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Red Card and Mark Tauscher team up to buy Isthmus

At first glance, the above headline appears to be straight out of The Onion. I should know -- I spent 15 years of my life working on America's Finest News Source: 10 owning the rights to The Onion in Colorado and five for Onion Inc. here in Madison. But I assure you, the Red Card meal-plan organization and former Badgers and Green Bay Packers offensive tackle Mark Tauscher really are teaming up to buy Isthmus. We are excited about it and hope you will be too. >More
382 Pixel LinePam Jahnke, free lunch, classical music, Palmyra in the July 11 issue of Isthmus

What can you find in this week's Isthmus? Highlights from the latest issue follow. >More
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The Paper

Don't believe the anti-environmental lobby

As vice president of government relations for the big business lobby Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce, Scott Manley's fun job is to convince us the new regulations by the Environmental Protection Agency will destroy our economy. Its requirement that coal emissions be cut by 34% by 2030 could be "devastating," he has warned, forcing Wisconsin to "commit an act of unilateral economic disarmament." >More
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Of the 200 people who turned out to South Towne Mall last weekend to protest Hobby Lobby's refusal to cover select forms of birth control for its employees, three stood out in the crowd: Samantha Burden, 17; Olivia Ravenscroft, 16; and Anna Schmidt, 16. >More
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Peter Reinhart visits UW-Madison: An interview about bread, spirituality and the gluten-free craze

Peter Reinhart co-founded the famous Brother Juniper's Bakery in Sonoma, California, in 1981. One of the world's most respected bakers, he's since gone on to pen multiple award-winning books, including the enduring modern classic The Bread Baker's Apprentice. >More
 Rosie's Coffee Bar and Bakery scores with breakfast, fanciful cupcakes

Rosie's Coffee Bar and Bakery, which opened a little over four months ago in the former Kim's Noodle space, is an unexpectedly modern operation. Coffee (from JBC Coffee Roasters) is available brewed, yes, but also in pour-over, cold-process and siphon preparations. The point-of-sale system is Leaf, a tablet-powered system sort of like Square on steroids. >More
La Fête de Marquette brings French and Cajun acts to a grassier version of Central Park

La Fête de Marquette is going home. On July 10-13, the annual celebration of French-speaking cultures will head back to its original spot between Baldwin and Ingersoll after six years of sweating it out on a patch of blacktop off East Washington Avenue. But the rocky lot La Fête made do with in 2006 has been replaced with the new Central Park. >More
 Strollin' Monroe Street brings global jazz sounds to Madison's near-west side

The Greater Madison Jazz Consortium wants locals to soak up spirits and song on the near-west side for its second musical pub crawl. The event, called Strollin' Monroe Street, runs from 4 p.m. to midnight on Saturday, July 19, and comes on the heels of Strollin' Schenk's Corners, a near-east side event that took place on May 23. >More
Sarah Day grapples with grief as Joan Didion in American Players Theatre's The Year of Magical Thinking

"Life changes fast. Life changes in the instant. You sit down to dinner and life as you know it ends," writes Joan Didion in her arresting 2005 memoir, The Year of Magical Thinking. She returns to these phrases over and over throughout the book, as if by repeating them she can ultimately accept them. Through plain yet penetrating language, Didion explores both the rawness and the very ordinariness of grief. >More
 Riding and reading with Brian Benson

It may be a Madison first, a mini bike tour/author reading called a "Ride and Read" that will start at the Pinney Branch Library and head to the Central Library. It's led by UW-Madison grad Brian Benson, the author of Going Somewhere: A Memoir, just out from Plume. >More
Kids try to return a cute, lost alien to his planet in Earth to Echo

Stop me if you've heard this before: A bunch of suburban kids befriend an alien entity and must avoid parents and authorities alike in their mission to send it back home. Earth to Echo makes no secret of its foremost influences, which include E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, Batteries Not Included and any number of similar adventures produced during Steven Spielberg's Amblin heyday in the '80s, with a little of his Close Encounters of the Third Kind and Joe Dante's Explorers thrown in for good measure. >More
 Melissa McCarthy sells herself short as an unapologetic buffoon in Tammy

It's rare for audiences -- so fickle, so prone to judge " to rally behind a single movie star for very long, but ever since Melissa McCarthy's coming-out party in 2011's Bridesmaids, she's basked in the benevolent glow of the people's goodwill. >More

