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Reedsburg's Fermentation Fest branches out in its fourth season

Reedsburg's fourth annual Fermentation Fest, Oct. 4-13, is a unique joining of arts and food fare, centered on the transformational magic of fermentation. Event sites spread into the nearby countryside on the eastern edge of the Driftless Area to nearby LaValle, Valton, Ironton and Lime Ridge. >More
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No one in America has more faith in democracy than a long-shot candidate for public office. "If I didn't believe that I could win, I wouldn't be doing it," says Dan Sebring, a Republican candidate for Congress in Wisconsin's heavily Democratic 4th District. >More
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A municipal high-speed Internet network could help bridge Madison's digital divide

Cities are tackling the connectivity problem by building municipal fiber-to-the-home networks. Political and business leaders in Madison seem to agree that the status quo is unsatisfactory. But they're split in how urgently they want to address the problem, with city hall favoring a wait-and-see approach and a younger class of technocrats wanting to implement short-term, low-cost solutions immediately. >More
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The sun is assaulting the outdoor stage at American Players Theatre. It's a Friday afternoon late in May, the third week of rehearsal for the company's production of Much Ado About Nothing. >More
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Mason's on Main aims high, but its reach exceeds its grasp

Downtown Oregon has undergone quite a bit of renovation and restoration lately, and it has changed the dining scene there most of all. Maria's Pizza is still the humble little brick cube, but Señor Peppers jumped across the street from its original location into a snazzed-up storefront, and its former home has been rigorously overhauled and transformed into Mason's on Main, a "New American" bistro that's shooting for big game in Madison's neighbor to the south. >More
 Mad City Frites to bring Belgian-style snack to State Street

Belgian-style frites, and pretty much only frites, will be coming to the former Shakti bookstore space at 320 State St. with the new Mad City Frites. >More
Old Crow Medicine Show buddy up with Bob Dylan, then write a song about it

When Nashville's Old Crow Medicine Show return to Overture Center on Oct. 3, they'll be riding high on two recent accomplishments: the release of a new album, Old Remedy, and their induction into the Grand Ole Opry. >More
 Majestic Theatre tries its hand at managing bands

As some of the major music promoters in town and the owners of a top concert venue, Majestic Theatre owners Matt Gerding and Scott Leslie see the best new talent in Madison on a regular basis. So it's perhaps only natural that they've added another arm to the Majestic music leviathan: band management. >More
Violinist Wes Luke proves a solid anchor for Ancora String Quartet in a program of works by Haydn, Mendelssohn and Beach

Because of the leave of absence being taken by first violinist Leanne Kelso League, the Ancora String Quartet has undertaken a second season of experimentation. Last season, that involved bringing in different instrumentalists in trio-plus collaborations. This season, it involves two visiting first violinists. >More
 Fat City Emporium combines art, gifts and beer

When a neighboring art gallery and a brewery collaborate on a special beer, you know you're in fertile creative territory -- like Madison's near east side. >More
Pay 2 Play examines money's role in union busting and Citizens United

Thank Michael Moore for inaugurating the modern era of the lefty polemical documentary. Various imitators have come along in the wake of successful films like Bowling for Columbine and Fahrenheit 9/11, in which Moore promoted progressive causes. I see elements of Moore's style in Pay 2 Play: Democracy's High Stakes, about money's corrupting influence in politics. >More
 Beloved old songs loosen dementia's grip in Alive Inside

The remarkable documentary Alive Inside: A Story of Music and Memory artfully weaves together material about two topics, one inspiring, one discouraging. The inspiring topic, and the main focus, is the restorative power of music when it is played for people with memory loss. >More


Tuesday, September 30
Forbidden Art UW Memorial Union-Porter Butts Gallery
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The Art of Politics UW-Extension Pyle Center, 5:00pm
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Sheryl WuDunn UW Memorial Union-Shannon Hall (Wisconsin Union Theater), 7:30pm
Wednesday, October 1
Forbidden Art  UW Memorial Union-Porter Butts Gallery
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Dixie Doodlers, Aftin Warren  Monona Terrace, 5:30pm
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Boo Bradley  Alchemy Cafe, 10:00pm
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American Players Theatre's "Much Ado About Nothing"  American Players Theatre, Spring Green
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Thursday, October 2
Forbidden Art  UW Memorial Union-Porter Butts Gallery
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American Players Theatre's "Romeo & Juliet"  American Players Theatre, Spring Green
Friday, October 3
Forbidden Art  UW Memorial Union-Porter Butts Gallery
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Old Crow Medicine Show, The Deslondes  Overture Center-Overture Hall, 8:00pm
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Radical Something  UW Union South-The Sett, 9:00pm


Isthmus Picks: Madison calendar for September 25 - October 1, 2014

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


The Amazing Race 25, Episode 1: UW-Madison grad students Maya and Amy seek to shatter stereotypes about scientists

Welcome to my very first recap of The Amazing Race. You might find yourself wondering, "Why is Isthmus covering this particular reality show?" Well, for one thing, it's because being catty about reality TV is a whole lot of fun. >More


A successful African American fears selling out in the daring satire Blackish

Andre (Anthony Anderson) is a self-described former "big scary black guy" who's made it in the white world. He's a successful advertising executive who lives in the suburbs with his doctor wife (Tracee Ellis Ross) and four kids. But Andre has the nagging feeling that, in achieving the American dream, he and the family have lost their black identity. >More


Tell All: Cats are ruining my love life

Dear Tell All: I've had lots of luck meeting appealing women, mostly on the near east side. The only problem is, I'm deathly allergic to cats, and nearly every woman I've gone out with in the past year has turned out to be a cat owner. >More


Mama Madison: Yummy Sprout is a wonderful resource

After sleep patterns, I think the next biggest parenting concern I have and hear about revolves around the topic of food. How can I make sure my kids are eating enough vegetables? Did I pack them a lunch that is healthy enough? What can I feed them after school that doesn't come from a box? How many gripes am I going to get about the dinner I'm about to prepare? >More


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Happy Bambino used to specialize in baby carriers. All kinds. Slings, wraps, backpacks. Now they don't carry them at all. Co-owner Alison Dodge says they simply couldn't compete with Amazon. >More


As owner of Square Wine Company, 5 N. Pinckney St. on the Capitol Square, Andrea Hillsey shares her passion for wine with customers through regular classes and tastings, and also with every bottle sold. >More


In craft beer, all things hoppy will sell. The IPA and double IPA are the fastest growing styles today, and brewers joke about an arms race to see who can get the most out of hops to achieve higher and higher levels of International Bitterness Units, or IBUs. >More


At lunchtime on March 18, Rachel Keranen walked the two blocks from the Bendyworks office at 106 E. Doty St. to the Madison Club, the traditional gathering spot of Madison powerbrokers for 100-plus years. Keranen, 25, is part of the new wave of leaders transforming Dane County and perhaps Wisconsin. >More


Last week's Isthmus cover story explored how technology may help rebuild Wisconsin's economy. This week's Isthmus cover story is about how technology may help destroy local businesses in Madison and around the state. Both assertions are true. >More


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