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How we chow part 1: Farm fresh

Saturday mornings are nice for sleeping in, unless you happen to own a downtown cafe. On a cold Saturday morning last month, just before 8, Josh Makoutz was behind the counter of Bradbury's Coffee, the new North Hamilton Street cafe he owns with wife Jill. >More


Panicked newspapers seek salvation: Will the Cap Times find it on the web?

Good luck, Cap Times. You'll need it. Converting from a six-day-a-week paid paper to an online news site is like jumping from a very high cliff into a very deep and mysterious pool. >More
 Partners in peril

Next week, Community Living Alliance will end its Partnership Program, which provides services to adults with physical disabilities. The Madison nonprofit couldn't afford to keep the program running. >More


Purse my lips

...what I should call this thing? My wife suggested "man-purse," which I guess is in general circulation. That's what she said, anyway. But I'd prefer something a little more, uh, manly. Do you have any recommendations? >More


Red Romero: Getting the word out

Back in the day, new bands worked for months to book a midweek show at a local club, put up a few posters on State Street, and hoped that all the friends they'd pestered would actually show up for the gig. >More
 Anne-Marie McDermot: Cue the fireworks

Ending its "Masterworks" season at the Capitol Theater last Friday, the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra played three lively works off the beaten path. >More
 Matt Pond PA: Ring out the old

Matt Pond PA is about to break up, but no one is leaving the band. >More



Choreographer for hire

It's dark in Lathrop Hall's Margaret H'Doubler Performance Space. From the shadows, Maureen Janson counts "four, five - go deeper into that plié!" Two dancers, lit by a single spot, sweating, start to laugh. They've run through this sequence a half-dozen times, but there's humor in perfectionism. Janson laughs too. She jumps into the scene, demonstrating with lean, muscular arms the quality she's looking for in this knee-bend move. >More
 Kevin Henkes: Home away from home

One of the toughest things about being a kid is, well, adults. And we're talking about things way more serious than bedtimes or what videogames are allowed; mundane rules are only the beginning. Adult pain, due to events like divorce or the loss of a child, seeps into the world of kids, who can neither control nor fully grasp the circumstances. >More
 A Streetcar Named Desire: Beauty vs. beast

A Streetcar Named Desire was given a 30-minute standing ovation at its 1947 Broadway premiere, and in the 60 years since that night, Tennessee Williams' masterpiece has been in constant production. "Stelllaaah!!" has passed into the cultural lexicon, and some of our best actors have left their fingerprints all over the major roles: Marlon Brando, Jessica Tandy, Kim Hunter, Karl Malden, Vivien Leigh. It's nearly impossible to get these ghosts off the stage, but University Theatre gives it a go. >More
 Hurricane Bessie

With The Mighty B (Saturday, 9:30 a.m.), Nickelodeon has created another cartoon masterpiece on the level of Jimmy Neutron, SpongeBob SquarePants and The Fairly OddParents. Unlike those, it's girl-oriented - man, is it ever. Amy Poehler of Saturday Night Live is the co-creator and voice of 9¾-year-old Bessie, a badge-crazy member of the Honeybee scout troupe. Bessie is a ball of tweener energy and desire, with maniacal round eyes, a toothless grin and excitable pigtails. She speaks with a lisp so juicy that you can practically feel the spittle flecking your cheeks. She's relentless, as is the series itself. >More


4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days: Abortion, totalitarian- style

I once talked someone who was very close to me into an abortion. She was between husbands, not for the first time, and she already had three kids, the oldest of whom was 8. I just didn't see how she could manage another child, so I did a sales job on her. I told her it was a simple procedure, that she'd be back to normal in a day or so, that she wouldn't burn in hell. I even set up her first appointment. >More
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Liliana's: Fitchburg gumbo

Liliana's, in the amorphous suburb of Fitchburg, is the area's latest attempt at re-creating a New Orleans-style restaurant here in the northland. It is the creation of David and Tiffany Heide, who named the place after their baby daughter, and it is well worth a trip to the south (of Madison) to sample the jambalaya, gumbo, étouffée and other Creole-Cajun specialties, as well as some dishes reflecting broader French and Italian expressions of the Crescent City heritage. >More
 Willy Street regroups

More than five years into their still fruitless search for a site for a second store, leaders of the Williamson Street Grocery Co-operative are battle-scarred and disappointed, but fully determined to expand. >More


Bike polo brings a familiar game to the asphalt

Great bike-handling skills. This is the first thing that strikes you when you watch the Madison Bike Polo group play. It's a warm Sunday afternoon on the tennis courts at Reynolds Park, and two teams of three riders -- each with a mallet in one hand, handlebars gripped in the other and both feet on the pedals - are going after a street-hockey ball yet somehow avoiding collisions with each other. Except for that one collision a minute ago. And the solitary wipeout several minutes before that. >More
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