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Turning points

The past matters because the past lives. Land-use and development decisions made generations ago (some before the city even existed) have set Madison's present reality, just as actions taken today will define its future. >More


Housing law called 'emotionally draining'

But the LaCloches found that the IZ (inclusionary zoning) law is far from user-friendly, especially when dealing with a developer who may resent having to offer lower-cost units. In their case, the developer questioned everything from their income eligibility to whether they could buy amenities like parking or storage. It took them nearly a year of wrangling before they finally moved into the unit in October. >More
 Lying down on the job?

Several Dane County supervisors are fed up with the county's Equal Opportunity Commission, labeling it 'dysfunctional' and 'inactive.' 'It's a body that doesn't do much,' grouses Supv. Kyle Richmond, who resigned in frustration from the EOC in 2003, after only a year. 'It feels dormant ' that's the polite way to put it.' >More


Revamping the high schools

'It's not acceptable anymore to lecture four days a week and give a test on Friday,' Rainwater declared. Teachers must learn how to teach students, rather than teach content. >More
 Well, shut my mouth

It's happening more and more: Frontline employees, especially at the state level, are fobbing media contacts onto public-relations experts, who generally don't know as much as the original sources. >More
 Nerd alert

Ladies, here's my advice: Watch out for nerdy virgins who also happen to be good-looking. They will pluck you like a ripe fruit in the spring, then burn you like a pile of leaves in the fall. >More


Jazz you can dance to

Palmieri mixes Afro-Cuban dance rhythms with monumental American music better than anyone else on the planet. >More
 Days of wine and roses

'I get the sense that a lot of people who connect with our music are hopeless romantics looking for true love,' says Urata, whose Denver-based Gypsy-rock quartet plays the Annex on Friday, Dec. 1, at 9 p.m. >More
 Working up a sweat

They play a gumbo of good-natured, upbeat Dixieland Cajun-grass funk-folk rhythm and blues now fortified with 100% of your USRDA of gospel, courtesy of producer Keb' Mo'. >More



A guy thing

The Bachelors is the final installment in the 'men in isolation' trilogy of musicals by James Kaplan and the late Fred Alley. Kaplan admits it's ironic this one didn't make it to Madison sooner. After all, the musical (which runs Dec. 1-17 at UW Vilas Hall's Mitchell Theatre) is set here. >More
 Holiday jeer

As might be inferred from its title, Broom Street Theater's A Very Bitchy Christmas (running through Dec. 17) is not a heartwarming holiday show for the whole family. It's a show for your most cynical, twisted friends, who will probably laugh until they slide off Broom Street's vinyl-topped benches. >More
 Wagging the tale

While this production, directed by Norma Saldivar and starring a dozen of the university's MFA students in acting, is ambitious, it is also quite uneven in tone. It ranges from the broadest humor (fart jokes, anyone?) to serious discussion of the Koran. >More
 Sex, violence and brassieres

It's one long lingerie ad, with supermodels in spangled bustiers and stiletto heels parading this year's product down the runway. >More
 Poor relations



The God squad

I went to church camp once and had a grand old time until the last night, when all of a sudden everybody wanted to know whether I accepted Jesus Christ as my savior. I lied, said I did. And I was reminded of that while watching Jesus Camp, Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady's revealing documentary about the process by which Evangelical Christianity reproduces itself. >More
 For Your Consideration

After walking the dog in Best of Show and strumming the guitar in A Mighty Wind ' two rather esoteric milieus ' Guest has returned to the small-town theatrics of Waiting for Guffman. >More
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Vicente Sacramento and Graciela Rojas

Sacramento and Rojas, who've been on the Madison restaurant scene for years, recently sold the Sacramento Bakery on Odana and took over Emian's. They're worth following. >More
 Mama's kitchen

There is an abiding warmth to the place that feels determinedly down home and unaffected, as if co-owners Jeff Orr and Brian Haltinner ' in concocting an antidote to their very glossy neighboring Cocoliquot ' tried to distill the essence of every bistro, taquerÃa, trattoria and Main Street diner in the world. >More


De-romancing the Stone

While her team's 6-1 start has been a pleasant surprise for Wisconsin women's basketball coach Lisa Stone, she still might be coaching for her job this season. >More
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