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The Daily

Judge Doyle Square opponents propose a referendum for TIF spending of $10 million or more

Ald. David Ahrens is puzzled that the mayor and many Common Council members support subsidizing a Monona Terrace hotel as part of the massive Judge Doyle Square project. Although many city officials and downtown boosters are sold on it, Ahrens has never met a regular citizen who champions the project. >More
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Isthmus staff writer Joe Tarr reported on the departure of Madison Parks head Kevin Briski in the April 18 issue, and discussed his story with WORT producer Dylan Brogan on the April 17 edition of In Our Backyard. >More
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The Paper

Bailey Corcoran got nabbed under Madison's old zero-tolerance policy

When Bailey Corcoran entered La Follette High School in the fall of 2011, her big sister was a senior and she hung out with the same friends she'd had since kindergarten. She was excited about the football games and proms in her future and was looking forward to playing volleyball. But then she was caught on school grounds drinking from a soda bottle spiked with alcohol and passing it to another student. >More
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When Sister Helen Prejean, a Roman Catholic nun known for her work to abolish the death penalty, learned that the San Francisco Opera wanted Jake Heggie to create an opera based on her book Dead Man Walking, she had to learn more about the composer. So she called him up. >More
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Brews Brothers pairs an ample tap list with big burgers

The corner bar doesn't have to look like Cheers. Heck, it doesn't even have to be on a corner. What it has to have is a welcoming vibe, staff who make an effort and at least a decent tap list. Brews Brothers has all of these things, and the big menu of burgers doesn't hurt, either. >More
 Relax, it's okay to pack a rosé

April is synonymous with rosé wine season. It's when pink juice begins arriving on store shelves in the same way smelt appears at fish fries and crocuses pop in sun-drenched lawns. While it may still seem a bit cold to enjoy wine that is best suited for warm summer afternoons, rosé-heads can't help themselves; they're already pulling corks to see what the 2013 harvest is/was all about. >More
Sons of Atom turn infuriating news reports into punchy punk songs

Tim Radl watches the news, gets pissed off and then writes songs. That's the modus operandi for the vocalist and guitarist of Sons of Atom, a punchy rock trio consisting of Madison musicians who've done time in countless local bands, including Digibot, the Madtown Vipers, the OuttaTunes and the Low Czars. >More
 Lydia Loveless stands up to the man

When 23-year-old country punk Lydia Loveless recorded a single for Record Store Day 2014 -- a nationwide event happening this Saturday, April 19 -- she shocked some fans by releasing a cover of Kesha's "Blind." In addition to identifying with the pop star's irreverent spirit, Loveless wants to show her own music's great variety of influences, many of which come from the pop world. >More
Magical costumes and other visual spectacles steal the show in University Theatre's kabuki-inspired Richard III

Shakespeare's plays have been translated, interpreted and reexamined on stages all over the world in the four centuries since they were written. In University Theatre's new production of Richard III, director David Furumoto infuses the bloody story of royal machinations and betrayals with elements of kabuki, incorporating traditional makeup, costumes, dance, music, vocal styles and staging. >More
 With Shorts on the 2nd Floor, Madison Theatre Guild shows that pint-size plays can bring about powerful performances

Madison Theatre Guild's Shorts on the 2nd Floor is an entertaining evening of seven short plays -- some ridiculous, some poignant, and several in between -- from a combination of unknown and iconic playwrights. Although the pieces don't coalesce around an obvious theme, they are well-executed snapshots of characters at a point of revelation. >More
Wisconsin Film Festival announces winners of 2014 audience awards

Ever since the final credits of the Wisconsin Film Festival rolled the night of April 10, workers have been tallying the results of the annual Steep & Brew Audience Award competition. Now it's time for a drumroll: The winners of this year's awards are American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs, The Rocket and Vertigo. >More
 The Lunchbox glimpses a charming mealtime tradition in modern Mumbai

