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Isthmus Communion Sessions: Three songs by Water Liars

When Isthmus hosted an acoustic session with The Whigs in our office two weeks ago, it made perfect sense to see if their Mississippi-based tour mates Water Liars would join the party and perform even more polished, unplugged versions of their work. >More
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In a world where digital communication is king and corporate spin influences lots of mainstream news coverage, indie zines are appealing for their candidness and the nostalgia they conjure. The second annual Print & Resist, a daylong festival celebrating zines, grassroots journals and artisanal books, takes place at the Central Library on Saturday, Nov. 1. >More
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Epic Systems makes strategic next moves for expansion

What do you do after you've won the gold rush? When you've claimed the richest veins of ore? That's the big question for Epic Systems, the medical software giant that has become Dane County's signature company with 8,000 or so employees at its fairyland campus in Verona. >More
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Nov. 2, 2010, was quite a day for Scott Walker. It was his 43rd birthday and the day he won election as governor, an ebullient, still-youthful-looking politician whose victory speech to his joyous crowd of followers was punctuated repeatedly with the rhythmic message: "Wisconsin is open for business!" >More
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Cocktail and culinary pioneer Dave Arnold enlightens UW-Madison audience

Dave Arnold was distracted. The microphone had a crinkly connection, and he was rambling while it was fiddled with; on his Internet radio show/podcast Cooking Issues, he is notorious for rambling. >More
 Familiar FIB's tops Madison's 2014 food cart rankings

The official city of Madison food cart rankings for 2014 have been compiled and there's a familiar name topping the list: FIB's Fine Italian Beef and Sausage. FIB's also topped the cart rankings in 2012. >More
Duo turned quartet Count This Penny dazzle with a fuller folk sound on Wolves Are Sheep

Country-folk outfit Count This Penny began as a songwriting duo in East Tennessee and grew into a full-fledged band after moving to Madison in 2009. Each day they strive to improve themselves musically and otherwise. This idea appears time and again on their new EP, Wolves Are Sheep, along with the notion of finding one's true self. >More
 Empress Of's songs are sexy, hazy sonic selfies

Lorely Rodriguez, the 23-year-old singer known as Empress Of, creates songs so arty and high-concept that The Guardian called her pretentious. Do a bit more digging and you'll see that she doesn't take herself that seriously. >More
How Madison native Orson Welles cooked up a Martian invasion in War of the Worlds

I always think about Orson Welles this time of year. For me, Halloween is associated with his War of the Worlds radio broadcast, which caused a national panic on October 30, 1938. >More
 University Opera's comic Albert Herring is an enjoyable debut for acting director David Ronis

University Opera opened its 2014-15 season with the novelty of Benjamin Britten's chamber-opera comedy Albert Herring. The production is the first mounted under acting director David Ronis, visiting assistant professor for the 2014-2015 season, following the retirement of longtime director William Farlow. >More
In Listen Up Philip, an arrogant young writer visits the summer home of his pretentious mentor

Writer and director Alex Ross Perry has pulled off a feat of cinematic alchemy. He has made an entertaining film about a monstrously unappealing character. >More
 Bill Murray bares the soul of a boozing, gambling grump in St. Vincent

Although playing the unabashed curmudgeon next door is the kind of thing Bill Murray could do in his sleep, the treasured actor brings everything he has to the role of Vincent MacKenna in St. Vincent. >More

THE GUIDE

Thursday, October 30
Bryan Morris, Stacey Kulow Comedy Club on State
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Bo Burnham UW Memorial Union-Shannon Hall (Wisconsin Union Theater), 8:00pm
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Joy Ike, Katie Scullin Crescendo Espresso Bar, 7:00pm
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Birds of Chicago, Faux Fawn High Noon Saloon, 8:30pm
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Minnesota, Jackal, G. Jones Majestic Theatre, 9:00pm
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DJ Nick Nice Graze, 10:00pm
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American Players Theatre's "Alcestis" American Players Theatre, Spring Green
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Found in Translation UW Elvehjem Building, 6:00pm
Friday, October 31
Bryan Morris, Stacey Kulow  Comedy Club on State
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Empress Of, Native/Tongues  UW Union South-The Sett, 9:00pm
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The Dodos, Bigjoy  UW Memorial Union-Rathskeller, 9:00pm
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Saturday, November 1
Beakers & Broomsticks  Madison Children's Museum
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Gov't Mule, Jackie Greene  Orpheum Theatre, 8:00pm

ISTHMUS PICKS

Isthmus Picks: Madison calendar for October 30 - November 5, 2014

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

RENEWABLE ENERGY

Isthmus on WORT: How Dane County is a leader in capturing garbage gases

Isthmus contributor Nathan J. Comp reported on Dane County's work in harnessing and using the gases produced in its landfill in in the October 23 issue, and discussed his story with WORT producer Dylan Brogan on that day's edition of In Our Backyard. >More

ISTHMUSPARENTS.COM

Mama Madison: Melissa Wardy pushes positive messages

I've always been a supporter of companies that empower women and girls, and when the creator of such a company is a fellow Wisconsinite, I get even more excited. When Melissa Wardy of Janesville got fed up with stereotypes found in clothing for girls, she started her own company. >More

MADISON SNAPS

Madison Snaps: October 30, 2014

Today's image titled "Carey Court Street Art" was photographed by Craig Wilson. >More
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HALLOWEEN

Let's face it: Halloween has been sanitized for the young and innocent. Trick-or-treating starts on Oct. 31 at the not-so-scary hour of 4 p.m. in a number of Madison neighborhoods, and many of the weekend's parties are designed for toddlers, ending well before the average disco napper wakes. What's a thrill-seeker to do? >More
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CITIZEN DAVE

I will not attempt to make any predictions here. I will not play the partisan. I will just let you know what I've read and what I've heard from the political insider types I hang around with sometimes. >More

BEER

A variety of malty and sweet seasonal brews compete for attention this time of year, but autumn brings some of the best hoppy beers too. After all, hop flowers are typically picked in September, and given the renewed interest in growing this crop in Wisconsin, this is the season when fresh-hopped beers can be at their best. >More

THE AMAZING RACE

This episode marked the leg of the race where the contestants started to crack. I'm an Amazing Race virgin, so I have no idea if there's a point in every season where folks start to go bonkers due to the stress, the pressure and the general pace of the proceedings, but if there is, this was it for Season 25. >More

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