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Flour power: Artisanal bakeries are on the rise in Madison

Every year in Madison there are a few welcome restaurant openings, some regrettable closings, and a circus of jockeying national trends that intersect with this city's dining expectations and level of culinary sophistication. But sometimes a phenomenon appears that fundamentally reshapes how we approach our food, gives us new options, and changes both how we consume and what we consume. >More

NEWS

A likely reprieve for Garver Feed Mill

The Garver Feed Mill could yet be saved. The city of Madison and Olbrich Botanical Gardens have begun to explore a partnership that would preserve a significant part of the site for a variety of future uses, perhaps even as an arts incubator. >More
 High touch, high tech: Aldo Leopold Nature Center lets kids approach nature from many vantage points

If you pull up to the Aldo Leopold Nature Center on a warm weekend day, you might catch a glimpse of ponytails and braids bobbing through prairie cordgrass as one of the center naturalists winds a troop of birthday partiers past a shagbark hickory and off along a trail. As you approach the front doors, you might hear an occasional round of giggles in the distance. >More
 City-owned cottage for rent? Neighbors worry about consequences at Merrill Springs Park

For Faith Fitzpatrick, the tiny Merrill Springs Park just west of Shorewood Hills on Lake Mendota is an urban oasis. Fitzpatrick, who lives nearby, visits the quiet park almost daily. "I do a lot of driving for work, so I'll walk down there to get away from it all when I'm not on the road," she says. >More
 Madison Central Library project sailing smoothly so far

Construction workers have just about gutted the Central Library as part of a nearly $30 million renovation project and have started to renovate the building. Meanwhile, efforts to raise money for the project are moving along smoothly. >More

OPINION & COMMENTARY

Republicans show true colors on health care

It was a blow to Republicans and tea party members all over the country when the Supreme Court upheld most of President Obama's Affordable Care Act. Mitt Romney immediately denounced the decision and vowed to fight "the liberal agenda," making it a top priority to get rid of health care reform as soon as he is elected president. (Never mind that so-called Obamacare is modeled on the policy Romney enacted when he was governor of Massachusetts.) >More
 Tell All: Why is everybody turning cold on me?

Dear Tell All: I've always considered myself a good judge of people, but I'm starting to wonder. My newer friendships have been blowing up in my face lately. I tend to be picky about the people I hang out with, but when I meet someone who looks promising, I usually ask them out for lunch. On those rare occasions when there's real chemistry, I find it very exciting. >More

MUSIC

Now 25 years old, the Barrymore Theatre took the hard road to becoming a neighborhood treasure

In light of the troubles at the Orpheum Theatre, there could be no better time to trumpet the longevity of another local show palace, the Barrymore Theatre, which will quietly observe its 25th anniversary this summer. The Barrymore is the one theater in town that achieved that elusive combination of entertainment venue and neighborhood center that arts administrators rhapsodize about. >More
 Loud planet: Madisonians report back from musical trips abroad

With all due respect for that quick summer jaunt your band has planned to the East Coast and back, a few involved in Madison music have the jump on you. I checked in recently with an eclectic handful of Madisonians after, or in the midst of, their international musical travels. >More
 Dick Dale remains the king of surf guitar

Though Dick Dale is known as "The King of Surf Guitar," his hero is drummer Gene Krupa. In 1937, the year Dale was born, Krupa rocked the music world with a solo in Benny Goodman's cover of "Sing, Sing, Sing." Instead of stressing the off-beat, like most of his contemporaries, Krupa emphasized the on-beat to make jazz tunes swing. As a child, Dale would imitate this style, banging out rhythms on his mother's sugar canisters. >More

AT A GLANCE

ARTS

The Closer pours on the steam in its final episodes

The Closer returns for one more season of detective work, and it looks to be a doozy. Deputy chief Brenda Leigh Johnson (Kyra Sedgwick), of the LAPD's major crimes division, burns a hole in the TV screen in the very first scene of the premiere episode. >More
 American Players Theatre's Skylight takes an unflinching look at a troubled relationship

David Hare's Skylight is one of those plays that fit a dense web of ideas into a seemingly simple package: three characters, one night and morning, one drab London apartment. Yet the unexpected encounters between young teacher Kyra and (separately) her ex-lover's son and the lover himself probe all sorts of questions about moral compromise, value systems, and to what degree we can redeem the past. >More
 American Players Theatre's Richard III revels in bloody ambition and glorious villainy

American Players Theatre core acting company member James DeVita directs a stylish Richard III, in which Shakespeare gives us one of the most famous villains in theater: a man who manipulates all those around him by tailoring and twisting the truth to further his ruthless ambitions, methodically clearing his path to the throne by killing family members and trusted associates. >More

MOVIES

Corporate interests ruin The Amazing Spider-Man

I'm sure there will be people who argue that The Amazing Spider-Man should be evaluated on its own merits, as a work separate from the legacy of Sam Raimi's Spider-Man films over the last decade. And I respectfully ask -- after I catch my breath from the hysterical laughter -- "You're joking, right?" >More
 Woody Allen's To Rome With Love is hit-or-miss

The original, more euphonious title for Woody Allen's 42nd feature film was The Bop Decameron. He flirted with Nero Fiddled for a while before settling on the postcard-generic, free-from-menace To Rome With Love. He didn't just lose lyricism in the name change; the Decameron association might have given the film a glimmer of grandness -- a raison d'être -- that's sorely missing from this ambling, just-passable picture. >More
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EATS

July 2012 food news: One Barrel Brewing, Brat und Brau, Naples 15

One Barrel Brewing Company, a small-batch "nanobrewery," is slated to open July 6 at 2001 Atwood Ave., in Schenk's Corners. As owner-brewer Peter Gentry can brew only one barrel at a time, turnover of styles should be brisk and the beer list will change daily. >More

SPORTS & RECREATION

The masters of bass: Competitive anglers can have their fish, they just can't eat them too

There's a longstanding, anonymous saying about angling: "Catch-and-release fishing is a lot like golf. You don't have to eat the ball to have a good time." Wisconsin's competitive fishermen can surely relate. Since most tournaments are catch-and-release, anglers aren't reeling in their lunch or dinner out on the lakes. So is it for the money? >More
 Instant replay vs. human error

When Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig appeared at a conference hosted by St. Norbert College in May, he was asked about expanding the use of instant replay beyond determining whether home run balls clear the fence or foul poles. "I've had very, very little pressure from people who want to do more," he said at the time. >More
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