The last place one might expect to find the Lubitsch touch would be in The Lunchbox, Indian writer-director Ritesh Batra's debut film. Yet if you disregard the sights and sounds of modern Mumbai for just a moment while the story unfolds, you might imagine yourself in Manhattan during another era, watching as James Stewart and Margaret Sullavan exchange notes in The Shop Around the Corner. >More

THE GUIDE

Wednesday, April 23
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Lydia Loveless, The Rodeo Bums High Noon Saloon, 8:00pm
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University Theatre's "Richard III" UW Vilas Hall-Mitchell Theatre
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Line Breaks UW Lathrop Hall-H'Doubler Performance Space
Thursday, April 24
3Lau, Antics  Segredo, 9:00pm
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University Theatre's "Richard III"  UW Vilas Hall-Mitchell Theatre
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Sister Helen Prejean & Jake Heggie  First Congregational United Church of Christ, 7:00pm
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Line Breaks  UW Lathrop Hall-H'Doubler Performance Space
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Oliver Stone & Peter Kuznick  UW Union South-Varsity Hall, 7:30pm
Friday, April 25
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The Mascot Theory (CD release)  Fisher King Winery, Mount Horeb, 6:30pm
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CRITICS' CHOICE

The Week: Madison calendar for April 18-24, 2014

Here is this week's critics' choice calendar. >More

TELEVISION

In 700 Sundays, Billy Crystal explores the forging of a Jewish comedian's soul

Billy Crystal performs his Tony-winning one-man play 700 Sundays before a live audience, telling the story of his wonderful, horrible Long Island childhood. He stands in front of a brick façade that evokes his modest abode, with home movies and photos from the 1950s and '60s flashing on the walls. >More

ISTHMUS GREEN DAY

Exhibitors at Isthmus Green Day 2014

Stop by Monona Terrace on Saturday, April 26, to see what all of these great, green vendors have to offer. The seventh annual Isthmus Green Day festival runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and features informative speakers and engaging exhibitors, along with plenty of eco-friendly products to buy, green ideas to ponder, fun activities and more. >More

TELL ALL

Tell All: I'm dating a 12-year-old

Dear Tell All: A few months ago I met a guy through a dating website and have been seeing him regularly. We have many things in common, are physically attracted to each other, and get along well in person. The problem comes when we communicate via texting or Facebook. >More

ISTHMUS PARENTS

Mama Madison: When mom gets a new roomie

This past week, against both my will and better judgement, I accompanied 50 or so middle school kids to the Future Problem Solvers Wisconsin State Bowl, a popular academic and skit-writing competition. >More

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COVER STORY

Eldonna Hazen emphasizes tolerance as a pioneering minister at First Congregational Church
On a frosty winter morning, Eldonna Hazen was preparing to do something she had postponed for years: lead Sunday morning worship service. "I felt a call to the ministry my sophomore year in college. But I thought that, as a gay woman, it was not possible for me," says Hazen, who was recently installed as the senior minister at First Congregational Church. She is the congregation's first woman minister and its first openly gay one. >More
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MADLAND

Madland: Is the Madison school district's behavior plan enough?
Recently, the Madison Metropolitan School Board adopted a pair of new behavior plans meant to reduce the number of suspensions and expulsions in the district, particularly the punishments that are disproportionately handed out to students of color. I'd like to applaud the school board for taking a serious look at the district's expulsion rate. However, I wonder if these new codes will be enough. >More

BEER

Madison Craft Beer Week 2014: Five breweries create special releases for Tex Tubb's
Last year for Madison Craft Beer Week, Tex Tubb's Taco Palace did a collaboration beer with House of Brews featuring agave. This year, they're creating not one, but six brews with five different breweries. "Bigger is better," jokes bar manager Will Mueller. >More

CITIZEN DAVE

Citizen Dave: Some misconceptions about golf
Finally, the courses are open and we can get back to suffering. But there's trouble on the horizon. The grand old game of golf is losing players. Every day adherents die, and they're not being replaced by young people. In order to reverse the trend, radicals and heretics are proposing various ways of defiling the game. >More

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