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Citizen Dave: Joe Parisi shows leadership on Dane County 911

It's rare when a public official steps up and says that he wants to take on a controversial problem. But that's exactly what Dane County Executive Joe Parisi is doing with his proposal to take direct control over the county's long-troubled 911 emergency dispatch system. >More
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University Opera opened its 2014-15 season with the novelty of Benjamin Britten's chamber-opera comedy Albert Herring. The production is the first mounted under acting director David Ronis, visiting assistant professor for the 2014-2015 season, following the retirement of longtime director William Farlow. >More
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Remembering blues guitarist Chris Aaron

He died last week sitting in his music studio. On the phone with his son. The two most important things in his life, family and song, defined and sustained Chris Aaron to the very last beat of his lion heart. He was 44 years old. >More
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Let's say you live independently in an apartment that happens to be within a senior residential community. You make your own meals and come and go as you wish. You also faithfully vote in each election and, for the sake of convenience, always have an absentee ballot mailed to your residence. But in what has come as a surprise to many, that option is no longer available to residents of retirement homes and care facilities. >More
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Cocktail and culinary pioneer Dave Arnold enlightens UW-Madison audience

Dave Arnold was distracted. The microphone had a crinkly connection, and he was rambling while it was fiddled with; on his Internet radio show/podcast Cooking Issues, he is notorious for rambling. >More
 Familiar 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
Kyle Rightley launches a folk-driven solo act after five years leading the Big Payback

Low guitar notes cut through the sound of falling rain in the opening lines of "Song for the Flatirons," a pretty and wistful highlight of Kyle Rightley's latest EP. Titled The Bleak, Barbarian Pines, the album is the Madison artist's sophomore solo release, but it doesn't sound like the work of a green musician. >More
 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
Poonam Rao looks to an ancient Indian plant for business ideas and artistic inspiration

When Poonam Rao started a Facebook page in December 2012, she didn't consider herself an art studio owner. "I just created my page with all the artwork that I had, to see what people were thinking," she says. "I didn't have plans of any sort." >More
 Strollers Theatre explores the strangeness of loss with The Baltimore Waltz

I can't quite figure out the Strollers Theatre production of The Baltimore Waltz (through Nov. 1 at the Bartell Theatre), but that's okay. Written by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Paula Vogel, The Baltimore Waltz creates a strange and sometimes funny dreamscape where things don't make sense and aren't supposed to. >More
In Listen Up Philip, an arrogant young writer visits the summer home of his pretentious mentor

Writer and director Alex Ross Perry has pulled off a feat of cinematic alchemy. He has made an entertaining film about a monstrously unappealing character. >More
 Bill Murray bares the soul of a boozing, gambling grump in St. Vincent

Although playing the unabashed curmudgeon next door is the kind of thing Bill Murray could do in his sleep, the treasured actor brings everything he has to the role of Vincent MacKenna in St. Vincent. >More

THE GUIDE

Sunday, October 26
Dave Chappelle Orpheum Theatre
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Halloween at the Zoo Vilas Zoo, 9:30am
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Alpha Rev, The Wells Division Frequency, The, 8:00pm
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American Players Theatre's "Alcestis" American Players Theatre, Spring Green
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Imago Theatre's "Frogz" Overture Center-Capitol Theater, 3:00pm
Monday, October 27
The Color of Noise  High Noon Saloon
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Shiza Shahid  UW Union South-Varsity Hall, 7:00pm
Tuesday, October 28
Twillerama Animation Show  High Noon Saloon, 7:00pm
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BalletBoyz  Overture Center-Overture Hall, 7:30pm
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Naomi Klein  UW Memorial Union-Shannon Hall (Wisconsin Union Theater), 7:30pm
Wednesday, October 29
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Alec Soth & Brad Zellar  UW Gordon Dining & Event Center, 11:30am
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Thursday, October 30
Bo Burnham  UW Memorial Union-Shannon Hall (Wisconsin Union Theater), 8:00pm
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Joy Ike, Katie Scullin  Crescendo Espresso Bar, 7:00pm

ISTHMUS PICKS

Isthmus Picks: Madison calendar for October 23-29, 2014

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

SPORTS

Will Wisconsin women's soccer break out in 2014?

They've been to the NCAA Tournament 17 times and are ranked 12th in the country, but even die-hard Wisconsin Badger fans would be hard-pressed to name a member of their team. Who am I talking about? >More

RENEWABLE ENERGY

Isthmus on WORT: MadiSUN, MGE and the future of solar energy in Madison

Isthmus news editor Joe Tarr reported on the city's proposal and MGE's approach to renewable energy on October 15, and discussed his story with WORT producer Dylan Brogan on the October 16 edition of In Our Backyard. >More

ISTHMUSPARENTS.COM

Mama Madison: Melissa Wardy of Verona pushes positive messages

I've always been a supporter of companies that empower women and girls, and when the creator of such a company is a fellow Wisconsinite, I get even more excited. When Verona resident Melissa Wardy got fed up with stereotypes found in clothing for girls, she started her own company. >More

MADISON SNAPS

Madison Snaps: October 24, 2014

Today's image titled "Knutson Drive Street Art" was photographed by Craig Wilson. >More
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COVER STORY

Nov. 2, 2010, was quite a day for Scott Walker. It was his 43rd birthday and the day he won election as governor, an ebullient, still-youthful-looking politician whose victory speech to his joyous crowd of followers was punctuated repeatedly with the rhythmic message: "Wisconsin is open for business!" >More
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MADISON HALLOWEEN

Let's face it: Halloween has been sanitized for the young and innocent. Trick-or-treating starts on Oct. 31 at the not-so-scary hour of 4 p.m. in a number of Madison neighborhoods, and many of the weekend's parties are designed for toddlers, ending well before the average disco napper wakes. What's a thrill-seeker to do? >More
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

BEER

A variety of malty and sweet seasonal brews compete for attention this time of year, but autumn brings some of the best hoppy beers too. After all, hop flowers are typically picked in September, and given the renewed interest in growing this crop in Wisconsin, this is the season when fresh-hopped beers can be at their best. >More
Forget industry diversity, market saturation, hop shortages, or the lack of small, independent maltsters: The craft beer topic guaranteed to raise blood pressures highest is undoubtedly the pumpkin. >More

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