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Isthmus on WORT: New co-owner Jeff Haupt shares his vision for Isthmus

New Isthmus co-owner Jeff Haupt introduced himself and discussed his purchase of the publication in the July 11 issue, and spoke about the sale with WORT producer Dylan Brogan on the July 10 edition of In Our Backyard. >More
 Buy tickets to Isthmus Wurst Oktoberfest 2014

Expect the wurst! And drink the beer! Isthmus is excited to present the first-ever Wurst Oktoberfest! The seasonal celebration is planned for Friday, September 12 at Madison's new Central Park. >More
Madison Snaps: July 11, 2014

Today's image titled "rushing" was photographed by Chris Collins. >More
 Beer Here: The Cabernet of Dr. Caligari from Vintage Brewing

Vintage Brewing just made its 500th batch of beer on July 1. "We're just over four years old, and I think it's great that we're humming along with over 100 batches a year," says Scott Manning, brewmaster and co-owner of Vintage. Since opening in 2010, Manning estimates that he has made at least 60 different styles of beer. >More
 Mama Madison: Young love

Seeing Romeo and Juliet this past weekend was a definite reminder that I need to prepare for something that might resemble a (Near) West Side Story around our place pretty soon. >More
 Madison Snaps: July 10, 2014

Today's image titled "...madison..." was photographed by Aistis Tumas. >More
 Pam Jahnke, free lunch, classical music, Palmyra in the July 11 issue of Isthmus

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

Here is this week's critics' choice calendar. >More
 A man tries to reclaim his identity from himself in The Double

I feel for Simon James, protagonist of The Double. A meek fellow prone to anxiety and self-doubt, he's adrift in a bleak dystopian world. People constantly forget his name. Sometimes they forget he exists. He throws himself into his job, as if to justify his existence, but he's mired in the role of worker bee. It's a predicament that would drive many people mad, and it gets a whole lot worse. >More
 Baltimore artist Michael Owen funnels Willy Street's inclusive spirit into a mural for Plan B

Willy Street is getting a lot more love-ly this week. Baltimore artist Michael Owen is in town to create one of two new murals for Plan B, the LGBT nightclub on the 900 block. The work will consist of the word "love" spelled out in bold, graphic sign language on one side of the building. >More
 Isthmus on WORT: Freedom Summer in Madison

Isthmus contributor Stu Levitan reported on the civil rights movement's impact on Madison during the Freedom Summer of 1964 in the July 4 issue, and discussed his story with WORT producer Dylan Brogan on the July 3 edition of In Our Backyard. >More
 Madison Snaps: July 9, 2014

Today's image titled "Red Zone" was photographed by Craig Wilson. >More
More heat than light in flap over Brad Schimel's response to One Wisconsin Now

Brad Schimel, the lone Republican candidate for state attorney general, ignited a firestorm with his response to a letter alleging pay-to-play politics. "What law do you believe has been violated?" asked Schimel, the district attorney of Waukesha County, in an email response to One Wisconsin Now. The liberal advocacy group had urged him to investigate a state lawmaker who introduced a bill that would have helped a wealthy donor. >More
 Strollin' Monroe Street brings global jazz sounds to Madison's near-west side

The Greater Madison Jazz Consortium wants locals to soak up spirits and song on the near-west side for its second musical pub crawl. The event, called Strollin' Monroe Street, runs from 4 p.m. to midnight on Saturday, July 19, and comes on the heels of Strollin' Schenk's Corners, a near-east side event that took place on May 23. >More
 Madison commission to reconsider ban on dogs in parks

Madison is the fourth-best city in the country to own a dog, according to NerdWallet, a finance blog. The site based its rating on the number of off-leash dog parks per 100,000 residents (3.4); average cost of a veterinarian visit ($44.07) and "walkability." Yet some of the most walkable urban green spaces are off limits to residents who would like to take a stroll with their four-legged friends. >More
 La Fête de Marquette brings French and Cajun acts to a grassier version of Central Park

La Fête de Marquette is going home. On July 10-13, the annual celebration of French-speaking cultures will head back to its original spot between Baldwin and Ingersoll after six years of sweating it out on a patch of blacktop off East Washington Avenue. But the rocky lot La Fête made do with in 2006 has been replaced with the new Central Park. >More
 Win tickets to Bob Schneider and more!

