The new faces of power Vikki Kratz on Thursday 10/12/2006 In recent years, more women than ever are discovering their philanthropic power, and it's changing the nature of giving. And this quiet revolution has roots in Madison. >More
Let the employee beware Bill Lueders on Thursday 10/12/2006 Ry Carpenter of Madison just wanted to earn a few bucks this summer to take back to the UW-Eau Claire, where he's now a sophomore. He landed a job at Gemini Landscape Services, 134 S. Fair Oaks Ave. 'It was there,' says Carpenter, 19. 'It was money. I needed it.' The work was hard, manual labor. The pay was $9 an hour. But Carpenter liked his co-workers and his boss, Pam Blair. He liked her even after his first paycheck, for $702, was returned due to insufficient funds. >MoreSaying 'No' to the 'N' Word Bill Lueders on Thursday 10/12/2006 Milele Chikasa Anana has been battling the 'N' word for decades. In the 1960s, her young son came home from elementary school in Brookline, Mass., all excited about the school play. The boy had been tapped for the role of 'Nigger Jim' in Huckleberry Finn. 'I just hit the ceiling,' recalls Anana, now publisher of Madison's Umoja magazine. 'I was furious.' >MoreFalk and the gang issue: Is enough being done? Adam Hinterthuer on Thursday 10/12/2006 Not long ago, "Sarah" was involved in gang activity. 'We did a lot of thefts and stole from stores,' says Sarah, a pseudonym. 'We did a couple robberies, just waiting for people at ATMs. But that was more when I was living on the streets and didn't have anywhere to go.' >More
OPINION & COMMENTARY
Washington's culture of scandal Ruth Conniff on Thursday 10/12/2006 Remember the bumper stickers pleading to God for someone to step forward and give George Bush the Monica Lewinsky treatment? The Mark Foley scandal could be the answer
to that prayer. >MoreMouth-to-mouth resuscitation on Thursday 10/12/2006 I have a slight problem with my boyfriend: He doesn't like to kiss. Not near as much as I do, anyway. To me, kissing is better than intercourse, not that they're mutually exclusive or anything. >MoreKitsch market Ann Levihn on Thursday 10/12/2006 Giddy. Punchy. In the mood for Elvis music and a fruity cocktail. If you can't recall a store that made you feel this way about shopping, then you haven't strolled down Parmenter Street in Middleton and into fab store Tickled Pink, where the whimsy factor is always set to high. >More
Man of mystery Tom Laskin on Thursday 10/12/2006 In 2002, with the release of the saturnine breakup CD Sea Change, Beck went from cuddly weirdo to bona-fide grownup. The disc was a jolt for critics and fans alike, but in retrospect, a deeply melancholy Beck made a lot of sense. >MoreTull with strings Eric F. Lipton on Thursday 10/12/2006 Good morrow to ye, m'lords and ladies of Madisonshire. Pray sit as I give tell of a minstrel of goodly repute a-visiting our fine village. 'Tis Ian Anderson, noble flautist of the wandering band known as Jethro Tull, named after a medieval inventor of plowing tools. Huzzah! Some goatish fat-kidneyed apple-john might claim Anderson's cultural relevance is as
dead as his band's namesake. >MoreKnocking on heaven's door John W. Barker on Thursday 10/12/2006 In a belated contribution to Mozart's 250th birthday celebrations, the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra opened its Masterworks series at the Capitol Theater last Friday with a program totally devoted to the Salzburg master's music.
All-Mozart = heaven, by any calculation. And heavenly it was. Mozart composed his brilliant D-major 'Symphony No. 31' in Paris to challenge simplistic audience tastes there. The result was a work both flashy and dazzling in its display of orchestral brilliance, beyond the capacity of any other composer of his day. >More
The big idea David Medaris on Thursday 10/12/2006 The Wisconsin Book Festival has come to resemble a Wisconsin Ideas Festival. Scheduled for Oct. 18-22, this year's festival is more loaded with literary concept than ever. It encompasses the justice-oriented 'A More Perfect Union'
and a robust sequence of sessions focusing on zines. And the presenters in 2006 include more marquee names than in years past. >MoreClassroom confidential Jacqueline West on Thursday 10/12/2006 Every student wonders just what goes on behind the imposing door of the teacher's lounge. They may picture a quiet sanctum for refined academic discussions, or a relaxed cafÃ-cum-saloon where teachers can let down their hair. But unless they imagine gunplay, drug use and self-mutilation, they don't expect anything like Bridget Carpenter's The Faculty Room. >MoreThe modern-dance museum Susan Kepecs on Thursday 10/12/2006 Martha Graham, the architect of American modern dance, died at 96, in 1991, but the company that bears her name aims to make her choreography immortal. For its 80th season the Martha Graham Dance Company put together a retrospective of the grand dame's ephemeral oeuvre. On Tuesday, Oct. 17, at 7:30 p.m. this extraordinary exhibition comes to Overture Hall. >MoreNo sympathy for the devil Dean Robbins on Thursday 10/12/2006 Mick Jagger has agreed to participate in the new sitcom 'The Knights of Prosperity' (Tuesday, 8 p.m., ABC). It's his worst decision since hiring the Hell's Angels as security guards for 1969's Altamont music festival. >More
Both sides of the law Kent Williams on Thursday 10/12/2006 From the beginning, there's been a war within Martin Scorsese's soul between the altar boy and the street kid. A sickly child himself, Scorsese used to follow the various comings and goings of the local goombahs from the bedroom window of his parents' Little Italy apartment. And no director in the history of movies has done a better job of capturing the rough-and-tumble life of your average entry-level Mafioso. >MoreHeading South Kent Williams on Thursday 10/12/2006 Politics makes strange bedfellows, and global politics makes even stranger bedfellows than that. Or so it would seem from French director Laurent Cantet's Heading South, which is set in late-'70s Haiti, when Jean-Claude 'Baby Doc' Duvalier and the Tonton Macoutes were murdering anyone who was foolish enough to stick his neck out. >More
Readin', writin', fricasseein' Erika Janik on Thursday 10/12/2006 For many of us, the chance to experience a meal prepared by chefs Tory Miller and Eva Ringstrom of L'Etoile Restaurant is saved for special occasions ' anniversaries, birthdays, promotions, and engagements. But for seventh-graders at Sherman Middle School, that special occasion happens every month. >MoreVino vocabulary Anne Strainchamps on Thursday 10/12/2006 If you want to read some mouth-watering poetry, browse the aisles at your local wine store, where the advertising copy and wine reviews all seem to be channeling Walt Whitman. >More
SPORTS & RECREATION
Where's the money? David Medaris on Thursday 10/12/2006 Last month's announcement of almost $9.8 million in federal grants looked like a windfall for state bicyclists and pedestrians. On closer inspection, it was akin to being sideswiped by a convertible ' and then saluted by the driver's upraised middle finger. >More