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Domestic Abuse Intervention Services opens a bigger, better shelter to catch up with the rest of Wisconsin

For years, Domestic Abuse Intervention Services could house only about 25 victims of domestic abuse each day. That will change on Aug. 1 with the opening of a state-of-the-art facility at 2102 Fordem Ave., which offers 56 beds. >More
382 Pixel LineCitizen Dave: The quiet Democratic primary for Wisconsin's 78th Assembly District has loud implications

On Madison's west side, a more or less routine Democratic primary election for state representative could say something profound about the current mind set of the party's stalwarts. Madison alders Mark Clear and Lisa Subeck are competing for the party's ballot spot in the 78th Assembly District, a seat currently occupied by Brett Hulsey and once held by legendary progressive Spencer Black. >More
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The Paper

The Greater Madison Jazz Consortium brings new voices and fresh ideas to the local scene

Pub crawls with multiple local jazz acts. Guest artists teaching jazz in schools and kids loving it. Town hall meetings, surveys, grant money, teamwork, ideas, excitement.... Who turned up the heat on jazz in Madison? >More
382 Pixel LineScott Walker's desperate attacks on Mary Burke

Things have been getting worse and worse for Gov. Scott Walker. The last two Marquette polls have showed him neck-and-neck with Democratic challenger Mary Burke, whose campaign strategy " essentially getting out of the way as her opponent is buried in bad news " looks more like it's working every day. >More
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Bartender bye-byes: Stalwarts of the Madison cocktail scene are moving on

Madison is saying goodbye this summer to a number of bartenders who have contributed to the city's flourishing drink scene. With growth comes change, and some longtime mixologists are leaving the stick behind to pursue big opportunities in the hospitality industry locally. Others are leaving for different cities altogether. >More
 Showboat Saloon brings sanity to Wisconsin Dells

To call Wisconsin Dells a sensory assault should neither surprise nor offend anyone. Neon novelty T-shirts, amusement museums and ghost tours aren't the attractions of the subtle tourist destination. I admit I'm far more likely to visit the Dells for a coffee en route to the Twin Cities than I am to hit a waterpark. But eager vacationers and resigned visitors alike stand to be in need of a break sometime, and if you're a fan of craft beer, boy does Showboat Saloon deliver. >More
Jazz at Five celebrates 20 years of keeping the beat downtown

A mainstay in Madison since 1994, Jazz at Five kicks off its latest outdoor concert series with Nuggernaut and the Tim Whalen Nonet on Aug. 6. >More
 Jamming with roots-music stars at the 2014 Sugar Maple Traditional Music Festival

The Sugar Maple Traditional Music Festival is as much a pop-up community as it is a concert. When the 11th annual event comes to Lake Farm County Park Aug. 1-2, there will be performances, workshops, discussions and jam sessions that migrate to the camping area before each night ends. >More
Convenience is a Schenk's Corners love story

When Fresco Opera Theatre moved into a new office on Winnebago Street last summer, executive director Frank Cain was happy to have TAPIT/new works Ensemble Theater next door. The company's producing artistic directors, Donna Peckett and Danielle Dresden, seemed like great neighbors, and they shared his interest in the performing arts. >More
 Inside the minds of Human Head Studios

Any seasoned gamer who's dodged missiles and firestorms in a multiplayer deathmatch knows there's a time when it's best to crouch behind cover for a few seconds, honing a careful strategy rather than charging in with CRB Vector-submachine guns blazing. It's often the difference between surviving and ending up a corpse in another player's killing spree. >More
Philip Seymour Hoffman leads a German spy group in A Most Wanted Man

An espionage thriller adapted from John Le Carré's 2008 novel, A Most Wanted Man opens on a battered sea wall in Hamburg, Germany, a port city on high alert after Mohamed Atta and his co-conspirators plotted the Sept. 11 attacks there, undetected by German intelligence officers. >More
 Guardians of the Galaxy puts the 'comic' back in comic book characters

Heroes have been introduced to us in many ways since Marvel started to take over the multiplex over the last several years. They've been bad-asses and screw-ups and tormented scientists, but they've all more or less felt the way superheroes are supposed to feel. >More

THE GUIDE

CRITICS' CHOICE

Isthmus Picks: Madison calendar for July 31 - August 6, 2014

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

TELEVISION

#RichKids of Beverly Hills gives us entrée to a luxurious lifestyle

In the reality series #RichKids of Beverly Hills, the rich kids aren't icky in that Kardashian way. They're smart and self-aware, even self-mocking at times. As a result, you don't laugh at them, but with them. >More

ENERGY

Isthmus on WORT: How a proposed MGE rate change could undermine conservation

Isthmus staff writer Joe Tarr reported on MGE's proposed rate change and its implications for energy efficiency in the June 24 issue, and discussed his story with WORT producer Dylan Brogan on that day's edition of In Our Backyard. >More

TELL ALL

In defense of male fantasies

Dear Tell All: "Sinning Only in My Head" feels bad that he thinks of another attractive woman when having sex with his girlfriend. I agree it was a boner (so to speak) that he blurted out another woman's name during their lovemaking, but I also think his girlfriend overreacted by calling him a "pig." So did you, Tell All. >More

MAMA MADISON

Mama Madison: Kids will find their own passions in their own ways

"I'm envious, mom," said my twelve-year-old daughter as she hopped in the car after theater camp last week. "All the other kids in my group seem to really like, and to be really good at, singing, dancing and acting. But I think all those things are just okay." >More

MADISON SNAPS

Madison Snaps: August 1, 2014

Today's image titled "twilight fairy tale" was photographed by Chris Collins. >More
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ANIMALS

Motherless monkeys: UW-Madison to revive controversial primate experiments

In his 21 years at the University of Wisconsin-Madison's veterinary school, Eric Sandgren has seen a lot of controversies. But the UW's most prominent defender of animal research has never seen anything like this. Sandgren says a typical research project protocol receives around four person-hours of scrutiny from an oversight committee; he estimates this one got more than 170. >More
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GREAT TASTE OF THE MIDWEST

Your guide to Great Taste of the Midwest eve 2014 pre-parties and beer tastings

Madison is ascending as a destination city for craft beer enthusiasts, a status that's affirmed the second week of every August when it plays host to the Great Taste of the Midwest and a growing host of satellite celebrations. Here's your guide to the series of pre-parties known as Great Taste Eve. >More

BEER

Beer Here: Tangerine Dream from the Great Dane

When brewers get feedback on their creations, it isn't always from paying customers. Sometimes staff favorites can find way their onto the menu. It was in-house peer pressure that had a lot to do with the recent reappearance of a special wheat beer on the taps at the Hilldale and East locations of the Great Dane. >More

ELECTION 2014

Wisconsin's hyper-partisan climate is shaping the 2014 Democratic primary for attorney general

Democrats throughout the state are calling the attorney general's office more partisan than ever. But has the position really grown more political since current Republican Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen was elected in 2006? Or have a slew of controversial issues given the impression that the focus of the state's "top cop" has changed from neutral enforcer to partisan crusader? >More

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