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Dan Barker and Annie Laurie Gaylor are happily God-free

Dangling from the brick fireplace in Annie Laurie Gaylor and Dan Barker's near-west-side home are three ornaments: a shiny Santa, a Hello Kitty head with a wreath around its neck, and a miniature "'Twas the Night Before Christmas" book. They are not out early for this year's holiday celebration, but left over from the year before. >More


Cieslewicz's landmarks stance draws fire

Mayor Dave Cieslewicz's call to strip the city Landmarks Commission of its power, relegating it to an "advisory" role, has done what Capital Neighborhoods Inc. could not: rally Edgewater Hotel opposition among neighborhood associations across Madison. >More
 Old house rouses old grouch

For years, Bill Lueders has been fielding tips from disgruntled citizens, then reporting on them in an entertaining and informative way. Now he's taking on his own grievance, concerning the transported house at 510 E. Mifflin St. >More
 Doyle's judicial pick of Gary Sherman is complicated

There's one small potential problem with Gov. Jim Doyle's appointment of state Rep. Gary Sherman to an impending opening on the 4th District Court of Appeals, which includes Madison. Sherman's official voting residence is in Port Wing, in northern Wisconsin, in a different appellate district, and the state Constitution says, "No person shall be eligible to the office of judge who shall not, at the time of election or appointment, be a qualified elector within the jurisdiction for which chosen." >More


Blizzardgate strikes Madison!

I think it's safe to say that top honors in the headline-writing department won't be going to the Wisconsin State Journal for last Thursday's editorial: "Storm Troopers Perform Well." >More
 Tell All: State Street displays could show more personality

Dear Tell All: I have fond memories of window-shopping at the old Puzzlebox toy store on State Street. Their displays were so playful and eye-catching. Why don't we see as much of that on State Street anymore? >More


'Bach in a Backpack' series gives early risers a tuneful fix

Randal Harrison would like to dispel a rumor. It's about classical music, which he's played -- and enjoyed -- since he was 6. >More
 Chicago's Male combines jazz, electronic, rock

Jonathan Krohn and Ben Mjolsness were music-loving students at DePaul University a decade ago. "We would see each other out at shows," says Krohn. "We finally met in a photography class." >More
 My top music finds of 2009

The albums that burrow their way into my collection aren't always the most cleverly engineered or perfectly produced. It's the ones that suck me in with a great hook, lull me into submission with atmosphere or shock me out of my usual listening habits that tend to stick around in my mind and on my stereo. >More



Djam Vivie raises art from the ashes

With his sculptures and carvings, Djam Vivie likes to imagine he's giving something a new life. With his latest project, a series of four African-themed chairs, Vivie is trying to give a second life to a piece of art that was destroyed by arsonists 23 years ago on Madison's south side. >More
 The Closer overdoes it, again

The world has rightly taken notice of the awesome actresses headlining cable TV series: Glenn Close in Damages, Holly Hunter in Saving Grace, Mary-Louise Parker in Weeds, and several others. The Closer's Kyra Sedgwick gets lumped into this group, but I find both her performance and her show less compelling. >More


Avatar is like nothing you've ever seen before

At 162 minutes and a cost of somewhere between $250 and $300 million, James Cameron's Avatar is both a spectacular slab of virtually nonstop action and an unmistakable diatribe against corporatized American imperialism. >More
 Precious looks hard at pain and abuse

Like its title protagonist -- a sexually, emotionally and physically abused 16-year-old African American girl who is functionally illiterate, morbidly obese and pregnant with her second child fathered by her own father -- Precious is a rough-hewn entity with unlikely odds for success. >More
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K Peppers serves Korean food in Middleton

K Peppers is tucked away in a corner of Middleton's Cayuga Court shopping area, next to Barriques, in the space that used to house the Soup Factory. You might miss it altogether, or extrapolate from the name that it's a Mexican restaurant. >More
 Best in Wisconsin foodie books from 2009

There's nothing like a drive across Texas to help you get through a reading list. Most of the following are from the stack of books I caught up with while on a Thanksgiving trip to the Lone Star State. Thank goodness my husband likes to drive, because the freeway was a drag, while the reading was a treat. These titles are all food-related and published in 2009, and all have a Wisconsin connection. >More


ESPN's candid camera

ESPN's "30 For 30" series of documentary films is a welcome holiday gift, particularly for sports fans who grew up with the fledgling cable network in the '80s. >More
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