Madison Ballet stretches its legs with 'Spring Repertory'

Written by Michael Muckian,
Contributing writer
Friday, 24 January 2014 12:33

Madison Ballet’s Rachelle Butler. –PHOTO: J. Laaser

In spring, the young dancer’s fancy turns to repertory performances, at least at the Madison Ballet. The company, now in the midst of its 30th season, will explore new themes and showcase its skills during Spring Repertory, a two-part program of choreographic talent to be presented at Madison’s Bartell Theatre.

Chinese emigrants celebrate New Year with culinary fusions

Written by Michele Kayal,
AP writer
Friday, 24 January 2014 09:26

Chinese New Year shopping in Chengdu. PHOTO: © Hupeng | Dreamstime.com

Chinese New Year, celebrated this year on Jan. 31, involves a litany of symbolic foods. Noodles are eaten for long life. Clams, because they look like coins, are eaten for wealth. Fish, which sounds similar to the Chinese word for “abundance,” symbolizes prosperity.

Forward Theater's 'Red' probes the psyche behind Rothko's art

Written by Michael Muckian,
Contributing writer
Saturday, 18 January 2014 15:57

Nate Burger and Jim DeVita in Forward Theater's 'Red'

Few plays announce their intention as clearly and quickly as John Logan’s Red, which kicks off the New Year for Madison’s Forward Theater Co.

And the nominees for Oscars are …

Written by WiG Thursday, 16 January 2014 10:57

And the nominees for Oscars are …

Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences president Cheryl Boone Isaacs and actor Chris Hemsworth announced this year's Oscar nominations on Jan. 16 at 8:38 a.m. EST in the Academy's Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills, Calif.

Playwright Peter Quilter finds the pot of gold at the end of Garland's gay rainbow

Written by Louis Weisberg,
Staff writer
Friday, 24 January 2014 12:14

Hollis Resnik as Judy Garland and Thomas J. Cox as Anthony in The Rep’s production of 'End of the Rainbow.' –PHOTO: Michael Brosilow

In 1975, I had dinner with Judy Garland’s fourth husband Mark Herron at the sagging Hollywood bungalow he shared with his partner — veteran character actor Henry Brandon. The invitation came via my boyfriend du jour, who’d appeared with Herron in a summer stock production.

Go For the Food: NJ options for Super Bowl foodies

Written by The Associated Press Monday, 20 January 2014 20:48

Buffalo wings and chicken fingers, take a breather. Crab dip and curly fries, sit this one out. For Super Bowl foodies, New Jersey offers a mash-up of delicacies representing just about every culture on the planet.

Those fortunate enough to have tickets to the game at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., will be able to gorge on American, Mexican, Asian and Italian specialties, done with a local flair, in the “Home Food Advantage” food court. Club seat ticketholders will get an even more varied menu including sushi, sliced beef tenderloin and garlic shrimp with peppercorn demi-glace, blue crabcake with pickled baby bok choy and lemon aioli, to name a few of a host of offerings.

Most influential burger of all time: White Castle Slider

Written by WiG Friday, 17 January 2014 07:48

What's for lunch, cravers? Time magazine says White Castle's small, square sliders are "the most influential burger of all time."

The "now-iconic square patty" that debuted in 1921 in Wichita, Kan., was the first burger to spawn a fast-food empire, says Time.

The desk that tells you to stand up

AP writer
Wednesday, 15 January 2014 17:15

Sitting down all day is bad for you, or so doctors say. There’s been a burst of interest in standing desks, but they’re not that easy to use, and it’s hard to motivate sitters to stand.

Stir, a company founded by a former Apple engineer, says it has the answer: a table that will nudge you to stand, with a gentle, one-inch rise and fall of its surface. If you take the suggestion, the table rises to standing height.

'Better Nate Than Never' author is at Art Bar for Cocktails with Cream City

Written by Gregg Shapiro,
Contributing writer
Friday, 24 January 2014 09:55

Author Tim Federle

Tim Federle has something for readers of all ages. In his two young adult novels, Better Nate Than Ever and its sequel Five, Six, Seven, Nate (both from Simon & Schuster), Federle has created one of the more endearing fictional characters in recent memory. The titular character Nate will keep you in stitches as he navigates his way from his dull, dead-end hometown to a Broadway stage and toward his first kiss. For somewhat older readers, Federle serves up Tequila Mockingbird (Running Press), which features cocktails with literary themes, such as Gin Eyre and The Last of the Mojitos.

Westminster dog show adds event with mixed breeds

Written by The Associated Press Monday, 20 January 2014 13:06

Long the province of the purebred, the Westminster Kennel Club dog show is opening a doggie door this year to mixed-breed competitors.

While Labradoodles, puggles and who-knows-whats won’t be able to vie for the prestigious Best in Show award, they’ll be included in its new agility trial.

Go For the Food: Fried crab in San Fran Chinatown

Written by The Associated Press Thursday, 16 January 2014 12:02

Crab and San Francisco go together like sour and dough, and you can find it here in just about every incarnation from basic cracked and steamed to meticulously plated in the mode of haute cuisine.

But if you like your crustaceans on the crispy side, you may want to check out the city’s Chinatown, the district that almost wasn’t. The original community was razed by the great earthquake and fire of 1906, and city leaders planned to relocate residents away from the valuable land next to the Financial District.

10 things to look for in 2014 at the movies

Written by The AP Tuesday, 14 January 2014 16:29

Hollywood may be hoping for a little less drama in 2014.

2013 was a tale of two cinemas. Intended blockbusters such as “The Lone Ranger” and “After Earth” flopped spectacularly while many in the industry (including Steven Spielberg) bemoaned the increasingly commercial trajectory of the studios. And yet by the end of the year, Hollywood had set a record with nearly $11 billion in revenue, while critics hailed the year’s crop as one of the best in years.