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Erica Pelzek

Four finalist spots were up for grabs at the National Poetry Slam semifinals on Friday at the Overture Center, where 20 contenders battled with words after a week's worth of bouts and last-minute practicing throughout downtown Madison. One highlight bout pitted defending the 2007 champion team from Charlotte against those from Baltimore, Chicago, Oakland, and St. Paul, which brought the talents of recent expat Kyle "El Guante" Myhre back to a local stage. more

Aug 9, 2008 6:24 PM Stage

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Found Footage Festival

Awkward sexual harassment in the workplace reenactment videos, flamboyant 1980s exercise tapes, and ridiculous home movies unite in the latest edition of the Found Footage Festival, a touring collection of discarded video clips that are, usually unintentionally, gut-bustingly funny. Returning Madison for the third time with their show, Nick Prueher and Joe Pickett meld ironic chuckles with the "old school charm" of stumbling upon strange discoveries. more

Jun 27, 2008 3:47 AM Movies

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Erica Pelzek

Billed as "a joint for bootleggers and flappers," Azzalino's on South Park Street serves up standard American bar food in baskets and large plates in a strip of taverns on Park Street just south of Meriter Hospital. The menu is jam-packed with fried items named after famous -- or infamous -- characters of the 1920s and dangerously fruity cocktails that mask their large amounts of alcohol behind citrus and grenadine. more

Jun 24, 2008 8:14 PM FOOD & DRINK

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Launchpad Wisconsin

Twelve bands from around Wisconsin competed in the Launchpad finals at the Wisconsin Union Theater on Saturday. Madison regional finalists Alton Kelly won over the crowd with its mixture of jazzy pop and smoky-nightclub blues, claiming the title and securing a spot to play at Summerfest. more

Jun 24, 2008 3:37 AM MUSIC

Much like the inevitable, difficult end of a happy love affair, the farewell performance by The Kissers left its lovers -- an enthusiastic and loyal local fan base -- exhausted, exhilarated and sad. Appropriately enough, the Irish rock band made their goodbyes at the High Noon Saloon, the successor to the original O'Cayz Corral where they originally made their name with their Pogues covers on Monday nights ten years ago. more

Jun 8, 2008 11:24 PM MUSIC

The Community Forum on Homelessness presented an entry-level tutorial on the hottest subject in Madison at the First United Methodist Church on Thursday evening. Organized by the Dane County Coalition to Fight Homelessness and End Poverty, the forum aimed to address concerns in the Madison community regarding its transient population, explained near east side alder Brenda Konkel. more

Jun 6, 2008 3:48 AM News

After Mike Meier, owner of the Klinic Bar on South Park Street, preemptively canceled all of the bar's hip-hop shows earlier in May, rumors about the fate of the bar, its unsteady financial situation and troubles with the Alcohol License Review Committee led to speculation that it would soon close. These rumors became reality Monday. more

May 20, 2008 1:13 AM MUSIC

As UW-Madison's academic year comes to a close, its future leadership is the focus of a Chancellor search that has been underway since February. The UW Board of Regents will pick a replacement for UW-Madison Chancellor John Wiley, who is leaving in September, at its meeting early next month in Milwaukee. On consecutive days this week, the final four candidates -- out of more than 50 applicants -- took part in meet-and-greets at Memorial Union. more

May 16, 2008 6:03 PM News

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Becky Kikkert

Christian Bale strolled out of the East Washington entrance of the Capitol on Monday, sporting a sharply lined dark suit and slicked hair. He was here with Billy Crudup and a big Hollywood crew to shoot scenes for the gangster film Public Enemies, set in the 1930s. Vintage cars lined Pinckney Street, and extras milled around in long coats and fedoras. more

May 9, 2008 2:00 PM Movies

As the "Public Enemies" production took over the Capitol Square on Monday, crowds gathered along the sidewalks and peripheries of the set to watch the spectacle. As the morning progressed, my fellow onlookers' morning coffee kicked in and their hunger for celebrity sightings intensified. Though many in the crowd hoped for a peek at Christian Bale or Billy Crudup, others sat patiently looking for their loved ones in the swarm of cast and crew members. more

May 6, 2008 5:19 PM Movies

As Madison recovers from its latest shock, the murder of University of Wisconsin-Madison junior Brittany Zimmermann, students, locals and out-of-towners were tentatively festive at this year's Mifflin Street Block Party on Saturday. Joviality and cooperation, among drunkenness, colored the fortieth annual gathering that originally intended to protest the Vietnam War. Fewer than 10,000 people attended this year's party, according to Madison Police Department Public Information Officer Joel DeSpain -- down from 2007. more

May 4, 2008 4:20 PM News