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Joe Parisi's race problem -- and ours

When state Sen. Glenn Grothman introduced a bill earlier this year to preempt parts of Dane County's 15-year-old living-wage ordinance, Dane County Executive Joe Parisi did what he does best. He stood up for the little people -- the laborers who benefit from the law. "How are they going to pay their bills?" he asked the five state senators present at a March 3 hearing at the Committee on Judiciary and Labor. >More


Madison's MdotLabs could make a fortune by ferreting out fake clicks

Timur Yarnall describes it as a "near-death experience." This was mid-2012, when the Madison entrepreneur worried he would lose his company, Broadcast Interactive Media, to web fraud. The episode both scared and angered him, and he took the lessons to heart in launching a fraud-fighting company. >More
 South Madison to host new Dane County community court

While many of the details have yet to be confirmed, Dane County's first community court is beginning to take shape, with one important piece now decided: It will be located on Madison's south side. Officials say they are also getting closer to a rough start date of this fall for the community court to begin hearing cases. The program has a long-term goal of decreasing the large racial disparity between whites and blacks in the county's criminal justice system. >More
 Farmers' market slated for Brittingham Park

Ask for information about the new farmers' market at Brittingham Park and chances are you'll be told there is one person you need to talk to: Kim Alan, the neighborhood police officer for the Triangle neighborhood. Alan, however, credits area residents themselves for coming up with the idea. >More
 UW-Madison scholars offer a map to the net neutrality debate

Maybe you've spotted it in your daily news feed in the last few weeks. Net neutrality " the idea that the Internet should remain an open, democratic, free-market medium for all people, regardless of how much they pay " is getting mainstream attention. >More


Does anyone really impersonate another voter?

It was not so long ago that Republican Gov. Tommy Thompson had so much appeal for Democrats that he carried both Dane and Milwaukee counties. Thompson pushed to get 65% or 70% of the vote, but nowadays, he told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, the parties say, "How do I get to 50% plus one?'" >More
 Tell All: Men in Madison leave something to be desired

Dear Tell All: I recoil from grad students and I'm not into biker silks. And sorry, seven hours of Grand Theft Auto per day is a deal-breaker. Can't fix a martini? Fine. But how about a faucet? I love Madison, but the Y chromosomes here are leaving something to be desired. What does a bachelorette have to do in this town? >More


Madison musicians, comedians and dancers explore the concept of affection at the Acts of Love Old-School Variety Show

Love plays muse to a variety of creative expressions, so it's fitting that local artist Mallory Shotwell organized a variety show featuring music, dance and comedy for her most recent project, A Discourse on Love. >More
 Jessica Hernandez adds sweetness and spice to Detroit's garage and soul traditions

Before Jessica Hernandez became the powerhouse lead singer of a rock and soul band, she decorated cakes in her family's Mexican bakery in south Detroit. Her parents recognized her musical talent long before she did. >More



Erotic e-publishing: Madison-area romance novelists seduce readers and book-industry bigwigs

E-publishing is a game-changer for writers in Madison and beyond. It has altered the way many authors deliver their work to readers, and, in some cases, how they craft their prose. As online tools for self-publishing have grown more popular and sophisticated, authors have found ways to bring their work to the public without agents, publishing houses or other book-industry middlemen. >More
 An abrupt finale for WPR's Sunday Afternoon Live from the Chazen

As of Sunday, May 11, Wisconsin Public Radio's glorious "Sunday Afternoon Live from the Chazen" concerts are no more. The news hit fans like a thunderclap this week when WPR announced that it would be cancelling the 34-year-old program that has become a staple in the Madison classical music community. >More
 Strollers Theatre's Jerusalem is a complex journey into an Englishman's wild and wayward existence

I had never received a vocabulary sheet upon entering the doors of a theater, not until attending the Strollers Theatre production of Jerusalem, a much-lauded play by English writer Jez Butterworth (through May 31 at the Bartell). The three-act, three-hour-long show is full of humor and drunken antics, with a smattering a literary allusions to boot. >More
 Million Dollar Quartet fills Overture Hall with inspired tributes to early rock 'n' roll stars

There was a little bit of rock 'n' roll history, a little bit of Las Vegas spectacle, and a whole lot of shakin' going on at the opening performance of Million Dollar Quartet at Overture Hall on Tuesday night. The touring cast performs the show in Madison through May 18. >More
 Barbara Walters earned her celebrity-journalist status

Jay Leno's recent departure from The Tonight Show didn't feel too culturally significant, did it? But Barbara Walters' retirement is a true TV milestone. On Friday ABC airs her farewell to The View, followed by a special on her storied career. It's hard to imagine how a mere day's worth of programming can do justice to her five history-making decades. >More


Philip Seymour Hoffman plays a truck driver plagued by bad decisions in the funny, gritty drama God's Pocket

God's Pocket is a little bit Mean Streets, a little bit Weekend at Bernie's. As in early Scorsese films, working-class men in a big city on the East Coast swear a lot and are casually violent. And as in Weekend at Bernie's... well, I'll let you discover that on your own. >More
 Gareth Edwards' Godzilla is a clever metaphor about climate change

It's been 60 years since Ishiro Honda unleashed Godzilla, his cinematic metaphor about the dangers of nuclear weapons. This year's Godzilla updates the lizard-like monster for the 21st century in ways that work beautifully. Hollywood's myopia prevents the movie from achieving masterpiece status, but not B-movie fabulousness. >More
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The new Tip Top Tavern has a confident menu, solid beer list and classic cocktails

Almost everything you need to know about the re-minted Tip Top Tavern can be learned from the fried bologna sandwich called the Little Oscar. It does not, of course, tell the full history of this little corner bar, reminiscent of the 20th century: that the former owner was sure the smoking ban would kill the business (it didn't), or that remodeling the ramshackle space took far longer than expected. >More
 How to pair wine with spring's fresh asparagus

Common wisdom says that asparagus is difficult to pair with wine. The same vegetal, chlorophyll-rich flavor that makes the green stalks crave-worthy in spring causes companion wines to taste metallic. A traditional way to force the pairing is to overcook the asparagus to blandness, wrap the stalks in sweet ham, slather in a hollandaise sauce, and pop the cork on a citrusy Pouilly-Fumé from the Loire or a fruity New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc. >More


Jared Abbrederis is rewarded with Packers pick in NFL draft

All right, fans, you can come out now. It's safe to turn on ESPN or local radio without hearing another day's yammering dedicated to measurables, motors and upside. America's biggest quasi-sports event is in the books for another year. We are off the clock. The NFL draft is over. >More
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