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High Hopes

New year, new hope. What changes do you want to see in 2008? We put that question to a cross-section of Madisonians to see what reflections and resolutions they would offer. Their answers were sometimes funny, sometimes profound. Here's what we learned. >More

NEWS

Mayor Dave: Let's start that park

Mayor Dave Cieslewicz does not want the city of Madison to wait any longer for a Central Park downtown. The city has not yet raised the estimated $10 million needed to relocate railroad tracks at the site, but Cieslewicz says work on the park should begin anyway. >More
 State Dems are licking their chops

Joe Wineke is feeling mighty grateful these days. The Democratic Party, of which he serves as state chair, has not controlled both houses of the state Legislature since 1994. But Wineke thinks that could change in 2008, in large part due to the actions of one man. >More

OPINION & COMMENTARY

In defense of Annette Ziegler

To hear some folks tell it, Annette Ziegler has thrown the entire Wisconsin judicial system -- and its proud legacy of integrity -- into crisis. >More
 Precious cargo

A winter storm warning is no longer a novelty by the Sunday before Christmas. Earlier in the month we looked to the sky and willed the snow to fall, like the dour denizens of Lake Wobegon. Not anymore. "Snow mas," I mutter as I take an ax to my glacier-encased Toyota. >More
 At Hempen Goods, not all the goods are hempen

Rich Ray opened his Willy Street boutique in November 1997. He hoped to translate his passion for the environment into a viable business enterprise. >More
 And another thing

I felt moved to share my own bathroom stories after reading the crap (pun intended) in your recent column (11/23/07 and 12/7/07). >More

MUSIC

Sound and fury

So what are conductors like, these lone figures who direct the music that can move us to ecstasy or tears? Public interest is heating up as more articles about them appear in the news and web chatter gets louder. There are rumblings that young conductors from Venezuela are going to electrify audiences as never before. One of them, 26-year old Gustavo Dudamel, the product of a youth orchestra system for underprivileged kids, is poised to take over when Esa-Pekka Salonen steps down from the L.A. Philharmonic. >More
 Cut to commercial

To be honest, I thought my susceptibility to commercial music had faded long ago. I could "appreciate" it, sure. But get caught up in its sticky web of glib hooks and precisely calibrated sound production like some lovestruck schoolboy? Forget it. Mainstream pop was just entertainment stuff that could and should be dispassionately analyzed like any other cultural trend. >More
 Poi Dog Pondering: Stripping down

Seeing a great rock band play an intimate acoustic set is a musical experience not to be missed. The sonic conditions are just right for appreciating the give and take among skilled instrumentalists. Every nuance of song harmonies is on full display. >More

AT A GLANCE

ARTS

Don't believe your eyes

As exhibition titles go, "The Beautiful Lie" is a pretty seductive one. It's the name of the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art's show of work by British artist Stephen Hilyard, who is now associate professor of digital arts in the UW art department. >More
 Body blows

Carson Kressley is on a mission to make women feel better about their bodies. In How to Look Good Naked (Friday, 8 p.m., Lifetime), the funny one from Queer Eye for the Straight Guy gives himself five days to turn a specimen from self-loathing to self-loving. >More
 The dark side of '07

Game testing fell short: Testers failed to find the glitches in Madden NFL '08 and a few other big titles. The most disappointing experience of 2007 came in Spider-Man 3, which gets unfathomably difficult halfway through. >More

MOVIES

Starting Out in the Evening: Happy ending?

Like old soldiers, old authors never die, they just fade away, often well before they're through writing. Author Brian Morton, not quite old yet, built a novel around that sad fact. And against all odds, Morton's delicately shaded novel has been turned into a film. >More
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EATS

New indoor market could be catalyst

The new year will bring new attention to what has been a back-burner issue: Building a snazzy public market in downtown Madison. >More
 Carnivore's delight

Apparently it's no longer enough for a restaurant to simply serve food. The growing trend among restaurateurs is to throw a full-blown fiesta, and nothing exemplifies the fashion better than Madison's own recent trifecta of big new openings: the west-side Tex Tubb's (think Latin Mardi Gras), Icon (tapas gone wild) and now the Brazilian grill-cum-performance space Samba. >More

SPORTS & RECREATION

Bundle up

By January, most campers have stowed their gear and simply dream of warmer nights by a springtime fire. But some dare to layer on the fleece, strap on gaiters and hit the snowbound trail. These hearty backwoods crusaders find winter camping a peaceful sojourn and a distinct challenge. >More
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