MOBILE USERS: m.isthmus.com
Connect with Isthmus:         Newsletters 

Thursday, October 23, 2014 |  Madison, WI: 42.0° F  Fair

New

Madison offers small TIF grants for renovating downtown homes

Kaba Bah has done a lot of work on his new duplex on North Hancock Street, just a few blocks from Capitol Square. The UW-Madison researcher has replaced the house's roof, windows, siding and doors. He's also put in a new bathtub and granite kitchen in the upstairs unit. >More
382 Pixel LineFive Wisconsin pumpkin beers that defy the haters

Forget industry diversity, market saturation, hop shortages, or the lack of small, independent maltsters: The craft beer topic guaranteed to raise blood pressures highest is undoubtedly the pumpkin. >More
382 Pixel Line

The Paper

With cutting-edge technology, Dane County eyes zero emissions at landfill

If Dane County's latest push to combat climate change is successful, local watering holes might soon be serving suds carbonated with carbon dioxide made from decomposing trash. "We'd be willing to use waste CO2 if it were properly tested and we were able to test it with our products," says the Great Dane's Robert LoBreglio, a co-founder of the local brewpub. "After that it's all logistics." >More
382 Pixel LineProcess to 'fix' Madison's landmarks ordinance limps along

Historic districts account for less than 1% of Madison's landmass, according to city staff. But boy, can they make a lot of trouble. >More
382 Pixel Line
Familiar FIB's tops Madison's 2014 food cart rankings

The official city of Madison food cart rankings for 2014 have been compiled and there's a familiar name topping the list: FIB's Fine Italian Beef and Sausage. FIB's also topped the cart rankings in 2012. >More
 Hip pan-Asian joint Sujeo is on everyone's mind

Asian food has boomed in the last decade. There are not only simply more Asian restaurants in the U.S., but high-profile chefs have found inspiration in Asian flavors to create newfangled fusion cuisines. >More
Isthmus Communion Sessions: 'Hit Me' by The Whigs

The Whigs make a lot of noise. Perhaps that's what made their visit to the Isthmus office last Wednesday such a special experience. The Athens, Georgia-based rockers shed their electric sound for a short acoustic set, a change that helped highlight the intimacy of their lyrics. >More
 Dum Dum Girls turn sweet pop ditties into aching lo-fi ruminations

It's tempting to call Dum Dum Girls' music bubblegum pop, but the term is not a perfect fit. "Bubblegum" brings to mind the sweet yet wholesome hooks of late-'60s acts like the Osmonds and the Monkees. While Dum Dum Girls make melodies that are as toothsome as the lollipops of the same name, they also entice listeners with danger. >More
Strollers Theatre explores the strangeness of loss with The Baltimore Waltz

I can't quite figure out the Strollers Theatre production of The Baltimore Waltz (through Nov. 1 at the Bartell Theatre), but that's okay. Written by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Paula Vogel, The Baltimore Waltz creates a strange and sometimes funny dreamscape where things don't make sense and aren't supposed to. >More
 Wisconsin Book Festival 2014 fills downtown Madison with lively discussions about medicine, math, mini-golf and more

The Madison Public Library Foundation has transformed the Wisconsin Book Festival into a year-round celebration of authors and reading. It doesn't just honor the written word, but pays homage to the things that inspire authors to write and the big ideas that make storytelling so exciting. >More
A seasoned tank commander mentors a terrified rookie in Fury

I wish I'd gotten to watch Fury without knowing it was written and directed by David Ayer. I like to think I would've been able to identify his handiwork without this information. >More
 A dad pretends his slain son's songs are his own creations in Rudderless

If you're like me, you fell in love with Billy Crudup as the charismatic rock guitarist in Cameron Crowe's marvelous 2000 film Almost Famous. Crudup honors that memory with a fine performance in the musical drama Rudderless, even if the musician he plays is not so much charismatic as he is pathetic. >More

