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Mama Madison: Melissa Wardy of Verona pushes positive messages

I've always been a supporter of companies that empower women and girls, and when the creator of such a company is a fellow Wisconsinite, I get even more excited. When Verona resident Melissa Wardy got fed up with stereotypes found in clothing for girls, she started her own company. >More
 American Players Theatre's 2015 season includes Shakespeare's Othello and works by Homer, Coward and Austen

American Players Theatre, the 36-year-old repertory theater company based in Spring Green, has released the schedule for its upcoming season, which runs June 6 through Oct. 18, 2015. In addition to presenting Othello and The Merry Wives of Windsor by William Shakespeare, its specialty, APT will stage works by such famous writers as Noël Coward, Tennessee Williams, Jane Austen and Homer. >More
Cocktail and culinary pioneer Dave Arnold enlightens UW-Madison audience

Dave Arnold was distracted. The microphone had a crinkly connection, and he was rambling while it was fiddled with; on his Internet radio show/podcast Cooking Issues, he is notorious for rambling. >More
 Madison Snaps: October 22, 2014

Today's image titled "Lake Monona During Sunset" was photographed by Benjamin Peterson. >More
 Burke vs. Walker, Halloween nightlife, Kyle Rightley in the October 23 issue of Isthmus

What can you find in this week's Isthmus? Highlights from the latest issue follow. >More
 Isthmus Picks: Madison calendar for October 23-29, 2014

Here are this week's Isthmus Picks. The Guide provides an extended listing of events in and around Madison. >More
 Madison offers small TIF grants for renovating downtown homes

Kaba Bah has done a lot of work on his new duplex on North Hancock Street, just a few blocks from Capitol Square. The UW-Madison researcher has replaced the house's roof, windows, siding and doors. He's also put in a new bathtub and granite kitchen in the upstairs unit. >More
Five Wisconsin pumpkin beers that defy the haters

Forget industry diversity, market saturation, hop shortages, or the lack of small, independent maltsters: The craft beer topic guaranteed to raise blood pressures highest is undoubtedly the pumpkin. >More
 A spate of closings for small eateries around Madison

It appears that novel spaces do not always work out so well for Madison micro-restaurants. La Taguara, which took over the Cardinal Bar window service space pioneered by Cortadito Express, has now closed, as of Oct. 13. >More
 Arbor House wants more space from Monroe Street project

Another development project on Monroe Street is ruffling feathers, this one a 16-unit apartment building called The Glen, near the historic Arbor House, which was built before the Civil War. Complicating matters, city officials have been presented with conflicting versions of what this proposed apartment building might look like if built. >More
 Poonam Rao looks to an ancient Indian plant for business ideas and artistic inspiration

When Poonam Rao started a Facebook page in December 2012, she didn't consider herself an art studio owner. "I just created my page with all the artwork that I had, to see what people were thinking," she says. "I didn't have plans of any sort." >More
 Madison Snaps: October 22, 2014

Today's image titled "untitled" was photographed by Sarah Mittermaier. >More
Familiar FIB's tops Madison's 2014 food cart rankings

The official city of Madison food cart rankings for 2014 have been compiled and there's a familiar name topping the list: FIB's Fine Italian Beef and Sausage. FIB's also topped the cart rankings in 2012. >More
 Isthmus Communion Sessions: 'Hit Me' by The Whigs

The Whigs make a lot of noise. Perhaps that's what made their visit to the Isthmus office last Wednesday such a special experience. The Athens, Georgia-based rockers shed their electric sound for a short acoustic set, a change that helped highlight the intimacy of their lyrics. >More
 Strollers Theatre explores the strangeness of loss with The Baltimore Waltz

I can't quite figure out the Strollers Theatre production of The Baltimore Waltz (through Nov. 1 at the Bartell Theatre), but that's okay. Written by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Paula Vogel, The Baltimore Waltz creates a strange and sometimes funny dreamscape where things don't make sense and aren't supposed to. >More
 Win tickets to Colin Mochrie & Brad Sherwood, Isthmus Pregame, We Were Promised Jetpacks, Imago Theatre's Frogz, Smokey Joe's Cafe featuring The Coasters, BalletBoyz, more!

Isthmus is giving away another round of free tickets to amazing concerts, shows and more fun events! >More
 With cutting-edge technology, Dane County eyes zero emissions at landfill

If Dane County's latest push to combat climate change is successful, local watering holes might soon be serving suds carbonated with carbon dioxide made from decomposing trash. "We'd be willing to use waste CO2 if it were properly tested and we were able to test it with our products," says the Great Dane's Robert LoBreglio, a co-founder of the local brewpub. "After that it's all logistics." >More
 Isthmus on WORT: MadiSUN, MGE and the future of solar energy in Madison

Isthmus news editor Joe Tarr reported on the city's proposal and MGE's approach to renewable energy on October 15, and discussed his story with WORT producer Dylan Brogan on the October 16 edition of In Our Backyard. >More
 Madison Snaps: October 21, 2014

Today's image titled "bad choices" was photographed by Chris Collins. >More
 Ad wars heat up the 2014 Wisconsin governor's race

Like them or not -- and most people don't -- television ads are a mainstay of modern political campaigns. They arguably matter more than debates, websites and media coverage. A cynic might say that explains a lot. >More
 Dum Dum Girls turn sweet pop ditties into aching lo-fi ruminations

It's tempting to call Dum Dum Girls' music bubblegum pop, but the term is not a perfect fit. "Bubblegum" brings to mind the sweet yet wholesome hooks of late-'60s acts like the Osmonds and the Monkees. While Dum Dum Girls make melodies that are as toothsome as the lollipops of the same name, they also entice listeners with danger. >More
 Hop Head Beer Tours turns four with its cerebral approach to craft brews

