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Beer Here: Staghorn Octoberfest Beer from New Glarus Brewing

To be a legitimate Wisconsin brewery, you need to make an Oktoberfest, says Dan Carey of New Glarus Brewing. "If it's not a state law, it should be," he adds with a laugh. Even though autumn is still around the corner, it's now commonplace for these beers to be released in August. If you like the style, that's actually a good thing, because it makes for more selections to taste. >More
382 Pixel LineYahara House members fight to keep Madison Metro bus stop

The members of Yahara House, a clubhouse that helps adults cope with mental illness, have a saying: "Nothing about us, without us." So when they learned this week that the bus stop in front of their clubhouse, located at 802 E. Gorham St., is going to be removed Sunday, Aug. 24, many of them were upset. >More
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The Paper

Time to start over on Judge Doyle Square

It's Madison's latest big development dust-up. There always seems to be one. Monona Terrace, Overture, the Central Library, the Edgewater. In the end these big projects usually go forward. And I don't have any doubt that at some point Judge Doyle Square, the massive, complicated development situated on the block and a half that contains the Madison Municipal Building and the Government East parking ramp, will go forward in some form. >More
382 Pixel LineLudell Swenson struggles after apartment move

Ludell Swenson and his live-in caretaker have moved to North Sherman Avenue. Isthmus reported in late July that Swenson, who has cerebral palsy, was being forced out of the downtown apartment he loves because the building is undergoing a $1 million renovation and rents will be going up. >More
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New SEED grant program brings farmers' market produce to Madison public health clinic clients

On Wednesdays, Juan Gonzalez sets up a lone farm stand in front of the public health clinic on Park Street and passes out subsidized vegetables to women and their young children. His produce fuels a grant-supported collaboration between the Spring Rose Growers Cooperative, where he's a founding member, and Public Health Madison and Dane County. >More
 Noodle nirvana at Hong Kong Station

Hong Kong Station is pinched into the unassuming 1400 block of Regent Street, the strip of small buildings across from Camp Randall that houses a tattoo parlor, a biryani joint, a key shop and now a noodle bowl sensation. >More
Deer Tick find beauty in messes and missteps

Deer Tick make messes like it's nobody's business. Browse a recent set list and you'll find autobiographical songs with titles like "Trash" and "The Dream's in the Ditch." Peruse photos of the crowd and you'll find lots of sweat. >More
 Sinking Suns explore revenge fantasies on a new EP of menacing rock songs

Sinking Suns drag darkness with them everywhere. The Madison trio, whose ominous name evokes the end of day, squeeze the light right out of their music. But on their new EP, Songs of Revenge, the path to catharsis is clearly marked. >More
Broom Street Theater's Nottingham! dares audience members act out parts of a new Robin Hood tale

What's a folk-hero vigilante to do when he finds himself on the right side of the law? The same thing an audience does when they find themselves in the middle of a play: Go with it. >More
 American Players Theatre's Travesties is a brilliant blend of history, fantasy and anarchic humor

Oscar Wilde dubbed The Importance of Being Earnest "a trivial comedy for serious people." I'm not sure that descriptor would fit Tom Stoppard's 1974 play Travesties, even though it riffs on Wilde in many ways, from reprising some of Wilde's characters to sharing his glee with wordplay and clever aphorisms. Both are playing this summer at Spring Green's American Players Theatre. >More
A not-so-charming Magic in the Moonlight

Woody Allen. These are two of the most contentious words in contemporary movie-fan circles. From the scandals and accusations in his personal life to his homogenous character demographics, there is no neutral ground in conversations about the writer and director. >More
 A teen receives all of civilization's memories in The Giver

Teen dystopias are as hot as can be at the cineplex these days, as demonstrated by the massive popularity of the Twilight and Hunger Games franchises. The Giver certainly fits into the trend, but it's no latecomer to the party. The material on which it's based, Lois Lowry's Newbery Award-winning young-adult novel, has been celebrated and reviled since its release in 1993. >More

