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Yonder Mountain String Band moves forward after founder's departure

Rather than folding or caving into pressure to change their sound, remaining members Dave Johnston, Adam Aijala and co-founder Ben Kaufman began collaborating with fiddle player Allie Kral and mandolin player Jake Jolliff. >More
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After three years and about a half a million in investment, the UW's Shanghai Innovation Office has lost its founding leaders, has no known new funding, and might not last past summer. >More
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The Paper

Book credits a former Madison woman with helping to solve a half-century-old murder

Janet Tessier didn't think anyone would listen. She had tried before, to no avail, in calls to local police and the FBI. But in 2008, the Madison resident made one final attempt to tell authorities about the secret her dying mother had saddled her with 14 years earlier: "John did it. You have to tell someone. You have to do something." >More
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Proposed legislation punishes "failing" schools (read, schools that serve low-income kids) by turning them over to private entities that can make a profit by siphoning off public funds. >More
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Mashups on tap for MACN Week

MACN Week, the Madison Area Chefs Network's new food event to take place March 9-15, is shaping up to be a kitchen-hopping extravaganza. There are still more events to be confirmed and details to iron out, but already there's much to look forward to. >More
 An assured Oliver's Public House dresses up the farm-to-table scene

A farm-to-table restaurant with a serious craft cocktail program -- it's so basic a formula nowadays that it elicits yawns. In big markets, menus barely acknowledge farms anymore; it's taken for granted that a decent restaurant will source impeccably and locally. And craft cocktails are a given. >More
Isthmus Live Sessions: Joe Pug

Folk troubadour Joe Pug's gritty, narrative songwriting invites comparison to Bob Dylan and John Prine. But the former playwriting student says he also looks to literary figures like John Steinbeck and Walt Whitman for inspiration. Pug recorded a live session at the Isthmus office on Jan. 21, a few hours before a Barrymore Theatre performance in support of the Devil Makes Three. >More
 Madison's Oh My Love goes from folk to electronic on new EP

Madison's Oh My Love had been booked to open for Mates of State, the indie pop duo from Kansas, at the High Noon Saloon last April. There was just one problem: Oh My Love had just lost two of its members, guitarist Kent Watson and bassist Zach Ellis. But the band's singer and leader, Hannah Luree, quickly improvised, playing the show with only drummer Christian Lisser and keyboardist David Dickson. >More
Ensemble shines in The Beautiful Dark

Erik Gernand's script is sharp and witty, providing just the right amount of biting sarcasm. The snappy dialogue propels the story while still providing the necessary time for the pieces of the plot to unfold. >More
 Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra shines on Schönberg

The Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra's Friday evening concert was cunningly planned. Each half opened with unfamiliar, maybe off-putting music, followed by works of familiar composers. The orchestra was accompanied by Russian-born pianist Ilya Yakushev as soloist. >More
The wee bear gets the movie he deserves in Paddington

Bears and marmalade have gone together like Pooh and honey ever since 1958, when U.K. author Michael Bond and illustrator Peggy Fortnum published their children's book A Bear Called Paddington. Featuring the misadventures of a young bear from "darkest Peru" who finds himself living in London through no fault of his own, the Paddington books are the rarest of VYA (Very Young Adult) touchstones, the children's classic. >More
 Bradley Cooper is a revelation in Clint Eastwood's American Sniper

Clint Eastwood's second film of 2014 (Jersey Boys was released in June) is also his best film since at least 2008's Gran Torino. With it, the filmmaker revisits his long preoccupation with guns and their capabilities, although the recoil of American Sniper doesn't have the same moral reverb of Eastwood's finest work. Still, the action sequences are packed with zealous clarity and tense dynamism. >More

