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Tuesday, September 23, 2014 |  Madison, WI: 72.0° F  A Few Clouds


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
382 Pixel LineVinyl Cave: Love it to Death by Alice Cooper

Dedicated music listeners probably all have fond memories of the records which sent him or her down the rabbit hole of collecting favorite artists or genres. One disc that warped me as a child was a pretty good-sized hit in 1971: Love it to Death by Alice Cooper. >More
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The Paper

Tech leaders get little help from Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce

This is a problem. The state's most powerful business voice has conspicuously little contact with Wisconsin's rising technology industry. Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce, which claims more than 3,500 businesses as members, brags that "the success of the WMC government relations team in projecting and accomplishing a proactive business agenda has been second to none." >More
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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
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MACS Macaroni and Cheese Shop knows how to satisfy a craving

Out past East Towne, between Madison and Sun Prairie, new development is filling in what used to be farmland in the town of Burke. It's now Burke Towne. It looks like Anywhere, U.S.A., and around the flagship retail of Costco and Target, small shopping nodules are popping up. >More
 Hard cider is sometimes beer and sometimes wine, and worth exploring

Once an infinitesimal part of the beverage market, hard ciders have seen great increases in sales over the last several years and are starting to register in the consciousness of American consumers. Much of that growth has been with women. But more aggressive marketing campaigns are attempting to lure millennial men to the alcoholic apple juice party. >More
The Head and the Heart deal with matters of life and death at Live on King Street

The thrust of Let's Be Still, the most recent album by the Head and the Heart, can be summed up in lyrics from the title track. >More
 Hip-hop partners DJ Pain 1 and Sole bring righteous rage to the Frequency

DJ Pain 1 and Sole brought their electric combination of politically charged punk rap and deep-cutting beats to the Frequency on Sunday night, treating the crowd to a dose of healthy, focused anger and incendiary turntable work. >More
Judah Friedlander brings the World Champion to Comedy Club on State

Judah Friedlander is probably most recognizable to audiences as Frank Rossitano over seven seasons of NBC's 30 Rock. He has also appeared in numerous films, including American Splendor and The Wrestler. But his first love is stand-up comedy. >More
 Madison Fall Arts Preview 2014: Film

Madison's movie calendar plumps up in the fall as Sundance's screening room announces its offerings, the UW Cinematheque starts its semester, and the Spotlight Cinema and Duck Soup Cinema series return to the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art and Overture Center. >More
Pilgrims journey to higher ground in Walking the Camino

Walking the Camino is, it seems, a good way to have a spiritual awakening while viewing incredible natural splendor and forming important human connections. And then there are the staggeringly huge blisters. >More
 Kevin Smith's Tusk is a horror-comedy set in a creepy mansion

I'll begin with the ending. I don't like it. Of course I won't reveal any substantial details of the conclusion to Tusk, the horror-comedy film written and directed by Kevin Smith. I will say that I had developed mixed feelings by the time the finale rolled around, and my unhappiness with it tips this review into pan territory. But there are facets of the movie that I admire. >More


Tuesday, September 23
Forbidden Art UW Memorial Union-Porter Butts Gallery
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The Archive as a River: Paul Vanderbilt & Photography Overture Center-James Watrous Gallery of the Wisconsin Academy
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From Here to There: Alec Soth's America Madison Museum of Contemporary Art
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Meiko, Buddy Frequency, The, 9:00pm
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American Players Theatre's "Much Ado About Nothing" American Players Theatre, Spring Green, 10:30am
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Wednesday, September 24
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The Archive as a River: Paul Vanderbilt & Photography  Overture Center-James Watrous Gallery of the Wisconsin Academy
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From Here to There: Alec Soth's America  Madison Museum of Contemporary Art
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Forbidden Art  UW Memorial Union-Porter Butts Gallery
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Gregory Alan Isakov  Stoughton Opera House, 7:30pm
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Brett Dennen, Odessa  Majestic Theatre, 8:00pm
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Neil Zaza, Masino  Frequency, The, 9:00pm
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American Players Theatre's "Romeo & Juliet"  American Players Theatre, Spring Green
Thursday, September 25
Forbidden Art  UW Memorial Union-Porter Butts Gallery
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The Archive as a River: Paul Vanderbilt & Photography  Overture Center-James Watrous Gallery of the Wisconsin Academy
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From Here to There: Alec Soth's America  Madison Museum of Contemporary Art


Isthmus Picks: Madison calendar for September 18-24, 2014

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


Hospitalized kids pull together in Red Band Society

Executive produced by Steven Spielberg, Red Band Society is the first masterpiece of the fall TV season. Nevertheless, it features a premise that practically screams "don't watch this." A half-dozen very sick kids live together in a hospital. >More


Isthmus on WORT: Scott Walker and Wisconsin's budget woes

Isthmus contributor Alan Talaga wrote about Walker and Wisconsin's latest budget deficit for the Madland blog on September 9, and discussed his commentary with WORT producer Dylan Brogan on the September 11 edition of In Our Backyard. >More


Tell All: What if my gorgeous fiancee gets fat?

Dear Tell All: I'm engaged to a beautiful woman. She's the most beautiful one I've ever dated, and that's saying something. I consider myself a bit of a connoisseur. My type is tall and thin, with high cheekbones and full lips. And my fiancée checks off all those boxes. >More


Mama Madison: Tips and tricks for baby air travel

As far as places to embark on Baby's First Air Travel go, Dane County Regional Airport is a pretty sound choice, especially at 6 p.m. on a Saturday night. My biggest fear was that my nine-month-old son would start screaming in the airport; my second biggest fear was that my son would start screaming and some of my former Epic colleagues would be around to hear it. >More


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"The number-one rule of Atlas Improv is follow your fear," says local comedian Bryan Morris. "Go after that thing you are scared of." For Morris and Stacey Kulow, following fear has led them into improv, standup comedy and acting. As Madison's comedic power couple, they've had to juggle overlapping careers in the arts with the stresses of a relationship. >More


Despite being from Kansas, Dr. John Hawks had never seen storms like he experienced in South Africa. "They had lightning like I've never seen it," says the University of Wisconsin-Madison anthropology professor. >More


Craft beer enthusiasts devote a lot of attention to bitterness as they seek out the latest and greatest, so much so that good brews under their noses can be overlooked. The altbier is one such style, with its smooth malty tones and clean balance. Then there's a lack of familiarity with the alt, given that few breweries in Wisconsin produce them. But I find this copper-colored beer to be wonderfully easy to drink -- almost too easy. >More




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