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Democracy decays with focus on candidate funding, author says

Democracy decays with focus on candidate funding, author says

A local author and national political reporter's newest book discusses campaign funding and the 2012 presidential election.

The book, "Dollarocracy: How the Money and Media Election Complex is Destroying America," written by John Nichols and Robert W. McChesney, was published earlier in June.

Nichols and McChesney both live part-time in Madison.

Nichols said the high-cost campaigns are threatening to make democracy too finance-focused.



Watch Nichols discuss the book, his theory of “Dollarocracy,” the media election complex and more with News 3 Monday.

Walking food tour offers helpings of history

Walking food tour offers helpings of history

A local group is offering a local bite of the city through a walking and tasting tour.

The Madison Food Explorers will host a taste tour Sunday in the Monroe Street Vilas Neighborhood from 12:30-3:30 p.m.

Tour owner Andrea Hughes said the Explorers event is food-focused but also offers a look at the other influences of Madison.

“We do everything from, of course, the cheese, to the ice cream, to the beer and the brats,” Hughes said. “And around that is all of the history and the architecture and some of the cultural nuances of our city.”

Organizers said the tour includes four-to-six tasting locations totaling a meal-like portion from start to finish.

A ticket is $43.

Hughes said another benefit of the tour is the exercise versus tasting: the two balance each other out over the afternoon.

Sci-fi fans in town for 37th annual gathering

Sci-fi fans in town for 37th annual gathering

Science fiction lovers from across the globe made a stop in Madison this weekend for a one-of-a-kind event.

The 37th Wis-Con, the state's largest feminist science-fiction convention, took place at the Madison Concourse Hotel Friday through Monday.

Many attendees return year after year for the community to discuss ideas related to the book-oriented side of the genre and feminism.

A hot topic this year, attendees said, was whether or not themes in the George R.R. Martin's "A Song of Ice and Fire," series known to viewers of the HBO TV adaptation as simply "Game of Thrones," are feminist forward or not.



56 arts projects, orgs get cut of $91K grants

More than 50 area artists and organizations got a cut of $91,775 in funding earmarked for cultural programs, city representatives said.

At its May 21 meeting, the Madison Common Council approved the recommendations of the Madison Arts Commission to award 56 of Madison's artists and non-profit organizations.

The commission said more than 90 percent of funding applicants received a grant, which MAC chair Leslee Nelson described as seed money.

“Especially for new projects, even a small amount of funding provides an endorsement that groups use to find additional resources required,” Nelson said in a news release.

The projects funded ranged from theatrical productions, dance and ballet programs, musical instruction at various schools, and more.

For a list of the 56 organizations and projects, visit the City of Madison website.

Event celebrates intersection of art, agriculture

Event celebrates intersection of art, agriculture

By 5:30 p.m. the parking lot at 2045 Atwood Ave. was full.

Madison residents of all ages packed into Forward Community Investments' headquarters for a culinary and visual feast.

The FCI event on April 17, called Articulture, showcased the intersection of food and art. Many chefs consider their culinary creations to be art. Carefully selected ingredients meld to produce a specific taste and expertly designed presentation turns a food dish into a masterpiece.

More than 20 restaurants and 14 artists from around southern Wisconsin participated in Articulture to celebrate the visual and community-building aspects of sustainable agriculture.

Madison writer uses personal stories to combat addiction, facilitate recovery

Madison writer uses personal stories to combat addiction, facilitate recovery

New book by Madison author and editor strives to help others "wake up happy"

Madison Lodge to host art show and wine tasting

The Madison Masonic Lodge will be hosting its annual art show and wine tasting Saturday, May 18 at 7:00p.m.The event will be held at the Madison Masonic Center at 301 Wisconsin Ave.

This is the second annual event of its kind for the Masonic Center. Tickets are $20 at the door and all proceeds will go to the Madison Lodge community efforts.

The 21-plus event will have live music and local wines as well as art from Madison area artists.