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Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra shines on Schönberg

The Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra's Friday evening concert was cunningly planned. Each half opened with unfamiliar, maybe off-putting music, followed by works of familiar composers. The orchestra was accompanied by Russian-born pianist Ilya Yakushev as soloist. >More
 Citizen Dave: In defense of Mike Tate

Last November was a national Democratic disaster of almost epic proportions, and there was nothing one state's party chair could do about it. >More
Madison's 'arts entrepreneurs' make the city cool

"The arts create a sense of place that attracts new people to our city," says Karin Wolf, and support for affordable spaces, and investment in people and education, improve Madison's competitive edge. >More
 Madland: Scott Walker could be Republican lawmakers' biggest threat

With a friendly Legislature, it is only natural that Gov. Scott Walker would try to expand executive power. But legislators should be wary of such an expansion, just because they like the person in office. >More
 Rockhound Brewpub scouts a Madison location

Nate Warnke, a geology major with an M.B.A., left his job at American Family to focus on his dream of opening a brewery. >More
 Citizen Dave: Suicide is the real story about guns

Contrary to the narrative of the National Rifle Association, a murder-suicide in Montfort, Wisconsin, represents the typical use of a gun in a death. >More
 Madison Snaps: January 22, 2015

Today's image titled "Frozen sails" was photographed by Emily Mills. >More
Beer Here: InAbsinthia, from Vintage Brewing Company

"This is unique," says Vintage brewmaster Scott Manning of his latest creation. InAbsinthia is a robust blend of English and Belgian brewing tradition, aged for nearly a half-year in an absinthe barrel. With its layers of flavor, spicy notes of licorice and alcoholic warmth, InAbsinthia isn't for everyone. Adventuresome drinkers and those who love to find rare, limited-release beers, this is one you need to try. >More
 The wee bear gets the movie he deserves in Paddington

Bears and marmalade have gone together like Pooh and honey ever since 1958, when U.K. author Michael Bond and illustrator Peggy Fortnum published their children's book A Bear Called Paddington. Featuring the misadventures of a young bear from "darkest Peru" who finds himself living in London through no fault of his own, the Paddington books are the rarest of VYA (Very Young Adult) touchstones, the children's classic. >More
 Madison Snaps: January 22, 2015

Today's image titled "weary" was photographed by Chris Collins. >More
 Black sororities, Oh My Love, Orson Welles, and a cold case solved in the January 22 issue of Isthmus

What can you find in this week's Isthmus? Highlights from the latest issue: >More
 Isthmus Picks: Madison calendar for January 22-29, 2015

Here are this week's Isthmus Picks. The Guide provides an extended listing of events in and around Madison. >More
The ghosts of Richard Brown

As Richard Brown Sr. sees it, Madison is suffering from a crisis of leadership. A former Dane County supervisor, Brown says the crisis will end only when voters stop living in the past. "We're stuck in the Paul Soglin time warp," Brown says. "People have lost confidence in the mayor's office. There is no leadership there." >More
 Mashups on tap for MACN Week

MACN Week, the Madison Area Chefs Network's new food event to take place March 9-15, is shaping up to be a kitchen-hopping extravaganza. There are still more events to be confirmed and details to iron out, but already there's much to look forward to. >More
 Cold War Kids tear down the wall between rock and pop

Cold War Kids weren't literally kids when they dropped their infectious single "Hang Me Up to Dry" in 2007. But the band, founded in 2004 by Nathan Willett and Matt Maust, was young enough to stand out in a crowd of fresh-faced indie rockers. Five albums and more than a decade into their career, Cold War Kids have ascended from early blog darlings to rock 'n' roll regulars. >More
 UW's Cinematheque honors Kenosha-born auteur Orson Welles

This year marks the 100th anniversary of Orson Welles' birth. The Kenosha-born filmmaker and actor (who lived in Madison when he was 10) is revered for his groundbreaking work in theater, radio and film. UW's Cinematheque will celebrate his career all year, kicking off with a six-week run of films at 4070 Vilas Hall emphasizing his career as the "complete auteur." >More
 New cafe to open in King Street's Atrium space in downtown Madison

The Atrium is a unique space in Madison and almost no one knows that better than Benjamin Altschul. Altschul grew up at the site, at 111 King St., between where the Kitchen Gallery and Context Clothing are now located. Kitchen Gallery was once home to Botticelli's, the restaurant owned by his parents, Jane Capito and Dan Altschul. "My first memories are from there," says Altschul, who is now co-owner and operator of the Tip Top Tavern, a venerable Eken Park-neighborhood tap that he revitalized in 2013. >More
 Madison Snaps: January 21, 2015

