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Major expansion at Potosi Brewing aims to restore former glory

Potosi Brewing Company is embarking on an expansion project that may revive its glory days. Brought back to life in 2008, the brewery is in the midst of constructing a new brew house, packaging line and storage facilities that will position it to re-ascend into the ranks of Wisconsin's largest breweries. >More
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Prominent energy activists came out swinging Monday night against a proposed rate restructuring by Madison Gas and Electric that would increase costs for energy-conserving homes. RePower Madison, a local renewable energy group, convened the forum at the Central Library, drawing a crowd of about 150. >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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Does your pet have a living will? Don't laugh. If you're a pet owner, some day you may wish it did. >More
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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
 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
The Head and the Heart deal with matters of life and death at Live on King Street

The thrust of Let's Be Still, the most recent album by the Head and the Heart, can be summed up in lyrics from the title track. >More
 Hip-hop partners DJ Pain 1 and Sole bring righteous rage to the Frequency

DJ Pain 1 and Sole brought their electric combination of politically charged punk rap and deep-cutting beats to the Frequency on Sunday night, treating the crowd to a dose of healthy, focused anger and incendiary turntable work. >More
Judah Friedlander brings the World Champion to Comedy Club on State

Judah Friedlander is probably most recognizable to audiences as Frank Rossitano over seven seasons of NBC's 30 Rock. He has also appeared in numerous films, including American Splendor and The Wrestler. But his first love is stand-up comedy. >More
 Madison Fall Arts Preview 2014: Picks for pint-size playgoers

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
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
 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

THE GUIDE

Wednesday, September 17
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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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Forbidden Art UW Memorial Union-Porter Butts Gallery
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American Players Theatre's "Romeo & Juliet" American Players Theatre, Spring Green
Thursday, September 18
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Forbidden Art  UW Memorial Union-Porter Butts Gallery
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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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Field & James (CD release)  Brink Lounge, 7:00pm
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Spoon, EMA  Orpheum Theatre, 8:30pm
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Snarky Puppy  UW Memorial Union-Shannon Hall (Wisconsin Union Theater), 9:00pm
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DJ Bonobo, Jim-E Stack  Majestic Theatre, 9:00pm
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Theatre Lila's "The Suitcase Dreams"  Overture Center-Promenade Hall
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American Players Theatre's "Romeo & Juliet"  American Players Theatre, Spring Green
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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

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FALL ARTS PREVIEW

Madison's movie calendar plumps up in the fall as Sundance's screening room announces its offerings, the UW Cinematheque starts its semester, and the Spotlight Cinema and Duck Soup Cinema series return to the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art and Overture Center. >More
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ABODE

The severe storms that tore through the Madison area earlier this summer raised questions in some people's minds about climate change and the advent of more severe weather. Some residents were finally forced to admit that -- contrary to local urban mythology -- tornadoes can touch down on the isthmus. >More

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

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