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Beer Here: Czar Brew Russian Imperial Stout Aged in Oak Bourbon Barrels from Sprecher Brewing

The first cruel taste of winter seems to be arriving with all the subtlety of a sledgehammer. And in cold, wet and snowy weather, rich and strong beers are well suited to take the chill away, or at least fend it off for awhile. >More
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On Tuesday evening, a group of several hundred people rallied in downtown Madison in response to non-indictment of the Ferguson police officer who shot and killed Michael Brown. The crowd was diverse, in both age and race. >More
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The Paper

Wisconsin now leads the attack on workers and the poor

In January, U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson takes charge of the federal workforce as head of the Senate's Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee. One more reason for Russ Feingold, who is rumored to be considering a run for his old Senate seat, to come back from Africa. >More
382 Pixel LineCritic turned artist Kent Williams finds his calling as a quilter and digital printmaker

Madison's Kent Williams spent two decades as a quilter, but he's also a talented printmaker, as his mind-bending new work at the Central Library shows. >More
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The new New Seoul

Elements of the Korean aesthetic have been surfacing in dining contexts all over the nation since David Chang began working marinated barbecue and kimchi into the menus of his chowhound-destination Momofuku restaurants in New York City. >More
 Don't bog yourself down with a big wine on Thanksgiving

For Thanksgiving, think light. The meal is big, and it's often a slog, lasting for hours. What you're looking for is something to lift you along through the green bean casserole and inevitable uncomfortable political conversations. >More
How a guitar-shop jam session and a well-timed tweet thrust Dolores into the limelight

A tweet involving Madison-area bands Dolores and PHOX has sparked a chain reaction. "There's a new band in town called Dolores, and my heart is so happy," PHOX singer Monica Martin posted on Facebook last month. "Someone just tweeted their EP at us." >More
 Kevin Bozeman gives thanks to the Madison comedy scene with headliners from across the country

Ten years ago, comedian Kevin Bozeman decided he wanted to put on a show on Thanksgiving Eve. "People didn't think it would be a success, but I saw that the bars were always crowded on the day before Thanksgiving. Family members going out and grabbing a drink, old friends meeting up. No one was taking advantage of it," he says. >More
Beethoven's Fidelio is a stirring 2014-15 season opener for Madison Opera

Madison Opera rousingly opened its 2014-15 season at Overture Hall on Friday night with a great work not often encountered: Beethoven's only opera, Fidelio. The work typifies the "rescue opera," a style that flourished in the years after the upheavals of the French Revolution, exploiting stories of escapes from danger and oppression. >More
 Scrupulous sleeping around on The Ethical Slut

Hussy, floozy, strumpet, slut: So many colorful words have been invented to weaken a woman's power by condemning her sexual past, even without knowledge of her actual behavior. Many of these terms come from the Victorian Era, when a lady's virtue was measured by her aloofness. Desires -- material, sexual and otherwise -- were the province of fallen women, the lowest of the low. >More
Beyond the Lights' tale of a singer on the rise should make Gugu Mbatha-Raw an A-list celeb

As meet-cutes go, Beyond the Lights offers a doozy. When Los Angeles police officer Kaz (Nate Parker) first encounters rising star Noni (Gugu Mbatha-Raw), she's hanging off her balcony. "I see you," the cop assures the distraught performer, saving her with his quick instincts and sheer strength. >More
 A conservatory student tussles with an abusive drumming teacher in Whiplash

If Birdman borrowed a cup of energy from its drum score, then Whiplash, about a young jazz drummer at a cutthroat conservatory, steals a whole quart. I'm not sure the movie would work if it were about a soprano sax player studying smooth and mellow fare. >More

THE GUIDE

Wednesday, November 26
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Haas/Kowert/Tice Brink Lounge, 8:00pm
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Thursday, November 27
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Free Thanksgiving Meal  Good Shepherd Lutheran Church-Raymond Rd., 11:00am
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Free Thanksgiving Meal  First Congregational United Church of Christ, 12:00pm
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Free Thanksgiving Meal  Lakeview Lutheran Church, 12:00pm
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Free Thanksgiving Meal  St. Mark's Lutheran Church, 12:00pm
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Free Thanksgiving Meal  First United Methodist Church, 12:00pm
Friday, November 28
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Found Footage Festival  Barrymore Theatre, 8:00pm
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Steve Gillespie  Comedy Club on State
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Kids in the Rotunda  Overture Center-Rotunda Stage
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VO5  Cardinal Bar, 9:00pm
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ISTHMUS PICKS

Isthmus Picks: Madison calendar for November 26 - December 3, 2014

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

KNAPP HOUSE

Isthmus on WORT: The fate of the historic Knapp house

Isthmus contributor Jay Rath reported on the state's potential plan to sell the property in the November 20 issue, and discussed his story with WORT producer Dylan Brogan on that day's edition of In Our Backyard. >More

MADLAND

Madland: Ferguson to Madison rally demands local action

On Tuesday evening, a group of several hundred people rallied in downtown Madison in response to non-indictment of the Ferguson police officer who shot and killed Michael Brown. The crowd was diverse, in both age and race. >More

TELL ALL

Tell All: A stranger approached me at night

Dear Tell All: I was driving home from a movie at Sundance with my 11-year-old daughter and was low on gas. I pulled into the Shell station on University Avenue, even though it looked deserted and I had misgivings. This was about 10 p.m. >More

MAMA MADISON

Mama Madison: Mom dates are hard

You may call them "play dates," but I like the term "mom dates," especially since my kids are still too young to really care that there's another small person to squabble over toys with. >More

MADISON SNAPS

Madison Snaps: November 26, 2014

Today's image titled "Sunday Sunset from Grandview Commons" was photographed by Anne Marie Peterson. >More
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ADVENTURES IN EATING

Once, early man was driven to make cave drawings of bison and deer -- the good eats of the day. Now, there is Instagram to document our dinners, from hamburger and fries at the drive-in to farm-to-table amuse-bouches. >More
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WISCONSIN MEN'S BASKETBALL

Astute observers of the University of Wisconsin men's basketball team might remember a handful of games when coach Bo Ryan wore a red sport coat. One of those times, his mother, Louise, happened to be watching on TV. "After that game, my mom told me, 'I wouldn't wear that again. It makes you look like you're parking cars,'" says Ryan. >More

BEER

Plans for Octopi Brewing Company are moving forward, though not in the location originally envisioned by founder Isaac Showaki. On Monday evening, the Waunakee Plan Commission unanimously approved a site plan for the contract-focused brewery, which is to be built at 1220 Uniek Dr. on the east end of the village. >More
Leinie's is a name nearly all Wisconsin beer drinkers should recognize, and many know its brews quite well. But even breweries with the longest histories can surprise with flavors both new and unexpected. >More

GIVING

As our families have done since time immemorial, this holiday season we'll revive an ancient tradition. We'll gather the people we love around the dining table, break bread and... argue. Perhaps yell. Maybe even stomp out of the room. >More

THE AMAZING RACE

I was sincerely worried about the #SweetScientists right from the start of the episode, when Amy mentioned a leg injury she sustained that was becoming a problem. The worry increased as I watched the team have a lot of trouble with the first challenge. >More

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