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They score!

Composers John Harbison and Ben Johnston live within a few miles of each other, but their sound worlds are a universe apart. Harbison composes contemporary classical music with large designs and is best known for his operas and big choral works. Johnston's experimental pieces navigate aural spaces as tiny as microtones to get the pure intervals that build his music. >More

NEWS

Madison cozies up to business

"I would say the city has done a 180-degree turnaround in the last four to five months," says Bertler, the president of Supreme Structures, a local development firm that builds commercial and residential structures. He thinks Madison officials are suddenly much easier to work with when it comes to approving building projects. >More
 Madison polling place machine was changing voter's choices

Using the ES&S AutoMARK last week at his polling place at Spring Harbor Elementary on Madison's west side, Shultz noticed the alignment was off. So when he tried to make a given choice, the machine would register a vote for the opposing candidate. >More
 Joel Marino case reward money still unallocated

It's long seemed clear who killed Madison resident Joel Marino in January 2008. Adam Peterson, 20, was arrested last June based on eyewitness identifications, DNA evidence and incriminating admissions. He pleaded guilty last December and was sentenced to life in prison. A month later he hung himself in his cell. Last week Peterson's former cellmate was charged with assisting in his suicide. >More

OPINION & COMMENTARY

Winners and losers

Before closing the book on the last week's electoral showdown, let's wander one last time onto the battlefield to shoot the wounded, award medals for bravery and acknowledge other achievements. >More
 Tell All: Killing is thrilling

Dear Tell All: I was very surprised at your response to the woman who was dating a hunter - I would KILL for such a person! I hunt and fish proudly, and enjoy it. I would LOVE to have a chance to date the person this Bambi was/is dating. Finding a person who enjoys the outdoors, being in the woods, and having fresh fish/game rather than something chemically laden and farm-raised has no comparison. >More

MUSIC

They score!

Composers John Harbison and Ben Johnston live within a few miles of each other, but their sound worlds are a universe apart. Harbison composes contemporary classical music with large designs and is best known for his operas and big choral works. Johnston's experimental pieces navigate aural spaces as tiny as microtones to get the pure intervals that build his music. >More
 Eric Caldera thrives on instinct

Like the ants he studies by day, Eric Caldera is driven, even if he isn't sure why. A similar instinct drives Caldera to play guitar. He plays with the dexterity of a classically trained professional, but no one ever taught him how to do it. >More
 The Decemberists: The Hazards of Love

Colin Meloy is the most literary rock 'n' roller of his generation. The Hazards of Love is his Moby Dick. It's a sweeping, epic tale, full of stylized language and symbolism. At its core, it's a saga about the raw and twisted emotions that drive human quests for love and power. >More

AT A GLANCE

ARTS

Years after its debut, Hair retains its hold

After its 1968 Broadway debut, songs from the hit musical were covered by artists like the Fifth Dimension and Nina Simone. A film version followed in 1979. And now, 41 years after its debut, Hair is enjoying a Broadway revival, and UW-Madison's University Theatre is also donning its tie-dye. >More
 Forward Theater looks to fill the void in Madison

Forward Theater is on its way to becoming one of Madison's next professional troupes. "It's been a whole whopping four weeks since we started this endeavor, and it's been a whirlwind," says Jennifer Uphoff Gray, acting artistic director. >More
 Sit Down, Shut Up gets a failing grade

The Simpsons and South Park keep producing genius-level satire while imitators come and go. The latest to come is Sit Down, Shut Up. Now I can't wait for it to go. Like its lead-in, The Simpsons, this animated series tries to be at once stomach-turning and meaningful, stupid and smart. Instead, it's just stomach-turning and stupid. >More
 Vin Diesel shoots the robots

I used to confuse Vin Diesel with the Rock. They're both big-muscle actors who broke into action movies at about the same time. But Diesel is a much better actor, certainly in video games. >More

MOVIES

Gomorrah: Crime scenes

Gomorrah is harrowing. It also is astonishing, a supremely controlled, supremely devastating work that alternates scenes of dread with moments of quick, almost surgically precise brutality. There are a handful of light moments, but they are the blackest of comedy, and they only throw into relief the despair that suffuses this remarkable film. >More
 Examined Life: Drive-by philosophy

For the purposes of movie-going, documentarian Astra Taylor poses the key question in the second sequence of Examined Life, as she strolls in a sunny park with New York University literature professor Avital Ronell. Books that are hundreds of pages long are an appropriate medium for exploring philosophy, notes Taylor, but what about feature-length films? The answer, based on this evidence: Um, not so much. >More
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EATS

QQ Asian Buffet is new on the north side

While Chinese buffets are popping up all over Madison, QQ is the north side's only buffet; it joins just two Chinese takeout options in the area. >More

SPORTS & RECREATION

Row, row, row their boats

From the observation deck of Porter Boathouse, we could see the starting line for last Saturday's rowing race between Wisconsin and Michigan, just south of Picnic Point. Our plan was to follow the boats down the Lakeshore Path to the finish, near the Memorial Union Terrace. >More
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