The Clarion

Huge cuts a carnivore’s cornucopia

Joseph Shaul, Staff Writer

March 9, 2011


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In a school offering champagne education at a beer price, it is no surprise that most students favor cost effective eateries. However, even the thriftiest student splurges occasionally, and the excellent Tornado Steakhouse provides an ideal location for such a blowout event. Passing through the entrance...

Hookah Lounge: Mediterranean flare at local lounge

Ross Schuette, Staff Writer

March 9, 2011


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The Mediterranean Hookah Lounge may be situated in trailer park, but the interior atmosphere provides an astounding contrast. The dimly lit, low-key restaurant with a full bar proves to be an ideal spot to spend an evening. Comfortable seating and a friendly wait staff further welcome you to the restaurant. The...

Mad Rollin’ Dolls featured stars in new video game

Andrew Killgallon, Arts & Cultures Editor

February 23, 2011


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The Mad Rollin’ Dolls are speeding in Madison for their sixth year. The Roller Derby bouts attract thousands of spectators of all ages to the Alliant Energy Center Coliseum and for the first time, fans are now able to play as their favorite Mad Rollin’ Doll on Jam City Rollergirls, a new game available...

Acoustic vibe: Mike Droho and The Compass Rose

Andrew Killgallon, Arts & Cultures Editor

February 23, 2011


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Mike Droho and The Compass Rose have been consistently touring, bringing their unique sound to college campuses around the U.S. With a classically trained violin, acoustic guitar, and a beat boxer, their very unique sound will resonate, making you crave more. “I’d take it to be fresh, something...

Artistic Vision: Binkley’s work now a part of Star Wars

Ryan Spoehr, News Editor

February 23, 2011


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The Star Wars franchise has always fascinated Ed Binkley. He was in college when the first film (A New Hope) hit theatres. Now, he has a new connection to the Star Wars series – as an illustrator. Binkley has been an artist for Raven Software, Mattel, and Publisher’s Toolbox. He has even been...

Madison County has become one of area’s most popular bands

Steve Cornils, Staff Writer

February 9, 2011


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Twelve years ago Madison County was a new star on the rise in country music. A decade and three albums later, they’re still shining bright. Madison County’s road to success began when Mike Zibell decided to start a band with family member and uncle, Augie Zibell. With several changes over the...

Takara Japanese Restaurant offers affordable taste of worldly dining

Sarah Blaskey, Managing Editor

February 9, 2011


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Complete with a miniature waterfall, charming decoration and subtle lighting, Takara Japanese Restaurant on State Street makes moderately priced dining feel like a trip around the world.  Between the atmosphere and their locally renowned sushi, hibachi, and a list of entrees, Takara is one of the best...

Black Swan: Natalie Portman stars in Oscar-nominated film

Ross Schuette, Staff Writer

February 9, 2011


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Natalie Portman continues to amaze moviegoers with a stunning Oscar-nominated role in the new release “Black Swan.” Through this role she explores the eerie world of mental sickness, strained relationships and professional dance with co-stars Mila Kunis, Barbara Hershey, and Vincent Cassel. This...

Little Shop of Horrors: Puppets, animated troupe brings musical to life

Linda Conohan, Staff Writer

February 9, 2011


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The Madison Area Technical College Performing Arts interpretation of the “Little Shop of Horrors,” directed by Robin Fonfara, opened Friday, Feb. 4. “Little Shop of Horrors” is a dark comedic musical based on the book.  The lyrics were written by Howard Ashman and music done by Alan Menken....

Moving music: Art Paul Schlosser

Andrew Killgallon, Arts & Cultures Editor

January 26, 2011


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Andrew Killgallon Arts & Cultures   For 25 years, Art Paul Schlosser has been a mainstay on State Street. Through his witty songs and one-liners, he’s entertained passer-by of every age. Some may wonder why he is out there playing his acoustic guitar and kazoo. Some may take him for...

Little Big Planet 2

George Treviranus, Art Director

January 26, 2011


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The adventures in CraftWorld are 110 percent better in LittleBigPlanet 2. The levels, bosses and overall mechanics that made the first LittleBigPlanet fantastic are still there, but they are even better. You are again the mastermind behind Sackboy,  while he defends his beloved world from the evil...

Rock Art Show showcases artwork, posters and original album art by rock stars

Andrew Killgallon, Arts & Cultures Editor

January 26, 2011


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Musicians such as John Entwistle, Paul McCartney, and Jerry Garcia rocked the stage in their day playing songs that defined an era of rock ‘n’ roll. Through the ages they’ve sold out arenas, inspired countless aspiring musicians and solidified their spot in The Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame. Now,...

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