Got fresh tomatoes? A recipe for Summer's End Tomato Tart

If you’re like me, you believe that a fresh, ripe tomato is one of the best things about summer. And...

Vatican gets embroiled in Italy’s ‘banned books’ fray

The Vatican has gotten embroiled in a modern-day, secular version of the Index of Banned Books. The...

A billion users log into Facebook in 1 day

A billion people logged in to Facebook on a single day this past week, marking the first time that m...

Illinois' 2nd largest city to compile list of 'habitual drunkards'

The police department in Illinois' second largest city is going to compile a "habitual drunkard" lis...

Hundreds hurt, killed when Wisconsin teens get guns

Outside of the Boys and Girls Club of Dane County in Fitchburg, children swing on a playground. Insi...

Wisconsin taxpayers ordered to pay overtime costs for Scott Walker's 24/7 security on campaign trail after he fails to report their hours

Federal authorities are ordering retroactive overtime for Wisconsin State Patrol officers who serve ...

Scott Walker is interested in building wall along Canadian border, which is world's longest

In an interview this morning on NBC’s Meet the Press, Gov. Scott Walker suggested that building a wa...

Killer of Cecil the lion and Caitlyn Jenner are most offensive 2015 Halloween costumes

The Halloween wars focused on pop culture costum ses have heated up early this year. Petitions and s...

Sunday morning TV news lineup includes Scott Walker on 'Meet the Press'

Guest lineups for the Sunday TV news shows: ABC’s This Week: Democratic presidential candidate Bern...

Former Olympian and UW track star Suzy Favor pens memoir about double life as a call girl

Former U.S. Olympian and University of Wisconsin track star Suzy Favor Hamilton said she's releasing...

Soggy Doggy, Puppy Pot: inventions by and for pet owners

Joanna Rein knew there was a way to prevent her rambunctious Labrador-collie mix from tracking in mu...

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  • Wisconsin taxpayers ordered to pay overtime costs for Scott Walker's 24/7 security on campaign trail after he fails to report their hours

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    Anti-gay Kentucky clerk who refuses to issue same-sex marriage licenses did issue one for transgender man and his wife

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  • Sunday morning TV news lineup includes Scott Walker on 'Meet the Press'

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  • Former Olympian and UW track star Suzy Favor pens memoir about double life as a call girl

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Wisconsin is a leader in creating a culture in which food reflects values

Twenty-one years ago, David Kozlowski and his wife Sandra Raduenz were working in dependable corporate jobs with retirement benefits. But the couple — Raduenz in particular — longed for a more meaningful life.

“She went to a conference where they talked about community supported agriculture and she came back and said, ‘I know what I want to be,’” Kozlowski said.

The two purchased a 21-acre farm in Oak Creek, about 20 minutes from downtown Milwaukee. They continued to work at their regular jobs for several years as they gradually built Pinehold Gardens into an organic food enterprise that brought in enough so they could get by on income from  the land alone.

GOP fights challenge to gerrymandered Assembly map

The Wisconsin Assembly map. — IMAGE: Courtesy

The Wisconsin Department of Justice wants a federal court to dismiss a lawsuit challenging the redistricting map drawn by lawmakers to the benefit of the GOP.

Meanwhile, a grassroots petition drive aimed at revamping the redistricting process is getting attention in the state. The petition circulating on the Web by the nonpartisan group Common Cause Wisconsin calls on lawmakers to remove politics from redistricting decisions.

Dane County challenges spill-prone oil company

Environmental activists huddled up after the state’s Republican leadership ran a sneak attack this summer and cleared the way for a Canadian company to massively expand the pumping of tar sands crude oil through Wisconsin.

In the huddle, activists with the grassroots group 350 Madison came up with a new strategy to address Enbridge Energy’s drive to expand the pumping of tar sands oil over environmentally sensitive waterways and agricultural lands.

Mark Pocan: ‘a diamond in the congressional rough’

U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan takes the podium at a press conference on July 23 to introduce the Equality Act.
— PHOTO: Courtesy

In November 2012, Tammy Baldwin made international headlines when she became the first out lesbian ever elected to the U.S. Senate. She was also the first woman ever elected to that chamber from Wisconsin.

Comedian Jen Kirkman is feeling fine. Promise.

