Get schooled on UW-Madison traditions

Written by Jay Rath,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 27 August 2015 06:32

Bucky Badger. Do you know who designed him?

Students are returning to campus and football fans are returning to bleachers. University of Wisconsin-Madison classes begin Sept. 2 and the first home game is Sept. 12.

Let your geek flag fly at 42 Lounge’s Cosplay Rave 3.0

Written by Colton Dunham,
Contributing writer
Sunday, 05 July 2015 19:28

When you walk the floor at a comic and entertainment convention, the superstars aren’t the celebrities at the autograph booths. It’s the cosplayers making their rounds on the floor dressed as favorite fictional characters and posing for photographs to show off months of hard work and handcrafted artistry. 

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

Think outside of the big-box
Shopping local boutiques

Written by Kirstin Roble,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 30 July 2015 04:00

While the days are still warm and sunny, take the opportunity to flip your wardrobe. Boutiques all along the Lake Michigan coast have opened their doors to shoppers, and there are great options for bargain hunters and fashionistas alike. 

Harley-Davidson roars toward youth market

Written by Larry Zamba,
Contributing writer
Friday, 19 June 2015 16:53

Project Livewire, Harley-Davidson’s prototype electric motorcycle, could be the most radical technological evolution in the company’s 111-year history. It’s beautifully designed, well crafted and powerful. If Livewire goes into production, it could prove to be a cycle perfect for the times — and beyond.

Harley-Davidson’s need to get into the electric market is sparked by two realities. One is market share. Harley is looking beyond the 50-plus white male market. Though H-D is proud that it’s been the No. 1 seller of new, on-road motorcycles in the United States to young adults, ages 18-34, women, African-Americans and Hispanics for the past six years, millions of riders, especially younger people, fail to identify with the brand. The heavy retro-styling — the most visible portion of the H-D brand — is what their fathers rode.

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.

In Tech: Lifetime video service, Sprint’s new price plans

Written by The AP Monday, 06 July 2015 11:46

Fans of Lifetime’s melodramatic movies can now see them for $4 a month — without subscribing to cable.

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.