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Blame Waukesha: The GOP's answer to liberal Dane County swings elections to the right

Last spring, Supreme Court challenger JoAnne Kloppenburg got close to beating conservative incumbent David Prosser, boosted by outrage over Gov. Scott Walker's policies. But after a controversial recount Prosser eked out a win. The clincher? Waukesha County. >More


Tenant Resource Center scales back services, staff

Running a nonprofit is a constant roller-coaster ride. But the going has been especially bumpy this year for the Tenant Resource Center. The center, which assists 15,000 to 20,000 tenants and landlords a year on such issues as lease rules and eviction procedures, has lost all its state and federal funding. That means its budget for 2012 will drop from $350,000 to $230,000. >More
 100 block stores must move out for State Street development

For Lubna Azad, what matters is location, location, location. With her husband, Tony, Azad runs Vic's Corn Popper at 127 State St., which they've owned since 1984. Their loyal customers -- office workers during the week and tourists on the weekend -- know where to find them. >More
 WYOU collecting photos, audio, and video for 'Wisconsin Uprising Archive'

During the protests at the Capitol this spring, almost everyone was a journalist or historian in some way. Which is why WYOU Community Television wants to collect and archive all the records made during the protests. The station is seeking copies of video, photographs and audio recordings for its "Wisconsin Uprising Archive." >More


Madison's economic future lies along I-94, to Waukesha and Milwaukee

Who knows, but just maybe Madison's future can be found on the first floor of the historic American Exchange Bank on the Capitol Square. Nine info-tech start-ups -- focused on everything from gaming to fashion to medical care -- are housed in a business incubator run by an investment group known as 94Labs. >More
 Tell All: Accused Ald. Brian Solomon has been treated unfairly

Dear Tell All: Maybe it's because I'm a man, but I'm outraged by the recent headlines about Madison Ald. Brian Solomon. A female city employee accused Solomon of sexually assaulting her. The woman admits that she and Solomon had been out drinking together. She admits that she invited Solomon to spend the night. She admits that there was consensual kissing on her bed. >More


Madison studio DNA Music Labs earns a global reputation

Why did Bligg, the biggest name in Swiss pop music, come to Madison in September? One reason was the rapper's devotion to New Orleans-style parade music, specifically his allegiance to locally based Youngblood Brass Band. The other was to record at DNA Music Labs on Winnebago Street. "They worked 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. every day," says DNA co-owner Mark Whitcomb, who manned the sessions. >More
 Questions for Hank Williams III

Hank3 will play the Barrymore Theatre Dec. 1. It's the second leg of a tour that showcases four discs recorded from January through June of this year and recently released on his own Hank3 Records. He spoke on the phone from his apartment in East Nashville about his music; his father, Hank Williams Jr., whose comments comparing Obama to Hitler recently got him fired from Monday Night Football; and his grandfather, country legend Hank Williams Sr. >More
 Indigo Girls still seek the source of their definitive

The Indigo Girls' most famous song includes a line that suggests the limits of spiritual and political engagement: "The less I seek my source for some definitive, the closer I am to fine." It's from the song "Closer to Fine," off their self-titled 1989 album. >More



Forward Theater examines TV's dueling creators in The Farnsworth Invention

There is a decidedly festive atmosphere at Forward Theater Company's newly acquired rehearsal space in downtown Madison. Cast, crew and a number of guests have gathered this October late afternoon for the first rehearsal of the first production of the new season. After all the reunion hugs, the swells of laughter and the friendly clamor for chairs, the room quiets. Anticipation is palpable as Jennifer Uphoff Gray, Forward's artistic director and director of this new play, rises to set the stage, so to speak, for the first read-through of Aaron Sorkin's The Farnsworth Invention. >More
 Madison Opera's Eugene Onegin tells of love and regret

This weekend in Overture Hall, Madison Opera gives us a rare opportunity to see Eugene Onegin, the company's first Tchaikovsky opera in its 50-year history. The libretto, by Tchaikovsky and Konstantin Shilovsky, follows Alexander Pushkin's 19th-century tale about a young dandy (Hyung Yun, in the title role) who is bored with life and, when it comes to romance, loves the chase more than the woman. >More
 Hell on Wheels is a ripping frontier yarn

Hell on Wheels is the rare contemporary Western that actually registers as credible. The subject is the construction of the transcontinental railroad after the Civil War. That may sound prosaic, but the production has the epic quality of genre classics like The Searchers and High Noon, digging into the blood-red guts of our frontier history. >More


A building manager seeks revenge in Tower Heist

Alert to the righteous rage of the 99-percenters and canny about how to mine it for laughs, Tower Heist is like Ocean's Eleven meets class consciousness. Ben Stiller plays Josh Kovacs, the manager of a luxury condo building in Manhattan called the Tower. >More
 Same-sex romance Circumstance rises above sappy melodrama

Any film that employs Bonnie Tyler's "Total Eclipse of the Heart" to underline teenage Sapphic longings has one strike against it already. But the cookie-cutter clichés that plague Iranian director Maryam Keshavarz's debut feature, Circumstance, are leavened considerably by the fact that the teens in question reside in Tehran -- not a place where Bonnie Tyler has much of a following, one would think. >More
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The new Luigi's has fun with Italian-American dining

Luigi's has always been an Italian restaurant that winks at Italian-American dining. Is it the upscale version of downscale Italian, or a downscale version of upscale Italian? If you are compelled to worry about such things, this might not be the place for you. >More
 What Madison restaurants are doing to help parents with food issues

When dining out crosses the line into dangerous, it's a game-changer. That's the situation for many families whose children have serious food allergies. The number of children with clinical allergies to certain foods has been trending upward. The Centers for Disease Control reports that it increased 18% between 1997 and 2007. >More


Let's talk about a perfect Green Bay Packers season

A few weeks ago, pundits were wondering if it was too early to mention Wisconsin quarterback Russell Wilson and the Heisman Trophy in the same sentence, thereby doing exactly that. As it turns out, it most certainly was. But that truth hasn't stopped the same guys from now wondering whether it's too early to talk about the Green Bay Packers, one game shy of the halfway point, finishing the season without a loss. >More
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