Tom Hardy, who's burning up the screen as Mad Max, says he's drawn to characters who frighten him

Mad Max is back. Three decades after the last installment in the post-apocalyptic film saga Max Max:...

Over 80 dead calves found in 'deplorable conditions' on 2 Kenosha farms

The Kenosha County Sheriff’s Office says it’s investigating potential animal abuse on two farms wher...

Governor commutes life sentence for man convicted of marijuana offenses

A Missouri man sentenced to life without parole for marijuana-related offenses is eligible for parol...

Dems must stop going after each other and focus on ‘the message thing’

A nasty internecine war has erupted inside the Democratic Party over choosing a replacement for reti...

Legislature considers bill allowing hunters to wear pink in effort to attract more women

Real men — and women — could wear pink in Wisconsin’s woods if a group of lawmakers get their way. ...

'Book of Mormon' is worthy of all its hype — and then some

What’s so funny about religion? Practically everything when you look at it through the eyes of Trey...

'Into the Woods' an enchanting conclusion to Skylight's season

For its final show of the season, Into the Woods, Skylight has assembled a cast of mostly local acto...

Fantastic fandoms get the museum treatment at RAM

Most art exhibitions show works from a movement or artist of the past, or perhaps a contemporary por...

Ireland becomes first nation in the world to vote for gay marriage

 Ireland has voted resoundingly to legalize gay marriage in the world's first national vote on the i...

Republican leaders reject Walker's cuts to SeniorCare

The Legislature’s finance committee has rejected Gov. Scott Walker’s cuts to Wisconsin’s popular Sen...

Present Music lets its ‘Nation’ pick its latest program

This June, Present Music will end its season with a great evening of music. The twist? None of the a...

Greet warm weather with a selection of summer sippers

Warm weather chases away the winter blues and so should summer cocktails, according to Mike McDonald...

  • Tom Hardy, who's burning up the screen as Mad Max, says he's drawn to characters who frighten him

    Sunday, 24 May 2015 20:03
    Published In: On screen
  • Over 80 dead calves found in 'deplorable conditions' on 2 Kenosha farms

    Sunday, 24 May 2015 12:08
    Published In: Wisconsin
  • Governor commutes life sentence for man convicted of marijuana offenses

    Sunday, 24 May 2015 06:55
    Published In: National
  • Dems must stop going after each other and focus on ‘the message thing’

    Sunday, 24 May 2015 06:23
    Published In: Editorial
  • Legislature considers bill allowing hunters to wear pink in effort to attract more women

    Saturday, 23 May 2015 15:42
    Published In: Wisconsin
  • 'Book of Mormon' is worthy of all its hype — and then some

    Saturday, 23 May 2015 11:51
    Published In: On Stage
  • 'Into the Woods' an enchanting conclusion to Skylight's season

    Saturday, 23 May 2015 11:10
    Published In: On Stage
  • Fantastic fandoms get the museum treatment at RAM

    Saturday, 23 May 2015 09:30
    Published In: Art
  • Ireland becomes first nation in the world to vote for gay marriage

    Saturday, 23 May 2015 06:27
    Published In: World
  • Republican leaders reject Walker's cuts to SeniorCare

    Saturday, 23 May 2015 06:16
    Published In: Wisconsin
  • Present Music lets its ‘Nation’ pick its latest program

    Friday, 22 May 2015 19:26
    Published In: Music
  • Greet warm weather with a selection of summer sippers

    Friday, 22 May 2015 12:42
    Published In: Dining

Bias bites
Pit bull bans blasted as biased, without merit

Eavesdrop on the social circles at the local dog park.

The snippet of conversation about discrimination and bullying might sound like a discussion of the latest proposal to allow businesses to refuse service to gays. But the human companions to the canines may be denouncing breed-specific laws and defending pit bulls.

“When I walk my pit bulls, I get looks and people cross the street to get away from us,” said Lisa Williams, founder of Moonracer No Kill Animal Rescue, a nonprofit that rescues pit bulls and other large dogs from animal control shelters. “My dogs will not hurt anyone, they love people. But, because of how they look — some with cropped ears and tails, cut before I ever got them — people won’t give them a chance. People will look at our pictures on display at events and say, ‘Oh, you’re a pit bull rescue’ and walk away.

