On the docket: Marriage equality cases to be heard April 28

Look for the landmark in late June.  Late in the Supreme Court session, probably just before taking...

Scott Walker's security costs are triple those of his predecessor

Security costs last year for Wisconsin Republican Gov. Scott Walker and Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch t...

‘Shifting Gears’ exhibits Wisconsin’s love affair with biking

Wisconsin’s love affair with biking is the subject of a new exhibit at the Wisconsin Historical Soci...

After four years in office, Walker blames state's sluggish economy on ex-Gov. Jim Doyle and former Democratic leaders

Visiting with Minnesota Republicans last week, Gov. Scott Walker blamed Wisconsin’s lagging economy ...

When ‘woof’ means ‘I do’

When Barb and Frank Prevort of Menomonee Falls decided to breed their German shepherds, their 5-year...

Bruce Jenner: 'I am a woman'

Former Olympic champion Bruce Jenner told the world that “for all intents and purposes, I am a woman...

Remaking politics by the seat of our pants

American democracy is caught on the horns of a dilemma. Most Americans are feeling fed up with the R...

Jenner comes out in ABC interview

In an extraordinary television interview, Bruce Jenner told the world he identifies as a woman and h...

Gallop finds same-sex marriages in the U.S. tripled during last year

The number of legally married same-sex couples in the United States tripled during the past year, ac...

Villa Terrace exposes the usable and beautiful past

The present continually folds itself over, layer upon layer, as it forms a historical past. Art and ...

Fight against Walker budget cuts

The state Legislature’s Joint Finance Committee is vetting Gov. Scott Walker’s proposed budget cuts ...

57 workers in Department of Natural Resources get layoff notices on Earth Day

On April 22, Earth Day, 57 workers with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, including man...

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  • Scott Walker's security costs are triple those of his predecessor

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  • ‘Shifting Gears’ exhibits Wisconsin’s love affair with biking

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  • After four years in office, Walker blames state's sluggish economy on ex-Gov. Jim Doyle and former Democratic leaders

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  • When ‘woof’ means ‘I do’

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  • Bruce Jenner: 'I am a woman'

    Saturday, 25 April 2015 06:49
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  • Remaking politics by the seat of our pants

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  • Jenner comes out in ABC interview

    Saturday, 25 April 2015 06:00
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  • Gallop finds same-sex marriages in the U.S. tripled during last year

    Friday, 24 April 2015 13:30
    Published In: National
  • Villa Terrace exposes the usable and beautiful past

    Friday, 24 April 2015 12:00
    Published In: Art
  • Fight against Walker budget cuts

    Friday, 24 April 2015 10:36
    Published In: Opinion
  • 57 workers in Department of Natural Resources get layoff notices on Earth Day

    Friday, 24 April 2015 08:46
    Published In: Wisconsin

The enduring impact of Madison’s legendary hippie culture

Norman Stockwell and the Mifflin Street Co-op mural.
—Photo: Jay Rath

There’s a popular misconception that all of us in Madison are hippies, that we wear sandals, tie-dye and batik year-round; that we only put down our protest signs to pick up a joint; that we still watch Cheech and Chong, and are permanently stoned unless we’re at a Badger game, when we’re drunk and wearing red.

None of this is true. Well, maybe some of it.

Clinton’s announcement energizes left, right

An unsurprising announcement on April 10 from Hillary Rodham Clinton delighted many, regardless of party.

Republicans said good, the chief adversary has arrived.

And Democrats said good, let’s get going.

Money ball
Public financing for the Bucks arena entails hidden costs

Polling shows that voters strongly oppose public funding for a new Milwaukee Bucks arena complex. Yet elected officials forge ahead with the project, which could put taxpayers on the hook in myriad ways that lie buried beneath piles of hype and denial.

Do you know the mushroom man?

Jaime Ramsay grows a wide variety of fungi, including shiitake mushrooms.
— PHOTO: Wikimedia Commons

When the Dane County Farmers’ Market opened for the season at 6 a.m. on April 18, vendor Jaime Ramsay was in the same stall he and his wife Diane have occupied since 1992, right where Wisconsin Avenue intersects with Mifflin Street on the Capitol Square. With him, as always: his mushrooms.

‘Woman in Gold’ continues Helen Mirren’s reign

Helen Mirren is starring in

The countless number of paintings, sculptures and other art treasures looted by the Nazis before and during WWII remains a delicate issue. Many museums, art dealers and private collectors have come under intense public pressure to return stolen artworks to their original Jewish owners and their families. Very few such works have been returned voluntarily and often this has resulted in lengthy legal battles.

Cruz candidacy exposes racist hypocrisy of ‘birthers’

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz on Fox.

During Barack Obama’s first presidential run, right-wing zealots insisted he was ineligible for the position because he was not “natural born” — by which they meant born in America. At tea party rallies, on Fox News broadcasts and on right-wing websites, the so-called “birthers” demonized Obama as a foreigner backed by un-American forces in a nefarious scheme to wrest control of the country away from its people. There were months on end when you couldn’t go a day without encountering this bizarre, paranoid rhetoric, which was picked up by the mainstream media.

Out on the town

Itzhak Perlman

7:30 p.m. April 28

Bianca Del Rio

8 p.m. May 2

‘The Barber of Seville’

8 p.m. April 24, 2:30 p.m. April 26

‘Death of a Salesman’

April 24 to May 16

‘RX’

April 18 to May 3

‘Luchadora!’

April 10 to April 26

‘Lettice and Lovage’

April 10 to May 3

‘Low Down Dirty Blues’

March 22 to May 24

‘Inspiring Beauty’

Feb. 5 to May 3

The Gulf of Mexico: Resilient but scarred 5 years after Deepwater Horizon spill

Five years after the BP well explosion, there is no single, conclusive answer to how the Gulf of Mexico is doing, but there are many questions. Here are some of them.

WiGWAG news with a twist, April 23, 2015

Among the seashells, sandcastles and ocean waves at the Jersey Shore last year, beachcombers also sighted a whoopee cushion, a parking meter, human poop, an engagement announcement, a stun gun, a ski pole, a set of vampire teeth, a clay sculpture of the baby Jesus, 563 condoms, some bra padding and 3,200 tampon applicators.

Noel Gallagher looks forward with ‘Chasing Yesterday’

Noel Gallagher’s second solo album since leaving Oasis was released on March 2.— Photo: Lawrence Watson

In the ‘90s, Noel Gallagher was a name that meant only one thing: Oasis. The Britpop band, fronted by Noel and his brother Liam Gallagher, became the defining rock band of the era.

Willie Nelson to roll out marijuana brand

Music legend Willie Nelson is jumping into the movement to commercialize marijuana and plans to roll out his own brand of cannabis that he intends to make “the best on the market.”

The singer-songwriter announced in a statement on April 20 that Willie’s Reserve will be grown and sold in Colorado and Washington, two states where recreational use of the drug is legal.

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