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Kevin Bozeman gives thanks to the Madison comedy scene with a cornucopia of rising standup stars

Ten years ago, comedian Kevin Bozeman decided he wanted to put on a show on Thanksgiving Eve. "People didn't think it would be a success, but I saw that the bars were always crowded on the day before Thanksgiving. Family members going out and grabbing a drink, old friends meeting up. No one was taking advantage of it," he says. >More
 A Book A Week: The Liar's Wife by Mary Gordon

The Liar's Wife is a collection of four novellas by Mary Gordon. The novellas are thematically linked in that in each one someone revisits an important past relationship. >More
Beethoven's Fidelio is a stirring 2014-15 season opener for Madison Opera

Madison Opera rousingly opened its 2014-15 season at Overture Hall on Friday night with a great work not often encountered: Beethoven's only opera, Fidelio. The work typifies the "rescue opera," a style that flourished in the years after the upheavals of the French Revolution, exploiting stories of escapes from danger and oppression. >More
 Madison Theatre Guild's Gross Indecency chronicles Oscar Wilde's fall from grace

Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde by Madison Theatre Guild is one part history lesson, one part courtroom drama and one part pure tragedy. >More
 Madison Snaps: November 21, 2014

Today's image titled "Rumpel" was photographed by Michael Leland. >More
 Beer Here: Big Eddy Cherry Doppelschwarz from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

Leinie's is a name nearly all Wisconsin beer drinkers should recognize, and many know its brews quite well. But even breweries with the longest histories can surprise with flavors both new and unexpected. >More
 Mama Madison: No judgments with No Excuse Mom

If there is an excuse for not working out and eating healthy, I have used it: I don't have time. I'm too tired. I'll start tomorrow. I'm no good at this, I give up. I don't know where to start. Yes, I have used all of these and more. >More
Madison committee begins weighing options for around-the-clock public toilets

A new portable bathroom has taken up residence alongside the City-County Building, accessible 24-hours a day, seven days a week. Recently installed, it exists for anyone that needs it, particularly the homeless Madison residents that have been sleeping outside the building. >More
 Madison Snaps: November 20, 2014

Today's image titled "Water at Olbrich" was photographed by Anne Marie Peterson. >More
 Bo Ryan, The Ethical Slut, fall cocktails, Giving in the November 20 issue of Isthmus

What can you find in this week's Isthmus? Highlights from the latest issue follow. >More
 Isthmus Picks: Madison calendar for November 20-26, 2014

Here are this week's Isthmus Picks. The Guide provides an extended listing of events in and around Madison. >More
 Budget brawl between Madison alders and Paul Soglin ignites 2015 mayoral race

The Madison Common Council fought Mayor Paul Soglin Tuesday night in an epic battle over the budget that involved lots of grandstanding, speechifying and what may have been opening salvos in the 2015 campaign for mayor. >More
Prairie Brewing & Smokehaus in the works for Sun Prairie

Sun Prairie may soon have its own brewpub. It's to be called Prairie Brewing & Smokehaus, and the owners are hoping to open in 2015 provided the financing falls in place. The Madison suburb is relatively untapped; with a population of about 30,000 residents, it's Dane County's second-largest city, yet in the midst of the current craft beer boom, it has no brewery. >More
 Homer V. Simpson gets honorary street sign in Madison

Homer Simpson made his mark in Madison long before a character of the same name became a cultural icon on the small screen. Legend has it that Homer V. Simpson, a prolific gambler, won half of Antler's Tavern in a poker game and bought the owner out of the second half in 1943. He also bought land around the West Broadway bar, eventually donating some to the city. Simpson Street -- which runs parallel to Broadway -- was named in his honor. >More
 Campus Kitchens chapter forms at UW-Madison

The University of Wisconsin-Madison has to feed lots of people. On average, some 14,500 meals are served in the dormitory dining halls alone, every day. Despite best efforts, some food necessarily goes to waste. >More
 Madison Snaps: November 19, 2014

Today's image titled "autumn sailing" was photographed by Monique J. Isham. >More
 Robin Vos' attacks on Wisconsin Government Accountability Board draw return fire

No one in Wisconsin has been more forceful in demanding changes to the state's Government Accountability Board, which oversees elections, campaign finance, ethics and lobbying, than Robin Vos. >More
 A guide to Thanksgiving 2014 at Madison restaurants

