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  • Wisconsin uncorks Beaujolais Nouveau season

    Mark your calendars and ready your palates. At one minute past midnight on Nov. 15, the 2012 Beaujolais Nouveau will begin making its way to thirsty wine lovers around the world. The third Thursday of each November is set aside for the ceremonial release...
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  • Pastor had sex with teens to cure their homosexuality

    A former youth pastor in Council Bluffs, Iowa, says he had sex with teenage boys because it was his pastoral duty “to help (the teen) with homosexual urges by praying while he had sexual contact with him.” But law enforcement has a different view of ...
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  • Everything’s coming up roses for local grower

    When Milwaukee native William Radler was a boy in the late 1940s, he was expected to be seen and not heard. That gave the youngster little to do when visiting grandparents other than page through their rose catalogues, marvel at the colorful photos and ho...
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  • The great pumpkin ales are out, get the spirits

    It might not feel like fall yet, but now is the time to fill your jack-o’-lantern with ice and brews. The popularity of pumpkin beer is increasing, as witnessed in both selection and consumption. The Wall Street Journal Market Watch predicts the season...
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  • Walker appointee says workplace harassment of gays is legal

    A commissioner on the board that makes final decisions in cases involving workplace discrimination says Wisconsin law does not prohibit anti-gay harassment on the job. Her two fellow commissioners strongly disagree. Laurie McCallum, who was recently app...
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  • Buckingham still compelling

    Lindsey Buckingham, the former partner (both romantic and creative) of Stevie Nicks, did something significant for the British blues band Fleetwood Mac when he and Nicks joined the group in the mid-1970s. He made them popular. By bringing his unique pop f...
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  • Steven Spielberg's 'Lincoln' is as monumental as it gets

    The task of encapsulating the essence of Abraham Lincoln in a single film took Steven Spielberg roughly three times as long as it took the 16th president to win the Civil War, abolish slavery and put the country on the course to recovery. Creating such a...
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  • Aimee Mann brings her unique charm to Milwaukee

    We met Aimee Mann, crowned with spiky, bleached blond hair and braided tail, belting “hush, hush, voices carry” in the video for the song “Voices Carry” by the Boston band ’Til Tuesday. Mann’s charismatic performance and songwriting skills wer...
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  • Wisconsin’s PFLAG chapters thrive amid adversity

    The Madison chapter of Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays was told that its members could march in a May 14 parade in Stoughton – but only if they removed the words “lesbian” and “gay” from their banner. Karen Baker, PFLAG Madis...
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  • Braise offers new way of looking at dining

    When Milwaukee’s Braise was named one of America’s 50 best new restaurants in the September issue of “Bon Appetit,” it came as little surprise to those familiar with the Walkers Point eatery. The magazine’s brief mention of its only Wisconsin en...
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  • 'Pitch Perfect' is a bit off key

    The comedy “Pitch Perfect” is ideally suited for anyone who was disappointed by “Glee: The 3D Concert Movie” and longs for more a cappella. Based on the book by gay writer Mickey Rapkin, “Pitch Perfect” follows Beca (Anna Kendrick, who’s an ...
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  • Santorum says he'd die to prevent marriage equality

    GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum said he’d die to prevent same-sex couples from getting married. “I’ll die on that hill,” GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum said when asked about his pledge to fight for a federal ban on same-sex mar...
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  • Hail to the chef
    An Obama-Romney cookoff

    President Barack Obama and contender Mitt Romney are going hammer and tongs in their race for chief executive of the United States. The heat, as they say, is on. As food writers we felt it also was time to turn up the temperature in the First Kitchen. It...
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  • Re-issues of albums by Jackson, R.E.M. celebrate silver anniversaries

    The King of Pop faced a daunting task in following up his bazillion-selling “Thriller” album of 1982. While 1987’s “Bad” fell short of what came before it, including Jackson’s previous Quincy Jones collaboration “Off The Wall” (1979), it w...
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  • 'Any Day Now' chronicles gay adoption ordeal

    With films such as Ira Sachs’ “Keep the Lights On” and David France’s “How To Survive a Plague” drawing solid audiences, 2012 has turned out to be another banner year for LGBT films. The year ends on an especially high note with “Any Day Now...
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  • After distinctive career, Smashing Pumpkins carve out new album

    The Smashing Pumpkins arrived on the Chicago (and national) music scene at just the right time. For a city as big as Chicago, there was an embarrassing dearth of cool music coming from Lake Michigan’s southwestern shores. As late as the late 1980s, Chea...
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  • Becoming men
    Activist Brice Smith pens the story of female-to-gay male trans pioneer

    In Brice Smith’s research on female-to-gay-male pioneer Lou Sullivan, two trans stories intesect in a way that enriches both. Since 2004, Smith has been absorbed in learning, writing and talking about Sullivan, who was born 60 years ago and died 20 yea...
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  • 'Wallflower' has perks

    Despite some glaring anachronistic flaws, outstanding performances by scene-stealer Ezra Miller and a nuanced Emma Watson make Stephen Chbosky’s film adaptation of his book “The Perks of Being a Wallflower” worth watching. Wallflower and high schoo...
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  • A meatless Thanksgiving to say grace

    For most people, Thanksgiving is a gustatory romp that revolves around a plump, steaming turkey with all the trimmings. But we’ve found that side dishes are bountiful in and of themselves. Add a touch of creativity and you will never even miss the overg...
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  • 'Cloud Atlas' aims for profound and misses

    Maybe if you’re 20 years old and high in your dorm room with your friends, the platitudes presented in “Cloud Atlas” might seem profound. Anyone else in his or her right mind should recognize it for what it is: a bloated, pseudo-intellectual, self-...
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