Catherine Capellaro


Benjamin Zastrow

The backside of the East Side Shopping Center undergoes a dramatic transformation, from somewhat sketchy to bright and welcoming. The opening ceremony of “Mural Alley” is a vibrant celebration of one of Madison’s underserved communities. more


Lili Luxe talks to Catherine Capellaro about the joy of burlesque, cultivating a culture of consent and an upcoming event at Majestic Theatre on National Go Topless Day that will celebrate nipple equality while raising funds for Rape Crisis Center. more



Liz Lauren

George Bernard Shaw’s finely tuned satire merges perfectly with the comic timing of an A-team cast in American Players Theatre’s “Heartbreak House.” more


“Sorry to Bother You” is a hilarious comedy and a critique of capitalism, all wrapped up in a bizarre plot centered around a hapless telemarketer. more


A damaged father and resilient daughter live together in the forest in “Leave No Trace,” the transformative new feature from Debra Granik (“Winter’s Bone”). The director once again shows her mastery of storytelling and character development. more


Hannah Gadsby’s extraordinary Netflix special, “Nanette” is a storytelling masterwork. The Australian comedian takes the viewer on a journey from hilarity to heartbreak, leaving nothing on the table. more

TV & Video


David Michael Miller

The Art Fair on the Square, now in its 60th year, is a thriving arts economy, benefiting a local art museum, boosting careers of working artists and infusing cash into local businesses. more

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In a new documentary, experience the quiet fierceness and the force of love that was Fred Rogers. “Mister Rogers' Neighborhood” had, at its core, a gentleness, an acceptance of all human beings. more


Professional actors turn third- and fourth-graders’ songs, stories and poems into a delightful and unexpected performance. It’s called “Whoopensocker,” and the public can see the greatest hits at Overture Center June 1 and 3. more


Riveting performances from Rachel Weisz and Rachel McAdams anchor the excellent “Disobedience,” a film about love and grief set in a community of Orthodox Jews in London. more


“RBG” is a new documentary that shines a light on the extraordinary life and career of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the diminutive Supreme Court Justice who is still kicking it in her mid-80s. more


Charlize Theron is a marvel as a mom on the verge of a breakdown in “Tully.” She finds relief after she gets help from a “night nanny. more



Nathan Jandl

Up-and-coming novelist Chloe Benjamin talks about the success of her latest novel, “The Immortalists,” and settling down in the Midwest. more



Ross Zentner

A young woman of color learns from the grownups around her in a powerful production of “Lines” from Theatre LILA. more



Jeff Miller-UW Madison

Fox and coyote coexist peacefully at the Arboretum, according to researchers from the UW-Madison Urban Canid Project. It’s a rare phenomenon. more

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Zane Williams

“Marjorie Prime” explores a future where humans are comforted by robot versions of their loved ones. It features fine performances, but explores a rather tired premise. more


Catherine Capellaro reviews three films at the Wisconsin Film Festival where people mess up their lives by caring too much about what other people think. more


Dumplings, hot pot, beef roll, noodles and more. A tour of Madison’s Chinese restaurants shows a new variety of dishes and regional cuisines. more

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Ben Reiser

Madison performers, from opera to hip-hop, star in 12 original film trailers for this year’s Wisconsin Film Festival. They’ve all created versions of the “Campfire Theme Song,” which debuted in 2014. more



Laura Zastrow

On shoestring budgets and often working solo, DIY pioneer Wendy Schneider has run a video production and recording studio, released two full-length documentaries and retired one rock band and launched another. more

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    Visitors may experience the sensation of entering a three-dimensional blueprint..

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    Madison women joined an estimated half-million protesters from around the country.

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    Fiona Wolfe (left) and Wei Li Werner, both East High seniors, on the 36-hour journey.

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    As the sun set, thousands of protesters deposited signs along the fences surrounding the White House.