Isthmus is giving away another round of free tickets to amazing concerts, shows and more fun events! >More
 Madison Snaps: July 8, 2014

Today's image titled "untitled" was photographed by Ryan Wisniewski. >More
 Peter Reinhart visits UW-Madison: An interview about bread, spirituality and the gluten-free craze

Peter Reinhart co-founded the famous Brother Juniper's Bakery in Sonoma, California, in 1981. One of the world's most respected bakers, he's since gone on to pen multiple award-winning books, including the enduring modern classic The Bread Baker's Apprentice. >More
 Madland: We're ignoring the lessons of the past at our own peril

Across the country, parents are seeking exemptions to vaccination requirements because of concerns based on fear and pseudoscience. Thanks to the decrease in herd immunity, measles and whooping cough have started to make a comeback in the United States. >More
 Sarah Day grapples with grief as Joan Didion in American Players Theatre's The Year of Magical Thinking

"Life changes fast. Life changes in the instant. You sit down to dinner and life as you know it ends," writes Joan Didion in her arresting 2005 memoir, The Year of Magical Thinking. She returns to these phrases over and over throughout the book, as if by repeating them she can ultimately accept them. Through plain yet penetrating language, Didion explores both the rawness and the very ordinariness of grief. >More
 Madison Snaps: July 7, 2014

Today's image titled "untitled" was photographed by Ryan Young. >More
 Vinyl Cave: After Bathing at Baxter's by Jefferson Airplane

Jefferson Airplane was among the vanguard of rock bands exploding out of the San Francisco folk scene onto the national stage in the 1960s. Though the size of their following has perhaps been eclipsed in modern times by fellow travelers The Grateful Dead, for years the Airplane remained the biggest band in the city's scene. >More
 UW School of Music faculty and alumni remember the artistry and warmth of departed pianist Howard Karp

Monday was a very sad day for the music world and for Madison in particular. Pianist Howard Karp, professor emeritus of music at UW-Madison and patriarch of the city's beloved Karp family of musicians, died at age 84. His recitals both here and abroad garnered adulatory words, but he was a gentle and humble man. >More
 Madison Snaps: July 4, 2014

Today's image titled "Outing" was photographed by Michael Leland. >More
 Concerts on the Square celebrates Independence Day 2014 with salutes to Copland and show tunes

Even with unseasonably cool weather, the "American Fanfare" performance at Concerts on the Square was a perfect prelude to the July 4 holiday. Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra music director Andrew Sewell led a vibrant concert of nostalgic works that celebrated patriotism and community. >More
 Beer Here: Good Old Potosi from Potosi Brewing

The Fourth of July is about summer traditions, family gatherings and sharing beer with friends while watching fireworks. This year, consider a brew from Potosi Brewing that speaks to that sense of community. Good Old Potosi was once an icon in the Wisconsin brewing business, and it's still made today by a revived craft-era brewery. This beer offers a taste of history each time you crack one open >More
 Mama Madison: What a mother fears most

All during childhood, we calmly tell our kids they don't need to be afraid of the dark, thunder or the monster under the bed. But it's pretty hard to keep your parental cool when your kid is about to embark on the one thing that terrifies you. I knew the problem wasn't really with him. It was with me. >More
 Idea to use inmate labor at a new Dane County jail facility called a form of 'slavery'

A report on a new Dane County jail facility includes one proposal for saving taxpayers money: having inmates do their own laundry and make their own food. Currently most laundry is contracted out and county workers provide food service. >More
 Madison Snaps: July 3, 2014

Today's image titled "Loki & Nick" was photographed by Chris Collins. >More
 Worst politicians, 1964, Gallery 99, Rosie's in the July 4 issue of Isthmus

What can you find in this week's Isthmus? Highlights from the latest issue follow. >More
 The Week: Madison calendar for July 4-10, 2014

Here is this week's critics' choice calendar. >More
 Are subjects of the John Doe investigation still coordinating campaigns?

