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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
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Arch, a new breed of salon that caters to the lunch-hour crowd, opened in January in the ground floor of the Tenney Building on the Capitol Square. The salon offers a wide selection of what co-owner and stylist Cera Fass calls "express services," including blowouts (a hairstyle without a haircut), brow waxing, makeup application and more. If you need to get in and out during a lunch break, this is your salon. >More
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The Paper

GOP: The party of schadenfreude

The policies of Gov. Scott Walker and his Republican allies are driven by a message of punishment: Cut the wages of middle-class workers, devalue public education and take away benefits from the working poor. >More
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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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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
 Four new Friday fish repasts come of age

The Madison area always has plenty of newcomers to the fish fry scene, and a few of them are already leaving their mark. Places like Dexter's Pub and Stalzy's Deli have put their stamp on Friday over the last few years, but an even more recent crop of eateries are doing wonderful things with their fish. >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
Tig Notaro: Queen of deadpan

Tig Notaro revels in awkwardness. On Conan the comedian once pushed a stool across the stage -- and back again -- for an impossibly long 101 seconds. In "No Moleste," she riffs on the translation of the "Do Not Disturb" sign on her Mexican hotel room. The Mississippi-born Notaro dropped out of high school in ninth grade and has built an impressive career, appearing on The Sarah Silverman Program, The Office and Community and her own Comedy Central Presents Tig. >More
 Bill T. Jones-Arnie Zane Dance Company creates magic

If dancers are "athletes of God" as Martha Graham said, then the dancers in Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company are the champions. The New York City-based contemporary dance company, founded by Jones and his late partner Zane in 1982, performed Play and Play: An Evening of Movement and Music at the Wisconsin Union Theater's Shannon Hall. >More
Antarctica: A Year on Ice highlights ordinary people in an extraordinary place

Midway through Antarctica: A Year on Ice, a wrestling match breaks out. What's at stake? A banana. The tussle is friendly, but it conveys a lot about life on the southernmost continent. Supplies aren't replenished during the brutal winter, so when a ship finally arrives bearing fresh fruit, giddiness sets in. >More
 Cinematheque showcases Winter Sleep, winner of the top prize at Cannes

It is off-season at a tourist hotel in a remote region of Turkey. Spring will come, bringing tourists and the distraction of work. For now, the couple who run the place have each other. It is not quite nothing, but it's close enough. >More

THE GUIDE

Friday, February 27
Black History Fans Madison Children's Museum
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Carl LaBove, Herbie Gill Comedy Club on State
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Lotus, Turbo Suit Orpheum Theater, 7:30pm
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Strollers Theatre's "Twelfth Night" Bartell Theatre-Drury Stage
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University Theatre's "Good Kids" UW Vilas Hall-Hemsley Theatre
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Madison Theatre Guild's "How I Learned to Drive" Bartell Theatre-Evjue Stage, 7:30pm
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Saturday, February 28
Black History Fans  Madison Children's Museum
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Carl LaBove, Herbie Gill  Comedy Club on State
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Tig Notaro  Overture Center-Capitol Theater, 8:00pm
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Cowboy Corral  Central Library, 10:30am
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Takacs Quartet  UW Memorial Union-Shannon Hall (Wisconsin Union Theater), 8:00pm
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ISTHMUS PICKS

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

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
 Citizen Dave: Walker reveals devolution of the Republican Party

It should have been a stupid question, not a stupid answer. Any sensible, reasonably well-educated person, asked their views on evolution, should be able to respond that it happened and is happening. But it turns out that you are prohibited from making this self-apparent statement if you want to lead the world's most powerful nation and you happen to be a Republican. >More

ISTHMUS ON WORT

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

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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COVER STORY

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
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BEER

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

NEWS

MADLAND

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
I'm all for personal liberty, but your rights are challenged when it enters the public space and endangers others. An elementary school student is already a sticky bag of disease wrapped up in a Minecraft T-shirt. We don't need to make them any more infectious. >More
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