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Friday, September 19, 2014 |  Madison, WI: 54.0° F  Fog/Mist


Beer Here: Headless Man Amber Alt from Tyranena Brewing

Craft beer enthusiasts devote a lot of attention to bitterness as they seek out the latest and greatest, so much so that good brews under their noses can be overlooked. The altbier is one such style, with its smooth malty tones and clean balance. Then there's a lack of familiarity with the alt, given that few breweries in Wisconsin produce them. But I find this copper-colored beer to be wonderfully easy to drink -- almost too easy. >More
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Despite a final push by south-side alder John Strasser, members of the Economic Development Committee approved a resolution Wednesday night identifying East Washington Avenue and First Street as the top choice for a year-round public market for Madison. South Park Street and Madison's north side near the Northside TownCenter are cited as alternative options. >More
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The Paper

After the Wisconsin voter ID ruling, progressives try to reclaim politics for ordinary people

More than 3,000 people showed up in Baraboo for Fighting Bob Fest last weekend to hear progressive Sens. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wisconsin) and Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont), candidates Susan Happ and Mary Burke, and a big roster of speakers, thinkers, organizers and rabble-rousers from around the country. >More
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Despite being from Kansas, Dr. John Hawks had never seen storms like he experienced in South Africa. "They had lightning like I've never seen it," says the University of Wisconsin-Madison anthropology professor. >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
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: Theater and dance

When copious amounts of television are making you feel like a zombie, trekking to Spring Green's American Players Theatre for a classical Greek tragedy is the perfect remedy. High-art performances can engage your brain in restorative ways, and seeing them onstage has a visceral impact most TV shows can't replicate. >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


Friday, September 19
From Here to There: Alec Soth's America Madison Museum of Contemporary Art
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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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Forbidden Art UW Memorial Union-Porter Butts Gallery
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The Prom Committee Barrymore Theatre, 8:00pm
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Erin McKeown UW Union South-The Sett, 9:00pm
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Madison Symphony Orchestra Overture Center-Overture Hall
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WYOU 40th Birthday Party Brink Lounge, 5:00pm
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Urban Cabaret Monona Terrace, 6:00pm
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University Theatre's "Greater Tuna" UW Vilas Hall-Hemsley Theatre
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American Players Theatre's "Romeo & Juliet" American Players Theatre, Spring Green
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StageQ's "Standards of Care" Bartell Theatre-Evjue Stage
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Theatre Lila's "The Suitcase Dreams" Overture Center-Promenade Hall
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Encore Studio's "Acts to Grind Season 15" Encore Studio for the Performing Arts
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Strollers Theatre's "On Golden Pond" Bartell Theatre-Drury Stage
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American Players Theatre's "Much Ado About Nothing" American Players Theatre, Spring Green, 10:30am
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Isthmus Picks: Madison calendar for September 18-24, 2014

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


Hospitalized kids pull together in Red Band Society

Executive produced by Steven Spielberg, Red Band Society is the first masterpiece of the fall TV season. Nevertheless, it features a premise that practically screams "don't watch this." A half-dozen very sick kids live together in a hospital. >More


Isthmus on WORT: Scott Walker and Wisconsin's budget woes

Isthmus contributor Alan Talaga wrote about Walker and Wisconsin's latest budget deficit for the Madland blog on September 9, and discussed his commentary with WORT producer Dylan Brogan on the September 11 edition of In Our Backyard. >More


Tell All: What if my gorgeous fiancee gets fat?

Dear Tell All: I'm engaged to a beautiful woman. She's the most beautiful one I've ever dated, and that's saying something. I consider myself a bit of a connoisseur. My type is tall and thin, with high cheekbones and full lips. And my fiancée checks off all those boxes. >More


Mama Madison: Tips and tricks for baby air travel

As far as places to embark on Baby's First Air Travel go, Dane County Regional Airport is a pretty sound choice, especially at 6 p.m. on a Saturday night. My biggest fear was that my nine-month-old son would start screaming in the airport; my second biggest fear was that my son would start screaming and some of my former Epic colleagues would be around to hear it. >More


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At lunchtime on March 18, Rachel Keranen walked the two blocks from the Bendyworks office at 106 E. Doty St. to the Madison Club, the traditional gathering spot of Madison powerbrokers for 100-plus years. Keranen, 25, is part of the new wave of leaders transforming Dane County and perhaps Wisconsin. >More


Fall's dropping temperatures mean it's time to head into comedy clubs and other places that can help you laugh yourself warm. This season Madison has a calendar jam-packed with excellent shows. From these, Isthmus has picked 16 you don't want to miss. Some are stocked with local favorites, and others feature famous headliners. >More


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


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



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