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Environmentalists try to influence MGE through shareholders

The Public Service Commission of Wisconsin is widely expected to rule in favor of Madison Gas and Electric's controversial proposed rate hike on Wednesday. MGE proposed increasing its flat fees while decreasing rates for the amount of electricity consumed. >More
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Plans for Octopi Brewing Company are moving forward, though not in the location originally envisioned by founder Isaac Showaki. On Monday evening, the Waunakee Plan Commission unanimously approved a site plan for the contract-focused brewery, which is to be built at 1220 Uniek Dr. on the east end of the village. >More
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The Paper

Critic turned artist Kent Williams finds his calling as a quilter and digital printmaker

Madison's Kent Williams spent two decades as a quilter, but he's also a talented printmaker, as his mind-bending new work at the Central Library shows. >More
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Ten years ago, comedian Kevin Bozeman decided he wanted to put on a show on Thanksgiving Eve. "People didn't think it would be a success, but I saw that the bars were always crowded on the day before Thanksgiving. Family members going out and grabbing a drink, old friends meeting up. No one was taking advantage of it," he says. >More
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Don't bog yourself down with a big wine on Thanksgiving

For Thanksgiving, think light. The meal is big, and it's often a slog, lasting for hours. What you're looking for is something to lift you along through the green bean casserole and inevitable uncomfortable political conversations. >More
 Cocktail contenders: Madison ups its mixology game for good

This year, Madison's cocktail scene reached a crucial tipping point. Two of the biggest restaurant debuts, Rare and Cento, both have a serious craft focus to their bars and are significant new contenders. >More
Madison musicians criticize city's decision to block Frank Productions' plans for an east-side concert hall

On Nov. 7 city officials announced their opposition to a 2,000- to 2,500-seat music venue slated for the 1000 block of East Washington Avenue. Proposed by Madison-based concert promotion company Frank Productions, the venue is part of a Stone House Development project that includes residential and commercial space. >More
 Isthmus Live Sessions: 'Tolling Bells' by Water Liars

There are bands that can pull off acoustic renditions of their songs, and then there's Water Liars, a Mississippi trio for whom the live acoustic session seems to have been invented. >More
Beethoven's Fidelio is a stirring 2014-15 season opener for Madison Opera

Madison Opera rousingly opened its 2014-15 season at Overture Hall on Friday night with a great work not often encountered: Beethoven's only opera, Fidelio. The work typifies the "rescue opera," a style that flourished in the years after the upheavals of the French Revolution, exploiting stories of escapes from danger and oppression. >More
 Scrupulous sleeping around on The Ethical Slut

Hussy, floozy, strumpet, slut: So many colorful words have been invented to weaken a woman's power by condemning her sexual past, even without knowledge of her actual behavior. Many of these terms come from the Victorian Era, when a lady's virtue was measured by her aloofness. Desires -- material, sexual and otherwise -- were the province of fallen women, the lowest of the low. >More
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 adds mouth-watering context to the dystopian heroine's tale

Chopping the final novel of the Hunger Games trilogy into two segments, Mockingjay Part 1 and Mockingjay Part 2, was a surprisingly brilliant decision. A similar approach led to the terrible Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows in 2010. Peter Jackson isn't even finished with his Hobbit series, and he's already shown that J.R.R. Tolkien's short-ish novel shouldn't have been turned into three long films. >More
 The Theory of Everything is a remarkable portrait of ailing physicist Steven Hawking and his wife, Jane

The Theory of Everything delicately observes the boundless universe of love's possibilities: what we're willing to give, take and endure. Inspired by Jane Wilde Hawking's memoir about her life with former husband Stephen Hawking, the brilliant theoretical physicist diagnosed with motor neuron disease at age 21, the film's heart beats with a romantic optimism, even when their union ends. >More

THE GUIDE

Tuesday, November 25
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Tom Gullion (CD release) Brink Lounge, 7:30pm
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Wednesday, November 26
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Haas/Kowert/Tice  Brink Lounge, 8:00pm
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Thursday, November 27
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Free Thanksgiving Meal  Good Shepherd Lutheran Church-Raymond Rd., 11:00am
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Free Thanksgiving Meal  First Congregational United Church of Christ, 12:00pm
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Free Thanksgiving Meal  Lakeview Lutheran Church, 12:00pm
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Free Thanksgiving Meal  St. Mark's Lutheran Church, 12:00pm
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Free Thanksgiving Meal  First United Methodist Church, 12:00pm
Friday, November 28
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Found Footage Festival  Barrymore Theatre, 8:00pm
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Steve Gillespie  Comedy Club on State
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Kids in the Rotunda  Overture Center-Rotunda Stage
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ISTHMUS PICKS

Isthmus Picks: Madison calendar for November 20-26, 2014

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

KNAPP HOUSE

Isthmus on WORT: The fate of the historic Knapp house

Isthmus contributor Jay Rath reported on the state's potential plan to sell the property in the November 20 issue, and discussed his story with WORT producer Dylan Brogan on that day's edition of In Our Backyard. >More

CITIZEN DAVE

TELL ALL

Tell All: Advice for feminists

Dear Tell All: I'm stunned by your advice to Baby Doll, who enjoys being demeaned by her boyfriend during sex. Baby Doll calls herself a feminist and yet gets aroused by being degraded in a classically sexist way. >More

ISTHMUS PARENTS

Mama Madison: No judgments with No Excuse Mom

If there is an excuse for not working out and eating healthy, I have used it: I don't have time. I'm too tired. I'll start tomorrow. I'm no good at this, I give up. I don't know where to start. Yes, I have used all of these and more. >More

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WISCONSIN MEN'S BASKETBALL

Astute observers of the University of Wisconsin men's basketball team might remember a handful of games when coach Bo Ryan wore a red sport coat. One of those times, his mother, Louise, happened to be watching on TV. "After that game, my mom told me, 'I wouldn't wear that again. It makes you look like you're parking cars,'" says Ryan. >More
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GIVING

As our families have done since time immemorial, this holiday season we'll revive an ancient tradition. We'll gather the people we love around the dining table, break bread and... argue. Perhaps yell. Maybe even stomp out of the room. >More

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THE AMAZING RACE

I was sincerely worried about the #SweetScientists right from the start of the episode, when Amy mentioned a leg injury she sustained that was becoming a problem. The worry increased as I watched the team have a lot of trouble with the first challenge. >More

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