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Republican poster boy Paul Ryan

Paul Ryan's strong adherence to conservative orthodoxy has made Ryan "a rising star" in the Republican Party, according to the conservative Washington Times. But Ryan's growing appeal is based on more than ideology: He is able to deliver the Republican pitch smoothly and sincerely, without adopting Newt Gingrich's sneer or Rush Limbaugh's sometimes cruel self-righteousness. >More

NEWS

Madison tax stance draws flak

Yelinek, who has Down syndrome, shares an apartment with another developmentally disabled woman on Midvale Boulevard. But because of the city of Madison's interpretation of some recent tax law rulings, Kristin may be in danger of losing her home. She's not alone: Critics say the city's aggressive stance on this issue jeopardizes such living arrangements. >More
 Will Tim Bruer's reign go on and on?

On the Madison Common Council, the president and pro tem leadership posts have traditionally been revolving -- nobody serves for more than a year, and usually the current pro tem is the next president. But Ald. Tim Bruer, the council's current president and longest-serving member, has proposed shaking things up by seeking a second consecutive term. >More
 Green dream, join the team

Mayor Dave Cieslewicz's ambitions of building green neighborhoods took a step forward last week, when the Common Council approved goals for developing a 2,800-acre chunk of land on Madison's northeast side. >More
 Great Lakes Compact gets first test

Marc Smith is baffled. The National Wildlife Federation spokesman can't understand why a proposal from the city of New Berlin to divert water from the Great Lakes is so flawed. >More

OPINION & COMMENTARY

Let the healing begin

The spring elections are over and the establishment, such as it is, won. Kathleen Falk survived a (mean-) spirited challenge from Nancy Mistele, who accused her of endangering public safety, threatening the environment with commuter rail and strangling puppies in their sleep. One of those is made up. >More
 Tell All: Should UW law prof Ann Althouse marry her commenter Meade?

Dear Tell All: I occasionally read the popular blog by Ann Althouse, the University of Wisconsin law professor. It contains political commentary, narcissistic blather and lots of dopey comments. I was stunned to read a recent post where Althouse reveals that she's gotten engaged to one of her commenters! >More

MUSIC

Extreme accordion

On the last Friday and Saturday nights of most months, you can hear Steve Meisner play traditional accordion polka music at the Essen Haus on East Wilson Street. But if you happened to stumble into the Frequency on a recent Friday night, you would have seen the accordion played in a very different way. >More
 Felicia Alima puts an urban spin on world music

Felicia Alima's fusion of R&B, hip-hop and world music has the sheen of a big-city urban artist. It would be easy to assume she's from Miami or Harlem rather than Madison and Australia. Her talent and style help put our city on the map as its very own global metropolis (even if it's on the smaller side). >More
 Marissa Nadler: Little Hells

Marissa Nadler's fourth album, Little Hells, might be a travel advertisement. The Boston musician's voice, two parts banshee to one part angel, could lead an otherwise sane person into deadly flames and abandoned well bottoms, rapt and entranced. >More

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ARTS

Plans are uncertain for Concerts on the Square

Good news for music lovers hoping to salvage something from the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra's disastrous, strike-marred season: The April 24 concert featuring pianist Paavali Jumppanen will proceed as planned. The musicians agreed to perform it in what they're calling a good-faith gesture. >More
 Laura Rider's Masterpiece shows a new side of Jane Hamilton

Wisconsin writer Jane Hamilton has an admitted penchant for doom-and-gloom subjects: the drowning of a child, adultery and traumatic brain injury have all been major plot points in her novels. Yet Hamilton also possesses a sharp wit, which she allows free rein in her sixth book, Laura Rider's Masterpiece, out this week from Grand Central Publishing. >More
 Harper's Island is damn scary

Scary series don't usually work on broadcast TV, given the frequent interruptions by Burger King commercials. But Harper's Island got under my skin. It's about a wedding party that boats into Harper's Island, the scene of shocking murders seven years ago. >More

MOVIES

The Great Buck Howard: The entertainer

I'm not quite old enough to remember firsthand the Tonight Show performances by the Amazing Kreskin, a.k.a. George Joseph Kresge Jr., the magician who appeared on the old Johnny Carson broadcast scores of times in the 1970s. But the poignant, funny, not wholly satisfying film The Great Buck Howard is based on Kreskin's life, so after I watched it I turned to YouTube to gather impressions from Kreskin clips. >More
 Winter of Frozen Dreams: Frozen concoction

The long-awaited film version, which played to a packed house at the Wisconsin Film Festival, comes nowhere near matching Harter's book in either drama or insight. The only thing both have in common is a certain seediness. >More
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EATS

Ironworks Cafe shines at breakfast and lunch at Goodman

The Goodman Community Center's new Ironworks Café -- a gorgeously retrofitted space well suited to breakfast or lunch lounging -- is an asset to the Schenk-Atwood neighborhood. >More

SPORTS & RECREATION

CC, we hardly knew ye

Pitching his first game in a New York Yankees uniform Monday, CC Sabathia gave up six runs, eight hits and five walks, and struck out zero batters over four and a third innings in what ended up being a 10-5 loss to Baltimore. At least three beat writers covering the game for New York newspapers mentioned Sabathia's seven-year, $161 million contract in their lead paragraphs. >More
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