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Prison breaks

The program is part of a larger effort to promote literacy among inmates and help them pass high school equivalency tests. It's a joint effort of the UW's Humanities Exposed, which encourages graduate students to create community-outreach programs, and Community Connections, an organization that provides Oakhill with volunteers. >More
 Spinning their wheels

The Madison area is a place with lots of bikes, as well as lots of innovative programs for people who ride them. >More
 Psst! Wanna build a bike?

Up a small flight of stairs, the smell of bicycle grease and sweat hangs in the air. Hand-painted wooden signs point into a labyrinthine office space, with rooms full of bicycle parts. It looks like a tornado came through. Or a pack of young people, which is precisely the case. >More
 Mustaches for Kids Madison awards 'Stache Master title

Greg and 18 other men spent the month of April growing out their mustaches and earning pledges along the way, beginning with a clean-shaven day at the beginning of the month. >More
 Mad Rollin' Dolls reflect on their 2007 season

Roller derby at Fast Forward skate center has become known for attracting a crowd, and last Saturday's 2007 finals for the Mad Rollin' Dolls was no exception -- the line snaked across the parking lot. >More
 The Coup bring more than a little heat to Madison

The Memorial Union Terrace came alive last night for one of the first times this season, loosely filled with people trying to pretend the night was warmer than it really was. >More
 Gypsy Caravan at the 2007 Wisconsin Film Festival

"Now they're still learning," a northern Indian man told to the camera in the opening scene of the documentary Gypsy Caravan. >More
 Tim's Island at the 2007 Wisconsin Film Festival

Originally excited by the extreme weather and the vacation that the storm brings from normal life, the camera tells a different story as the water slowly and consistently rises and supplies become precious commodities. >More
 The Hip Hop Project at the 2007 Wisconsin Film Festival

The crowd at the screening of the award-winning documentary The Hip Hop Project at the Cinematheque Friday night was not unusual for the weekend, a packed house and a line out the door. The mostly older and white audience was certainly unusual, though, for anything in Madison related to hip hop. >More
 The District! at the 2007 Wisconsin Film Festival

Billed as South Park-esque social commentary, the film was overall highly repetitive and sensational, as it followed the seedy lives of Budapest's 8th District pimps and whores and their children, who were trying to play the same games as the adults. >More
 Chalk at the 2007 Wisconsin Film Festival

"Alright, who is a teacher?" director Mike Akel asked before the screening of Chalk, an eagerly anticipated opening film on Thursday night. "Raise 'em high..." >More
 Bread and Puppet Theater brings loony satire to Madison

You could hear the brass band all the way from the base of State Street. The music only got louder as one approached the UW-Madison's education building last Wednesday night, where Vermont's Bread and Puppet Theater company was performing the first of two Madison shows. >More
 Hip-hop goes to college

Hip-hoppers are often misunderstood by the mainstream. So how do you gain acceptance for fringe art? You institutionalize it, which is exactly what some UW-Madison administrators are doing. >More
 Getting crazy at Indie Queer Night in Madison

As can be expected during any club night, long lines formed outside the bathrooms of the King Club last Wednesday, as the fourth installment of Indie Queer Night took over the venue. More than one griping bathroom-waiter questioned, "Which one should I use?!" and received the response, "Does it really matter?" >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
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