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Madison Snaps: November 27, 2014

Today's image titled "subliminal messages" was photographed by Chris Collins. >More
 Mama Madison: Mom dates are hard

You may call them "play dates," but I like the term "mom dates," especially since my kids are still too young to really care that there's another small person to squabble over toys with. >More
Beer Here: Czar Brew Russian Imperial Stout Aged in Oak Bourbon Barrels from Sprecher Brewing

The first cruel taste of winter seems to be arriving with all the subtlety of a sledgehammer. And in cold, wet and snowy weather, rich and strong beers are well suited to take the chill away, or at least fend it off for awhile. >More
 Madland: Ferguson to Madison rally demands local action

On Tuesday evening, a group of several hundred people rallied in downtown Madison in response to non-indictment of the Ferguson police officer who shot and killed Michael Brown. The crowd was diverse, in both age and race. >More
 Madison Snaps: November 26, 2014

Today's image titled "Sunday Sunset from Grandview Commons" was photographed by Anne Marie Peterson. >More
 Adventures in Eating, Dolores, New Seoul in the November 27 issue of Isthmus

What can you find in this week's Isthmus? Highlights from the latest issue follow. >More
 Isthmus Picks: Madison calendar for November 26 - December 3, 2014

Here are this week's Isthmus Picks. The Guide provides an extended listing of events in and around Madison. >More
Octopi Brewing gets go-ahead to build in Waunakee

Plans for Octopi Brewing Company are moving forward, though not in the location originally envisioned by founder Isaac Showaki. On Monday evening, the Waunakee Plan Commission unanimously approved a site plan for the contract-focused brewery, which is to be built at 1220 Uniek Dr. on the east end of the village. >More
 Environmentalists try to influence MGE through shareholders

The Public Service Commission of Wisconsin is widely expected to rule in favor of Madison Gas and Electric's controversial proposed rate hike on Wednesday. MGE proposed increasing its flat fees while decreasing rates for the amount of electricity consumed. >More
 Win tickets to Found Footage Festival, Isthmus Pregame, Mannheim Steamroller, Nick Lowe's Quality Holiday Revue, more!

Isthmus is giving away another round of free tickets to amazing concerts, shows and more fun events! >More
 Har Mar Superstar and the Pizza Underground team up to throw a post-Thanksgiving party

Sean Tillmann isn't going to let an early winter chill cool down his spirits when he visits the High Noon Saloon on Nov. 30. As Har Mar Superstar, Tillmann has turned heads with his zany yet sultry mix of R&B, soul and pop, as well stage antics like stripping down to his underwear. >More
 Madland: Will anyone pay attention to the Madison mayoral race in 2015?

The next Madison mayoral race is approaching fast, and with a crowded field, candidates don't have a ton of time to make their case before the early February primary. >More
Madison Snaps: November 25, 2014

Today's image titled "Pelicans" was photographed by Michael Leland. >More
 Wisconsin's congressional delegation reports assets between $54 million and $174 million

Congressional members and candidates must disclose their personal financial assets, as a check on possible conflicts of interest. This also lets inquiring minds -- i.e., nosy reporters -- get a sense of how wealthy they are. >More
 Isthmus on WORT: The fate of the historic Knapp house

Isthmus contributor Jay Rath reported on the state's potential plan to sell the property in the November 20 issue, and discussed his story with WORT producer Dylan Brogan on that day's edition of In Our Backyard. >More
 Don't bog yourself down with a big wine on Thanksgiving

For Thanksgiving, think light. The meal is big, and it's often a slog, lasting for hours. What you're looking for is something to lift you along through the green bean casserole and inevitable uncomfortable political conversations. >More
 Critic turned artist Kent Williams finds his calling as a quilter and digital printmaker

Madison's Kent Williams spent two decades as a quilter, but he's also a talented printmaker, as his mind-bending new work at the Central Library shows. >More
 The Amazing Race 25, Episode 8: The #SweetScientists persevere as challenges mount

