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Madison Craft Beer Week 2014: A guide to essential events with Wisconsin breweries

The fourth annual Madison Craft Beer Week officially runs over May 2-11 -- if you're counting, that's actually 10 days. The celebration is all things to the beer enthusiast, with special tappings, unique beer and food pairings, beer dinners, educational programs and personal appearances by many local brewers at numerous Madison area restaurants and taverns. >More
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Christina Newton fears what her neighborhood on the near west side will look like after Madison deals with the dreaded emerald ash borer pest."Our whole neighborhood is highly concentrated with ash trees," says Newton, who lives on Rugby Row near Forest Hill Cemetery. "It's going to change the quality of life." >More
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Don't raise the minimum wage

The appeal of the minimum wage is really very simple: Everyone likes higher wages. Wage increases mean more money in your pocket, which takes a load off your mind. Politicians' primal impulse is to give stuff to voters, and few gifts are more welcome than a mandated pay increase courtesy of your elected representative. >More
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Ald. David Ahrens is puzzled that the mayor and many Common Council members support subsidizing a Monona Terrace hotel as part of the massive Judge Doyle Square project. Although many city officials and downtown boosters are sold on it, Ahrens has never met a regular citizen who champions the project. >More
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Relax, it's okay to pack a rosé

April is synonymous with rosé wine season. It's when pink juice begins arriving on store shelves in the same way smelt appears at fish fries and crocuses pop in sun-drenched lawns. While it may still seem a bit cold to enjoy wine that is best suited for warm summer afternoons, rosé-heads can't help themselves; they're already pulling corks to see what the 2013 harvest is/was all about. >More
 Brews Brothers pairs an ample tap list with big burgers

The corner bar doesn't have to look like Cheers. Heck, it doesn't even have to be on a corner. What it has to have is a welcoming vibe, staff who make an effort and at least a decent tap list. Brews Brothers has all of these things, and the big menu of burgers doesn't hurt, either. >More
Vinyl Cave: Neil Young by Neil Young

Buffalo Springfield may have had a short life as an active band, but it launched the careers of a number of musicians who have remained active in the business since the '60s. The roster included one major 20th-century legend still shaking things up in the 21st: Neil Young, who released nearly as many albums in the first decade of the new century as he did in the 1970s. >More
 Sons of Atom turn infuriating news reports into punchy punk songs

Tim Radl watches the news, gets pissed off and then writes songs. That's the modus operandi for the vocalist and guitarist of Sons of Atom, a punchy rock trio consisting of Madison musicians who've done time in countless local bands, including Digibot, the Madtown Vipers, the OuttaTunes and the Low Czars. >More
Magical costumes and other visual spectacles steal the show in University Theatre's kabuki-inspired Richard III

Shakespeare's plays have been translated, interpreted and reexamined on stages all over the world in the four centuries since they were written. In University Theatre's new production of Richard III, director David Furumoto infuses the bloody story of royal machinations and betrayals with elements of kabuki, incorporating traditional makeup, costumes, dance, music, vocal styles and staging. >More
 With Shorts on the 2nd Floor, Madison Theatre Guild shows that pint-size plays can bring about powerful performances

Madison Theatre Guild's Shorts on the 2nd Floor is an entertaining evening of seven short plays -- some ridiculous, some poignant, and several in between -- from a combination of unknown and iconic playwrights. Although the pieces don't coalesce around an obvious theme, they are well-executed snapshots of characters at a point of revelation. >More
Wisconsin Film Festival announces winners of 2014 audience awards

Ever since the final credits of the Wisconsin Film Festival rolled the night of April 10, workers have been tallying the results of the annual Steep & Brew Audience Award competition. Now it's time for a drumroll: The winners of this year's awards are American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs, The Rocket and Vertigo. >More
 Scarlett Johansson morphs into a sexy, unknowable alien in Under the Skin

Scarlett Johansson is occasionally nude: That's all some moviegoers need know about Under the Skin. They're in for a surprise, though: This is easily the most unique science-fiction movie to hit theaters in years. >More


