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Five Wisconsin pumpkin beers that defy the haters

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
382 Pixel LineArbor House wants more space from Monroe Street project

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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The Paper

With cutting-edge technology, Dane County eyes zero emissions at landfill

If Dane County's latest push to combat climate change is successful, local watering holes might soon be serving suds carbonated with carbon dioxide made from decomposing trash. "We'd be willing to use waste CO2 if it were properly tested and we were able to test it with our products," says the Great Dane's Robert LoBreglio, a co-founder of the local brewpub. "After that it's all logistics." >More
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Historic districts account for less than 1% of Madison's landmass, according to city staff. But boy, can they make a lot of trouble. >More
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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
 What's up and coming for Madison food carts in 2015

Even jaded eaters will sit up and take notice when they see the new Blair Street BBQ cart. Each fall, new food cart owners who want to vend in the city's coveted Mall/Concourse spaces participate in the final day of Madison's food cart review, lining up on Martin Luther King Boulevard to present samples of their menus to the review committee. >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
 Flannel Fest celebrates Americana while supporting the Keep Wisconsin Warm/Cool Fund

Sometimes music and charity go together like a Wisconsin fall and a snuggly flannel shirt. For many, staying warm is just a matter of pulling out a thicker piece of clothing and going to a toasty house or apartment. Others, of course, don't have this luxury. >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
 Wisconsin Book Festival 2014 fills downtown Madison with lively discussions about medicine, math, mini-golf and more

The Madison Public Library Foundation has transformed the Wisconsin Book Festival into a year-round celebration of authors and reading. It doesn't just honor the written word, but pays homage to the things that inspire authors to write and the big ideas that make storytelling so exciting. >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

Wednesday, October 22
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Sweet Honey in the Rock Stoughton Opera House, 7:30pm
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Meat Puppets, Cass McCombs High Noon Saloon, 8:00pm
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Chris Trapper Frequency, The, 9:00pm
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American Players Theatre's "Alcestis" American Players Theatre, Spring Green
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Interpreting the Photograph PhotoMidwest/Center for Photography at Madison, 7:00pm
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Dave Arnold UW Memorial Union-Shannon Hall (Wisconsin Union Theater), 7:30pm
Thursday, October 23
Noah Gundersen  Stoughton Opera House, 7:30pm
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Mastodon, Gojira, Kvelertak  Orpheum Theatre, 7:30pm
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Dum Dum Girls, Ex Cops  High Noon Saloon, 8:00pm
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360 Allstars  Overture Center-Capitol Theater, 7:30pm
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ISTHMUS PICKS

Isthmus Picks: Madison calendar for October 16-22, 2014

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

ISTHMUS PHOTO CONTEST

Enter to win the Isthmus photo contest: 'Adventures in Eating'

Got a lot on your plate? Take a picture of it for the Isthmus photo contest! Send us a photo that involves food in some way... we are partial to images that are creative, or funny, or beautiful, or Madisonian. So put down that fork and start shooting! >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

TELL ALL

Tell All: I hate tattoos

Dear Tell All: I can't find any single women in Madison who don't have tattoos. When did it become absolutely necessary for every female to have a tribal design on the lower back, a flower on the ankle or some kind of dumb writing on the shoulder? >More

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Mama Madison: Three cheers for reading at the Wisconsin Book Festival

Do you have a little reader or an aspiring teenaged writer in your house? If so, you may want to venture to the Wisconsin Book Festival this weekend, to whet their appetite for wonderful words as well as your own. >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
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RENEWABLE ENERGY

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

BEER

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
IPAs are hot, and there certainly are a lot of them being brewed now. So many, in fact, that when a truly distinctive one emerges from the crowd, you take notice. Fantasy Factory from Karben4 is one that stands out, and is worthy of all the attention and accolades it's receiving. hen Karben4 first introduced Fantasy Factory, it was swiftly embraced by Madison's hop-loving beer enthusiasts. >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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