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Are you ready for some Bucky?

After opening this weekend against the LSU Tigers in "neutral" Houston, the Wisconsin Football Badgers will spend three September Saturdays at Camp Randall before their Big Ten conference schedule begins at Northwestern Oct. 4. Bucky will welcome Illinois, Maryland, Nebraska and Minnesota to the near west side in October and November for a total of seven home games. Madison is ready. >More

NEWS

Wisconsin couples watch as judges take aim at state's same-sex marriage ban

The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago sure knows how to milk courtroom drama. The makeup of the judicial panels assigned to hear oral arguments is kept under wraps until 30 minutes before court is called to order. No photos or recording devices are allowed, and seating is first come, first served -- not even those who are parties to a lawsuit are guaranteed a space in the courtroom. >More
 What happened to Brad Clark's job?

Brad Clark did not want to quit his job as head of the City Channel, where he'd worked for some 25 years and helped the station win dozens of awards. "The circumstances were so bizarre," Clark says. "After 24 or 25 years of managing the place, seemingly to everybody's satisfaction, I feel like the rug was pulled out from under me." >More
 Isthmus likely State Street-bound

Since 1992, Isthmus has been located on the Capitol Square in a former bank building at the corner of King and Pinckney streets. With the sale of the paper in July, the building went on the market. >More
 Progressive geekery: Madison-area sci-fi conventions and role-playing games embrace activism

What do Middle Earth-inspired gaming, steampunk theater and a feminist science fiction conference have in common? They all have a home in or near Madison. Madison sits at an apex of the political, the quirky and the passionate -- and that intersection is no more apparent than in the city's multiple manifestations of what you might call geek culture. >More

OPINION & COMMENTARY

John Doe docs reveal how Scott Walker's campaign exploited electoral flaws

In 2011 and 2012, mining company Gogebic Taconite donated $700,000 to the conservative group Wisconsin Club for Growth. In 2013, Gov. Scott Walker signed a bill easing mining regulations, allowing Gogebic Taconite to begin work on a mine that will make Gogebic Taconite millions and millions of dollars. That looks like a pretty good return on a $700,000 investment. >More
 Tell All: The sex party next door

Dear Tell All: I live in one of those Madison neighborhoods where the houses are really close together. If the windows are open in my house and my next-door neighbors', I can hear their dinnertime conversation. >More

MUSIC

House of Love is a cool, cozy home for house fans at Jolly Bob's

Step into Jolly Bob's at 8 p.m. on a Saturday, and you'll see well-dressed twentysomethings drinking Caribbean cocktails. There will be a waiting list for the Willy Street restaurant's packed dining room. There won't be any indication that just behind the fish tank, a dance floor will soon appear for a house music show. >More
 Country duo the Secret Sisters attract pop and rock fans with Put Your Needle Down

Though the Secret Sisters have landed songs on country radio since 2010, they've flown under the radar for most of their lives. But now they're flirting with a more mainstream route to fame. The sibling duo's sophomore album, Put Your Needle Down, topped the Billboard Heatseekers chart earlier this year, and they'll headline a show at the Majestic Theatre on Wednesday, Sept. 3. >More
 A thought-provoking work by C.P.E. Bach kicks off the 2014 Token Creek Chamber Music Festival

This year's Token Creek Chamber Music Festival (through Aug. 31 in the festival barn in DeForest) celebrates the operation's 25th anniversary, no mean achievement for so idiosyncratic an undertaking. This time around, there are three classical programs, two of them performed twice. The next program, involving only violin and piano, will be presented on Aug. 27. >More

AT A GLANCE

ARTS

Jason S. Yi examines order, chaos and change in A Fragile Permanence at MMoCA

The lobby of the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art was packed the night of Aug. 23, when Milwaukee-based artist Jason S. Yi debuted his site-specific installation A Fragile Permanence. From the top of MMoCA's main staircase, the crowd looked like a swarm of dots moving about at random, but up close it was clear that much of the movement had a purpose. >More
 Four Seasons Theatre's Kiss Me, Kate is a joyful homage to Wisconsin Union Theater's first production

I'm always impressed with the crowd at Four Seasons Theatre productions. Friday night, every seat was taken at Wisconsin Union Theater, where the local troupe presented Kiss Me, Kate. It's the first theater production at the remodeled venue, which is about to celebrate its 75th year. >More
 An ambitious miniseries gets inside Houdini's head

Houdini begins with a striking image of the escape artist Harry Houdini (Adrien Brody) perched on a bridge, shackled, as he works up the nerve to jump into the icy water below. The first sound we hear is a ghostly woman's voice whispering, "Harry, can you hear me?" We have no idea where the voice is coming from or what the words mean, but it immediately establishes a dreamlike quality for this ambitious miniseries. >More

MOVIES

Happy birthday, Ghostbusters

Nostalgia can seem self-indulgent to those witnessing it rather than experiencing it. But age does things to our relationship with memory. As Ghostbusters rolls into theaters for a one-week-only 30th anniversary re-release, I can't help but wax rhapsodic about the summer of 1984. It's the reason I'm writing about movies today. >More
 In Calvary, a man of the cloth must figure out which parishioner plans to kill him

Named after the hill where Jesus was crucified, Calvary makes its intentions clear from the start. Father James (Brendan Gleeson) sits in the confessional of his church in a rural Irish town. An unseen man arrives and shares a horrible secret: He was sexually molested by a Catholic priest for five years, starting when he was 7 years old. >More
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EATS

Cento puts Michael Pruett's talents on display

What a relief it has been to learn that Cento " the newest venture from Food Fight, perhaps Madison's most polarizing dining entity " has been scrubbed of almost all Food Fight-ness and allowed to succeed or fail on its own merits. >More

SPORTS & RECREATION

Athletic directors must educate students about social media

When you think your job is a headache, try being a high school athletic director. Once you handle the scheduling, the rescheduling, the disgruntled parents, the facility setup, the budget, the still disgruntled parents and the re-rescheduling, you have just enough time to appreciate your student-athletes' hard work and success before talking to another pair of disgruntled parents. >More
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