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Madison Craft Beer Week 2014: A guide to essential events with Wisconsin breweries

The fourth annual Madison Craft Beer Week officially runs over May 2-11 -- if you're counting, that's actually 10 days. The celebration is all things to the beer enthusiast, with special tappings, unique beer and food pairings, beer dinners, educational programs and personal appearances by many local brewers at numerous Madison area restaurants and taverns. >More
 Mama Madison: It's time for the college tour

I have just returned from a whirlwind, five-day, four-city college tour with my son. You know those "101 Things to Know Before Visiting Disney World" guidebooks that experienced theme park travelers have written to help the uninitiated? I think I am now officially seasoned enough in information sessions and campus tours to give some serious thought to penning a similar "insiders guide" for the junior-year parent. >More
Citizen Dave: When it comes to things like Uber and Lyft, lightness will trump heft every time

The local dust-up over the ride-sharing companies Uber and Lyft is really just part of a much bigger question. What's happening pretty much everywhere is that virtual companies are finding ways to undercut traditional, big businesses that are loaded down with infrastructure and hampered by regulations. >More
 Madison Snaps: April 24, 2014

Today's image titled "Warner Walkabout" was photographed by Kerry G. Hill. >More
 Dream green house, adjunct instructors, RAW, food carts in the April 25 issue of Isthmus

What can you find in this week's Isthmus? Highlights from the latest issue follow >More
 The Week: Madison calendar for April 25 - May 1, 2014

Here is this week's critics' choice calendar. >More
 Sen. Jon Erpenbach is right to withhold the names of constituents who contacted him during the Act 10 fight

In 2011, state Sen. Jon Erpenbach made himself odious to many of his fellow lawmakers when he exited the state of Wisconsin in order to take a principled stand. The issue at the time was Gov. Scott Walker's Act 10, which eliminated collective bargaining for public-sector unions. Three years later, the Middleton Democrat again finds himself in the position of being asked to stand down from a fight. >More
Madison Craft Beer Week 2014: Local breweries and taverns team up for special releases

Madison Craft Beer Week brings out more than the best of just a single brewery. Multiple brewers around the city started pairing up months ago in collaborative brewing ventures that are likely to be among the most sought-after releases of this year's festival. >More
 Judge Doyle Square opponents propose a referendum for TIF spending of $10 million or more

Ald. David Ahrens is puzzled that the mayor and many Common Council members support subsidizing a Monona Terrace hotel as part of the massive Judge Doyle Square project. Although many city officials and downtown boosters are sold on it, Ahrens has never met a regular citizen who champions the project. >More
 Exhibitors at Isthmus Green Day 2014

Stop by Monona Terrace on Saturday, April 26, to see what all of these great, green vendors have to offer. The seventh annual Isthmus Green Day festival runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and features informative speakers and engaging exhibitors, along with plenty of eco-friendly products to buy, green ideas to ponder, fun activities and more. >More
 Isthmus on WORT: A change at the Madison Parks Division

Isthmus staff writer Joe Tarr reported on the departure of Madison Parks head Kevin Briski in the April 18 issue, and discussed his story with WORT producer Dylan Brogan on the April 17 edition of In Our Backyard. >More
 Wisconsin GOP has edge in fall 2014 elections

Sometimes it seems as though the predictive tools used in elections have become so powerful that actual voting is superfluous: The pollsters and pundits can just look at the data and declare the winners in advance. >More
Madison Snaps -- April 23, 2014

Today's image titled "tri" was photographed by Chris Collins. >More
 A Book A Week: The River of No Return by Bee Ridgway

World-building is one of the trickiest parts of writing fantasy and science fiction. Books are often front-loaded with detail, and sometimes this detail is essential for understanding later plot developments. >More
 A talk with filmmaker and eco-activist Shalini Kantayya

In A Drop of Life, Shalini Kantayya's award-winning 2007 short about the impact of water scarcity and water privatization in India, the filmmaker and eco-activist imagined a "near future" in which prepaid water meters determine how much drinking water individuals receive. "Water meters did not exist in India at the time of my film's production, but they do now," Kantayya says. "This is not a film I meant to be a prophecy, but it ended up being a dark one." >More
 Madison Craft Beer Week 2014: Five breweries create special releases for Tex Tubb's

Last year for Madison Craft Beer Week, Tex Tubb's Taco Palace did a collaboration beer with House of Brews featuring agave. This year, they're creating not one, but six brews with five different breweries. "Bigger is better," jokes bar manager Will Mueller. >More
 Magical costumes and other visual spectacles steal the show in University Theatre's kabuki-inspired Richard III

Shakespeare's plays have been translated, interpreted and reexamined on stages all over the world in the four centuries since they were written. In University Theatre's new production of Richard III, director David Furumoto infuses the bloody story of royal machinations and betrayals with elements of kabuki, incorporating traditional makeup, costumes, dance, music, vocal styles and staging. >More
 Rep. Tyler August threatens Madison with loss of state aid for targeting rideshare services Lyft and Uber

A Republican state representative from Lake Geneva does not like the fact that Madison city cops set up a recent sting operation to catch drivers operating unlicensed rideshare services. In fact, Tyler August is so incensed that he warns it could result in the loss of state aid for Madison. >More
 Win tickets to Comedy Night 2, Temples, Appalachian Armageddon, Miss Shevaughn & Yuma Wray, Peelander-Z, Brian Lynch, more!

