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Madison Parade of Homes 2008, Verona edition

The Parade of Homes 2008 consists of 24 homes on display at four sites, up from last year's 21 homes at only three sites. I headed to Scenic Ridge, a development new to the Parade, located off 18/151 south of Verona near the Hwy. 69 exit. You might call it the more affordable end of the Parade, although "affordable" in this case is a spectrum that you may find yourself excluded from, even if you already own what you consider to be a very nice house. >More
 A look at the rising waters of Lake Monona

The recent storms that raged across southern Wisconsin can now be seen in the high water levels of local lakes. Gauges on lakes Mendota and Monona, for example, have measured climbs of about a foot and a half in recent days. >More
 Internet famous, real-world notorious: UW student mocks WisCon, starts online firestorm

"What I wrote was sexist," says Rachel Moss, "I will admit this." The University of Wisconsin-Madison grad student is referring to a photo essay she posted in late May on the widely-read online humor forum Something Awful. Attending the annual WisCon feminist science-fiction convention held at the Concourse Hotel over Memorial Day weekend, she shot photos of various con attendees with a focus on obese participants, and combined these with negative commentary to assemble a salvo that touched off a particularly nasty online controversy last week. >More
 One Madison bike commute goes the extra mile

In these troubled times of rising gas prices, I'm lucky to live near enough to work that my morning bicycle commute takes about seven minutes, perhaps ten if there's a train. But a few days ago I tried an experiment. What if I lived not a mile from my office on the Capitol Square, but ten miles? Is that a bicycle commute I would relish? >More
 Mapping 'Camp' Dane for summer fun around Madison

Tired of that big muskie up in Hayward stealing all the attention? Sick of Dane County being characterized as an elite, Nader-voting, high-art-loving, "alternative" to the rest of the state? Show the world that we have as many weird landmarks as any other county in Wisconsin. Your favorite spots of camp, kitsch, and general otherworldliness can be viewed in our map of Camp Dane. >More
 Lilacs peaking at UW Arboretum

Assuming you are downwind of the source and are blessed with a sensitive nose, that aroma you may be detecting is the sweet scent of lilacs. They are at -- or quite near -- their peak today in the Longenecker Gardens, adjacent to the visitor center at the UW-Madison Arboretum. >More
 Chris Farley remembered at the Wisconsin Historical Museum

At the Wisconsin Historical Museum exhibit Chris Farley Remembered, a monitor shows a loop of highlights from the Madison native's Saturday Night Live stint. Included, naturally, is a sketch featuring Matt Foley, the hopeless motivational speaker who was Farley's best-known character. In the uproariously funny skit, Foley tells skeptical youths how to avoid a desperate future -- a future that in fact is Foley's desperate present, a sad life of homelessness. Avoid drugs, Foley loudly suggests, or "You're gonna be doin' a lotta doobie-rollin' when you're livin' in a van down by the river!" >More
 Cars on State in Madison recalls glories of cheap gas

Classic car fans in Madison have been lucky with not one but two auto displays on downtown streets over the last week. The Public Enemies production at the Capitol brought about a dozen period cars from the late '20s and early '30s to the Square on Monday, providing one of the most visible parts of the shoot for gawkers lining the sidewalks of Pinckney Street. The real deal came on the weekend, though, with the return of Cars on State Classic Car Show to a street not typically known for its autos. >More
 Madison Trust for Historic Preservation gives 2008 awards for preservation

How fitting that the crowd of 130 downtown lovers rose to their feet Thursday night to applaud the selection of Katherine Rankin for the annual "preservation advocacy" award granted by the Madison Trust for Historic Preservation. Rankin, for 29 years the city's preservation planner, has had "a tremendous impact documenting and preserving Madison's historic architecture," as the group's president James Westring told the Orpheum Theatre gathering. >More
 Ed Grunewald kept it real with Club 5

It's a funny thing about Madison's gay nightlife. In a city touted as lavishly gay-friendly, there are relatively few gay bars. That was especially true before Woof's opened a few months ago. What with the closing in recent years of downtown's Rainbow Room and the east-side queer redoubts Ray's and Ce's, Madison was down to just two gay venues: the Shamrock, which is Irish-themed -- appealing in a gay bar, if unusual -- and Club 5. >More
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