State Democratic leadership criticized Gov. Scott Walker Monday, accusing him of “kicking the can down the road” by ignoring the state’s budget deficit while he explores a potential 2016 presidential run.
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Thursday, hip-hop fans young and old headed east, at least a few miles, and packed the High Noon Saloon for a night of passion and energy lead by the one and only Brother Ali. Supporting Ali on the bill were Bambu and MaLLy, all three backed by the sounds of DJ Last Word.
To Brother Ali, hip-hop is about more than music. It’s a culture, a lifestyle, a community and an account of the social and cultural issues that the evening news can only speak of in the third person. This Thursday, Nov. 13, Brother Ali returns to his hometown for an eagerly anticipated show at the High Noon Saloon. I spoke with the artist about his upcoming show, what music means to him and the potential it has to change the world, one listener at a time.
Capes: Should they be worn? What the hell kind of introductory question is that, you might ask? Let me explain.
Last week, the Allman Brothers Band ended their career as a band on a high note, playing three sets at their second home, the Beacon Theatre on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, a venue they’ve played more than 230 times over the course of their 45-year career.
So I want to talk a little about definitions. Mostly, I want to talk about the fact that TV and movies are, more and more, the same thing, sort of? Because they maybe weren’t so different in the first place? But all that comes later. First, we have to talk about comic books.
1864—“Big Gravy” and Pumpkin Pie industry lobbyists persuade President Lincoln to formally establish Thanksgiving as a national holiday.
This Wednesday the Wisconsin Union Theater will host a performance by mandolinist Chris Thile and double bassist Edgar Meyer, in support of their new album Bass & Mandolin.
Terrance Olivier. But people call me Terry Oliver. My parents used to call me Terryble. Someone once called me Mango Sullivan, but that was on a lark. Probably.
In spring practice, the Wisconsin coaching staff decided to move Michael Trotter from safety to linebacker, giving him the chance to play alongside his twin brother, Marcus, for their final season.
Purely instrumental bands have the difficult task of speaking to the listener without actually speaking to them, creating a new dynamic to take into account when writing songs. While not telling you anything specific or literal, the instruments set the mood for each song, reflecting the feelings of the band and projecting it to the listener.
Justin Townes Earle’s Single Mothers finds the singer-songwriter weaving his stories through family blues. Its stars dwell on broken families and empty homes, the goodbyes and animosities of those unfortunate people on the losing end of a “Hungry Heart” walk-out and the memories they left behind in an attic’s picture-drawer. Their melancholy, obnoxiously literal at times (see “Today and a Lonely Night”), is given a surprisingly warm partner in Earle’s Americana.
"Bonnaroo brings good vibrations for all"
Nestled among the frozen plains of the snowy American landscape is a locale as foreign to some as it is familiar to my corn-growing, cheese-loving roots. The inhabitants of this region bundle themselves in fur hats and down parkas and express themselves with an abundance of “Oh ya”s and “You betcha”s. Their daily struggles range from whether or not to make meatloaf for dinner to how to best cover up a botched attempt at kidnapping your own wife for ransom. This is the Midwest, or at least the Midwest envisioned by a pair of goofball filmmakers known informally to us as the Coen brothers. Yah der hey.
So, over the weekend I got to spend some time with E.L. Katz and Pat Healy, who respectively directed and starred in the new film “Cheap Thrills,” and I learned a thing or two. I learned about Danish people. I learned about what really matters when you’re making a movie. I found out that some men can just rock a mustache. And I learned that sometimes light and dark can blend together beautifully.
Brooklyn-based Woods create an intimate feel on their newest studio album, With Light and With Love. Blending ’60s country slide guitar, folk and lo-fi, the four-piece ensemble has developed a strong fan base since their start in the mid-’00s. Woods have created their own label, on which With Light and With Love was released, and started an annual music festival in Big Sur, Calif.
Road rage on East Washington Avenue escalated Sunday evening, leading to one man stabbing another, according to a police report.
Gov. Scott Walker signed a bill Thursday that will require insurance companies covering intravenous chemotherapy also to cover oral chemotherapy.
In its last floor period of the legislative session Tuesday, the state Senate passed bills to govern oral chemotherapy regulations, minimum wage exceptions and strip searches, among others.
So, “The Grand Budapest Hotel” came out and I saw it, but before we get to that I’d like to take a minute to frame the film with two masterpieces from last year.