THE GUIDE

Thursday, July 10
S.V. Medaris & Alicia Rheal Overture Center-Gallery I
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Richard Ely & Stephen Enriquez Overture Center-Gallery II
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The Weeks UW Memorial Union-Terrace, 9:30pm
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Boat Drinks High Noon Saloon, 7:00pm
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University Theatre's "Greater Tuna" UW Vilas Hall-Mitchell Theatre
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American Players Theatre's "Romeo & Juliet" American Players Theatre, Spring Green
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Hip-Hop in the Heartland Performances UW Genetics-Biotechnology Center Auditorium
Friday, July 11
Tyler Robbins, Graham Yeager  Overture Center-James Watrous Gallery of the Wisconsin Academy
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CRITICS' CHOICE

The Week: Madison calendar for July 11-17, 2014

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

TELEVISION

A virus creates vampires in Guillermo del Toro's exciting thriller The Strain

Guillermo del Toro (Pan's Labyrinth) co-wrote and directed the first episode of The Strain, a stylish thriller about a virus with vampiric origins (Sunday, 9 p.m., FX). Dr. Ephraim Goodweather (Corey Stoll), head of a Centers for Disease Control unit in New York City, is called in to investigate the mysterious deaths of 200 airline passengers. We know something he doesn't: a monster did it, popping out of the cargo hold in the suspenseful opening scene. We meet the spooky characters who do this monster's bidding, along with an elderly pawnbroker (David Bradley) who fought him during World War II and is prepared to fight him again. The pawnbroker has impressive skills, but he might be no match for gooey tentacles that...well, you really need to see the tentacles in action. My description couldn't possibly do them justice. >More

ANIMALS

Isthmus on WORT: How Wisconsin's dog seller regulations may legitimize animal mistreatment

Isthmus features editor Linda Falkenstein reported on how dog sellers in Wisconsin are licensed and monitored in the June 27 issue, and discussed her story with WORT producer Dylan Brogan on the June 26 edition of In Our Backyard. >More

TELL ALL

Tell All: Why don't friends write me back on email and Facebook?

Dear Tell All: I'm confused about the etiquette of writing people back in the age of email and Facebook. Way back when, I'd write someone a nice letter on a piece of paper and mail it; a nice reply usually came within a few weeks. But now, I often get no reply to an email or Facebook message I've sent. >More

MAMA MADISON

Mama Madison: What a mother fears most

All during childhood, we calmly tell our kids they don't need to be afraid of the dark, thunder or the monster under the bed. But it's pretty hard to keep your parental cool when your kid is about to embark on the one thing that terrifies you. I knew the problem wasn't really with him. It was with me. >More

MADISON SNAPS

Madison Snaps: July 10, 2014

Today's image titled "...madison..." was photographed by Aistis Tumas. >More
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HELLO & GOODBYE

Vince O'Hern starts a newspaper, creates a family

When I moved to Madison in the 1980s, it was a hot spot for alternative weekly newspapers. Myself, I liked the one with the funny name -- Isthmus -- but there were plenty of other choices, like City Lights and Free for All. Who would have predicted that the one with the funny name would survive them all and prosper into the 21st century? >More
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HISTORY

Isthmus on WORT: Freedom Summer in Madison

Isthmus contributor Stu Levitan reported on the civil rights movement's impact on Madison during the Freedom Summer of 1964 in the July 4 issue, and discussed his story with WORT producer Dylan Brogan on the July 3 edition of In Our Backyard. >More
 1964: When civil rights were controversial in Madison

Fifty years ago this summer, the national fight for civil rights echoed locally, dominating Madison's political and cultural agenda with martyrs, legends and a new homegrown black star. "The national and local issues came and went on the same tide," recalls Jim Sykes, then the program director for the now defunct university YMCA. A civil rights activist, Sykes recalls Madison as "a very divided community." >More

BEER

Beer Here: Good Old Potosi from Potosi Brewing

The Fourth of July is about summer traditions, family gatherings and sharing beer with friends while watching fireworks. This year, consider a brew from Potosi Brewing that speaks to that sense of community. Good Old Potosi was once an icon in the Wisconsin brewing business, and it's still made today by a revived craft-era brewery. This beer offers a taste of history each time you crack one open >More

ART

Art meets anthropology at Gallery 99

It was a wintry January night, and Lakeview Bakery & Deli was packed. People were there for bread, but not the kind traditionally sold at the Wilson Street shop. They came for an art show called Baked: Bread Sculptures on the Rise, produced and presented by Gallery 99, a pop-up gallery that organizes art shows around town. >More

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