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Shots fired!: Gun violence in Madison is on the rise

Firearm offenses and gun violence are on the rise in Madison, as part of what Madison Police Det. George Chavez sees as an overall trend toward more serious violence, much of it gang-related. >More


Southwest Madison neighborhood watch: Sorry, no money for you!

In April, Madison Mayor Dave Cieslewicz purportedly promised a group of southwest side residents that if they applied for city funding for a neighborhood watch program, they would get it. But last week, a committee charged with reviewing the funding applications rejected the group's $10,000 request. >More


Justice, Annette Ziegler-style

Last week, the state Supreme Court publicly reprimanded Justice Annette Ziegler for ruling on cases involving a bank without disclosing that her husband served on its board. Ziegler's "bright-line" violation of judicial ethics, the court said, was "serious," "willful" and "inexcusable." >More
 La Bella Vita : Middleton miscellany

Luckily for Madisonians, the search for La Bella Vita needn't go any further than a less-than-a-gallon schlep to Middleton and the boutique and gallery of the same name. >More
 Your booger's ready

I have something to pick with you, and it's not a bone. My question for you is why do guys blatantly pick their noses in public? Don't they know we're watching them? Or do they even care? >More


Pat MacDonald: The future's so right

Thirty-nine years and a thousand songs ago, Pat MacDonald got the shit kicked out of him by members of the Green Bay West High School football team. MacDonald had committed the crime of wearing his hair long, and in those days, particularly within three miles of the sanctuary called Lambeau Field, that just didn't fly. >More
 The Memorial Union Terrace presents a strong summer lineup

Madisonians' warm-weather love affair with the UW Memorial Union Terrace would continue even without the annual alfresco "Hot Summer Nights" music series. The beer, brats and picturesque waterside setting guarantee it. But the Wisconsin Union Directorate's summer-long series of free concerts (which kicks off this weekend with the Isthmus Jazz Festival) sure doesn't hurt the head count at the lakeside venue. >More
 Ingrid Michaelson sings without pretense

Ingrid Michaelson is just a Plain Jane who still lives with her parents on Staten Island and until last year taught theater to kids in her neighborhood after school. >More



Painter TL Solien creates deeply personal symbols

In Madison artist TL Solien's large, often busy paintings and prints, candy colors belie the pictures' melancholy undercurrents and allegories. Literary and pop-culture references - running the gamut from Melville's Moby Dick to Disney's Goofy - are used to investigate Solien's personal experiences, from fatherhood and marriage to life as an artist. The Madison Museum of Contemporary Art's new exhibition, "TL Solien: Myths & Monsters," is the first major local show of the artist's work since his arrival here in 1998 to teach in UW-Madison's art department. >More
 Four Seasons Theatre puts over songs by Kander and Ebb

Four Seasons Theatre has a stunning little musical revue at UW Music Hall - a jewel-box theater just the right size for The World Goes 'Round. A revue is a musical-theater genre with selected showstoppers from big Broadway hits, in this case Cabaret, Chicago, Kiss of the Spider Woman and New York, New York, plus other shows created during the long career of the songwriting team of John Kander and Fred Ebb. >More
 Swingtown: Sex in the '70s

Swingtown (Thursday, 9 p.m., CBS) is CBS's attempt to sink to the depths of depravity. >More
 Hard ball: UEFA Euro 2008



Sex and the City: Here comes the bride

Who could have known, 10 years ago, when it first aired on HBO, that Sex and the City would become a cultural phenomenon? And in so many various ways. There's the you-go-girl, gal-pal, sisterhood-is-powerful way. There's the fashionista, Project Runway, you-are-who-you-wear way. >More
 The Foot Fist Way: Low blows

The Foot Fist Way is being billed as this year's Cinderella story, a movie that came out of nowhere and, thanks to a wave of Will Ferrell's magic wand, got invited to the ball. But I wonder whether this sports-movie spoof has what it takes. The sport in question is tae kwon do, which means "foot fist way" in Korean, but Foot Mouth Way might have been a better title, since the main character, a strip-mall sensei with a cheesy mustache, keeps sticking his former in his latter. >More
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New Glarus Hotel : Yodel for your supper

So why did we end up at the New Glarus Hotel? I like the sense of history. The hotel, one of the first buildings in New Glarus, was constructed before the Civil War, and the dining room was once a theater hosting traveling vaudeville revues >More
 Tokyo turnips and table radishes recipes

Table radishes and salad turnips are great in that venue; they're juicy, crisp, fresh-tasting nibbles that need nothing but sea salt or a zesty dressing to accent them. But they deserve more consideration than that. >More


Elroy-Sparta: Follow that trail!

Sharon Knuth is the newly elected mayor of Elroy, Wis., population 1,500, and she sounds mayoral as she cites the civic virtues of the Elroy-Sparta State Trail. "We're just very positive about the bike trail," she says of the 32-mile path, at whose southern end is her town 85 miles northwest of Madison. She praises the area's natural beauty, and touts the trail's interesting old tunnels. She notes that the Elroy commons features showers for visiting cyclists. >More
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