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Theatre LILA makes magic in the ethereal The Suitcase Dreams

The Suitcase Dreams by Theatre LILA is so good, I don't want you to read this review. Instead, I'd rather you go see it, like I did, without knowing too much. I want you to sit down in the slightly uncomfortable seats of Overture Center's Promenade Hall without having any idea what you're about to experience. >More
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Craft beer enthusiasts devote a lot of attention to bitterness as they seek out the latest and greatest, so much so that good brews under their noses can be overlooked. The altbier is one such style, with its smooth malty tones and clean balance. Then there's a lack of familiarity with the alt, given that few breweries in Wisconsin produce them. But I find this copper-colored beer to be wonderfully easy to drink -- almost too easy. >More
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The Paper

After the Wisconsin voter ID ruling, progressives try to reclaim politics for ordinary people

More than 3,000 people showed up in Baraboo for Fighting Bob Fest last weekend to hear progressive Sens. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wisconsin) and Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont), candidates Susan Happ and Mary Burke, and a big roster of speakers, thinkers, organizers and rabble-rousers from around the country. >More
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Despite being from Kansas, Dr. John Hawks had never seen storms like he experienced in South Africa. "They had lightning like I've never seen it," says the University of Wisconsin-Madison anthropology professor. >More
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MACS Macaroni and Cheese Shop knows how to satisfy a craving

Out past East Towne, between Madison and Sun Prairie, new development is filling in what used to be farmland in the town of Burke. It's now Burke Towne. It looks like Anywhere, U.S.A., and around the flagship retail of Costco and Target, small shopping nodules are popping up. >More
 Hard cider is sometimes beer and sometimes wine, and worth exploring

Once an infinitesimal part of the beverage market, hard ciders have seen great increases in sales over the last several years and are starting to register in the consciousness of American consumers. Much of that growth has been with women. But more aggressive marketing campaigns are attempting to lure millennial men to the alcoholic apple juice party. >More
The Head and the Heart deal with matters of life and death at Live on King Street

The thrust of Let's Be Still, the most recent album by the Head and the Heart, can be summed up in lyrics from the title track. >More
 Hip-hop partners DJ Pain 1 and Sole bring righteous rage to the Frequency

DJ Pain 1 and Sole brought their electric combination of politically charged punk rap and deep-cutting beats to the Frequency on Sunday night, treating the crowd to a dose of healthy, focused anger and incendiary turntable work. >More
Judah Friedlander brings the World Champion to Comedy Club on State

Judah Friedlander is probably most recognizable to audiences as Frank Rossitano over seven seasons of NBC's 30 Rock. He has also appeared in numerous films, including American Splendor and The Wrestler. But his first love is stand-up comedy. >More
 Madison Fall Arts Preview 2014: Theater and dance

When copious amounts of television are making you feel like a zombie, trekking to Spring Green's American Players Theatre for a classical Greek tragedy is the perfect remedy. High-art performances can engage your brain in restorative ways, and seeing them onstage has a visceral impact most TV shows can't replicate. >More
Kevin Smith's Tusk is a horror-comedy set in a creepy mansion

I'll begin with the ending. I don't like it. Of course I won't reveal any substantial details of the conclusion to Tusk, the horror-comedy film written and directed by Kevin Smith. I will say that I had developed mixed feelings by the time the finale rolled around, and my unhappiness with it tips this review into pan territory. But there are facets of the movie that I admire. >More
 Pilgrims journey to higher ground in Walking the Camino

Walking the Camino is, it seems, a good way to have a spiritual awakening while viewing incredible natural splendor and forming important human connections. And then there are the staggeringly huge blisters. >More

THE GUIDE

Friday, September 19
The Archive as a River: Paul Vanderbilt & Photography Overture Center-James Watrous Gallery of the Wisconsin Academy
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Forbidden Art UW Memorial Union-Porter Butts Gallery
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From Here to There: Alec Soth's America Madison Museum of Contemporary Art
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The Prom Committee Barrymore Theatre, 8:00pm
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Erin McKeown UW Union South-The Sett, 9:00pm
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Madison Symphony Orchestra Overture Center-Overture Hall
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WYOU 40th Birthday Party Brink Lounge, 5:00pm
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Urban Cabaret Monona Terrace, 6:00pm
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Strollers Theatre's "On Golden Pond" Bartell Theatre-Drury Stage
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Encore Studio's "Acts to Grind Season 15" Encore Studio for the Performing Arts
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University Theatre's "Greater Tuna" UW Vilas Hall-Hemsley Theatre
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American Players Theatre's "Romeo & Juliet" American Players Theatre, Spring Green
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StageQ's "Standards of Care" Bartell Theatre-Evjue Stage
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Theatre Lila's "The Suitcase Dreams" Overture Center-Promenade Hall
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American Players Theatre's "Much Ado About Nothing" American Players Theatre, Spring Green, 10:30am
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ISTHMUS PICKS

Isthmus Picks: Madison calendar for September 18-24, 2014

Here are this week's Isthmus Picks. The Guide provides an extended listing of events in and around Madison. >More

TELEVISION

Hospitalized kids pull together in Red Band Society

Executive produced by Steven Spielberg, Red Band Society is the first masterpiece of the fall TV season. Nevertheless, it features a premise that practically screams "don't watch this." A half-dozen very sick kids live together in a hospital. >More

ISTHMUS ON WORT

Isthmus on WORT: Scott Walker and Wisconsin's budget woes

Isthmus contributor Alan Talaga wrote about Walker and Wisconsin's latest budget deficit for the Madland blog on September 9, and discussed his commentary with WORT producer Dylan Brogan on the September 11 edition of In Our Backyard. >More

TELL ALL

Tell All: What if my gorgeous fiancee gets fat?

Dear Tell All: I'm engaged to a beautiful woman. She's the most beautiful one I've ever dated, and that's saying something. I consider myself a bit of a connoisseur. My type is tall and thin, with high cheekbones and full lips. And my fiancée checks off all those boxes. >More

ISTHMUSPARENTS.COM

Mama Madison: Tips and tricks for baby air travel

As far as places to embark on Baby's First Air Travel go, Dane County Regional Airport is a pretty sound choice, especially at 6 p.m. on a Saturday night. My biggest fear was that my nine-month-old son would start screaming in the airport; my second biggest fear was that my son would start screaming and some of my former Epic colleagues would be around to hear it. >More

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TECHNOLOGY

At lunchtime on March 18, Rachel Keranen walked the two blocks from the Bendyworks office at 106 E. Doty St. to the Madison Club, the traditional gathering spot of Madison powerbrokers for 100-plus years. Keranen, 25, is part of the new wave of leaders transforming Dane County and perhaps Wisconsin. >More
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COMEDY

Fall's dropping temperatures mean it's time to head into comedy clubs and other places that can help you laugh yourself warm. This season Madison has a calendar jam-packed with excellent shows. From these, Isthmus has picked 16 you don't want to miss. Some are stocked with local favorites, and others feature famous headliners. >More

BEER

Potosi Brewing Company is embarking on an expansion project that may revive its glory days. Brought back to life in 2008, the brewery is in the midst of constructing a new brew house, packaging line and storage facilities that will position it to re-ascend into the ranks of Wisconsin's largest breweries. >More

ABODE

"The most effective kind of education is that a child should play amongst lovely things." That thought is attributed to the ancient philosopher Plato. >More

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