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'Weird Al' Yankovic partners with Fitchburg's TruScribe to skewer corporate jargon in 'Mission Statement'

TruScribe, based in Fitchburg, is a leading producer of whiteboard videos -- those instructional or promotional videos in which illustrations are created before viewers' eyes to illustrate points made in the voice-over. Their clients include major players in the fields of healthcare, finance, non-profits, and they've even done work for NASA. But they've never had a client like "Weird Al" Yankovic. >More
 There and Back with New Glarus Brewing: Wisconsin gets a taste of Sierra Nevada Beer Camp 2014

Sierra Nevada Brewing originally conceived its Beer Camp as a project for homebrewers, with a lucky few selected each summer to participate in a VIP experience at the brewery's headquarters in Chico, California. But people have been filling their camping trips, road trips and tailgating sessions with beer since time immemorial, so when Sierra Nevada announced last July that the 2014 edition of Beer Camp would be a multi-state, multi-brewer collaborative affair, it tapped into something instinctive, primordial, in the craft beer fan's psyche. >More
Madison Snaps: July 21, 2014

Today's image titled "UW Madison Memorial Union" was photographed by Ryan Young. >More
 View photos of costumes at Isthmus Paddle & Portage 2014

Where in Madison can one see Teletubbies, superheroes, Rockford Peaches, lumberjacks and SpongeBob SquarePants all in one place? At Isthmus Paddle & Portage, of course! >More
 View photos from Isthmus Paddle & Portage 2014

Why are those people running with canoes? It's the 35th annual edition of Isthmus Paddle & Portage! >More
 Viking Brewpub prepares to set sail in Stoughton

Stoughton is getting ready to welcome Dane County's newest brewery. The Viking Brewpub, in the works over the last year, is getting ready to open in early August. Owner Vik Malling, 68, says renovations are nearly complete on the building at 211 E. Main St. that locals may remember as the Stationery House. >More
 Madison goes wild for tUnE-yArDs, Speedy Ortiz and Dosh at the first Live on King Street concert of 2014

Madison cemented its status as a summer party city Friday night with the first Live on King Street of the season. With free admission to an outdoor stage next to the Majestic Theatre, and music by tUnE-yArDs, Speedy Ortiz, Dosh and DJ Nick Nice, the concert series drew what may have been its biggest crowd yet. >More
Judge Doyle Square price tag for city of Madison swells to $77 million

Developer Bob Dunn submitted his TIF request for the second block of the Judge Doyle Square project Friday, showing he needs another $32.3 million from the city, on top of an earlier request for $44.6 million for a hotel. >More
 Bygone Brand's retro T-shirts breathe new life into old Madison businesses and logos

Maxwell Street Days, running today through July 20 on State Street, is one of Madison's liveliest celebrations of local and regional retailers. Though locals often lament the recent proliferation of chains on the city's pedestrian thoroughfare, this phenomenon isn't new. >More
 Madison Snaps: July 18, 2014

Today's image titled "untitled" was photographed by Sarah Mittermaier. >More
 Madland: American Movie continues to resonate 15 years later

Let me take a moment and applaud this summer's programming at UW Cinematheque. It is awesome and eclectic as always, with titles that range from the Iranian ultra-meta film Close-Up to This is Spinal Tap. But nothing makes as happy as learning about it screening a 35 mm print of the Wisconsin classic American Movie. >More
 Beer Here: Increase Wheat Gooseberry Berliner Weisse from Milwaukee Brewing Company

Milwaukee Brewing Company is releasing it first sour, a Berliner Weisse named Increase Wheat. "Sours give us street cred as among the microbreweries who'll make anything," says head brewer Robert Morton. What sets this new sour beer apart from the rest is that it's made with gooseberries. >More
Mama Madison: What constitutes a keepsake?

