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Staying alive

The national economy is bleeding jobs, and major corporations are lining up for bailout money, but a number of small, independent businesses with long histories in Madison are doing surprisingly well. >More


Edgewater Hotel plan secret, suspicious

The Madison Trust for Historic Preservation is gravely concerned about a proposed $107 million expansion of the Edgewater Hotel. And not just about preservation. "The whole process is so private that plans for the Edgewater will be so fully realized, so fully formed when they're finally revealed, that there will be no opportunity for public input," says Michael Bridgeman, a board member and spokesman for the Trust. >More
 Proposed waterfront rules for Dane County draw fire

Dane County is scaring people. Its Lakes and Watershed Commission has been developing the Dane County Waterbody Classification Project, which some fear will bring draconian regulations. >More
 Get rid of the Madison BID?

Every five years, members of the Downtown Business Improvement District vote on whether the group -- financed with an extra tax -- will continue existing. This month, the 10-year-old BID will hold its second reelection vote, amid grumbling from some that it should be dissolved. >More


Is Madison making the right choices on transit?

The city of Madison currently faces three separate but related decisions on transportation, each with long-ranging consequences. These issues are: 1) the need for a downtown multi-modal transit facility; 2) the location of the high-speed rail terminal; and 3) the composition and goals of the Regional Transit Authority (RTA). >More
 Tell All: Sooner rather than later

Dear Tell All: Since I became sexually active a few years ago, I have only ever been able to "last" about two minutes of actual penetration in bed (I am a male). I've heard a lot about the "stop and go" method, but no girl I've been with enjoys the "stop" part, and it doesn't seem to bring any real "lasting" effects. >More


A.J. Love builds a Chicago blues revival at the Frequency

Local blues guitarist A.J. Love doesn't just like Chicago blues; he lives it and loves it. Though he has family and work responsibilities here in town, he drifts down to the Windy City a few times a week simply to listen to its stars and learn from them. >More
 Lucie Blue Tremblay's affirmations are bilingual

The opening line of one of Lucie Blue Tremblay's most popular songs, "So Lucky," gets poetic about the unity of love. "When one voice leads another in a way of harmony," she begins. The words could just as easily be a synopsis of Tremblay's own bilingual singing style. Since she released her first album on the seminal women's music label Olivia Records in 1986, Tremblay has been noted for getting lyrical in both French and English. >More
 Sonic Youth: The Eternal

The "eternal" in the title of Sonic Youth's new album references a number of things: memories of creative luminaries, social problems that never seem to die and those things that make us human, like lust and rage. >More



Beyond movies

It used to be that you'd go to the movies to...see a movie. Maybe neck. Who has time for that now, when you go to have drinks or a fine meal before an eye-popping 3-D IMAX "experience," or even see a live performance in real time as it's performed half a continent away? >More
 The Great American Road Trip sends families cross-country

Many of us can't afford to travel this summer, but there's nothing to stop us from watching a travel series on TV. In The Great American Road Trip, families drive cross-country on Route 66, engage in a series of competitions and face weekly eliminations. >More
 Tiger Woods PGA Tour 10 demonstrates what video games do best

It's remarkable that I still get this eager feeling with every swing, even though I've been playing Tiger Woods games for years. It's not like I'm a newbie enraptured for the first time by the series' beauty, intuitive feel and exhilaration. >More


Public Enemies: Not quite money in the bank

Man, you should have seen that party. Tuesday evening at the downtown Hilton, revelers celebrating the premiere of Public Enemies wore 1930s clothes and laughed and clinked cocktail glasses. Outside the fete, which benefited Film Wisconsin and Arts Wisconsin, passersby ogled beautiful vintage cars, on one of which a guy wearing spats leaned cinematically. >More
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The new Bunky's Cafe thrives on a good vibe

Bunky's Café is the kind of place that makes you feel super-duper. The colorful curtains at the new location rise on the breeze. At the front counter, Teresa Pullara (who owns the place with her husband, Rachid Ouabel) fills cannolis with a supersized pastry bag as she chats amiably with customers. >More
 Top Madison food cart entrees for when you're on the go this summer

There was a time when office workers around the Square justifiably envied UW students for the superior selection of food carts that populated the Library Mall. No more. The selection of food carts on the Capitol Square now more than adequately competes with the cuisines on campus. In fact, the Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard corridor is arguably one of the city's culinary hot spots. >More


Entertaining tweens

My son is 12, and he's ready to put aside childish things. Swing sets and sandboxes don't cut it anymore. Chuck E. Cheese doesn't cut it anymore. On the verge of adolescence, he needs cooler places to play. >More takes baseball whimsically

Baseball, perhaps more than any other sport, encourages fans to become obsessed with the game's lore, statistics, history and mythology. Craig Robinson, an English artist in Bellingham, Wash., has combined all those aspects in the wonderfully distracting >More
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