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Beer Here: Staghorn Octoberfest Beer from New Glarus Brewing

To be a legitimate Wisconsin brewery, you need to make an Oktoberfest, says Dan Carey of New Glarus Brewing. "If it's not a state law, it should be," he adds with a laugh. Even though autumn is still around the corner, it's now commonplace for these beers to be released in August. If you like the style, that's actually a good thing, because it makes for more selections to taste. >More
382 Pixel LineYahara House members fight to keep Madison Metro bus stop

The members of Yahara House, a clubhouse that helps adults cope with mental illness, have a saying: "Nothing about us, without us." So when they learned this week that the bus stop in front of their clubhouse, located at 802 E. Gorham St., is going to be removed Sunday, Aug. 24, many of them were upset. >More
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The Paper

Ludell Swenson struggles after apartment move

Ludell Swenson and his live-in caretaker have moved to North Sherman Avenue. Isthmus reported in late July that Swenson, who has cerebral palsy, was being forced out of the downtown apartment he loves because the building is undergoing a $1 million renovation and rents will be going up. >More
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It's Madison's latest big development dust-up. There always seems to be one. Monona Terrace, Overture, the Central Library, the Edgewater. In the end these big projects usually go forward. And I don't have any doubt that at some point Judge Doyle Square, the massive, complicated development situated on the block and a half that contains the Madison Municipal Building and the Government East parking ramp, will go forward in some form. >More
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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
 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
The 2014 Token Creek Chamber Music Festival celebrates two Bachs and two anniversaries

Summer is a season of communion in the classical music world. In Madison there are lively outdoor concerts like Concerts on the Square and Opera in the Park. Professional performers also gather in peaceful rural settings to reflect and relax while sharing ideas, practicing and giving concerts. Such environments inspired John and Rose Mary Harbison to found the Token Creek Chamber Music Festival. >More
 Deer Tick find beauty in messes and missteps

Deer Tick make messes like it's nobody's business. Browse a recent set list and you'll find autobiographical songs with titles like "Trash" and "The Dream's in the Ditch." Peruse photos of the crowd and you'll find lots of sweat. >More
American Players Theatre explores medical ethics with a scalpel-sharp The Doctor's Dilemma

In the first years of the 20th century, playwright George Bernard Shaw was very concerned about the medical profession: how many unqualified quacks offered their services with impunity, how tempting it would be for doctors to act in the interest of financial gain instead of patient health, how few remedies were available to the working and lower classes; and how physicians' egos could get the better of them. >More
 Broom Street Theater's Nottingham! dares audience members act out parts of a new Robin Hood tale

What's a folk-hero vigilante to do when he finds himself on the right side of the law? The same thing an audience does when they find themselves in the middle of a play: Go with it. >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
 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

THE GUIDE

Friday, August 22
Jason S. Yi Madison Museum of Contemporary Art
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StoryBook: Narrative in Contemporary Art Madison Museum of Contemporary Art
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Dane Dances Monona Terrace Rooftop
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Middleton Good Neighbor Festival Fireman's Park, Middleton
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Joel Paterson Trio, Jim Liban Wisconsin Brewing Company, Verona, 6:00pm
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Stephanie Rearick & Andy Ewen Mother Fool's Coffeehouse, 8:00pm
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Four Seasons Theatre's "Kiss Me Kate" UW Memorial Union-Shannon Hall (Wisconsin Union Theater)
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Broom Street Theater's "Nottingham!" Broom Street Theater, 8:00pm

CRITICS' CHOICE

Isthmus Picks: Madison calendar for August 21-27, 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

RECREATION

The Madison Area Sports Commission has spectacular success landing competitions

On Sept. 7, Madison will host Ironman Wisconsin for the 13th consecutive year. It's an event that long ago established itself by offering one of the most spectator-friendly courses on the entire Ironman triathlon circuit. More than 45,000 people spend hours standing along stretches of city streets and rural roads, cheering on runners and riders they'll never meet or even see again. >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 21, 2014

Today's image titled "Lovely night at the Union" was photographed by Craig Wilson. >More
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COVER STORY

The poker underground: Players see an opening to legalize the game in Wisconsin
Bellied up to a table in Players Sports Bar, the east-side tavern he's owned for a quarter-century, Mark Kroon adjusts his cap and points a thumb over his shoulder to a corner of the room. "We used to play right back here," he says. "This was about the mid-'80s. Phil probably wasn't even old enough to be in the bar at the time." >More
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PEOPLE

Madison's web celebs
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

BEER

Beer Here: Kink Belgian Abbey from Ale Asylum
A few years ago, when Ale Asylum was winding down at its original location, one of the last beers I ordered over the bar was a Belgian-style Abbey called Happy Ending. I considered it my personal homage to the brewery as it packed up and moved to its new location on Pankratz Street. >More

TECHNOLOGY

Forward Fest 2014 grows to encompass food, music
Computer programmers and engineers, meet foodies and hopeful music-industry innovators. No longer limited to high-tech or biotech topics, this year's Forward Festival, taking place Aug. 21-28 in and around Madison, has evolved to make room for the growing cuisine and music startup movements. >More

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