laundry about Gov. Scott Walker's inner circle in unsealed documents related to a John Doe investigation. Emails from ex-Walker aide Kelly Rindfleisch are being scoured for details about the secret email system set up in Walker's office when he was Milwaukee's county executive, allowing staff to work on his 2010 campaign for governor on county time. But there are other embarrassing details, including scornful comments about Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch. >More


Scott Walker's contempt for constituents

We all knew that Gov. Scott Walker does not hold teachers or other public employees in high regard. We knew it when he slashed public employees' collective bargaining rights, as well as their pay and benefits. And we had an inkling that he didn't care much about funding for public services. >More
 Tell All: How much should employers expect from job applicants?

Dear Tell All: In your response to Jobless in Madison, you solicited reader opinions on the practice of employers asking applicants to do a working stint as part of a job interview. I would consider such an "interview" reasonable if it ran for an hour or two. >More


Ex-Madisonian Brett Newski has hair-raising adventures around the world

Summer 2011. Brett Newski lost his job, his girlfriend and his band, UW party regulars the Nod. Faced with these circumstances, many musicians hang up their instruments or spend a summer writing songs in a cabin in the woods. Instead, Newski bought a one-way ticket to Bangkok, Thailand. He hasn't looked back since, though he does visit Madison from time to time. He'll perform with his latest band, the Kind Assault, on Feb. 28 at the Dragonfly Lounge. >More
 Noah Gundersen's debut Ledges shows a conflicted young man on the brink of adulthood

Noah Gundersen isn't even 25 years old yet, but the weight of the material on his full-length debut, Ledges, makes it easy to mistake him for a musician twice his age. While the singer-songwriter has explored issues related to family, death, sin and salvation on earlier EPs, he digs miles deeper on the new album, which he'll bring to the Frequency on March 1. >More
 Cellist Joshua Roman delivers a delightful Haydn concerto with the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra

The Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra offered a well-balanced mix of classical and neoclassical styles in its Feb. 21 concert at the Overture Center's Capitol Theater. lways on the lookout for novelties, conductor Andrew Sewell turned up a fresh treat with the Concerto Grosso by Vittorio Giannini, an American composer and educator of Italian background. >More



Creating the next great play with Forward Theater

Madison's Forward Theater Company often stages plays that have recently traveled through New York City's theater circuit. This has been a successful strategy for the four-year-old company, which sold 98% of its tickets for Red, a Tony-winning play about Mark Rothko that opened at Overture Center in January. But Forward also strives to produce work by Wisconsin playwrights. >More
 Flashdance: The Musical fills Overture Hall with '80s-style breakdancing and lots of wisecracks

I rewatched Flashdance, the 1983 movie starring Jennifer Beals, on Monday. Last night I saw Flashdance: The Musical, the latest touring production at Overture Hall (through March 2). My expectations were modest since the movie doesn't have much of a plot. >More
 Psycho's creepy killer commands the small screen in Bates Motel

The acclaimed Bates Motel adapts Alfred Hitchcock's horror classic Psycho, as Norma Bates (Vera Farmiga) and troubled son Norman (Freddie Highmore) run a motel in a town with more than its share of unexplained murders. The second-season premiere contains all the perversity you'd expect while still exercising an admirable Hitchcockian restraint. >More


Dan Savage's HUMP! Tour titillates Madison with dirty movies starring amateur actors

Whether you have a nightly date with porn, think it's the devil personified, or fall somewhere in between, you've probably noticed that sexually explicit movies don't get much love in public. But how would people feel if they could make their very own porn, specific to their imaginations, turn-ons and principles? >More
 A Saudi girl schemes her way toward an off-limits bike in Wadjda

Wadjda is a sly kid, entrepreneurial, even conniving. She's like Tom Sawyer if he were a girl and could recite long passages of the Quran from memory. Played by Waad Mohammed, Wadjda is the title character of writer and director Haifaa Al-Mansour's fine debut feature, a family drama with some very funny moments. >More
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Where to meet for drinks in Fitchburg

To many Madisonians, the territory in and around Fitchburg is undiscovered country. Sure, your fun-loving friends with kids live there " somewhere " and you don't hold that against them. But you don't exactly thrill to the idea of meeting them for cocktails out thataway, either. But here's a guide to some spots where you can meet happily, from upscale to dive bar. >More
 Madison food carts scattering amid construction at Library Mall

Big changes are coming this spring for Madison's food carts, stemming from the construction that will start in April on the 700 and 800 blocks of State Street, better known as Library Mall. It's the prime midday vending area (along with the Capitol Square) for carts with Mall-Concourse licenses, and none of the regular spots will be available for the majority of the year. >More


At long last Bob Uecker

As boys growing up in Little Rock, my brothers and I could play baseball most of the year in the end of our cul-de-sac. And thus we did. >More
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