‘Civilization’ shoots for the stars

Written by LOU KESTEN,
Associated Press writer
Friday, 31 October 2014 10:10

Our planet isn’t in very good shape. The good news, according to “Sid Meier’s Civilization: Beyond Earth” (2K Games, for the PC, $49.99), is that we’ll be able to hang around for another 500 years or so. The bad news: After that, we’d better start looking for a new home.

It’s not the freshest sci-fi premise — “Interstellar” has essentially the same setup — but it gives Meier and his Firaxis Games studio a chance to expand the beloved Civilization franchise to entirely new worlds. It’s a mostly successful transplant, though at times I wished its scope was even more cosmic.

Jeans feeling the blues as consumers turn to yoga pants

Written by Anne D’Innocenzio,
AP Retail writer
Saturday, 06 September 2014 18:30

Levi's slim fit indigo blue jeans.

Americans’ obsession with jeans is beginning to wear thin.

Rest of the fests

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Thursday, 07 August 2014 08:10

Wisconsin is famous for its colorful array of summer festivals. Although, regrettably, the summer sun is waning, a surprisingly large number of interesting festivals are still to come in the next month.

Sailing adventure: Learning to harness the wind

Written by Michael Muckian,
Contributing writer
Sunday, 27 July 2014 13:55

Sailboats, Inc., on Lake Superior’s southern shore, has been instructing would-be mariners since 1980.

In sailing, the wind is both friend and foe. Its absence can leave you adrift in the doldrums, while too much of it can send you places you never wanted to go. 

Glitter to Gore specializes in turning people into zombies — or artworks

Written by Michael Muckian,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 16 October 2014 11:42

Dawn Marie Svanoe and Michelle Soltis. — PHOTO: Peter F. Castro

It’s 5 p.m. on an October Saturday, and Michelle Soltis is waiting patiently for a gaggle of actors to come rushing in. Once that happens, things start to get really ugly.

Mineral Point, Wisconsin: Figgyhobbin and the arts

Written by HELEN O’NEILL,
Associated Press writer
Friday, 15 August 2014 19:44

The tiny town of Mineral Point, Wisconsin, is a charming place where old stone buildings hug the hills, and artists’ galleries, pottery studios and antique shops line the streets.

Whimsical free libraries — handcrafted miniature houses that look like birdhouses filled with books — are tucked into street corners.  A thriving arts center draws people from around the country to study everything from blacksmithing and bent twig furniture to the Cornish language. There is an outdoor theater carved into a limestone quarry and a beautifully restored Opera House dating to 1914.

Couture meets countertop at AIDS fundraiser

Written by Matthew Reddin,
Staff writer
Thursday, 07 August 2014 07:07

Photos: Courtesy

A charity fashion show that combines high-end couture and high-end plumbing fixtures is bound to attract attention. When the beneficiary supports people living with HIV/AIDS, then it’s attention worth drawing.

Real estate deals: No. 1, Bon Jovi's penthouse

Written by Special to Wisconsin Gazette Friday, 25 July 2014 10:07

If a person’s home is the mirror of the person themselves, Jon Bon Jovi and wife Dorothea seem to do everything well.

Now up for sale is the Bon Jovis' 7,452-square-foot New York Soho duplex. With huge glass walls and terraces seen from almost every room, even the kitchen windows will have you looking instead of cooking. Aside from the pure glamour of it all, the layout is unusually well thought out. The family part of the house is on the lower floor with a great room, wood-burning fireplace, marble baths, dining area and a gourmet kitchen. There are five bedrooms on the first floor including the master bedroom suite with rare arched windows.

New cars: What’s ahead in 2015

Written by TOM KRISHER
AP Auto Writers
Friday, 12 September 2014 01:50

Sales of small crossover SUVs are booming in the U.S., and automakers are responding quickly with new entries in the 2015 model year.

Ten brands — Audi, BMW, Chevrolet, Honda, Jeep, Lexus, Lincoln, Maserati, Mercedes and Tesla — are rolling out new vehicles to cash in on the buying binge.

Arab World Fest returns to Milwaukee’s lakefront

Written by Matthew Reddin,
Staff writer
Thursday, 07 August 2014 08:16

It’s been four years missing, and Milwaukee’s Arab World Fest is finally ready to make its triumphant return to the Summerfest grounds Aug. 8–10 with a cultural event festival that president Ihsan Atta says celebrates familial unity.

WIGWIRED: Out and Active

Written by Lisa Neff,
Staff writer
Wednesday, 06 August 2014 20:42

Train for more than a game with the free Mountain Athletics app.

Extreme Selfie. The prestigious Tillywig Award for “best toy” has gone to Lexibook’s Wi-Fi Move Cam, a sports camera made for action and adventure — pedaling down a mountain bike trail, hiking around the bend, snorkeling on the lake’s bottom and swimming out to the float.

WiGWIRED: Behemoth TVs start to take off

AP Retail Writer
Saturday, 12 July 2014 10:21

Supersized isn’t just for french fries.

Americans increasingly are replacing their once-enviable 50-inch TVs with even bigger screens. Think: 65-inches and up.