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The Daily

Beer Here: Big Sweet Life Maibock from Wisconsin Brewing Company

"I love malt-emphasized beers," says Wisconsin Brewing Company's Kirby Nelson. That's an understatement to those who have followed Nelson's passion for brewing malt-focused German lagers. However, it raises a question. Since opening Wisconsin Brewing in Verona last November, why has he waited so long to make a Maibock? >More
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In a move that casts further doubt on his intention to seek a third term in the state Assembly, Rep. Brett Hulsey (D-Madison) has signed the nomination papers for Mark Clear, a city of Madison alder who is running for Hulsey's seat. But Hulsey would not confirm Thursday whether that means he has decided against seeking re-election. "I will announce next week," he said in a text message. >More
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The Paper

Yes, Madison is a racist city

I recently posted a short essay to my personal blog about my everyday life in Madison as a young black woman. I wrote that Madison is the most racist place I have ever lived. I do not see very many black people on the east side. White women grab at my naturally styled hair. A man asked me once how I would be celebrating Black History Month. I love living in Madison but I do not always feel comfortable here. >More
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For poll worker Larry Nelson, Election Day's most irritating hour " or hours " arrives after the polls close, when the write-in votes are counted. "Here you are, on your feet after working 14 hours, and now you have to sort through the ballots looking for Mickey Mouse," he explains. "It's quite a bit of work for something that doesn't mean a whole lot. Hopefully we can get the law changed before the next election." >More
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Heading back to the farmers' market (recipe)

Welcome spring with a feast to honor the change in the weather and the growing season that is just beginning. It's hard to believe that in a few short months you'll have more tomatoes than you know what to do with. >More
 Restaurant Muramoto pushes the boundaries with a new izakaya menu

When Shinji Muramoto opened his original restaurant at 106 King St. in 2004, it was already a full decade after the Nobu-led Japanese-fusion phenomenon had begun. It was also the year David Chang launched Momofuku Noodle Bar and George W. Bush beat John Kerry. In a space that had previously been a hot dog stand, a rather louche-feeling restaurant appeared offering dishes few Madisonians had experienced before. >More
Project M goes retro in season six

It all started with Iron Chef. Six years ago, 105.5 Triple M's former program director, Pat Gallagher, asked himself a question while watching the popular cooking show: If people like watching dueling chefs, then why not dueling musicians? Project M, Triple M's songwriting competition, was born soon after. >More
University Opera's Béatrice et Bénédict is a playful ode to Shakespeare, romance and departing director William Farlow

Ending a memorable 16-season career with University Opera, director William Farlow directed a charming rendition of Hector Berlioz's comic opera Béatrice et Bénédict at the UW Music Hall on Friday, April 11. The production will be performed again on Sunday, April 13, at 3 p.m., and Tuesday, April 15, at 7:30 p.m. >More
 Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra ends its 2013-14 season with a display of pianist Stewart Goodyear's improvisational prowess

The Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra concluded its 2013-14 season with some novel combinations at Overture Hall's Capitol Theater on Friday. There was, of course, the inevitable guest soloist, this time the young Canadian pianist Stewart Goodyear. >More
Kevin Costner is in his element in the football laugh-fest Draft Day

Journey back with me 20 or so years, to the prime of Kevin Costner's movie career. He was the center of romances and heroic narratives like Dances With Wolves and JFK, representing integrity with a square jaw, steely stare and resolute seriousness. It really pissed me off. >More
 Sights and sounds from The Lumberjack at 100 at the 2014 Wisconsin FIlm Festival

The Wisconsin Film Festival is drawing to a close after a week in which Madison residents and visitors turned out to enjoy movies and learn about the stories behind them. On Sunday, April 6, The Lumberjack at 100 series of restored films screened at UW Cinematheque. >More


