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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
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Something happened on Friday night, and now everyone at school is talking about it. In the UW-Madison Theatre Department's production of Good Kids, by Naomi Iizuka, it was not a schoolyard spat or youthful prank. It was rape. >More
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Caring for Ebola patients in Sierra Leone

Jariatu was found in a house surrounded by nine of her family members. All of them, except her, had died from Ebola. She was just 14 months old and barely alive. She is the patient that Marc Rosenthal, a Madison nurse who spent months in Sierra Leone helping fight Ebola, remembers most. >More
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Urban decay or suburban monotony? Dystopia is in the eye of the beholder. Artists offer their own vision of our current state of affairs in "Dystopia Now," an exhibit by Wisconsin artists at Madison College's downtown campus. The installment prompts visitors to ponder their own role in society. >More
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Taco Bros. shines with grilled and slow cooked meats, but it could be even better

Taco Bros. can be more than just a fast nosh spot. The basic fillings are jerk chicken, carnitas, chorizo, braised beef, carne asada or grilled vegetable. These can arrive as tacos, burritos (which can be ordered dry or "wet," i.e., covered with sauce and queso), chimichangas, quesadillas, nachos or as a taco salad. Other add-ons include beans, a mild queso fresco or cotija cheese, pico de gallo, sour cream and guacamole. And most of these fillings are really, really good. >More
 Madison College students put on a four-course formal dinner

Getting a table for the Gourmet Dining Room at Madison College's Truax campus feels a bit like trying to score a spot at a hot restaurant. It's not exactly easy. The website isn't well maintained, and it's not entirely clear that you can, in fact, get a four-course formal dinner experience for $20. >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
 Rites of spring: Madison's upcoming concert lineup will melt your heart

Just as music lovers emerge from hibernation, so do their favorite acts. There's no better time than spring to catch buzzed-about artists before they hit it big or to enjoy a beloved band testing out new material. With genres spanning from rap to rock and country to pop, this spring lineup is sure to bring Madison music fans out of their homes and into their favorite venues. Here are 40 upcoming touring shows that Isthmus is looking forward to. >More
Talking back to censors

Forward Theater's Out of the Fire: The Banned Book Monologues makes for a provocative, thoughtful night of theater. >More
 A kinesthetic, steampunk Midsummer

It's going to be a Midsummer unlike any other, a reimagining of an old tale. Opening March 7, this A Midsummer Night's Dream is the result of a surprising collaboration between Children's Theater of Madison, a 50-year-old theater company, and Theatre LILA, which relocated from New York to Madison just last year. >More
Julianne Moore is heartbreaking in uninspired melodrama Still Alice

Is there a more insidious disease than Alzheimer's? Leaving the body intact but obliterating our memories, our words and eventually our identities? That is a horrifying future to consider, one that Julianne Moore brings to striking clarity in Still Alice. >More
 Timothy Spall inhabits the artist in Mr. Turner

Artists pour out their souls on canvas and other media, yet it's always difficult to capture that process in reverse. How does one create a film about a painter when the subject's work should already speak for itself? Dramatic events like slicing off an ear or running away to Tahiti make it easier to create narrative arcs in a biopic. But what of the painter J.M.W. Turner, whose life appears to have been more of an arc than a bridge? >More


Sunday, March 1
Black History Fans Madison Children's Museum
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University Theatre's "Good Kids" UW Vilas Hall-Hemsley Theatre
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Monday, March 2
Black History Fans  Madison Children's Museum
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Travel Adventure Film Series  UW Union South-The Marquee, 7:30pm
Tuesday, March 3
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Travel Adventure Film Series  UW Union South-The Marquee, 7:30pm
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"National Geographic" Live  Overture Center-Capitol Theater, 7:30pm
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Isthmus Picks: Madison calendar for February 26 - March 5, 2015

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


Citizen Dave: Loving America

"I love my country. I love it with all its real flaws, but I love it more for what it promises to be, which is so aspirational and inspirational, and so impossible to achieve, and so wonderful." >More
 Citizen Dave: Scott Walker and the college issue

The problem with Scott Walker is not that he didn't pick up a diploma or that he's not smart or that he's not an "intellectual." The problem with Scott Walker is that he apparently never developed the habits of mind that make someone thoughtful. >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
 Isthmus on WORT: Paying living wages and making money

While Congress and state legislatures continue to battle over raising the minimum wage, Wisconsin business owner Susan Bulgrin does brisk business and pays her employees well. She also provides paid vacation and health and dental insurance. >More


Tell All: The worst Valentine's Day ever

There's nothing inherently magical about Valentine's Day. It can be a great day or a terrible day, just like any other. More often than not it's disappointing because we put such weirdly high expectations on February 14. >More
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Tech geeks can have a huge impact on civic services, and it doesn't have to cost them a ton of time or money. They just need access to public data for so-called civic hacking. >More


King George is made with more than a dozen specialty malts, which give it rich chocolate, caramel and biscuit flavors. There's a distinctive undertone of roasted cherrywood smoked malt, which "goes really well with the other dark malts," says brewmaster Ashley Kinart. >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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