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Cheap Shots 2007: The end of optimism

Summing up an entire year in a few words is never easy, but it is possible. 2002, for instance, was the same backwards as forwards, which kind of described it: How we stepped forward from the shock of 9/11 only to step back into McCarthyite suspicion and the march to war. 2005 was the year of the disaster, with Katrina ravaging New Orleans and tornados ripping through Wisconsin. And 2006 was marked by outrage, both real and manufactured. Mostly manufactured. >More


Say, whatever happened to...

The good thing about being a newspaper reporter is that there's always something new to write about. But sometimes, in the press of what's happening now, it's easy to lose track of stories done then. So here's a look back at some stories from 2007 that may have slipped through the cracks. >More
 In Memoriam, 2007



Go ahead and Tase us, bro

The most memorable quote of 2007 is a fitting epitaph for a most forgettable year: "Don't Tase me, bro.... We should be so lucky. >More
 Hugs for hets

The only thing I'm worried about is that the huggee will misinterpret the hugger's intentions, which is why I'm writing to you, Mr. Right. How can I best assure that the men I'm about to start hugging don't automatically assume I'm gay? >More


Arturo Sandoval: Blowing off steam

Legendary trompetista Arturo Sandoval just got his fourth Latin Grammy, for his Telarc debut Rumba Palace. The name's taken from his new Miami nightclub, and his Overture Center show is being billed as "Arturo Sandoval and his Mambo Mania Big Band." It's the wrong sound for a concert hall, where it's usually verboten to boogie -- though you can rumba on the sly in Overture's cushy seats. >More
 Top of the pops

Cellos and Whores. MAMAs and Go-Go's. They were all part of the Madison music story in 2007, and they're part of this roundup of the people, places and trends that made the local scene tick this past year. >More



Arts 2007

2007 had its share of bad news for the Madison arts scene. The Overture Center's endowment fund dipped perilously low. The Madison Center for Creative and Cultural Arts shut down. The Madison Theatre Guild almost died. Former Overture Center chief Robert D'Angelo was indicted on 39 criminal counts. >More
 Read all about it

This marks a year in which two Madisonians cracked the national bestseller lists -- Jackie Mitchard with her novel Still Summer and Kevin Henkes with his picture book A Good Day. Jennifer Chiaverini published her 15th quilt-related book, The New Year's Quilt, in November. Lodi resident James Campbell attracted good notice with The Ghost Mountain Boys, the nonfiction story of a nearly forgotten World War II battle. >More
 Home for the holiday

As much as I'd like to go out on New Year's Eve, I feel obligated to stay home watching TV as a service to you, the reader. (I also have nothing better to do.) Luckily, the night is filled with wonders, offering something for everyone. Well, everything except human companionship. >More
 And the winner is...



Atonement: The truth hurts

Imagination typically should be encouraged in children, but an excess of it leads to tragedy in Atonement, a more-than-worthy adaptation of Ian McEwan's 2002 novel. The child in question is 13-year-old Briony Tallis (the wonderfully unnerving novice Saoirse Ronan), a self-serious budding writer who takes her corners at the family's country estate at hard right angles and filters what little happens to her through a melodramatic sheen. >More

At the start of Juno, the 16-year-old title character (Ellen Page) pays for her pregnancy test with the stick - pink for positive - still in hand. The cashier wisecracks, "This is one diddle that can't be undid, homeskillet." That quip, care of screenwriter and freshly minted Hot New Thing Diablo Cody, almost had me audibly groaning: So it's gonna be like that, is it? Well, yes and no. >More
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Jan Earnest and Dominique Taquet: Baroness of beer; Euro wine buyer and bubbly specialist

Why you should go: To listen to these two speak the poetry of spirits, and for their super selection of holiday libations. >More
 Chewing over 2007

Raphael Kadushin and Jerry Minnich look back at the year in Madison dining. >More


More nonsense than ever

When former U.S. Sen. George Mitchell recently revealed the result of his investigation into the use of performance-enhancing drugs in Major League Baseball, he ensured it would be the year's biggest sports story, topping anything achieved by any team or athlete. >More
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