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Wisconsin Film Festival

Thursday, April 24, 2014 |  Madison, WI: 44.0° F  Overcast

The Daily

Dream green house, adjunct instructors, RAW, food carts in the April 25 issue of Isthmus

What can you find in this week's Isthmus? Highlights from the latest issue follow >More
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In 2011, state Sen. Jon Erpenbach made himself odious to many of his fellow lawmakers when he exited the state of Wisconsin in order to take a principled stand. The issue at the time was Gov. Scott Walker's Act 10, which eliminated collective bargaining for public-sector unions. Three years later, the Middleton Democrat again finds himself in the position of being asked to stand down from a fight. >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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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
 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
Vinyl Cave: Neil Young by Neil Young

Buffalo Springfield may have had a short life as an active band, but it launched the careers of a number of musicians who have remained active in the business since the '60s. The roster included one major 20th-century legend still shaking things up in the 21st: Neil Young, who released nearly as many albums in the first decade of the new century as he did in the 1970s. >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
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
 Scarlett Johansson morphs into a sexy, unknowable alien in Under the Skin

Scarlett Johansson is occasionally nude: That's all some moviegoers need know about Under the Skin. They're in for a surprise, though: This is easily the most unique science-fiction movie to hit theaters in years. >More

THE GUIDE

Thursday, April 24
Design MMoCA Madison Museum of Contemporary Art
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3Lau, Antics Segredo, 9:00pm
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Capital City Jazz Fest Quality Inn & Suites, Fitchburg
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UW Varsity Band Kohl Center, 7:30pm
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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
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Friday, April 25
Design MMoCA  Madison Museum of Contemporary Art
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The Mascot Theory (CD release)  Fisher King Winery, Mount Horeb, 6:30pm
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Deena Shoskes  Red Dragon TV Studios, 7:00pm
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The Sweetback Sisters  Stoughton Opera House, 7:30pm
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M-Pact, Duwende  Overture Center-Capitol Theater, 8:00pm
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CRITICS' CHOICE

The Week: Madison calendar for April 25 - May 1, 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: Dry humping is not dancing

Dear Tell All: You disagreed with a parent who was scandalized by dancing at a local high school, but I don't know if you've actually seen what goes on at dances here in Madison in 2014 ("Teen Dances Go Too Far," 4/10/2014). You point out how scandalous the twist or tango were for their time and say that the current behavior is no different. But the twist and tango are dances. What the kids are doing at these school events is not a sexually charged dance: It is dry humping, which is sex. >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

MADISON SNAPS

Madison Snaps: April 24, 2014

Today's image titled "Warner Walkabout" was photographed by Kerry G. Hill. >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

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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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