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Announcing the Isthmus Green Day 2014 schedule

Join us for the seventh annual Isthmus Green Day at Monona Terrace on Saturday, April 26! The festival runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and features informative speakers and engaging exhibitors, along with plenty of eco-friendly products to buy, green ideas to ponder, fun activities and more. >More
 Citizen Dave: New Madison Police Chief Mike Koval could help lighten things up in city government

The Madison Police and Fire Commission couldn't have made a bad choice for the next chief of police. Both Mike Koval and Carl Gloede, the two finalists, would have made fine choices. But with Mike Koval we could get something we haven't seen much of in that office and which city government badly needs right now: someone with a sense of humor. >More
Madison Snaps -- April 16, 2014

Today's image titled "Co-Op construction" was photographed by Sarah Mittermaier. >More
 Win tickets to Inon Barnatan, Willy Porter, Cadillac Joe Memorial Fest, the Travel Adventure Film Series, Natty Nation, Y&T, Lydia Loveless, more!

Isthmus is giving away another round of free tickets to amazing concerts, shows and more fun events! >More
 The Parched Eagle brewpub is planned for Middleton

It's likely that Middleton will be the next Dane County community to get a new brewpub. Plans are well underway for the Parched Eagle. Madison residents Jim Goronson, 48, and Tom Christie, 45, have identified a potential location in the 6300 block of University Avenue, and if all goes well, they could be making beer there by fall. >More
 Controversial Madison parks chief Kevin Briski resigns to take Florida job

Kevin Briski, the controversial head of Madison's parks division, is stepping down. His last day with Madison will be June 13, says Katie Crawley, an assistant to Mayor Paul Soglin. Briski is leaving the city to accept a job as leisure services director in Melbourne, Fla., starting July 1. The city will conduct a national search to find Briski's replacement >More
 Women to hold two top leadership posts on Dane County Board for first time

Sharon Corrigan is making history as the newly elected chair of the Dane County Board. Only one other woman -- Mary Louise Symon -- has held the post, serving from 1974 to 1980. Corrigan was elected chair by her colleagues Tuesday at a noontime meeting of the board. The reelection of vice chair Carousel Bayrd made for another first -- this will be the only time women have occupied both top leadership posts on the board. >More
Madison Snaps -- April 15, 2014

Today's image titled "Mendota Blue Panorama" was photographed by Tony Heussner. >More
 Isthmus on WORT: Recovering UW-Madison students seek a sober lifestyle

Isthmus contributor Maggie Ginsberg-Schutz reported on how recovery-based lifestyle options are growing on the UW-Madison campus in the April 11 issue, and discussed her story with WORT producer Dylan Brogan on the April 10 edition of In Our Backyard. >More
 Madison Snaps -- April 14, 2014

Today's image titled "living room" was photographed by Michael Leland. >More
 Citizen Dave: How to fix the Madison landmarks ordinance

A good rule to live by in managing anything is to treat setbacks as opportunities. So, when the Madison Common Council voted last week not to override a Landmarks Commission decision to kill an important redevelopment project on Mansion Hill, I was disappointed, but I can see a greater good coming out of it. >More
 University Opera's Béatrice et Bénédict is a playful ode to Shakespeare, romance and departing director William Farlow

Ending a memorable 16-season career with University Opera, director William Farlow directed a charming rendition of Hector Berlioz's comic opera Béatrice et Bénédict at the UW Music Hall on Friday, April 11. The production will be performed again on Sunday, April 13, at 3 p.m., and Tuesday, April 15, at 7:30 p.m. >More
Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra ends its 2013-14 season with a display of pianist Stewart Goodyear's improvisational prowess

The Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra concluded its 2013-14 season with some novel combinations at Overture Hall's Capitol Theater on Friday. There was, of course, the inevitable guest soloist, this time the young Canadian pianist Stewart Goodyear. >More
 Mike Koval, hired as new Madison police chief, set a progressive tone as department's recruiter

On April 11, the Madison Police and Fire Commission chose Sgt. Mike Koval as Madison's next police chief, succeeding Noble Wray. Koval, who beat out Capt. Carl Gloede for the job, has a long history with the Madison Police Department as its personnel and training recruiter. >More
 Madland: Confronting racial disparities in Madison isn't easy, but just do something

Madisonians are talking about race and racism these days, which is a good thing, given a string of unflattering and disturbing reports about our city and state's record on race and equity. >More
 Calls intensify to overhaul Madison landmarks ordinance after council rejects Mansion Hill project

The Madison Common Council's decision to uphold the Landmarks Commission's rejection of a development project for West Gilman Street was a clear victory for neighborhood groups and historic preservationists. But it's unlikely the council's action will be the last time the city fights over the issue. >More
 Madison Snaps -- April 11, 2014

Today's image titled "Muskrat" was photographed by Michael Leland. >More
 Sights and sounds from The Lumberjack at 100 at the 2014 Wisconsin FIlm Festival

