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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
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Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde by Madison Theatre Guild is one part history lesson, one part courtroom drama and one part pure tragedy. >More
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The Paper

The new College Football Playoff -- discuss!

This is what you asked for, college football fans. For years you complained about the Bowl Championship Series that set teams up in five bowl game matchups. You wondered why college football couldn't have playoffs like nearly every other sport in the country. >More
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"Madison has a tremendous venue for athletics, tremendous venues for the arts," says David Nelson, a UW professor emeritus of biology. But aside from a few small UW departmental museums, "There really isn't a place to go and hear and see about the history of science in Wisconsin." >More
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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
 Campus Kitchens chapter forms at UW-Madison

The University of Wisconsin-Madison has to feed lots of people. On average, some 14,500 meals are served in the dormitory dining halls alone, every day. Despite best efforts, some food necessarily goes to waste. >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
 Brooks Wheelan bounces back after being fired from Saturday Night Live

Brooks Wheelan is best known as the guy who played himself during Saturday Night Live's 39th season and the guy who was let go from the show this past summer. Though such a blow might signal the beginning of the end for some comedians, Wheelan views it as a chance to rekindle his relationship with what got him the SNL gig in the first place: stand-up comedy. >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
 Software trainers embark on a steamy business trip in Mercury Players Theatre's Widescreen

If you lie awake at night fantasizing about the raunchy situations some people must get into on business trips, if they have the chance and the libido, the Mercury Players Theatre production Widescreen is for you. The play features tablets, smartphones, laptops and four different sex scenes before intermission. >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


Sunday, November 23
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Randall Berndt, Christine Style Overture Center-James Watrous Gallery of the Wisconsin Academy
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UW Choral Union & Symphony Orchestra UW Humanities Building-Mills Hall
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Count This Penny Strictly Discs, 4:00pm
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Holiday Art Fair Madison Museum of Contemporary Art
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Madison Women's Expo Alliant Energy Center-Exhibition Hall, 10:00am
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University Theatre's "Helen" UW Vilas Hall-Mitchell Theatre
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Madison Opera's "Fidelio" Overture Center-Overture Hall
Monday, November 24
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Randall Berndt, Christine Style  Overture Center-James Watrous Gallery of the Wisconsin Academy
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Free Thanksgiving Meal  First Congregational United Church of Christ, 12:00pm
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Free Thanksgiving Meal  St. Mark's Lutheran Church, 12:00pm
Tuesday, November 25
Randall Berndt, Christine Style  Overture Center-James Watrous Gallery of the Wisconsin Academy
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Tom Gullion (CD release)  Brink Lounge, 7:30pm
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Wednesday, November 26
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Randall Berndt, Christine Style  Overture Center-James Watrous Gallery of the Wisconsin Academy
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Haas/Kowert/Tice  Brink Lounge, 8:00pm
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Thursday, November 27
Randall Berndt, Christine Style  Overture Center-James Watrous Gallery of the Wisconsin Academy
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Free Thanksgiving Meal  Good Shepherd Lutheran Church-Raymond Rd., 11:00am


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


Isthmus on WORT: What r04040 died for

Isthmus contributor Bill Lueders reported on the life, death and research of r04040 at UW-Madison in the November 13 issue, and discussed his story with WORT producer Dylan Brogan on that day's edition of In Our Backyard. >More



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


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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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


There are two problems -- at least -- with holiday shopping these days. One is that no one seems to need or even want anything more. Deferring gratification is passé. >More


Leinie's is a name nearly all Wisconsin beer drinkers should recognize, and many know its brews quite well. But even breweries with the longest histories can surprise with flavors both new and unexpected. >More
Sun Prairie may soon have its own brewpub. It's to be called Prairie Brewing & Smokehaus, and the owners are hoping to open in 2015 provided the financing falls in place. The Madison suburb is relatively untapped; with a population of about 30,000 residents, it's Dane County's second-largest city, yet in the midst of the current craft beer boom, it has no brewery. >More




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