THE GUIDE

Thursday, October 23
Noah Gundersen Stoughton Opera House, 7:30pm
178 pixel line
Mastodon, Gojira, Kvelertak Orpheum Theatre, 7:30pm
178 pixel line
Dum Dum Girls, Ex Cops High Noon Saloon, 8:00pm
178 pixel line178 pixel line
360 Allstars Overture Center-Capitol Theater, 7:30pm
178 pixel line178 pixel line178 pixel line178 pixel line
Friday, October 24
Dave Chappelle  Orpheum Theatre
178 pixel line
Wyatt Cenac, Phoebe Robinson  Majestic Theatre, 7:30pm
178 pixel line
Chris Smither  High Noon Saloon, 7:00pm
178 pixel line
Willie Watson, Mikaela Davis  Stoughton Opera House, 7:30pm
178 pixel line
Sinister Resonance  UW Union South-The Sett, 9:00pm

ISTHMUS PICKS

Isthmus Picks: Madison calendar for October 23-29, 2014

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

ISTHMUS PHOTO CONTEST

Enter to win the Isthmus photo contest: 'Adventures in Eating'

Got a lot on your plate? Take a picture of it for the Isthmus photo contest! Send us a photo that involves food in some way... we are partial to images that are creative, or funny, or beautiful, or Madisonian. So put down that fork and start shooting! >More

CITIZEN DAVE

Citizen Dave: Wisconsin AG candidates Susan Happ and Brad Schimel are weak or worse on gun violence

I recently wrote about the disappointing websites of Wisconsin attorney general candidates Susan Happ and Brad Schimel, on which neither want to address to of the issues facing the office: drunk driving and high incarceration rates for African American men. There's a third issue that one candidate is all but ignoring, and I wish the other would ignore: guns. >More

TELL ALL

Tell All: I hate tattoos

Dear Tell All: I can't find any single women in Madison who don't have tattoos. When did it become absolutely necessary for every female to have a tribal design on the lower back, a flower on the ankle or some kind of dumb writing on the shoulder? >More

ISTHMUSPARENTS.COM

Mama Madison: Three cheers for reading at the Wisconsin Book Festival

Do you have a little reader or an aspiring teenaged writer in your house? If so, you may want to venture to the Wisconsin Book Festival this weekend, to whet their appetite for wonderful words as well as your own. >More

MADISON SNAPS

moviesmusiceats
Select a Movie
Select a Theater

MADISON HALLOWEEN

Where can you see Walter White walk hand in hand with Wonder Woman while SpongeBob Squarepants helps the Justice League adjust their costumes and a Care Bear crowd-surfs in the background? At Freakfest, of course. Madison's iconic Halloween party features live music and up to 40,000 attendees bent on showing off the city's weird sense of humor and unabashed flair for theatrics. >More
commentsViewedForum

RENEWABLE ENERGY

Isthmus news editor Joe Tarr reported on the city's proposal and MGE's approach to renewable energy on October 15, and discussed his story with WORT producer Dylan Brogan on the October 16 edition of In Our Backyard. >More

BEER

Banish the image of a "drunk bus" from your mind -- Hop Head Beer Tours is about responsible, safe, and respectful enjoyment of Midwest brewing regions. In December, founders Justin Schmitz and Felipe Moreira will celebrate the fourth anniversary of their brewery tour company, which has grown from offering a handful of bus tours of Madison-area breweries to a full-fledged craft beer appreciation project. >More
IPAs are hot, and there certainly are a lot of them being brewed now. So many, in fact, that when a truly distinctive one emerges from the crowd, you take notice. Fantasy Factory from Karben4 is one that stands out, and is worthy of all the attention and accolades it's receiving. hen Karben4 first introduced Fantasy Factory, it was swiftly embraced by Madison's hop-loving beer enthusiasts. >More

THE AMAZING RACE

The thrill of travel arrangements and fuel efficiency were the highlight of the latest episode of the CBS reality series The Amazing Race. Starting on a high note, #TheCyclists Kym and Alli squeezed a mere 0.01 gallon of gas out of a Ford C-Max Hybrid, a car they each received as the winners of this leg. >More

NEWS

Promotions Contact us Privacy Policy Jobs Newsletters RSS
Collapse Photo Bar