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Clyde Stubblefield's funky farewell

The Funky Drummer marked his 68th birthday earlier this month. He is confronting health issues. Something had to give. Fresh off his exhilarating March 29 performance with Chuck D, Eclectic Method and the Copyright Criminals All-Stars on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Clyde Stubblefield has announced his withdrawal as drummer for Funky Mondays after more than 20 years. >More


Despite charges of cronyism, Scott Walker holds line with cabinet pay

While critics accuse Gov. Scott Walker of cronyism, the case can be made that he's not a spendthrift. In terms of appointments overall, Walker has kept a lid on cabinet costs. >More
 Madison firefighters under fire from Vicki McKenna

Laura Laurenzi is putting her money where Vicki McKenna's mouth is. The Madison firefighter and member of Local 311 last week offered to part with $1,000 if McKenna, a WIBA radio host, could prove Madison firefighters engaged in any of the activities for which McKenna called them "filthy rotten scoundrels" and "lousy, rotten people." >More
 HIV/AIDS activist quits UW job

UW Hospital and Clinics has lost a nationally known HIV/AIDS educator because, she says, it ordered her to stop spending time working with HIV/AIDS patients. >More


Giving the UW-Madison more freedom with the New Badger Partnership makes sense

Since I graduated from the UW-Madison last May, my sense of attachment to the university has actually increased. Still, I couldn't help but feel like a poseur as I filled out a Wisconsin Alumni Association membership form online. The part where I was asked to make a contribution was especially humbling. I grimaced as I realized that the alumni association depends on folks who casually write checks for more than I made all last year as a freelance writer and barkeep. >More
 Tell All: Scream queen

Dear Tell All: I've been dating this woman for about two months, long enough to call her my girlfriend. We have a lot in common, she's really cute, and the sex is phenomenal. But that's part of the problem. When we're making love, she's incredibly loud. >More


Jimmie Linville finds sustenance in Daniel and the Lion

Jimmie Linville knows what it's like to be poor. "I grew up in a single-parent family with three brothers and sisters in a trailer in Baraboo," says the 24-year-old guitarist and songwriter. "We were very impoverished. We didn't have electricity half the time." >More
 In troubled Africa, Femi Kuti's music fits the times

There couldn't be a more important time to listen to Femi Kuti. With citizens struggling for democracy in Libya, Egypt, Tunisia and beyond, Africa is a hotbed of sociopolitical progress. Kuti's music is an ideal soundtrack. These days, his 2001 single "Fight to Win" seems eerily prophetic in decrying the poverty of the majority and the moral turpitude of certain powerful minorities. >More



Arts Beat: Taliesin celebrates 100 years with music and more

The centennial of Frank Lloyd Wright's Taliesin kicks off this week. A variety of celebratory exhibitions, tours and concerts will take place through Oct. 31. "Experiencing Taliesin is a perfect way to understand an important chapter in American cultural history and to become imprinted with the power of this amazing building," says Victor Sidy, dean of the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture. >More
 The royal wedding takes over American TV

The media have already proclaimed the April 29 nuptials of England's Prince William and Kate Middleton "the wedding of the century" Apparently there won't be anything to compare to it in the next 89 years, so you'd better pay attention RIGHT NOW, hadn't you? TV is more than happy to help, with frothing-at-the-mouth coverage of this seemingly bland couple and their very undramatic decision to marry after eight years of normal dating. >More


Lame Queen of the Sun wonders where the bees went

The bees are disappearing. The phenomenon is called colony collapse disorder, and no one knows what's causing it. As the documentary Queen of the Sun: What Are the Bees Telling Us? reports, five million honeybee colonies in the U.S. have been lost to it. At stake is, among other things, what we eat, because bees pollinate fruits and vegetables. No bees, no fruits and vegetables. >More
 Prom takes a sanitized look at teen life

Prom is the province of 17- to 18-year-olds, but Prom the movie is pitched at a much younger audience -- the tween set that wants only to sigh over which way that dreamy boy will pop the question, or whether to go sequins or ruffles (or both!) with the dress. >More
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Umami focuses on dumplings, ramen and affordable fare

Unhinged greed always ends up eating itself, but before it does, it consumes the rest of us too. That doesn't bode well, in our new plutocracy, for anyone, particularly Madison's kitchens, now that the city is pretty much under siege. There is no question that a number of our best restaurants will close by the end of this year, as local discretionary income goes into a free fall. >More
 Stoney Acres' Tony Schultz fights for small farms

Tony Schultz responded somewhat sheepishly when asked what impact his recent political speech, a minor viral hit on the Web, had on business for his family farm. A downturn in business was something that had crossed his mind before he made the speech. "I don't have so many customers that I could just make [lost customers] up," says Schultz. "We were taking an intensely political stand. I was worried that it would hurt us." >More


Madison Mallards' new logo makes a statement

When John Krull was charged with creating a new identity for the Madison Mallards last fall, as the team broke ground on a new stadium and hired a new field manager, he was given some clear parameters by the team's front office. >More
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