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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
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Epic Systems hired roughly 500 employees last week, and another 300 are expected to come on board this week, according to Drew Beck, the planning and scheduling manager for Metro Transit. Many of Epic's employees choose to live in Madison's downtown area and are willing to make the half-hour commute to where the medical software giant has built a rambling campus in Verona. >More
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The Paper

Madison's 2014-15 classical music season focuses on legendary composers

As long summer days make way for crisp autumn nights, the Madison Symphony Orchestra, Madison Opera and Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra prepare for the first shows of the 2014-15 season. After giving us many American works last season, they'll now explore European music in greater detail, including the cool, earthy aesthetic of Scandinavia and the vibrant orchestral colors of Russia. >More
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After a disappointing first half, in which the Madison Mallards finished third in the Northwoods League South division, the team has shown early signs during the second half of regaining the form that carried it to last year's league championship. >More
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Palmyra Mediterranean Grill offers the greatest hits of the Middle East

The new Palmyra Mediterranean Grill on State Street serves lots of Middle Eastern basics, with a backlit photo menu hoisted high (too high, for those straining to see dish details) over a large ordering counter. Is it hard to believe this boxy space used to be a bike shop, not a restaurant? It's not hard at all. >More
 Peter Reinhart visits UW-Madison: An interview about bread, spirituality and the gluten-free craze

Peter Reinhart co-founded the famous Brother Juniper's Bakery in Sonoma, California, in 1981. One of the world's most respected bakers, he's since gone on to pen multiple award-winning books, including the enduring modern classic The Bread Baker's Apprentice. >More
Sharon Van Etten's Are We There is a violent, brilliant masterpiece

Sharon Van Etten understands ultraviolence. Lana Del Rey has cultivated an ill-gotten notoriety with her album and song of the same name. But while Del Rey earns groans by shoehorning in an obvious Crystals reference, Van Etten causes deep pain by breathing smoke into troubling imagery with her mournful voice. >More
 La Fête de Marquette brings French and Cajun acts to a grassier version of Central Park

La Fête de Marquette is going home. On July 10-13, the annual celebration of French-speaking cultures will head back to its original spot between Baldwin and Ingersoll after six years of sweating it out on a patch of blacktop off East Washington Avenue. But the rocky lot La Fête made do with in 2006 has been replaced with the new Central Park. >More
Baltimore artist Michael Owen funnels Willy Street's inclusive spirit into a mural for Plan B

Willy Street is getting a lot more love-ly this week. Baltimore artist Michael Owen is in town to create one of two new murals for Plan B, the LGBT nightclub on the 900 block. The work will consist of the word "love" spelled out in bold, graphic sign language on one side of the building. >More
 Under the stars at Madison Opera in the Park 2014

The Madison Opera knows that few things compare to hearing music under the stars. The ensemble presents its 13th annual Opera in the Park concert at Garner Park on July 26 at 8 p.m. Free and open to the public, the event has rippled with excitement in recent years, drawing nearly 14,000 attendees. >More
A troubled record exec helps a shy musician find her voice in Begin Again

Back in 2007, there was a magical musical called Once. Set in Dublin, it was the tale of two emotionally damaged musicians whose lives intersected just enough for them to start healing through a collaborative project. >More
 A man tries to reclaim his identity from himself in The Double

I feel for Simon James, protagonist of The Double. A meek fellow prone to anxiety and self-doubt, he's adrift in a bleak dystopian world. People constantly forget his name. Sometimes they forget he exists. He throws himself into his job, as if to justify his existence, but he's mired in the role of worker bee. It's a predicament that would drive many people mad, and it gets a whole lot worse. >More