Thursday, April 24
Design MMoCA Madison Museum of Contemporary Art
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3Lau, Antics Segredo, 9:00pm
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Capital City Jazz Fest Quality Inn & Suites, Fitchburg
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UW Varsity Band Kohl Center, 7:30pm
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University Theatre's "Richard III" UW Vilas Hall-Mitchell Theatre
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Sister Helen Prejean & Jake Heggie First Congregational United Church of Christ, 7:00pm
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Line Breaks UW Lathrop Hall-H'Doubler Performance Space
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Oliver Stone & Peter Kuznick UW Union South-Varsity Hall, 7:30pm
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Friday, April 25
Design MMoCA  Madison Museum of Contemporary Art
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The Mascot Theory (CD release)  Fisher King Winery, Mount Horeb, 6:30pm
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Deena Shoskes  Red Dragon TV Studios, 7:00pm
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The Sweetback Sisters  Stoughton Opera House, 7:30pm
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M-Pact, Duwende  Overture Center-Capitol Theater, 8:00pm
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The Week: Madison calendar for April 25 - May 1, 2014

Here is this week's critics' choice calendar. >More


Black Box glamorizes bipolar disorder

Dr. Catherine Black (Kelly Reilly) is a world-renowned neuroscientist who specializes in bipolar disorder and who, unbeknown to her colleagues or her boyfriend, suffers from the disease herself. It's hard to believe she's kept it secret, given that she often skips her meds with dramatic results. In her manic phases, Dr. Black dresses like a prostitute and has sex with any nearby cabbie. I counted four instances of porn-grade intercourse in the pilot alone. >More


Exhibitors at Isthmus Green Day 2014

Stop by Monona Terrace on Saturday, April 26, to see what all of these great, green vendors have to offer. The seventh annual Isthmus Green Day festival runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and features informative speakers and engaging exhibitors, along with plenty of eco-friendly products to buy, green ideas to ponder, fun activities and more. >More


Tell All: Dry humping is not dancing

Dear Tell All: You disagreed with a parent who was scandalized by dancing at a local high school, but I don't know if you've actually seen what goes on at dances here in Madison in 2014 ("Teen Dances Go Too Far," 4/10/2014). You point out how scandalous the twist or tango were for their time and say that the current behavior is no different. But the twist and tango are dances. What the kids are doing at these school events is not a sexually charged dance: It is dry humping, which is sex. >More


Mama Madison: It's time for the college tour

I have just returned from a whirlwind, five-day, four-city college tour with my son. You know those "101 Things to Know Before Visiting Disney World" guidebooks that experienced theme park travelers have written to help the uninitiated? I think I am now officially seasoned enough in information sessions and campus tours to give some serious thought to penning a similar "insiders guide" for the junior-year parent. >More


Madison Snaps: April 24, 2014

Today's image titled "Warner Walkabout" was photographed by Kerry G. Hill. >More
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Eldonna Hazen emphasizes tolerance as a pioneering minister at First Congregational Church
On a frosty winter morning, Eldonna Hazen was preparing to do something she had postponed for years: lead Sunday morning worship service. "I felt a call to the ministry my sophomore year in college. But I thought that, as a gay woman, it was not possible for me," says Hazen, who was recently installed as the senior minister at First Congregational Church. She is the congregation's first woman minister and its first openly gay one. >More


Citizen Dave: When it comes to things like Uber and Lyft, lightness will trump heft every time
The local dust-up over the ride-sharing companies Uber and Lyft is really just part of a much bigger question. What's happening pretty much everywhere is that virtual companies are finding ways to undercut traditional, big businesses that are loaded down with infrastructure and hampered by regulations. >More


Madison Craft Beer Week 2014: A guide to essential events with Wisconsin breweries
The fourth annual Madison Craft Beer Week officially runs over May 2-11 -- if you're counting, that's actually 10 days. The celebration is all things to the beer enthusiast, with special tappings, unique beer and food pairings, beer dinners, educational programs and personal appearances by many local brewers at numerous Madison area restaurants and taverns. >More


Madland: Is the Madison school district's behavior plan enough?
Recently, the Madison Metropolitan School Board adopted a pair of new behavior plans meant to reduce the number of suspensions and expulsions in the district, particularly the punishments that are disproportionately handed out to students of color. I'd like to applaud the school board for taking a serious look at the district's expulsion rate. However, I wonder if these new codes will be enough. >More



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