Thursday, April 17
Todd Barry High Noon Saloon, 8:00pm
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UW Faculty Concert Series UW Humanities Building-Mills Hall, 7:30pm
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LunaFest UW Arboretum Visitor Center, 6:00pm
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The Bricks Theatre's "Oatesland" Bartell Theatre-Evjue Stage
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University Theatre's "The Yellow Boat" UW Vilas Hall-Hemsley Theatre, 7:30pm
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Line Breaks UW Lathrop Hall-H'Doubler Performance Space
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The Movement and Its Legacy Wisconsin Historical Society, 7:00pm
Friday, April 18
Nathaniel Rateliff  UW Memorial Union-Rathskeller, 9:30pm
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Madison Bach Musicians  First Congregational United Church of Christ, 7:30pm
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Cycropia Aerial Dance's "Cirquinoxe"  Boys & Girls Club of Dane County-Taft St.
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University Theatre's "Richard III"  UW Vilas Hall-Mitchell Theatre
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The Bricks Theatre's "Oatesland"  Bartell Theatre-Evjue Stage
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Encore Studio's "Different Dreams"  Encore Studio for the Performing Arts
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University Theatre's "The Yellow Boat"  UW Vilas Hall-Hemsley Theatre, 7:30pm
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Madison Theatre Guild's "Shorts on the 2nd Floor"  Bartell Theatre-Drury Stage, 7:30pm
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Golden Dragon Acrobats  Overture Center-Overture Hall, 8:00pm
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Line Breaks  UW Lathrop Hall-H'Doubler Performance Space
Saturday, April 19
Easter Egg Hunt  Lincoln-Tallman House, Janesville
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Easter Hat-Making  Madison Children's Museum
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Easter Egg Hunt  Warner Park Duck Pond, 9:30am
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Monona Easter Egg Hunt  Winnequah Park, Monona, 10:00am


The Week: Madison calendar for April 18-24, 2014

Here is this week's critics' choice calendar. >More


In 700 Sundays, Billy Crystal explores the forging of a Jewish comedian's soul

Billy Crystal performs his Tony-winning one-man play 700 Sundays before a live audience, telling the story of his wonderful, horrible Long Island childhood (Saturday, 8 p.m., HBO). He stands in front of a brick faÃade that evokes his modest abode, with home movies and photos from the 1950s and '60s flashing on the walls. "When I was a kid," he says, "I would do anything for a laugh." >More


Tell All: I'm dating a 12-year-old

Dear Tell All: A few months ago I met a guy through a dating website and have been seeing him regularly. We have many things in common, are physically attracted to each other, and get along well in person. The problem comes when we communicate via texting or Facebook. >More


Mama Madison: When mom gets a new roomie

This past week, against both my will and better judgement, I accompanied 50 or so middle school kids to the Future Problem Solvers Wisconsin State Bowl, a popular academic and skit-writing competition. It was my husband who had originally signed up to chaperone the event, thinking that spending a few days with his 11-year-old daughter and her compatriots would serve as an excellent anthropological experience. But when an unexpected work obligation made it impossible for him to attend, it was me left holding the bag >More


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Young and sober: A thriving movement provides support for clean living in Madison
On a frigid December day in 2004, 17-year-old Aaron Meyer came home from drug and alcohol treatment. He'd already been to hell and back in his short life, but things were going to be different now. He felt alive with hope and possibility. >More


Guts, grace and gratitude with JoJean Retrum and Dance Wisconsin
It's a very important day at Dance Wisconsin. A Regional Dance America representative is visiting to decide which of the company's routines will be performed in Chicago next month. She impatiently shushes the dancers, who talk, laugh and move about excitedly. The issue isn't that the dancers lack seriousness; it's that they're all between the ages of 12 and 18. But when the show begins, they bust out some very serious skills. >More


Beer Here: Big Sweet Life Maibock from Wisconsin Brewing Company
"I love malt-emphasized beers," says Wisconsin Brewing Company's Kirby Nelson. That's an understatement to those who have followed Nelson's passion for brewing malt-focused German lagers. However, it raises a question. Since opening Wisconsin Brewing in Verona last November, why has he waited so long to make a Maibock? >More



Madland: Confronting racial disparities in Madison isn't easy, but just do something
Madisonians are talking about race and racism these days, which is a good thing, given a string of unflattering and disturbing reports about our city and state's record on race and equity. >More


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