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How the #SweetScientists Amy DeJong and Maya Warren won The Amazing Race

If you're reading this, it's very likely that you followed Amy DeJong and Maya Warren as they traveled from New York to Los Angeles, taking the long way around the world, in a quest to win $1 million on the 25th season of The Amazing Race. Labeled the #SweetScientists by CBS, they visited 20 cities in eight nations over the span of about three weeks. >More
382 Pixel LineIsthmus on WORT: Can Dane County get Enbridge to insure Line 61?

Isthmus news editor Joe Tarr reported on Enbridge's plans to expand Line 61's capacity and what the county's role is in the approval process in the December 18 issue, and discussed his story with WORT producer Dylan Brogan on that day's edition of In Our Backyard. >More
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The top 10 stories of 2014 in Madison

The stories that get the most press aren't always the ones that mean the most in the long run. Here's my list of the 10 state and local stories from 2014 that I think will have the most impact in the New Year. >More
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Workers at the Willy Street Co-op were set to vote on whether to form a union this month. But on Dec. 15, United Food & Commercial Workers abruptly canceled the election, accusing the co-op's management team of violating federal labor laws and the neutrality agreement negotiated between management and the union. >More
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The Madison dining scene breaks new ground in 2014

Madison dining seems to be heading for new territory, and that territory is (envelope please...) East Washington Avenue. >More
 Crafting the ideal cup: Madison's coffee culture goes third wave

In latte art, there's more than meets the eye. Those frothy hearts and ferns are actually supposed to make your latte taste better. Painting, as the professionals call it, is all about the milk-to-espresso ratio with each sip. >More
Our favorite Madison records of 2014

Madison music in 2014 was invigorated by auspicious debuts and sustained by veteran artists. These 10 local releases were our favorites of the year. >More
 Our favorite 2014 touring concerts in Madison

In 2014, Madison continued its transformation from a skip-over city between Chicago, Milwaukee and Minneapolis to one of the Midwest's premier live music destinations. These are our favorite sets from some of our favorite touring artists of the past year, the shows that tugged at our hearts and beckoned our bodies to move. >More
Children's Theater of Madison keeps A Christmas Carol fresh in its 35th year

When the narrator invited the packed house in Overture's Capitol Theater to come closer to hear a very special story -- one that absolutely cannot begin with "once upon a time" -- there was a sense that hundreds of velvet- and taffeta-clad children and their parents leaned in to be newly amazed and enchanted by the classic tale of Ebenezer Scrooge in A Christmas Carol. >More
 Local fibers find a home at the Dancing Lamb in Evansville

The Dancing Lamb, a new yarn and fiber shop in Evansville, Wis., is located in a farmhouse-style Victorian house on a mostly residential block of Main Street. Set among other historic homes from the period, shoppers may feel as if they're no longer in this century. >More
Rob Marshall makes it work in Into the Woods

For large chunks of Into the Woods, it seems as though Rob Marshall is determined to do what we're all told never works: turning a stage musical into a movie while resolutely retaining its "staginess." But that's when Into the Woods is at its most delightful. >More
 Unbroken is a 'triumph of the human spirit' story that forgets the spirit

A life story generally doesn't fit a neat dramatic arc. When you're telling the cinematic tale of a real-life person -- as Unbroken does with the tale of Louis Zamperini -- you're going to be deciding what part of a cradle-to-grave timeline is part of your narrative, and what part isn't. >More


Thursday, December 25
Narayan Mahon Madison Museum of Contemporary Art
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Free Christmas Meal First United Methodist Church, 11:00am
Friday, December 26
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Narayan Mahon  Madison Museum of Contemporary Art
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Harlem Globetrotters  Alliant Energy Center-Coliseum, 7:00pm
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Madison Ballet's "The Nutcracker"  Overture Center-Overture Hall
Saturday, December 27
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Narayan Mahon  Madison Museum of Contemporary Art
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Ari Herstand, Anna Laube  Crescendo Espresso Bar, 7:30pm
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Madison Ballet's "The Nutcracker"  Overture Center-Overture Hall
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Dead Man's Carnival  Majestic Theatre, 8:00pm


Isthmus Picks: Madison calendar for December 23, 2014 - January 9, 2015

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


Citizen Dave: The Cargo Bike Shop is ready to outfit workhorses

When you think of bicycles, it's likely that the first images to come to mind are super-fit Lycra-clad racers in summer or maybe bundled-up urban hipsters in winter. But Tim Staton wants you to think of a bike as a workhorse too. >More


Madland: City council races offer much more than the lesser of two evils

As reported last week, candidates are now declaring for the Madison Common Council elections in spring 2015. I've often wondered why so many people are willing to run for alder in the first place: Crazy hours for a job where the hourly pay probably doesn't hit minimum wage; all the joy of drawing the ire of the public with very little of the power of other elected positions. >More


Tell All: Where do I draw the line when my daughter dresses too sexy?

Dear Tell All: My sweet little girl has turned into a teenager -- with a vengeance. At 16, she's obsessed with guys, along with the way she looks. This whole thing has been building up since middle school, but recently it's reached crisis proportions. >More


Mama Madison: Talking about race with Families for Justice

Like many parents, I look at the wide world around my kids and do my best to prepare them for life. We talk about working hard, being kind and responsible, Internet safety, stranger danger, and the (gulp) birds and the bees. But what about a topic such as race? >More


Madison Snaps: December 25, 2014

Today's image titled "Christmas on the Square" was photographed by Steven Bauer. >More
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Paul Soglin started his third stint in office in 2011 by blasting his predecessor, Dave Cieslewicz, for recklessly racking up city debt. So it was a bit weird to see hizzoner back in office eagerly pushing the most expensive project in city history, Judge Doyle Square. >More


New Year's Eve. So much pressure. Let's say you were supposed to get reservations for Sujeo's pork and oyster extravaganza, or to Chez Nanou's intimate French meal -- but by the time you picked up the phone, they were booked. >More
Whether you wish to bid a fond farewell to 2014 or just say good riddance, there are plenty of ways to party and dance your way to 2015. Here are some spots around town where bands will be rocking, bootys will be shaking and booze will be flowing. >More


This year we've seen brewery openings and expansions, new faces behind the brew kettles and top-notch Wisconsin-made beers. Not all are available in bottles, but if they were, it would make for a memorable six-pack. >More


Yang Sao Xiong remembers the bizarre hissing sounds the most. He was 7 years old, a refugee with his family from Laos, when he arrived in California in 1987. "When we first got off the plane, all I could tell was that people were making all these 's' sounds," says Xiong, describing his first impression of English. >More



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