THE GUIDE

Monday, July 14
Tyler Robbins, Graham Yeager Overture Center-James Watrous Gallery of the Wisconsin Academy
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S.V. Medaris & Alicia Rheal Overture Center-Gallery I
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Richard Ely & Stephen Enriquez Overture Center-Gallery II
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The Viper & His Famous Orchestra Mickey's Tavern, 5:30pm
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Rural Musicians Forum Taliesin-Hillside Theater, Spring Green, 7:30pm
Tuesday, July 15
Tyler Robbins, Graham Yeager  Overture Center-James Watrous Gallery of the Wisconsin Academy
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S.V. Medaris & Alicia Rheal  Overture Center-Gallery I
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Richard Ely & Stephen Enriquez  Overture Center-Gallery II
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Lonewolf, Nellie Wilson  Frequency, The, 8:30pm
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Mark Croft Band  Capitol Square, 12:00pm
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American Players Theatre's "Much Ado About Nothing"  American Players Theatre, Spring Green
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Wednesday, July 16
Tyler Robbins, Graham Yeager  Overture Center-James Watrous Gallery of the Wisconsin Academy
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S.V. Medaris & Alicia Rheal  Overture Center-Gallery I
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Richard Ely & Stephen Enriquez  Overture Center-Gallery II
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Dane County Fair  Alliant Energy Center
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Jackson Browne  Overture Center-Overture Hall, 7:30pm

CRITICS' CHOICE

The Week: Madison calendar for July 11-17, 2014

Here is this week's critics' choice calendar. >More

TELEVISION

A virus creates vampires in Guillermo del Toro's exciting thriller The Strain

Guillermo del Toro (Pan's Labyrinth) co-wrote and directed the first episode of The Strain, a stylish thriller about a virus with vampiric origins. Dr. Ephraim Goodweather (Corey Stoll), head of a Centers for Disease Control unit in New York City, is called in to investigate the mysterious deaths of 200 airline passengers. >More

HISTORY

Isthmus on WORT: Freedom Summer in Madison

Isthmus contributor Stu Levitan reported on the civil rights movement's impact on Madison during the Freedom Summer of 1964 in the July 4 issue, and discussed his story with WORT producer Dylan Brogan on the July 3 edition of In Our Backyard. >More

TELL ALL

Tell All: Why don't friends write me back on email and Facebook?

Dear Tell All: I'm confused about the etiquette of writing people back in the age of email and Facebook. Way back when, I'd write someone a nice letter on a piece of paper and mail it; a nice reply usually came within a few weeks. But now, I often get no reply to an email or Facebook message I've sent. >More

ISTHMUSPARENTS.COM

Mama Madison: Young love

Seeing Romeo and Juliet this past weekend was a definite reminder that I need to prepare for something that might resemble a (Near) West Side Story around our place pretty soon. >More

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RADIO

Fabulous Farm Babe Pam Janke 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
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HELLO & GOODBYE

Isthmus on WORT: New co-owner Jeff Haupt shares his vision for Isthmus

New Isthmus co-owner Jeff Haupt introduced himself and discussed his purchase of the publication in the July 11 issue, and spoke about the sale with WORT producer Dylan Brogan on the July 10 edition of In Our Backyard. >More
 Red Card and Mark Tauscher team up to buy Isthmus

At first glance, the above headline appears to be straight out of The Onion. I should know -- I spent 15 years of my life working on America's Finest News Source: 10 owning the rights to The Onion in Colorado and five for Onion Inc. here in Madison. But I assure you, the Red Card meal-plan organization and former Badgers and Green Bay Packers offensive tackle Mark Tauscher really are teaming up to buy Isthmus. We are excited about it and hope you will be too. >More

BEER

Beer Here: The Cabernet of Dr. Caligari from Vintage Brewing

Vintage Brewing just made its 500th batch of beer on July 1. "We're just over four years old, and I think it's great that we're humming along with over 100 batches a year," says Scott Manning, brewmaster and co-owner of Vintage. Since opening in 2010, Manning estimates that he has made at least 60 different styles of beer. >More

CLOSE TO HOME

A Central Park for the people

I've served as an emcee for all nine of the annual La Fête de Marquette music festivals. That means that, over the course of nearly a decade, I've introduced 100-plus acts. I've only mispronounced one. And friends, that was a king-hell bummer. It was the very first year. >More

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