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Thursday, December 18, 2014 |  Madison, WI: 27.0° F  Overcast
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Buying local extends to your 2008 calendar

Mark your calendars... wait, don't have a calendar yet for next year? Before you shell out the big bucks for the 2008 Dunder Mifflin office calendar, consider some locally produced versions. >More
 It's Isthmustime in the city

Ken Lonnquist has weighed into the furious fray over what Wisconsin should call the large conifer seasonally erected in its state Capitol. For the past 22 years, it has been called a "holiday tree." Recently some lawmakers, in recognition of the fact that all of the state's real problems are solved, have set out to change the name back to "Christmas tree." >More
 Santarchy breaks out in Madison!

I've done a lot of strange things in my short life, but becoming part of a bar-hopping Santa gang was not one of them until yesterday. I felt an uncharacteristic shyness about asking a friend to attend. It takes skill, this business known alternately as Santarchy and Santacon, as well as the willingness to make an absolute idiot of oneself. Who could handle such an amped-up combination of social deviancy, bad costuming, carol singing and public drunkenness? >More
 It's time to celebrate the 12 Days of Wishmas

Kim and Jason Kotecki are quite the pair. Seven years ago they started a small business to produce the comic strip originally created by Jason as a way to win over his now-wife, Kim. That comic strip, based on their lives as children and named "Kim and Jason," became the basis for their personal and business philosophy: bring as much childlike wonder into adult life as possible, and help give happy childhoods to those who might otherwise not get the chance. >More
 December arrives with the season's first major winter storm in Madison

The telltale rumble of snowplows scraping the streets is a familiar sound around downtown Madison, as the first major winter storm of the season cuts a swath across much of the Upper Midwest this Saturday evening. A mix of snow, sleet, and ice has glazed over the region through the morning and afternoon hours, and is forecast to continue through the weekend. >More
 Rockettes fever in Chicago

Deep down, I am permanently ten years old. Maybe. It could explain, anyway, why over the weekend I went with great excitement to an afternoon performance of the Radio City Christmas Spectacular. It took place outside Chicago in Rosemont, at the hulking Rosemont Theatre. >More
 The third Christmas Craftacular at the High Noon is spectacular

Amid the curious aroma of coffee, beer, winter and hot-glue, people mingled and meandered through the mini-walkways of the third-annual Christmas Craftacular on Saturday morning. Held at the High Noon Saloon and hosted by The Glitter Workshop, Emily Kircher, and orangyporangy, the fair offers a variety of goodies by local crafters and artisans, and remain on display for your purchasing pleasure. >More
 Ropin' up holiday gifts at three Madison fairs

It's gift shopping season again, and I am already suffering the yearly symptoms that come from stressing over what to buy for impossible family members. My conscience is working against me as well, as I have been telling everyone the benefits of supporting fair trade and local business. >More
 Madison gets its first snowy Thanksgiving in a decade

Winter arrived just in time for the holiday season yesterday, as daytime rain and sleet turned into evening snow, falling well into the night in a broad swath across southern Wisconsin. Madison officially received 1.3 in. of snow over the course of Wednesday, with flurries continuing into the early morning hours of Thanksgiving. It was the first measurable snowfall of the winter. >More
 Madison does Thanksgiving

Money, it's a drag. So is tryptophan, but on a whole different level. When it comes down to it, traveling is expensive. And when it comes to sailing the skies around Turkey Day, this fact is inflated like a Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade balloon. When I looked into going home back east, ticket prices were jacked up more than $200 over the normal price. >More
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