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Ad wars heat up the 2014 Wisconsin governor's race

Like them or not -- and most people don't -- television ads are a mainstay of modern political campaigns. They arguably matter more than debates, websites and media coverage. A cynic might say that explains a lot. >More
 Dum Dum Girls turn sweet pop ditties into aching lo-fi ruminations

It's tempting to call Dum Dum Girls' music bubblegum pop, but the term is not a perfect fit. "Bubblegum" brings to mind the sweet yet wholesome hooks of late-'60s acts like the Osmonds and the Monkees. While Dum Dum Girls make melodies that are as toothsome as the lollipops of the same name, they also entice listeners with danger. >More
Hop Head Beer Tours turns four with its cerebral approach to craft brews

Banish the image of a "drunk bus" from your mind -- Hop Head Beer Tours is about responsible, safe, and respectful enjoyment of Midwest brewing regions. In December, founders Justin Schmitz and Felipe Moreira will celebrate the fourth anniversary of their brewery tour company, which has grown from offering a handful of bus tours of Madison-area breweries to a full-fledged craft beer appreciation project. >More
 Wisconsin Book Festival 2014 fills downtown Madison with lively discussions about medicine, math, mini-golf and more

The Madison Public Library Foundation has transformed the Wisconsin Book Festival into a year-round celebration of authors and reading. It doesn't just honor the written word, but pays homage to the things that inspire authors to write and the big ideas that make storytelling so exciting. >More
 The Amazing Race 25, Episode 4: The #SweetScientists show attention to detail

The thrill of travel arrangements and fuel efficiency were the highlight of the latest episode of the CBS reality series The Amazing Race. Starting on a high note, #TheCyclists Kym and Alli squeezed a mere 0.01 gallon of gas out of a Ford C-Max Hybrid, a car they each received as the winners of this leg. >More
 Madison Snaps: October 20, 2014

Today's image titled "State Street Brats" was photographed by Ryan Young. >More
 Pianist Olga Kern dazzles with Rachmaninoff as Madison Symphony Orchestra performs Russian works both familiar and rare

The Madison Symphony Orchestra offered another big winner at Overture Hall with a program devoted to the music of three Russian composers. >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
 Ho-Chunk Nation will shutter its Madison casino's poker room in November

Local poker players will have one less place to play next month, as Ho-Chunk Gaming Madison has signaled it will close its electronic poker room. Posters seen Thursday night at the far east side casino, formerly known as the Dejope Bingo Hall, say the eight-table poker room will shut down Nov. 15. >More
 Enter to win the Isthmus photo contest: 'Adventures in Eating'

Got a lot on your plate? Take a picture of it for the Isthmus photo contest! Send us a photo that involves food in some way... we are partial to images that are creative, or funny, or beautiful, or Madisonian. So put down that fork and start shooting! >More
 UW mathematician Jordan Ellenberg highlights the value of contradiction at Wisconsin Book Festival 2014

Jordan Ellenberg, nationally recognized UW-Madison mathematics professor and author of the recent bestselling book How Not to Be Wrong: The Power of Mathematical Thinking, did something very unmathematical Thursday night: He made a last-minute change in plans. >More
 Madison Snaps: October 17, 2014

Today's image titled "Candy Apple Season" was photographed by Dan Constien. >More
Urban Design Commission pushes for modern design for development on 1000 block of East Washington Avenue

As part of continuing efforts to revitalize East Washington Avenue, members of the city's Urban Design Commission are pushing for a more contemporary design for a new mixed-use development in the works on the 1000 block of the street. >More
 Beer Here: Fantasy Factory India Pale Ale from Karben4 Brewing

IPAs are hot, and there certainly are a lot of them being brewed now. So many, in fact, that when a truly distinctive one emerges from the crowd, you take notice. Fantasy Factory from Karben4 is one that stands out, and is worthy of all the attention and accolades it's receiving. hen Karben4 first introduced Fantasy Factory, it was swiftly embraced by Madison's hop-loving beer enthusiasts. >More
 Madison Snaps: October 16, 2014

Today's image titled "Lakeside Printing Cooperative" was photographed by Chris Collins. >More
 Freakfest, landmarks, Flannel Fest, Sujeo in the October 16 issue of Isthmus

hat can you find in this week's Isthmus? Highlights from the latest issue follow. >More
 Isthmus Picks: Madison calendar for October 16-22, 2014

