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Vinyl Cave: Love it to Death by Alice Cooper

Dedicated music listeners probably all have fond memories of the records which sent him or her down the rabbit hole of collecting favorite artists or genres. One disc that warped me as a child was a pretty good-sized hit in 1971: Love it to Death by Alice Cooper. >More
 Madison Symphony Orchestra’s season-opener forgoes guest soloists to showcase the ensemble’s own brilliance

Conductor John DeMain puts the focus on the orchestra itself, as a star in its own right. With two major roof-raiser works on the menu, there is ample demonstration of this orchestra’s sumptuous sound and of the splendid setting for it provided by Overture Hall. >More
Theatre LILA makes magic in the ethereal The Suitcase Dreams

The Suitcase Dreams by Theatre LILA is so good, I don't want you to read this review. Instead, I'd rather you go see it, like I did, without knowing too much. I want you to sit down in the slightly uncomfortable seats of Overture Center's Promenade Hall without having any idea what you're about to experience. >More
 Madison Snaps: September 19, 2014

Today's image titled "WI Ironman" was photographed by Paul McMahon. >More
 Beer Here: Headless Man Amber Alt from Tyranena Brewing

Craft beer enthusiasts devote a lot of attention to bitterness as they seek out the latest and greatest, so much so that good brews under their noses can be overlooked. The altbier is one such style, with its smooth malty tones and clean balance. Then there's a lack of familiarity with the alt, given that few breweries in Wisconsin produce them. But I find this copper-colored beer to be wonderfully easy to drink -- almost too easy. >More
 Over objections of south-side alder, city panel goes with East Wash site for year-round Madison public market

Despite a final push by south-side alder John Strasser, members of the Economic Development Committee approved a resolution Wednesday night identifying East Washington Avenue and First Street as the top choice for a year-round public market for Madison. South Park Street and Madison's north side near the Northside TownCenter are cited as alternative options. >More
 Mama Madison: Tips and tricks for baby air travel

As far as places to embark on Baby's First Air Travel go, Dane County Regional Airport is a pretty sound choice, especially at 6 p.m. on a Saturday night. My biggest fear was that my nine-month-old son would start screaming in the airport; my second biggest fear was that my son would start screaming and some of my former Epic colleagues would be around to hear it. >More
Madison Snaps: September 18, 2014

Today's image titled "Bob Log III" was photographed by Joe Engle. >More
 Tech jobs, fall comedy preview, MACS, hard cider in the September 18 issue of Isthmus

What can you find in this week's Isthmus? Highlights from the latest issue follow. >More
 Isthmus Picks: Madison calendar for September 18-24, 2014

Here are this week's Isthmus Picks. The Guide provides an extended listing of events in and around Madison. >More
 Major expansion at Potosi Brewing aims to restore former glory

Potosi Brewing Company is embarking on an expansion project that may revive its glory days. Brought back to life in 2008, the brewery is in the midst of constructing a new brew house, packaging line and storage facilities that will position it to re-ascend into the ranks of Wisconsin's largest breweries. >More
 Clean energy advocates take aim at MGE's proposed rate changes at RePower Madison forum

Prominent energy activists came out swinging Monday night against a proposed rate restructuring by Madison Gas and Electric that would increase costs for energy-conserving homes. RePower Madison, a local renewable energy group, convened the forum at the Central Library, drawing a crowd of about 150. >More
Anthropology Prof. John Hawks and UW-Madison students dig up crucial remnants of early hominids

Despite being from Kansas, Dr. John Hawks had never seen storms like he experienced in South Africa. "They had lightning like I've never seen it," says the University of Wisconsin-Madison anthropology professor. >More
 Isthmus on WORT: Scott Walker and Wisconsin's budget woes

Isthmus contributor Alan Talaga wrote about Walker and Wisconsin's latest budget deficit for the Madland blog on September 9, and discussed his commentary with WORT producer Dylan Brogan on the September 11 edition of In Our Backyard. >More
 Madison Snaps: September 17, 2014

Today's image titled "Mandy" was photographed by Chris Collins. >More
 Mike McCabe delivers a blistering manifesto in Blue Jeans in High Places

Any lingering doubts about the nonpartisan bona fides of Wisconsin Democracy Campaign, the state campaign finance watchdog, should be annihilated by Mike McCabe's new book, Blue Jeans in High Places. McCabe, the group's longtime executive director, regards both major political parties with withering contempt. >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
 The Head and the Heart deal with matters of life and death at Live on King Street

The thrust of Let's Be Still, the most recent album by the Head and the Heart, can be summed up in lyrics from the title track. >More
 Win tickets to Isthmus Pregame, The People Brothers Band, Neil Zaza, Sebadoh, more!

Isthmus is giving away another round of free tickets to amazing concerts, shows and more fun events! >More
 Madison Snaps: September 16, 2014

Today's image titled "Mounted Patrol at Taste of Madison" was photographed by Ryan Young. >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
 Judah Friedlander brings the World Champion to Comedy Club on State

Judah Friedlander is probably most recognizable to audiences as Frank Rossitano over seven seasons of NBC's 30 Rock. He has also appeared in numerous films, including American Splendor and The Wrestler. But his first love is stand-up comedy. >More
 Hip-hop partners DJ Pain 1 and Sole bring righteous rage to the Frequency

DJ Pain 1 and Sole brought their electric combination of politically charged punk rap and deep-cutting beats to the Frequency on Sunday night, treating the crowd to a dose of healthy, focused anger and incendiary turntable work. >More
 Nominate local leaders in the 2014 Isthmus Independent Business Awards

