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Post by Fletcher Davis on 9/24/2013 10:41am

We all have a list; a list of performers that we want to see. Wayne Hancock was on my list and, in my periodic check of his website, I saw that he was coming to Neillsville, Wisconsin; to something called the Silver Dome. Neillsville is a small town not too far from Black River Falls, not too far out in the middle of nowhere, but the "Silver Dome"? It didn’t take much research to find the basics: a wooden dance hall constructed in 1933 built using the same design concept as the Astrodome.

Mr. Hancock music has been described by some as a direct, but updated, descendent of the original Hank Williams’ style. The review was going to write itself.

Post by Ryan Engel on 9/20/2013 3:00pm

Credit: Ryan Engel

The September meeting of Madison's Alcohol License Review Committee (ALRC) saw the return of Red Rock Saloon, new businesses from some Madison favorites, and a great deal of on-the-spot legal opinion from an assistant city attorney.

Motions made and voted on by the ALRC are recommendations that are next voted on by Madison's Common Council; the next Common Council meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, October 1 at 6:30 pm.

ALRC Members present: Lisa Subek (City Alder), Ann Zambie (City Resident), Michael Donnelly, (City Resident), David Hart (City Resident, and who left the meeting early), Sam Stevenson (City Resident), Shiva Bidar-Sielaff (City Alder, and who arrived while the meeting was in progress), and Mike Verveer (City Alder, also arrived with the meeting already in progress).

New Licenses, Referred from Previous Meetings

Red Rock Saloon :: 322 W Johnson St.

This application, for a combination lunch and dinner restaurant and entertainment venue, originally came before the ALRC at its August 21st meeting.  At that time, and after lengthy ALRC discussion, the business owners agreed to return with a detailed business plan, a requirement of the Entertainment Venue exemption under which they applied.

A month later, and with a business plan now included in their application, the saloon still faced a series of specific follow-up questions from ALRC members. 

Post by Scott Gordon on 8/9/2013 4:30pm

Episode 50: Horse Blankets And Hops

In this week’s first segment, Arts Extract podcast hosts Scott Gordon and Ben Munson talk with Madison journalist Kyle Nabilcy (Isthmus, about what to expect from this weekend’s annual beer blowout Great Taste of the Midwest, including noteworthy pre-parties. Kyle, Scott and Ben also compare notes on their favorite summer craft beers. In this week’s second segment, we share a track from Madison instrumental hip-hop project Brain Grimmer’s new release, which you can stream in full at

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Post by Ryan Engel on 7/23/2013 12:37pm


The July meeting of the Alcohol License Review committee was a mix of ordinance discussion, existing business licensing changes, and revocation complaints, with Regent Street Retreat's evolution to The Red Zone garnering the most discussion.  A number of new and temporary licenses passed on the consent agenda.

Members in attendance:
Shiva Bidar-Sielaff (City Alder), Michael Donnelly (City Resident), David Hart (City Resident), Thomas Landgraf (City Resident), Everett Mitchell (UW-Madison Representative), Rachel Lepak (ASM Representative), Mike Verveer (City Alder)

The Red Zone/Regent Street Retreat, 1212 Regent St

The Regent Street Retreat, a longtime fixture on its namesake street, has been sold.  Previous owner Bruce Gerhartz  appeared with representatives of the new owners to request three items:

Post by Laura Detert on 7/8/2013 10:00am

Dane101 has teamed up with Broom Street Theater and Arts Extract Podcast to present "Broom Street Sessions," a music series that features local Wisconsin bands live from Broom Street Theater, 1119 Williamson St, Madison, Wisconsin. The black box theater at Broom Street creates a unique, intimate environment to hear bands with no amplification needed.

Asumaya, the one-man instrumental and vocal project of CONTROL drummer Luke Bassuener, played the theater on April 28. Check out our video of the first half of his performance below, and be sure to stop by the next Broom Street Sessions, a special patio show at the High Noon Saloon on July 21 featuring Luke Arvid and Paul Otteson.

Video editor: Brandon Duerst
Camera operator: Luke Kokinos

Post by dane101 on 7/3/2013 9:00am

This post originally appeared at Sustainable Nano, a collaborative blog featuring scientists from Wisconsin, Minnesota, Illinois, and Washington. Rebecca Klaper is a professor at the School of Freshwater Sciences at UW-Milwaukee.

“Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the face of all the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit. You shall have them for food.” —Genesis 1:29

Can you imagine going outside when you are hungry and munching on a handful of leaves from any tree or plant? In reality we don’t just pick up any plant outside and place it on our dinner plate. But why?

