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Isthmus Picks: Madison calendar for October 2-8, 2014

Here are this week's Isthmus Picks. The Guide provides an extended listing of events in and around Madison. >More
 Madison officials urge developers to 'up their game' after hotel project stalls at Pahl Tire site

Although a second developer has been unable to satisfy city officials with plans for a downtown hotel at the old Pahl Tire site, Madison officials insist the city is not hostile to development. >More
Madland: Hi, Wisconsin State Journal! It's okay to include links!

On Tuesday, the right-wing Wisconsin Policy Research Institute released a study stating that cutting tax rates while closing sales tax exemptions would boost the state's economy. The State Journal subsequently published a lengthy article on the study. >More
 Isthmus on WORT: Breese Stevens Field enters a new phase in its history

Isthmus contributor David Petroff reported on this history and ongoing series of renovations at Breese Stevens Field in the September 25 issue, and discussed his story with WORT producer Dylan Brogan on that day's edition of In Our Backyard. >More
 Madison Snaps: October 1, 2014

Today's image titled "untitled" was photographed by Sarah Mittermaier. >More
 Challengers in Wisconsin's 2014 congressional elections hope to defy pundits

No one in America has more faith in democracy than a long-shot candidate for public office. "If I didn't believe that I could win, I wouldn't be doing it," says Dan Sebring, a Republican candidate for Congress in Wisconsin's heavily Democratic 4th District. >More
 A Book A Week: The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith

The Silkworm is J.K. Rowling's second mystery novel written under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith, and featuring the curmudgeonly detective Cormoran Strike and his clever assistant Robin Ellacott. Strike is hired to find Owen Quine, a missing novelist, and find him he does. >More
Fermentation Fest branches out with hot sauces and artisanal mezcal in the Driftless

Reedsburg's fourth annual Fermentation Fest, Oct. 4-13, is a unique joining of arts and food fare, centered on the transformational magic of fermentation. Event sites spread into the nearby countryside on the eastern edge of the Driftless Area to nearby LaValle, Valton, Ironton and Lime Ridge. >More
 Win tickets to Ron Pope, Shovels & Rope, Jucifer, more!

Isthmus is giving away another round of free tickets to amazing concerts, shows and more fun events! >More
 Two actors struggle with racial stereotypes in Madison Theatre Guild's Yankee Dawg You Die

In one of the first scenes of Philip Kan Gotanda's Yankee Dawg You Die, a young Asian American actor who is new to the Hollywood scene encounters one of his screen idols at a party. They discuss a rumor that the elder has had plastic surgery, perhaps to look more American. >More
 Madison Snaps: September 30, 2014

Today's image titled "Red-tailed hawk and prey" was photographed by Richard Hurd. >More
 Gebhardt Development proposes East Washington home for new performance venue and StartingBlock Madison

A second proposal is in the works to build a large performance venue on East Washington Avenue. Gebhardt Development submitted plans to the city of Madison Monday for a 140,000-square-foot mixed use project that would include the 1,500-seat performance space. >More
Old Crow Medicine Show buddy up with Bob Dylan, then write a song about it

When Nashville's Old Crow Medicine Show return to Overture Center on Oct. 3, they'll be riding high on two recent accomplishments: the release of a new album, Old Remedy, and their induction into the Grand Ole Opry. >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
 The Amazing Race 25, Episode 1: UW-Madison grad students Maya and Amy seek to shatter stereotypes about scientists

Welcome to my very first recap of The Amazing Race. You might find yourself wondering, "Why is Isthmus covering this particular reality show?" Well, for one thing, it's because being catty about reality TV is a whole lot of fun. >More
 Madison Snaps: September 29, 2014

Today's image titled "The local witch" was photographed by Monique J. Isham. >More
 A municipal high-speed Internet network could help bridge Madison's digital divide

Cities are tackling the connectivity problem by building municipal fiber-to-the-home networks. Political and business leaders in Madison seem to agree that the status quo is unsatisfactory. But they're split in how urgently they want to address the problem, with city hall favoring a wait-and-see approach and a younger class of technocrats wanting to implement short-term, low-cost solutions immediately. >More
 Madland: Can we embrace Madison's tech sector without increasing the income gap?

