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Madison Matrix for Dec. 8, 2016

Madison sometimes defies categorization, but we give it a shot every week with the Madison Matrix...
Isthmus  |  12-08-2016  |  Isthmus' The Daily Page

The chocolate factory

William Marx’s bean-to-bar craft revolutionizes Madison cacao product. The fledgling business is a one-man operation...
Isthmus  |  12-08-2016  |  Isthmus' The Daily Page

Making a scene

The dynamic Johannes Wallmann raises the profile of UW’s jazz studies program and makes connections around the state...
Isthmus  |  12-08-2016  |  Isthmus' The Daily Page

Isthmus Picks Playlist (Dec. 8-15, 2016)

Enjoy a compilation of selected tracks by artists playing shows we're excited about in Madison during the week of Dec...
Isthmus  |  12-08-2016  |  Isthmus' The Daily Page

Winter constellations

The Star Bar in the Constellation building is perhaps better known as a beer bar, but it also has a...
Isthmus  |  12-08-2016  |  Isthmus' The Daily Page

Diversity drama

A new police station and public market weren’t the only issues during this year’s city budget debate. Mayor Soglin says...
Isthmus  |  12-08-2016  |  Isthmus' The Daily Page

Food news: openings and closings

In food news this week: Cafe Domestique, a new coffee shop that will cater to bicyclists, is set to open...
Isthmus  |  12-08-2016  |  Isthmus' The Daily Page

"Home" is where the bass is

Ben Ferris, one of Madison’s busiest bassists, is releasing a harmonically rich debut album called “Home.” He’s at Crescendo Espresso...
Isthmus  |  12-08-2016  |  Isthmus' The Daily Page

Getting the job done

It’s rare to see a woman onscreen embracing the contradictions of the U.S. political system. Jessica Chastain does a brilliant...
Isthmus  |  12-08-2016  |  Isthmus' The Daily Page

In other UW news...

Women’s volleyball rules, but basketball and men’s hockey have growing pains. Those young teams are working through some issues...
Isthmus  |  12-08-2016  |  Isthmus' The Daily Page

Oakland Firefighters Say Their Department Is So Badly Managed, Ghost Ship Warehouse Wasn't Even In Its Inspection Database

Whistleblowers say that the fire chief, mayor, and city council failed to advocate for sufficient resources. To Oakland’s fire inspectors,...
East Bay Express  |  12-07-2016  |  Ear Bud

Wipe it Off

by Anonymous I don't know why, but when I see someone with a huge grin on their face, it annoys...
The Portland Mercury  |  12-07-2016  |  Blog Town, PDX

More Buyouts and Possible Layoffs Are Coming to the Seattle Times

by Heidi Groover "We are into the bone," says one Seattle Times staffer. "Every cut means news won't get covered."...
The Stranger  |  12-07-2016  |  Slog

Insane SFU swim team dives into Vancouver's snowpocalypse—in their freaking swimwear

The fluffy white stuff didn't deter the intrepid SFU swim team...
The Georgia Straight  |  12-07-2016  |  Views

It's Official: Portland's About to Adopt a New Campaign Finance System—Without Asking Voters

by Dirk VanderHart It wasn't a final vote, but if you were watching Portland City Council consider a new proposed...
The Portland Mercury  |  12-07-2016  |  Blog Town, PDX

City of Vancouver process for preserving character homes faces backlash

Shaughnessy Heights Property Owners’ Association Christoper Shackleton alleges that it will lower property values in several areas and give the...

Guyliner Jesus and St. Manbun Go to Cash Saver

Surely somebody on your Christmas list will appreciate Guyliner Jesus and St. Manbun. Both action figures are currently available at the...

Best albums of the year 2016

Or at least the ones our critics liked, including ones by reunited rap crews and a dearly departed icon...
The Georgia Straight  |  12-07-2016  |  Music

Uber’s Anti-Union Scare Campaign May Be Working

Uber’s Anti-Union Scare Campaign May Be Working by Heidi Groover Teamsters organizer Dawn Gearhart spoke during a hearing yesterday as...
The Stranger  |  12-07-2016  |  Slog

UPDATE: Youth filmmakers to be featured on PBS

Rocky Mountain PBS reached out to me today to clarify that Legg's film is a part of a new series...
Colorado Springs Independent  |  12-07-2016  |  Indy Blog

The Risks of the Migrants in the Must-See Doc Fire at Sea

by Kathy Fennessy COURTESY OF CINEUROPA Eritrean-Italian filmmaker Gianfranco Rosi shot his fifth documentary, Fire at Sea (Fuocoammare), with such...
The Stranger  |  12-07-2016  |  Slog

Fiona Apple roasts Trump's nuts in a reworking of a Christmas classic

Now if only she'd turned the iPhone sideways before hitting record...
The Georgia Straight  |  12-07-2016  |  Music

