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Isthmus Communion Sessions: 'Hit Me' by The Whigs

The Whigs make a lot of noise. Perhaps that's what made their visit to the Isthmus office last Wednesday such a special experience. The Athens, Georgia-based rockers shed their electric sound for a short acoustic set, a change that helped highlight the intimacy of their lyrics. >More
382 Pixel LineFamiliar FIB's tops Madison's 2014 food cart rankings

The official city of Madison food cart rankings for 2014 have been compiled and there's a familiar name topping the list: FIB's Fine Italian Beef and Sausage. FIB's also topped the cart rankings in 2012. >More
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The Paper

David Blaska to Madison schools: Get off my lawn!

Right-wing blogger and professional cranky old man David Blaska has filed suit against the school board, the school district and the Madison teachers union for wasting his tax dollars by signing an employment contract. >More
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In 1994, a small group of investors, philanthropists and community developers gathered in the basement at First Baptist Church of Madison to establish the Madison Area Community Loan Fund " a group with much more ambition than its dry name suggested. >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
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
 Pianist Olga Kern dazzles with Rachmaninoff as Madison Symphony Orchestra performs Russian works both familiar and rare

The Madison Symphony Orchestra offered another big winner at Overture Hall with a program devoted to the music of three Russian composers. >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

Tuesday, October 21
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Jan Vansina Barnes & Noble-West Towne, 7:00pm
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
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

ISTHMUSPARENTS.COM

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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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

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

SCIENCE

Jeffrey Kahn has serious doubts about the ethics of the UW-Madison's research depriving newborn rhesus monkeys from their mothers. "I'm deeply skeptical about the necessity of this study," said Kahn, who recently chaired a National Institutes of Health committee on the use of chimpanzees in biomedical and behavioral research. >More

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