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Sneak Peek: The 2015 Wisconsin Film Festival

The classic 1970 Italian anti-war film shows a decimated Italian infantry facing an order to storm Austrian positions on the Italian/Austrian border during World War I. >More
 Tig Notaro: Queen of deadpan

Tig Notaro revels in awkwardness. On Conan the comedian once pushed a stool across the stage -- and back again -- for an impossibly long 101 seconds. In "No Moleste," she riffs on the translation of the "Do Not Disturb" sign on her Mexican hotel room. The Mississippi-born Notaro dropped out of high school in ninth grade and has built an impressive career, appearing on The Sarah Silverman Program, The Office and Community and her own Comedy Central Presents Tig. >More
 Sneak Peek: The 2015 Wisconsin Film Festival

When Phnom Penh fell to the Khmer Rouge 40 years ago, the brutal regime stamped out a thriving pop music culture. This one-of-a-kind documentary pairs rare archival footage with interviews with survivors from Cambodia's music scene. >More
 Henry Janisch is glad we're riled up about American Sniper

Attempts to compare real war with Hollywood's version are "bullshit," says Henry Janisch. That's why the 35-year-old veteran doesn't want to dwell on comparisons between him and Chris Kyle, the Navy SEAL whose memoir of serving in the Iraq War inspired the controversial film American Sniper. But Janisch is happy the film is stimulating debate. >More
 Colleen Madden portrays a struggling Bosnian immigrant in The Music Lesson

In the upcoming Children's Theater of Madison production of The Music Lesson, Colleen Madden plays Irina Batanovic, a piano teacher forced to leave war-torn Sarajevo. The play, by Tammy Ryan, is based on the true story of Augustin and Durdica Marinovic, music teachers who fled the Bosnian War and relocated in Pittsburgh. Irina struggles with Kat, a troubled American teen she teaches, while wrestling with the memory of Maja, the prodigy she left behind. >More
 Madison's 'arts entrepreneurs' make the city cool

"The arts create a sense of place that attracts new people to our city," says Karin Wolf, and support for affordable spaces, and investment in people and education, improve Madison's competitive edge. >More
 Madland: Let's try allowing dogs in Central Park

Madison should take a tip from the original Central Park, in Manhattan, where dogs and humans have been coexisting for some time. As Judith Davidoff reports in Isthmus, the city of Madison does a good job of creating separate parks for dogs, but is not so good at creating shared space for our four-legged companions -- even when they're on leashes. >More
 Madison's high-poverty schools could be serving free meals to all their students by fall 2014

Sherman Middle School counselor Bert Zipperer spends most lunch periods eating with the kids in the school cafeteria. As such, the 27-year-veteran of the Madison Metropolitan School District is familiar with the struggles of Madison's low-income students. >More
 Madland: New mural at Mother Fool's is an inspiring tribute to missing Nigerian girls

It looks so awesome, I'd never guess it was painted by a group of sixth graders. A bright new mural gracing the graffiti wall at Mother Fool's Coffeehouse on Willy Street pays tribute to the kidnapped Nigerian schoolgirls and the Bring Back Our Girls movement, and is part of a global awareness campaign in support of girls' right to education. >More
 Madland: Why does improvement require clearcutting the State Street-Library Mall?

Warning: Do not bring lovers of The Lorax to the State Street-Library Mall right now. I stopped by there last week and felt like I was being punched in the gut, watching construction workers slice away at stately maples and flowering crabs. In full bloom. Destroyed. >More
 Discovery Outreach wants to demystify research for kids and adults

Imagine posing a choice of activities to a class of seventh-graders as a reward for getting to class on time: Would you rather go bowling, watch a movie or do some science? Nineteen students from Cherokee Middle School voted overwhelmingly for a science field trip, says Travis Tangen, education and outreach manager at Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation Discovery Outreach. >More
 Madland: Madison's east side bids farewell to Absolutely Art

Sometimes Madison is a small town. I first heard the news of the impending closing of Absolutely Art, one of my neighborhood's most fabulous stores, from the owner's mom. >More
 Madland: Yet another Pledge of Allegiance nontroversy

I love a good Pledge of Allegiance scandal (because I so miss the 1980s), but it looks like the conservative bloggers missed when they insinuated that those godless liberals at Madison East High School had altered the Pledge of Allegiance. >More
 Madland: New DAIS shelter in Madison brings domestic violence out of the shadows

It seems like just a few months ago when I pulled up to the Citgo on Fordem Avenue and saw cutout figures against a chain link fence, guarding a messy construction site. The tableaux depicted a family seeking shelter from domestic violence, in a solid purple that is the color Domestic Abuse Intervention Services uses to represent its organization. >More
 Madland: Confronting racial disparities in Madison isn't easy, but just do something

Madisonians are talking about race and racism these days, which is a good thing, given a string of unflattering and disturbing reports about our city and state's record on race and equity. >More
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