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The Week on Forum: Saxophones, Joaquin Phoenix, the stimulus, and digital TV

This week on forum, we embraced the usual "stick it to the man" spiel, with a bit of Chris Brown-free pop culture mixed in. >More
 The Statue of Liberty emerges once again from the surface of Lake Mendota

One of the city's most recognizable symbols started to take shape atop the frozen surface of Lake Mendota in front of Memorial Union on Thursday afternoon after more than a dozen years' absence. That's right, the Statue of Liberty has returned to Madison. >More
 Five unexpected places to take your sweetheart around Madison for Valentine's Day

While dancing and dining are traditional Valentine evening activities, spending the day hanging out together is romantic, too. Sure, there's always the bowling alley, but why take the conventional route? >More
 The Week on Forum: Bad songs, Dick Cheney, pill poppers, and cheesesteaks

From indie movies to unemployment benefits, there was no shortage of bitching on the forum this week. One thing's for sure -- thank God for that five dollar dinner special at Big Red's Steaks. >More
 Layers galore: How Madisonians who work and play outside in winter stay warm

Two pairs of socks. This is how Garfield Cunningham's list begins. Cunningham is a parking enforcement officer for the Madison Police Department. He spends his work days patrolling on foot, from one parking meter to the next. He checks to make sure parking meters with cars parked at them are not expired. If they have run out of time, he issues tickets. In winter, this makes for a lot of time out in the cold. >More
 Frostiball and Fire Ball! Madison parties winter away

Social gaps are meant for bridging, so on Saturday I attended a pair of parties both willing winter away in high style -- Frostiball at the Overture Center and The Fire Ball at the High Noon Saloon. It was a night of champagne followed by beer, conspicuous affluence followed by bar-scene madness, and all-around costumed extravagance at the extremes of multiple spectrums both lofty and base. >More
 The Week on Forum: Roberto Bolaño, Falk and 911, city committees, and the OC

Forons bared their claws in forum this week, attacking everything from Kathleen Falk to Overture overhaul to sports bar revelry. >More
 Frostiball or Fire Ball? Madison dresses to impress

Clear your calendars for Saturday because this is the night two soirees will define the social scene in downtown Madison. However, they both require a special attention to clothing choices. That's right, comrades, we've actually got to dress up for something. >More
 The Week on Forum: Sea kittens, jazz, and Minnesota block heaters

This week, forons loaded up on sass. Both applauding and berating the inaugural festivities, we were quick to play martyr, and quick to knock each other down a peg. >More
 I watched (part of) it on TV!

In January 2001, at the inauguration of George W. Bush, which I attended, the city of Washington, D.C., felt subdued. There was an undercurrent of anger and disappointment among Democrats, who felt the election was stolen. And there was joy verging on arrogance among Republicans, whose candidate prevailed. >More
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