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Atwood Avenue, Wisconsin Book Fest, Asian Sweet Bakery in the October 2 issue of Isthmus

What can you find in this week's Isthmus? Highlights from the latest issue follow. >More
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Although a second developer has been unable to satisfy city officials with plans for a downtown hotel at the old Pahl Tire site, Madison officials insist the city is not hostile to development. >More
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The Paper

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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Fermentation Fest branches out with hot sauces and artisanal mezcal in the Driftless

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
 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
Gebhardt Development proposes East Washington home for new performance venue and StartingBlock Madison

A second proposal is in the works to build a large performance venue on East Washington Avenue. Gebhardt Development submitted plans to the city of Madison Monday for a 140,000-square-foot mixed use project that would include the 1,500-seat performance space. >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
Two actors struggle with racial stereotypes in Madison Theatre Guild's Yankee Dawg You Die

In one of the first scenes of Philip Kan Gotanda's Yankee Dawg You Die, a young Asian American actor who is new to the Hollywood scene encounters one of his screen idols at a party. They discuss a rumor that the elder has had plastic surgery, perhaps to look more American. >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
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
 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

THE GUIDE

Thursday, October 2
The Wood Brothers, Chris Kasper Stoughton Opera House, 7:30pm
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Bluetech, DJ Lovecraft Frequency, The, 10:00pm
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Chooseapalooza Barrymore Theatre, 6:30pm
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American Players Theatre's "Romeo & Juliet" American Players Theatre, Spring Green
Friday, October 3
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
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Maps & Atlases, Mutts  Frequency, The, 9:00pm
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Grizfolk  UW Memorial Union-Rathskeller, 9:00pm
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Ron Pope, Frances Cone, Von Grey  High Noon Saloon, 9:30pm
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Laidback Luke  Segredo, 10:00pm
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American Players Theatre's "Romeo & Juliet"  American Players Theatre, Spring Green

ISTHMUS PICKS

Isthmus Picks: Madison calendar for October 2-8, 2014

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

AMAZINGRACE

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

TELEVISION

A to Z tells the complete story of a modern romance

A voiceover sets the scene: "Andrew and Zelda dated for eight months, three weeks, five days and one hour. This television program is the comprehensive account of their relationship, from A to Z." The framing device makes A to Z feel like a story told after the fact, exaggerated for comic effect. >More

TELL ALL

Tell All: Dinner guests shouldn't bring food to my perfect meals!

Dear Tell All: Something has been bothering me lately, and I'm not sure what to do about it. You see, I love to cook and entertain; absolutely love it. That being said, I'm wondering how to get my invited guests to not bring food. >More

MAMA MADISON

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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COVER STORY

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
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ISTHMUS DRINKS

When it comes to the tap takeover, there are really only two kinds of beer-drinker responses. There's "Aw, man, now all the beer geeks are going to be clogging up my watering hole of choice all night, and my favorite beer is going to be replaced by some brandy barrel-aged vanilla kumquat Belgian strong ale." >More

BEER

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

JOBS

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

CITIZEN DAVE

Following the lead of those dedicated scandal-mongers in the hard-working Wisconsin Capitol press corps, I've scoured Mary Burke's policy document and discovered even more stolen phrases from other candidates. It just gets worse and worse. >More

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