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A Book A Week: The River of No Return by Bee Ridgway

World-building is one of the trickiest parts of writing fantasy and science fiction. Books are often front-loaded with detail, and sometimes this detail is essential for understanding later plot developments. But sometimes it's just there because the writer was so enamored of her own creativity that she wasn't a good judge of which elements were ornamental rather than strictly necessary. Bee Ridgway, in The River of No Return, walks a fine line between these two extremes but in the end succeeds nicely. >More
 A talk with filmmaker and eco-activist Shalini Kantayya

In A Drop of Life, Shalini Kantayya's award-winning 2007 short about the impact of water scarcity and water privatization in India, the filmmaker and eco-activist imagined a "near future" in which prepaid water meters determine how much drinking water individuals receive. "Water meters did not exist in India at the time of my film's production, but they do now," Kantayya says. "This is not a film I meant to be a prophecy, but it ended up being a dark one." >More
Madison Craft Beer Week 2014: Five breweries create special releases for Tex Tubb's

Last year for Madison Craft Beer Week, Tex Tubb's Taco Palace did a collaboration beer with House of Brews featuring agave. This year, they're creating not one, but six brews with five different breweries. "Bigger is better," jokes bar manager Will Mueller. >More
 Magical costumes and other visual spectacles steal the show in University Theatre's kabuki-inspired Richard III

Shakespeare's plays have been translated, interpreted and reexamined on stages all over the world in the four centuries since they were written. In University Theatre's new production of Richard III, director David Furumoto infuses the bloody story of royal machinations and betrayals with elements of kabuki, incorporating traditional makeup, costumes, dance, music, vocal styles and staging. >More
 Rep. Tyler August threatens Madison with loss of state aid for targeting rideshare services Lyft and Uber

A Republican state representative from Lake Geneva does not like the fact that Madison city cops set up a recent sting operation to catch drivers operating unlicensed rideshare services. In fact, Tyler August is so incensed that he warns it could result in the loss of state aid for Madison. >More
 Win tickets to Comedy Night 2, Temples, Appalachian Armageddon, Miss Shevaughn & Yuma Wray, Peelander-Z, Brian Lynch, more!

Isthmus is giving away another round of free tickets to amazing concerts, shows and more fun events! >More
 ALRC to discuss licenses for Cento, Monsoon Siam 2, and Two Straws and Lagartos redux

The Madison Alcohol License Review Committee will meet Wednesday, April 23, at 5:30 p.m. As detailed in its agenda, here are some of the new establishments seeking licenses and other key orders of business. >More
Madison Snaps: April 22, 2014

Today's image titled "Daybreak" was photographed by Michael Leland. >More
 With Shorts on the 2nd Floor, Madison Theatre Guild shows that pint-size plays can bring about powerful performances

Madison Theatre Guild's Shorts on the 2nd Floor is an entertaining evening of seven short plays -- some ridiculous, some poignant, and several in between -- from a combination of unknown and iconic playwrights. Although the pieces don't coalesce around an obvious theme, they are well-executed snapshots of characters at a point of revelation. >More
 Citizen Dave: Some misconceptions about golf

Finally, the courses are open and we can get back to suffering. But there's trouble on the horizon. The grand old game of golf is losing players. Every day adherents die, and they're not being replaced by young people. In order to reverse the trend, radicals and heretics are proposing various ways of defiling the game. >More
 Madland: Is the Madison school district's behavior plan enough?

