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Lost Madison: A Facebook page revives the city's magical past

If the number of construction crews in town is any indication, Madison is finally figuring out what it wants to be -- or at least how it wants to look -- in the 21st century. Sometimes change is excruciating, and other times we only notice it in retrospect. >More

NEWS

Mark Clear and Lisa Subeck battle for liberal cred in west-side Assembly race

Lisa Subeck and Mark Clear sometimes end up on the opposite sides of battles on Madison's Common Council, but they are friends. When Clear, 50, was handcuffed and ticketed at the Capitol for singing at the noontime Solidarity Sing Along last August, it was Subeck who snapped a photo. >More
 Bridget Maniaci criticizes Paul Soglin's style and agenda in her run for mayor of Madison

Bridget Maniaci had high hopes that she would be able to work with Paul Soglin when he was returned to office in 2011. Soglin had endorsed Maniaci for the Common Council in 2009 when she upset the liberal stalwart Brenda Konkel, who represented the near east side. And, Maniaci says, she often talked with Soglin about the Edgewater Hotel project, which became a focus of much of her two terms in office. >More
 Developer Bob Dunn seeks $44.6 million in city aid to build Judge Doyle Square hotel

Developer Bob Dunn wants the city to pony up $44.6 million in order to build a $111 million, 318-room hotel behind the Madison Municipal Building as part of the Judge Doyle Square project. Dunn is asking for almost three times more tax incremental financing for the hotel as he did for the controversial Edgewater Hotel redevelopment, which cost almost as much. >More
 Saving 'The Spirit of Greenbush' statue

The spirit of Greenbush is alive and well, but its namesake monument is in trouble. The pyramidal statue at Regent and North Murray streets has fallen into alarming disrepair. >More

OPINION & COMMENTARY

Confessions of a co-sleeper

I was driving my daughter to camp last weekend when she asked me something that had clearly been bothering her: "Is it dangerous to sleep with your baby?" It was a loaded question, since she knows she and her sisters each slept in bed with me and my husband until they were six to eight months old, an experience that remains among the very sweetest of my life. >More
 Tell All: I fantasize about other women

Dear Tell All: I'm in trouble with my girlfriend, and I don't think I deserve it. We've been together three years, and our relationship was solid until recently. We didn't live in the same place, but we spent almost all our nights together in my apartment. >More

MUSIC

The Sharrows find a home away from home at the North Mississippi Allstars' legendary studio

The Sharrows didn't get a chance to meet music legend Jim Dickinson, whose storied career included working with Aretha Franklin, Bob Dylan, the Rolling Stones and the Replacements. But last month the local roots quintet contributed to the legacy of the late producer and performer at his Zebra Ranch Studios in Coldwater, Miss. There they recorded their recently released EP, Days of Yore. >More
 As tUne-yArDs, Merrill Garbus whisks listeners to a weird, whimsical world of morals and magic

With live performances that feature drum loops, field recordings, ukulele riffs and pom-poms, it's not hard to envision Merrill Garbus as a babysitter. That's how she got her start, and watching her perform as tUne-yArDs, you get the sense that she'd be great at it in a Mary-Poppins-on-an-acid-trip way. >More
 Lords of the Trident to represent Madison in BandSwap 2014

BandSwap, a musical exchange program sponsored by the Colorado-based nonprofit SpokesBuzz, will feature Madison acts for a second time in 2014. This week SpokesBuzz announced that it has chosen five local bands for this year's sonic adventure, which includes a trip to Fort Collins for one lucky group, album-release parties for several others, and a variety of performances and networking opportunities. >More

AT A GLANCE

ARTS

A doctor heals herself in Ann Garvin's The Dog Year

The Dog Year, by Wisconsin author Ann Garvin, is a very funny book about sadness and loss. It's also only a little bit about dogs and a lot about the ways in which relationships can help you heal. >More
 Two actors play 20 eccentric Texans in University Theatre's Greater Tuna

The UW Hemsley Theatre has been transformed into a little bit of Texas with the University Theatre production of Greater Tuna. A satire of rural life in the Lone Star State, the play features 20 eccentric residents of a town called Tuna, all of whom are portrayed by only two performers: Kailen Fleck and Trevor Rees, both students in the university's MFA program in acting and directing. >More
 The Toronto Consort kicks off the Madison Early Music Festival with songs from Leonardo da Vinci's Italy

This week marks the 15th anniversary of the Madison Early Music Festival (through July 19). To celebrate, it will explore Italian music from 1300 to 1600, a fascinating time of discovery for the arts and sciences. Within those centuries, Columbus sailed to America, Copernicus proved that Earth wasn't the center of our solar system, and Leonardo da Vinci painted his famous Mona Lisa and The Last Supper. >More
 A wife orders her spouse to fool around in FX's Married

Finally, after a summer's worth of awful new sitcoms, I'm laughing again. In Married, Russ (Nat Faxon) and Lina (Judy Greer) are a once-happy couple weighed down by three kids. Russ is frustrated by their nonexistent sex life, and Lina is frustrated by everything else. >More

MOVIES

A seaside village tries to lure a doctor in The Grand Seduction

The Grand Seduction takes place in the small sea harbor of Tickle Head, Newfoundland, where the fishing industry has dried up. People line up once a month for welfare checks, cash them, and then return to their idle ways. >More
 Strangers band together to survive a night of government-sanctioned crime in The Purge: Anarchy

When it came out last summer, the horror flick The Purge struck an unlikely chord. The outlandish yet provocative premise -- that the government maintains social order with a free-for-all of lawlessness once a year -- was a hook worthy of both Shirley Jackson and the Occupy movement, couched within a standard hide-and-seek home-invasion thriller. >More
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EATS

La Taguara's outlet at the Cardinal Bar is a great success

When the Berge brothers opened Cortadito Express inside the former coatroom of the Cardinal Bar, the walk-up Cuban bites/coffee stop didn't fully connect with customers. There was the host bar's hours to work around, an issue with getting inside to eat without paying the club's cover, and the bigger hurdle of accustoming Madisonians to a not-quite-restaurant-not-quite-cart concept that, even though its footprint was small, had a lot of moving parts. >More

SPORTS & RECREATION

Flyboarding is the new kiteboarding

"You've snowboarded or surfed before, right?" Bob Cook, instructor at Mad City Flyboards, is waving off my expressed fear of heights as he launches his jet ski. "Er, nope." >More
 Bumpy road for the Brew Crew

Milwaukee Brewers fans know how Damocles must have felt with the razor-sharp sword hanging by a thread over his head as he sat in the king's throne. The Brewers' hold on first place at the All-Star Break was similarly tenuous. >More
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