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AG primary, Human Head, Annabel Lee, Showboat Saloon in the July 24 issue of Isthmus

What can you find in this week's Isthmus? Highlights from the latest issue follow. >More
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In 2006, Kurt Reinhold invested $20,000 installing solar panels on the roof of his home. A former high school science teacher, he was concerned about climate change and wanted to reduce his carbon emissions. "I'm a firm believer in displacing more and more fossil fuels with renewable energy because of the accumulation of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere," says Reinhold. >More
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The Paper

You thought Wisconsin losing high-speed rail was bad?

It's hard to get your head around the rapid turn of events that has taken Wisconsin out of the lead for a 21st-century transportation system and plunged us into the Dark Ages. Let's get caught up. >More
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The living room in Ludell Swenson's downtown apartment is purposely sparse. There's a small table where he and his live-in aide share meals and a desk. The furnishings sit flush with the wall, leaving most of the floor space open so that Swenson has a large turning radius for his powered wheelchair. >More
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La Taguara's outlet at the Cardinal Bar is a great success

When the Berge brothers opened Cortadito Express inside the former coatroom of the Cardinal Bar, the walk-up Cuban bites/coffee stop didn't fully connect with customers. There was the host bar's hours to work around, an issue with getting inside to eat without paying the club's cover, and the bigger hurdle of accustoming Madisonians to a not-quite-restaurant-not-quite-cart concept that, even though its footprint was small, had a lot of moving parts. >More
 The inaugural Bacon, Brew & BBQ Fest in Sun Prairie revels in its generous excess

Bacon's reign is far from over. The land is fertile for craft beer festivals. And who among us omnivores doesn't love barbecue in the summer? The organizers of the new Bacon, Brew & BBQ Fest, held Saturday in Sun Prairie, felt like it was only sporting to mash 'em all together in one big event. >More
Dave and Phil Alvin stop fighting to make a record of Big Bill Broonzy covers

Thirty-five years have passed since the Blasters debuted their blend of blues, rockabilly and roots rock in a small city near Disneyland. Though they're brothers, founders Dave and Phil Alvin didn't record together for decades, probably because they fought constantly. Then came Common Ground, an album of Big Bill Broonzy covers released this year. It's the focus of the siblings' July 25 concert at the High Noon Saloon. >More
 'Weird Al' Yankovic partners with Fitchburg's TruScribe to skewer corporate jargon in 'Mission Statement'

TruScribe, based in Fitchburg, is a leading producer of whiteboard videos -- those instructional or promotional videos in which illustrations are created before viewers' eyes to illustrate points made in the voice-over. Their clients include major players in the fields of healthcare, finance, non-profits, and they've even done work for NASA. But they've never had a client like "Weird Al" Yankovic. >More
Music Theatre of Madison's Bonnie & Clyde is a magnetic tale about two lawbreaking lovers in 1930s America

As part of the infamous Barrow gang of robbers and outlaws, Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow basked in the media spotlight, drew the ire of law enforcement, and captured the American imagination in the early 1930s. In the midst of the Great Depression, this handsome young couple eluded police during a three-year crime spree that fascinated the public. >More
 Bygone Brand's retro T-shirts breathe new life into old Madison businesses and logos

Maxwell Street Days, running today through July 20 on State Street, is one of Madison's liveliest celebrations of local and regional retailers. Though locals often lament the recent proliferation of chains on the city's pedestrian thoroughfare, this phenomenon isn't new. >More
Strangers band together to survive a night of government-sanctioned crime in The Purge: Anarchy

When it came out last summer, the horror flick The Purge struck an unlikely chord. The outlandish yet provocative premise -- that the government maintains social order with a free-for-all of lawlessness once a year -- was a hook worthy of both Shirley Jackson and the Occupy movement, couched within a standard hide-and-seek home-invasion thriller. >More

