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MGE's proposed rate change dismays conservationists

In 2006, Kurt Reinhold invested $20,000 installing solar panels on the roof of his home. A former high school science teacher, he was concerned about climate change and wanted to reduce his carbon emissions. "I'm a firm believer in displacing more and more fossil fuels with renewable energy because of the accumulation of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere," says Reinhold. >More
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True Endeavors organizes concerts in Iowa City. The Orpheum's new owners have partnered with House of Blues Entertainment, part of the L.A.-based entertainment corporation Live Nation, for booking ventures. Now Majestic Live, the promotion and booking agency helmed by Majestic Theatre owners Matt Gerding and Scott Leslie, has officially expanded into another state. >More
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The Paper

The Sharrows find a home away from home at the North Mississippi Allstars' legendary studio

The Sharrows didn't get a chance to meet music legend Jim Dickinson, whose storied career included working with Aretha Franklin, Bob Dylan, the Rolling Stones and the Replacements. But last month the local roots quintet contributed to the legacy of the late producer and performer at his Zebra Ranch Studios in Coldwater, Miss. There they recorded their recently released EP, Days of Yore. >More
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Lisa Subeck and Mark Clear sometimes end up on the opposite sides of battles on Madison's Common Council, but they are friends. When Clear, 50, was handcuffed and ticketed at the Capitol for singing at the noontime Solidarity Sing Along last August, it was Subeck who snapped a photo. >More
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La Taguara's outlet at the Cardinal Bar is a great success

When the Berge brothers opened Cortadito Express inside the former coatroom of the Cardinal Bar, the walk-up Cuban bites/coffee stop didn't fully connect with customers. There was the host bar's hours to work around, an issue with getting inside to eat without paying the club's cover, and the bigger hurdle of accustoming Madisonians to a not-quite-restaurant-not-quite-cart concept that, even though its footprint was small, had a lot of moving parts. >More
 The inaugural Bacon, Brew & BBQ Fest in Sun Prairie revels in its generous excess

Bacon's reign is far from over. The land is fertile for craft beer festivals. And who among us omnivores doesn't love barbecue in the summer? The organizers of the new Bacon, Brew & BBQ Fest, held Saturday in Sun Prairie, felt like it was only sporting to mash 'em all together in one big event. >More
'Weird Al' Yankovic partners with Fitchburg's TruScribe to skewer corporate jargon in 'Mission Statement'

TruScribe, based in Fitchburg, is a leading producer of whiteboard videos -- those instructional or promotional videos in which illustrations are created before viewers' eyes to illustrate points made in the voice-over. Their clients include major players in the fields of healthcare, finance, non-profits, and they've even done work for NASA. But they've never had a client like "Weird Al" Yankovic. >More
 Madison goes wild for tUnE-yArDs, Speedy Ortiz and Dosh at the first Live on King Street concert of 2014

Madison cemented its status as a summer party city Friday night with the first Live on King Street of the season. With free admission to an outdoor stage next to the Majestic Theatre, and music by tUnE-yArDs, Speedy Ortiz, Dosh and DJ Nick Nice, the concert series drew what may have been its biggest crowd yet. >More
Bygone Brand's retro T-shirts breathe new life into old Madison businesses and logos

Maxwell Street Days, running today through July 20 on State Street, is one of Madison's liveliest celebrations of local and regional retailers. Though locals often lament the recent proliferation of chains on the city's pedestrian thoroughfare, this phenomenon isn't new. >More
 A doctor heals herself in Ann Garvin's The Dog Year

The Dog Year, by Wisconsin author Ann Garvin, is a very funny book about sadness and loss. It's also only a little bit about dogs and a lot about the ways in which relationships can help you heal. >More
Strangers band together to survive a night of government-sanctioned crime in The Purge: Anarchy

When it came out last summer, the horror flick The Purge struck an unlikely chord. The outlandish yet provocative premise -- that the government maintains social order with a free-for-all of lawlessness once a year -- was a hook worthy of both Shirley Jackson and the Occupy movement, couched within a standard hide-and-seek home-invasion thriller. >More

