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Madison's black sororities are agents of change

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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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
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The Paper

Local author and illustrator looks to children for inspiration

On any given Saturday, you can find Noah Phillips at the Madison Children's Museum. Well, he's not exactly Noah Phillips. About once a week, the 22-year-old Washington, D.C., native and 2014 UW-Madison graduate becomes Philo A. Fflatus " a beleaguered, ink-splattered children's author and illustrator suffering from a serious case of writer's block. >More
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As Richard Brown Sr. sees it, Madison is suffering from a crisis of leadership. A former Dane County supervisor, Brown says the crisis will end only when voters stop living in the past. "We're stuck in the Paul Soglin time warp," Brown says. "People have lost confidence in the mayor's office. There is no leadership there." >More
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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
 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
Cold War Kids tear down the wall between rock and pop

Cold War Kids weren't literally kids when they dropped their infectious single "Hang Me Up to Dry" in 2007. But the band, founded in 2004 by Nathan Willett and Matt Maust, was young enough to stand out in a crowd of fresh-faced indie rockers. Five albums and more than a decade into their career, Cold War Kids have ascended from early blog darlings to rock 'n' roll regulars. >More
 Local alt-country artists breathe new life into classic Stones album

Matt Earley first heard the Rolling Stones' classic 1972 album Exile on Main St. at age 19, and it quickly became a go-to record for him. This week, the 45-year-old vocalist, guitarist and ukulele player for Madison's Americana string band Winn Dixie will lead the "Exile on Willy St." project -- a who's-who of the city's alt-country music scene -- in a one-time-only, front-to-back reworking of the 18-song double album now regarded as one of the finest records in rock history. >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
 Madison's 'arts entrepreneurs' make the city cool

"The arts create a sense of place that attracts new people to our city," says Karin Wolf, and support for affordable spaces, and investment in people and education, improve Madison's competitive edge. >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 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

THE GUIDE

Sunday, January 25
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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Fat Babies Jazz Band Coliseum Bar, 1:00pm
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Madison Savoyards Bartell Theatre, 3:00pm
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Camp Bingo Sheraton Madison Hotel, 1:00pm
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Blue Man Group Overture Center-Overture Hall
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Monday, January 26
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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Neil deGrasse Tyson  Overture Center-Overture Hall, 7:30pm
Tuesday, January 27
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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Cold War Kids, Elliot Moss  Majestic Theatre, 8:30pm
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

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: Our kids aren't friends anymore. Can I stay friends with the parents?

Dear Tell All: I'm in the middle of a sticky situation with the parents of my son's former best friend. This friend -- I'll call him Connor -- met my oldest son on the first day of preschool in Madison, and they immediately bonded. >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

"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
The sixth annual edition of Isthmus Beer and Cheese Fest served up a menu of some 320 beers from more than 75 breweries. That's close to one hundred more beers than was served at last year's festival, an increase that highlights its growing size and scope. >More

CITIZEN DAVE

Last November was a national Democratic disaster of almost epic proportions, and there was nothing one state's party chair could do about it. >More

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