In her career, Madison artist Bird Ross has created very tiny, portable theaters in a wheelbarrow and full-size theatrical sets. She’s made doorstoops, clotheslines with laundry, alphabet blocks, book origami, handbags, and sidewalk mural PSAs to get voters to the polls. She’ll be mending your broken stuff at the Madison Public Library.
The promise, or specter — depending on your philosophical bent — of artificial intelligence has spellbound science fiction readers for generations. A machine that thinks like a human is both a thrilling and terrifying concept. Today, forms of mechanical intelligence surround us daily, from vending machines to smartphones to supercomputers. Computers now routinely beat humans […]
Dane County’s Spanish-speaking population has more than tripled since 1990. The U.S. Bureau of the Census estimates that, as of 2015, there were almost 29,000 Hispanics living in Dane County, which at 6% of the population, makes Spanish-speakers the largest single minority group in the county. The Latino Chamber of Commerce of Dane County seeks […]
On June 5, inmates at several Wisconsin correctional facilities began refusing food and water as part of “Dying to Live” hunger strike. The inmates demanded an end to the practice of what the Department of Corrections calls “administrative confinement” a euphemism for solitary confinement imposed on inmates for breaking the internal rules of the prison. […]
The Bach Dancing and Dynamite Society will wrap up its 25th anniversary jubilee with a quartet of concerts this weekend at the Playhouse at Madison’s Overture Center and the Hillside Theater at Taliesin in Spring Green. The “Quicksilver” program, running this Friday at Overture, and Sunday at Taliesin, features one of Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos, a […]
From 1990 to 1995, the San Francisco band Spitboy roared through the anarcho-punk scene, eventually touring the U.S., Europe, Australia, New Zealand and Japan. Drummer Michelle “Todd” Gonzales, vocalist Adrienne Droogas, bassist Dominique Davison, and guitarist Karin Gembus challenged male-dominated punk rock orthodoxy every chance they got, releasing albums with titles like “The Threat Sexism Impressed” […]