I was sincerely worried about the #SweetScientists right from the start of the episode, when Amy mentioned a leg injury she sustained that was becoming a problem. The worry increased as I watched the team have a lot of trouble with the first challenge. >More
 Madison Snaps: November 24, 2014

Today's image titled "untitled" was photographed by Sarah Mittermaier. >More
 Kevin Bozeman gives thanks to the Madison comedy scene with headliners from across the country

Ten years ago, comedian Kevin Bozeman decided he wanted to put on a show on Thanksgiving Eve. "People didn't think it would be a success, but I saw that the bars were always crowded on the day before Thanksgiving. Family members going out and grabbing a drink, old friends meeting up. No one was taking advantage of it," he says. >More
 A Book A Week: The Liar's Wife by Mary Gordon

The Liar's Wife is a collection of four novellas by Mary Gordon. The novellas are thematically linked in that in each one someone revisits an important past relationship. >More
 Beethoven's Fidelio is a stirring 2014-15 season opener for Madison Opera

Madison Opera rousingly opened its 2014-15 season at Overture Hall on Friday night with a great work not often encountered: Beethoven's only opera, Fidelio. The work typifies the "rescue opera," a style that flourished in the years after the upheavals of the French Revolution, exploiting stories of escapes from danger and oppression. >More
 Madison Theatre Guild's Gross Indecency chronicles Oscar Wilde's fall from grace

Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde by Madison Theatre Guild is one part history lesson, one part courtroom drama and one part pure tragedy. >More
 Madison Snaps: November 21, 2014

Today's image titled "Rumpel" was photographed by Michael Leland. >More
 Beer Here: Big Eddy Cherry Doppelschwarz from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

Leinie's is a name nearly all Wisconsin beer drinkers should recognize, and many know its brews quite well. But even breweries with the longest histories can surprise with flavors both new and unexpected. >More
 Mama Madison: No judgments with No Excuse Mom

If there is an excuse for not working out and eating healthy, I have used it: I don't have time. I'm too tired. I'll start tomorrow. I'm no good at this, I give up. I don't know where to start. Yes, I have used all of these and more. >More
 Madison committee begins weighing options for around-the-clock public toilets

A new portable bathroom has taken up residence alongside the City-County Building, accessible 24-hours a day, seven days a week. Recently installed, it exists for anyone that needs it, particularly the homeless Madison residents that have been sleeping outside the building. >More
 Madison Snaps: November 20, 2014

Today's image titled "Water at Olbrich" was photographed by Anne Marie Peterson. >More
 Bo Ryan, The Ethical Slut, fall cocktails, Giving in the November 20 issue of Isthmus

What can you find in this week's Isthmus? Highlights from the latest issue follow. >More
 Isthmus Picks: Madison calendar for November 20-26, 2014

Here are this week's Isthmus Picks. The Guide provides an extended listing of events in and around Madison. >More
 Budget brawl between Madison alders and Paul Soglin ignites 2015 mayoral race

The Madison Common Council fought Mayor Paul Soglin Tuesday night in an epic battle over the budget that involved lots of grandstanding, speechifying and what may have been opening salvos in the 2015 campaign for mayor. >More
 Prairie Brewing & Smokehaus in the works for Sun Prairie

Sun Prairie may soon have its own brewpub. It's to be called Prairie Brewing & Smokehaus, and the owners are hoping to open in 2015 provided the financing falls in place. The Madison suburb is relatively untapped; with a population of about 30,000 residents, it's Dane County's second-largest city, yet in the midst of the current craft beer boom, it has no brewery. >More
 Homer V. Simpson gets honorary street sign in Madison

Homer Simpson made his mark in Madison long before a character of the same name became a cultural icon on the small screen. Legend has it that Homer V. Simpson, a prolific gambler, won half of Antler's Tavern in a poker game and bought the owner out of the second half in 1943. He also bought land around the West Broadway bar, eventually donating some to the city. Simpson Street -- which runs parallel to Broadway -- was named in his honor. >More
 Campus Kitchens chapter forms at UW-Madison

