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Madland: I wasn't prepared for the reinstatement of Wisconsin's voter ID law

After Friday's oral arguments over Wisconsin's voter ID law in the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, I started to write down my thoughts on the matter. >More
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Hundreds of revelers braved winds and rain on the first chilly day of the season to celebrate Isthmus Wurst Oktoberfest, held at Madison's new Central Park on Friday September 12. Vendors served a variety of sausages, cheese, sauerkraut and more, all accompanied by beer and polka. >More
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The Paper

A formidable argument for same-sex marriage from Richard Posner

In seeking to discredit the unanimous 7th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling that struck down gay marriage bans in Wisconsin and Indiana, Julaine Appling took a swing at the "liberal panel of judges" that heard the cases. >More
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Kelly Sheffield, second-year head coach for Wisconsin women's volleyball, has the challenge of coming up with an encore for last season. Wisconsin returns all but one player from last year's team, which made a dramatic run all the way to the NCAA Tournament championship match. >More
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Rare Steakhouse gets the meat right, but service and sides waver

Rare Steakhouse, the newest offering from Noble Chef Hospitality (Capital Tap Haus, Buck and Badger, Ivory Room), looks like the prototypical steakhouse. There's the beautifully appointed mahogany dining room, the opulent red leather booths, a tedious wine list full of big Napa cabernets, doting waiters in white jackets, and exclusive private dining. >More
 Madison Meat Matrix

Sure, there's more to consider in choosing a steakhouse than "value," but how do the cuts at various venues compare in terms of price? Madison Meat Matrix lays it all out for you. >More
Madison Fall Music Preview 2014: Touring

Concert announcements rain down on Madison this time of year, like colorful leaves making their descent to the earth. Isthmus has raked through the pile and chosen more than 50 essential shows that haven't sold out yet, all of which take place between now and mid-December. >More
 Madison Fall Music Preview 2014: Local

Hundreds of fantastic touring acts will visit town this fall, but there's also a staggering amount of talent growing in our backyard. The local concert calendar is just beginning to fill out, so consider this list of over 25 must-sees a starting point >More
UW-Madison fashion magazine Moda helps students dress well on a college budget

When you think of Madison, "fashion" is probably not the first word that comes to mind. In our extreme winters, people are focused more on practical parkas than they are on Burberry trench coats. At the UW, in particular, a student budget doesn't usually allow for quilted Chanel totes. >More
 Carrie Van Hallgren to start her 'dream job' as American Players Theatre's managing director

When Carrie Van Hallgren read the job posting for a new managing director position at American Players Theatre last winter, she had two thoughts: that with a national reputation for exceptional classical theater in a rustic setting, APT could hire anyone it wanted, potentially drawing from the best arts administrators in the country. And that this was undoubtedly her dream job. >More
James Gandolfini is a Mafia target, not a Mafioso, in the crime drama The Drop

James Gandolfini's wintry silences and bitter outbursts are just enough to merit seeing The Drop, director Michaël R. Roskam's slice of crime life set in Brooklyn. In a way, this is Tony Soprano's swan song, but there's one important difference: Here the late Gandolfini plays Cousin Marv, a beaten-down dive-bar owner who owes the local Chechen Mafia a lot of dough. >More
 British actors Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon show off their sharp wit in The Trip to Italy

They're back, and they're still doing Michael Caine impressions. In the picaresque 2010 comedy The Trip, British actors Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon toured England's Lake District. Playing fictionalized versions of themselves, they ate fancy meals and engaged in very funny, apparently improvised conversations. >More

THE GUIDE

Monday, September 15
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The Archive as a River: Paul Vanderbilt & Photography Overture Center-James Watrous Gallery of the Wisconsin Academy
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From Here to There: Alec Soth's America Madison Museum of Contemporary Art
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Habibi, A Haircut, Tween Wolf Mickey's Tavern, 10:00pm
Tuesday, September 16
The Archive as a River: Paul Vanderbilt & Photography  Overture Center-James Watrous Gallery of the Wisconsin Academy
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From Here to There: Alec Soth's America  Madison Museum of Contemporary Art
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Robin Verheyen NY Quartet  Brink Lounge, 7:00pm
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Cerebral Ballzy, Direct Hit  Frequency, The, 9:00pm
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American Players Theatre's "The Importance of Being Earnest"  American Players Theatre, Spring Green, 10:30am
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Michael Perry  A Room of One's Own/Avol's, 6:00pm
Wednesday, September 17
The Archive as a River: Paul Vanderbilt & Photography  Overture Center-James Watrous Gallery of the Wisconsin Academy
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From Here to There: Alec Soth's America  Madison Museum of Contemporary Art
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ISTHMUS PICKS

Isthmus Picks: Madison calendar for September 11-17, 2014

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

TELEVISION

Ken Burns ruins yet another great American subject with The Roosevelts

Ken Burns, PBS's favorite documentarian, has long specialized in taking the fun out of great American subjects (jazz, baseball, Mark Twain). His latest, The Roosevelts: An Intimate History, is less a tribute to President Teddy Roosevelt, President Franklin D. Roosevelt and first lady Eleanor Roosevelt than to Burns himself. >More

DEVELOPMENT

Isthmus on WORT: Has the downtown Madison student housing boom reached its peak?

Isthmus staff writer Joe Tarr reported on the downtown student apartment development boom in the September 4 issue, and discussed his story with WORT producer Dylan Brogan on that day's edition of In Our Backyard. >More

TELL ALL

Tell All: I like two women

Dear Tell All: I visit a local dry cleaners a couple times a month. The woman I'm used to dealing with is about my age, and a babe. Though we've always been friendly, in recent weeks I've sensed that she's moved beyond friendliness into flirtation. That would be great news, but for a complication. >More

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Mama Madison: Apple-picking time

The recent shift in the weather is just another sign that autumn is fast approaching. That means one of my favorite activities is just around the corner -- apple picking. My husband and I have been picking apples every fall since before our kids were born. >More

MADISON SNAPS

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FALL ARTS PREVIEW

Madison has an abundance of excellent theater, including grownup shows you can take the little ones to. But some of the best productions all season are geared toward the 18-and-younger set. From giant peaches to dancing frogs and lively holiday fare, these productions should be stellar choices for your littlest theater fans this fall. >More
Some show tunes are so good that they stand on their own in concert. Here are five chances to hear live renditions of Broadway hits and other goodies from now through the start of winter. >More
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BEER

He finally went out and did it! That's the sentiment about the latest creation by brewmaster Kirby Nelson, who's renowned for his talent at making German lagers. For those who know and appreciate his long-standing love of these beers, it was clear that it was only a matter of time before he put his signature on a Munich Helles. That's just what Nelson has done with Ol' Reliable, the new release from Wisconsin Brewing Company. >More
It's never been a better time to be a sour beer lover in Madison. Levi Funk -- yes, that's his real name -- has just signed a lease on a building on the city's south side for his Funk Factory Geuzeria, where he plans to turn wort brewed all over Wisconsin into geuze and lambic-style beers. >More

MADLAND

After Friday's oral arguments over Wisconsin's voter ID law in the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, I started to write down my thoughts on the matter. >More

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