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Citizen Dave: Auto autos will change cities for the better

In the past few months Google has rethought its driverless car. They've changed their business model from selling automated cars to essentially integrating them into a massive car-sharing system. >More
 Isthmus Picks: Madison calendar for January 29 - February 5, 2015

Here are this week's Isthmus Picks. The Guide provides an extended listing of events in and around Madison. >More
Isthmus, WORT sponsor Madison mayoral forum focusing on disparity issues

Here's a troubling question: How can a community as rich and prosperous as Dane County have some of the worst disparities in the country? We get a chance to ask this question at a Madison mayoral forum on Feb. 4, at the Rev. Alex Gee's Fountain of Life Covenant Church. >More
 Beer Here: NightCall Smoked Porter from Karben4 Brewing

Four Bottle Openers! NightCall is my go-to all-around Karben4 favorite. It's just so drinkable, and it's great with food; it's not a beer you have to think too deeply about to appreciate. >More
 Citizen Dave: Packers and climate change? I am happy in my denial

When someone so much as brings up the topic of football, I cut them off, change the subject or, if necessary, leave the room. Global climate change can be ignored in the same way, or so the U.S. Senate would have us believe. >More
 Opinion: Pundits ponder the hole in Scott Walker's resume

Sure, he's more conservative than Chris Christie and younger and fresher than Jeb Bush, but voters, some of whom feel dismissed by intellectuals, keep electing smarty-pants candidates. >More
 Yonder Mountain String Band moves forward after founder's departure

Rather than folding or caving into pressure to change their sound, remaining members Dave Johnston, Adam Aijala and co-founder Ben Kaufman began collaborating with fiddle player Allie Kral and mandolin player Jake Jolliff. >More
Isthmus on WORT: Sisterhood is Powerful

A. David Dahmer spoke with WORT producer Dylan Brogan about Madison's African American alumni sororities, who have helped generations of black women network and build careers in Madison. >More
 Win tickets to Isthmus Frostiball Afterparty & Ultimate Experience, Aesop Rock & Rob Sonic, more!

Isthmus is giving away another round of free tickets to amazing concerts, shows and more fun events! >More
 Bucky's China venture falters

After three years and about a half a million in investment, the UW's Shanghai Innovation Office has lost its founding leaders, has no known new funding, and might not last past summer. >More
 Photos from Isthmus Beer and Cheese 2015

Here's a link to pictures from the 2015 festival, along with links to vote for your favorite beer and cheese. >More
 Citizen Dave: Let's talk about death

When patients in La Crosse started to think about end-of-life issues, costs dropped to half the national average, yet life expectancy is longer: "They want to end their stories on their own terms." >More
Isthmus Live Sessions: Joe Pug

Folk troubadour Joe Pug's gritty, narrative songwriting invites comparison to Bob Dylan and John Prine. But the former playwriting student says he also looks to literary figures like John Steinbeck and Walt Whitman for inspiration. Pug recorded a live session at the Isthmus office on Jan. 21, a few hours before a Barrymore Theatre performance in support of the Devil Makes Three. >More
 Ensemble shines in The Beautiful Dark

Erik Gernand's script is sharp and witty, providing just the right amount of biting sarcasm. The snappy dialogue propels the story while still providing the necessary time for the pieces of the plot to unfold. >More
 Tell All: Should parents tolerate their kids smoking pot?

Shrugging off a child's drug use is not acceptable behavior for a parent. >More
 Citizen Dave: Airlines want you to be miserable

The economics of airline service fees is that we won't pay for them unless the basic service is miserable. So the airlines have created an actual incentive to provide a bad experience, so more of their customers will opt for "special" treatment. >More
 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
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Citizen Dave: Auto autos will change cities for the better

In the past few months Google has rethought its driverless car. They've changed their business model from selling automated cars to essentially integrating them into a massive car-sharing system. >More
Citizen Dave: Packers and climate change? I am happy in my denial

When someone so much as brings up the topic of football, I cut them off, change the subject or, if necessary, leave the room. Global climate change can be ignored in the same way, or so the U.S. Senate would have us believe. >More
Citizen Dave: Let's talk about death

When patients in La Crosse started to think about end-of-life issues, costs dropped to half the national average, yet life expectancy is longer: "They want to end their stories on their own terms." >More
Citizen Dave: Airlines want you to be miserable

The economics of airline service fees is that we won't pay for them unless the basic service is miserable. So the airlines have created an actual incentive to provide a bad experience, so more of their customers will opt for "special" treatment. >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
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
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