Lin Weeks

Madison's spring Gallery Night takes place Friday, May 6, with art galleries of all shapes and sizes opening their doors for special exhibitions, showings and performances. The Madison Museum of Contemporary Art is organizing the event, and has compiled a list of Gallery Night happenings. But that listing, though extensive, doesn't include every art event happening Friday night. more

May 4, 2011 10:45 PM A & E


Lin Weeks

A line of red plastic cups sit along a balcony rail at the corner of Basset and Mifflin. Someone must have intentionally placed them like this because there's just no reason five cups on a third-floor balcony should find themselves spaced so perfectly apart, their shiny white rims almost -- but not quite -- touching. more

May 3, 2011 6:10 PM Scenes

For the next ten days, Madison will be obsessed with beer. Let's try that again: For the next ten days, Madison will be even "more" obsessed with beer than usual. The occasion is more

Apr 28, 2011 6:27 PM Beer


Lin Weeks

From what little I remember of the old Union South, and from what I've heard, the building had the approximate feel of a business-park office complex, complete with strangely clashing teals and maroons. I remember old, worn carpet underfoot and large more

Apr 20, 2011 10:22 PM A & E

The convention hall on the first floor of Monona Terrace is lined with booths from a wide variety of area vendors. There are the obvious ones, the ones you'd expect at an environmental exposition, and then there some whose connection to "green" is a little less obvious, like furniture store The Century House or Madison Community Acupuncture. The fact that they're in the room seems nice, however, and indicative of a trend toward breaking green living and green industry out of niche and into mainstream. more

Apr 17, 2011 2:52 PM Isthmus Green Day

It's shaping up to be an interesting Saturday on the Capitol Square in downtown Madison. For starters, it's the first Saturday of the outdoor Dane County Farmers' Market season, which during any other year would mean enough extra foot traffic between the stands to make navigating through the area a little more difficult than normal. more

Apr 15, 2011 3:43 AM News

Maniaci's first term was rocky to say the least, and she acknowledged that fact in a short speech to the assembled supporters. "I have not had an easy two years," said Maniaci. "I don't know of any alder that's had two years like this, let alone a 25-year old freshman alder." more

Apr 6, 2011 3:10 PM News


Lin Weeks

The air inside the Capitol felt a little heavier Friday afternoon, as if the crowds of demonstrators had paused to catch their collective breath after two weeks of cheering themselves hoarse by day and camping on a hard marble floor at night. Gone were the drum circles, the boisterous chants, and the dancing protesters at the heart of the Rotunda. In their place was open space, an abundance of lingering signs, and a conversational buzz best described as somewhere between mellow and melancholy. more

Mar 4, 2011 11:38 PM News

The homepage of the popular website cuts right to the chase. A mosaic of links to videos greets visitors, each shorter than 20 minutes, each focusing on a single speaker. The lecturers hold forth on topics and ideas as diverse as cutting edge touchscreens and advanced card tricks; no topic is off limits. Currently on the main screen are a speech called "How to make work-life balance work," one called "The rise of robots," and a performance of Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody" played soulfully on the ukulele. more

Feb 26, 2011 2:48 PM News

We caught up with Nick Nice at Merchant this afternoon as he distributed vuvuzelas to his Twitter followers and Facebook friends. more

Feb 25, 2011 9:41 PM Scenes

There's a splinter faction forming on Capitol Square, and you can recognize them by their rubber gloves. Saturday morning, as protests against Scott Walker's proposed budget bill continued for the sixth consecutive day, a small crowd met near the piles of bagels, bottled water and fruit outside the TAA office on the third floor of the Capitol building. more

Feb 19, 2011 10:00 PM News


Lin Weeks

Through the massive outer wooden revolving doors of the Capitol building, down the marble hallway lined with children and teachers holding signs, past the throngs of public employees chanting "What's disgusting? Union busting!," up two flights of dimly lit stairs lined on one side with students fiddling with their touchscreen phones and laptops, sits Jamie Hanson, a graduate student at UW-Madison. more

Feb 18, 2011 10:49 PM News

After coming in second to two-time former Mayor Paul Soglin by a narrow margin, incumbent Mayor Dave Cieslewicz appeared before a small group of supporters Tuesday night at Marigold Kitchen just off the Capitol Square. more

Feb 16, 2011 6:08 AM News


Lin Weeks

Student activism and a proposal for a new apartment complex on West Mifflin Street came together Monday night at the public hearing portion of Madison's Plan Commission meeting. more

Feb 8, 2011 5:20 PM News


Lin Weeks

It's going on 2:30 p.m. when I hear the first rumble. It emanates from the opposite corner of the room, starting as a low moan and growing until everyone is shouting something -- I just can't tell what. I turn to my buddy Kevin to ask him what's going on, but midway through my sentence I'm interrupted by the sound of breaking glass. more

Jan 30, 2011 6:31 PM Beer


Lin Weeks

By now, most engaged voters know the names in the race for Dane County executive. You probably know many of their positions on the issues and the backgrounds, the endorsements and the inside jokes. There have now been at least a half dozen forums featuring at least a portion of the field and most conceivable questions have been asked. During Thursday night's debate at Covenant Presbyterian Church on Madison's west side, some of the questions from the crowd betrayed the voters' insecurities and worries. more

Jan 28, 2011 3:02 PM News