Today's image titled "untitled" was photographed by Sarah Mittermaier. >More
 "Festival brews" would make an ambitious Isthmus Beer and Cheese Fest even better

There's a lot of common beer festival DNA, no matter which one you attend. You'll see a lot of pretzel necklaces, of course, and some kind of crazy clothing accessory -- hat, novelty glasses and beer-themed socks are common. If the festival is indoors, you'll definitely get to know the ooooooh..., that half-sympathetic, half-judgmental cheer that goes up whenever a glass is dropped. So yes, you would have witnessed all these things at the Isthmus Beer and Cheese Fest (IBCF) which just wrapped up its jam-packed sixth annual iteration last Saturday. >More
 Local alt-country artists breathe new life into classic Stones album

Matt Earley first heard the Rolling Stones' classic 1972 album Exile on Main St. at age 19, and it quickly became a go-to record for him. This week, the 45-year-old vocalist, guitarist and ukulele player for Madison's Americana string band Winn Dixie will lead the "Exile on Willy St." project -- a who's-who of the city's alt-country music scene -- in a one-time-only, front-to-back reworking of the 18-song double album now regarded as one of the finest records in rock history. >More
 Wisconsin Supreme Court measure, billed as move toward congeniality, seen as rip on Shirley Abrahamson

The left-leaning Center on Media and Democracy called it "a coordinated GOP attack" on Chief Justice Shirley Abrahamson. Neil Heinen, editorial director of WISC-TV in Madison, said it "borders on frivolous abuse of the constitutional amending process." The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel editorialized that Republicans apparently want "to retroactively overturn an election." >More
 Win tickets to Yonder Mountain String Band and more!

Isthmus is giving away another round of free tickets to amazing concerts, shows and more fun events! >More
 Tracy Michelle Arnold is vulnerable, heroic in Forward Theater's The Other Place

Forward Theater delivers a brave and bruising production of Sharr White's The Other Place (through Feb. 1 at Overture Center's Playhouse). It's a complicated portrait of a woman descending into disease -- one that irrevocably alters her perceptions of the present, her memories of the past and her sense of self. >More
 Madison Snaps: January 20, 2015

Today's image titled "stalking bird" was photographed by Steven Bauer. >More
 Willy Street Co-op employees to vote on union, but only at west-side store

A vote on unionizing the Willy Street Co-op will proceed in the next month, but only for workers at the Co-op's west-side store in Middleton and not at the co-op's flagship store on Madison's progressive east side. >More
 Classic brick, spiced goudas please the crowd at Isthmus Beer and Cheese Fest 2015

The sixth annual Isthmus Beer and Cheese Fest has come and gone. The beer and the brewmasters take the limelight, but the cheese is the best supporting actor. And I wasn't the only person to leave the Exhibition Hall with a backpack full of hunks of cheese. >More
 Madison Snaps: January 19, 2015

Today's image titled "Badgers win!" was photographed by Michael Leland. >More
 The best of the best at the 2015 Isthmus Beer and Cheese Fest

The sixth annual edition of Isthmus Beer and Cheese Fest served up a menu of some 320 beers from more than 75 breweries. That's close to one hundred more beers than was served at last year's festival, an increase that highlights its growing size and scope. >More
 Live coverage of Isthmus Beer and Cheese Fest 2015: Brews, bries and butter

One of Wisconsin's most popular beer festivals drew a bigger crowd than ever this year. More than 5,000 people attended the sixth annual edition of Isthmus Beer and Cheese Fest, held on Saturday, Jan. 17 at the Alliant Energy Center Exhibition Hall. >More
 Citizen Dave: Why is air travel so bad?

Look, I am not a complainer. I am not a difficult person. In fact, as a rule I'm a pretty happy consumer. I think most products and services have improved in the last couple of decades. >More
 Tell All: Our kids aren't friends anymore. Can I stay friends with the parents?

Dear Tell All: I'm in the middle of a sticky situation with the parents of my son's former best friend. This friend -- I'll call him Connor -- met my oldest son on the first day of preschool in Madison, and they immediately bonded. >More
 Ten tips for Isthmus Beer and Cheese Fest 2015

We are just about ready for the sixth annual Isthmus Beer and Cheese Fest, and we want you to be on your game too! The festival will be held on Saturday, Jan. 17 at the Alliant Energy Center Exhibition Hall. It's our biggest and best festival yet, and promises and afternoon of delicious tastes and good times. >More
 Madison Snaps: January 16, 2015

Today's image titled "Twins" was photographed by Mike Vande Ven Jr. >More
 Isthmus Beer and Cheese Fest 2015: Your road map and menu to deliciousness!

