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Madison Snaps: July 28, 2014

Today's image titled "Catfish Gorilla" was photographed by Chris Collins. >More
 Vinyl Cave: Land of 1000 Dances by Chris Kenner

For a certain type of collector, vintage record label stock advertising sleeves can inspire a search for albums it can take years to locate. One prime example is Atlantic/Atco and its associated labels, which maintained company sleeves well into the 1970s. >More
Frank Productions responds to neighborhood concerns about proposed East Washington concert venue

Last night at Tenney Park, residents of Madison's near east side raised concerns about a new music venue proposed for the 1000 block of East Washington Avenue. The venue, a project of local concert-promotion company Frank Productions, would likely hold more than 2,000 concertgoers. >More
 Your guide to Great Taste of the Midwest eve 2014 pre-parties and beer tastings

Madison is ascending as a destination city for craft beer enthusiasts, a status that's affirmed the second week of every August when it plays host to the Great Taste of the Midwest and a growing host of satellite celebrations. Here's your guide to the series of pre-parties known as Great Taste Eve. >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
 Madison Snaps: July 25, 2014

Today's image titled "Naila at La Fete" was photographed by Craig Wilson. >More
 Beer Here: Eastside APA from Next Door Brewing

Since taking on the lead brewer position at Next Door Brewing in May, Bryan Kreiter has been making subtle changes at the east-side brewpub that haven't gone unnoticed by its fans. Keeping the regulars happy has meant that Kreiter has kept up with demand for the mainstays like Wilbur (cream ale) and Sevex (English strong ale) while turning out a half-dozen new beers based on his own recipes. >More
Mama Madison: Parental dice rolls?

Last week, in response to the county-wide Sleep Safe, Sleep Well public health campaign that encourages parents to "share the room, not the bed" with their sleeping infants, Isthmus contributor Ruth Conniff penned a lovely opinion piece in defense of bed sharing entitled "Confessions of a Co-Sleeper." >More
 Madison Snaps: July 24, 2014

Today's image titled "Storm over Madison" was photographed by Jake Pfaffenroth. >More
 AG primary, Human Head, Annabel Lee, Showboat Saloon in the July 24 issue of Isthmus

What can you find in this week's Isthmus? Highlights from the latest issue follow. >More
 Isthmus Picks: Madison calendar for July 25-31, 2014

Here are this week's Isthmus Picks. The Guide provides an extended listing of events in and around Madison. >More
 Scott Walker tops Mary Burke in major and out-of-state donations

Two weeks before the July 21 deadline for filing campaign finance reports, the campaigns of Mary Burke, the likely Democratic candidate for Wisconsin governor, and Scott Walker, the Republican incumbent, issued press releases projecting some key numbers. These figures were nearly the same as those in the actual reports, filed on the due date with the state Government Accountability Board. >More
MGE's proposed rate change dismays conservationists

In 2006, Kurt Reinhold invested $20,000 installing solar panels on the roof of his home. A former high school science teacher, he was concerned about climate change and wanted to reduce his carbon emissions. "I'm a firm believer in displacing more and more fossil fuels with renewable energy because of the accumulation of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere," says Reinhold. >More
 Matt Gerding and Scott Leslie envision Majestic-style events for their new Missouri venues

True Endeavors organizes concerts in Iowa City. The Orpheum's new owners have partnered with House of Blues Entertainment, part of the L.A.-based entertainment corporation Live Nation, for booking ventures. Now Majestic Live, the promotion and booking agency helmed by Majestic Theatre owners Matt Gerding and Scott Leslie, has officially expanded into another state. >More
 Music Theatre of Madison's Miscast challenges age, gender and race expectations with lovely singing and lots of humor

The annual performance of Miscast by Music Theatre of Madison asks questions like "Are eight year old girls with red hair and freckles the only ones who get to sing songs from Annie?" The answer, according to executive director Meghan Randolph, is no. At least once a year, the role is open to anyone with the nerve and talent to take the stage. >More
 Madison Snaps: July 23, 2014

Today's image titled "End of the day at Tenney Park Locks" was photographed by Sarah Mittermaier. >More
 Drama in the West High theater department

