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Citizen Dave: Elroy-Sparta Trail threatened by open pit mine

When Scott Grenon's in-laws opened the Tunnel Trail Campground near Wilton 44 years ago, they knew that being small business owners meant taking a risk. But it wasn't just a spur of the moment decision. West Bend residents, but frequent visitors to the new Elroy-Sparta Trail, they could see the potential in business coming from trail riders who wanted a nice spot to camp before and after their ride. >More
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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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The Paper

Residents of senior communities lose absentee voting option under new Wisconsin law

Let's say you live independently in an apartment that happens to be within a senior residential community. You make your own meals and come and go as you wish. You also faithfully vote in each election and, for the sake of convenience, always have an absentee ballot mailed to your residence. But in what has come as a surprise to many, that option is no longer available to residents of retirement homes and care facilities. >More
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The White House recently announced that President Barack Obama would campaign for Mary Burke in the final week of the election. Obama will be campaigning in a number of gubernatorial races, a long overdue shift from his focus on keeping Democrats in control of the U.S. Senate. >More
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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
 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
Kyle Rightley launches a folk-driven solo act after five years leading the Big Payback

Low guitar notes cut through the sound of falling rain in the opening lines of "Song for the Flatirons," a pretty and wistful highlight of Kyle Rightley's latest EP. Titled The Bleak, Barbarian Pines, the album is the Madison artist's sophomore solo release, but it doesn't sound like the work of a green musician. >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
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
 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
In Listen Up Philip, an arrogant young writer visits the summer home of his pretentious mentor

Writer and director Alex Ross Perry has pulled off a feat of cinematic alchemy. He has made an entertaining film about a monstrously unappealing character. >More
 Bill Murray bares the soul of a boozing, gambling grump in St. Vincent

Although playing the unabashed curmudgeon next door is the kind of thing Bill Murray could do in his sleep, the treasured actor brings everything he has to the role of Vincent MacKenna in St. Vincent. >More

THE GUIDE

Saturday, October 25
Dave Chappelle Orpheum Theatre
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Colin Mochrie & Brad Sherwood Overture Center-Overture Hall, 7:00pm
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Dirty Heads, Rome Barrymore Theatre, 8:00pm
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Tyler Krienitz, Eric Quigley UW Memorial Union-Rathskeller, 9:00pm
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Isthmus Pregame Budget Bicycle
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UW Football Camp Randall Stadium, 11:00am
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American Players Theatre's "Alcestis" American Players Theatre, Spring Green
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American Players Theatre's "American Buffalo" American Players Theatre, Spring Green, 8:00pm
Sunday, October 26
Dave Chappelle  Orpheum Theatre
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Halloween at the Zoo  Vilas Zoo, 9:30am
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Alpha Rev, The Wells Division  Frequency, The, 8:00pm
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American Players Theatre's "Alcestis"  American Players Theatre, Spring Green
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Imago Theatre's "Frogz"  Overture Center-Capitol Theater, 3:00pm
Monday, October 27
The Color of Noise  High Noon Saloon
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Shiza Shahid  UW Union South-Varsity Hall, 7:00pm

ISTHMUS PICKS

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

SPORTS

Will Wisconsin women's soccer break out in 2014?

They've been to the NCAA Tournament 17 times and are ranked 12th in the country, but even die-hard Wisconsin Badger fans would be hard-pressed to name a member of their team. Who am I talking about? >More

RENEWABLE ENERGY

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

ISTHMUSPARENTS.COM

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

MADISON SNAPS

Madison Snaps: October 24, 2014

Today's image titled "Knutson Drive Street Art" was photographed by Craig Wilson. >More
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COVER STORY

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
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MADISON HALLOWEEN

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

BEER

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
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

THE AMAZING RACE

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

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