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Young and sober: A thriving movement provides support for clean living in Madison

On a frigid December day in 2004, 17-year-old Aaron Meyer came home from drug and alcohol treatment. He'd already been to hell and back in his short life, but things were going to be different now. He felt alive with hope and possibility. >More

NEWS

Is Paul Soglin traveling too much?

Mayor Paul Soglin had a busy March. He kicked off the month with a three-day trip to Washington, D.C., for the League of American Bicyclists' annual summit. A week later, from March 9 to 11, he was back in D.C. for the National League of Cities' Congressional City Conference. >More
 Some small businesses fare better, others don't in transition to Obamacare

Norma Smith vividly remembers the day Congress passed the Affordable Care Act in March 2010, effectively rewriting the rulebook for health insurance coverage in the United States. "I thought, 'This is going to put me out of business!" says Smith, an account executive for the Murphy Insurance Group who works as a broker between businesses and insurance companies. >More
 Madison goes electric: Two-wheel in-town transport, with no gas

Matt Brueggeman points to the currently hot, pricey electric car, the Tesla, and says "That's marketing from the top down. We're doing the opposite." Brueggeman is a cofounder of Williamson Street's new Flux Mopeds, a shop that sells just one thing: The Flux, a 100% electric moped. >More

OPINION & COMMENTARY

The sharks are circling Madison schools

If you are a Madison public schools parent like I am, you may have received a robocall recently offering "free tuition to send your child to a private or religious school. We at School Choice Wisconsin are proud to pay for this call, because we want the very best for you and your child," a woman's voice told me before I hung up the phone. >More
 Tell All: Teen dances go too far

Dear Tell All: I recently chaperoned at my son's high school dance and was shocked by some of the moves I saw. It wasn't so much dancing as kids having sex standing up with their clothes on. I didn't know how far I could go in my role as chaperone, so I didn't stop it, but in retrospect I wish I'd spoken up. >More

MUSIC

Project M goes retro in season six

It all started with Iron Chef. Six years ago, 105.5 Triple M's former program director, Pat Gallagher, asked himself a question while watching the popular cooking show: If people like watching dueling chefs, then why not dueling musicians? Project M, Triple M's songwriting competition, was born soon after. >More
 Americana trio Red Molly reveal one surprise after another on The Red Album

Red Molly have left a significant mark on the Americana landscape over the past decade, in part because they're so interested in musical styles that are distant cousins of folk and roots music. >More
 With guest conductor Julian Wachner, Madison Symphony Orchestra and Chorus bring power and precision to Mozart's Requiem

The Madison Symphony Orchestra is in the baton-less hands of visiting conductor Julian Wachner this weekend at Overture Hall. The first performance was on Friday night, and the program will be repeated on Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2:30 p.m. Wachner begins strangely with a throwaway opener: Dvorák's Slavonic Dance in C, Op. 46, No. 1. >More

AT A GLANCE

ARTS

Guts, grace and gratitude with JoJean Retrum and Dance Wisconsin

It's a very important day at Dance Wisconsin. A Regional Dance America representative is visiting to decide which of the company's routines will be performed in Chicago next month. She impatiently shushes the dancers, who talk, laugh and move about excitedly. The issue isn't that the dancers lack seriousness; it's that they're all between the ages of 12 and 18. But when the show begins, they bust out some very serious skills. >More
 Mark Fraire is the new director for Dane Arts

Mark Fraire speaks passionately about his new position as director of the Dane County Cultural Affairs Commission, or Dane Arts, but he'd rather not do it on the phone. "That's not the way I do things. I like to get out into the community and meet people, [to] engage on a personal level and make connections," he explains with a smile when we meet to discuss his long career in the arts, education and outreach programming. >More
 University Theatre's Yellow Boat is a magical tale of a young man who uses art to cope with hemophilia and HIV/AIDS

Many memorial services claim to be "a celebration of life." They try to turn a tragic event -- the death of a loved one -- into an occasion to share joyful, happy memories. The University Theatre production of David Saar's The Yellow Boat (through April 18 at UW Vilas Hall's Hemsley Theatre) actually succeeds at this task. >More
 Fargo the flop: The movie's genius is lost in the translation to series TV

There's only one word for the Coen Brothers' 1996 movie Fargo: genius. It creates a parallel universe where a desperate family man contracts with criminals and gets tripped up by a cop who's shrewder than she looks. The Coens keep comedy and carnage, satire and suspense, in perfect balance. As I said, genius. >More

MOVIES

Screening at the Wisconsin Film Festival, Obvious Child is a funny yet poignant tale about an unplanned pregnancy

The Wisconsin Film Festival feature Obvious Child centers on two not-quite-children: Donna (Saturday Night Live alum Jenny Slate), a cash-strapped young comedian struggling with the responsibilities of adulthood, and the fetus she discovers she's carrying after a one-night stand. >More
 Kevin Costner is in his element in the football laugh-fest Draft Day

Journey back with me 20 or so years, to the prime of Kevin Costner's movie career. He was the center of romances and heroic narratives like Dances With Wolves and JFK, representing integrity with a square jaw, steely stare and resolute seriousness. It really pissed me off. >More
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EATS

Restaurant Muramoto pushes the boundaries with a new izakaya menu

When Shinji Muramoto opened his original restaurant at 106 King St. in 2004, it was already a full decade after the Nobu-led Japanese-fusion phenomenon had begun. It was also the year David Chang launched Momofuku Noodle Bar and George W. Bush beat John Kerry. In a space that had previously been a hot dog stand, a rather louche-feeling restaurant appeared offering dishes few Madisonians had experienced before. >More
 Heading back to the farmers' market (recipe)

Welcome spring with a feast to honor the change in the weather and the growing season that is just beginning. It's hard to believe that in a few short months you'll have more tomatoes than you know what to do with. >More

SPORTS & RECREATION

Buck up, Bucky: Wisconsin men's basketball is looking great for 2014-15 season

Basketball is a cruel game. Shit happens. The big shots fall your way one weekend; the next week they don't. Feel free to ladle on your own consoling clichés. Once the sting has passed from Saturday's loss to Kentucky in the national semifinals, the point will remain that the UW men's basketball team had maybe its best season in program history, and next year could be better yet. >More
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