Here are this week's Isthmus Picks. The Guide provides an extended listing of events in and around Madison. >More
 Rivals for Wisconsin governor, attorney general differ on drunken driving

No one disputes that drunken driving is a serious problem in Wisconsin. But the candidates for governor and attorney general differ in how they would address it. >More
 Mama Madison: Three cheers for reading at the Wisconsin Book Festival

Do you have a little reader or an aspiring teenaged writer in your house? If so, you may want to venture to the Wisconsin Book Festival this weekend, to whet their appetite for wonderful words as well as your own. >More
 When will the bass drop at a Glitch Mob show?

You don't have to ask when the bass will drop when listening to the Glitch Mob. It drops all the time. The songs off their new release, Love Death Immortality, create frisson so chilling and intense you'd swear you were in the Arctic even though you're sweating on the dance floor. >More
 MGE opposes Madison's effort to grow solar energy

In a July 11 letter to the U.S. Department of Energy, Mayor Paul Soglin conceded an unfortunate reality: "Today in Wisconsin the responsibility for promoting clean energy has become the domain of cities." The city is asking the DOE for a $600,000 grant to help increase solar generation here 30-fold by 2025. >More
 What's up and coming for Madison food carts in 2015

Even jaded eaters will sit up and take notice when they see the new Blair Street BBQ cart. Each fall, new food cart owners who want to vend in the city's coveted Mall/Concourse spaces participate in the final day of Madison's food cart review, lining up on Martin Luther King Boulevard to present samples of their menus to the review committee. >More
 Wisconsin candidates raise campaign cash behind closed doors

On Oct. 8, Mandy Wright held a fundraiser in Madison, at a bar across the street from the Wisconsin Capitol. The event listing said "we will be accepting donations of $250 or $100" from host sponsors, "but please know that donations of any size are greatly appreciated." >More
 Madison Snaps: October 15, 2014

Today's image titled "Hole in the Wall" was photographed by Ryan Young. >More
 Children's Theater of Madison invites families into a whimsical circus spectacle with James and the Giant Peach

There are magical crocodile tongues on the loose in the Playhouse at Overture Center, and if you're not careful, they might enchant a fruit tree in your backyard. This is exactly what happened in James and the Giant Peach, the newest production by Children's Theater of Madison. >More
 Win tickets to The Hunts, Whad'Ya Know?, Rodrigo y Gabriela, Captured! by Robots, Dum Dum Girls, 360 Allstars, more!

Isthmus is giving away another round of free tickets to amazing concerts, shows and more fun events! >More
 Grabbing an Earth-friendly lunch at Madison food carts

So you ordered your food cart lunch and were cheered by the fact that it was presented to you in a nubbly, off-white EarthChoice compostable cardboard container instead of Styrofoam. Then you ate your lunch and tossed the container in the trash. >More
 Evangelical pastor requests June marriage license records for Wisconsin same-sex couples

A controversial anti-abortion activist has asked county clerks around the state for copies of marriage license applications processed from June 5 to June 16. Roughly 550 same-sex couples rushed to marry in the week after U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb ruled the state's marriage ban unconstitutional on June 6. >More
 Madison Snaps: October 14, 2014

Today's image titled "Jax & Michelle" was photographed by Chris Collins. >More
 Madland: A week's worth of Wisconsin 2014 political ads, from best to worst

October is the month where political ads appear everywhere you turn in Wisconsin, in every possible medium. It is seriously creepy seeing Scott Walker's face pop up on Xbox Live. >More
 Karben4 to double beer production as the brewery starts releasing bottles

The words "Fantasy Factory" take on special meaning amidst the whirl and hum of a brewery built upon both dreams and hard work. On Saturday, another idea became reality when Karben4 Brewing fired up some long-dormant machinery for the first time and started filling bottles with its most popular beer, Fantasy Factory India Pale Ale. >More
 American Players Theatre delivers a modern yet timeless Alcestis, Euripides' tale of love and fate

Despite being 2,500 years old, Alcestis fits naturally on the contemporary stage. Themes like love, death, and fate are universal; the story is easy to follow; and director David Frank offers some entertaining twists in an American Players Theatre production of Euripides' classic before stepping out of his role as the Spring Green company's producing artistic director. >More
 Leading bioethicist Jeffrey Kahn expresses skepticism over controversial UW-Madison primate experiment