It's a simple question, one that probably can be answered "Yes" or "No." Given that Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and his supporters have so stridently affirmed their right to coordinate campaign activities with groups engaged solely in "issue advocacy," will they be doing so in the upcoming fall election? >More
 Isthmus on WORT: How Wisconsin's dog seller regulations may legitimize animal mistreatment

Isthmus features editor Linda Falkenstein reported on how dog sellers in Wisconsin are licensed and monitored in the June 27 issue, and discussed her story with WORT producer Dylan Brogan on the June 26 edition of In Our Backyard. >More
 Citizen Dave: Hobby Lobby decision is among the last gasps of conservatives

This is not the most wonderful time of the year. As late June rolls around each year, when the U.S. Supreme Court wraps up its latest decisions, I brace for whatever damage Antonin Scalia and his conservative majority will do to our country. They didn't disappoint this year. >More
 Madison Snaps: July 2, 2014

Today's image titled "Make Music Madison" was photographed by Paul McMahon. >More
 Madison ceases enforcement of buffer zone because of U.S. Supreme Court ruling

In light of a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision, Madison will no longer enforce its buffer zone law that restricts protests within 100 feet of an entrance to a health clinic. Madison's law, which is roughly five months old, was written to keep anti-abortion protesters from harassing people seeking to use abortion and reproductive health clinics. >More
 Story Behind the Song: 'I Get Even' by Whitney Mann

Story Behind the Song is a new Isthmus feature where Madison-area songwriters tell the origin stories of their tunes through short videos. The instructions are simple: Once the video camera is up and running, introduce your act, spend a minute or so telling a story about the song you've chosen, and then perform it. >More
 Jon Dee Graham honored to be the inspiration for Wisconsin Brewing Company's Big Sweet Life

Kirby Nelson, brewmaster for Wisconsin Brewing Company, recently asked for permission to name a new Maibock after the Jon Dee Graha song "Big Sweet Life." The singer-songwriter doesn't drink, but he was thrilled by the request. >More
 Win tickets to The Wailers, Olbrich Home Garden Tour, 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: Hobby Lobby decision is among the last gasps of conservatives

This is not the most wonderful time of the year. As late June rolls around each year, when the U.S. Supreme Court wraps up its latest decisions, I brace for whatever damage Antonin Scalia and his conservative majority will do to our country. They didn't disappoint this year. >More
Citizen Dave: Soccer and the culture wars

I watched the United States and Portugal played to a tie in the World Cup. Well, to be precise, I saw the last fifteen minutes or so of the match, which is the most soccer I have ever watched in one sitting. >More
Citizen Dave: Scott Resnick is right -- it's time to move on

In a new Isthmus article by Joe Tarr, he quotes Ald. Scott Resnick on the city's politics: "We could have a conversation about Madison that doesn't involve Dave and Paul. We don't have to have the 'Paul position' or the 'Dave position.'" He's referring there to current Mayor Paul Soglin and former mayor me. >More
Citizen Dave: Driverless cars will change everything

There's a spirited debate going on right now about new smart phone-based services that operate in ways similar to taxis. As Isthmus has reported, the traditional taxi companies make the case that Lyft and Uber unfairly compete with their heavily regulated industry, although you could also argue that those regulations reduce competition. But wherever you come down on that debate, you ain't seen nothin' yet. >More
Citizen Dave: Republicans are digging themselves a deeper hole on same-sex marriage

There's an old axiom in politics that goes like this: "If you find yourself in a hole, stop digging." For many years, the Republican Party has taken shameless political advantage of intolerance toward gay Americans, steadfastly working to enshrine discrimination against them in our laws and even in our state constitutions, including here in Wisconsin. >More
Citizen Dave: June 6 and the moral arc of history

Some days you're proud to be an American. Today, June 6, is one of those days. >More
Citizen Dave: Life without my smart phone

I forgot my phone the other day. Left it on the kitchen counter. I spent the entire day without it. Miraculously, I was able to function and to survive. >More
Citizen Dave: Is it time for the Idaho stop?

Okay, admit it. When was the last time you approached a quiet intersection with a stop sign, looked every way, saw no traffic... and still came to a complete stop on your bicycle? Can't ever remember doing that? Well, I'll be honest. Neither can I >More
Citizen Dave: As we Ride the Drive, let's get some gender equity in biking

In the United States, about one out of four bike riders is female. But in Germany, that figure is 49% and in the Netherlands it's 55%. And the trend in the U.S. isn't good. >More
Citizen Dave: It's never too late to learn how to clean fish

I try to kill a lot of stuff: deer, ducks, turkeys, and fish of various kinds. In point of fact, I actually end up killing very little of anything, not for lack of effort but for a shortage of skill. >More
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