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Enough, already!

Let 2006 go down as the year two troublesome trends reached their zenith: Citizens lost their ability to be shocked, and politicians lost their capacity to feel shame. >More

NEWS

Fast forward: An agenda for 2007

The coming year will be a busy one for local governments, as they tackle everything from land use to mental health issues for prisoners. >More
 In search of secret services

When people complain of government overspending and stifling bureaucracy, they often overlook programs that actually help. Some of these programs, hampered by restricted budgets and other constraints, are virtually unknown. >More

OPINION & COMMENTARY

Reading between the lines

'Right away,' she says, 'I recognized a big philosophical difference' between Madison's reading instruction and the prescriptive, commercially produced lessons advocated by Reading First officials. 'The exchange of ideas with the technical adviser ran very counter to what we believe are best practices in teaching.' >More
 Paris Hilton as Mother Teresa?

Another year past, and to paraphrase the immortal words of the Moody Blues, another year's useless energy spent. >More
 A Christmas reverie

Empty parking lots. These must be among the most pleasing aspects of Christmas Day in Madison. Nothing against commerce, mind you: My credit card balance is gung-ho for retail and restaurants. But there's something about all that unused asphalt that lends a sense of wonder to the landscape when Dec. 25 falls on a weekday. >More
 Ten, nine, eight, seven...

So, what are you doing New Year's Eve, Mr. Right? >More

MUSIC

Downs and ups

Let me begin by casting my vote for the best national CD released this year: Post-War by M. Ward. When I reviewed it in September, I wrote that Ward was on the short list of musicians who are reinventing folk-rock for the 21st century. >More

AT A GLANCE

ARTS

Arts 2006

Madison celebrated its 150th birthday this year. And whatever you think about Madison's arts scene, you've got to admit: It's come a long way since 1856. Back then, there were about two dozen paintings in the town's one museum. >More
 Madison: The Movie

'We hope to get it into competition at Sundance [in 2008],' says Langholff, whose long rÃsumà includes work on the Sundance grand jury prize winner Forty Shades of Blue. >More
 Ring out the old, ring in the old

I've stayed home and watched TV for 364 straight days this year. Every time I plan to go outside to see what fresh air feels like, another cool show premieres, and it's right back to the couch. I thought I'd take Dec. 31 off, maybe go out to have some fun for a change. >More
 Saving Scrooge

The tale that unfolds is far darker than the original, with damnation, regret and death setting the tone. However, director Tony Trout's light touch balances weighty themes with penetrating wit, and four of Madison's finest character actors enliven the most somber moments. >More

MOVIES

Learning curve

If you like your British movies quick, raunchy, reflective and bittersweet, then The History Boys is for you. >More
 The Bridesmaid

Claude Chabrol, the French auteur whose penchant for creating movies full of psychological tension often gets him compared to Alfred Hitchcock, knows a thing or two about femmes fatales ' mostly, that men are eternal suckers for their come-hither gaze. >More
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EATS

Hail Sardine

But so many of the restaurants were so forgettable and generic, or just another notch in a chain belt, that it's hard to remember all the debuts. Except for one ' Sardine ' and that one qualifies as the only surprise of the year, and an important new kitchen. That's because Sardine was strong enough to really help reinvent the dining landscape in Madison. >More
 Look back in hunger

It is a rare event, indeed, when you can say that you've had a perfect restaurant meal ' not one little complaint. But in 2006 I can say that I've had not one, but two. One at an old restaurant, one at a new ' and the latter at a chain, no less. >More

SPORTS & RECREATION

Less obvious, more important

If more of them took a turn every now and then being spectators, maybe they'd find that the best stories, and maybe even the most important stories, aren't always the most predictable and obvious ones. >More
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