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A cool, cozy home for house fans at Jolly Bob's

Step into Jolly Bob's at 8 p.m. on a Saturday, and you'll see well-dressed twentysomethings drinking Caribbean cocktails. There will be a waiting list for the Willy Street restaurant's packed dining room. There won't be any indication that just behind the fish tank, a dance floor will soon appear for a house music show. >More
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The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago sure knows how to milk courtroom drama. The makeup of the judicial panels assigned to hear oral arguments is kept under wraps until 30 minutes before court is called to order. No photos or recording devices are allowed, and seating is first come, first served -- not even those who are parties to a lawsuit are guaranteed a space in the courtroom. >More
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The Paper

Turkeys in the 'hood

Brenda Morris has some new neighbors. "I heard that there was a family around but I hadn't gotten to see the babies yet," says Morris, a schoolteacher who lives on Madison's east side near Olbrich Gardens. "So I got up early the next morning, and sure enough they came walking down our street." There were 11 turkeys in all " two adults and nine chicks, or poults. >More
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Those are big shoes by the door. They carry big dreams. Big plans. Big feet. They belong to our youngest son, who will lace them up, walk out to the car in two days and get in the back seat. We'll motor to the end of the driveway, take a right on Rutledge Street, then drive into the heart of his college senior year. >More
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The new wave of Aussie wines

Australian wine has built a bad reputation for itself over the past couple decades. It certainly doesn't help that ginormous bladders of industrial hooch cross the Pacific to be bottled on our shores as a watery and wretched thing called Yellowtail. Even the better stuff is often bred with heavy-handed hedonism to be big, jammy explosions that a Crocodile Dundee might enjoy out of a Solo cup. >More
 Monsoon Siam is a modern Thai cafe on Atwood Avenue

A few years ago I interviewed the Pulitzer Prize-winning food critic Jonathan Gold in advance of his talk for the UW-Madison's Humanities Without Borders series. We got onto the topic of "authenticity." He'd eaten in Madison before and doubted there was much, if any, authentic Lao or Thai cuisine here. "Madison certainly has an enormous array of restaurants representing other cultures, but they tend to be cooking for the people who are not themselves," Gold said. >More
Deer Tick, The Weeks, and Jessica Hernandez bring a steamy mix of blues, rock, and country to Live On King Street

After a rowdy Live On King Street session in early August that combined one of the biggest headliners in the series with Great Taste Eve revelry to produce a swarming downtown scene, Friday night's concert was a more manageable affair. Crowds were still thick for this fourth show of the summer, despite the unbearably muggy weather. >More
 Gabe Burdulis hopes Nashville can teach him everything he needs to know about the industry

"People tell me 'Don't stop,' and I just smile and nod because there's no way I'd ever stop," says Gabe Burdulis. He laughs, happy to find some humor during a serious talk about his future. >More
A thought-provoking work by C.P.E. Bach kicks off the 2014 Token Creek Chamber Music Festival

This year's Token Creek Chamber Music Festival (through Aug. 31 in the festival barn in DeForest) celebrates the operation's 25th anniversary, no mean achievement for so idiosyncratic an undertaking. This time around, there are three classical programs, two of them performed twice. The next program, involving only violin and piano, will be presented on Aug. 27. >More
 Four Seasons Theatre's Kiss Me, Kate is a joyful homage to Wisconsin Union Theater's first production

I'm always impressed with the crowd at Four Seasons Theatre productions. Friday night, every seat was taken at Wisconsin Union Theater, where the local troupe presented Kiss Me, Kate. It's the first theater production at the remodeled venue, which is about to celebrate its 75th year. >More
It's hard to tell the characters apart in the flawed football drama When the Game Stands Tall

As a teamwork training manual for young athletes, When the Game Stands Tall may be useful viewing, but as a gripping drama, it's dodgy at best. Loosely based on sportswriter Neil Hayes' book about high school football coach Bob Ladouceur, who led his De La Salle Spartans to a historic 151-game winning streak, the script (by Scott Marshall Smith) wisely includes the game that broke the streak. >More
 A prodigy must decide whether to live or die in If I Stay