The University of Wisconsin-Madison has to feed lots of people. On average, some 14,500 meals are served in the dormitory dining halls alone, every day. Despite best efforts, some food necessarily goes to waste. >More
 Madison Snaps: November 19, 2014

Today's image titled "autumn sailing" was photographed by Monique J. Isham. >More
 Robin Vos' attacks on Wisconsin Government Accountability Board draw return fire

No one in Wisconsin has been more forceful in demanding changes to the state's Government Accountability Board, which oversees elections, campaign finance, ethics and lobbying, than Robin Vos. >More
 A guide to Thanksgiving 2014 at Madison restaurants

While some have the luxury of a picture-postcard, Saveur-inspired, farm-to-table extravaganza of culinary Americana laid out on their tables come Thanksgiving, there are others who lack that -- for many reasons, from being down on their luck, to having relatives who are more interested in football than in feasting. Whatever your motivations -- no judgement! >More
 Isthmus Live Sessions: 'Tolling Bells' by Water Liars

There are bands that can pull off acoustic renditions of their songs, and then there's Water Liars, a Mississippi trio for whom the live acoustic session seems to have been invented. >More
 What will happen to the original Wisconsin governor's mansion?

The future of the Wisconsin governor's mansion is in doubt. Not the current one, where 14 governors have lived. It's the earlier one, home to 18 governors from 1883 to 1950, that is a few blocks from the Capitol. >More
 Win tickets to Mad Circus Gala and more!

Isthmus is giving away another round of free tickets to amazing concerts, shows and more fun events! >More
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CITIZEN DAVE

Citizen Dave: Mayor Soglin's budget veto threat is good theatrics but bad government

There are two problems with Mayor Paul Soglin's threat to veto the city's 2015 budget, one substantive and the other strategic. >More
Citizen Dave: On being the loyal opposition

With the fall elections (mercifully) behind us it's time to look forward to local elections next spring. As we get ready for that, Isthmus editors have asked me to state why I think it's important that I share my criticisms of Madison Mayor Paul Soglin. So, here goes. >More
Citizen Dave: Wisconsin Democrats can look forward to 2016

I'm still sifting through the wreckage of last week's election. I promise this is the last time I'll write about it for awhile. After all, deer season is almost upon us! >More
Citizen Dave: Forthrightness is the prescription for what ails Democrats

The darkest moment in the 2014 midterm campaign was when Allison Lundergan Grimes, Kentucky's Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate, refused to admit that she had voted for President Obama. >More
Citizen Dave: Voters who show up will decide the race between Burke and Walker

Woody Allen was right when he said that showing up is 80% of life. That has never been more true than when it comes to turnout in the race between Mary Burke and Scott Walker for governor of Wisconsin >More
Citizen Dave: Mary Burke's life experience is much more diverse than Scott Walker's

A last-minute attack from the Walker campaign and its conservative allies against Mary Burke brings up an interesting issue. Do we expect our leaders to never have failed at anything? >More
Citizen Dave: A little conventional wisdom a week out from the 2014 election

I will not attempt to make any predictions here. I will not play the partisan. I will just let you know what I've read and what I've heard from the political insider types I hang around with sometimes. >More
Citizen Dave: Joe Parisi shows leadership on Dane County 911

It's rare when a public official steps up and says that he wants to take on a controversial problem. But that's exactly what Dane County Executive Joe Parisi is doing with his proposal to take direct control over the county's long-troubled 911 emergency dispatch system. >More
Citizen Dave: Elroy-Sparta Trail threatened by open pit mine

When Scott Grenon's in-laws opened the Tunnel Trail Campground near Wilton 44 years ago, they knew that being small business owners meant taking a risk. But it wasn't just a spur of the moment decision. West Bend residents, but frequent visitors to the new Elroy-Sparta Trail, they could see the potential in business coming from trail riders who wanted a nice spot to camp before and after their ride. >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
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