THE GUIDE

Thursday, July 24
Tyler Robbins, Graham Yeager Overture Center-James Watrous Gallery of the Wisconsin Academy
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Mary Mack Frequency, The, 7:00pm
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WaunaFest Centennial Park, Waunakee
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Field Report Ancora Coffee-King Street, 8:00pm
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BT, Christian Burns, Antics Segredo-Liquid Lounge, 8:30pm
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Blooming Butterflies Olbrich Gardens, 10:00am
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Eat Play Art Villager Shopping Center, 6:00pm
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University Theatre's "Greater Tuna" UW Vilas Hall-Mitchell Theatre
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Elect More Variety Shows! Broom Street Theater
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American Players Theatre's "Much Ado About Nothing" American Players Theatre, Spring Green
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June Melby A Room of One's Own/Avol's, 6:30pm
Friday, July 25
Tyler Robbins, Graham Yeager  Overture Center-James Watrous Gallery of the Wisconsin Academy
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Brent Nicastro  Tamarack Studio & Gallery
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WaunaFest  Centennial Park, Waunakee
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Yes, Syd Arthur  Overture Center-Overture Hall, 8:00pm
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CRITICS' CHOICE

Isthmus Picks: Madison calendar for July 25-31, 2014

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

TELEVISION

R.I.P. Hercule Poirot: The detective must solve his own murder in Masterpiece Mystery!

Agatha Christie's Belgian detective Hercule Poirot (David Suchet) returns to Masterpiece Mystery! with his waxed mustache, three-piece suit and formal manner -- so formal that he even refers to himself in the third person. >More

RADIO

Fabulous Farm Babe Pam Jahnke is a bold voice for Wisconsin agriculture

On a soggy spring morning Pam Jahnke greets me from the top of the stairs at Mid-West Family Broadcasting's west-side office. A broken foot bone makes walking up and down steps painful for her. Her tennis shoes are loosely laced. "Boot cast?" I suggest, having fractured a few metatarsals myself, and she scoffs at the idea. >More

TELL ALL

Tell All: X-rated in public

Dear Tell All: I'm wondering why it's so difficult these days for many couples to keep private behavior private. I'm not referring to just kissing, hugging and handholding. I'm referring to such behavior as slobbering all over each other, "dirty embracing," French-kissing and other behavior bordering on lewd and lascivious conduct. >More

ISTHMUSPARENTS.COM

Mama Madison: Parental dice rolls?

If I were going to pen a similar piece on my family's early sleep history, I might call it, "Confessions of a Much More Highly Reluctant Co-Sleeper." I never planned to sleep with my children as infants; I really didn't think of myself as the family bed type >More

MADISON SNAPS

Madison Snaps: July 24, 2014

Today's image titled "Storm over Madison" was photographed by Jake Pfaffenroth. >More
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COVER

Lost Madison: A Facebook page revives the city's magical past

If the number of construction crews in town is any indication, Madison is finally figuring out what it wants to be -- or at least how it wants to look -- in the 21st century. Sometimes change is excruciating, and other times we only notice it in retrospect. >More
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PADDLE & PORTAGE

Isthmus Paddle & Portage 2014 results

More than 850 people in around 450 watercraft participated in Isthmus Paddle & Portage on Saturday, July 19. >More

BEER

There and Back with New Glarus Brewing: Wisconsin gets a taste of Sierra Nevada Beer Camp 2014

Sierra Nevada Brewing originally conceived its Beer Camp as a project for homebrewers, with a lucky few selected each summer to participate in a VIP experience at the brewery's headquarters in Chico, California. But people have been filling their camping trips, road trips and tailgating sessions with beer since time immemorial, so when Sierra Nevada announced last July that the 2014 edition of Beer Camp would be a multi-state, multi-brewer collaborative affair, it tapped into something instinctive, primordial, in the craft beer fan's psyche. >More

RECREATION

Flyboarding is the new kiteboarding

"You've snowboarded or surfed before, right?" Bob Cook, instructor at Mad City Flyboards, is waving off my expressed fear of heights as he launches his jet ski. "Er, nope." >More

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