The Wisconsin Film Festival is drawing to a close after a week in which Madison residents and visitors turned out to enjoy movies and learn about the stories behind them. On Sunday, April 6, The Lumberjack at 100 series of restored films screened at UW Cinematheque. >More
 Madland: Why I can't celebrate the Senator Mike Ellis bombshell video

I normally love some good old fashioned schadenfreude. The misery of people I don't like is supposed to make me happy. But I can't get any joy out of the release of a covert recording of Wisconsin Senate President Mike Ellis discussing illegal fundraising tactics. >More
 Beer Here: Outboard Cream Ale from Milwaukee Brewing Company

For some, spring starts when the robins arrive or the first tulips push up through the ground. But my spring begins with Opening Day and the cry of "Beer here!" Over the years, I've made a point of being with the Brew Crew as they begin their annual pennant pursuit. I've even gone so far as to pick seats at Miller Park based on where the best beer vendors are to be found. >More
 Mama Madison: Earth Day awareness

It may be a bigger waste of breath than electricity to ask my kids to turn off the lights when they leave a room. If I've nagged them once, I've nagged them a thousand times. No, I've never noticed anything amiss with their fingers. But it appears they are physically incapable of flipping a switch to the "off" position. >More
 Madison Snaps -- April 10, 2014

Today's image titled "Cool Evening" was photographed by Craig Wilson. >More
 Sober students, JoJean Retrum, Restaurant Muramoto, Abode in the April 11 issue of Isthmus

What can you find in this week's Isthmus? Highlights from the latest issue follow. >More
 The Week: Madison calendar for April 11-17, 2014

Here is this week's critics' choice calendar. >More
 Filmmaker and activist Shalini Kantayya comes to Madison for Isthmus Green Day 2014

Shalini Kantayya, a filmmaker and eco-activist, joins Isthmus Green Day as a keynote speaker this year. The seventh annual expo will be held on Saturday, April 26, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at Monona Terrace. Admission is free to the public courtesy of MG&E. >More
 Screening at the Wisconsin Film Festival, Obvious Child is a funny yet poignant tale about an unplanned pregnancy

The Wisconsin Film Festival feature Obvious Child centers on two not-quite-children: Donna (Saturday Night Live alum Jenny Slate), a cash-strapped young comedian struggling with the responsibilities of adulthood, and the fetus she discovers she's carrying after a one-night stand. >More
 Isthmus on WORT: Zero tolerance in Madison schools

Isthmus news editor Judith Davidoff reported on how the expulsion recommendation was rejected and the fallout for the student's family in the April 4 issue, and discussed her story with WORT producer Dylan Brogan on the April 3 edition of In Our Backyard. >More
 Madison Snaps -- April 9, 2014

Today's image titled "Strange silhouettes" was photographed by Sarah Mittermaier. >More
 Americana trio Red Molly reveal one surprise after another on The Red Album

Red Molly have left a significant mark on the Americana landscape over the past decade, in part because they're so interested in musical styles that are distant cousins of folk and roots music. >More
 Madland: Why Isthmus wrote about the expulsion of a 'white, middle-class honors student'

The morning Isthmus hit the streets with our story about a high school freshman's expulsion from East High School, I received an email from a father whose daughter had also been expelled under the Madison school district's zero tolerance policy. He recalled how he had contacted me about two years ago to see if we'd be interested in telling the story of his daughter's expulsion ordeal. >More
 Anatomy of the 2014 Wisconsin Film Festival trailer (video)

In the beginning, there was fire. A campfire. A campfire logo. And a body of water. And trees. Colorful trees and a shoreline. And a gray-blue sky. Christina King's graphic design for this year's Wisconsin Film Festival was one of the very first things we nailed down this past fall as we prepared to take the plunge: creating an eight-day film festival in a relatively short period of time. >More
 Citizen Dave: Mansion Hill is the victim of historic preservation

The Madison Common Council will vote tonight on a motion to overturn a ruling of the Landmarks Commission blocking the redevelopment of three buildings in the Mansion Hill neighborhood. The council should do that, and then it should take a hard look at the entire ordinance, but I won't rehash those arguments here. >More
 Win tickets to Shakey Graves, Mates of State, Granger Smith, Ramp-Up with FairShare, Spring Reggae Jam, Todd Barry, more!

