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Epic's App Exchange: Overhyped?

It's a good bet that Madison-area software writers, many of them bright Epic expats, jumped up pumping their fists when they read that Epic would shortly launch the "App Exchange" and "open the floodgates" to developers, as pioneer Madison tech entrepreneur Mark Bakken told the Wisconsin State Journal. >More
382 Pixel Line'20th century argument in the 21st century'

Your head could explode from the cognitive dissonance caused by Wisconsin's recent economic news. It's the confluence of -- and disconnect between -- the very old and the very new. >More
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Fashion forward

Madison fashion has been heavy on accessories lately: scarves, mittens and balaclavas. Earmuffs are the new black. Meanwhile, students at the UW-Madison have been thinking warmer thoughts as they prepare for UW Fashion Week. It kicks off Monday, March 9. >More
382 Pixel LineOpinion: It's not 'right-to-work'

Citizen Dave parses public support for so called right to work legislation. He finds it's a "classic example of the tension between individual freedom and responsibility to the group." >More
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It's a chef's world

There's never too many chefs in the kitchen! MACN Week offers 30+ events and 30 chefs, March 9-15. Here's why it's important for chefs and Madison diners. >More
 Freshii is an exciting new concept in fast casual

Freshii is a health-conscious, sustainably minded chain hailing from Toronto that has over a hundred locations nationwide. Combining a youthful, Apple store-like aesthetic with fresh food (mostly vegetables) to-go, it is gunning hard to rule this brave new world in which grease is out and sprouts are in. The most successful items are ones that have a healthy bent or sport strong Asian flavors. >More
Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band joins legendary label

"The Reverend," a.k.a. singer and guitarist Josh Peyton, has been a fan of Yazoo Records since he was a kid. So he says it's a dream come true that the label recently released So Delicious, the new album from his trio, Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band. >More
 Isthmus Live Sessions: The Districts

Just because a performance is acoustic doesn't mean it can't rock. In this Feb. 21 visit to Isthmus, frontman Rob Grote and drummer Braden Lawrence showcased what makes the Districts such a compelling live act: their bold, baby-faced energy. >More
Former Madisonian Torsten Johnson tours with the distinguished Acting Company

Torsten Johnson says he fell in love with Shakespeare when his parents took him to see American Players Theatre productions in Spring Green when he was in the "single digits." He loved all the comedies and fondly remembers Jim DeVita in A Midsummer Night's Dream. "That's really where I got a taste for what Shakespeare could be," says Johnson. >More
 Liz Angle brings painful clarity to How I Learned to Drive

How I Learned to Drive, the Pulitzer Prize-winning work by Paula Vogel, is a heartbreaking memory play following the tumultuous pre-teen and teen years of the main character, Li'l Bit. In the solid Madison Theatre Guild production directed by Suzan Curry at the Bartell Theater, Liz Angle imbues the character of Li'l Bit with painful clarity. >More
What We Do in the Shadows is a perfectly understated mockumentary

When we think of vampires, we think of conspicuous wealth. Consider Count Dracula and his castle. But what about vampires of modest means? Might they share a grubby apartment and ride public transportation? That's the conceit of What We Do in the Shadows, an uproariously funny mockumentary from some of the New Zealanders who brought you HBO's Flight of the Conchords. The writers and directors are Taika Waititi and Jemaine Clement, who understand that the qualities we associate with scary movie vampires " solemnity, vanity, obsession with control " make excellent comedy fodder. >More
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Friday, March 6
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Steve Byrne Comedy Club on State
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Count This Penny Stoughton Opera House, 7:30pm
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Hugh Masekela & Vusi Mahlasela UW Memorial Union-Shannon Hall (Wisconsin Union Theater), 8:00pm
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Lust for Youth UW Memorial Union-Der Rathskeller, 9:00pm
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Reverend Horton Heat, Ha Ha Tonka High Noon Saloon, 9:30pm
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Madison Symphony Orchestra Overture Center-Overture Hall
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University Theatre's "Good Kids" UW Vilas Hall-Hemsley Theatre
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Saturday, March 7
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Duck Soup Cinema  Overture Center-Capitol Theater
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Steve Byrne  Comedy Club on State
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Saturday Science  UW Discovery Building, 10:00am
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Wave Chapelle, Max Meridius, SincereLife  UW Union South-The Sett, 9:00pm
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Isthmus Picks: Madison calendar for March 5-12, 2015

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


Citizen Dave: Scott Walker, the Act 10 protesters and ISIS

In what has emerged as his thrust-and-parry style, presidential candidate Scott Walker makes outrageous statements to satisfy his red meat audience, then tries to ease up on the sting, for the sane public, by muddling up his real message. >More
 Citizen Dave: Gov. Walker defaces Wisconsin's environmental legacy

When "Madison Reads Leopold" this Saturday, Aldo Leopold will come alive. We need to hear what he has to say now more than ever because Gov. Scott Walker seems determined to ruin what was once a great environmental legacy. >More


Isthmus on WORT: Hacking for the Common Good

In last week's Isthmus cover story, "Hacking for the Common Good," Jeff Buchanan looks at how hackers would like to use the new technology -- and what obstacles they face. He spoke to WORT-FM producer Dylan Brogan about the story on last Thursday's In Our Backyard. >More
 Isthmus on WORT: Henry Janisch and American Sniper

American Sniper is now considered the most successful war movie of all time, grossing more than $400 million and generating fiery debate. As Catherine Capellaro reports in the February 19 Isthmus, there's a reason many veterans are embracing the film. >More


Tell All: Scott Walker likes beautiful women

Why does the governor favor attractive young spokespeople? Is it all just eye candy to make the "product" more palatable? >More
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Ridglan Farms keeps a low profile. Located 10 minutes outside of Mount Horeb on a desolate county road, the farm sits on a gentle hill, hidden by a long row of evergreens. Only the silo and a glimpse of the pale blue warehouse are visible from the road. If you didn't know any better, it could easily be mistaken for a dairy farm. >More




Soglin's quiet leadership makes it difficult to attack him -- there's no single project to use as a rallying cry to work up voters. But Soglin certainly has some weaknesses. >More
Among other things, the Joint Finance Committee co-chairs, Sen. Alberta Darling and Rep. John Nygren, wonder why UW Chancellor Rebecca Blank is questioning things her predecessor agreed to. That's like admonishing new Badgers football coach Paul Chryst for not using Gary Andersen's old playbook. >More
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