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The Beatles' crazy day in Wisconsin

Sept. 4 is the 50th anniversary of the Beatles' one and only appearance in Wisconsin. This was the band's first American tour, at the height of Beatlemania, and hundreds of fans showed up to greet them at Milwaukee's Mitchell Field. But the 80 police officers on hand spoiled everybody's fun by arranging for the plane to land far away from the crowd. >More
 Madison Snaps: September 1, 2014

Today's image titled "Sunset Reflection in Lake Wingra" was photographed by Kenneth Younger III. >More
Tory Miller opens Sujeo with a menu of farm-to-table Asian street fare

"I have a theory that when people here in Madison go out to get Asian food, whether it's Thai or Lao or Viet or Chinese, everybody has their one thing that they always get," says Chef Tory Miller, on the eve of the grand opening of his new restaurant, Sujeo. "I wanted to take all of those things for me -- my favorites -- and make them with really good ingredients." >More
 Vinyl Cave: The Ballad of Todd Rundgren by Runt

Todd Rundgren has been confounding the expectations of both his hardcore fans and detractors alike since appearing on the national music scene as a member of Nazz in the late 1960s. Nazz's debut album positioned them as UK-influenced hard rockers, but by the second disc the band had morphed into a more piano-based sound, largely due to Rundgren's songwriting. >More
 Citizen: An open letter to Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen on same-sex marriage

Dear Attorney General Van Hollen, please tell me that after last Tuesday's judicial schooling of your Assistant Attorney General Timothy Samuelson that you will finally consider dropping your defense of Wisconsin's clearly unconstitutional ban on marriage equality. >More
 Citizen Dave: The Canadians are coming! The Canadians are coming!

I spend a lot of time in Canada. When I go there I always stop at Tim Hortons. This is not hard. It would be hard not to stop at Tim Hortons. They're everywhere. They make Starbucks looks like an out of the way little local cafe. >More
 Madison Snaps: August 29, 2014

Today's image titled "Frank Lloyd Wright's Lamp House" was photographed by Michael Leland. >More
Beer Here: Grade 10 India Pale Ale from Lake Louie Brewing

Lake Louie Brewing embarked on a wild ride this summer, dusting off its beer lineup, releasing new brews, and reshaping its image. "We've spent years adding maybe one new beer a year just to keep the beer geeks off my back," says owner and brewmaster Tom Porter. "I've gotten a little sick of hearing, 'what do you have that's new?'" >More
 Mama Madison: Back-to-school confidences

Is it just me or does each summer seem to go by quicker than the last? The end of summer is upon us and for many families this means the start of a new school year. >More
 Madison Snaps: August 28, 2014

Today's image titled "HAPPY BIRTHDAY GRANDMA!" was photographed by Ryan Wisniewski. >More
 Annual Manual, football, geek activism, Cento in the August 28 issue of Isthmus

What can you find in this week's Isthmus? Highlights from the latest issue follow. >More
 Isthmus Picks: Madison calendar for August 28 - September 3, 2014

Here are this week's Isthmus Picks. The Guide provides an extended listing of events in and around Madison. >More
House of Love is a cool, cozy home for house fans at Jolly Bob's

Step into Jolly Bob's at 8 p.m. on a Saturday, and you'll see well-dressed twentysomethings drinking Caribbean cocktails. There will be a waiting list for the Willy Street restaurant's packed dining room. There won't be any indication that just behind the fish tank, a dance floor will soon appear for a house music show. >More
 Wisconsin couples watch as judges take aim at state's same-sex marriage ban

The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago sure knows how to milk courtroom drama. The makeup of the judicial panels assigned to hear oral arguments is kept under wraps until 30 minutes before court is called to order. No photos or recording devices are allowed, and seating is first come, first served -- not even those who are parties to a lawsuit are guaranteed a space in the courtroom. >More
 TV campaign spending now easier to track with Political Ad Sleuth

Quick: How much was spent by all parties in the historic 2012 recall election between Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and challenger Tom Barrett? A recent Associated Press article gave the generally accepted answer: $81 million. >More
 Madison Snaps: August 27, 2014

Today's image titled "Selfies, Tours, and Photographers" was photographed by Mike Vande Ven Jr. >More
 Judge Doyle Square moves forward without hotel

Plans for a new hotel for Monona Terrace seemed to suffer a major setback this week, when Mayor Paul Soglin -- who has long championed the idea -- announced that he would seek to move forward on other elements of the Judge Doyle Square project next year. >More
 Stoughton echoes with cries of 'Skol!' as Viking Brewpub opens its doors

Given its popular Syttende Mai festival and accompanying road race, an increasingly prominent live music venue, and a location well within the orbit of Madison's blossoming craft beer community, Stoughton has long been ripe for a brewpub. Vik Malling has remedied this need with his new Viking Brewpub. >More
 Win tickets to I Voted for Kodos, The Midwest Beat, more!

