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Beer Here: Tangerine Dream from the Great Dane

When brewers get feedback on their creations, it isn't always from paying customers. Sometimes staff favorites can find way their onto the menu. It was in-house peer pressure that had a lot to do with the recent reappearance of a special wheat beer on the taps at the Hilldale and East locations of the Great Dane. >More
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Most corporate welfare is easily recognizable as such. Oil companies get huge, targeted tax breaks. Big agribusiness collects mountains of direct subsidies. The Export-Import Bank regularly lends Fortune 500 companies billions to create jobs overseas. And, at least in popular perception, the typical purveyor of such blatant largesse is some corporate lackey from the right side of the aisle. >More
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The Paper

Scott Walker's desperate attacks on Mary Burke

Things have been getting worse and worse for Gov. Scott Walker. The last two Marquette polls have showed him neck-and-neck with Democratic challenger Mary Burke, whose campaign strategy " essentially getting out of the way as her opponent is buried in bad news " looks more like it's working every day. >More
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Although the Municipal Building remains gorgeous to look at from the outside, the inside has been carved up and covered over. Its heating and air-conditioning systems are in terrible shape, and it's widely considered an unpleasant workspace. >More
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Madison food carts undergo a summer of switch ups

This summer has been a "three-dimensional game of tic-tac-toe," says street vending coordinator Warren Hansen, who since May has been trying to find adequate and lucrative places for Madison's food carts to vend in the face of ongoing construction. >More
 Forget the naysayers -- wine and booze can blend to good effect

The 12th annual Tales of the Cocktail happened in New Orleans last week, and a number of Madison bartenders and beverage professionals made the trek to the Big Easy to attend seminars, volunteer at events, hobnob, and generally contribute to the mayhem that occurs when 40,000 alcohol industry folks descend upon a single city. >More
Jamming with roots-music stars at the 2014 Sugar Maple Traditional Music Festival

The Sugar Maple Traditional Music Festival is as much a pop-up community as it is a concert. When the 11th annual event comes to Lake Farm County Park Aug. 1-2, there will be performances, workshops, discussions and jam sessions that migrate to the camping area before each night ends. >More
 Annabel Lee is seduced by the spotlight

It's hard to imagine Annabel Lee ever being shy or uncertain, especially if you saw her at the Madison Area Music Awards in June. Her show-stopping performance of her single "Pray" announced her status as one of Madison's hottest up-and-coming musicians. With remarkable vocal talent and a stage presence that oozes power and sex appeal, the 28-year-old artist had the audience in the palm of her hand. >More
Convenience is a Schenk's Corners love story

When Fresco Opera Theatre moved into a new office on Winnebago Street last summer, executive director Frank Cain was happy to have TAPIT/new works Ensemble Theater next door. The company's producing artistic directors, Donna Peckett and Danielle Dresden, seemed like great neighbors, and they shared his interest in the performing arts. >More
 Madison Savoyards does justice to Gilbert & Sullivan's unfairly neglected Princess Ida

Princess Ida is unusual among the Gilbert and Sullivan operettas. It is, for instance, the only one inspired by the work of an author other than Gilbert himself -- Tennyson, as it happens. It is the only one by the collaborators structured in three acts. >More
Inside the minds of Human Head Studios

Any seasoned gamer who's dodged missiles and firestorms in a multiplayer deathmatch knows there's a time when it's best to crouch behind cover for a few seconds, honing a careful strategy rather than charging in with CRB Vector-submachine guns blazing. It's often the difference between surviving and ending up a corpse in another player's killing spree. >More