Celebrate the enterprising local spirit that thrives in Madison with the fifth annual Isthmus Independent Business Awards. Known as the Indies, these awards honor the indispensable Madison movers and shakers, and recognize creativity, innovation, sustainability and bold leadership. >More
 Madison Snaps: September 15, 2014

Today's image titled "my kind of day" was photographed by Chris Collins. >More
 Madland: I wasn't prepared for the reinstatement of Wisconsin's voter ID law

After Friday's oral arguments over Wisconsin's voter ID law in the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, I started to write down my thoughts on the matter. >More
 Live coverage of Isthmus Wurst Oktoberfest 2014

Hundreds of revelers braved winds and rain on the first chilly day of the season to celebrate Isthmus Wurst Oktoberfest, held at Madison's new Central Park on Friday September 12. Vendors served a variety of sausages, cheese, sauerkraut and more, all accompanied by beer and polka. >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
 Madison Snaps: September 12, 2014

Today's image titled "6 mile creek deck" was photographed by Craig Wilson. >More
 Tips for Isthmus Wurst Oktoberfest 2014

Do you have a ticket to Isthmus Wurst Oktoberfest, or are thinking joining the fun? Since this is the inaugural edition of the festival, here are some tips for making the most of the event. >More
 Beer Here: Ol' Reliable Munich Helles Lager from Wisconsin Brewing Company

He finally went out and did it! That's the sentiment about the latest creation by brewmaster Kirby Nelson, who's renowned for his talent at making German lagers. For those who know and appreciate his long-standing love of these beers, it was clear that it was only a matter of time before he put his signature on a Munich Helles. That's just what Nelson has done with Ol' Reliable, the new release from Wisconsin Brewing Company. >More
 Mama Madison: Apple-picking time

The recent shift in the weather is just another sign that autumn is fast approaching. That means one of my favorite activities is just around the corner -- apple picking. My husband and I have been picking apples every fall since before our kids were born. >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
 Madison Snaps: September 11, 2014

Today's image titled "Being boys" was photographed by Paul McMahon. >More
 Fall arts preview, same-sex marriage, Rare, Abode in the September 11 issue of Isthmus

What can you find in this week's Isthmus? Highlights from the latest issue follow. >More
 Isthmus Picks: Madison calendar for September 11-17, 2014

Here are this week's Isthmus Picks. The Guide provides an extended listing of events in and around Madison. >More
 Funk Factory Geuzeria to open a sour beer facility on Madison's south side

It's never been a better time to be a sour beer lover in Madison. Levi Funk -- yes, that's his real name -- has just signed a lease on a building on the city's south side for his Funk Factory Geuzeria, where he plans to turn wort brewed all over Wisconsin into geuze and lambic-style beers. >More
 Madison police chief cites fiscal, privacy concerns with body cameras

Madison Police Chief Mike Koval says one of the main issues his department is considering when it comes to body cameras is whether one will be needed for every police officer. He told members of the Public Safety Review Committee Tuesday night the most "fiscally responsible" avenue might be to assign a camera to a police car -- "as opposed to trying to find a price tag for 459 cops." >More
 Soglin defends Madison's debt strategy in 2015 capital budget

When Paul Soglin ran for mayor in 2011, he harshly criticized the amount of debt the city was incurring under his opponent, two-term incumbent Dave Cieslewicz. It was a major theme of the campaign. Soglin called Cieslewicz's budgeting practices unsound, with a ratio of debt service to general fund expenditures creeping toward 13%. >More
 Madison Snaps: September 10, 2014

Today's image titled "Tug of War championships" was photographed by Emily Mills. >More
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CITIZEN DAVE

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
Citizen Dave: Walker's attack on Burke over Madison schools is a good sign

Scott Walker wants to change the subject. On Wednesday, the governor went after his Democratic challenger Mary Burke on something (anything) other than jobs and the economy. No, Walker attacked her for not doing enough to reduce the racial achievement gap in Madison schools. >More
Citizen Dave: Wisconsin's gubernatorial race and the strange optics of President Obama's visit to Milwaukee

There it was on the front page of my morning paper: Barack Obama shaking the hand and patting the shoulder of Governor Scott Walker as the president arrived at Milwaukee's airport on his way to speak to a Labor Day gathering. But you could not find a similar picture with Walker's Democratic challenger for Wisconsin governor. >More
Citizen Dave: The Canadians are coming! The Canadians are coming!

I spend a lot of time in Canada. When I go there I always stop at Tim Hortons. This is not hard. It would be hard not to stop at Tim Hortons. They're everywhere. They make Starbucks looks like an out of the way little local cafe. >More
Citizen Dave: Scott Resnick's mayoral campaign is off to a good start

Starting at six in the morning on Saturday, August 30, mayoral candidate Scott Resnick will ride his bicycle around the streets of Madison. His aim is to hit each of the city's 20 aldermanic districts over 20 hours that day, and raise campaign donations in $20 increments along the way. As part of this fundraiser, Resnick is inviting people to ride along with him or to meet him at one of stops along the route. >More
Citizen Dave: Single-tasking and the steadiness of life on an island

There's a lot to be said for routine. I just got back from two weeks as a "lighthouse keeper" at the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore. This was my third year on Sand Island and my fourth year volunteering for the National Park Service. >More
Citizen Dave: Cities change, including Madison

I went to get a haircut the other day. I went to the College Barber Shop on State Street, the same place I have gone to get my hair cut about once a month for the last 35 years. The big news is that after something like 70 years in business under only three owners, the shop will be closing its doors at end of August, or as final owner Larry Cobb recently told me, maybe September. >More
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