Stability, extra grip make fat-tire biking a hit

Associated Press writer
Tuesday, 05 May 2015 08:49

There's a new trend in mountain biking: Big, puffy tires that look like something NASA developed in case someone ever wanted to ride on the moon.

Yes, they look a little strange, but these fat-tire bikes have a smooth ride, even over the toughest terrain, and are an awful lot of fun to ride.

How midcentury modern classics adapted

Associated Press writer
Wednesday, 08 April 2015 10:01

In the years after World War II, when suburban towns were still “the country,” the unassuming village of New Canaan, Connecticut, just an hour north of Manhattan, became an epicenter of modernist architecture, and a birthplace of then-radical concepts like family rooms, floor-to-ceiling windows and open-plan living.

Since then, the surviving homes have continued to evolve, a transformation explored in a new book that looks at 16 of New Canaan’s 91 remaining homes from this influential era.

Waxwing flies back

Written by Matthew Reddin,
Staff writer
Thursday, 12 February 2015 12:15

In The Waxwing. — PHOTO: Courtesy

It sounded like just another example of the same sad story: The Waxwing, a consignment shop that offers local artists the chance to sell their wares to eager Shorewood residents, was being forced to close at the height of its success because it wasn’t going to get a lease renewed for another year.

The ‘hair of the dog’ won’t cure a hangover, but other methods help

Written by Michael Muckian,
Contributing writer
Friday, 12 December 2014 12:47

When you wake up on Jan. 1 after partying hearty on New Year’s Eve, what kind of shape will you be in? 

Stand out grads: Getting noticed at the ceremony

Written by BETH J. HARPAZ,
AP writer
Wednesday, 29 April 2015 06:37

It's hard to stand out at graduation when dozens, hundreds or even thousands of your classmates are dressed in identical caps and gowns.

But some students individualize their appearance by decorating their mortarboards. Designs range from a simple lettered message like "Thanks, Mom and Dad!" to an elaborate craft project with images, glitter or 3-D constructions. Other students decorate caps with school logos, or fraternity or sorority letters.

Entertainment Briefs
March 26, 2015

Written by The AP Friday, 27 March 2015 04:37

Game on: Where to cheer for the Packers on Sunday

Written by Travel Wisconsin Friday, 16 January 2015 18:47

The Green Bay Packers are heading to Seattle this Sunday. And where are Packer fans headed to watch the game?

Travel Wisconsin has some ideas. The state boasts some of the largest and liveliest sports bars in the country. And whatever part of the state you find yourself in this Sunday, you can bet the Packers game will be on, the fans will be cheering and the bloody marys and beer will be flowing.

WIG's New Year’s Eve Guide

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Thursday, 11 December 2014 12:01

Celebrating: From 2014 to 2015.

Finding a New Year’s Eve party in Wisconsin isn’t hard. It’s finding the right one for you and your friends and family that can be tough. Before you wander blindly into the night, give this guide a glance — the perfect event might be tucked away in its listings.

Want to play disc golf? Get started at these scenic sites

Associated Press writer
Monday, 13 April 2015 11:04

You may live near a disc golf course and not know it.

While many of the nearly 5,000 courses in the United States boast grand vistas, glorious flora and some fauna, others are tucked along steep terrain and small creeks, providing a use for parkland not suitable for much else.

Makeover with Marsala, color of the year

Written by WiG reports Friday, 13 March 2015 12:20

Pantone is coloring 2015 in “Marsala,” a robust and earthy wine red that the company has named the color of the year.

From vintage to city chic: Holiday decorating trends

Written by KIM COOK,
Associated Press writer
Wednesday, 17 December 2014 09:24

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.

A look at the trends you’ll see at stores:

Gift Guide: Get better at sports with smart gear

Written by RON HARRIS,
Associated Press writer
Wednesday, 10 December 2014 09:41

Advances in technology present sports enthusiasts with plenty of options to train better and smarter.

High-level gear and biometric-analysis software are no longer limited to elite professional athletes. The weekender can now use some tech-savvy approaches to get better, perhaps, at a multitude of sports. Practice makes perfect, but technology can make practice better: