Bill Wineke

Wineke: Kyle Rittenhouse isn't heroic

The political right in America has a new hero, vigilante Kyle Rittenhouse, who traveled to Kenosha from his home in Antioch, Ill. a year ago to engage in racial protests and ended up killing two men, one armed with an…

Wineke: Cellist works; Grand Canyon not so much

Cellist Thomas Mesa was introduced to Madison in 2019 when Overture Concert Organ curator Greg Zelek asked him to share an organ concert. It was a great night as the Julliard buddies combined incredible music with playful banter that made…

Wineke: Let’s put Trump back into Xmas

MADISON, Wis. -- The email come-on in my mailbox this morning offered me a cheery “Merry Trumpmas” and encouraged me to purchase “Let’s God Brandon” wrapping paper to help my Christmas presents stand out in a crowd. As it turns…

Wineke: Madison Opera is back and better than ever

Madison Opera’s weekend performances of “Lucia Di Lammermoor” are the best I have experienced in more than 40 years of attending the opera. Everything worked.  The singing was superb.  The lighting was magnificent.  The stage direction kept the show moving…

Wineke: Olga Kern wows MSO audience again

As I read through the program notes for the weekend Madison Symphony Orchestra concerts, it struck me that the commentaries J. Michael Allsen writes for each performance are almost as much a part of the enjoyment as the concerts themselves.

Bill Wineke: Captain Kirk Inspires Anew

When I learned that billionaire Jeff Bezos was planning to shoot Captain Kirk into space, I thought it was one of the dumbest publicity stunts of the year. William Shatner, the star of the original Star Trek television series, is…

Wineke: The blind seek to lead the blind

MADISON, Wis. -- This is an actual quote from the man Wisconsin has hired to investigate claims of fraud in the last election: “Most people, myself included, do not have a comprehensive understanding, or even any understanding, of how elections…

Wineke: Robin joins the insurrection

This is what I read from Assembly Speaker Robin Vos on the front page of this morning’s paper: “It was an honor to be invited to travel by private plane with President Trump and top staff to attend his rally in Alabama.”

Wineke: Is Nancy Pelosi the Jan. 6 villain?

The House of Representatives has begun its hearings on the Jan. 6 insurrection at the nation’s Capitol and Republicans in Congress have found their villain: Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi.

Wineke: Why punish the unemployed?

It's becoming official in business group circles: Wisconsin can't find enough workers and the reason is we're too generous to the unemployed.