While some have the luxury of a picture-postcard, Saveur-inspired, farm-to-table extravaganza of culinary Americana laid out on their tables come Thanksgiving, there are others who lack that -- for many reasons, from being down on their luck, to having relatives who are more interested in football than in feasting. Whatever your motivations -- no judgement! >More
 Isthmus Live Sessions: 'Tolling Bells' by Water Liars

There are bands that can pull off acoustic renditions of their songs, and then there's Water Liars, a Mississippi trio for whom the live acoustic session seems to have been invented. >More
 What will happen to Knapp house, the original Wisconsin governor's mansion?

The future of the Wisconsin governor's mansion is in doubt. Not the current one, where 14 governors have lived. It's the earlier one, home to 18 governors from 1883 to 1950, that is a few blocks from the Capitol. >More
 Win tickets to Mad Circus Gala and more!

Isthmus is giving away another round of free tickets to amazing concerts, shows and more fun events! >More
 Citizen Dave: Mayor Soglin's budget veto threat is good theatrics but bad government

There are two problems with Mayor Paul Soglin's threat to veto the city's 2015 budget, one substantive and the other strategic. >More
 Tennessee native Rosanne Cash shares songs of the South with Madison-area friends and family

Sometimes a change of scenery can yield unexpected revelations. For Tennessee native Rosanne Cash and her husband, John Leventhal, recent journeys to the South were more than just a chance to check out the sights. The trips opened their eyes to the power and spirit of the region. >More
 Madison Snaps: November 18, 2014

Today's image titled "squares" was photographed by Chris Collins. >More
 Isthmus on WORT: What r04040 died for

Isthmus contributor Bill Lueders reported on the life, death and research of r04040 at UW-Madison in the November 13 issue, and discussed his story with WORT producer Dylan Brogan on that day's edition of In Our Backyard. >More
 Software trainers embark on a steamy business trip in Mercury Players Theatre's Widescreen

If you lie awake at night fantasizing about the raunchy situations some people must get into on business trips, if they have the chance and the libido, the Mercury Players Theatre production Widescreen is for you. The play features tablets, smartphones, laptops and four different sex scenes before intermission. >More
 Citizen Dave: On being the loyal opposition

With the fall elections (mercifully) behind us it's time to look forward to local elections next spring. As we get ready for that, Isthmus editors have asked me to state why I think it's important that I share my criticisms of Madison Mayor Paul Soglin. So, here goes. >More
 Brooks Wheelan bounces back after being fired from Saturday Night Live

Brooks Wheelan is best known as the guy who played himself during Saturday Night Live's 39th season and the guy who was let go from the show this past summer. Though such a blow might signal the beginning of the end for some comedians, Wheelan views it as a chance to rekindle his relationship with what got him the SNL gig in the first place: stand-up comedy. >More
 City of Madison wants to redesign Philosopher's Grove

Anthony Rineer took over Myles Teddywedgers, the iconic pasty shop located at the top of State Street, this September. One night shortly after the purchase, he was putting in a new floor when he saw a brawl going on just outside his door. >More
 Madison Snaps: November 17, 2014

Today's image titled "untitled" was photographed by Ryan Young. >More
 Madland: The upside to Congressman Glenn Grothman

Dane County progressives had a long list of disappointments in the recent election. The ascension of state Sen. Glenn Grothman (R-West Bend) to the U.S. House of Representatives was certainly high on the list. >More
 Kanopy Dance explores the human condition through physicality in Mime Body Spirit

Kanopy Dance Company opened its 2014-2015 season Friday evening with Mime Body Spirit at Overture Center's Promenade Hall. "Making visible the invisible" is in pale script beneath the title, and that goal is achieved. >More
 Madison Common Council members accuse Mayor Soglin of playing politics with 2015 budget

Mayor Paul Soglin is threatening to veto the 2015 budget the Madison Common Council approved last week, angering alders and setting up a showdown for next week. On Friday, Soglin held a press conference to outline his concerns, primarily that the city is borrowing too much for capital projects and that the budget doesn't include a half-percent raise for non-police and fire employees. >More
 Faith-based groups resent Dane County supervisors' attempt to shuffle human service funding

