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Overture Center turns 10: How the arts venue is transforming downtown Madison

Madison philanthropist Jerry Frautschi changed the architectural landscape of the isthmus when he donated $205 million to create Overture Center for the Arts. Since opening in 2004, the arts venue has also influenced the downtown business climate, enhanced artistic and educational resources for the community, and sparked animated political, financial and social discussions. >More

NEWS

Cultural representations of Madison reinforce racial disparities

We all came to Madison for jobs at UW and found each other through our activism and volunteer work at WORT, Rainbow Bookstore Cooperative, Wisconsin Books to Prisoners and Groundwork. Just a little over a year ago, we started getting together to talk about the social landscape of our adopted town and to share our observations about the activism that grew out of the protests against Gov. Scott Walker. >More
 How Wisconsin's domestic partnership registry survived

When Julaine Appling first made noise about former Gov. Jim Doyle's plan to establish a domestic partner registry for same-sex couples, she said she was troubled that it was broad and vague. >More
 Pinball is once again trending in Madison

If "wedge head," "popper," "drop target" or "kickout hole" are terms you understand and you live in Madison, you probably know Hilton Jones. Jones started MadRollinPinball about three years ago to help promote pinball in Madison, and he's on a roll. >More

OPINION & COMMENTARY

Same sex marriage in Wisconsin

It's only a matter of time... right? >More
 The suddenly liberal Scott Walker

In recent weeks, Walker has sounded more like uber-lefty Rep. Brett Hulsey (D-Madison), who has criticized Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke for not being liberal enough. For starters, Walker has run two campaign ads blasting Burke for allegedly "making millions of dollars sending jobs overseas." Burke and her defenders say any such decisions by her family's company Trek Bicycle were made after she no longer worked for it. >More
 Tell All: Why gays should marry

Dear Tell All: Serial Monogamist asks why the gay rights movement is focused on marriage equality. My answer would be fairly simple yet powerful: to gain legal equality for homosexual relationships. >More

MUSIC

Masked Intruder's miscreant romantics covet a role in Madison's fabled police incident reports

The candy-coated punk of Madison's only color-coded masked band, Masked Intruder, will rip through the Frequency on Saturday, Aug. 9. The event's a release party for their second full-length, M.I., and it's your only chance to catch the miscreant romantics before they take their crime spree all over Europe later this month. >More
 Caroline Smith grows into a bold and joyful singing style

Caroline Smith laughs when she recalls the music-listening phases she went through as a teen. One of those phases involved the indie folk the Minneapolis-based singer performed early in her career. >More

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ARTS

New mural by José Guadalupe Ríos Córdoba will illustrate Madison's human-rights milestones

What does Madison's soul look like? Mexican muralist José Guadalupe Ríos Córdoba has been asking himself this question since arriving in town last month from Madison's Mexican sister city, Tepatitlán. As part of an international artist exchange, he will soon begin working on a mural for the Madison Municipal Building. >More
 A brash outsider crashes the high-society South in Jersey Belle

At first glance, Jersey Belle comes on like one of those housewife reality series everyone loves to hate. Jaime is a brash Jersey girl with an Italian/Jewish heritage who follows her husband to a high-society suburb in Alabama. You brace yourself for the usual inanities, but Jaime proves an unusually interesting subject. >More

MOVIES

Life Itself is an honest, compelling tribute to Roger Ebert's life and work

What surprised me most about Life Itself? Seeing just how genuinely Roger Ebert and Gene Siskel must have disliked each other. The movie critics' bickering was part of their television shtick, of course, but in the documentary we see outtakes in which the two are fiercely, profanely hostile in their interactions. These scenes are hard to watch, and they're not the only ones. >More
 Filmed over a 12-year period, Boyhood examines the small but essential details of growing up

With Boyhood, Richard Linklater has created the ultimate coming-of-age film. Many other movies in this genre present one big event as the kick-in-the-rear that propels a character toward maturation or a greater sense of the world beyond oneself. >More
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EATS

Your guide to Great Taste of the Midwest eve 2014 pre-parties and beer tastings

Madison is ascending as a destination city for craft beer enthusiasts, a status that's affirmed the second week of every August when it plays host to the Great Taste of the Midwest and a growing host of satellite celebrations. Here's your guide to the series of pre-parties known as Great Taste Eve. >More

SPORTS & RECREATION

Triathlons raise money to teach kids healthy habits

"Kids spend so much time in and around school, it's the only place where some have a chance to develop an appreciation for a healthy lifestyle," says Katie Hensel, founder and executive director of Tri 4 Schools. >More
 Wisconsin Badgers football needs a signature win in 2014

The University of Wisconsin football team opened fall camp this week with more questions and inexperience than usual. Only three starters return on defense. Quarterback Joel Stave, now a junior, remains unproven in big games, and the four players who caught the lion's share of his throws last season are gone. >More
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