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Ticket to ride

If you decided to forgo your road trip this year because of soaring gas prices or bad weather, Madison's classical groups are offering a new season that will help make up for that. The Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, for example, will take us to the Arctic Circle in "Cantus Arcticus: Concerto for Birds and Orchestra." For the Madison Opera, it will be Japan in Madama Butterfly. And if you want to leave earth altogether, the Madison Symphony Orchestra will guide you to "The Planets."



Jerry Overstreet offers a firm hand to at-risk kids at MYCRIB

Jerry Overstreet Jr. has two homes. He shares one with his wife, Jenny, and his kids, a 7-year-old daughter and 4-year-old son. The other he shares with roughly 50 Madison middle and high school students who need a safe harbor in their stormy adolescent years. >More
 Dane County proposal would mandate benefits to non-married partners

Dane County could soon require all agencies and companies it contracts with to provide benefits, including health care and family medical leave, to employees' domestic partners. >More
 Tammy Baldwin faces little-known challenger

U.S. Rep. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wisconsin) has an opponent this fall, though you may not have heard much about him. Peter Theron, a Republican from Madison, entered the race late. >More
 Downscaling Badger Prairie nursing home

The dire economy is affecting Dane County's plans for a new Badger Prairie nursing home in Verona. The county planned to pay about $18 million for a new, 120-bed facility, but the lowest bid came in $3 million over budget. >More


For the love of newspapers

I don't recall seeing either of my parents ever reading a book. I'm pretty sure they didn't even own any, except for a Bible, which, bless their hearts, they also didn't read. But every morning my father would buy a Milwaukee Sentinel (he always left for work by 5:30 a.m., before the paper would have been delivered) and every afternoon the Milwaukee Journal arrived at our door. They read those papers front to back. I grew up reading them, too. >More
 Designer Shoe Warehouse: Big-box shopping, with style

I'm not usually a gal for one-stop shopping. Wal-Marts, Costcos and mega-malls give me the creeps (I'd rather not buy tires and tank tops in the same place, thank you very much), and even reading the duty-free catalogs on airplanes can send me into conniptions. >More
 Need a lift?

I read your column about the man and his problems at his gym, and it reminded me of something I've long wondered about my gym: Why do I, a 27-year-old woman, seem to get unsolicited advice from men while working out? >More


Jentri Colello: The real deal

It's 9:45 on a muggy Friday night, and the High Noon Saloon is hosting maybe 30 patrons for the first of three bands on a bill featuring country-rock-shaded up-and-comers the Blueheels. Most are lost in casual summertime chatter fueled by the first few rounds of the weekend. Consequently, hardly anyone notices when Jentri Colello mumbles some words of welcome into her microphone and begins singing about her own private Idaho in a soft, husky voice. >More
 Fleet Foxes: Rock of ages

Not so long ago, the generation gap was an essential ingredient of pop music. The Who told their elders to "fade away" and "don't try to dig what we all say" on "My Generation." >More
 Blowing up a storm

Maestro Andrew Sewell's efforts to include a certain amount of classical music in the programs for this year's Concerts on the Square were weakly evident in the third of them, on July 9. It was mainly a show for the guest soloist, trumpeter Ryan Anthony, undoubtedly one of today's most spectacular virtuosi on his instrument.




john & jen: My sibling, my son

Sometimes, as with many an opera, big emotions and big production values go hand in hand. With Music Theatre of Madison's john & jen, big emotions must be conveyed through simple staging in the modest environs of the West Side Club. While it's a bit of a gamble, MTM pulls it off admirably. >More
 My girlfriend's boyfriends

Date My Ex: Jo & Slade (Monday, 9 p.m., Bravo) has a wafer-thin premise: Jo De La Rosa from The Real Housewives of Orange County is set up on dates by her ex-fiancé, Slade Smiley. As in any other dull dating series, guys go out with Jo and get eliminated one by one. But the producers seem to think that the ex-fiancé angle adds limitless drama and intrigue. Everyone has been told to play up the "weirdness" of the scenario, despite the fact that it was obviously cooked up by Jo, Slade (now her manager), Bravo executives and all their lawyers in some Hollywood office.

 Guitar Hero: Aerosmith

Guitar Hero: Aerosmith is best-suited to hardcore fans of either Aerosmith or Guitar Hero. I don't love or hate Aerosmith. Therefore, playing the band's "Make It" and "Draw the Line" inspires only shrugs from me. That means I mess up a few notes out of musical boredom. >More


Hellboy II: Super Dude

After Iron Man and Hancock, you wouldn't think there's much left to say about superheroes who've neglected to go to finishing school. But now here's Hellboy II: The Golden Army, a sequel to 2004's Hellboy, and not only has writer-director Guillermo del Toro come up with something to say, he's said it in so extravagant a way that, if I were Batman, I'd consider holing up in the Batcave until this thing blows over. >More
 Ripple Effect: Pay as you go

What goes around comes around. That's the message I'm taking from Ripple Effect, Philippe Caland's karma-driven account of an L.A.-based fashion designer (Caland himself) who can't hit the big-time until he's cleared the accounts on a hit-and-run accident he was involved in 15 years ago. Perhaps only in La La Land would money play such a major role in the interconnectedness of things. But Caland, who also produced the movie and wrote the script, tries to avoid the charge of complete cravenness by making the story about caring for something other than money - you know, like people and stuff. Of course, this is a guy who once made a movie (Hollywood Buddha) about not having landed a major distributor for his previous movie (Dead Girl), so he may have a slightly different meaning for the phrase "pay it forward."

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Chasing after chi

Maybe you're doing it wrong. What if all -- or even most -- of those running injuries you've sustained over the years were attributable to poor biomechanics? What if someone suggested a running technique that could forestall a recurrence of your Achilles tendonitis or plantar fasciitis, relieve your chronic knee and ankle pain and help prevent more muscle pulls? >More
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