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Maxing out at Maxwell Street Days

As Maxwell Street Days enters its fourth decade, diminishing returns are to be found with each passing year, at least when it comes to the atmosphere. Both the grills and the shouting sales people are fewer and farther between, while patches of street sans loaded tables are starting to seriously compete with adjacent scrums. >More
 Finding endangered species at the Henry Vilas Zoo

Going out in public is fabulously weird. On a recent trip to Henry Vilas Zoo, as I passed by a black swan I overheard a father agree with his son, "Yes, birds are very tasty." Somehow this didn't seem like a zoo-friendly observation, but the truth is the truth: Birds are tasty. And this fowl comment did make an important point -- the kid made a real connection between animals and his surroundings. >More
 Concerts on the Square postponed until Thursday

This week's Concerts on the Square is officially postponed until tomorrow -- Thursday, July 19 -- due to inclement weather. This is the fourth show of the season, and the first one to be affected by the threat of rain over this very dry summer. >More
 Good times roll at La Fête de Marquette

Bob Queen helps organize four festivals every summer and each is a wonderful event with a unique flavor, but due to sterling weather, this year's Fête will be hard to top. Just warm enough to make a cold beverage refreshing, but cool enough to keep the most energetic dancers from keeling over, conditions couldn't have been better if they were custom ordered. >More
 Not enough hours at the 2007 art fairs on and off the Square

There were not enough hours in the day on Saturday. It was wall-to-wall people during 1:30 p.m. at the Art Fair on the Square, the annual fundraiser for the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art that attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors over its 16-hour run. Ninja moves were needed to get from one display to another amidst the traditional counterclockwise migration of patrons. >More
 Madison sesquicentennial markers placed around isthmus, online

Pedestrians walking around Capitol Square, State Street, and several other locations around the historic heart of the city may have noticed small signs celebrating one aspect or another of the city's history. These are the Madison Sesquicentennial Markers, visual reminders of some of the region's most significant influences. >More
 The mannequins of St. Vincent de Paul

When you think of thrift stores, you sometimes think of chaos. The clothes, toys and appliances sold by the second-hand shops are from various eras and manufacturers -- and, often, in various states of wear. But the windows facing the sidewalks at the east-side St. Vincent de Paul thrift store are vibrant and orderly. >More
 A virtual version of the 2007 Rhythm & Booms in Madison

Though these compressed views of the fireworks are sans open skies, soundtrack, cool air, and a surrounding live audience, they provide a rough feel for the largest annual event held in Madison in terms of sheer attendance. >More
 Roaming the Cherokee Marsh north of Madison

I lived for many years in Chicago, and I enjoyed my share of the big city's delights. Those delights do not include untrammeled nature, though. You have to get really far away from that city -- I mean, really far away -- to find some peace and quiet, along with trees, birds, gurgling brooks. >More
 The Wisconsin Veterans Museum recalls those who served

Some museums are as brightly lit as football fields, but the galleries at the Wisconsin Veterans Museum are dim. It's a smart design choice that encourages quiet reflection and hushed remarks, like the one I overheard a woman make as she gazed at the Vietnam War display. "He was there in 1968, so I would have been 8 or 9," she said. "Isn't that weird?" >More
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