As much as I'd like to believe there is latent genius in my daughter's early finger paintings, I'm pretty sure her works are not distinguishable from those created by the pointer fingers and pinkies of thousands of other children from across the world. >More
 Madison Snaps: July 17, 2014

Today's image titled "Thinking Lincoln" was photographed by Kerry G. Hill. >More
 Lost Madison, District 78, La Taguara, flyboarding in the July 18 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 18-24, 2014

Here is this week's critics' choice calendar. The Guide provides an extended listing of events in and around Madison. >More
 Saving 'The Spirit of Greenbush' statue

The spirit of Greenbush is alive and well, but its namesake monument is in trouble. The pyramidal statue at Regent and North Murray streets has fallen into alarming disrepair. >More
 Citizen Dave: Time to cool the bike rage already

Call it bike rage. The simmering conflict between some cyclists and some drivers seems to have boiled over a bit this summer. No less a revered source than USA Today published a long story (actually, it's a book by McPaper standards) about the issue. >More
 Madison Snaps: July 16, 2014

Today's image titled "Brett Hulsey candidate for Governor" was photographed by Ryan Young. >More
 A 2014 All-Star break for Madison beer and breweries

So much continues to develop in Wisconsin's brewing scene that it's worth taking a moment to think about all the great beers that have been released recently. As a nod to Major League Baseball's All-Star break, now is a good time to call attention to a few of the stars from the first half of 2014. >More
 Perceptions vs. reality in Wisconsin's John Doe II probe

A recent column on the stalled John Doe probe into allegedly illegal campaign activities drew an impassioned email from a reader in Appleton. "I read yet another column of yours criticizing Republicans for 'coordinating' during campaign season," she wrote. "It seems this witch hunt by the Democratic Milwaukee DA has been one-sided. And media outlets such as yours feed into that one-sided witch hunt by encouraging it." >More
 Developer Bob Dunn seeks $44.6 million in city aid to build Judge Doyle Square hotel

Developer Bob Dunn wants the city to pony up $44.6 million in order to build a $111 million, 318-room hotel behind the Madison Municipal Building as part of the Judge Doyle Square project. Dunn is asking for almost three times more tax incremental financing for the hotel as he did for the controversial Edgewater Hotel redevelopment, which cost almost as much. >More
 As tUne-yArDs, Merrill Garbus whisks listeners to a weird, whimsical world of morals and magic

With live performances that feature drum loops, field recordings, ukulele riffs and pom-poms, it's not hard to envision Merrill Garbus as a babysitter. That's how she got her start, and watching her perform as tUne-yArDs, you get the sense that she'd be great at it in a Mary-Poppins-on-an-acid-trip way. >More
 Lords of the Trident to represent Madison in BandSwap 2014

BandSwap, a musical exchange program sponsored by the Colorado-based nonprofit SpokesBuzz, will feature Madison acts for a second time in 2014. This week SpokesBuzz announced that it has chosen five local bands for this year's sonic adventure, which includes a trip to Fort Collins for one lucky group, album-release parties for several others, and a variety of performances and networking opportunities. >More
 Win tickets to Ron White, Both Kinds, Whad'Ya Know?, Little Shop of Horrors, Laugh Buzz Comedy Night, Dick Dale, Daniel and the Lion, more!

Isthmus is giving away another round of free tickets to amazing concerts, shows and more fun events! >More
 Citizen Dave: So long, Vince O'Hern! Long live Isthmus!

When I was a twenty-something kid in Madison, Thursdays were a big day. My coworkers and I would take turns running down to the state Capitol's coffee shop, not to get another cup of the heartburn-inducing brew, but to see if that week's new Isthmus was in yet. >More
 Madison Snaps: July 15, 2014

Today's image titled "Espresso Royale" was photographed by Chris Collins. >More
 Bridget Maniaci criticizes Paul Soglin's style and agenda in her run for mayor of Madison

Bridget Maniaci had high hopes that she would be able to work with Paul Soglin when he was returned to office in 2011. Soglin had endorsed Maniaci for the Common Council in 2009 when she upset the liberal stalwart Brenda Konkel, who represented the near east side. And, Maniaci says, she often talked with Soglin about the Edgewater Hotel project, which became a focus of much of her two terms in office. >More
 Two actors play 20 eccentric Texans in University Theatre's Greater Tuna