It's so close, we can taste it! The sixth annual Isthmus Beer and Cheese Fest is this Saturday, Jan. 17! You've made plans to attend, and now here's the final piece to help you embark on a craft beer and artisanal cheese voyage -- a map and menu. >More
 Beer Here: Road Slush Stout from New Glarus Brewing

Few beers pay homage to Wisconsin's winter landscape like as Road Slush, an oatmeal stout from New Glarus Brewing. This name underscores the brewery's Wisconsin-only identity, and here where the snow flies, it attracts beer fans who relish malty sweetness and hints of coffee. >More
 Mama Madison: The Pinterest effect

If you've been anywhere on the Internet in the past few years, you may have noticed that more and more sites are inviting you to follow them on the social media network Pinterest. Here users create "boards" and search through thousands of "pins" on subjects that interest them and save images to create their own series of digital bookmarks. >More
 Madison Snaps: January 15, 2015

Today's image titled "Wisconsin moon" was photographed by Michael Leland. >More
 Homebrewing, digital film, Lewis Black, Bonefish Grill in the January 15 issue of Isthmus

What can you find in this week's Isthmus? Highlights from the latest issue follow. >More
 Isthmus Picks: Madison calendar for January 15-22, 2015

Here are this week's Isthmus Picks. The Guide provides an extended listing of events in and around Madison. >More
 Ale Asylum plans a fun 2015 with new brews, cans and its Ferment Dissent release party

Ale Asylum is shaking things up in a big way for 2015. Over the next year, the Madison brewery plans to revamp its production schedule with a new series of beers, introduce cans for some its most popular labels and launch a major summer release party. "We've been so focused on keeping up with demand; we decided [it was time] to flex our creativity and have some fun," says co-owner Otto Dilba. >More
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CITIZEN DAVE

Citizen Dave: In defense of Mike Tate

Last November was a national Democratic disaster of almost epic proportions, and there was nothing one state's party chair could do about it. >More
Citizen Dave: Suicide is the real story about guns

Contrary to the narrative of the National Rifle Association, a murder-suicide in Montfort, Wisconsin, represents the typical use of a gun in a death. >More
Citizen Dave: Why is air travel so bad?

Look, I am not a complainer. I am not a difficult person. In fact, as a rule I'm a pretty happy consumer. I think most products and services have improved in the last couple of decades. >More
Citizen Dave: Let's get Madison's 2015 mayoral candidates talking

Who to vote for mayor of Madison will be the most important -- and exciting -- civic decision of the next four years. In case you missed it, there's an election for that position coming up on April 7, with a primary only a few weeks away on February 17. >More
Citizen Dave: Charlie Hebdo and Madison

In reflecting on yesterday's massacre at the headquarters of the French satirical periodical Charlie Hebdo, a few things come to mind with regards to life in Madison. >More
Citizen Dave: We must repeal concealed carry

As I've stated regularly over the last few years -- as a hunter who owns guns -- I believe that carrying around a loaded firearm in public is simply insane. >More
Citizen Dave: As you enjoy the bowl games, think of the players

Okay, so it wasn't the most eloquent statement ever, but it was accurate. "Why should we have to go to class if we came here to play FOOTBALL, we ain't come to play SCHOOL, classes are POINTLESS." >More
Citizen Dave: The biggest issue of 2014 and beyond is non-representative government

In the final issue of Isthmus for 2014, I wrote about what I considered to be the top 10 stories of the year that would have the most impact in 2015 and beyond. I listed the top three as Governor Walker's reelection, the big Republican majorities in the Wisconsin Legislature, and local reactions to the Ferguson protests, in that order. I now wish to revise and extend my remarks. >More
Citizen Dave: The Cargo Bike Shop is ready to outfit workhorses

When you think of bicycles, it's likely that the first images to come to mind are super-fit Lycra-clad racers in summer or maybe bundled-up urban hipsters in winter. But Tim Staton wants you to think of a bike as a workhorse too. >More
Citizen Dave: My first venison dinner of the season

It was fate. The other night I came home to find a postcard from the Wisconsin DNR. The doe I shot on the first day of gun deer season in November had tested negative for chronic wasting disease. >More
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