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Madison in the movies

Is there a Madison curse for Hollywood movies? Almost every big-budget project filmed on location here is an artistic failure, even if it stars foolproof actors like Julia Roberts, Michelle Pfeiffer or Johnny Depp. >More


The Madison Surrogacy Center: Creating families

Warren and Mark, both doctors in their early 50s, have been together for 32 years -- ever since their med-school days. A few years ago, they wanted something more: a child. To make that goal a reality, they decided to pursue surrogacy, and their search led the New Yorkers to Madison. >More
 Green charter school for Madison seeks green light

It's an idea that's been brewing in David Wasserman's mind since the 2001-02 school year, when he did his student teaching at a green school in Portland, Ore. Now, he hopes the time is right to launch an environmental charter school in Madison. >More
 Photographer hassled for snapping pictures of federal courthouse

Josh Zytkiewicz says he wasn't expecting a confrontation, "but I knew it was a possibility." The 29-year-old Madison resident, a semiprofessional photogra-pher, was aware of photo snappers elsewhere being accosted. He just didn't think it would happen here: "I've been in other places in Madison and I've never had a problem." >More
 The contraband in your hand

Take a look at the two staples along the spine of this newspaper. Imagine the kind of damage these could cause. Hard to imagine? Not for Mark Schomisch. >More


The GOP's dilemma

What an interesting state of affairs. The Republican Party has seemingly become a shell operation controlled by a vibrant and growing conservative movement. It views the GOP as a tool to put conservatives in power. >More


UW orchestra and Despite the Chaos join forces

Rock and classical music may seem like strange bedfellows, but if you examine the evidence, they've been having a love affair for quite some time. >More
 CunninLynguists take a rap trip

American road stories have held a mystique at least since Jack Kerouac penned his classic Beat Generation novel. This year, CunninLynguists made road stories the central theme of their rap verses. The Kentucky hip-hop duo released Strange Journey: Volume 1 in spring, followed by Volume 2 last month. >More



Step Afrika! explores a percussive movement tradition

Although Overture Center does its best to play safe, every now and then the performance palace's programmers go out on a limb and bring in an edgy, must-see show. Step Afrika! is one of those. Steeped in African American history, mashed up with South African roots and slicked with contemporary production values, this rhythm company serves up a supersize shot of soul. >More
 Found Footage Fest samples the worst in video

Madison should be well acquainted with the Found Footage Festival by now. A pair of Stoughton natives started the touring comedy show five years ago, and it's stopped here more than once. But Nick Prueher and Joe Pickett promise that when they bring their comedy show back for two performances at the Orpheum next Saturday, they'll have plenty of fresh material. >More
 Men of a Certain Age grows old gracefully

The broadcast networks' fall series gave TV a bad name, but Men of a Certain Age makes you fall in love with the medium all over again. Ray Romano co-created this masterful drama about middle-aged friends who've lost their mojo. >More
 What to get the gamer on your shopping list?

Just in time for holiday shopping, here are answers to four questions I hear most about video games. >More


Everybody's Fine: Family secrets

Everybody's Fine -- a movie about the lies grown children tell their parents -- is, ironically, one of the most disingenuous movies to come out of Hollywood in a while. >More
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East-meets-west barbecue smackdown at The Haze

Madison doesn't have enough true culinary auteurs, but Shinji Muramoto helps make up for the gap. Eschewing limp imitations of passing trends, or generic menus, Muramoto is the kind of itchy, driven, tirelessly inventive chef who wants to goose our tastebuds and up the local gastronomic ante. >More


Back to the high school hardwood

Keith Stewart got the job as head coach of Madison West's boys basketball team about a month and a half ago. Taking over for Boyce Hodge (who resigned after an ineligible player forced a state tournament forfeit), Stewart coaches his first home game on Saturday. West will face Madison Memorial, the defending state champs and winner of the last six Big Eight Conference titles. >More
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