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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
382 Pixel LineThe 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
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The Paper

Scrupulous sleeping around on The Ethical Slut

Hussy, floozy, strumpet, slut: So many colorful words have been invented to weaken a woman's power by condemning her sexual past, even without knowledge of her actual behavior. Many of these terms come from the Victorian Era, when a lady's virtue was measured by her aloofness. Desires -- material, sexual and otherwise -- were the province of fallen women, the lowest of the low. >More
382 Pixel LineThe new College Football Playoff -- discuss!

This is what you asked for, college football fans. For years you complained about the Bowl Championship Series that set teams up in five bowl game matchups. You wondered why college football couldn't have playoffs like nearly every other sport in the country. >More
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Cocktail contenders: Madison ups its mixology game for good

This year, Madison's cocktail scene reached a crucial tipping point. Two of the biggest restaurant debuts, Rare and Cento, both have a serious craft focus to their bars and are significant new contenders. >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
Madison musicians criticize city's decision to block Frank Productions' plans for an east-side concert hall

On Nov. 7 city officials announced their opposition to a 2,000- to 2,500-seat music venue slated for the 1000 block of East Washington Avenue. Proposed by Madison-based concert promotion company Frank Productions, the venue is part of a Stone House Development project that includes residential and commercial space. >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
Software trainers embark on a steamy business trip in Mercury Players Theatre's Widescreen

If you lie awake at night fantasizing about the raunchy situations some people must get into on business trips, if they have the chance and the libido, the Mercury Players Theatre production Widescreen is for you. The play features tablets, smartphones, laptops and four different sex scenes before intermission. >More
 Kanopy Dance explores the human condition through physicality in Mime Body Spirit

Kanopy Dance Company opened its 2014-2015 season Friday evening with Mime Body Spirit at Overture Center's Promenade Hall. "Making visible the invisible" is in pale script beneath the title, and that goal is achieved. >More
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 adds mouth-watering context to the dystopian heroine's tale

Chopping the final novel of the Hunger Games trilogy into two segments, Mockingjay Part 1 and Mockingjay Part 2, was a surprisingly brilliant decision. A similar approach led to the terrible Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows in 2010. Peter Jackson isn't even finished with his Hobbit series, and he's already shown that J.R.R. Tolkien's short-ish novel shouldn't have been turned into three long films. >More
 The Theory of Everything is a remarkable portrait of ailing physicist Steven Hawking and his wife, Jane

The Theory of Everything delicately observes the boundless universe of love's possibilities: what we're willing to give, take and endure. Inspired by Jane Wilde Hawking's memoir about her life with former husband Stephen Hawking, the brilliant theoretical physicist diagnosed with motor neuron disease at age 21, the film's heart beats with a romantic optimism, even when their union ends. >More

THE GUIDE

Monday, November 24
Randall Berndt, Christine Style Overture Center-James Watrous Gallery of the Wisconsin Academy
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Free Thanksgiving Meal St. Mark's Lutheran Church, 12:00pm
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Free Thanksgiving Meal First Congregational United Church of Christ, 12:00pm
Tuesday, November 25
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Randall Berndt, Christine Style  Overture Center-James Watrous Gallery of the Wisconsin Academy
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Tom Gullion (CD release)  Brink Lounge, 7:30pm
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Wednesday, November 26
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Haas/Kowert/Tice  Brink Lounge, 8:00pm
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Thursday, November 27
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Randall Berndt, Christine Style  Overture Center-James Watrous Gallery of the Wisconsin Academy
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Free Thanksgiving Meal  Good Shepherd Lutheran Church-Raymond Rd., 11:00am
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Free Thanksgiving Meal  St. Mark's Lutheran Church, 12:00pm
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Free Thanksgiving Meal  First United Methodist Church, 12:00pm
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Free Thanksgiving Meal  First Congregational United Church of Christ, 12:00pm
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Free Thanksgiving Meal  Lakeview Lutheran Church, 12:00pm
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Friday, November 28
Randall Berndt, Christine Style  Overture Center-James Watrous Gallery of the Wisconsin Academy

ISTHMUS PICKS

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

ANIMAL RESEARCH

Isthmus on WORT: What r04040 died for

Isthmus contributor Bill Lueders reported on the life, death and research of r04040 at UW-Madison in the November 13 issue, and discussed his story with WORT producer Dylan Brogan on that day's edition of In Our Backyard. >More

CITIZEN DAVE

TELL ALL

Tell All: Advice for feminists

Dear Tell All: I'm stunned by your advice to Baby Doll, who enjoys being demeaned by her boyfriend during sex. Baby Doll calls herself a feminist and yet gets aroused by being degraded in a classically sexist way. >More

ISTHMUS PARENTS

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

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WISCONSIN MEN'S BASKETBALL

Astute observers of the University of Wisconsin men's basketball team might remember a handful of games when coach Bo Ryan wore a red sport coat. One of those times, his mother, Louise, happened to be watching on TV. "After that game, my mom told me, 'I wouldn't wear that again. It makes you look like you're parking cars,'" says Ryan. >More
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GIVING

If you ask the buyers for mega-retailers like Toys 'R Us, Target and Walmart what the hot kid gifts will be this holiday season, they'll likely give a cool, one-word answer -- "Frozen." As in the outrageously popular Disney animated feature, still ruling the pop culture zeitgeist, not to mention mass toy manufacturing, a year after its theatrical release. >More

BEER

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
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

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