Isthmus is giving away another round of free tickets to amazing concerts, shows and more fun events! >More
 Madison Snaps: April 8, 2014

Today's image titled "lake monona, thawing" was photographed by Aistis Tumas. >More
 Big money backfires in Polk and Iron county board elections

One day before the U.S. Supreme Court opened new spigots of campaign cash, well-funded groups seeking to sway elections in two northern Wisconsin counties, Polk and Iron, inadvertently drove home another point: Throwing money into the process can hurt as well as help. >More
 Citizen Dave: Food Patriots is a hit at Wisconsin Film Festival 2014

The movement toward fresh, local, sustainably produced food is one of the best things to happen to this country in recent years. It means healthier kids and adults, less obesity and all of the issues that spring from it, and less impact on our environment. It turns out that obtaining more of what we eat locally is the best way to fight climate change. >More
 Author and activist Naomi Davis comes to Madison for Isthmus Green Day 2014

Naomi Davis, celebrated environmentalist and activist, joins Isthmus Green Day as a keynote speaker this year. The seventh annual expo will be held on Saturday, April 26, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at Monona Terrace. Admission is free to the public courtesy of MG&E. >More
 Madison Snaps: April 7, 2014

Today's image titled "untitled" was photographed by Chris Collins. >More
 Actress blurs the line between performance and reality at Wisconsin Film Festival 2014

Actress kicked off the Wisconsin Film Festival on Thursday with a packed house and an appearance by filmmaker Robert Greene and star Brandy Burre. To judge by the lively Q&A, the crowd connected with Greene's unconventional documentary about Burre, an actress from The Wire who leaves the profession to raise her kids in upstate New York. >More
 Cheers at UW campus watch parties turn to heartbreak as Badgers lose to Kentucky Wildcats in Final Four

Wisconsin fans arrived as early as noon to get a good seat in the Sett at Union South to watch the Final Four matchup between the Badgers and Kentucky Wildcats. By tipoff time at 8 p.m. the place was packed. >More
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CITIZEN DAVE

Citizen Dave: New Madison Police Chief Mike Koval could help lighten things up in city government

The Madison Police and Fire Commission couldn't have made a bad choice for the next chief of police. Both Mike Koval and Carl Gloede, the two finalists, would have made fine choices. But with Mike Koval we could get something we haven't seen much of in that office and which city government badly needs right now: someone with a sense of humor. >More
Citizen Dave: How to fix the Madison landmarks ordinance

A good rule to live by in managing anything is to treat setbacks as opportunities. So, when the Madison Common Council voted last week not to override a Landmarks Commission decision to kill an important redevelopment project on Mansion Hill, I was disappointed, but I can see a greater good coming out of it. >More
Citizen Dave: Mansion Hill is the victim of historic preservation

The Madison Common Council will vote tonight on a motion to overturn a ruling of the Landmarks Commission blocking the redevelopment of three buildings in the Mansion Hill neighborhood. The council should do that, and then it should take a hard look at the entire ordinance, but I won't rehash those arguments here. >More
Citizen Dave: Food Patriots is a hit at Wisconsin Film Festival 2014

The movement toward fresh, local, sustainably produced food is one of the best things to happen to this country in recent years. It means healthier kids and adults, less obesity and all of the issues that spring from it, and less impact on our environment. It turns out that obtaining more of what we eat locally is the best way to fight climate change. >More
Citizen Dave: Fix the broken Madison Landmarks Commission

Last week, Madison Landmarks Commission chair Stu Levitan wrote a blistering response to my op-ed taking that body to task for its refusal to grant a certificate of appropriateness to tear down three tired buildings on Gilman Street and replace them with three much better ones. Stu concedes pretty much that the three existing buildings are bad. And he doesn't comment about the proposal for the new ones. He just says that they're too big. >More
Citizen Dave: It's time to pay NCAA players, including the Badgers

I was as excited as anybody to see the Wisconsin Badgers men's basketball team make the Final Four. I think Bo Ryan is one of the best coaches around, and a heck of a decent guy on top of it. He's a class act, and a coach who really seems to care about his kids, not just as basketball players but as people too. The New York Times reported on Saturday that his program has one of the highest graduation rates in the country. >More
Citizen Dave: My first round bracket for March Madness 2014

I love the NCAA men's college basketball tournament. But I don't really follow basketball outside of the Badgers, so I have no idea what I'm doing when it comes to March Madness brackets. You can read all kinds of analysis and watch lots of shows on the subject. I find all that pretty tedious, so I just go with my gut. >More
Citizen Dave: Madison Common Council does the right thing on East Wilson Street development

Last night, the Madison Common Council did the right thing when it overwhelmingly voted to approve a residential tower at 149 E. Wilson St. For one thing, it will replace a vacant eyesore of a building, and for another, it will add to the density that makes for a bona fide downtown. >More
Citizen Dave: Noble Wray for mayor of Madison?

Noble Wray didn't stay out of the public eye for very long. Several months after he stepped down as chief of the Madison Police Department, one of the best forces in the nation, he has taken on the job of interim president of the Urban League of Greater Madison. He succeeds Kaleem Caire, who resigned at the beginning of the month. >More
Citizen Dave: The bikes we don't need

I did a bad thing on Saturday -- I bought a bike I didn't really need. Now, of course, there are those of us who believe there is no such thing as a bike a person doesn't need. >More
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