Recently, the Madison Metropolitan School Board adopted a pair of new behavior plans meant to reduce the number of suspensions and expulsions in the district, particularly the punishments that are disproportionately handed out to students of color. I'd like to applaud the school board for taking a serious look at the district's expulsion rate. However, I wonder if these new codes will be enough. >More
 Madison Snaps: April 21, 2014

Today's image titled "untitled" was photographed by Sarah Mittermaier. >More
Overture Center announces a 2014-15 season filled with Broadway blockbusters and music from around the world

Overture Center has unveiled its 2014-15 season, and it's a doozie. Filled with live music from around the world, innovative takes on dance and circus arts, and musicals that range from charming classics to irreverent new hits, there are tons of opportunities to get your fill of culture between August 2014 and June 2015. >More
 Vinyl Cave: Neil Young by Neil Young

Buffalo Springfield may have had a short life as an active band, but it launched the careers of a number of musicians who have remained active in the business since the '60s. The roster included one major 20th-century legend still shaking things up in the 21st: Neil Young, who released nearly as many albums in the first decade of the new century as he did in the 1970s. >More
 Madison Bach Musicians and Madison Choral Project deliver a commanding Mass in B minor for Easter weekend

The Madison Bach Musicians brought us a brave and convincing period-style performance of Bach's monumental back in 2008, and now they have done it again, even more triumphantly. >More
 Wisconsin Film Festival announces winners of 2014 audience awards

Ever since the final credits of the Wisconsin Film Festival rolled the night of April 10, workers have been tallying the results of the annual Steep & Brew Audience Award competition. Now it's time for a drumroll: The winners of this year's awards are American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs, The Rocket and Vertigo. >More
 Madison Snaps -- April 18, 2014

Today's image titled "Monona Mob" was photographed by Craig Wilson. >More
 Beer Here: Big Sweet Life Maibock from Wisconsin Brewing Company

"I love malt-emphasized beers," says Wisconsin Brewing Company's Kirby Nelson. That's an understatement to those who have followed Nelson's passion for brewing malt-focused German lagers. However, it raises a question. Since opening Wisconsin Brewing in Verona last November, why has he waited so long to make a Maibock? >More
 Rep. Brett Hulsey casts more doubt on seeking re-election as he signs opponent's nomination papers

In a move that casts further doubt on his intention to seek a third term in the state Assembly, Rep. Brett Hulsey (D-Madison) has signed the nomination papers for Mark Clear, a city of Madison alder who is running for Hulsey's seat. But Hulsey would not confirm Thursday whether that means he has decided against seeking re-election. "I will announce next week," he said in a text message. >More
 Mama Madison: When mom gets a new roomie

This past week, against both my will and better judgement, I accompanied 50 or so middle school kids to the Future Problem Solvers Wisconsin State Bowl, a popular academic and skit-writing competition. >More
 Sen. Dale Schultz exits the Wisconsin Legislature, shaking his head

Republican Dale Schultz is stepping down after 32 years in the Legislature, most as a state senator. He has broken ranks with his fellow GOP senators on a host of issue, including Act 10 changes to collective bargaining and a mining bill that weakened environmental regulations. Moreover, Schultz has been openly critical of his party and the forces he believes are corrupting the political system. Chief among them: the vast infusions of campaign cash. >More
 Bassist extraordinaire Richard Davis to headline the 2014 Isthmus Jazz Festival

In its search for a 2014 headliner, the Isthmus Jazz Festival found a superstar close to home. Richard Davis is not only a longtime music professor at the UW-Madison, but an internationally celebrated jazz bassist. He will perform with pianist Willie Pickens on Saturday, June 21, in the Wisconsin Union Theater. >More
 Madison Snaps -- April 17, 2014

Today's image titled "State Street love" was photographed by Chris Collins. >More
 Eldonna Hazen, Dead Man Walking, Sons of Atom, Brews Brothers in the April 18 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 18-24, 2014

Here is this week's critics' choice calendar. >More
 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
 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
 Win tickets to Inon Barnatan, Willy Porter, Cadillac Joe Memorial Fest, Natty Nation, the Travel Adventure Film Series, Y&T, Lydia Loveless, more!

Isthmus is giving away another round of free tickets to amazing concerts, shows and more fun events! >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
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CITIZEN DAVE

Citizen Dave: Some misconceptions about golf

Finally, the courses are open and we can get back to suffering. But there's trouble on the horizon. The grand old game of golf is losing players. Every day adherents die, and they're not being replaced by young people. In order to reverse the trend, radicals and heretics are proposing various ways of defiling the game. >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
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
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