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Cailley Hammel

On the stand during Monday night's Alcohol License Review Committee meeting, Rick Flowers explained the management philosophy he employed for his bar, R Place on Park. more

May 24, 2011 12:52 PM News

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C.J. Terrell

Arthur Kohl-Riggs says he followed the rules for spectators at Senate hearings, as best as he could, but those rules turned out to be stricter than he imagined. After reportedly causing disruption in the gallery of the Senate during Tuesday Voter ID Bill hearings, Kohl-Riggs, 22, and a friend were each removed from the gallery and given $263 disorderly conduct tickets. more

May 19, 2011 3:22 PM News

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Cailley Hammel

Thanks to a two-set-long show and no opener, Madison concertgoers got a big slice of Cake at the Orpheum Theatre Friday night. "We'll have plenty of time to take care of whatever needs to be taken care of," said lead singer John McCrea. more

May 14, 2011 2:23 PM MUSIC

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Cailley Hammel

Walking into Varsity Hall, in the newly opened Union South, was a little like stepping back in time. Between the stage centered toward the back of the vast space and the shined, narrow, wood-panel flooring, Varsity Hall resembles a high school gym -- the last place you might expect to see a sold-out Of Montreal concert. more

Apr 16, 2011 2:54 PM MUSIC

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Cailley Hammel

Rachel Jenkins-Bledsoe, artistic director for Mercury Players Theatre, said the company hired an armed guard for Saturday's performance of "The Last Supper" after consulting police about hate mail board members received. She made the remark after the performance, when the Bartell Theatre hosted a talkback. more

Jan 30, 2011 4:34 PM Stage

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Kristian Knutsen

The owners of Charley's Chocolates want to let their customers explore Wisconsin through chocolate. The owners import confections from Kattywompus Konfections in Denver, Wis., Baraboo Candy Company and Madison-based Tootskie's Toffee and Christine's Toffee, among others. more

Dec 15, 2010 8:00 PM FOOD & DRINK

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Kristian Knutsen

Kathryn Olsen always considered opening a business, but she didn't think the opportunity would arise while a graduate student in accounting at UW-Madison. When her father discovered a vacancy next door to Art Gecko, she couldn't resist. more

Dec 14, 2010 8:00 PM FOOD & DRINK

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Kristian Knutsen

Think of it as an "old-time candy store meets Starbucks," says Jerremy Deckard, regional manager for Campus Candy, the newest candy shop on State Street. The small franchise launched in March at the University of Indiana. Owner Mark Tarnofsky then looked to expand at other college campuses. When he found a vacancy on State Street, he knew he found a perfect location. Madison's branch opened on October 29. more

Dec 13, 2010 8:00 PM FOOD & DRINK

One of the local arts scene's most notable figures is moving up in the world -- and to Minnesota. Madison Opera general director Allan Naplan has been hired as the new president and general director of Minnesota Opera, the country's 15th largest opera company. more

Nov 11, 2010 10:51 PM MUSIC

Broom Street Theater has a new creative force behind the curtain. Heather Renken is replacing Callen Harty as artistic director of Broom Street. Harty served in the position for five years before announcing his resignation in April. He plans on pursing other creative opportunities. more

Nov 10, 2010 11:04 PM Stage

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CaIlley Hammel

The show may have started a little late, but by the time Eddie Palmieri and his band took the stage at the Wisconsin Union Theater, as part of the Isthmus Jazz Series, the crowd was more than ready. "Thank you for coming," someone bellowed. more

Nov 6, 2010 3:24 PM MUSIC

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Cailley Hammel

You could say Madisonians were a little skeptical of OK Go as the headliner of Freakfest 2010, the Halloween party on downtown Madison's State Street. "Have you really ever met a person who, when you ask them their favorite band, says OK Go?" one woman, dressed as Mario, asked. more

Oct 31, 2010 12:53 PM MUSIC

She may be the First Lady of Jazz, but many have never heard of her. Mary Lou Williams was an important composer and pianist -- and woman -- whose story has been too often overlooked. This year marks what would have been Williams' 100th birthday -- she died in 1981 -- and Madison is one of several cities nationwide that are presenting a year's worth of programs in her honor. Madison's celebration culminates Sept. 30 to Oct. 3, with the Mary Lou Williams Fall Festival Weekend. more

Sep 30, 2010 2:00 PM MUSIC

With October just a few days away, Madison is bracing itself for the costumed (if contained) chaos that is Freakfest. The city-organized event will be held on State Street on Saturday, Oct. 30, beginning at 7 p.m. Frank Productions has released the musical lineup for the event. more

Sep 27, 2010 7:50 PM MUSIC

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Cailley Hammel

For some bands, it's all about the music. Skip the costumes, frilly stage setups and other extravagances -- all it takes is a few guys with instruments to really bring down the house. That was the lesson of the evening at the Gaslight Anthem concert at the Majestic Theatre on Sunday. more

Sep 20, 2010 3:50 PM MUSIC

Although Madison lost the UW's beloved Starlight Cinema series earlier this year, local cinephiles are gaining two new series. more

Sep 14, 2010 3:51 PM Movies