By the time Paul VanderVelde, a senior director at Madison's East YMCA, heard of the proposal to defund a 24-year-old YMCA program that provides recreational activities for developmentally-disabled residents, it was days away from a final committee vote. >More
 Madison Snaps: November 14, 2014

Today's image titled "untitled" was photographed by Chris Collins. >More
 Beer Here: 20th Anniversary Ale from the Great Dane Pub

The Great Dane is marking two decades of craft beer with its new 20th Anniversary Ale, and one might say the idea for it has been fermenting for just as long. "We based it on the fun factor of trying to play off the number 20," says Rob LoBreglio, brewmaster and co-founder for the group of brewpubs. He and his team of brewers created a beer with 20 different malts, 20 different hops, 20 different yeasts and 20 different waters to mark this major milestone. >More
 Mama Madison: Introducing kids to your CSA box

At almost a year old, my kids are in the blissful stage of life where they'll eat nearly anything that I put in front of them (at least as long as it doesn't require much in the way of molar action). >More
 Wisconsin votes for Walker, but not his policies

Although Wisconsin easily returned Gov. Scott Walker to office, voters across the state voted in favor of two ideas Walker has been dead set against -- expanding BadgerCare and raising the minimum wage. >More
 Madison Snaps: November 13, 2014

Today's image titled "White-tailed deer" was photographed by Ryan Mense. >More
 Indie Awards, Centro Hispano, Anna Vogelzang, eggrolls in the November 13 issue of Isthmus

What can you find in this week's Isthmus? Highlights from the latest issue follow. >More
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CITIZEN DAVE

Citizen Dave: Mayor Soglin's budget veto threat is good theatrics but bad government

There are two problems with Mayor Paul Soglin's threat to veto the city's 2015 budget, one substantive and the other strategic. >More
Citizen Dave: On being the loyal opposition

With the fall elections (mercifully) behind us it's time to look forward to local elections next spring. As we get ready for that, Isthmus editors have asked me to state why I think it's important that I share my criticisms of Madison Mayor Paul Soglin. So, here goes. >More
Citizen Dave: Wisconsin Democrats can look forward to 2016

I'm still sifting through the wreckage of last week's election. I promise this is the last time I'll write about it for awhile. After all, deer season is almost upon us! >More
Citizen Dave: Forthrightness is the prescription for what ails Democrats

The darkest moment in the 2014 midterm campaign was when Allison Lundergan Grimes, Kentucky's Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate, refused to admit that she had voted for President Obama. >More
Citizen Dave: Voters who show up will decide the race between Burke and Walker

Woody Allen was right when he said that showing up is 80% of life. That has never been more true than when it comes to turnout in the race between Mary Burke and Scott Walker for governor of Wisconsin >More
Citizen Dave: Mary Burke's life experience is much more diverse than Scott Walker's

A last-minute attack from the Walker campaign and its conservative allies against Mary Burke brings up an interesting issue. Do we expect our leaders to never have failed at anything? >More
Citizen Dave: A little conventional wisdom a week out from the 2014 election

I will not attempt to make any predictions here. I will not play the partisan. I will just let you know what I've read and what I've heard from the political insider types I hang around with sometimes. >More
Citizen Dave: Joe Parisi shows leadership on Dane County 911

It's rare when a public official steps up and says that he wants to take on a controversial problem. But that's exactly what Dane County Executive Joe Parisi is doing with his proposal to take direct control over the county's long-troubled 911 emergency dispatch system. >More
Citizen Dave: Elroy-Sparta Trail threatened by open pit mine

When Scott Grenon's in-laws opened the Tunnel Trail Campground near Wilton 44 years ago, they knew that being small business owners meant taking a risk. But it wasn't just a spur of the moment decision. West Bend residents, but frequent visitors to the new Elroy-Sparta Trail, they could see the potential in business coming from trail riders who wanted a nice spot to camp before and after their ride. >More
Citizen Dave: Wisconsin AG candidates Susan Happ and Brad Schimel are weak or worse on gun violence

I recently wrote about the disappointing websites of Wisconsin attorney general candidates Susan Happ and Brad Schimel, on which neither want to address to of the issues facing the office: drunk driving and high incarceration rates for African American men. There's a third issue that one candidate is all but ignoring, and I wish the other would ignore: guns. >More
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