Jeffrey Kahn has serious doubts about the ethics of the UW-Madison's research depriving newborn rhesus monkeys from their mothers. "I'm deeply skeptical about the necessity of this study," said Kahn, who recently chaired a National Institutes of Health committee on the use of chimpanzees in biomedical and behavioral research. >More
 The Amazing Race 25 Episode 3: #SweetScientists show off their animal-whispering skills

While others were watching Wisconsin's gubernatorial debates on Friday, I was dutifully following -- and sort of live-tweeting -- the CBS reality series The Amazing Race. It looks like Madison's #SweetScientists, a team composed of UW food-science grad students Amy and Maya, is going to go pretty far in the competition. >More
 Madison Snaps: October 13, 2014

Today's image titled "Arboretum fire" was photographed by Emily Mills. >More
 Madland: The first Burke-Walker debate was really a series of speeches

Sci-fi fans must have loved last night's debate between Mary Burke and Scott Walker! Some of our best science fiction involves coming into contact with a parallel universe. >More
 Rachel Barton Pine delivers a splendid rendition of Vieuxtemps' Fifth Violin Concerto with the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra

The Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra opened its 2014-15 season with a remarkably generous and diversified program at the Capitol Theater on Friday. Violinist Rachel Barton Pine and violist Matthew Lipman served as guest soloists. >More
 Madland: Voter ID block gives underdog Wisconsin Democrats a chance

Good news, Democrats! There are no more excuses for Mary Burke not to win in November. Bad news, Democrats! There are no more excuses for Mary Burke not to win in November. >More
 Madison aims to improve connection between the Municipal Building and City-County Building

With 23 different city departments spread between two different buildings, residents sometimes end up bouncing back and forth between the Madison Municipal Building and the City-County Building, both located on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, searching for a particular office. >More
 Madison Snaps: October 10, 2014

Today's image titled "River Kayaker" was photographed by Emily Mills. >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
Citizen Dave: It's time to repeal Wisconsin's same-sex marriage ban

Now that the U.S. Supreme Court has all but settled the law on gay marriage, essentially declaring that bans on same sex marriage are unconstitutional, Wisconsin should get started on wiping an ugly smudge off its own state constitution. >More
Citizen Dave: Same-sex marriage and the culture wars

It's becoming a rout. The culture wars are drawing to a close and the liberals are winning. The latest ruling (well non-ruling, really) from the U.S. Supreme Court underscores what's happening. >More
Citizen Dave: What to do before flying United through O'Hare

I just got back from a brief trip to Ontario. I left Friday afternoon and returned late Sunday. I spent four hours at my destination. I spent nine hours sleeping over two nights. I spent six hours driving. I spent four hours in the Toronto airport. I sat fourteen hours at O'Hare. >More
Citizen Dave: More Mary Burke plagiarism revealed!

Following the lead of those dedicated scandal-mongers in the hard-working Wisconsin Capitol press corps, I've scoured Mary Burke's policy document and discovered even more stolen phrases from other candidates. It just gets worse and worse. >More
Citizen Dave: Brewers fans will have to wait 'til next year

As the Milwaukee Brewers slog through the final days of the season, I have a few random observations... random as much of the team's play has been over the last month or so. >More
Citizen Dave: Reinstatement of voter ID in Wisconsin messes up my Election Day plans!

I like to vote, and I was planning to do so early and often this November. >More
Citizen Dave: USDOT does what it can for biking and walking

While I was attending last week's Pro Walk/Pro Bike/Pro Place conference in Pittsburgh, U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx announced an initiative to improve safety for cyclists and pedestrians. >More
Citizen Dave: Good cities need more streets that 'fail'

How do we measure a successful street? Well, traditionally we've allowed traffic engineers, focused on moving cars, to create that measure. They've developed a grading system for streets called "Level of Service" or LOS. >More
Citizen Dave: Flying home on the 9/11 anniversary

I'm flying home today from Pittsburgh. It does feel a little somber to fly on the thirteenth anniversary of the attacks on New York and Washington, D.C., especially since I'm leaving from Pennsylvania, not too far from where the fourth plan went down in a farm field. It's all cause for reflection about our nation's sense of security. >More
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