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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
 Take a trip with the Conklin House through downtown Madison

Weekend merrymaking ran well into the early hours of Monday morning in downtown Madison as hundreds of people took to the streets to watch a house get moved from its 120 year-long home in the heart of the UW campus to a new lot on the near east side. Wielding cell phones and cameras of all kinds, a strange procession of people clearly enjoying the summer-like weather kept pace as the house made its way along several of the city's busiest streets. >More
 Remembering Bob 'Cosmo' Hicks and his life on State Street and around Madison

Scores of people packed into the big front room at Pres House on Wednesday afternoon to remember Robert Hicks -- known to many in Madison as Cosmo -- and share anecdotes about their encounters with him. Even if you are among the unfortunate few who missed the opportunity to encounter him yourself, the fact that almost all those Cosmo stories were greeted with laughter instead of tears gives you some idea of the impression he made on people. So does this: Those in attendance were laughing with Cosmo, not at him. >More
 Remembering late Madison East High School principal Milt McPike

Tributes to Milton McPike have proliferated since his death Saturday, at 68, from a rare type of cancer. Such was the long-time East High School principal's impact on Madison and the thousands of students whose lives he shaped. >More
 Madison springs forward after a long winter

Madison Mayor Dave Cieslewicz has proclaimed an even earlier spring than Sun Prairie's Jimmy the Groundhog, who did not see his shadow back on Feb. 2. >More
 Snowshoeing Lake Monona as winter winds down

Setting foot on an iced-over lake involves some assumption of risk. Thickness can dwindle from feet to inches within a few paces. Density can likewise go from marble to porous in a matter of hours. Even ice that is several feet thick can be under so much pressure that it explodes in a semblance of tectonic convulsion. >More
 Total lunar eclipse to treat Madison skywatchers

Weather permitting, there may be no better place than Dane County for watching tonight's total lunar eclipse, which will be visible across much of North and South America as well as certain other regions of the world. The local forecasts at this writing predict clear to partly cloudy skies, which would afford fine viewing. Temperatures are expected to plunge toward the lowest yet this winter, however, so pile on the insulating layers if you intend to step outside to see what may prove quite a spectacular display. >More
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