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Supremely relevant: David Prosser vs. JoAnne Kloppenburg

David Prosser tells a story of how he intervened to protect the state Capitol's custodial staff. It happened during the week of Feb. 20, when the building was packed with people protesting Gov. Scott Walker's anti-union agenda. "Working in the building, the noise has just been deafening," says Prosser, since 1998 a Wisconsin Supreme Court justice. And so, when a custodian he knows well came into his chamber, he asked her, "Do you have earplugs?" She didn't. >More


In quest for donations, GOP portrays protests as out of control

In more than three weeks of historic, 'round-the-clock protests at the Capitol involving hundreds of thousands of people, one thing has stood out: They have been overwhelmingly peaceful. In a news conference last week, Mike Huebsch, secretary of the Department of Administration, praised police and protesters alike, adding, "It's indicative of the fact that we can strongly disagree and not be disagreeable." >More
 'People will suffer,' Falk says

For Dane County Executive Kathleen Falk, Gov. Scott Walker's budget is "insult upon injury." Falk put out a memo to the County Board Monday, analyzing how the state budget, if approved, would affect the county. It's not good, especially for the county's poor. >More


When your governor doesn't listen

Dear Linda: My new governor seems controlling and doesn't listen to me when I try to talk with him. I've had governors before, and while things weren't ever perfect, this feels really different. I don't feel respected, and I feel like it's more about him than about us. What can I do to make this relationship work? >More
 Tell All: Tell All: How to score at a protest

Dear Tell All: I feel a sense of urgency about the crisis at the Capitol, and I started protesting Gov. Scott Walker's union-busting budget bill the day after the Democratic state senators fled to Illinois. At almost every rally since, I've noticed this beautiful woman, usually protesting by herself. She always carries some kind of sign, and she's incredibly cute, with wavy blond hair, long legs and a coat covered with pro-worker, anti-Walker buttons. I keep wanting to talk to her, but I'm worried about embarrassing myself. >More


Jeremiah Nelson picks up the pieces in Drugs to Make You Sober

Connoisseurs of the Madison music scene may know Jeremiah Nelson as the leader of the on-again, off-again lo-fi band Patchwork or as the host of the Tuesday-night tunes at Mickey's Tavern. One-time Minnesotans may even remember him as the mandolinist from the gig-happy gypsy-folk group Ian Hilmer's Stagefright, which played bars, parks and everything in between. >More
 Po' Girl's Allison Russell turns hard times into delicate sounds

Great songwriters and hard times are no strangers. Allison Russell is a case in point. Russell fled Montreal as a teenager to escape a sexually abusive adoptive father. She connected with an aunt in Vancouver and started writing songs in earnest. >More



Overture groups plan a more active role in the arts center's management

Richard Mackie remembers that when Overture Center for the Arts was being built in 2004, representatives from the various arts groups that planned to use the building would meet regularly. There was a flair to the meetings, as you'd expect with lovers of the fine arts. "We'd have wine and cheese," says Mackie, executive director of the Madison Symphony Orchestra. "The Symphony was there, the Opera, the Children's Theater. We were just talking about the opportunities of the new facilities. We wanted to speak in a unified voice about our aspirations in the new hall." >More
 P.S. Mueller lends his vocal talents to Family Guy

Isthmus cartoonist P.S. Mueller is contributing to Fox's animated comedy Family Guy -- as a voice. "The hook of this particular show is that Brian the dog takes up with a blind girl, who he convinces he is human," says Mueller. "He takes her to an imaginary Paris, stuff like that. He's basically posing as a human being and she's smitten with him. At one point, she decides for him to meet her parents, and I play the dad." >More
 Nerds battle for supremacy in Best Player

You will be tempted to bypass Best Player because it is a kids' movie on Nickelodeon. Do not, I repeat do not, make this mistake. The tale of an overgrown videogame champion (Jerry Trainor) attempting to undercut his embarrassingly young and female rival (Jennette McCurdy) is one of the funniest things I've seen on TV this season. >More
 It's a man's world at Duluth Trading Co.

"Would you like a cup of coffee?" I'd just wandered into the new Duluth Trading Co. store in Mount Horeb on a brutally cold Wisconsin day. I turned, and a pleasant middle-aged woman in jeans and khaki vest motioned me over to a quiet alcove, where she proceeded to brew a cup of coffee for me. "Cream or sugar?" I was sold. >More


Mars Needs Moms could use a more interesting story

For a technology intended to make animated humans look more real, motion-capture animation sure hasn't been used to tell stories that are more human. When Robert Zemeckis pioneered the idea for a feature-length motion-capture film in The Polar Express in 2004, plenty of critics picked on the creepy-looking characters. But even as Zemeckis fine-tuned the technology for Beowulf and A Christmas Carol, the narratives themselves remained remote and uninvolving. >More
 Battle: Los Angeles wallows in sci-fi obviousness

Your degree of fondness for the war and/or science fiction genres will make the marines vs. aliens movie Battle: Los Angeles either comfortingly familiar or gratingly obvious. Viewed as a war film, it's strictly standard run 'n' gun fare. Scripter Christopher Bertolini ticks off the particulars of the platoon's instant backstory with admirable ease but far too many shopworn clichés. >More
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Bella Vita is the real thing

When I was in high school, the space that houses Bella Vita was home to a TGI Friday's. Some of you no doubt remember it. Friday's was a frequent destination for my group of friends, and I always ordered the same thing: fettuccine Alfredo and a vanilla Coke. I was young and ignorant of many things: cholesterol, for one, and politics, for another. >More
 Embrace cabbage, but skip the green, this St. Patrick's Day

I can't play the Irish card on St. Patrick's Day, but that's okay. I'm usually the one on the receiving end of pinches as penance for forgetting to wear green. Traditionally, St. Patrick's Day is a day off from Lent for Irish Catholics, although on a grand scale in the States, it's become a celebration of all things Irish. (How green beer is tolerable in the name of the country that produced Guinness I'm still trying to figure out.) >More


Former UW basketball players take their talents on the road

Marcus Landry anticipates returning to Madison this summer to complete the one course he needs to get a degree in life science communications from the University of Wisconsin. Landry, 25, a standout with the Badger men's basketball team from 2005 to 2009, now is making an impact with the Reno Bighorns of the NBA Development League. >More
 NCAA slight is Badger hockey fans' good fortune

When the NCAA women's hockey tournament brackets were posted early this week, Wisconsin head coach Mark Johnson likened his reaction to the quarterfinal pairings to being "kicked right in the belly." Wisconsin is the runaway top seed in the field, 34-2-2 overall with a 24-game unbeaten streak since Dec. 4. In a typical eight-team tournament, the top seed draws the eighth-seeded team in the first round, which according to college hockey's PairWise rankings should be Dartmouth. >More
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