The UW Hemsley Theatre has been transformed into a little bit of Texas with the University Theatre production of Greater Tuna. A satire of rural life in the Lone Star State, the play features 20 eccentric residents of a town called Tuna, all of whom are portrayed by only two performers: Kailen Fleck and Trevor Rees, both students in the university's MFA program in acting and directing. >More
 The Toronto Consort kicks off the Madison Early Music Festival with songs from Leonardo da Vinci's Italy

This week marks the 15th anniversary of the Madison Early Music Festival (through July 19). To celebrate, it will explore Italian music from 1300 to 1600, a fascinating time of discovery for the arts and sciences. Within those centuries, Columbus sailed to America, Copernicus proved that Earth wasn't the center of our solar system, and Leonardo da Vinci painted his famous Mona Lisa and The Last Supper. >More
 Madland: Downtown Madison food carts keep serving amidst construction

A couple of months ago here on Madland, Catherine Capellaro pointed out the (perhaps unnecessary) removal of trees from the State Street Mall, often referred to more generally as part of UW Library Mall, as part of a renovation project between Lake and Park streets. Now, well into summer, I wanted to check in and see how the construction is affecting food cart owners and their customers who frequent the area. >More
 Madison Snaps: July 14, 2014

Today’s image titled "Eclectic Musicians" was photographed by Mike Vande Ven Jr. >More
 The inaugural Bacon, Brew & BBQ Fest in Sun Prairie revels in its generous excess

Bacon's reign is far from over. The land is fertile for craft beer festivals. And who among us omnivores doesn't love barbecue in the summer? The organizers of the new Bacon, Brew & BBQ Fest, held Saturday in Sun Prairie, felt like it was only sporting to mash 'em all together in one big event. >More
 City of Madison looking to purchase new Metro buses to serve Epic commuters

Epic Systems hired roughly 500 employees last week, and another 300 are expected to come on board this week, according to Drew Beck, the planning and scheduling manager for Metro Transit. Many of Epic's employees choose to live in Madison's downtown area and are willing to make the half-hour commute to where the medical software giant has built a rambling campus in Verona. >More
 Madison, meet Deschutes Brewery and Une Année

Going hand in hand with Wisconsin's own thriving craft beer scene, the number of smaller breweries from across the country introducing their products to state is growing, too. It's something about the craft beer mindset; enthusiasts are constantly curious about new variations on old themes, and brewers from other states see Wisconsin -- and Madison and Milwaukee in particular -- as markets with drinkers who have sophisticated palates. >More
 Madland: Let's try allowing dogs in Central Park

Madison should take a tip from the original Central Park, in Manhattan, where dogs and humans have been coexisting for some time. As Judith Davidoff reports in Isthmus, the city of Madison does a good job of creating separate parks for dogs, but is not so good at creating shared space for our four-legged companions -- even when they're on leashes. >More
 Car2go eyes Madison, but Wisconsin law is obstacle to car-sharing service

A new type of car-sharing service, car2go, wants to do business in Madison. But just like Uber and Lyft, car2go faces legal hurdles to operate here. Car2go is a car-sharing service similar to Community Car and Zipcar, providing a fleet of vehicles for members to lease cars on an as-needed basis. However, unlike the services already here, car2go is a point-to-point service, as the vehicles aren't tied to select parking locations. >More
 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
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Citizen Dave: Time to cool the bike rage already

Call it bike rage. The simmering conflict between some cyclists and some drivers seems to have boiled over a bit this summer. No less a revered source than USA Today published a long story (actually, it's a book by McPaper standards) about the issue. >More
Citizen Dave: So long, Vince O'Hern! Long live Isthmus!

When I was a twenty-something kid in Madison, Thursdays were a big day. My coworkers and I would take turns running down to the state Capitol's coffee shop, not to get another cup of the heartburn-inducing brew, but to see if that week's new Isthmus was in yet. >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
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
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