Banish the image of a "drunk bus" from your mind -- Hop Head Beer Tours is about responsible, safe, and respectful enjoyment of Midwest brewing regions. In December, founders Justin Schmitz and Felipe Moreira will celebrate the fourth anniversary of their brewery tour company, which has grown from offering a handful of bus tours of Madison-area breweries to a full-fledged craft beer appreciation project. >More
 Wisconsin Book Festival 2014 fills downtown Madison with lively discussions about medicine, math, mini-golf and more

The Madison Public Library Foundation has transformed the Wisconsin Book Festival into a year-round celebration of authors and reading. It doesn't just honor the written word, but pays homage to the things that inspire authors to write and the big ideas that make storytelling so exciting. >More
 The Amazing Race 25, Episode 4: The #SweetScientists show attention to detail

The thrill of travel arrangements and fuel efficiency were the highlight of the latest episode of the CBS reality series The Amazing Race. Starting on a high note, #TheCyclists Kym and Alli squeezed a mere 0.01 gallon of gas out of a Ford C-Max Hybrid, a car they each received as the winners of this leg. >More
 Madison Snaps: October 20, 2014

Today's image titled "State Street Brats" was photographed by Ryan Young. >More
 Pianist Olga Kern dazzles with Rachmaninoff as Madison Symphony Orchestra performs Russian works both familiar and rare

The Madison Symphony Orchestra offered another big winner at Overture Hall with a program devoted to the music of three Russian composers. >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
 Ho-Chunk Nation will shutter its Madison casino's poker room in November

Local poker players will have one less place to play next month, as Ho-Chunk Gaming Madison has signaled it will close its electronic poker room. Posters seen Thursday night at the far east side casino, formerly known as the Dejope Bingo Hall, say the eight-table poker room will shut down Nov. 15. >More
 Enter to win the Isthmus photo contest: 'Adventures in Eating'

Got a lot on your plate? Take a picture of it for the Isthmus photo contest! Send us a photo that involves food in some way... we are partial to images that are creative, or funny, or beautiful, or Madisonian. So put down that fork and start shooting! >More
 UW mathematician Jordan Ellenberg highlights the value of contradiction at Wisconsin Book Festival 2014

Jordan Ellenberg, nationally recognized UW-Madison mathematics professor and author of the recent bestselling book How Not to Be Wrong: The Power of Mathematical Thinking, did something very unmathematical Thursday night: He made a last-minute change in plans. >More
 Madison Snaps: October 17, 2014

Today's image titled "Candy Apple Season" was photographed by Dan Constien. >More
 UDC pushes for modern design for development on 1000 block of East Washington Avenue

As part of continuing efforts to revitalize East Washington Avenue, members of the city's Urban Design Commission are pushing for a more contemporary design for a new mixed-use development in the works on the 1000 block of the street. >More
 Beer Here: Fantasy Factory India Pale Ale from Karben4 Brewing

IPAs are hot, and there certainly are a lot of them being brewed now. So many, in fact, that when a truly distinctive one emerges from the crowd, you take notice. Fantasy Factory from Karben4 is one that stands out, and is worthy of all the attention and accolades it's receiving. hen Karben4 first introduced Fantasy Factory, it was swiftly embraced by Madison's hop-loving beer enthusiasts. >More
 Madison Snaps: October 16, 2014

Today's image titled "Lakeside Printing Cooperative" was photographed by Chris Collins. >More
 Freakfest, landmarks, Flannel Fest, Sujeo in the October 16 issue of Isthmus

hat can you find in this week's Isthmus? Highlights from the latest issue follow. >More
 Isthmus Picks: Madison calendar for October 16-22, 2014

Here are this week's Isthmus Picks. The Guide provides an extended listing of events in and around Madison. >More
 Rivals for Wisconsin governor, attorney general differ on drunken driving

No one disputes that drunken driving is a serious problem in Wisconsin. But the candidates for governor and attorney general differ in how they would address it. >More
 Mama Madison: Three cheers for reading at the Wisconsin Book Festival

Do you have a little reader or an aspiring teenaged writer in your house? If so, you may want to venture to the Wisconsin Book Festival this weekend, to whet their appetite for wonderful words as well as your own. >More
 When will the bass drop at a Glitch Mob show?

You don't have to ask when the bass will drop when listening to the Glitch Mob. It drops all the time. The songs off their new release, Love Death Immortality, create frisson so chilling and intense you'd swear you were in the Arctic even though you're sweating on the dance floor. >More
 MGE opposes Madison's effort to grow solar energy

In a July 11 letter to the U.S. Department of Energy, Mayor Paul Soglin conceded an unfortunate reality: "Today in Wisconsin the responsibility for promoting clean energy has become the domain of cities." The city is asking the DOE for a $600,000 grant to help increase solar generation here 30-fold by 2025. >More
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CITIZEN DAVE

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
Citizen Dave: It's time to repeal Wisconsin's same-sex marriage ban

Now that the U.S. Supreme Court has all but settled the law on gay marriage, essentially declaring that bans on same sex marriage are unconstitutional, Wisconsin should get started on wiping an ugly smudge off its own state constitution. >More
Citizen Dave: Same-sex marriage and the culture wars

It's becoming a rout. The culture wars are drawing to a close and the liberals are winning. The latest ruling (well non-ruling, really) from the U.S. Supreme Court underscores what's happening. >More
Citizen Dave: What to do before flying United through O'Hare

I just got back from a brief trip to Ontario. I left Friday afternoon and returned late Sunday. I spent four hours at my destination. I spent nine hours sleeping over two nights. I spent six hours driving. I spent four hours in the Toronto airport. I sat fourteen hours at O'Hare. >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
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
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