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Isthmus Live Sessions: 'Susie' by Mikhael Paskalev

From his effortless voice to his signature fedora look, Mikhael Paskalev is charming. >More
382 Pixel LineStudded with stars from American Idol, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat shines at Overture Hall

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat has jumped and shimmied its way to Overture Center, injecting biblical tales with new energy and a host of special effects. It's accompanied by a bouncy pop score by Andrew Lloyd Webber, once the king of London's West End. >More
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There's still hope for the Milwaukee Bucks

The next time you go to East Towne or West Towne mall, take a look at what people are wearing. You'll notice plenty of Wisconsin Badgers and Green Bay Packers sweatshirts and jackets, and probably even a few diehards (like me) donning a Milwaukee Brewers cap or T-shirt. >More
382 Pixel LineOn the road again

There's an old motel about 10 miles north of Louisville right off I-65. The Bel-Air is the kind of old motor inn you see in a David Lynch film: Two long lines of rooms that form an L, an office in the middle and a little swimming pool out front with a stub of a diving board hanging over it. >More
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The new New Seoul

Elements of the Korean aesthetic have been surfacing in dining contexts all over the nation since David Chang began working marinated barbecue and kimchi into the menus of his chowhound-destination Momofuku restaurants in New York City. >More
 Don't bog yourself down with a big wine on Thanksgiving

For Thanksgiving, think light. The meal is big, and it's often a slog, lasting for hours. What you're looking for is something to lift you along through the green bean casserole and inevitable uncomfortable political conversations. >More
How a guitar-shop jam session and a well-timed tweet thrust Dolores into the limelight

A tweet involving Madison-area bands Dolores and PHOX has sparked a chain reaction. "There's a new band in town called Dolores, and my heart is so happy," PHOX singer Monica Martin posted on Facebook last month. "Someone just tweeted their EP at us." >More
 Har Mar Superstar and the Pizza Underground team up to throw a post-Thanksgiving party

Sean Tillmann isn't going to let an early winter chill cool down his spirits when he visits the High Noon Saloon on Nov. 30. As Har Mar Superstar, Tillmann has turned heads with his zany yet sultry mix of R&B, soul and pop, as well stage antics like stripping down to his underwear. >More
Critic turned artist Kent Williams finds his calling as a quilter and digital printmaker

Madison's Kent Williams spent two decades as a quilter, but he's also a talented printmaker, as his mind-bending new work at the Central Library shows. >More
 Beethoven's Fidelio is a stirring 2014-15 season opener for Madison Opera

Madison Opera rousingly opened its 2014-15 season at Overture Hall on Friday night with a great work not often encountered: Beethoven's only opera, Fidelio. The work typifies the "rescue opera," a style that flourished in the years after the upheavals of the French Revolution, exploiting stories of escapes from danger and oppression. >More
A conservatory student tussles with an abusive drumming teacher in Whiplash

If Birdman borrowed a cup of energy from its drum score, then Whiplash, about a young jazz drummer at a cutthroat conservatory, steals a whole quart. I'm not sure the movie would work if it were about a soprano sax player studying smooth and mellow fare. >More
 Beyond the Lights' tale of a singer on the rise should make Gugu Mbatha-Raw an A-list celeb

As meet-cutes go, Beyond the Lights offers a doozy. When Los Angeles police officer Kaz (Nate Parker) first encounters rising star Noni (Gugu Mbatha-Raw), she's hanging off her balcony. "I see you," the cop assures the distraught performer, saving her with his quick instincts and sheer strength. >More



Isthmus Picks: Madison calendar for November 26 - December 3, 2014

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


Madland: Ferguson to Madison rally demands local action

On Tuesday evening, a group of several hundred people rallied in downtown Madison in response to non-indictment of the Ferguson police officer who shot and killed Michael Brown. The crowd was diverse, in both age and race. >More


Isthmus on WORT: The fate of the historic Knapp house

Isthmus contributor Jay Rath reported on the state's potential plan to sell the property in the November 20 issue, and discussed his story with WORT producer Dylan Brogan on that day's edition of In Our Backyard. >More


Tell All: A stranger approached me at night

Dear Tell All: I was driving home from a movie at Sundance with my 11-year-old daughter and was low on gas. I pulled into the Shell station on University Avenue, even though it looked deserted and I had misgivings. This was about 10 p.m. >More


Mama Madison: Mom dates are hard

You may call them "play dates," but I like the term "mom dates," especially since my kids are still too young to really care that there's another small person to squabble over toys with. >More


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Once, early man was driven to make cave drawings of bison and deer -- the good eats of the day. Now, there is Instagram to document our dinners, from hamburger and fries at the drive-in to farm-to-table amuse-bouches. >More


Astute observers of the University of Wisconsin men's basketball team might remember a handful of games when coach Bo Ryan wore a red sport coat. One of those times, his mother, Louise, happened to be watching on TV. "After that game, my mom told me, 'I wouldn't wear that again. It makes you look like you're parking cars,'" says Ryan. >More


The first cruel taste of winter seems to be arriving with all the subtlety of a sledgehammer. And in cold, wet and snowy weather, rich and strong beers are well suited to take the chill away, or at least fend it off for awhile. >More
Plans for Octopi Brewing Company are moving forward, though not in the location originally envisioned by founder Isaac Showaki. On Monday evening, the Waunakee Plan Commission unanimously approved a site plan for the contract-focused brewery, which is to be built at 1220 Uniek Dr. on the east end of the village. >More


"What are your plans for the holidays?" For those of us with tight-knit families, the answer to that question is often no more than a matter of logistics: Our place or the in-laws'? Serve duck or turkey? >More



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