Food company execs call on Congress to mandate GMO labeling

Top executives from Ben & Jerry’s, Chipotle, Stonyfield Farm, Patagonia and other companies on May 20 urged Congress to oppose legislation designed to block labeling of GMO foods and called instead for mandatory national GMO labeling.

Wonder why state's economy lags? Take a look at WEDC, Scott Walker's job-creation agency

In his 2010 campaign for governor, Scott Walker pledged to create 250,000 jobs. At the center of his pledge was the creation of a new public-private agency called the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation, which replaced the state Commerce Department. Right-wing media were overjoyed to bring in private business people to grow the state’s economy instead of relying on wonky government types.

'Into the Woods' an enchanting conclusion to Skylight's season

Married bakers (Jonathan Altman and Karen Estrada) must fulfill the wishes of a witch (Susan Spencer) to have a child in 'Into the Woods.' Photo by Mark Frohna.

For its final show of the season, Into the Woods, Skylight has assembled a cast of mostly local actors and designers with practically no weak links. They serve as a guide into one of musical theater’s most enchanting plays, never letting the cynical realism the fractured fairy tale is known for overwhelm the warmth and emotion at its core.

Wisconsin puppy mill breeders exposed in new report

How much is that doggie in the window, the one with the waggly tail? The cost — measured in suffering — is high if a puppy mill supplied the dog to the store.

The Weepies turn a year of struggle into a powerful return to form

Married duo Steve Tannen and Deb Talan will kick off their new tour in Madison.
— PHOTO: Robert Sebree

Celebrated folk-pop duo The Weepies, composed of married couple Deb Talan and Steve Tannen, will kick off their latest concert tour May 29 at Madison’s historic Majestic Theatre. It’s a tour in support of "Sirens," their first new full-length studio album in five years. And it’s been a hectic five years. 

Out on the town

Craig Ferguson

8 p.m. May 30

John Mulaney

7 and 9:30 p.m. May 29

‘Dirty Dancing’

May 26 to 31

Lake Street Dive

8 p.m. May 27

‘The Skylight Ring’

May 15 to June 7

‘Wisconsin Pastorale’ depicts a regional artist’s earliest successes

Lois Ireland’s “The Homestead” is a prime example of her regional art style, with its detailed yet simplistic depiction of life in the American countryside.
— PHOTO: Courtesy

Even standing at the back of the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, the viewer can’t help but be drawn to “The Homestead,” an oil painting by Wisconsin regional artist Lois Ireland. The work lacks the inner luminescence of Ireland’s other works, but the clarity of the objects against the pallid landscape draws the eye for that exact reason.

Ron Johnson faces a tough battle in rematch with Feingold

Ron Johnson and Russ Fenigold

Almost from the day Republican U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson defeated his Democratic predecessor Russ Feingold five years ago, both sides have anticipated a rematch.

Order up!
For National Hamburger Day!

Fire up the grill and uncork the condiments. May is National Hamburger Month and May 28 is National Hamburger Day, a time when even the healthiest among us honor the great American tradition of meat and bread and a whole stack of condiments between them.

Rhinelander arts workshops build community

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The Rhinelander School of the Arts has been teaching students for half a century.
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One of Wisconsin’s oldest arts education programs, the Rhinelander School of the Arts, soon will begin its 52nd year. The July 17-19 weekend will feature workshops in visual, culinary, writing and performing arts.

Anna Kendrick caps off a musical trifecta with 'Pitch Perfect 2'

With roles as Cinderella in Into the Woods, one half of a conflicted couple in The Last Five Years and the leader of an all-girl a cappella force in Pitch Perfect 2, how many musicals will it take to satisfy Anna Kendrick's seemingly insatiable appetite for song?

New Broom Street musical aims for emotional impact

Meghan Rose (left) and Kelly Maxwell are collaborators on Broom Street’s Held.
— PHOTO: Courtesy

Madison’s Broom Street Theater is celebrating the end of its 45th season with an original musical by two veteran Madison artists taking their first few steps into theater.