New Bond film to be titled 'SPECTRE'

Written by The AP Friday, 05 December 2014 08:01

The next James Bond film will have a title that nods to the series' past: "SPECTRE."

Director Sam Mendes announced the title this week, along with the identity of several new cast members and a new version of Bond's iconic Aston Martin car. 

Oy vey! Does Hanukkah wannabe Christmas?

Written by Beth J. Harpaz,
AP writer
Saturday, 29 November 2014 11:21

Mensch on a Bench. — PHOTO: Courtesy

Christmas has Elf on the Shelf. Now Hanukkah has Mensch on a Bench — not to mention Maccabee on the Mantel.

Woodman’s spirits department rising

Written by Michael Muckian,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 27 November 2014 11:58

The selection at Woodman's. — PHOTO: Courtesy

The assignment seemed simple: Sample and report on organic beers. In Madison, that should be as easy as falling off a barstool, right?

Shakey Graves builds on DIY folk skills

Written by Bill Lamb,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 27 November 2014 02:06

Shakey Graves. — Photo: Big Hassle

It’s not easy to impress the alternative music community with something they haven’t seen before, but a kick drum made out of an old suitcase might qualify. So might the man behind that unique instrument, Shakey Graves, who made a memorable impression on the scene in 2011 with his raw vocals, acoustic guitar skills and that suitcase drum.

Skylight’s ‘Oz’ is a perfect holiday show

Written by Louis Weisberg,
Staff writer
Wednesday, 03 December 2014 12:29

Doug Clemons, Susan Wiedmeyer, Ryan Cappleman and Andrew Varela in Skylight Music Theatre’s “The Wizard of Oz.” - Photo: Mark Frohna

The yellow brick road at Skylight Music Theatre leads to a refreshing evening of holiday entertainment that provides all the cheerful sentimentality you need for the season without overdosing you on Santas, snowflakes and carols.

Cumberbatch shines as wartime codebreaker in 'The Imitation Game'

Written by Jocelyn Noveck,
AP National writer
Thursday, 27 November 2014 19:49

‘Tis clearly the season for Oscar-worthy performances by British actors playing mathematical geniuses facing daunting personal odds.

Holiday Gift Guide: Shopping Madison’s unique retail districts

Written by Michael Muckian,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 27 November 2014 11:23

In the State Street shopping corridor. — Photo: Joey Reuteman

Although small in area, Madison has a number of distinct neighborhood shopping districts that offer a variety of retail experiences. Gifts for hard-to-please friends and relatives can often be found in the most unlikely places, provided you know where to look.

Drink pink at The Pitch Project in Walker’s Point

Written by Kat Murrell,
Contributing writer
Wednesday, 26 November 2014 22:08

LIT UP at The Pitch Project. — Photo: courtesy Kat Murrell

The neutral white of The Pitch Project’s main gallery space is bathed in a wash of pink light. A couple of camping tents are pitched in the corners, kitted out with sleeping bags and other sundry outdoor necessities. Off to one side, a pedestal holds a monument of Busch Light beer cans. On the walls, photographs show 20-somethings frolicking outdoors in the summer, guzzling beer and cuddling a scruffy cat. 

Holiday decorating trends you'll see at stores this season

Written by Kim Cook,
AP writer
Sunday, 30 November 2014 19:29

A jewel-toned snowflake ornament from Pottery Barn.

For those who love to decorate, there’s no time like the holidays for adding fun, festive touches to our living spaces. This year, there’s something for many tastes and styles.

Shakespeare: In 120 minutes or less

Written by Anne Siegel,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 27 November 2014 12:15

Marcus Truschinski, Chase Stoeger, Chris Klopatek and Rick Pendzich
— Photo: Mark Frohna

Alas, poor Shakespeare! You thought you knew him well … and then came a merry band of pranksters to ruffle your refined sensibilities. That’s what happens in the uproarious The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) [revised].

Holiday Gift Guide: Deck the tables with oversized gift books

Written by The Associated Press Thursday, 27 November 2014 11:18

All the Songs. — PHOTO: Courtesy

As self-purchases, coffee table books may seem like pricey indulgences, but as gifts they’re an easy way to please a connoisseur, hobbyist or wannabe.

Help for the partisan shopper searching for presents

Written by Lisa Neff,
Staff writer
Wednesday, 26 November 2014 21:14

Some, after a long and bruising election cycle, may want to escape politics and settle in for a long winter’s nap. But for those who want to infuse their holiday cheer with a dose of partisanship or progressive spirit, WiG recommends: