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Martin Short: One-man variety show

The versatile Short, who will bring Jiminy Glick and other characters to the Overture Center on Saturday, May 31, isn't the type to settle down, even with the most comfortable Barcalounger at hand. Although he is best known for his on-screen character creations, he's done many other things in his restless, varied career. Moving from television to film to theater with the ease of slipping in and out of a costume, Short likes to keep things interesting. >More

NEWS

More 911 staff is on the way

After a month of questions about the adequacy of Dane County's 911 system, the Dane County Board is expected next week to create two new 911 dispatcher positions. The board could also authorize the second independent audit of the 911 Center in five years. >More
 Sticking it to the neighbors

In the 30 years that Bill Whisenant has done business in the same location, he's always had "excellent" relations with his neighbors. "I've built my life around this enterprise," he says proudly. Now he feels his livelihood is threatened by a neighbor - Thomas Degen - who wants to gain control of his land. That strikes him as unfair. >More
 Mayor Dave's green dream

Madison Mayor Dave Cieslewicz sees a 2,800-acre chunk of land on the city's northeast side as an opportunity to do something unprecedented. >More

OPINION & COMMENTARY

Remembering RFK

The most extraordinarily gifted politician in my lifetime, Robert Kennedy brought passion, romance and poetry to American politics. >More
 Pat Hitchcock: Land lover

Pat Hitchcock is sitting at a red picnic table on the farmstead where she has lived for more than 40 years. Situated in a shallow unglaciated bowl ringed by verdant hills south of Mount Horeb, her home is a 160-acre segment of Donald County Park, one of those idyllic settings that reward the fortunate person who puts down roots in its silty loam. >More

MUSIC

jAMZ-FM: MC Starr and DJ Pain 1 keep radio real

It's 10 o'clock on a Saturday night, and most of Madison's broadcast radio dial is swimming in a sea of pre-recorded programming. But at 106.7 FM ("Madtown jAMZ"), two local hip-hop artists, MC Starr and DJ Pain 1, are live and at the mike, passing along shoutouts from one Madisonian to another >More
 Sheryl Crow gets political

It's been a busy couple of years for Sheryl Crow. Her breakup with cycling legend Lance Armstrong caused a tabloid feeding frenzy, as did a simultaneous bout with breast cancer. After undergoing successful treatment, she adopted a child, then took to the road with Laurie David to spread the word about global warming while riding around in a biofuel-powered bus. And just last month, the longtime breast-cancer cure campaigner went before a congressional subcommittee to advocate for a bill that would direct more federal funds toward researching environmental influences on the disease. >More
 Scoops for the week of May 30-June 5

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AT A GLANCE

ARTS

Wisconsin artists gather at the Building a Visual Arts Legacy exhibit

While there is really no such thing as "Wisconsin art" -- in terms of a specific style or movement -- we'd all be in a sorry state without Wisconsin artists and the museum professionals and donors who are also an important part of the cultural ecosystem. >More
 The Overture Center shakes things up for 2008-09

In years past, the Overture Center and its predecessor, the Madison Civic Center, didn't work very often with outside promoters. The center usually took on all the risk in hopes of reaping greater rewards. The 2008-09 season indicates that Overture's approach has changed. >More
 Multiple O: Swing your partners

The phrase "Sex is nice, and pleasure is good for you" is repeated so many times during n of Multiple O that it's hard to know if this is to reassure the performers or if it's to remind the audience how they're meant to feel. Either way, the mantra should be supplanted with the observation that "Sex is really kinda funny." >More
 Tough cookie

In Plain Sight (Sunday, 9 p.m., USA) introduces us to a new kind of TV heroine. Mary Shannon (Mary McCormack) is a tough U.S. marshal who helps relocate people in the witness-protection program. It's a bitch of a job that requires a bitch of a personality. Mary has to handle both the witnesses (often nasty criminals) and the folks who want them dead, and that puts her in a perpetual bad mood. All day long she throws out insults and punches, using sarcasm to keep her sanity. >More
 Wii Fit: Game aerobics

Wii Fit is the perfect game for forcing your kids to shape up. >More

MOVIES

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull: Cut to the chase

As everyone knows, Indiana Jones is back at it again, some 19 years after what some of us thought was The Last Crusade. Everyone's older now -- Spielberg, Lucas, Ford, us. But what really seems old, and rather tired, is the idea itself, that a movie can be devoted almost entirely to thrills and chills. >More
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EATS

Burgers and other delights

Ever since I interviewed hamburger maven George Motz about his guidebook Hamburger America: A State-by-State Guide to 100 Great Burger Joints earlier this month, I've had burgers on the brain. I've been thinking about what he told me about Hodad's -- a place in Ocean Beach, Calif., that has "quite the griddle, an old cast-iron model. It's seasoned. It gives the patty a kind of terroir." What a thing to aspire to. >More
 Jitzy Ruíz Centeno, Producer of organic coffee

Why you should go: The Mermaid's always fragrant with the heady aroma of Just Coffee's Goddess Blend, produced by Ruíz's co-op. >More

SPORTS & RECREATION

In defense of bloggers

Wisconsin State Journal writer Tom Oates waded into the shallow end of sports commentary in his column last Sunday, taking aim at an easy target: sports bloggers. >More
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