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Beer Here: Autumnal Hoppiness Harvest Ale and Nimble Lips Noble Tongue Fresh Hop Harvest Ale from 3 Sheeps Brewing

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
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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
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The Paper

Barack Obama notices there's an election in Wisconsin

The White House recently announced that President Barack Obama would campaign for Mary Burke in the final week of the election. Obama will be campaigning in a number of gubernatorial races, a long overdue shift from his focus on keeping Democrats in control of the U.S. Senate. >More
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Another development project on Monroe Street is ruffling feathers, this one a 16-unit apartment building called The Glen, near the historic Arbor House, which was built before the Civil War. Complicating matters, city officials have been presented with conflicting versions of what this proposed apartment building might look like if built. >More
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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
 Hip pan-Asian joint Sujeo is on everyone's mind

Asian food has boomed in the last decade. There are not only simply more Asian restaurants in the U.S., but high-profile chefs have found inspiration in Asian flavors to create newfangled fusion cuisines. >More
Isthmus Communion Sessions: 'Hit Me' by The Whigs

The Whigs make a lot of noise. Perhaps that's what made their visit to the Isthmus office last Wednesday such a special experience. The Athens, Georgia-based rockers shed their electric sound for a short acoustic set, a change that helped highlight the intimacy of their lyrics. >More
 Dum Dum Girls turn sweet pop ditties into aching lo-fi ruminations

It's tempting to call Dum Dum Girls' music bubblegum pop, but the term is not a perfect fit. "Bubblegum" brings to mind the sweet yet wholesome hooks of late-'60s acts like the Osmonds and the Monkees. While Dum Dum Girls make melodies that are as toothsome as the lollipops of the same name, they also entice listeners with danger. >More
Poonam Rao looks to an ancient Indian plant for business ideas and artistic inspiration

When Poonam Rao started a Facebook page in December 2012, she didn't consider herself an art studio owner. "I just created my page with all the artwork that I had, to see what people were thinking," she says. "I didn't have plans of any sort." >More
 Strollers Theatre explores the strangeness of loss with The Baltimore Waltz

I can't quite figure out the Strollers Theatre production of The Baltimore Waltz (through Nov. 1 at the Bartell Theatre), but that's okay. Written by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Paula Vogel, The Baltimore Waltz creates a strange and sometimes funny dreamscape where things don't make sense and aren't supposed to. >More
A seasoned tank commander mentors a terrified rookie in Fury

I wish I'd gotten to watch Fury without knowing it was written and directed by David Ayer. I like to think I would've been able to identify his handiwork without this information. >More
 A dad pretends his slain son's songs are his own creations in Rudderless

If you're like me, you fell in love with Billy Crudup as the charismatic rock guitarist in Cameron Crowe's marvelous 2000 film Almost Famous. Crudup honors that memory with a fine performance in the musical drama Rudderless, even if the musician he plays is not so much charismatic as he is pathetic. >More

THE GUIDE

Friday, October 24
Dave Chappelle Orpheum Theatre
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Wyatt Cenac, Phoebe Robinson Majestic Theatre, 7:30pm
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Chris Smither High Noon Saloon, 7:00pm
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Willie Watson, Mikaela Davis Stoughton Opera House, 7:30pm
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Passafire, T.U.G.G., Room Mates Frequency, The, 9:00pm
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Sinister Resonance UW Union South-The Sett, 9:00pm
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Pond, Doctopus, Dolores High Noon Saloon, 9:30pm
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Myrmidons, Steel Cranes Mickey's Tavern, 10:00pm
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The Choir of Westminster Abbey Overture Center-Overture Hall, 7:30pm
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American Players Theatre's "Alcestis" American Players Theatre, Spring Green
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ISTHMUS PICKS

Isthmus Picks: Madison calendar for October 23-29, 2014

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

SPORTS

Will Wisconsin women's soccer break out in 2014?

They've been to the NCAA Tournament 17 times and are ranked 12th in the country, but even die-hard Wisconsin Badger fans would be hard-pressed to name a member of their team. Who am I talking about? >More

RENEWABLE ENERGY

Isthmus on WORT: MadiSUN, MGE and the future of solar energy in Madison

Isthmus news editor Joe Tarr reported on the city's proposal and MGE's approach to renewable energy on October 15, and discussed his story with WORT producer Dylan Brogan on the October 16 edition of In Our Backyard. >More

CITIZEN DAVE

Citizen Dave: Wisconsin AG candidates Susan Happ and Brad Schimel are weak or worse on gun violence

I recently wrote about the disappointing websites of Wisconsin attorney general candidates Susan Happ and Brad Schimel, on which neither want to address to of the issues facing the office: drunk driving and high incarceration rates for African American men. There's a third issue that one candidate is all but ignoring, and I wish the other would ignore: guns. >More

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Mama Madison: Melissa Wardy of Verona 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 Verona resident Melissa Wardy got fed up with stereotypes found in clothing for girls, she started her own company. >More

MADISON SNAPS

Madison Snaps: October 24, 2014

Today's image titled "Knutson Drive Street Art" was photographed by Craig Wilson. >More
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COVER STORY

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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MADISON HALLOWEEN

Where can you see Walter White walk hand in hand with Wonder Woman while SpongeBob Squarepants helps the Justice League adjust their costumes and a Care Bear crowd-surfs in the background? At Freakfest, of course. Madison's iconic Halloween party features live music and up to 40,000 attendees bent on showing off the city's weird sense of humor and unabashed flair for theatrics. >More

BEER

Forget industry diversity, market saturation, hop shortages, or the lack of small, independent maltsters: The craft beer topic guaranteed to raise blood pressures highest is undoubtedly the pumpkin. >More
Banish the image of a "drunk bus" from your mind -- Hop Head Beer Tours is about responsible, safe, and respectful enjoyment of Midwest brewing regions. In December, founders Justin Schmitz and Felipe Moreira will celebrate the fourth anniversary of their brewery tour company, which has grown from offering a handful of bus tours of Madison-area breweries to a full-fledged craft beer appreciation project. >More

THE AMAZING RACE

The thrill of travel arrangements and fuel efficiency were the highlight of the latest episode of the CBS reality series The Amazing Race. Starting on a high note, #TheCyclists Kym and Alli squeezed a mere 0.01 gallon of gas out of a Ford C-Max Hybrid, a car they each received as the winners of this leg. >More

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