THE GUIDE

Wednesday, July 23
Tyler Robbins, Graham Yeager Overture Center-James Watrous Gallery of the Wisconsin Academy
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Blooming Butterflies Olbrich Gardens, 10:00am
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American Players Theatre's "Romeo & Juliet" American Players Theatre, Spring Green
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Kristin A. Oakley A Room of One's Own/Avol's, 6:30pm
Thursday, July 24
Tyler Robbins, Graham Yeager  Overture Center-James Watrous Gallery of the Wisconsin Academy
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Mary Mack  Frequency, The, 7:00pm
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WaunaFest  Centennial Park, Waunakee
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Field Report  Ancora Coffee-King Street, 8:00pm
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BT, Christian Burns, Antics  Segredo-Liquid Lounge, 8:30pm
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Blooming Butterflies  Olbrich Gardens, 10:00am
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Eat Play Art  Villager Shopping Center, 6:00pm
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University Theatre's "Greater Tuna"  UW Vilas Hall-Mitchell Theatre
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CRITICS' CHOICE

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

Here is this week's critics' choice calendar. The Guide provides an extended listing of events in and around Madison. >More

TELEVISION

A wife orders her spouse to fool around in FX's Married

Finally, after a summer's worth of awful new sitcoms, I'm laughing again. In Married, Russ (Nat Faxon) and Lina (Judy Greer) are a once-happy couple weighed down by three kids. Russ is frustrated by their nonexistent sex life, and Lina is frustrated by everything else. >More

RADIO

Fabulous Farm Babe Pam Jahnke is a bold voice for Wisconsin agriculture

On a soggy spring morning Pam Jahnke greets me from the top of the stairs at Mid-West Family Broadcasting's west-side office. A broken foot bone makes walking up and down steps painful for her. Her tennis shoes are loosely laced. "Boot cast?" I suggest, having fractured a few metatarsals myself, and she scoffs at the idea. >More

TELL ALL

Tell All: I fantasize about other women

Dear Tell All: I'm in trouble with my girlfriend, and I don't think I deserve it. We've been together three years, and our relationship was solid until recently. We didn't live in the same place, but we spent almost all our nights together in my apartment. >More

ISTHMUSPARENTS.COM

Mama Madison: What constitutes a keepsake?

As much as I'd like to believe there is latent genius in my daughter's early finger paintings, I'm pretty sure her works are not distinguishable from those created by the pointer fingers and pinkies of thousands of other children from across the world. >More

MADISON SNAPS

Madison Snaps: July 23, 2014

Today's image titled "End of the day at Tenney Park Locks" was photographed by Sarah Mittermaier. >More
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COVER

Lost Madison: A Facebook page revives the city's magical past

If the number of construction crews in town is any indication, Madison is finally figuring out what it wants to be -- or at least how it wants to look -- in the 21st century. Sometimes change is excruciating, and other times we only notice it in retrospect. >More
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PADDLE & PORTAGE

Isthmus Paddle & Portage 2014 results

More than 850 people in around 450 watercraft participated in Isthmus Paddle & Portage on Saturday, July 19. >More

BEER

There and Back with New Glarus Brewing: Wisconsin gets a taste of Sierra Nevada Beer Camp 2014

Sierra Nevada Brewing originally conceived its Beer Camp as a project for homebrewers, with a lucky few selected each summer to participate in a VIP experience at the brewery's headquarters in Chico, California. But people have been filling their camping trips, road trips and tailgating sessions with beer since time immemorial, so when Sierra Nevada announced last July that the 2014 edition of Beer Camp would be a multi-state, multi-brewer collaborative affair, it tapped into something instinctive, primordial, in the craft beer fan's psyche. >More
 Viking Brewpub prepares to set sail in Stoughton

Stoughton is getting ready to welcome Dane County's newest brewery. The Viking Brewpub, in the works over the last year, is getting ready to open in early August. Owner Vik Malling, 68, says renovations are nearly complete on the building at 211 E. Main St. that locals may remember as the Stationery House. >More

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