THE GUIDE

Friday, August 22
Jason S. Yi Madison Museum of Contemporary Art
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StoryBook: Narrative in Contemporary Art Madison Museum of Contemporary Art
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Dane Dances Monona Terrace Rooftop
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Middleton Good Neighbor Festival Fireman's Park, Middleton
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Joel Paterson Trio, Jim Liban Wisconsin Brewing Company, Verona, 6:00pm
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Stephanie Rearick & Andy Ewen Mother Fool's Coffeehouse, 8:00pm
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Four Seasons Theatre's "Kiss Me Kate" UW Memorial Union-Shannon Hall (Wisconsin Union Theater)
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Broom Street Theater's "Nottingham!" Broom Street Theater, 8:00pm
Saturday, August 23
StoryBook: Narrative in Contemporary Art  Madison Museum of Contemporary Art

CRITICS' CHOICE

Isthmus Picks: Madison calendar for August 21-27, 2014

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

TELEVISION

The 2014 Emmys prove it: We're in a golden age of TV

I was going to start talking about the overrated shows nominated for this year's Emmy Awards (Monday, 7 p.m., NBC), as I don't understand why critics have fallen for Masters of Sex, Homeland and Boardwalk Empire. But I got sidetracked by the much bigger list of nominated shows that are among the wonders of the world. >More

RECREATION

The Madison Area Sports Commission has spectacular success landing competitions

On Sept. 7, Madison will host Ironman Wisconsin for the 13th consecutive year. It's an event that long ago established itself by offering one of the most spectator-friendly courses on the entire Ironman triathlon circuit. More than 45,000 people spend hours standing along stretches of city streets and rural roads, cheering on runners and riders they'll never meet or even see again. >More

TELL ALL

Tell All: I hate email and texting

Dear Tell All: Yes, I am one of those people who hand-write old-fashioned 1,000-word letters -- the kind you made fun of in your response to Faithful Correspondent, who feels out of place in the era of terse email communications. And guess what? There is not one of my many correspondents who isn't thrilled to death to receive my long letters. >More

ISTHMUSPARENTS.COM

Mama Madison: Does back-to-school really mean a whole new wardrobe?

This past week, on the way to the grocery store, my daughter asked what I believed she thought would be a innocuous question, "Mom, when are we going back-to-school shopping?" Mistakenly believing she was referring to school supply shopping, one of my favorite consumer events of the year, I excitedly told her we could stop by the office supply store right after we picked up some much-needed milk and cereal. >More

MADISON SNAPS

Madison Snaps: August 21, 2014

Today's image titled "Lovely night at the Union" was photographed by Craig Wilson. >More
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COVER STORY

The poker underground: Players see an opening to legalize the game in Wisconsin
Bellied up to a table in Players Sports Bar, the east-side tavern he's owned for a quarter-century, Mark Kroon adjusts his cap and points a thumb over his shoulder to a corner of the room. "We used to play right back here," he says. "This was about the mid-'80s. Phil probably wasn't even old enough to be in the bar at the time." >More
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PEOPLE

Madison's web celebs
The Internet has provided fertile ground for Madison's creative class for more than a decade. No longer limited by geography or traditional gatekeepers, local people are cultivating opportunities that simply didn't exist in the pre-digital world, especially opportunities to become celebrities of sorts. >More

BEER

Beer Here: Kink Belgian Abbey from Ale Asylum
A few years ago, when Ale Asylum was winding down at its original location, one of the last beers I ordered over the bar was a Belgian-style Abbey called Happy Ending. I considered it my personal homage to the brewery as it packed up and moved to its new location on Pankratz Street. >More

TECHNOLOGY

Forward Fest 2014 grows to encompass food, music
Computer programmers and engineers, meet foodies and hopeful music-industry innovators. No longer limited to high-tech or biotech topics, this year's Forward Festival, taking place Aug. 21-28 in and around Madison, has evolved to make room for the growing cuisine and music startup movements. >More

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