Jen Kirkman. — PHOTO: Courtesy

In the opening of her Netflix special, I’m Gonna Die Alone (And I Feel Fine), comedian, author and podcaster Jen Kirkman tells a story about overhearing someone ordering a drink and slowly realizing that person cannot tell the difference between a lemon and a lime. It’s like she’s a dear friend venting her frustrations with the world already, and it’s only been a few minutes. 

Natasha Nicholson’s studio, recreated at MMoCA, is a work of art in itself

The Artist in Her Museum recreates Natasha Nicholson’s studio with various eclectic rooms.
— Photo: Madison Museum of Contemporary Art

Natasha Nicholson stands in the middle of “Studiolo,” an immense room filled with hundreds of arranged artifacts and found objects that replicates part of the Madison artist’s home studio. She looks around to make sure every piece of her collection is where it needs to be — to foster the artistic environment she considers critical to her work.

Out on the town

Mondo Lucha 2015

8 p.m. Sept. 11

Penn & Teller

8 p.m. Sept. 11

Taste of Madison 2015

Sept. 5 and 6

WMSE Backyard BBQ

4 to 11 p.m. Sept. 5

Rufus Wainwright

8 p.m. Sept. 12

Ratatat

9 p.m. Sept. 11 

Jeremy Messersmith

TBA Sept. 8 in Oshkosh and Sept. 9 in Milwaukee.

Dirty Heads

8:30 p.m. Sept. 1

Labor Fest 2015

11 a.m. Sept. 7

‘TIMELINE 2015’

Through October 3rd 

Jazz in the Park

5 to 9 p.m. on Thursdays June 4 to Sept. 3

WiGWAG: Seeing Trump in butter and brewing papal pale ale

One more time, you need to see it one more time. :-)

A Wildwood, Missouri, woman is said to have nearly lost her lunch when she opened a new tub of Earth Origins Organic Spread and saw the image of Donald Trump staring back at her. “I needed to put on my glasses to make sure it was him,” Jan Castellano, 63, told The Huffington Post. Castellano briefly considered selling the butter tub on eBay and donating the proceeds to Hillary Clinton. But hunger won out over politics, and Trump’s face ended up on her breakfast toast.

Mojo Dojo’s improv aims to build long-form community

More than anything else, Milwaukee’s improv scene has been dominated by ComedySportz, the now-national troupe that specializes in short-form improv — quick “games” where performers riff on audience suggestions in short bits before erasing everything and starting from scratch. 

But that approach to improv is not the only one. In many cities, short-form companies coexist with an alternative style: long-form improv. Neither is inherently better than the other, and many improvisers and comedians do both. But Milwaukee only having a training center and performance space for short-form has skewed popular opinion here as to what improv can be.

Present Music celebrates Mozart’s modern successors

Milwaukee’s Present Music ensemble helps kick off another year of fine arts, with a season-opening concert that will bring together the largest ensemble Present Music has ever hosted. It’ll also be bringing together the company’s love for chamber music’s classical roots and its passion for contemporary works.

Get schooled on UW-Madison traditions

Bucky Badger. Do you know who designed him?

Students are returning to campus and football fans are returning to bleachers. University of Wisconsin-Madison classes begin Sept. 2 and the first home game is Sept. 12.

RedLine Milwaukee’s diverse ‘Timeline’

Miles Buss’ deliberately naive paintings are charming fun and just one of the 11 collections of work in Timeline.
— Photo: Kat Minerath

From across the room, Jody Emery’s “Universe” catches light like a cosmos of stars twinkling in the night. Enamel paint glistens in a cloudy crush of three-dimensional texture that builds from the artwork’s surface. Approach more closely and see that this murky constellation is built from metal detritus of various chains, tool bits and other tough implements. 

Music reviews: Wilco, Rob Thomas, Carly Rae Jepsen, Beach House

Wilco's latest. — PHOTO: Courtesy

Ever wondered what Wilco would sound like if they simply walked into the studio and let the tape roll? Now you can find out, thanks to their new album Star Wars, a self-released, super-DIY record that sounds even better than many of the band’s more intricately constructed past works. In the midst of all of the fuzzy guitar and avant-pop rhythms, there is an elegant grace that keeps you listening. “You Satellite” is one of the most beautiful tracks Wilco has ever written, and the buzzing flood of guitars on top of drums that chaotically roll off the rails by the end makes the song even more striking. While the album has more introspective moments, it is the rollicking sound of noisy tracks like “Random Name Generator” and “Pickled Ginger” that will stick in your mind.