If I Stay is an adaptation of Gayle Forman's young adult novel about Mia Hall, an 18-year-old cello prodigy who must decide whether to live or die following a car accident. In addition to telling a story, the movie begs an important question: When should a filmmaker stray from his source material? >More

THE GUIDE

Thursday, August 28
StoryBook: Narrative in Contemporary Art Madison Museum of Contemporary Art
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Jason S. Yi Madison Museum of Contemporary Art
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Nature Watch Madison Children's Museum, 10:00am
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Dietrich Gosser High Noon Saloon, 6:00pm
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DakhaBrakha Overture Center-Capitol Theater, 7:30pm
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American Players Theatre's "Much Ado About Nothing" American Players Theatre, Spring Green
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Broom Street Theater's "Nottingham!" Broom Street Theater, 8:00pm
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Araceli Alonso Mystery to Me, 7:00pm
Friday, August 29
StoryBook: Narrative in Contemporary Art  Madison Museum of Contemporary Art
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Jason S. Yi  Madison Museum of Contemporary Art
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Dane Dances  Monona Terrace Rooftop
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The Mascot Theory  Fisher King Winery, Mount Horeb, 6:30pm
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CRITICS' CHOICE

Isthmus Picks: Madison calendar for August 28 - September 3, 2014

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

TELEVISION

The 2014 Emmys prove it: We're in a golden age of TV

I was going to start talking about the overrated shows nominated for this year's Emmy Awards, as I don't understand why critics have fallen for Masters of Sex, Homeland and Boardwalk Empire. But I got sidetracked by the much bigger list of nominated shows that are among the wonders of the world. >More

GAMBLING

Isthmus on WORT: Wisconsin poker players want to make the game legal

Isthmus contributor Seth Jovaag reported the clandestine poker scene in Madison and what its proponents are doing to seek legitimacy in the August 14 issue, and discussed his story with WORT producer Dylan Brogan on that day's edition of In Our Backyard. >More

TELL ALL

Tell All: I hate email and texting

Dear Tell All: Yes, I am one of those people who hand-write old-fashioned 1,000-word letters -- the kind you made fun of in your response to Faithful Correspondent, who feels out of place in the era of terse email communications. And guess what? There is not one of my many correspondents who isn't thrilled to death to receive my long letters. >More

ISTHMUSPARENTS.COM

Mama Madison: Does back-to-school really mean a whole new wardrobe?

This past week, on the way to the grocery store, my daughter asked what I believed she thought would be a innocuous question, "Mom, when are we going back-to-school shopping?" >More

MADISON SNAPS

Madison Snaps: August 28, 2014

Today's image titled "HAPPY BIRTHDAY GRANDMA!" was photographed by Ryan Wisniewski. >More
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COVER STORY

Isthmus contributor Mary Ellen Bell reported on the Madison Police Department's K9 Unit and how its dogs are trained and utilized by officers in the August 21 issue, and discussed her story with WORT producer Dylan Brogan on that day's edition of In Our Backyard. >More
The Wells Fargo Bank near East Towne Mall was robbed in February. When Madison police officers arrived at the bank, the thief had already fled the scene on foot. Witnesses described him as bearded and white. The profile matched that of a man who had robbed a number of banks previously. >More
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BEER

Given its popular Syttende Mai festival and accompanying road race, an increasingly prominent live music venue, and a location well within the orbit of Madison's blossoming craft beer community, Stoughton has long been ripe for a brewpub. Vik Malling has remedied this need with his new Viking Brewpub. >More

CITIZEN DAVE

Starting at six in the morning on Saturday, August 30, mayoral candidate Scott Resnick will ride his bicycle around the streets of Madison. His aim is to hit each of the city's 20 aldermanic districts over 20 hours that day, and raise campaign donations in $20 increments along the way. As part of this fundraiser, Resnick is inviting people to ride along with him or to meet him at one of stops along the route. >More

PEOPLE

The Internet has provided fertile ground for Madison's creative class for more than a decade. No longer limited by geography or traditional gatekeepers, local people are cultivating opportunities that simply didn't exist in the pre-digital world, especially opportunities to become celebrities of sorts. >More

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