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Madison committee begins weighing options for around-the-clock public toilets

A new portable bathroom has taken up residence alongside the City-County Building, accessible 24-hours a day, seven days a week. >More
382 Pixel LineMama Madison: No judgements with No Excuse Mom

If there is an excuse for not working out and eating healthy, I have used it: I don't have time. I'm too tired. I'll start tomorrow. I'm no good at this, I give up. I don't know where to start. Yes, I have used all of these and more. >More
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The Paper

The liberal deer hunter

I have often thought that if Democrats could just figure out how to win a majority of the Wisconsin deer hunter vote they'd be running the state again. >More
382 Pixel LineHomer V. Simpson gets honorary street sign in Madison

Homer Simpson made his mark in Madison long before a character of the same name became a cultural icon on the small screen. Legend has it that Homer V. Simpson, a prolific gambler, won half of Antler's Tavern in a poker game and bought the owner out of the second half in 1943. He also bought land around the West Broadway bar, eventually donating some to the city. Simpson Street -- which runs parallel to Broadway -- was named in his honor. >More
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A guide to Thanksgiving 2014 at Madison restaurants

While some have the luxury of a picture-postcard, Saveur-inspired, farm-to-table extravaganza of culinary Americana laid out on their tables come Thanksgiving, there are others who lack that -- for many reasons, from being down on their luck, to having relatives who are more interested in football than in feasting. Whatever your motivations -- no judgement! >More
 Go beyond the traditional egg roll in Madison

I have an obsession with egg rolls. Not regular egg rolls, though they are delicious. No, I'm fixated on weird egg rolls. Egg rolls that aren't really egg rolls at all, but are a nod to the original. >More
Tennessee native Rosanne Cash shares songs of the South with Madison-area friends and family

Sometimes a change of scenery can yield unexpected revelations. For Tennessee native Rosanne Cash and her husband, John Leventhal, recent journeys to the South were more than just a chance to check out the sights. The trips opened their eyes to the power and spirit of the region. >More
 Brooks Wheelan bounces back after being fired from Saturday Night Live

Brooks Wheelan is best known as the guy who played himself during Saturday Night Live's 39th season and the guy who was let go from the show this past summer. Though such a blow might signal the beginning of the end for some comedians, Wheelan views it as a chance to rekindle his relationship with what got him the SNL gig in the first place: stand-up comedy. >More
Software trainers embark on a steamy business trip in Mercury Players Theatre's Widescreen

If you lie awake at night fantasizing about the raunchy situations some people must get into on business trips, if they have the chance and the libido, the Mercury Players Theatre production Widescreen is for you. The play features tablets, smartphones, laptops and four different sex scenes before intermission. >More
 Kanopy Dance explores the human condition through physicality in Mime Body Spirit

Kanopy Dance Company opened its 2014-2015 season Friday evening with Mime Body Spirit at Overture Center's Promenade Hall. "Making visible the invisible" is in pale script beneath the title, and that goal is achieved. >More
Jon Stewart illustrates a jailed journalist's plight in Rosewater

Jon Stewart's big-screen acting work has been spotty, but The Daily Show host's debut as a film director is a much more auspicious occasion. As the writer, director and producer of the film adaptation of Maziar Bahari's book Then They Came for Me, the comedian proves his dramatic chops. >More
 A petty thief becomes a slimy crime-scene videographer in Nightcrawler

"I'm a little lost," Lou Bloom (Jake Gyllenhaal) admits to the security guard who's caught him stealing chain-link fence in Nightcrawler. A petty thief unable to land a real job, Lou's gaunt appearance makes his perpetual grin appear less than trustworthy, and his overly rehearsed rhetoric rings more hollow with each passing encounter. >More

THE GUIDE

Thursday, November 20
Randall Berndt, Christine Style Overture Center-James Watrous Gallery of the Wisconsin Academy
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Hot Rize Stoughton Opera House, 7:30pm
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Rebecca Loebe Cafe Carpe, Fort Atkinson, 8:00pm
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Valentina Lisitsa UW Memorial Union-Shannon Hall (Wisconsin Union Theater), 8:00pm
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University Theatre's "Helen" UW Vilas Hall-Mitchell Theatre
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Mercury Players Theatre's "Widescreen" Bartell Theatre-Drury Stage
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Friday, November 21
Randall Berndt, Christine Style  Overture Center-James Watrous Gallery of the Wisconsin Academy
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The Mascot Theory  Fisher King Winery, Mount Horeb, 6:30pm

ISTHMUS PICKS

Isthmus Picks: Madison calendar for November 20-26, 2014

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

ANIMAL RESEARCH

Isthmus on WORT: What r04040 died for

Isthmus contributor Bill Lueders reported on the life, death and research of r04040 at UW-Madison in the November 13 issue, and discussed his story with WORT producer Dylan Brogan on that day's edition of In Our Backyard. >More

CENTRO HISPANO

Centro Hispano's director works to connect Latinos in Dane County

When Karen Menendez Coller was 14 years old, her family immigrated to the United States from El Salvador. Her extended family already lived in California, and Los Angeles, with its large Latino population and strong sense of community, was a natural fit. She adjusted to life in the U.S. with relative ease. >More

TELL ALL

Tell All: Advice for feminists

Dear Tell All: I'm stunned by your advice to Baby Doll, who enjoys being demeaned by her boyfriend during sex. Baby Doll calls herself a feminist and yet gets aroused by being degraded in a classically sexist way. >More

ISTHMUS PARENTS

Mama Madison: No judgements with No Excuse Mom

If there is an excuse for not working out and eating healthy, I have used it: I don't have time. I'm too tired. I'll start tomorrow. I'm no good at this, I give up. I don't know where to start. Yes, I have used all of these and more. >More

MADISON SNAPS

Madison Snaps: November 20, 2014

Today's image titled "Water at Olbrich" was photographed by Anne Marie Peterson. >More
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Sun Prairie may soon have its own brewpub. It's to be called Prairie Brewing & Smokehaus, and the owners are hoping to open in 2015 provided the financing falls in place. The Madison suburb is relatively untapped; with a population of about 30,000 residents, it's Dane County's second-largest city, yet in the midst of the current craft beer boom, it has no brewery. >More

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