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Citizen: An open letter to Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen on same-sex marriage

Dear Attorney General Van Hollen, please tell me that after last Tuesday's judicial schooling of your Assistant Attorney General Timothy Samuelson that you will finally consider dropping your defense of Wisconsin's clearly unconstitutional ban on marriage equality. >More


The Paper

Progressive geekery: Madison-area sci-fi conventions and role-playing games embrace activism

What do Middle Earth-inspired gaming, steampunk theater and a feminist science fiction conference have in common? They all have a home in or near Madison. Madison sits at an apex of the political, the quirky and the passionate -- and that intersection is no more apparent than in the city's multiple manifestations of what you might call geek culture. >More


Athletic directors must educate students about social media

When you think your job is a headache, try being a high school athletic director. Once you handle the scheduling, the rescheduling, the disgruntled parents, the facility setup, the budget, the still disgruntled parents and the re-rescheduling, you have just enough time to appreciate your student-athletes' hard work and success before talking to another pair of disgruntled parents. >More
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Cento puts Michael Pruett's talents on display

What a relief it has been to learn that Cento " the newest venture from Food Fight, perhaps Madison's most polarizing dining entity " has been scrubbed of almost all Food Fight-ness and allowed to succeed or fail on its own merits. >More
 The new wave of Aussie wines

Australian wine has built a bad reputation for itself over the past couple decades. It certainly doesn't help that ginormous bladders of industrial hooch cross the Pacific to be bottled on our shores as a watery and wretched thing called Yellowtail. Even the better stuff is often bred with heavy-handed hedonism to be big, jammy explosions that a Crocodile Dundee might enjoy out of a Solo cup. >More
Country duo the Secret Sisters attract pop and rock fans with Put Your Needle Down

Though the Secret Sisters have landed songs on country radio since 2010, they've flown under the radar for most of their lives. But now they're flirting with a more mainstream route to fame. The sibling duo's sophomore album, Put Your Needle Down, topped the Billboard Heatseekers chart earlier this year, and they'll headline a show at the Majestic Theatre on Wednesday, Sept. 3. >More
 House of Love is a cool, cozy home for house fans at Jolly Bob's

Step into Jolly Bob's at 8 p.m. on a Saturday, and you'll see well-dressed twentysomethings drinking Caribbean cocktails. There will be a waiting list for the Willy Street restaurant's packed dining room. There won't be any indication that just behind the fish tank, a dance floor will soon appear for a house music show. >More
Jason S. Yi examines order, chaos and change in A Fragile Permanence at MMoCA

The lobby of the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art was packed the night of Aug. 23, when Milwaukee-based artist Jason S. Yi debuted his site-specific installation A Fragile Permanence. From the top of MMoCA's main staircase, the crowd looked like a swarm of dots moving about at random, but up close it was clear that much of the movement had a purpose. >More
 A thought-provoking work by C.P.E. Bach kicks off the 2014 Token Creek Chamber Music Festival

This year's Token Creek Chamber Music Festival (through Aug. 31 in the festival barn in DeForest) celebrates the operation's 25th anniversary, no mean achievement for so idiosyncratic an undertaking. This time around, there are three classical programs, two of them performed twice. The next program, involving only violin and piano, will be presented on Aug. 27. >More
In Calvary, a man of the cloth must figure out which parishioner plans to kill him

Named after the hill where Jesus was crucified, Calvary makes its intentions clear from the start. Father James (Brendan Gleeson) sits in the confessional of his church in a rural Irish town. An unseen man arrives and shares a horrible secret: He was sexually molested by a Catholic priest for five years, starting when he was 7 years old. >More
 Happy birthday, Ghostbusters

Nostalgia can seem self-indulgent to those witnessing it rather than experiencing it. But age does things to our relationship with memory. As Ghostbusters rolls into theaters for a one-week-only 30th anniversary re-release, I can't help but wax rhapsodic about the summer of 1984. It's the reason I'm writing about movies today. >More