THE GUIDE

Wednesday, January 28
J.J. L'Heureux Madison Children's Museum
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Thomas Gaudynski, Brandon Norsted Overture Center-James Watrous Gallery of the Wisconsin Academy
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Ne-Hi, Varsity, Proud Parents Frequency, The, 8:00pm
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DJ Evan Woodward Natt Spil, 10:00pm
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Melissa Falcon Field Coopers Tavern, The, 6:00pm
Thursday, January 29
Thomas Gaudynski, Brandon Norsted  Overture Center-James Watrous Gallery of the Wisconsin Academy
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J.J. L'Heureux  Madison Children's Museum
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Chris Distefano  Comedy Club on State
Friday, January 30
Thomas Gaudynski, Brandon Norsted  Overture Center-James Watrous Gallery of the Wisconsin Academy
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J.J. L'Heureux  Madison Children's Museum
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Chris Distefano  Comedy Club on State
Saturday, January 31
Thomas Gaudynski, Brandon Norsted  Overture Center-James Watrous Gallery of the Wisconsin Academy
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J.J. L'Heureux  Madison Children's Museum
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Chris Distefano  Comedy Club on State
Sunday, February 1
Thomas Gaudynski, Brandon Norsted  Overture Center-James Watrous Gallery of the Wisconsin Academy
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J.J. L'Heureux  Madison Children's Museum
Monday, February 2
Thomas Gaudynski, Brandon Norsted  Overture Center-James Watrous Gallery of the Wisconsin Academy
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J.J. L'Heureux  Madison Children's Museum
Tuesday, February 3
Thomas Gaudynski, Brandon Norsted  Overture Center-James Watrous Gallery of the Wisconsin Academy
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J.J. L'Heureux  Madison Children's Museum

ISTHMUS PICKS

Isthmus Picks: Madison calendar for January 22-29, 2015

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

SCIENCE

Where has all the funding gone? Federal cuts threaten research at UW-Madison

University of Wisconsin researchers are laying the groundwork to make it possible to "print" new transplant-ready organs, grown from cells cultured from a patient's blood sample. This project, which merges research in biotechnology and nanotechnology, is under way today thanks to funding from the National Institutes of Health. >More

LIFE COACHING

Isthmus on WORT: Life coaching, careers and professional development at UW-Madison

Isthmus contributor Jeff Buchanan reported on the growth of life coaching as a service and how a UW-Madison program is developing the profession in the January 8 issue, and discussed his story with WORT producer Dylan Brogan on that day's edition of In Our Backyard. >More

TELL ALL

Tell All: Should parents tolerate their kids smoking pot?

Shrugging off a child's drug use is not acceptable behavior for a parent. >More

MAMA MADISON

Mama Madison: The Pinterest effect

If you've been anywhere on the Internet in the past few years, you may have noticed that more and more sites are inviting you to follow them on the social media network Pinterest. Here users create "boards" and search through thousands of "pins" on subjects that interest them and save images to create their own series of digital bookmarks. >More

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COVER STORY

When Theresa Sanders was an undergraduate at Wilberforce University during the 1960s, the struggles for racial equality and women's rights were fully under way. She saw classmates at the historically black college in Ohio board a bus for Cleveland to support Carl Stokes, the first black mayor of a major U.S. city, and take part in bra-burning ceremonies. Sanders wanted in on the action. So she joined a sorority. >More
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BEER

Here's a link to pictures from the 2015 festival, along with links to vote for your favorite beer and cheese. >More
"This is unique," says Vintage brewmaster Scott Manning of his latest creation. InAbsinthia is a robust blend of English and Belgian brewing tradition, aged for nearly a half-year in an absinthe barrel. With its layers of flavor, spicy notes of licorice and alcoholic warmth, InAbsinthia isn't for everyone. Adventuresome drinkers and those who love to find rare, limited-release beers, this is one you need to try. >More
There's a lot of common beer festival DNA, no matter which one you attend. You'll see a lot of pretzel necklaces, of course, and some kind of crazy clothing accessory -- hat, novelty glasses and beer-themed socks are common. If the festival is indoors, you'll definitely get to know the ooooooh..., that half-sympathetic, half-judgmental cheer that goes up whenever a glass is dropped. So yes, you would have witnessed all these things at the Isthmus Beer and Cheese Fest (IBCF) which just wrapped up its jam-packed sixth annual iteration last Saturday. >More

CITIZEN DAVE

When patients in La Crosse started to think about end-of-life issues, costs dropped to half the national average, yet life expectancy is longer: "They want to end their stories on their own terms." >More

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