Isthmus is giving away another round of free tickets to amazing concerts, shows and more fun events! >More
 Citizen Dave: Scott Resnick's mayoral campaign is off to a good start

Starting at six in the morning on Saturday, August 30, mayoral candidate Scott Resnick will ride his bicycle around the streets of Madison. His aim is to hit each of the city's 20 aldermanic districts over 20 hours that day, and raise campaign donations in $20 increments along the way. As part of this fundraiser, Resnick is inviting people to ride along with him or to meet him at one of stops along the route. >More
 Isthmus on WORT: How Madison police train and use K9 dogs

Isthmus contributor Mary Ellen Bell reported on the Madison Police Department's K9 Unit and how its dogs are trained and utilized by officers in the August 21 issue, and discussed her story with WORT producer Dylan Brogan on that day's edition of In Our Backyard. >More
 Madison Snaps: August 26, 2014

Today's image titled "Madison Central Park Sessions" was photographed by Chris Collins. >More
 A thought-provoking work by C.P.E. Bach kicks off the 2014 Token Creek Chamber Music Festival

This year's Token Creek Chamber Music Festival (through Aug. 31 in the festival barn in DeForest) celebrates the operation's 25th anniversary, no mean achievement for so idiosyncratic an undertaking. This time around, there are three classical programs, two of them performed twice. The next program, involving only violin and piano, will be presented on Aug. 27. >More
 Citizen Dave: Single-tasking and the steadiness of life on an island

There's a lot to be said for routine. I just got back from two weeks as a "lighthouse keeper" at the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore. This was my third year on Sand Island and my fourth year volunteering for the National Park Service. >More
 Madison Snaps: August 25, 2014

Today's image titled "Union Docks" was photographed by Craig Wilson. >More
 Four Seasons Theatre's Kiss Me, Kate is a joyful homage to Wisconsin Union Theater's first production

I'm always impressed with the crowd at Four Seasons Theatre productions. Friday night, every seat was taken at Wisconsin Union Theater, where the local troupe presented Kiss Me, Kate. It's the first theater production at the remodeled venue, which is about to celebrate its 75th year. >More
 Deer Tick, The Weeks, and Jessica Hernandez bring a steamy mix of blues, rock, and country to Live On King Street

After a rowdy Live On King Street session in early August that combined one of the biggest headliners in the series with Great Taste Eve revelry to produce a swarming downtown scene, Friday night's concert was a more manageable affair. Crowds were still thick for this fourth show of the summer, despite the unbearably muggy weather. >More
 Soglin offers proposal to regulate Lyft and Uber as taxicab companies

Mayor Paul Soglin has drafted a proposal that would regulate Lyft and Uber as taxicab companies under city ordinance. He says his aim is to protect the public and full-time taxicab jobs but anticipates opposition from the two app-based ride companies, which have entered the Madison market this year. >More
 Madland: Don't mess with Wisconsin's open primary system

Last week's primary election was pretty sleepy, at least in Dane County. If you didn't live on the west side, the most exciting outcome was Susan Happ's winning the Democratic nomination for Attorney General over her Harley-less opponents. But over in Milwaukee County, there was a bit more on the ballot. >More
 Madison Snaps: August 22, 2014

Today's image titled "untitled" was photographed by Sarah Mittermaier. >More
 A Book A Week: The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert

The Signature of All Things is a big, sprawling book that reads like classic literature. In fact, maybe someday it will be classic literature. >More
 Yahara House members fight to keep Madison Metro bus stop

The members of Yahara House, a clubhouse that helps adults cope with mental illness, have a saying: "Nothing about us, without us." So when they learned this week that the bus stop in front of their clubhouse, located at 802 E. Gorham St., is going to be removed Sunday, Aug. 24, many of them were upset. >More
 Beer Here: Staghorn Octoberfest Beer from New Glarus Brewing

To be a legitimate Wisconsin brewery, you need to make an Oktoberfest, says Dan Carey of New Glarus Brewing. "If it's not a state law, it should be," he adds with a laugh. Even though autumn is still around the corner, it's now commonplace for these beers to be released in August. If you like the style, that's actually a good thing, because it makes for more selections to taste. >More
 Mama Madison: Does back-to-school really mean a whole new wardrobe?

