January 2017

  • Stephan Hiroshi Gilchrist: Choosing inclusion over exclusion
    Paulius Musteikis

    Stephan Hiroshi Gilchrist: Choosing inclusion over exclusion

    I was born in Japan to a Japanese mother and a Scottish American father. As a child, I was confused as to why different groups reject, marginalize and cause suffering to people based on race and culture. My sisters and I had the good fortune to spend a significant amount of our childhood in both the U.S. and Japan. We were part of the Japanese, Japanese American and white communities in the San Francisco Bay Area, and part of the Japanese community in Japan. However, we never felt fully...

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  • Levingston is living an infamous life
    Chris Charles of Creative-Silence

    Levingston is living an infamous life

    This new year is going to be a very big one for Sagashus Levingston, founder of Infamous Mothers. A for-profit startup, Infamous Mothers aims to redesign modern American workplaces into high-functioning and highly successful organizations where everyone can realize their potential.

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  • Cooking over an open fire
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    Cooking over an open fire

    Clearly humans have a primordial attraction to food cooked over an open fire. But what was once drudgery, undertaken out of necessity, is now a leisure pastime for many. Despite the fact that it took civilization millennia to conceive the indoor stove, grilled and barbecued foods have never been more in demand. They are esteemed by cultures worldwide, yet our own country's contribution to this cooking method has developed into a culinary specialty uniquely our own.

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  • Professor talks Trump with rural voters
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    Professor talks Trump with rural voters

    Kathy Cramer has spent years chatting with voters in rural Wisconsin. The University of Wisconsin–Madison political science professor has met with people in small towns and asked them how they feel about politics, and, ultimately, how they voted. She did this both before and after the 2016 election. Here is an excerpted interview.

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  • Hanns Kuttner: A first gentleman
    Sharon Vanorny

    Hanns Kuttner: A first gentleman

    Hanns Kuttner loves "It's a Small World stories, and last September he shared one with Madison philanthropist Jerry Frautschi.

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  • The soul beyond the storefront
    Photos by Nikki Hansen

    The soul beyond the storefront

    It’s uncanny how these entrepreneurs look perfectly matched to the shops they keep—almost like they’ve placed the final tiles in a mosaic they’ve created themselves.

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  • RED hot new spot on West Washington Avenue

    RED hot new spot on West Washington Avenue

    The backstory: Farewell to the sometimes hour-long wait on King Street for excellent sushi and Japanese fare at RED. Owners Jack Yip and Tanya Zhykharevich opened the doors of RED’s new location, which is three times the size of the old space, on West Washington Avenue in the former AT&T building. “We’ve always wanted a place like this,” says Zhykharevich.

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  • 13 Madison steakhouses with major chops
    Xochtil Pauls, Xochtil Photography

    13 Madison steakhouses with major chops

    The difference between a steakhouse and a supper club can be hard to spot. To be sure, a single entrée, prepared to perfection, takes precedence over the Friday night fish fry, the size of the salad bar and everything else. The steakhouse also has a longer history. Steak is admired all over the world and is often prized as the ultimate dining experience. In this country its roots are in the 18th-century chophouses, which, like their English counterparts were taverns that prepared mutton and...

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  • 7 top January events to put on your calendar
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    7 top January events to put on your calendar

    This month, The Chazen presents "The Art of Francesco de Mura." It's the first time the Italian Baroque period painter has had a show all his own, and it's only taken about 300 years to do it. The show was put together by Arthur Blumenthal, former curator of the Elvehjem Art Center (now known as the Chazen). Blumenthal pulled together more than 45 objects, including paintings and drawings from major museums. "This is a really unique show because many of these works have [not] been seen...

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  • Best of Madison Business: Six leaders who are building up this city
    Sharon Vanorny

    Best of Madison Business: Six leaders who are building up this city

    We are watching Madison mature as a city right in front of our eyes. In our case, it’s taken a while—a hundred years or so. What can we say? We’re late bloomers. But we can see it happening. It is, in part, growth. Madison is unlikely to ever be a big city; you see, there’s that whole isthmus thing we’ve got going. But density is no longer a dirty word, and we’re filling out at the edges. And a quarter of a million

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  • Tradition Children's Market is a hot tot spot
    Timothy Hughes

    Tradition Children's Market is a hot tot spot

    Having a child doesn’t mean your only choices to dress her or him are in pink and ruffles or navy and superhero T-shirts. Tradition Children’s Market in Middleton disproves that handily with its enviable selection of high-quality, fashionable kids’ duds. In fact, you might wish they carried your size in addition to 2T up to size 7 (I did).

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  • Can Madison become the next ‘Capital of Conscious Capitalism?'
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    Can Madison become the next ‘Capital of Conscious Capitalism?'

    It’s a little jarring to read that statement about the impact of commerce by Erewhon Trading Company founder Paul Hawken, especially to those of us with some history or experience in philanthropy, government, the arts, education, nonprofits or even (heaven forbid) journalism. Yet if we are to understand the concept of conscious capitalism and its limitless potential, the notion of business’s unsurpassed power to do good is a decent place to start.

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  • RECIPE: Winter Slaw
    Bowen Close

    RECIPE: Winter Slaw

    As a vegetarian, I'm partial to salads and with the holiday season coming to an end, I bet there's a good chance that you're craving something lighter than cheese balls and eggnog these days, too. When my sister, Sena, is in town from Seattle we love to cook, eat and drink together. Sena is a genius at making salads, and we collaborated on this recipe for winter slaw. It was Sena's idea to soak the onions in water, which lessens their bite, before lightly pickling them in vinegar. We rely...

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  • Pure Imagination: 12 Madison chocolates to melt for

    Pure Imagination: 12 Madison chocolates to melt for

    1. The Dark Queen Gail Ambrosius, Bittersweet bar and a dark chocolate-dipped caramel The Dark Queen Gail Ambrosius, her royal highness of all things dark chocolate, has rolled out new single-origin chocolate bars in fancy new boxes. But her mainstay remains—the dipped caramels crowned with fleur de sel. 2086 Atwood Ave., 249-3500

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  • Heinen: Time for one-year check-in

    Heinen: Time for one-year check-in

    OK, Jen, Zach, Shiva, Mo, Renee, Karen, Scott, Rachel, Aaron, Nia and Bob: It's been a year since you were introduced as the "New Face of Madison Leadership" on the cover of this magazine. How's it working out for you so far? No pressure.

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  • Audio Remix: More consumer going back to vintage formats
    Meredith Johnson

    Audio Remix: More consumer going back to vintage formats

    If you're tired of listening to downloads through earbuds, or streaming music through a tiny device, you're not alone. More consumers are going back to vinyl records, component audio equipment and collecting music in vintage formats. In 2015, vinyl sales hit their highest mark since 1988, according to the Recording Industry Association of America.

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