THE GUIDE

Sunday, August 31
Jason S. Yi Madison Museum of Contemporary Art
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StoryBook: Narrative in Contemporary Art Madison Museum of Contemporary Art
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Taste of Madison Capitol Square
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Token Creek Chamber Music Festival Token Creek Festival Barn, DeForest
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Howard Karp Commemoration UW Humanities Building-Mills Hall, 3:00pm
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American Players Theatre's "Much Ado About Nothing" American Players Theatre, Spring Green
Monday, September 1
StoryBook: Narrative in Contemporary Art  Madison Museum of Contemporary Art
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Jason S. Yi  Madison Museum of Contemporary Art
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LaborFest  Madison Labor Temple, 12:00pm
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Tuesday, September 2
StoryBook: Narrative in Contemporary Art  Madison Museum of Contemporary Art
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Jason S. Yi  Madison Museum of Contemporary Art
Wednesday, September 3
StoryBook: Narrative in Contemporary Art  Madison Museum of Contemporary Art
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The Secret Sisters, Whitney Mann  Majestic Theatre, 8:00pm
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CRITICS' CHOICE

Isthmus Picks: Madison calendar for August 28 - September 3, 2014

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

TELEVISION

An ambitious miniseries gets inside Houdini's head

Houdini begins with a striking image of the escape artist Harry Houdini (Adrien Brody) perched on a bridge, shackled, as he works up the nerve to jump into the icy water below. The first sound we hear is a ghostly woman's voice whispering, "Harry, can you hear me?" We have no idea where the voice is coming from or what the words mean, but it immediately establishes a dreamlike quality for this ambitious miniseries. >More

CLOSE TO HOME

The empty nest, temporarily reoccupied

Those are big shoes by the door. They carry big dreams. Big plans. Big feet. They belong to our youngest son, who will lace them up, walk out to the car in two days and get in the back seat. We'll motor to the end of the driveway, take a right on Rutledge Street, then drive into the heart of his college senior year. >More

TELL ALL

Tell All: The sex party next door

Dear Tell All: I live in one of those Madison neighborhoods where the houses are really close together. If the windows are open in my house and my next-door neighbors', I can hear their dinnertime conversation. >More

ISTHMUSPARENTS.COM

Mama Madison: Back-to-school confidences

Is it just me or does each summer seem to go by quicker than the last? The end of summer is upon us and for many families this means the start of a new school year. >More

MADISON SNAPS

Madison Snaps: August 29, 2014

Today's image titled "Frank Lloyd Wright's Lamp House" was photographed by Michael Leland. >More
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COVER STORY

After opening this weekend against the LSU Tigers in "neutral" Houston, the Wisconsin Football Badgers will spend three September Saturdays at Camp Randall before their Big Ten conference schedule begins at Northwestern Oct. 4. Bucky will welcome Illinois, Maryland, Nebraska and Minnesota to the near west side in October and November for a total of seven home games. Madison is ready. >More
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BEER

Lake Louie Brewing embarked on a wild ride this summer, dusting off its beer lineup, releasing new brews, and reshaping its image. "We've spent years adding maybe one new beer a year just to keep the beer geeks off my back," says owner and brewmaster Tom Porter. "I've gotten a little sick of hearing, 'what do you have that's new?'" >More

MADISON POLICE DEPARTMENT

Isthmus contributor Mary Ellen Bell reported on the Madison Police Department's K9 Unit and how its dogs are trained and utilized by officers in the August 21 issue, and discussed her story with WORT producer Dylan Brogan on that day's edition of In Our Backyard. >More

GAMBLING

CITIZEN DAVE

I spend a lot of time in Canada. When I go there I always stop at Tim Hortons. This is not hard. It would be hard not to stop at Tim Hortons. They're everywhere. They make Starbucks looks like an out of the way little local cafe. >More

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