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Taxi Driver: Riding shotgun in a cab during Freakfest, Madison's biggest party of the year

It's a surreal night: Garth from Wayne's World waits for a bus near West High School. On Broom Street, a bus is crammed with Mario Brothers characters and an assortment of furry suits. And it seems like everyone wants a cab. >More
 'You see life': My tour of the Dane County Fair

Trapped in the cow barn, I waited with other fairgoers and animal handlers as a long-awaited storm put a damper on the first night of the Dane County Fair. But I didn't hear any complaints. With the side doors closed to the elements, the cattle continued to rest, and chew on hay. I watched the lights on the rides on the midway flash through sheets of rain. >More
 Park Street: A view from The Curve (video)

The Curve isn't just a diner serving breakfast and lunch each day on Park Street, it's a Madison institution. Owner Bill Antonie, long-time waitress Kathy Tracy and their customers talk about the diner and the neighborhood over breakfast. >More
 Welcome to Madison's Park Street: Its checkered past gives way to a bright future

It's our southern gateway. And for decades, no single street in Madison has better represented our success and our missteps. It's our social, fiscal and racial barometer, and we've forgotten how it came to be -- how we forced it to be. It is Park Street. >More
 With music and poutine, La Fête de Marquette salutes French culture

Friday evening, La Fête de Marquette celebrated French culture as only the Midwest can. Friends and family gathered on Madison's industrial near east side the night before Bastille Day for French-inspired cuisine, music, crafts and ... well ... beer. >More
 How I learned to love the heat wave -- and saw Madison as a tourist

By Monday, July 2, we had already been hitting the 90s every day for six days in a row. But I didn't mind -- at least not too much -- because I had fans on constantly. In fact, they were so effective that I had somehow, miraculously stopped sweating! I didn't know it, but I was experiencing heat exhaustion -- if not worse. >More
 'The Co-op Driveway Stole My Jacket' is social media satire at its best

The recent announcement that the driveway providing access to and egress from the Willy Street Co-op via Jenifer Street will remain open, despite the completion of construction on Williamson Street, is just the latest chapter in a saga that has included yard signs, online snark and plenty of commentary about the "narcissism of small differences" among neighbors on Madison's near-east side. But it has also led to the creation of a hilarious Facebook group called "The Co-op Driveway Stole my Jacket," which you must read. >More
 #dontgo: Scenes from the 2012 Mifflin Street Block Party (slideshow)

An estimated 5,000 people gathered on Madison's Mifflin Street Saturday to celebrate an annual rite of spring, although this year they did so under the watchful eye of dozens of police officers. >More
 Isthmus on the isthmus: 'Madison needs a bus station and that's no joke' (video)

Since the Badger Bus Depot on the corner of West Washington and Bedford closed its doors in the fall of 2009, bus travelers and others have expressed dissatisfaction with the alternatives. That population includes the two women featured in this video, one of whom was moved to write a poem about the situation. >More
 Saturday on State Street: Busking for Books, digging for vinyl (video)

Downtown Madison was a busy place to be on Saturday with, among other events, Busking for Books colliding with Record Store Day. Here's how it looked and sounded. >More
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