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25 gigs, one hour at Busking for Books

Hey music promoters, here's something to envy. Jeff Burkhart and a couple of his friends threw together one of the largest showcases of Madison music you'll ever see, and it took them a couple of hours to organize. >More


Another Chicken Little budget for Madison schools

It's a good thing Madison is a full of certified smarty-pants. It takes a high level of smarts just to comprehend the complex and shifting budget situation faced by the Madison school district. Even some school board members have a hard time making sense of it. >More
 Affordable housing report ripped

Dane County Supv. Carousel Andrea Bayrd wonders if she's been going to the wrong committee meetings for the past year and a half. Because, to her mind, the draft report of the Ad Hoc Housing Merger Committee looks nothing like what the committee she was on found. >More
 Waiting for the train

For months, Madison Ald. Marsha Rummel has been dying to hold a meeting on Wisconsin's high-speed rail project. But, she sighs, "It's not really in my hands." Rummel knows residents in her lower-east-side district have questions and concerns over the project. >More


Thoreau wouldn't be a-tweeting

I've just finished reading Walden again, for I believe the fourth time. It's been more than a decade since my last visit, and I'm stunned by the widening vastness of the gulf between Thoreau's message of simplicity and our evolving world. >More
 Post time with good company

Guests at my parents' annual Kentucky Derby party began to trickle in around 11 a.m. Women in bright greens, yellows and pinks, wearing hats the size of refrigerator boxes. Men, plaid to be alive, sporting needlepoint belts, khakis, no socks and tassel loafers. Combined, they looked like characters from a children's show floating up the hill toward our front door. >More
 Tell All: Your dating brand

Dear Tell All: A few months ago, you wrote a column about online dating sites ("Nerd Seeking Nerd," 10/29/09) . Do you have any advice for creating an effective profile? I'm not the greatest writer and I'm a little shy about posting my picture on the web. >More


Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings: I Learned the Hard Way

Suddenly, pop music is reaching back to styles from the past. Free Energy is reclaiming 1970s power-pop. She & Him recently revisited 1960s variety-pop. Now Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings are reminding us what was great about 1960s soul. >More
 Jason Collett: Rat a Tat Tat

The fifth solo album by the Canadian artist best known for his work with Broken Social Scene reveals the breadth of his songwriting. >More



Goats with erect human penises at the Chazen

Whew! Just when I thought an angry mob might form PANTS -- People Against Naughty, Terrible Sculptures -- it appears the flap over the Chazen Museum of Art's sculpture by Beth Cavener Stichter has wound down. >More
 With Wisconsin Life, WPR producer Anne Strainchamps creates a sense of place

Slow food. Driving on Cape Cod. Anne Strainchamps is citing points of inspiration for Wisconsin Life, her new Wisconsin Public Radio project. The veteran To the Best of Our Knowledge producer holds grand ambitions for these three-minute segments, which have been airing in recent months. >More
 Died and gone to Riverworld

The ambitious Riverworld almost reaches so-bad-it's-good status. The four-hour TV movie has many of the hallmarks: a preposterous script that earnestly reaches for profundity; awful actors who seem to think they've been cast in a serious work of art; and a general misplaced sense of gravitas. >More
 2010 has already produced five great games

It's a very good year for video games. One spectacular game after another has come out. Let's take a look at the best five games of 2010, so far. >More


A fanboy turns to crime-fighting in Kick-Ass

Based on Mark Millar and John Romita Jr.'s Marvel/Icon comic series, Kick-Ass asks the pointy question: "Instead of reading about superheroes and watching them at the movies, why not commit fully to the dream and become a superhero?" >More
 Satiric premise doesn't carry The Joneses

In an angle perfectly suited to our times, Derrick Borte, writer and director of The Joneses, deposits the family into a wealthy suburban enclave for other surreptitious goals: The Joneses are a stealth marketing team. >More
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Green beer around Wisconsin

You could consider Robert Pierce a regular at Madison's Ale Asylum. However, he's not there for the same reason as those enjoying a pint or two at the bar. Pierce stops by the northeast-side brewery three or four times a week to load his truck and trailer -- not with cases of beer, but rather with spent brewer's grains. He feeds it to worms in his organic fertilizer, compost and produce operation. >More
 Rick Bayless' Mexican Everyday is a go-to resource

Mexican Everyday, Rick Bayless' fifth cookbook, came out in 2005. Bayless is now on his seventh cookbook, Fiesta at Rick's (which will be published in July by Norton), but Mexican Everyday has become a standby for me and an exemplar of just how much one cookbook can enrich my life. The winner of Top Chef Masters, Bayless will be the keynote speaker at Isthmus Green Day on April 17 at Monona Terrace. >More


Prince Fielder no bargain for Brewers

The buzz this week is that Milwaukee Brewers first baseman Prince Fielder is seeking a $200 million, eight-year contract. This comes on the heels of Brewers owner Mark Attanasio saying his club would lose money this season, even if it manages to again draw three million fans to Miller Park. (2009 attendance was 3,037,451, ninth best in the major leagues.) >More
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