On July 14, about 500 locals received an email message with a dramatic subject line: "West Theater Program in Jeopardy!" The message came from Friends of West High Drama, a booster organization for parents of students who've participated in the school's theater programs. It asked recipients to contact administrators and express concerns about proposed cuts to theater classes for the 2014-2015 school year. >More
 Dave and Phil Alvin stop fighting to make a record of Big Bill Broonzy covers

Thirty-five years have passed since the Blasters debuted their blend of blues, rockabilly and roots rock in a small city near Disneyland. Though they're brothers, founders Dave and Phil Alvin didn't record together for decades, probably because they fought constantly. Then came Common Ground, an album of Big Bill Broonzy covers released this year. It's the focus of the siblings' July 25 concert at the High Noon Saloon. >More
 Isthmus Paddle & Portage 2014 results

More than 850 people in around 450 watercraft participated in Isthmus Paddle & Portage on Saturday, July 19. >More
 Music Theatre of Madison's Bonnie & Clyde is a magnetic tale about two lawbreaking lovers in 1930s America

As part of the infamous Barrow gang of robbers and outlaws, Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow basked in the media spotlight, drew the ire of law enforcement, and captured the American imagination in the early 1930s. In the midst of the Great Depression, this handsome young couple eluded police during a three-year crime spree that fascinated the public. >More
 Win tickets to Dave & Phil Alvin with The Guilty Ones, Evil Beaver, See How You Are Madison?!, more!

Isthmus is giving away another round of free tickets to amazing concerts, shows and more fun events! >More
 Author Joe Burns urges Madison labor activists to bring back the 'effective strike'

The fallout from Gov. Scott Walker's elimination of workplace protections for public employees continues with a decline in union membership. It is not a situation unique to Wisconsin. >More
 Madison Snaps: July 22, 2014

Today's image titled "untitled" was photographed by Chris Collins. >More
 'Weird Al' Yankovic partners with Fitchburg's TruScribe to skewer corporate jargon in 'Mission Statement'

TruScribe, based in Fitchburg, is a leading producer of whiteboard videos -- those instructional or promotional videos in which illustrations are created before viewers' eyes to illustrate points made in the voice-over. Their clients include major players in the fields of healthcare, finance, non-profits, and they've even done work for NASA. But they've never had a client like "Weird Al" Yankovic. >More
 There and Back with New Glarus Brewing: Wisconsin gets a taste of Sierra Nevada Beer Camp 2014

Sierra Nevada Brewing originally conceived its Beer Camp as a project for homebrewers, with a lucky few selected each summer to participate in a VIP experience at the brewery's headquarters in Chico, California. But people have been filling their camping trips, road trips and tailgating sessions with beer since time immemorial, so when Sierra Nevada announced last July that the 2014 edition of Beer Camp would be a multi-state, multi-brewer collaborative affair, it tapped into something instinctive, primordial, in the craft beer fan's psyche. >More
 Madison Snaps: July 21, 2014

Today's image titled "UW Madison Memorial Union" was photographed by Ryan Young. >More
 View photos of costumes at Isthmus Paddle & Portage 2014

Where in Madison can one see Teletubbies, superheroes, Rockford Peaches, lumberjacks and SpongeBob SquarePants all in one place? At Isthmus Paddle & Portage, of course! >More
 View photos from Isthmus Paddle & Portage 2014

Why are those people running with canoes? It's the 35th annual edition of Isthmus Paddle & Portage! >More
 Viking Brewpub prepares to set sail in Stoughton

Stoughton is getting ready to welcome Dane County's newest brewery. The Viking Brewpub, in the works over the last year, is getting ready to open in early August. Owner Vik Malling, 68, says renovations are nearly complete on the building at 211 E. Main St. that locals may remember as the Stationery House. >More
 Madison goes wild for tUnE-yArDs, Speedy Ortiz and Dosh at the first Live on King Street concert of 2014

Madison cemented its status as a summer party city Friday night with the first Live on King Street of the season. With free admission to an outdoor stage next to the Majestic Theatre, and music by tUnE-yArDs, Speedy Ortiz, Dosh and DJ Nick Nice, the concert series drew what may have been its biggest crowd yet. >More
 Judge Doyle Square price tag for city of Madison swells to $77 million

