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Remembering the Greenbush

It's Friday, and George Fabian and the guys are hanging out in his shoe store. It's small, green inside and out, busy with customers, phone calls and visitors. "I never know who'll come," says Fabian, wearing an apron. "There's fewer now. Time's been unkind to my old friends." >More


Who would Jesus evict?

Last Dec. 9, Lucy Nehrenz had a birthday. Not just any birthday, mind you, but her 103rd. There was a story in The Capital Times. The people at Meadow Grove Apartments, where she's lived since 1989, threw her a party. Shortly afterwards, Meadow Grove notified Nehrenz by letter that her lease would not be renewed, past the end of February. >More
 The rebirth of Park Street

When Lindsey Lee applied for a loan to open Cargo Coffee in a converted gas station on Park Street in 2001, he got a cold reception. Five banks, he says, turned thumbs down. Park Street was a good place to sell scrap metal and used car parts, not cappuccinos, they told him. >More
 Recycling, it's everybody's business

Seth Knable is disgusted. Several Madison-area employers he's worked for have been lackadaisical if not outright negligent when it comes to recycling. >More


Iraq and the will of the people

This is a time of grim milestones: The fifth anniversary of "shock and awe" on Wednesday, March 19, and the death of the 4,000th American service member in Iraq, which will occur soon. >More
 Pain at the pump

 Arf, arf

Is it the function of an advice columnist to be witty instead of helpful? I confess I was disappointed by your response to "Sour Kraut," who was thinking about getting a dog for her boys but was turned off by the image of German shepherds. >More


Blueheels: Rock 'n' roll eccentrics

When they gave their 5-year-old son Robby a Smurf drum set, Neenah's Mark and Cindy Schiller could little have suspected that two decades later he would be the King of Pop - or at least the songwriter, singer and de facto leader of Madison's best original rock 'n' roll band, Blueheels. >More
 Kicksville: Welcome to our world

Let's start with the essential fact you need to know about Kicksville. They're a group of seven musicians who put on a musical stage show grounded in production and theatrics, similar to the Blue Man Group. >More




Wisconsin Film Festival: Bigger and better

Now in its 10th year, the Wisconsin Film Festival has become the de facto kickoff of the city's spring arts season, and audiences clearly aren't tiring of it. Festival director Meg Hamel reports that in 2007, nearly 30,000 tickets were sold for its four-day run. And sales are just as brisk for this year's event, which runs April 3-6 at 10 downtown locations. The typically broad slate of 220 films includes a trio of movies about China's controversial Three Gorges Dam, several films related to LGBT issues, plenty of films by Wisconsin filmmakers, and screenings of recent work by film veterans like UW-educated horror auteur Stuart Gordon. >More
 Laura Dronzek & Katie Musolff: Faces and figures

Portraits and landscapes are two of art's most time-honored subjects, but these days they can also seem out of fashion in the world of contemporary art. The press is usually more consumed with, say, how much investors paid for British artist Damien Hirst's diamond-encrusted skull ($100 million) than delving into the meaning of work that seems "traditional." >More
 Take the money and run

The Riches' new season (Tuesday, 9 p.m., FX) is pure pleasure. Our heroes - if you want to call them that - are a family of "Travelers." They're con artists who move from place to place, fleecing the locals for as long as they can. Inevitably the scams go sour, but that's when this crew are at their best. They improvise, work the angles and squirm free. They're so good that we can't help but root for them and against the innocent victims. >More
 Army of Two: Guns for hire



Horton Hears a Who!: Dust in the wind

Somewhere on the other side of Who-ville, Dr. Seuss must be spinning in his grave, because Hollywood can't seem to leave his stories alone and can't seem to get them right. The Grinch Who Stole Christmas, starring Jim Carrey, and The Cat in the Hat, starring Mike Myers, were both so overproduced you felt like you'd landed in a theme park from hell. >More
 The Violin: Guns and music

"Calm down, boy, or you'll drop your taco," an elderly man says to his young grandson early on in The Violin, Francisco Vargas' movie set amidst the peasant uprisings in 1970s Mexico. It's one of those throwaway lines that, you realize later, sums up the movie's theme. >More
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Hooray for Chardonnay

Not too long ago, I offered to bring wine to a dinner party and asked my host if he had any requests. "ABC," he replied: "Anything But Chardonnay." Ouch. >More
 Alex Nikitin, Co-owner of Arbat

Why you should go: Where else in town can you get caviar blini with homemade cherry pierogi for dessert, and wash it all down with a shot of vodka? >More


The Badgers, by the numbers

The week between the end of the high school hoops championships and the beginning of the NCAA men's tournament provides an opportunity to catch up on my email. Here goes >More
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