There are a good variety of tasty things that do grow all around us. We do not eat everything because some of those plants produce chemicals that can harm us if we eat or even touch them. One would not go and grab poison ivy as the chemicals it produces, known as urushiols, would cause a tremendous allergic reaction. As a more drastic example– the manchineel tree or manzanilla de la muerte (little apple of death) is one of the most poisonous fruit trees on earth to humans. Even the sap contains chemicals that cause skin burns and lesions in the digestive tract if eaten.

On store shelves now you will often find products that are labeled “all-natural” or “chemical-free." However, no physical object on earth is chemical free, and what these manufacturers are really using are some of these plant-based chemicals in their products. They are no less of a chemical than non-plant-based chemicals, and as you can see from the example above, the compounds from the manchineel are all-natural but can be very poisonous. These all-natural chemicals may be derived from a plant. However, they are not “chemical-free," they are just manufactured by a chemical reaction in a living green plant rather than a chemical reaction in a beaker. Products labeled as “all-natural” may even contain chemicals normally found in nature but that are instead produced in a factory. Those factory-made chemicals are atom-for-atom exactly the same as their green plant-made counterparts.

You can read the rest of this post at Sustainable Nano.

Image copyright Rebecca Kleper, 2013.

Post by Claire Swora on 6/20/2013 1:00pm

The opinions of this piece are the author's and not necessarily those of Dane101, its editors or sponsors.

SB 206 is about bullying women away from obtaining a safe and legal abortion. The Republican strategy is to artificially link two separate medical procedures, requiring one to get the other. They claim it’s reasonable to insist on an ultrasound before an abortion.

Some women don’t want ultrasounds. Why? None of your business. Anyone has the right to refuse any medical procedure. Ever.

If SB 206 passes the Assembly and is signed by Scott Walker, the implication is that the State of Wisconsin doesn’t believe that I know what I’m doing if I seek an abortion. I know exactly what I’m doing if I seek an abortion.

Post by dane101 on 6/7/2013 2:16pm

Members present: Shiva Bidar-Sielaff, Mike Verveer, Lisa Subeck, Sam Stevenson, Ann Zambie, Michael Donnelly.

Because both Chair David Hart and Vice Chair Tom Landgraf had excused absences this week, the committee had to quickly name Sam Stevenson the ALRC Chair Pro Tem.

Separation of Licenses

The committee picked several licenses to give a closer look Monday night before recommending renewals to the full Common Council Tuesday night.

Plan B - 924 Williamson St.

Plan B co-owner Rico Sabatini came before the committee to unveil the details of an agreement with the neighbors finalized earlier that day. The agreement says the neighborhood will raise $6,000 for the roof insulation project, though Plan B will help out with promotion, marketing and social media targeting for the fundraising itself. Sabatini has also offered to paint a mural on the side of the building to make it more appealing in the neighborhood. Plan B will still be responsible for the remainder of the amount and will continue to work with the neighborhood on issues that may arise.

Post by Scott Gordon on 6/7/2013 11:00am

As the new Madison Central Library gets ready to open, Isthmus' Joe Tarr tries to get more details on how the library's programming might change—something that's been hinted at in a lot of library coverage lately. There still don't seem to be too many details about what all these changes in vision will entail, but the library will celebrate the opening with a Sept. 19 event called "Stacked."

There's also a whole strange mess of music to preview this week in Madison. Ben Munson looks at the discography of synth punks Digital Leather, who play Saturday at Revolution Cycles. Willy Street Blog has this preview of this weekend's Marquette Waterfront Festival, including its ever-eclectic music lineup.

Post by Emily Mills on 5/24/2013 12:30pm

The Joint Finance Committee voted on Thursday to bar the UW Board of Regents from collecting mandatory refundable fees from students within the UW System, essentially slashing all funding for the United Council of UW Students, the advocacy organization that has represented UW students since 1960.

The committee also voted to freeze tuition and segregated fees for two years.

Students could still decide to “opt in” to the $3 a year fee in order to fund the group. Previously, the cost had been automatically charged to all students on member campuses, who then had the option to have the money refunded if they so wished.

Matt Guidry, the UC’s communications director, called the move an “attack on student autonomy” and that it would “only take away from the student experience on campus.”

The motion was introduced to the UW omnibus budget late Thursday afternoon. Rep. Cory Mason (D-Racine) attempted to introduce a motion to strip the provision from the budget but Co-chair Sen. Alberta Darling disallowed it. Mason was one of two committee members to vote against the omnibus, alongside Rep. Jon Richards (D-Milwaukee).

According to WisPolitics, “Rep. John Nygren, R-Marinette, said the board got a letter from the student government at UW-Eau Claire pushing for an end to the MRF, but that United Council has made the case for their effectiveness and students will likely continue funding it” by choice.

The UC has been one of the loudest voices advocating for a tuition freeze and increased funding for student financial aid, in the face of the country’s over one trillion dollar student loan debt.