Last week's Isthmus cover story explored how technology may help rebuild Wisconsin's economy. This week's Isthmus cover story is about how technology may help destroy local businesses in Madison and around the state. Both assertions are true. >More
 Violinist Wes Luke proves a solid anchor for Ancora String Quartet in a program of works by Haydn, Mendelssohn and Beach

Because of the leave of absence being taken by first violinist Leanne Kelso League, the Ancora String Quartet has undertaken a second season of experimentation. Last season, that involved bringing in different instrumentalists in trio-plus collaborations. This season, it involves two visiting first violinists. >More
 University of Wisconsin monkey research sparks opposition

An experiment on newborn monkeys at the University of Wisconsin-Madison has ignited a debate, including a national petition drive, a federal review and a proposed local resolution seeking to halt the research. >More
 Judith Davidoff to succeed Dean Robbins as editor of Isthmus

Judith Davidoff will succeed Dean Robbins as the editor of Isthmus. Davidoff has served as the alternative publication's news editor for the last three years. >More
 Madison Snaps: September 26, 2014

Today's image titled "Favorite Fair dog" was photographed by Monique J. Isham. >More
 Beer Here: Nuggetopia from The Hop Garden

In craft beer, all things hoppy will sell. The IPA and double IPA are the fastest growing styles today, and brewers joke about an arms race to see who can get the most out of hops to achieve higher and higher levels of International Bitterness Units, or IBUs. >More
 Mama Madison: Yummy Sprout is a wonderful resource

After sleep patterns, I think the next biggest parenting concern I have and hear about revolves around the topic of food. How can I make sure my kids are eating enough vegetables? Did I pack them a lunch that is healthy enough? What can I feed them after school that doesn't come from a box? How many gripes am I going to get about the dinner I'm about to prepare? >More
 Madison Snaps: September 25, 2014

Today's image titled "Bandaloop" was photographed by Chris Collins. >More
 Amazon, David Frank, Mason's on Main, Drinks in the September 25 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 25 - October 1, 2014

Here are this week's Isthmus Picks. The Guide provides an extended listing of events in and around Madison. >More
 Mad City Frites to bring Belgian-style snack to State Street

Belgian-style frites, and pretty much only frites, will be coming to the former Shakti bookstore space at 320 State St. with the new Mad City Frites. >More
 Tandem Press announces fall 2014 jazz series

Tandem Press, the fine art press affiliated with the UW Art Department, is launching a free jazz series beginning Sept. 26. Concerts will showcase student ensembles from the jazz program in UW's School of Music. >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
 Should Olbrich Botanical Gardens charge out-of-towners admission?

As Madison officials struggle to draft another tight budget, they're faced with a familiar quandary: not enough money to do everything they want. "Everybody wants more money and there ain't no money," explains Ald. David Ahrens. >More
 Madison Snaps: September 24, 2014

Today's image titled "Annual Madison Dog Paddle" was photographed by Ryan Young. >More
 Carolina Chocolate Drops give vintage string-band music a very bright future

Old-time music, from banjo-driven bluegrass to square-dance fiddling, is experiencing a renaissance in Madison and beyond. Ask listeners about its origins and they'll likely point to the Appalachian Mountains, or perhaps the Irish countryside, where several elements of bluegrass were born. >More
 State of Wisconsin comes clean on alleged scandal at Department of Revenue

Every scandal needs a name. This one is Dispensergate. In late June, employees at the Madison headquarters for the Wisconsin Department of Revenue were told via email that new hands-free paper towel and soap dispensers would be installed in bathrooms and kitchenettes throughout the building, replacing existing devices. No reason was given. >More
 Win tickets to Yakov Smirnoff, Movits!, Isthmus Pregame, il sogno del marinaio, Rubblebucket, more!

Isthmus is giving away another round of free tickets to amazing concerts, shows and more fun events! >More
 Madison Snaps: September 23, 2014

Today's image titled "Last call" was photographed by Michael Leland. >More
 A Book A Week: The Abundance by Amit Majmudar

Amit Majmudar's The Abundance held my interest while I was reading it, but the more I thought about it, the less I liked it. >More
 Fat City Emporium combines art, gifts and beer

When a neighboring art gallery and a brewery collaborate on a special beer, you know you're in fertile creative territory -- like Madison's near east side. >More
 Madison Snaps: September 22, 2014

Today's image titled "Clouds below" was photographed by Robin Schmidt. >More
 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
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CITIZEN DAVE

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
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
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