Officials Plan to Clear North Portland's Forgotten Realms Camp After Monday Fire

by Dirk VanderHart Forgotten Realms, shortly after it was founded in January 2016. Dirk VanderHart The city says it's time...
The Portland Mercury  |  12-07-2016  |  Blog Town, PDX

This Week on the Blabbermouth Podcast: Some Reasons to Hope

by Eli Sanders Subscribe to the podcast FOR FREE by clicking right here! After last week’s show we got a...
The Stranger  |  12-07-2016  |  Slog

Hit List: Best Music, Art & Culture Dec 7-13

The sound of hoofbeats on the roof may be a welcome sign of Santa, but you’d better hope that those...
Metro Silicon Valley  |  12-07-2016  |  Activate

48 Seasonal Performances During The 2016 Seattle Holiday Season

by Stranger Things To Do Staff ACT Theatre's production of A Christmas Carol is a dependable, simple pleasure, with just...
The Stranger  |  12-07-2016  |  Slog

Celebrate The Holidays At These Seasonal Performances

Theater, Dance, Comedy, And More, From The Nutcracker to Homo for the Holidays by Stranger Things To Do Staff The...
The Stranger  |  12-07-2016  |  Slog

Best albums of the year 2016: Alexander Varty

I opted for records that are explicitly about communication...
The Georgia Straight  |  12-07-2016  |  Music

The greater good

For progressives, the real challenge is to push back against a vision of society that says kids should only get...
Isthmus  |  12-07-2016  |  Isthmus' The Daily Page

Ohio Passes "Heartbeat Bill" that Would Ban Abortions at Six Weeks

by Jennifer Campbell Andrew Cline / Shutterstock.com Lawmakers in Ohio have passed a bill that would ban abortions upon the...
The Stranger  |  12-07-2016  |  Slog

The Georgia Straight proudly sponsors the Royal Winnipeg Ballet's Nutcracker

From December 8 to 11, the Royal Winnipeg Ballet's Nutcracker comes to the Queen Elizabeth Theatre...
The Georgia Straight  |  12-07-2016  |  Views

Fred Thomas Still Rents in His Video for “Voiceover”

by Suzette Smith Yesterday Michigan scene indie folk old boy Fred Thomas debuted a video for the first single from...
The Portland Mercury  |  12-07-2016  |  Blog Town, PDX

Other Worlds Austin Review: Be My Cat: A Film for Anne

Bizarre Romanian horror brings insane spark to found footage...

Best albums of the year 2016: John Lucas

I think all of the music released in 2016 was wonderful. All of it...
The Georgia Straight  |  12-07-2016  |  Music

The Edge District is Getting a Little Greener

The Edge District is getting a little triangle of green space to call their own, thanks to efforts made to...

Mayor Charlie Hales: Federal Judge Should Be Removed from Minding Portland Police Reforms

by Dirk VanderHart Joe Schlaud Mayor Charlie Hales says a federal judge "has lost credibility and standing in terms of...
The Portland Mercury  |  12-07-2016  |  Blog Town, PDX

Best albums of the year 2016: Kate Wilson

“There’s no accounting for taste” is actually a pretty stupid saying. Fact is, some albums are objectively better than others...
The Georgia Straight  |  12-07-2016  |  Music

R.I.P. Johnny V’s: Downtown SJ Bar Closes Doors

Multiple sources are reporting that downtown San Jose dive bar and music venue Johnny V’s is closing its doors permanently. The...
Metro Silicon Valley  |  12-07-2016  |  Activate

Cottonwood gets good news to the tune of $15,000

Thanks to Colorado Creative Industries, a division of the Colorado Office of Economic Development, our very own Cottonwood Center for...
Colorado Springs Independent  |  12-07-2016  |  Indy Blog

Best albums of the year 2016: Steve Newton

Please, God, don’t let any more of my rock heroes die this year...
The Georgia Straight  |  12-07-2016  |  Music

57 things to do in Metro Vancouver on Thursday, December 8

Keep busy with these events...
The Georgia Straight  |  12-07-2016  |  Views

Ladyfingers Letterpress hosts all-local holiday sale

Local printmakers, card-makers and stationery-sellers Ladyfingers Letterpress are always worth a visit. Their unique (and often tongue-in-cheek) hand-printed and uniquely...
Colorado Springs Independent  |  12-07-2016  |  Indy Blog

Sanity Claus

Separating holiday-music gifts from seasonal disorders.
Westword  |  Michael Roberts  |  12-17-2007  |  Reviews

Buck 65 is Totally Original. Totally.

Hey, there are rappers in Nova Scotia. Who knew?
The Portland Mercury  |  Graham Barey  |  11-29-2007  |  Profiles & Interviews

Jay-Z Loses the Plot While Trying to See the Big Picture

His wordplay is dense, and perhaps more complex than ever, but, for the first time, Jay-Z's lyrics look better on paper than they sound on record.
Baltimore City Paper  |  Al Shipley  |  11-13-2007  |  Reviews