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Two actors struggle with racial stereotypes in Madison Theatre Guild's Yankee Dawg You Die

In one of the first scenes of Philip Kan Gotanda's Yankee Dawg You Die, a young Asian American actor who is new to the Hollywood scene encounters one of his screen idols at a party. They discuss a rumor that the elder has had plastic surgery, perhaps to look more American. >More
382 Pixel LineGebhardt Development proposes East Washington home for new performance venue and StartingBlock Madison

A second proposal is in the works to build a large performance venue on East Washington Avenue. Gebhardt Development submitted plans to the city of Madison Monday for a 140,000-square-foot mixed use project that would include the 1,500-seat performance space. >More
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The Paper

David Frank, take a bow

The sun is assaulting the outdoor stage at American Players Theatre. It's a Friday afternoon late in May, the third week of rehearsal for the company's production of Much Ado About Nothing. >More
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The Republicans are huffing and puffing about a few paragraphs in Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke's economic development plan that were gleaned from similar plans of other candidates. They're going so far as to demand that Burke withdraw from the whole shooting match over this. >More
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Mason's on Main aims high, but its reach exceeds its grasp

Downtown Oregon has undergone quite a bit of renovation and restoration lately, and it has changed the dining scene there most of all. Maria's Pizza is still the humble little brick cube, but Señor Peppers jumped across the street from its original location into a snazzed-up storefront, and its former home has been rigorously overhauled and transformed into Mason's on Main, a "New American" bistro that's shooting for big game in Madison's neighbor to the south. >More
 Mad City Frites to bring Belgian-style snack to State Street

Belgian-style frites, and pretty much only frites, will be coming to the former Shakti bookstore space at 320 State St. with the new Mad City Frites. >More
Majestic Theatre tries its hand at managing bands

As some of the major music promoters in town and the owners of a top concert venue, Majestic Theatre owners Matt Gerding and Scott Leslie see the best new talent in Madison on a regular basis. So it's perhaps only natural that they've added another arm to the Majestic music leviathan: band management. >More
 Tandem Press announces fall 2014 jazz series

Tandem Press, the fine art press affiliated with the UW Art Department, is launching a free jazz series beginning Sept. 26. Concerts will showcase student ensembles from the jazz program in UW's School of Music. >More
Violinist Wes Luke proves a solid anchor for Ancora String Quartet in a program of works by Haydn, Mendelssohn and Beach

Because of the leave of absence being taken by first violinist Leanne Kelso League, the Ancora String Quartet has undertaken a second season of experimentation. Last season, that involved bringing in different instrumentalists in trio-plus collaborations. This season, it involves two visiting first violinists. >More
 Fat City Emporium combines art, gifts and beer

When a neighboring art gallery and a brewery collaborate on a special beer, you know you're in fertile creative territory -- like Madison's near east side. >More
Pay 2 Play examines money's role in union busting and Citizens United

Thank Michael Moore for inaugurating the modern era of the lefty polemical documentary. Various imitators have come along in the wake of successful films like Bowling for Columbine and Fahrenheit 9/11, in which Moore promoted progressive causes. I see elements of Moore's style in Pay 2 Play: Democracy's High Stakes, about money's corrupting influence in politics. >More
 Beloved old songs loosen dementia's grip in Alive Inside

The remarkable documentary Alive Inside: A Story of Music and Memory artfully weaves together material about two topics, one inspiring, one discouraging. The inspiring topic, and the main focus, is the restorative power of music when it is played for people with memory loss. >More

THE GUIDE

Tuesday, September 30
Forbidden Art UW Memorial Union-Porter Butts Gallery
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The Art of Politics UW-Extension Pyle Center, 5:00pm
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Sheryl WuDunn UW Memorial Union-Shannon Hall (Wisconsin Union Theater), 7:30pm
Wednesday, October 1
Forbidden Art  UW Memorial Union-Porter Butts Gallery
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Dixie Doodlers, Aftin Warren  Monona Terrace, 5:30pm
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Boo Bradley  Alchemy Cafe, 10:00pm
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American Players Theatre's "Much Ado About Nothing"  American Players Theatre, Spring Green
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Thursday, October 2
Forbidden Art  UW Memorial Union-Porter Butts Gallery
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American Players Theatre's "Romeo & Juliet"  American Players Theatre, Spring Green
Friday, October 3
Forbidden Art  UW Memorial Union-Porter Butts Gallery
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Old Crow Medicine Show, The Deslondes  Overture Center-Overture Hall, 8:00pm
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Radical Something  UW Union South-The Sett, 9:00pm

ISTHMUS PICKS

Isthmus Picks: Madison calendar for September 25 - October 1, 2014

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

AMAZINGRACE

The Amazing Race 25, Episode 1: UW-Madison grad students Maya and Amy seek to shatter stereotypes about scientists

Welcome to my very first recap of The Amazing Race. You might find yourself wondering, "Why is Isthmus covering this particular reality show?" Well, for one thing, it's because being catty about reality TV is a whole lot of fun. >More

TELEVISION

A successful African American fears selling out in the daring satire Blackish

Andre (Anthony Anderson) is a self-described former "big scary black guy" who's made it in the white world. He's a successful advertising executive who lives in the suburbs with his doctor wife (Tracee Ellis Ross) and four kids. But Andre has the nagging feeling that, in achieving the American dream, he and the family have lost their black identity. >More

TELL ALL

Tell All: Cats are ruining my love life

Dear Tell All: I've had lots of luck meeting appealing women, mostly on the near east side. The only problem is, I'm deathly allergic to cats, and nearly every woman I've gone out with in the past year has turned out to be a cat owner. >More

ISTHMUSPARENTS.COM

Mama Madison: Yummy Sprout is a wonderful resource

After sleep patterns, I think the next biggest parenting concern I have and hear about revolves around the topic of food. How can I make sure my kids are eating enough vegetables? Did I pack them a lunch that is healthy enough? What can I feed them after school that doesn't come from a box? How many gripes am I going to get about the dinner I'm about to prepare? >More

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COVER STORY

Happy Bambino used to specialize in baby carriers. All kinds. Slings, wraps, backpacks. Now they don't carry them at all. Co-owner Alison Dodge says they simply couldn't compete with Amazon. >More
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ISTHMUS DRINKS

Supper clubs are a Wisconsin birthright. The ritual of relish trays, wedge salads, prime rib and fish fries on Friday is part of the state's unique culinary and social heritage. Often family-run for generations, the establishments have a timeless quality. Much of their appeal is that the clock, suspended in an atmosphere of relaxation and tradition, is frozen at some point before the 1960s. >More

BEER

In craft beer, all things hoppy will sell. The IPA and double IPA are the fastest growing styles today, and brewers joke about an arms race to see who can get the most out of hops to achieve higher and higher levels of International Bitterness Units, or IBUs. >More

JOBS

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

MADLAND

Last week's Isthmus cover story explored how technology may help rebuild Wisconsin's economy. This week's Isthmus cover story is about how technology may help destroy local businesses in Madison and around the state. Both assertions are true. >More

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