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Republican calls UW research on right-to-work 'partisan, garbage'

State Sen. Steve Nass blasted a UW-Madison economics professor in a scathing email Monday afternoon, calling the academic's report on right-to-work legislation and economic performance "partisan, garbage research." >More
382 Pixel LineSurvey shows Madison's homeless population continues to grow

Homelessness in Madison has grown slightly in Madison over the past year, with city workers counting 808 people without a home on Jan. 29, 2015, including 217 children. The "point-in-time" survey is mandated by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and done twice a year. >More
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The Paper

A kinesthetic, steampunk Midsummer

It's going to be a Midsummer unlike any other, a reimagining of an old tale. Opening March 7, this A Midsummer Night's Dream is the result of a surprising collaboration between Children's Theater of Madison, a 50-year-old theater company, and Theatre LILA, which relocated from New York to Madison just last year. >More
382 Pixel Line'Dystopia Now' offers visions that disturb and inspire

Urban decay or suburban monotony? Dystopia is in the eye of the beholder. Artists offer their own vision of our current state of affairs in "Dystopia Now," an exhibit by Wisconsin artists at Madison College's downtown campus. The installment prompts visitors to ponder their own role in society. >More
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Discovering the cutting edge of cocktails at the seventh annual Distill America

It was the seventh successful year for Distill America, the evening-long "celebration of American Distilling" hosted by the Madison Malt Society. This year, the event was bookended by Madison Cocktail Week, creating a happy synergy between the showcase and all things boozy. >More
 Catching up with the Eating in Madison A to Z bloggers

Every so often you'll read a "Whatever Happened to..." column about some bygone notable. Whatever happened to 2007 Madison mayoral candidate Will Sandstrom? Or those plans for a bicycle-centric restaurant on the southwest bike path? This is our version of that for ourselves: Whatever happened to Eating in Madison A to Z? >More
Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band joins legendary label

"The Reverend," a.k.a. singer and guitarist Josh Peyton, has been a fan of Yazoo Records since he was a kid. So he says it's a dream come true that the label recently released So Delicious, the new album from his trio, Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band. >More
 Isthmus Live Sessions: The Districts

Just because a performance is acoustic doesn't mean it can't rock. In this Feb. 21 visit to Isthmus, frontman Rob Grote and drummer Braden Lawrence showcased what makes the Districts such a compelling live act: their bold, baby-faced energy. >More
Liz Angle brings painful clarity to How I Learned to Drive

How I Learned to Drive, the Pulitzer Prize-winning work by Paula Vogel, is a heartbreaking memory play following the tumultuous pre-teen and teen years of the main character, Li'l Bit. In the solid Madison Theatre Guild production directed by Suzan Curry at the Bartell Theater, Liz Angle imbues the character of Li'l Bit with painful clarity. >More
 UW Theatre's Good Kids addresses rape culture but roles lack nuance

Something happened on Friday night, and now everyone at school is talking about it. In the UW-Madison Theatre Department's production of Good Kids, by Naomi Iizuka, it was not a schoolyard spat or youthful prank. It was rape. >More
Sneak Peek: The 2015 Wisconsin Film Festival

The French film Marie's Story is based on the life of Marie Heurtin, who was enrolled, as a deaf-blind 14-year-old in 1899, in a Catholic school for deaf children. >More
 Sneak Peek: The 2015 Wisconsin Film Festival

When Phnom Penh fell to the Khmer Rouge 40 years ago, the brutal regime stamped out a thriving pop music culture. This one-of-a-kind documentary pairs rare archival footage with interviews with survivors from Cambodia's music scene. >More

THE GUIDE

ISTHMUS PICKS

Isthmus Picks: Madison calendar for February 26 - March 5, 2015

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

CITIZEN DAVE

Citizen Dave: Loving America

"I love my country. I love it with all its real flaws, but I love it more for what it promises to be, which is so aspirational and inspirational, and so impossible to achieve, and so wonderful." >More
 Citizen Dave: Scott Walker and the college issue

The problem with Scott Walker is not that he didn't pick up a diploma or that he's not smart or that he's not an "intellectual." The problem with Scott Walker is that he apparently never developed the habits of mind that make someone thoughtful. >More

ISTHMUS ON WORT

Isthmus on WORT: Hacking for the Common Good

In last week's Isthmus cover story, "Hacking for the Common Good," Jeff Buchanan looks at how hackers would like to use the new technology -- and what obstacles they face. He spoke to WORT-FM producer Dylan Brogan about the story on last Thursday's In Our Backyard. >More
 Isthmus on WORT: Henry Janisch and American Sniper

American Sniper is now considered the most successful war movie of all time, grossing more than $400 million and generating fiery debate. As Catherine Capellaro reports in the February 19 Isthmus, there's a reason many veterans are embracing the film. >More

TELL ALL

Tell All: Scott Walker likes beautiful women

Why does the governor favor attractive young spokespeople? Is it all just eye candy to make the "product" more palatable? >More
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COVER STORY

Tech geeks can have a huge impact on civic services, and it doesn't have to cost them a ton of time or money. They just need access to public data for so-called civic hacking. >More

BEER

King George is made with more than a dozen specialty malts, which give it rich chocolate, caramel and biscuit flavors. There's a distinctive undertone of roasted cherrywood smoked malt, which "goes really well with the other dark malts," says brewmaster Ashley Kinart. >More

NEWS

MADLAND

Soglin's quiet leadership makes it difficult to attack him -- there's no single project to use as a rallying cry to work up voters. But Soglin certainly has some weaknesses. >More
Among other things, the Joint Finance Committee co-chairs, Sen. Alberta Darling and Rep. John Nygren, wonder why UW Chancellor Rebecca Blank is questioning things her predecessor agreed to. That's like admonishing new Badgers football coach Paul Chryst for not using Gary Andersen's old playbook. >More
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