When most UW-Madison students are away for the summer, the city takes advantage of an emptier downtown Madison to conduct construction projects, which causes traffic to be detoured throughout the UW-Madison campus area.
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A while back, Hollywood remade the classic Michael Caine heist flick ""The Italian Job"" with Mark Wahlberg. It was a fun if slight crime flick that most people remember for its Mini Cooper chase scene, and soon after its release the studio planned to make a sequel set in Rio de Janeiro and entitled ""The Brazilian Job,"" but one way or another it all fell apart - maybe Marky Mark was too busy working on ""The Happening."" Enter director Justin Lin and the ""Fast and Furious"" franchise, which for all intents and purposes have crafted ""The Brazilian Job"" as the new ""Fast Five,"" preserving all the fun and slightness of ""The Italian Job,"" but with a heavily heightened dose of stupidity and testosterone.
Mike Mikalsen and I don't agree on much. Mikalsen, the research assistant and lead strategist for state Rep. Steve Nass, R-Whitewater, has played a central role in Nass' work as the main thorn in the side of UW-Madison. So as I spoke with Mikalsen over the phone last week concerning the proposed New Badger Partnership, it was no surprise that I disagreed with much of what he said.
With its debut fast approaching Friday, Union South opens up a slew of opportunities for students on campus. Among them are the numerous arts venues included in the building, which the Cardinal was lucky enough to tour this past week.
There is a lot to like about Sharon Van Etten. She is one of the most intriguing upcoming musicians working today thanks to her critically acclaimed lyrics, talented vocals and accessible yet thoughtful folk songs. Plus, she happens to be an overall pleasant person, as The Daily Cardinal found out in a recent interview. All of this creates reason to be excited for her April 8 show at der Rathskeller, a sentiment Van Etten shares with the Midwest leg of her latest tour.
With all of the great features and documentaries screening at the Wisconsin Film Festival, it can be easy to forget about the short films. But sometimes, the shorts programs can be some of the most entertaining events the festival has to offer. The Daily Cardinal spoke with Eric J. Nelson, director of the stop-motion animated short ""Power Trio"" and head of local cinematography studio Heavy Visuals, about his own entry in the festival's shorts lineup.
When people think of music documentaries, many unfortunately think of VH1's ""Behind the Music,"" with its backstage infighting, manufactured drama and clichés of self-destructive artists. It's enough to turn people off of the genre entirely, something the directors of the film ""Everyday Sunshine: The Story of Fishbone,"" Chris Metzler and Lev Anderson realize all too well.
Wisconsin is hardly the center of the film industry. Just look at the massive hype surrounding ""Public Enemies"" from two years ago––the final product only included a few scenes shot in Wisconsin, but it kept people entranced and was embraced as a ""Wisconsin movie"" despite how loose its cheesehead connections may have been.
Spring training is filled with hope, and hope is a wonderful feeling. I say that as someone who identifies as the most hardcore cynic this side of Snake Plissken. In 2008, I would listen to President Barack Obama talk about hope and change, and it would go in one ear, out the other, then get crushed to death by a panda-killing oil tycoon.
Today's world isn't always friendly to Renaissance men. It seems triple threats like Gene Kelly and Frank Sinatra are fewer and far between. But every once in a while, somebody like Donald Glover comes along to remind us just how talented people can be.
Minneapolis-based Sleeping in the Aviary are no strangers to Madison. After all, the band originally formed in the city and operated here for several years. Add in the fact that Sleeping in the Aviary still enjoys a strong local following, and they make sure the isthmus never goes long without being treated to their pop-punk/folk-punk/whatever the hell they feel that night sound, as well as their noteworthy on stage antics. With the band returning to their previous stomping grounds for a March 13 show at the Frequency, The Daily Cardinal spoke with singer/guitarist Elliott Kozel to find out what is in store of their Madison fans.
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The way the Senate Democrats tell the story, they're heroes. They're appropriately pulling a Lincoln-esque move by fleeing to the Land of Lincoln. But I find that version hard to swallow.
Maybe it is just a product of the Twitter-verse, where we absorb copious amounts of unprocessed information. Maybe it is a side effect of people getting swept up in the moment. Or maybe it is a result of intentional distortions of the truth. But over the past week of protests that have enveloped the Capitol, there has been an overwhelming amount of information coming from our little isthmus, and it is time to set some things straight.
With his show's two-year anniversary special coming up Feb. 24 at the Frequency, Dan Potacke now lays claim to the title of Madison's talk show king. True, that's partially because he might be Madison's only talk show host, but it's an awesome title nonetheless. The Daily Cardinal sat down with Potacke for a recent Q&A about some of his best memories, Gov. Scott Walker and the possible consequences of the Rapture, among other topics.
Every two years, Madison city government refreshes itself with elections for seats in its Common Council. Sometimes these elections are trivial—see Madison's District 4, which very well might be represented by Mike Verveer until the apocalypse, and possibly afterward. But other districts, such as campus-area District 8, serve as wonderful laboratories for democracy, with competitive races in almost every election cycle.
The UW Cinematheque is a haven for Madison film buffs. With no first-run movie theater on campus and Memorial Union focusing mostly on recent releases, the Cinematheque serves as our own personal window into film history every Friday and Saturday night in 4070 Vilas Hall. Its screenings feature new series each semester delving into new genres, filmmaking techniques and trends in world cinema. This semester is no different, featuring four intriguing series exploring scattered facets of the film universe. The Daily Cardinal spoke with Cinematheque Director of Programming Jim Healy to take a look at each individual series, as well as preview some of their upcoming semester highlights.
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The work of William Shakespeare needs no introduction. Whether it is being performed by drama students in a high school play or with professional stage actors at the Old Vic, Shakespeare's works are always worth checking out, if only because his words are so transcendent. But Madisonians are in for a special treat Thursday when The Acting Company, one of America's leading theater companies, comes to the Union Theater to perform one of Shakespeare's comedies, ""A Comedy of Errors.""
Whenever a new wave of music takes over the Internet and starts invading the iPods of hipsters, a lot of bands are bound to get swept up in that wave whether they like it or not. One band to both benefit and suffer from this phenomenon recently has been Milwaukee outfit Kings Go Forth, who have seen their profile rise considerably in the wake of the 70's soul and funk revival.