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Cameron Connors

In a YouTube video released today, a hacker known as "Bitcoin Baron" claimed responsibility for the City of Madison's website and corresponding URLs (ranging from the city's permit site to olbrich.org) being intermittently down late Monday afternoon and into the evening. more

Mar 10, 2015 2:07 AM News

For a Norway-born and relatively new artist, Mikhael Paskalev sure feels familiar. Chalk it up to those Hollywood looks or "Risky Business"-like confidence, but the guy seems downright American. more

Dec 5, 2014 8:43 PM Isthmus Live Sessions

When Isthmus hosted an acoustic session with The Whigs in our office two weeks ago, it made perfect sense to see if their Mississippi-based tour mates Water Liars would join the party and perform even more polished, unplugged versions of their work. more

Oct 29, 2014 11:26 PM Isthmus Live Sessions

Selfies aren't just harmless fun anymore. They've even gotten President Obama in trouble recently, after Boston Red Sox player David Ortiz snapped a photo of himself with the world leader and shared it online for what turned out to be a Samsung promotion. Broom Street Theater explores similarly troubling intersections of virtual and actual reality through the lens of Google Glass in a collection of comedy sketches titled "Glasshole!" (through May 17). more

Apr 27, 2014 4:01 AM Stage

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Dan Myers

While philosophers like Jean-Paul Sartre are known for their deep discussions of existentialism, existential crises affect the rest of us, too. Samuel Beckett knew that and presented a problem of this sort in his famous "Waiting for Godot". The Broom Street Theater production "W8ting 4 G-Dogg" (through April 12) isn't quite a remake of Beckett's play, though it follows a similar plot with analogous characters. It's both accessible and enjoyable. more

Mar 22, 2014 4:23 PM Stage

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Jason Atkins

Being held captive in a foreign land could dramatically change the one's definition of normalcy and make escape the most immediate goal. So it makes sense, at least somewhat, when the characters in the Music Theatre of Madison production of "Hostage Song" break into song. more

Jan 30, 2014 4:34 PM Stage

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Caitlin O'Connor

Thousands of revelers turned out for the fifth annual Isthmus Beer & Cheese Fest, held at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison on Saturday, Jan. 18. More than 70 Wisconsin-based breweries and cheesemakers served samples at the festival celebrating the state's most famous culinary creations. more

Jan 19, 2014 1:03 AM , Beer

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Heather Renken

November is American Diabetes Month, and Broom Street Theater is doing its part to spread the word about the disease. Through Nov. 16, the troupe brings two diabetes-themed plays to the stage: "The Sweet Lowdown" and "Two Diabetics". more

Oct 30, 2013 4:47 PM Stage

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Jonathan J. Miner

I've probably seen the same portrait of Christ in hundreds of Wisconsin homes and churches. Dated and pastel, with a white Jesus beaming at the sky, it tells me a lot about the place I'm visiting and the people who congregate there. Seeing the same picture in Mercury Players Theatre's "The Arsonists" (through May 25 at the Bartell Theatre's Evjue Stage) helped me figure out exactly where I was. more

May 13, 2013 1:22 PM Stage

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Jonathan J. Miner

The Strollers Theatre production of "A Midsummer Night's Dream" (through May 25 at the Bartell Theatre's Drury Stage) brings to mind psychiatrist Carl Jung. Jung says dreams have logic, and Shakespeare seems to agree. The Bard set "Midsummer" in a dream world filled with kings, courts and mischief, all of which seem to function as symbols. Strollers gets the dreamy vibe right, but the dreamworld itself is far too complicated. more

May 11, 2013 12:39 PM Stage

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Wisconsin Film Festival

As the meaty, sleeping figure of Marius Vizereanu (Serban Pavlu) is forced awake by his phone, the image of a hibernating bear comes to mind. Marius' tiny studio certainly has the air of a den: It's dark, strewn with beer cans and hundreds of outdated CDs. There's a bed that has likely never been made. His obligations to his ex-wife and 5-year-old daughter, Sofia, do eventually get him out of bed. But once he's outside his comfort zone, he fails to adapt. more

Apr 19, 2013 4:55 AM Movies

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Wisconsin Film Festival

"Post Tenebras Lux", Mexican director Carlos Reygadas' fourth feature-length film, has earned several comparisons to Terrence Malick's recent work. It also earned him the Best Director award at Cannes. more

Apr 13, 2013 4:58 AM Movies

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Broom Street Theater

Artists are often portrayed as flaky, eccentric or even lazy people who care more about their work than their relationships. If you read a lot of fiction, you've seen these kinds of characters in supporting roles. Don't expect that from the Broom Street Theater production of "Not the Artist" (through March 9). Here, self-centered artists take center stage. more

Mar 1, 2013 9:05 PM Stage

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Heidi Bohnenkamp

The "All the world's a stage" monologue from Shakespeare's "As You Like It" is a roadmap of sorts for a globetrotting repertory troupe called the Acting Company. Since launching in 1972, it has trained several stars of the stage and screen, including Broadway luminary Patti LuPone and Academy Award winner Kevin Kline. Over time the limelight fades for many performers, but these actors' careers have endured several of the life stages the speech describes, from lustful young adulthood to wisdom-rich middle age. more

Feb 5, 2013 10:33 PM Stage

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Dan Myers

It's the journey, not the destination, as the old saying goes. As long as something is gained along the way, the end goal is largely irrelevant. This is the outlook Encore Studio embraces in "Going to Temple", but the opposite seems to be true as wel more

Jan 26, 2013 5:41 PM Stage

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Tom Klingele

In its second year of production at Children's Theater of Madison, Colleen Madden's adaptation of Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" is as well timed and well acted as theater comes in Madison. Carolers, dance numbers and a massive Spirit of Christmas Future puppet are dynamic, and the message about community is spot-on. The play runs through Sunday, Dec. 23, at Overture Center's Capitol Theater. more

Dec 15, 2012 4:59 PM Stage

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Scott Suchman

"Rock of Ages" wears its heart on its sleeve and leopard print just about everywhere else. Set in 1980s L.A., it's an unashamed revue of slick, dumb rock ballads. It runs through Dec. 9 at Overture Hall. more

Dec 5, 2012 5:48 PM Stage

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Brent Nicastro

Avant-garde theater is not easy. At times, it's loud and unintelligible. Sometimes it's supposed to feel interminable. The University Theatre staging of "I Can't Go On. I'll Go On." -- a collection of short plays from late in Samuel Beckett's career -- must have seemed endless to Thursday night's dwindling audience. That's just part of its obtuse charm. more

Oct 19, 2012 9:42 PM Stage

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Mercury Players Theatre

Playwright Doug Reed is a local-theater hero. His wildly popular comedy "The Lamentable Tragedie of Scott Walker" has sold out the Bartell Theatre on several occasions. The venue was packed Friday night when Mercury Players Theatre performed his latest work, "The Opiate of the Missus". The production runs through Oct. 27. more

Oct 13, 2012 9:35 PM Stage

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Encore Studio for the Performing Arts

A "theater company for those with disabilities" can be dismissed with a patronizing air, but perspective is hard to ignore, especially when framed by a personal story. To that end, Encore Studio aims to bring an alternative perspective to the local t more

Oct 6, 2012 5:33 PM Stage