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We're the cheesiest

Well, Madison has a new winter attraction - beer and cheese. I refer specifically to the Isthmus Beer & Cheese Fest, the first edition of which took place last Saturday at the Alliant Energy Center Exhibition Hall. A capacity crowd showed up (1,000-plus) to quaff craft brews from around the state in two-ounce glasses and nibble on cubes and slivers of artisanal cheeses, also of Badger State provenance. With 40 purveyors on hand to deliver samples to the masses, there was plenty to go around. >More
 The end is nigh

Welcome to the fifth issue of what seems like The Endless January of 2010. It hasn't been particularly brutal, as this perennially frigid month goes. We've certainly experienced colder and snowier ones, but this one seems to me to have gone on an inordinately long time. If you're feeling the way I do, let me bring you the good news - it's almost over, and a reward lies at the end. >More
 What's news, pussycat?

Recently, Capital Newspapers, publishers of the Wisconsin State Journal and what's left of The Capital Times, announced further reductions in staff, the continuation of a shrinking process that has gone on for far too long now. Where it will stop, nobody knows. >More
 The courage of her convictions

Mary Kay Baum has been an advocate for peace and justice causes for decades, thus she has always been familiar with struggle. Today, at 62, she enters the later phases of her life engaged in the most personal and, in many ways, frightening struggle she has yet to assume, with Alzheimer's disease. >More
 Mercury rising

Everyone knows that climate change exists. We experience it every season. No need to tell you about what happens outdoors around here in winter, or about the changes in the indoor environment, with its aridity-induced chapped skin, nosebleeds and hacking coughs. >More
 This is the end...or not

Two thousand ten, twenty-ten - however you choose to say it, this issue marks the first foray into the New Year. It may be hard to realize, but the 21st century is already 10% done. >More

In this, number 52, the last official issue of the year, we chase 2009 out the door with a collection of revisits and reminiscences and a couple of glances at the looming New Year. I see sprinkled throughout my story roster the phrase "year-ender." >More
 Happy something

Christmas is barely a week away. Actually, when you're reading this, it probably is less than that. Nonetheless, there will be another issue of Isthmus on the streets before the holiday. Next week's issue will be distributed on Wednesday, so look for it as you do those last-minute errands. >More
 A force to be reckoned with

In our Nov. 20 issue, introducing Giving, I wrote: "The recent spate of raindrops will, I promise you, soon turn to snowflakes. Then it will certainly look more like the season to be jolly." Am I a prophet or what? >More
 At the movies

One of the characteristics of this time of the year, besides the clustered holidays, is the plethora of new movie releases. The presumption is that the public has the time and motivation to see a movie, in large part, because of those clustered holidays. >More
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