THE GUIDE

Thursday, July 31
Brent Nicastro Tamarack Studio & Gallery
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Tyler Robbins, Graham Yeager Overture Center-James Watrous Gallery of the Wisconsin Academy
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Jack Klatt Trio UW Memorial Union-Terrace, 5:00pm
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San Fermin, Griswald UW Memorial Union-Terrace, 9:30pm
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Central Park Sessions Central Park, 5:00pm
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Blooming Butterflies Olbrich Gardens, 10:00am
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American Players Theatre's "The Importance of Being Earnest" American Players Theatre, Spring Green, 7:30pm
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American Players Theatre's "American Buffalo" American Players Theatre, Spring Green, 7:30pm
Friday, August 1
Brent Nicastro  Tamarack Studio & Gallery
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Tyler Robbins, Graham Yeager  Overture Center-James Watrous Gallery of the Wisconsin Academy
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Dane Dances  Monona Terrace Rooftop
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DJs Nick Nice, Amos Smith  Majestic Theatre, 9:00pm
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Ariada, Honey & the 45s  UW Memorial Union-Terrace, 9:30pm
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Apothesary, Repaid in Blood  Mr. Robert's, 10:00pm
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Isthmus Vocal Ensemble  Christ Presbyterian Church, 7:30pm
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Blooming Butterflies  Olbrich Gardens, 10:00am
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Pride King & Queen Pageant  Five Nightclub, 9:00pm
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CRITICS' CHOICE

Isthmus Picks: Madison calendar for July 31 - August 6, 2014

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

TELEVISION

#RichKids of Beverly Hills gives us entrée to a luxurious lifestyle

In the reality series #RichKids of Beverly Hills, the rich kids aren't icky in that Kardashian way. They're smart and self-aware, even self-mocking at times. As a result, you don't laugh at them, but with them. >More

ENERGY

Isthmus on WORT: How a proposed MGE rate change could undermine conservation

Isthmus staff writer Joe Tarr reported on MGE's proposed rate change and its implications for energy efficiency in the June 24 issue, and discussed his story with WORT producer Dylan Brogan on that day's edition of In Our Backyard. >More

TELL ALL

In defense of male fantasies

Dear Tell All: "Sinning Only in My Head" feels bad that he thinks of another attractive woman when having sex with his girlfriend. I agree it was a boner (so to speak) that he blurted out another woman's name during their lovemaking, but I also think his girlfriend overreacted by calling him a "pig." So did you, Tell All. >More

MAMA MADISON

Mama Madison: Kids will find their own passions in their own ways

"I'm envious, mom," said my twelve-year-old daughter as she hopped in the car after theater camp last week. "All the other kids in my group seem to really like, and to be really good at, singing, dancing and acting. But I think all those things are just okay." >More

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WISCONSIN CENTER FOR INVESTIGATIVE JOURNALISM

Motherless monkeys: UW-Madison to revive controversial primate experiments

In his 21 years at the University of Wisconsin-Madison's veterinary school, Eric Sandgren has seen a lot of controversies. But the UW's most prominent defender of animal research has never seen anything like this. Sandgren says a typical research project protocol receives around four person-hours of scrutiny from an oversight committee; he estimates this one got more than 170. >More
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GREAT TASTE OF THE MIDWEST

Your guide to Great Taste of the Midwest eve 2014 pre-parties and beer tastings

Madison is ascending as a destination city for craft beer enthusiasts, a status that's affirmed the second week of every August when it plays host to the Great Taste of the Midwest and a growing host of satellite celebrations. Here's your guide to the series of pre-parties known as Great Taste Eve. >More

BEER

Beer Here: Tangerine Dream from the Great Dane

When brewers get feedback on their creations, it isn't always from paying customers. Sometimes staff favorites can find way their onto the menu. It was in-house peer pressure that had a lot to do with the recent reappearance of a special wheat beer on the taps at the Hilldale and East locations of the Great Dane. >More

ELECTION 2014

Wisconsin's hyper-partisan climate is shaping the 2014 Democratic primary for attorney general

Democrats throughout the state are calling the attorney general's office more partisan than ever. But has the position really grown more political since current Republican Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen was elected in 2006? Or have a slew of controversial issues given the impression that the focus of the state's "top cop" has changed from neutral enforcer to partisan crusader? >More

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