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Thursday, January 29, 2015 |  Madison, WI: 34.0° F  Overcast
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That's so gay

The pageant contestants had already paraded about looking pretty in eveningwear. They had sweetly answered questions about helping their communities, and the panel of judges had carefully evaluated them as they stood on the stage. Only one question remained: Who looked best in a studded leather jockstrap? >More

NEWS

How can we help poor students achieve more?

But curriculum changes alone haven't erased the correlation between achievement and income that persists in Madison schools. Districtwide, only 55% of low-income students scored 'proficient' or 'advanced' on the state's 2005 third-grade reading exam, compared to 91% for non-low-income students. >More
 Balance of power could shift with school board election

On April 3, voters will elect three members to the Madison Board of Education. At least two will be newcomers, replacing retiring Ruth Robarts and Shwaw Vang, while board president Johnny Winston Jr. is runing for a second term. >More
 The rebirth of Stoughton Road

A group of east-side residents has hired a consultant and will begin holding meetings to do land-use planning for...a highway. Not a park, not an abandoned factory, not an entire neighborhood, but a highway. >More
 Getting the community involved

'It's the only truly preventative program that I know of that is the alternative to the courts,' she says. 'This is what everyone has hoped for. At the first sign of trouble, the kids are getting referred to helpers who will hopefully keep them away from going down that wrong path.' >More

OPINION & COMMENTARY

Releasing art into the wild

I see people come out of the Gap with a new wardrobe and I think, okay, that's cool, but five million other people are wearing the same thing. We're afraid to be individuals.' >More
 Manhandling men

Hey, kids, it's me, Mr. Right, advice columnist extraordinaire. With latex gloves on, I've been sifting through your responses to Passive/Aggressive, the female university student who has this lifelong fantasy of 'having a man completely under my control during sex.' >More

MUSIC

Room for rent

'I wanted to make a place where someone could come if they just wanted a private space to practice their instrument,' says Olson. 'Or a space where a music teacher could give a lesson if they weren't comfortable with people they didn't know coming into their house.' >More
 Looking forward and back

Each year the members of this remarkable octet celebrate the work of a modern jazz composer and also produce eight new compositions apiece. In other words, they diverge significantly from Wynton Marsalis' larger, more conservative Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra. >More
 Arcade Fire

Arcade Fire is heady, poetic, baroque rock from Montreal. Their verses are tinged with lyrical abstractions, backed by an aural sophistication that feels classical. >More

AT A GLANCE

ARTS

Lifetime achiever

Earlier this month, author-illustrator Kevin Henkes delivered the prestigious May Hill Arbuthnot Honor Lecture at the University of Kentucky ' a very big deal in the world of children's publishing. >More
 The lost world

A traveling exhibition now on view at the Chazen Museum explores ancient Stabiae, as well as current plans for an archeological park at the site, in the modern-day southern Italian city of Castellammare di Stabia. 'In Stabiano: Exploring the Ancient Seaside Villas of the Roman Elite' is a fascinating document of a vanished world. >More
 Customer service

Cassi Harris' play could have used some editing (the padded bleachers started getting mighty uncomfortable about two hours in), but there were some real gems scattered throughout the play. >More
 Those people again

It's as dumbed-down as the schoolroom filmstrips young boomers saw in the 1950s, with lame jokes, clichÃd observations and clunky images. >More
 Bigger and better

2005's God of War was possibly the greatest action title ever to hit store shelves. The storyline was compelling, the game mechanics were intuitive, and the graphics were jaw-dropping. And now, the sequel picks up exactly where it left off. >More

MOVIES

Crashing the party

A diptych of sorts, i>An Unreasonable Man is rather evenly divided between a look back at Nader's consumer-advocacy days and a free-for-all over whether he should have run for office. And the look back is as inspiring as ever. >More
 The watchers and the watched

Von Donnersmarck doesn't dwell on the Hitchcockian voyeurism that's in play, the complicity we feel as audience members, since we're eavesdropping on everybody as well. Instead, he seems more interested in that old theme of art soothing the savage beast. >More
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EATS

Angela Gargano

The global era's all about fusion, and Gargano's cooked up a creative new-century blend to tickle your tongue and tone your tummy, all at once. >More
 Know your farmer

An abundance of freshly harvested produce is still a little ways away (except for the delicious spinach at the winter Farmers' Market), but you can begin planning for the summer's bounty on Saturday, 1-4 p.m., at an open house sponsored by the Madison Area Community Supported Agriculture Coalition. >More

SPORTS & RECREATION

Good grief! The Badgers blew it

The only comment among Badger hoops fans this week more common than 'My bracket is a yard sale' might be, 'Well, it was still a great season.' But that's not true. >More
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