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Citizen Dave: Mary Burke's life experience is much more diverse than Scott Walker's

A last-minute attack from the Walker campaign and its conservative allies against Mary Burke brings up an interesting issue. Do we expect our leaders to never have failed at anything? >More
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I'm a big fan of porters, especially when they come with a good story. The style emerged some 250 years ago as a beer of the English laboring class. These brews nearly vanished in the United States, though, until they were revived by homebrewers several decades back. And it was these homemade beers that deserve some credit for Ole Eagle, a traditional porter now on tap at the Grumpy Troll. >More
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New WIAA rules give suburban schools a better chance at state football titles

The state high school football playoffs opened last Friday night with 224 teams competing in seven divisions. A couple of new and significant organizational changes are in place this year, including one that allows the highest-seeded teams to host games through the quarterfinals. This resulted in first-round games at DeForest, Madison La Follette, Marshall, Middleton, Monona Grove and Waunakee. >More
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Not too long ago Dane County government was known for its epic land-use battles. Center stage at nearly every county board meeting a decade ago was a debate tied to one question: Where and how should Dane County grow? >More
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The return of Kabul on State Street

Back in the early 1970s, Madison restaurants typically served staunchly Midwestern fare: sausages, steaks, fish fry. There were few other options. >More
 Red wines for leaf piles

Wine is as seasonal as the food we eat. In the summer months, we consume a lot of bright, high-acid foods such as fruits and tomatoes. These are perfect for white wine with bracing acidity. As harvest brings its rich flavors and we start to eat more root vegetables and heavier sauces, we naturally turn toward robust reds. >More
Duo turned quartet Count This Penny dazzle with a fuller folk sound on Wolves Are Sheep

Country-folk outfit Count This Penny began as a songwriting duo in East Tennessee and grew into a full-fledged band after moving to Madison in 2009. Each day they strive to improve themselves musically and otherwise. This idea appears time and again on their new EP, Wolves Are Sheep, along with the notion of finding one's true self. >More
 Empress Of's songs are sexy, hazy sonic selfies

Lorely Rodriguez, the 23-year-old singer known as Empress Of, creates songs so arty and high-concept that The Guardian called her pretentious. Do a bit more digging and you'll see that she doesn't take herself that seriously. >More
Print & Resist's Sarah Tops Rogers questions digital privilege through handmade publications

In a world where digital communication is king and corporate spin influences lots of mainstream news coverage, indie zines are appealing for their candidness and the nostalgia they conjure. The second annual Print & Resist, a daylong festival celebrating zines, grassroots journals and artisanal books, takes place at the Central Library on Saturday, Nov. 1. >More
 How Madison native Orson Welles cooked up a Martian invasion in War of the Worlds

I always think about Orson Welles this time of year. For me, Halloween is associated with his War of the Worlds radio broadcast, which caused a national panic on October 30, 1938. >More
Birdman is an enjoyable farce about an actor desperate to save his career

Well played, Alejandro González Iñárritu. You've dared critics not to roll their eyes at your latest film, Birdman, and you've almost succeeded. >More
 Witty tales of regret impress in the Oscar-nominated films of Sundance Shorts 2014

I've been reviewing programs of short films for years, and I have complicated feelings about them. That's definitely true of Sundance Shorts 2014, the program screening at Sundance Madison. >More

THE GUIDE

Friday, October 31
Bryan Morris, Stacey Kulow Comedy Club on State
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Empress Of, Native/Tongues UW Union South-The Sett, 9:00pm
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The Dodos, Bigjoy UW Memorial Union-Rathskeller, 9:00pm
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Saturday, November 1
Beakers & Broomsticks  Madison Children's Museum
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Gov't Mule, Jackie Greene  Orpheum Theatre, 8:00pm
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ISTHMUS PICKS

Isthmus Picks: Madison calendar for October 30 - November 5, 2014

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

MADLAND

Madland: Both the city and developers luck out with the new Edgewater

The new Edgewater reopened in a massive gala last Thursday. It is a beautiful space -- with some really pricey rooms. Honestly, I'm not sure who can afford these amenities, but I'm sure there must be some people who can. >More

RENEWABLE ENERGY

Isthmus on WORT: How Dane County is a leader in capturing garbage gases

Isthmus contributor Nathan J. Comp reported on Dane County's work in harnessing and using the gases produced in its landfill in in the October 23 issue, and discussed his story with WORT producer Dylan Brogan on that day's edition of In Our Backyard. >More

TELL ALL

Tell All: The tattooed bride

Dear Tell All: Reading Thin Skinned's diatribe against Madison women with tattoos brought back a very fond memory. I met the woman who became my wife in a Bible study group at the church we were attending. When we were first dating we enjoyed a Saturday at Noah's Ark water park. >More

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Mama Madison: Coping with toddlers in a Wisconsin winter

I'm having trouble enjoying the season, because I can't keep myself from thinking about the miserable weather that's sure to be following close on the heels of the crisp, pleasant fall we've been having. I am not at all emotionally prepared to be the parent of two toddlers during a Wisconsin winter. >More

MADISON SNAPS

Madison Snaps: October 31, 2014

Today's image titled "maple forest, arboretum" was photographed by Aistis Tumas. >More
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HALLOWEEN

Madison knows how to enjoy Halloween. All you have to do is go down to State Street during Freakfest, our annual costumed blow-out coming up this weekend, to see for yourself. But we have ghosts and ghouls that turn out at other times of the year, even over decades. >More
Let's face it: Halloween has been sanitized for the young and innocent. Trick-or-treating starts on Oct. 31 at the not-so-scary hour of 4 p.m. in a number of Madison neighborhoods, and many of the weekend's parties are designed for toddlers, ending well before the average disco napper wakes. What's a thrill-seeker to do? >More
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ELECTION 2014

Nov. 2, 2010, was quite a day for Scott Walker. It was his 43rd birthday and the day he won election as governor, an ebullient, still-youthful-looking politician whose victory speech to his joyous crowd of followers was punctuated repeatedly with the rhythmic message: "Wisconsin is open for business!" >More

BEER

A variety of malty and sweet seasonal brews compete for attention this time of year, but autumn brings some of the best hoppy beers too. After all, hop flowers are typically picked in September, and given the renewed interest in growing this crop in Wisconsin, this is the season when fresh-hopped beers can be at their best. >More

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