Isthmus is giving away another round of free tickets to amazing concerts, shows and more fun events! >More
 ALRC to discuss licenses for Cento, Monsoon Siam 2, and Two Straws and Lagartos redux

The Madison Alcohol License Review Committee will meet Wednesday, April 23, at 5:30 p.m. As detailed in its agenda, here are some of the new establishments seeking licenses and other key orders of business. >More
 Madison Snaps: April 22, 2014

Today's image titled "Daybreak" was photographed by Michael Leland. >More
 With Shorts on the 2nd Floor, Madison Theatre Guild shows that pint-size plays can bring about powerful performances

Madison Theatre Guild's Shorts on the 2nd Floor is an entertaining evening of seven short plays -- some ridiculous, some poignant, and several in between -- from a combination of unknown and iconic playwrights. Although the pieces don't coalesce around an obvious theme, they are well-executed snapshots of characters at a point of revelation. >More
 Citizen Dave: Some misconceptions about golf

Finally, the courses are open and we can get back to suffering. But there's trouble on the horizon. The grand old game of golf is losing players. Every day adherents die, and they're not being replaced by young people. In order to reverse the trend, radicals and heretics are proposing various ways of defiling the game. >More
 Madland: Is the Madison school district's behavior plan enough?

Recently, the Madison Metropolitan School Board adopted a pair of new behavior plans meant to reduce the number of suspensions and expulsions in the district, particularly the punishments that are disproportionately handed out to students of color. I'd like to applaud the school board for taking a serious look at the district's expulsion rate. However, I wonder if these new codes will be enough. >More
 Madison Snaps: April 21, 2014

Today's image titled "untitled" was photographed by Sarah Mittermaier. >More
 Overture Center announces a 2014-15 season filled with Broadway blockbusters and music from around the world

Overture Center has unveiled its 2014-15 season, and it's a doozie. Filled with live music from around the world, innovative takes on dance and circus arts, and musicals that range from charming classics to irreverent new hits, there are tons of opportunities to get your fill of culture between August 2014 and June 2015. >More
 Vinyl Cave: Neil Young by Neil Young

Buffalo Springfield may have had a short life as an active band, but it launched the careers of a number of musicians who have remained active in the business since the '60s. The roster included one major 20th-century legend still shaking things up in the 21st: Neil Young, who released nearly as many albums in the first decade of the new century as he did in the 1970s. >More
 Madison Bach Musicians and Madison Choral Project deliver a commanding Mass in B minor for Easter weekend

The Madison Bach Musicians brought us a brave and convincing period-style performance of Bach's monumental back in 2008, and now they have done it again, even more triumphantly. >More
 Wisconsin Film Festival announces winners of 2014 audience awards

Ever since the final credits of the Wisconsin Film Festival rolled the night of April 10, workers have been tallying the results of the annual Steep & Brew Audience Award competition. Now it's time for a drumroll: The winners of this year's awards are American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs, The Rocket and Vertigo. >More
 Madison Snaps -- April 18, 2014

Today's image titled "Monona Mob" was photographed by Craig Wilson. >More
 Beer Here: Big Sweet Life Maibock from Wisconsin Brewing Company

"I love malt-emphasized beers," says Wisconsin Brewing Company's Kirby Nelson. That's an understatement to those who have followed Nelson's passion for brewing malt-focused German lagers. However, it raises a question. Since opening Wisconsin Brewing in Verona last November, why has he waited so long to make a Maibock? >More
 Rep. Brett Hulsey casts more doubt on seeking re-election as he signs opponent's nomination papers

In a move that casts further doubt on his intention to seek a third term in the state Assembly, Rep. Brett Hulsey (D-Madison) has signed the nomination papers for Mark Clear, a city of Madison alder who is running for Hulsey's seat. But Hulsey would not confirm Thursday whether that means he has decided against seeking re-election. "I will announce next week," he said in a text message. >More
 Mama Madison: When mom gets a new roomie

This past week, against both my will and better judgement, I accompanied 50 or so middle school kids to the Future Problem Solvers Wisconsin State Bowl, a popular academic and skit-writing competition. >More
 Sen. Dale Schultz exits the Wisconsin Legislature, shaking his head

Republican Dale Schultz is stepping down after 32 years in the Legislature, most as a state senator. He has broken ranks with his fellow GOP senators on a host of issue, including Act 10 changes to collective bargaining and a mining bill that weakened environmental regulations. Moreover, Schultz has been openly critical of his party and the forces he believes are corrupting the political system. Chief among them: the vast infusions of campaign cash. >More
 Bassist extraordinaire Richard Davis to headline the 2014 Isthmus Jazz Festival

