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UW's Neil Whitehead explores a world of violence

University of Wisconsin-Madison professor of anthropology Neil Whitehead died on Thursday, March 22 at 56. A department chair and beloved by students, Whitehead researched culturally expressions of violence, shamanism, and historical anthropology; his legacy is detailed in a UW news release and and obituary. The following cover story by David Medaris, published in the August 24, 2004, edition of Isthmus, explores his work investigating ritual violence in the form of kanaimà sorcery in the South American nation of Guyana. >More
 UW's Go Big Read selection Enrique's Journey by Sonia Nazario tells a harrowing immigration story

Enrique's Journey is this year's Go Big Read selection -- the book chosen by the UW-Madison to spark a community-wide discussion. Sonia Nazario's Pulitzer-winning story is the epitome of long-form enterprise journalism, first published as a 30,000-word Los Angeles Times series. It has since been expanded in book form and translated into eight languages. >More
 Looking back at 9/11: An antidote for helplessness

You pull into the parking lot off Lien Road on Tuesday evening, hoping to find an antidote for the sense of helplessness you've felt since you saw the horrifying images on the morning news shows. >More
 Cricket finds a following in Madison

On weekends during the season, the scene conjures South Asia at the height of British colonial power. The game itself is an enduring product of that era, lingering long after the colonies won their independence. The game is cricket. The place: Reindahl Park, home ground for the Madison Cricket Club. Wisconsin's capital: a cricket colony. >More
 A bike corral comes to downtown Madison's King Street

Madison installed its first seasonal on-street bicycle parking corral Wednesday outside the Tipsy Cow at the top of King Street. Converting one short-term car stall into 10 bicycle parking spaces, the new bike racks answer demand for more bike parking near the intersection of King, Main and Pinckney streets at the Capitol Square. On-street bike parking also relieves sidewalk congestion -- freeing space for pedestrians, sidewalk cafes and other uses. >More
 Velomobiles spin through Madison on Roll Over America tour

Heads turn the moment the first two pull up to the curb at about 5 p.m. in front of Brocach on the Capitol Square. Commuters waiting to board their buses home share a genuine what-the-hell moment with passers-by. >More
 The Mecan River offers an appealing paddling daytrip

The forecast is worrisome. In the days leading up to a Saturday kayaxpedition on the Mecan River, it climbs from 40% to 60% chance of thunderstorms. On the eve of the daytrip, the radar animations show approaching cartoon doom. But a 60% chance of thunderstorms leaves a 40% chance of not thunderstorms, of missed opportunity. >More
 MMI's Game Art and Animation degree requires patience and perseverance

It's no game. Studying to become a computer game artist or animator involves hard work and long hours. "I tell my students they need to learn to live on less sleep," says Eric Weiss, chair of Madison Media Institute's computer game art and animation program. >More
 Putting a B-cycle bike through its paces in downtown Madison

On a B-cycle, what's the hurry? This would be a fine bike to cruise around a beachfront resort like, um, Madison's isthmus. Most excursions on Madison's B-Cycles will be for short errands and trips. >More
 Madison to explore installing on-street bike corrals

By the end of the month, cyclists may be able to park at two proposed on-street bike corrals in central Madison. The concept has taken off in Europe, been imported to bike-friendly cities like Portland, Ore., and Boulder, Colo., and has even gained counter-intuitive traction in Milwaukee, where an on-street bike corral has been installed outside an Alterra Coffee shop. >More
 Bocce for all! Italian lawn bowling comes to McFarland

A bunch of Madison Curling Club members were talking about summer activities they might pursue as a complement to their ice time on the rink in McFarland. Curling veteran Bill Swanson remembers someone saying he had been so impressed by the bocce tournaments he saw during his travels that he hired a contractor to build a regulation bocce court in his backyard. >More
 Nicholas Langholff is dedicated to indie cinema in Wisconsin

Darren Burrows recalls standing around the production office while acting in the 2010 film NoNAMES when someone said, "Darren, I'm such a fan of your work. How did you become involved in this project?" "Nick's a friend of mine," replied the alumnus of TV's Northern Exposure, referring to NoNAMES co-producer Nicholas Langholff. "And somebody else in the office said, 'Oh, you've been Langholffed too.'" >More
 Lewis Koch's Bomber photo installation recalls a wartime accident

"Coming upon the remains of war," says Lewis Koch. "In an incredibly remote and very pristine, stark landscape." This extraordinary experience inspired Bomber: A Chance Unwinding, the Madison photographer's new installation in the Watrous Gallery at the Overture Center. >More
 Madison Food Explorers guide visitors to the best and the brightest

Think of it as a moveable feast in Hemingway's metaphorical sense of the term. "The idea is that we're tasting history, culture and architecture," says Andrea Hughes. Food, too, of course. The founder, owner and general manager of Madison Food Explorers is explaining the concept behind her gustatory three-hour "Lake to Lake" tours of central Madison. >More
 Madison's Statue of Liberty replicas need some TLC

Efforts are under way to restore both of Madison's liberties: the distressed Statue of Liberty replica that has stood for 40 years in Warner Park, and the more fanciful Statue of Liberty that has appeared on Lake Mendota's ice off the Memorial Union Terrace at irregular intervals since 1979. >More
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