This past week, on the way to the grocery store, my daughter asked what I believed she thought would be a innocuous question, "Mom, when are we going back-to-school shopping?" >More
 Madison Snaps: August 21, 2014

Today's image titled "Lovely night at the Union" was photographed by Craig Wilson. >More
 MPD K9s, turkeys, Gabe Burdulis, Monsoon Siam in the August 21 issue of Isthmus

What can you find in this week's Isthmus? Highlights from the latest issue follow. >More
 Isthmus on WORT: Wisconsin poker players want to make the game legal

Isthmus contributor Seth Jovaag reported the clandestine poker scene in Madison and what its proponents are doing to seek legitimacy in the August 14 issue, and discussed his story with WORT producer Dylan Brogan on that day's edition of In Our Backyard. >More
 The 2014 Token Creek Chamber Music Festival celebrates two Bachs and two anniversaries

Summer is a season of communion in the classical music world. In Madison there are lively outdoor concerts like Concerts on the Square and Opera in the Park. Professional performers also gather in peaceful rural settings to reflect and relax while sharing ideas, practicing and giving concerts. Such environments inspired John and Rose Mary Harbison to found the Token Creek Chamber Music Festival. >More
 American Players Theatre explores medical ethics with a scalpel-sharp The Doctor's Dilemma

In the first years of the 20th century, playwright George Bernard Shaw was very concerned about the medical profession: how many unqualified quacks offered their services with impunity, how tempting it would be for doctors to act in the interest of financial gain instead of patient health, how few remedies were available to the working and lower classes; and how physicians' egos could get the better of them. >More
 Madison Snaps: August 20, 2014

Today's image titled "Pope Farm Sunset" was photographed by Kenny Younger. >More
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Citizen Dave: The Canadians are coming! The Canadians are coming!

I spend a lot of time in Canada. When I go there I always stop at Tim Hortons. This is not hard. It would be hard not to stop at Tim Hortons. They're everywhere. They make Starbucks looks like an out of the way little local cafe. >More
Citizen Dave: Scott Resnick's mayoral campaign is off to a good start

Starting at six in the morning on Saturday, August 30, mayoral candidate Scott Resnick will ride his bicycle around the streets of Madison. His aim is to hit each of the city's 20 aldermanic districts over 20 hours that day, and raise campaign donations in $20 increments along the way. As part of this fundraiser, Resnick is inviting people to ride along with him or to meet him at one of stops along the route. >More
Citizen Dave: Single-tasking and the steadiness of life on an island

There's a lot to be said for routine. I just got back from two weeks as a "lighthouse keeper" at the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore. This was my third year on Sand Island and my fourth year volunteering for the National Park Service. >More
Citizen Dave: Cities change, including Madison

I went to get a haircut the other day. I went to the College Barber Shop on State Street, the same place I have gone to get my hair cut about once a month for the last 35 years. The big news is that after something like 70 years in business under only three owners, the shop will be closing its doors at end of August, or as final owner Larry Cobb recently told me, maybe September. >More
Citizen Dave: Liberal support for Susan Happ in Wisconsin AG primary is hard to understand

A movement seems to be brewing among Wisconsin liberals to get behind Jefferson County District Attorney Susan Happ in the Democratic primary for attorney general on August 12. She is facing Dane County District Attorney Ismael Ozanne and state Representative Jon Richards. >More
Citizen Dave: The quiet Democratic primary for Wisconsin's 78th Assembly District has loud implications

On Madison's west side, a more or less routine Democratic primary election for state representative could say something profound about the current mind set of the party's stalwarts. Madison alders Mark Clear and Lisa Subeck are competing for the party's ballot spot in the 78th Assembly District, a seat currently occupied by Brett Hulsey and once held by legendary progressive Spencer Black. >More
Citizen Dave: Beware the ads of August in Wisconsin's 2014 gubernatorial race

The latest Marquette Law School poll confirms what seemed like a mirage back in May when it first showed incumbent Republican Governor Scott Walker and Democratic challenger Mary Burke in a dead heat. While the basic numbers are virtually the same -- the two candidates are tied at 46% among registered voters -- the news for Burke is better. >More
Citizen Dave: The loss of College Barber Shop on State Street is cutting out my heart

Outside of my family, I have had only one relationship that has been continuous for the last 35 years. That person is Larry Cobb, my barber. In fact, I have known him for five years longer than I've known my wife, Dianne. I walked into the College Barber Shop on State Street in the fall of 1979, my first year at UW-Madison, simply because it was the first barbershop I saw. >More
Citizen Dave: Time to cool the bike rage already

Call it bike rage. The simmering conflict between some cyclists and some drivers seems to have boiled over a bit this summer. No less a revered source than USA Today published a long story (actually, it's a book by McPaper standards) about the issue. >More
Citizen Dave: So long, Vince O'Hern! Long live Isthmus!

When I was a twenty-something kid in Madison, Thursdays were a big day. My coworkers and I would take turns running down to the state Capitol's coffee shop, not to get another cup of the heartburn-inducing brew, but to see if that week's new Isthmus was in yet. >More
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