Developer Bob Dunn submitted his TIF request for the second block of the Judge Doyle Square project Friday, showing he needs another $32.3 million from the city, on top of an earlier request for $44.6 million for a hotel. >More
 Bygone Brand's retro T-shirts breathe new life into old Madison businesses and logos

Maxwell Street Days, running today through July 20 on State Street, is one of Madison's liveliest celebrations of local and regional retailers. Though locals often lament the recent proliferation of chains on the city's pedestrian thoroughfare, this phenomenon isn't new. >More
 Madison Snaps: July 18, 2014

Today's image titled "untitled" was photographed by Sarah Mittermaier. >More
 Madland: American Movie continues to resonate 15 years later

Let me take a moment and applaud this summer's programming at UW Cinematheque. It is awesome and eclectic as always, with titles that range from the Iranian ultra-meta film Close-Up to This is Spinal Tap. But nothing makes as happy as learning about it screening a 35 mm print of the Wisconsin classic American Movie. >More
 Beer Here: Increase Wheat Gooseberry Berliner Weisse from Milwaukee Brewing Company

Milwaukee Brewing Company is releasing it first sour, a Berliner Weisse named Increase Wheat. "Sours give us street cred as among the microbreweries who'll make anything," says head brewer Robert Morton. What sets this new sour beer apart from the rest is that it's made with gooseberries. >More
 Mama Madison: What constitutes a keepsake?

As much as I'd like to believe there is latent genius in my daughter's early finger paintings, I'm pretty sure her works are not distinguishable from those created by the pointer fingers and pinkies of thousands of other children from across the world. >More
 Madison Snaps: July 17, 2014

Today's image titled "Thinking Lincoln" was photographed by Kerry G. Hill. >More
 Lost Madison, District 78, La Taguara, flyboarding in the July 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 July 18-24, 2014

Here is this week's critics' choice calendar. The Guide provides an extended listing of events in and around Madison. >More
 Saving 'The Spirit of Greenbush' statue

The spirit of Greenbush is alive and well, but its namesake monument is in trouble. The pyramidal statue at Regent and North Murray streets has fallen into alarming disrepair. >More
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CITIZEN DAVE

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
Citizen Dave: Hobby Lobby decision is among the last gasps of conservatives

This is not the most wonderful time of the year. As late June rolls around each year, when the U.S. Supreme Court wraps up its latest decisions, I brace for whatever damage Antonin Scalia and his conservative majority will do to our country. They didn't disappoint this year. >More
Citizen Dave: Soccer and the culture wars

I watched the United States and Portugal played to a tie in the World Cup. Well, to be precise, I saw the last fifteen minutes or so of the match, which is the most soccer I have ever watched in one sitting. >More
Citizen Dave: Scott Resnick is right -- it's time to move on

In a new Isthmus article by Joe Tarr, he quotes Ald. Scott Resnick on the city's politics: "We could have a conversation about Madison that doesn't involve Dave and Paul. We don't have to have the 'Paul position' or the 'Dave position.'" He's referring there to current Mayor Paul Soglin and former mayor me. >More
Citizen Dave: Driverless cars will change everything

There's a spirited debate going on right now about new smart phone-based services that operate in ways similar to taxis. As Isthmus has reported, the traditional taxi companies make the case that Lyft and Uber unfairly compete with their heavily regulated industry, although you could also argue that those regulations reduce competition. But wherever you come down on that debate, you ain't seen nothin' yet. >More
Citizen Dave: Republicans are digging themselves a deeper hole on same-sex marriage

There's an old axiom in politics that goes like this: "If you find yourself in a hole, stop digging." For many years, the Republican Party has taken shameless political advantage of intolerance toward gay Americans, steadfastly working to enshrine discrimination against them in our laws and even in our state constitutions, including here in Wisconsin. >More
Citizen Dave: June 6 and the moral arc of history

Some days you're proud to be an American. Today, June 6, is one of those days. >More
Citizen Dave: Life without my smart phone

I forgot my phone the other day. Left it on the kitchen counter. I spent the entire day without it. Miraculously, I was able to function and to survive. >More
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