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Museum explores '80s, '90s music recorded in Madison

A Wisconsin museum is exploring punk, alternative and grunge music recorded and produced in Madison in the 1980s and 1990s.

The exhibit is called "Smart Sounds/Alt Music/Mad Scenes" and it runs from June 19 to Sept. 15 at the Wisconsin Historical Museum in Madison.

It's expected to explore how the music being played, recorded and produced in Madison during those decades created a music scene with national impact.

The exhibit centers around Madison's Smart Studios, starting with its founding in 1983, its rise to fame in the 1990s and its closing in 2010.

Bands like Nirvana, Smashing Pumpkins and Madison's own Grammy-nominated band Garbage recorded there.



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Neighborhood debates environmental impact of Orton Park Festival

Neighborhood debates environmental impact of Orton Park Festival

The Orton Park Festival has grown exponentially since its debut 47 years ago, now attracting as many as 5,000 attendees, estimates Event Coordinator, Bob Queen. Since he became involved 23 years ago, Queen has helped bring in international and Grammy-nominated acts to perform at the four-day event.

But some neighbors and city officials worry the high volume of people and equipment places increasing strain on the turf, soil, and trees of the 4.21 acre park.

Firefighters trace downtown apartment fire to dehumidifier

Madison firefighters are still investigating the cause of a Monday morning apartment building fire.

It started in the area of a dehumidifier in the basement of the building at 11 W. Gilman St., according to the Madison Fire Department.

The apartment tenants had working smoke detectors and exited the building safely.

Heavy smoke blocked one woman?s exit. After she reported the fire to 911, firefighters rescued her through a window.

�?It doesn't happen that often, but we train for it often, so we're ready to go, and it went very, very smooth. It went like it should,? said firefighter Todd Shortreeed, who rescued the woman from the building.

"Responding to a fire in and of itself is pretty exciting, and when you know a victim's involved, it increases it quite a bit,? said Ryan Stebnitz, who assisted with the rescue.

The fire caused approximately $50,000 in damage.�

EatDrinkMadison.com Reviews Hong Kong Cafe

EatDrinkMadison.com Reviews Hong Kong Cafe

Every now and then when I’m in a big city with a Chinatown, I’ll look for a dim sum restaurant. I love seeing the cart of small plates wheeled around; all you have to do is point at what you want, and the server places it on your table immediately.

We don’t have that kind of service in Madison, but Hong Kong Cafe is a good substitute. On weekends when dim sum is served, you get a picture menu to aid you in your selection process. I’ve been here enough times that I have usually have my base items, followed by whatever I’m in the mood for.

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Suspect arrested on suspicion of attempted child enticement

University of Wisconsin police have taken a man into custody on suspicion that he attempted to kidnap a child on Friday.

Police said an older man approached a 6-year-old�boy in the Eagle Heights housing community at about 4:30 p.m. on Friday.

Police said the man asked the child to go with him, but the child immediately went home to his parents.

Authorities reported that a man was taken into custody at 9:30 p.m.

Authorities said they don't believe the public is in danger.

Suspect offers no-contest plea in Mifflin Street Block Party stabbing

A Green Bay man is now convicted of stabbing another man five times during a Madison block party last year.

Colin Rosenow, 23, pleaded no contest on Thursday to a reduced charge of first-degree reckless endangerment.

Rosenow was accused of stabbing 21-year-old Mathew Warnert during a fight at last year's Mifflin Street Block Party.

A charge of attempted first-degree intentional homicide was dismissed under a plea agreement.

The Wisconsin State Journal reports Rosenow faces up to 17 and a half years of combined prison and extended supervision when he is sentenced in about two months.

According to the complaint, Rosenow was part of a group walking by Warnert and his friends when the two started fighting.

Children's Museum gives military personnel free admission

Madison Children's Museum is honoring military families this summer.

The museum is part of the Blue Star Program and will give all active duty military personnel and up to five of their family members free admission to the museum through Labor Day.