In its search for a 2014 headliner, the Isthmus Jazz Festival found a superstar close to home. Richard Davis is not only a longtime music professor at the UW-Madison, but an internationally celebrated jazz bassist. He will perform with pianist Willie Pickens on Saturday, June 21, in the Wisconsin Union Theater. >More
 Madison Snaps -- April 17, 2014

Today's image titled "State Street love" was photographed by Chris Collins. >More
 Eldonna Hazen, Dead Man Walking, Sons of Atom, Brews Brothers in the April 18 issue of Isthmus

What can you find in this week's Isthmus? Highlights from the latest issue follow. >More
 The Week: Madison calendar for April 18-24, 2014

Here is this week's critics' choice calendar. >More
 Announcing the Isthmus Green Day 2014 schedule

Join us for the seventh annual Isthmus Green Day at Monona Terrace on Saturday, April 26! The festival runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and features informative speakers and engaging exhibitors, along with plenty of eco-friendly products to buy, green ideas to ponder, fun activities and more. >More
 Citizen Dave: New Madison Police Chief Mike Koval could help lighten things up in city government

The Madison Police and Fire Commission couldn't have made a bad choice for the next chief of police. Both Mike Koval and Carl Gloede, the two finalists, would have made fine choices. But with Mike Koval we could get something we haven't seen much of in that office and which city government badly needs right now: someone with a sense of humor. >More
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Citizen Dave: When it comes to things like Uber and Lyft, lightness will trump heft every time

The local dust-up over the ride-sharing companies Uber and Lyft is really just part of a much bigger question. What's happening pretty much everywhere is that virtual companies are finding ways to undercut traditional, big businesses that are loaded down with infrastructure and hampered by regulations. >More
Citizen Dave: Some misconceptions about golf

Finally, the courses are open and we can get back to suffering. But there's trouble on the horizon. The grand old game of golf is losing players. Every day adherents die, and they're not being replaced by young people. In order to reverse the trend, radicals and heretics are proposing various ways of defiling the game. >More
Citizen Dave: New Madison Police Chief Mike Koval could help lighten things up in city government

The Madison Police and Fire Commission couldn't have made a bad choice for the next chief of police. Both Mike Koval and Carl Gloede, the two finalists, would have made fine choices. But with Mike Koval we could get something we haven't seen much of in that office and which city government badly needs right now: someone with a sense of humor. >More
Citizen Dave: How to fix the Madison landmarks ordinance

A good rule to live by in managing anything is to treat setbacks as opportunities. So, when the Madison Common Council voted last week not to override a Landmarks Commission decision to kill an important redevelopment project on Mansion Hill, I was disappointed, but I can see a greater good coming out of it. >More
Citizen Dave: Mansion Hill is the victim of historic preservation

The Madison Common Council will vote tonight on a motion to overturn a ruling of the Landmarks Commission blocking the redevelopment of three buildings in the Mansion Hill neighborhood. The council should do that, and then it should take a hard look at the entire ordinance, but I won't rehash those arguments here. >More
Citizen Dave: Food Patriots is a hit at Wisconsin Film Festival 2014

The movement toward fresh, local, sustainably produced food is one of the best things to happen to this country in recent years. It means healthier kids and adults, less obesity and all of the issues that spring from it, and less impact on our environment. It turns out that obtaining more of what we eat locally is the best way to fight climate change. >More
Citizen Dave: Fix the broken Madison Landmarks Commission

Last week, Madison Landmarks Commission chair Stu Levitan wrote a blistering response to my op-ed taking that body to task for its refusal to grant a certificate of appropriateness to tear down three tired buildings on Gilman Street and replace them with three much better ones. Stu concedes pretty much that the three existing buildings are bad. And he doesn't comment about the proposal for the new ones. He just says that they're too big. >More
Citizen Dave: It's time to pay NCAA players, including the Badgers

I was as excited as anybody to see the Wisconsin Badgers men's basketball team make the Final Four. I think Bo Ryan is one of the best coaches around, and a heck of a decent guy on top of it. He's a class act, and a coach who really seems to care about his kids, not just as basketball players but as people too. The New York Times reported on Saturday that his program has one of the highest graduation rates in the country. >More
Citizen Dave: My first round bracket for March Madness 2014

I love the NCAA men's college basketball tournament. But I don't really follow basketball outside of the Badgers, so I have no idea what I'm doing when it comes to March Madness brackets. You can read all kinds of analysis and watch lots of shows on the subject. I find all that pretty tedious, so I just go with my gut. >More
Citizen Dave: Madison Common Council does the right thing on East Wilson Street development

Last night, the Madison Common Council did the right thing when it overwhelmingly voted to approve a residential tower at 149 E. Wilson St. For one thing, it will replace a vacant eyesore of a building, and for another, it will add to the density that makes for a bona fide downtown. >More
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