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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
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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
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The Paper

Roy Boone's Summer League heats up Madison adult hoops

Roy Boone's professional basketball career ended in 2007 at age 30 with the now defunct American Basketball Association's oddly named Minnesota Ripknees. But that doesn't mean he can't play ball anymore. "I still got it on the court," chuckles the 37-year-old former Wisconsin Badgers guard, and a member of UW's Final Four team in 2000 as a 6-foot-3-inch junior. >More
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Historic districts account for less than 1% of Madison's landmass, according to city staff. But boy, can they make a lot of trouble. >More
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Hip pan-Asian joint Sujeo is on everyone's mind

Asian food has boomed in the last decade. There are not only simply more Asian restaurants in the U.S., but high-profile chefs have found inspiration in Asian flavors to create newfangled fusion cuisines. >More
 What's up and coming for Madison food carts in 2015

Even jaded eaters will sit up and take notice when they see the new Blair Street BBQ cart. Each fall, new food cart owners who want to vend in the city's coveted Mall/Concourse spaces participate in the final day of Madison's food cart review, lining up on Martin Luther King Boulevard to present samples of their menus to the review committee. >More
Flannel Fest celebrates Americana while supporting the Keep Wisconsin Warm/Cool Fund

Sometimes music and charity go together like a Wisconsin fall and a snuggly flannel shirt. For many, staying warm is just a matter of pulling out a thicker piece of clothing and going to a toasty house or apartment. Others, of course, don't have this luxury. >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
Children's Theater of Madison invites families into a whimsical circus spectacle with James and the Giant Peach

There are magical crocodile tongues on the loose in the Playhouse at Overture Center, and if you're not careful, they might enchant a fruit tree in your backyard. This is exactly what happened in James and the Giant Peach, the newest production by Children's Theater of Madison. >More
 FlakPhoto's Andy Adams curates his first Madison exhibition

Ask a professional shutterbug to name one of the web's leading authorities on photography, and that person will likely mention Andy Adams of FlakPhoto. Since launching in 2004, the website has attracted more than 53,000 Facebook fans, 39,000 Twitter followers and numerous contributors from around the world. What began as an online gallery of sorts has evolved into a web-based community that presents works by artists, curators and bookmakers. >More
A dad pretends his slain son's songs are his own creations in Rudderless

If you're like me, you fell in love with Billy Crudup as the charismatic rock guitarist in Cameron Crowe's marvelous 2000 film Almost Famous. Crudup honors that memory with a fine performance in the musical drama Rudderless, even if the musician he plays is not so much charismatic as he is pathetic. >More
 A seasoned tank commander mentors a terrified rookie in Fury

I wish I'd gotten to watch Fury without knowing it was written and directed by David Ayer. I like to think I would've been able to identify his handiwork without this information. >More

THE GUIDE

Monday, October 20
Luther Dickinson, Amy LaVere High Noon Saloon, 7:30pm
Tuesday, October 21
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Jan Vansina  Barnes & Noble-West Towne, 7:00pm
Wednesday, October 22
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Sweet Honey in the Rock  Stoughton Opera House, 7:30pm
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Meat Puppets, Cass McCombs  High Noon Saloon, 8:00pm
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Chris Trapper  Frequency, The, 9:00pm
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American Players Theatre's "Alcestis"  American Players Theatre, Spring Green
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Interpreting the Photograph  PhotoMidwest/Center for Photography at Madison, 7:00pm
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Dave Arnold  UW Memorial Union-Shannon Hall (Wisconsin Union Theater), 7:30pm
Thursday, October 23
Mastodon, Gojira, Kvelertak  Orpheum Theatre, 7:30pm
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Dum Dum Girls, Ex Cops  High Noon Saloon, 8:00pm
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360 Allstars  Overture Center-Capitol Theater, 7:30pm
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Friday, October 24
Dave Chappelle  Orpheum Theatre
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Wyatt Cenac  Majestic Theatre, 7:30pm
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Chris Smither  High Noon Saloon, 7:00pm

ISTHMUS PICKS

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

HISTORY

How-to strategies for African American genealogy

Documenting your family can be a lot of fun and, thanks to the Internet, easier than ever. But it remains a challenge to many. "Because of the disrespect that record keepers had at different periods toward African Americans, they weren't fully documented," says Lori Bessler, reference librarian and outreach coordinator at the Wisconsin Historical Society. >More

MADLAND

Madland: A week's worth of Wisconsin 2014 political ads, from best to worst

October is the month where political ads appear everywhere you turn in Wisconsin, in every possible medium. It is seriously creepy seeing Scott Walker's face pop up on Xbox Live. >More

TELL ALL

Tell All: I hate tattoos

Dear Tell All: I can't find any single women in Madison who don't have tattoos. When did it become absolutely necessary for every female to have a tribal design on the lower back, a flower on the ankle or some kind of dumb writing on the shoulder? >More

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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

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Where can you see Walter White walk hand in hand with Wonder Woman while SpongeBob Squarepants helps the Justice League adjust their costumes and a Care Bear crowd-surfs in the background? At Freakfest, of course. Madison's iconic Halloween party features live music and up to 40,000 attendees bent on showing off the city's weird sense of humor and unabashed flair for theatrics. >More
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JANESVILLE

Jackie Wood has known Paul Ryan since the 1980s, when he was a student at Craig High School, one of Janesville's two public high schools. At the time, Wood was president of the school's parent-teacher organization, and she was immediately impressed by Ryan's intelligence and confidence. >More

BEER

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
The words "Fantasy Factory" take on special meaning amidst the whirl and hum of a brewery built upon both dreams and hard work. On Saturday, another idea became reality when Karben4 Brewing fired up some long-dormant machinery for the first time and started filling bottles with its most popular beer, Fantasy Factory India Pale Ale. >More

SCIENCE

Jeffrey Kahn has serious doubts about the ethics of the UW-Madison's research depriving newborn rhesus monkeys from their mothers. "I'm deeply skeptical about the necessity of this study," said Kahn, who recently chaired a National Institutes of Health committee on the use of chimpanzees in biomedical and behavioral research. >More

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