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The wounds of war

Scott Kruchten says the day that changed his life forever was, for Iraq, pretty average. "At some point in time," he deadpans, "someone decided to make it non-average." >More


'Like living in hell'

The apartment on Allied Drive didn't have a working stove. It was infested with cockroaches. But Kristen Benjamin, 41, and her four children needed a roof over their heads. She moved in, without signing a lease, and agreed to pay the owner rent when she could. >More
 Abortion backlash claims a victim

David Obey's memoir, Raising Hell for Justice, is one of the most important but overlooked political books of 2007. >More


That's entertainment

Back when Bill Clinton was president and I was working for The Progressive magazine in Washington, D.C., I was summoned to a meeting with Roger Ailes at Fox News' headquarters in New York. Fox was brand new then, and its creators were willing to try anything, even putting actual left-wingers on television. >More
 Luscious liquids

With 200 stores worldwide, Vom Fass is hardly the new kid on the foodie block. This German seller of liquid delicacies -- from specialty oils and vinegars to exceptional wines and cognac -- is well known for its quality and close relationships with producers. >More
 Life on the cellular level

Perhaps you can help us. We're two parents who are trying to decide when to get our son a cell phone. He's now 10 years old, which still seems a little young, but he's been clamoring for one, and he insists that all his friends have them. >More


Hugh Masekela: The horn of Africa

he most memorable groove from that hot Mifflin Street summer of '68 -- on the heels of the Dow riots on Bascom Hill the previous fall and Otis Redding's plane crashing into Lake Monona in December -- was legendary South African trumpet/flugelhorn master Hugh Masekela's now-immortal "Grazin' in the Grass." >More
 Joe Strummer's rise and fall

Julien Temple's film Joe Strummer: The Future Is Unwritten makes one thing abundantly clear: the late Clash frontman and all-around musical explorer liked people of all kinds. Indeed, re-stagings of the communal bonfires that Strummer organized for friends and strangers during the latter part of his life form the organizing visual trope of this amiable, at times self-consciously arty biopic, opening at the Orpheum Theatre on Jan. 18. >More
 Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra: Toil and Trouble

On Jan. 18, the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra will start the New Year with two robust masterpieces -- Franz Schubert's "String Quartet No. 14 in D Minor" ("Death and the Maiden") arranged by Mahler, and Johannes Brahms' "Double Concerto for Violin and Cello in A Minor." The evening's lighter but no less challenging fare will be Rodion Shchedrin's "Chamber Suite," composed in 1961. Shchedrin weaves Russian folklore with colorful orchestration and creates a soundscape that's both meditative and edgy. >More



The Diary of Anne Frank: The new breed

"How much could a 13-year-old have to say?" asks an exasperated Mr. Van Daan, one of eight people hiding in the famed Secret Annex during the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands. Van Daan simply can't imagine what occupies the curious, hyper-literate Anne Frank, forever scribbling in her diary. >More
 Noises Off: What a farce

Frank Rich, erstwhile theater critic of The New York Times, wrote of Michael Frayn's farce Noises Off that it "is, was, and probably always will be the funniest play written in my lifetime." >More
 The fab four

I gagged over ABC's Big Shots, a male-bonding drama about four competitive business types. But I adore ABC's Cashmere Mafia (Wednesday, 9 p.m.), a female-bonding drama about four competitive business types. >More
 MX vs. ATV: Untamed: Turn on a dime



The Diving Bell and the Butterfly: Mind over matter

The human spirit is always triumphing over something in the movies, but rarely with as much grace, wit and stringent charm as it does in The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, Julian Schnabel's cinematic adaptation of the 1997 memoir by Jean-Dominique Bauby. >More
 The Savages: Daddy dearest

"Refreshingly bleak" is how I would describe The Savages, Tamara Jenkins' cold, hard look at a brother and sister trying to escort their resentful father through the dying process. I can't say I enjoyed the movie, but I liked it a lot and admired the way it kept refusing to find a ray of light in all that midwinter darkness, at least until the end. >More
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Breakfast and beyond

The first two Dane County Farmers' Market breakfasts of the year confirmed that the weekly event is meeting its objectives. Among the goals set five years ago, when the Taste of the Market meals began, were to showcase a range of local crops, farmers, and cooks (check); create a community-wide social gathering around good food (check); and teach shoppers how to utilize the bounty (check). >More
 Changing of the guard

At a restaurant known for fresh, local ingredients, January is the ultimate test for the chef. "Nothing's growing outside right now," laments Derek Rowe, who later this month will take over as executive chef at Harvest, the fine-dining eatery at 21 N. Pinckney St. on the Capitol Square. >More


Think rink

The rules are few. There are no coaches, no dues or registration fees, no referees. The competition is low-key. No spectators look on. No money is at stake, no trophies, no local or regional pride, no acclaim in the sports pages. All that exists is the game. >More
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