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The Daily

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
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What can you find in this week's Isthmus? Highlights from the latest issue follow. >More
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The Paper

Operation Fresh Start's Youth Conservation Corps helps kids, and kids help parks

Last January, when temperatures dipped below minus 30 and most people between the ages of 16 and 24 did anything to stay inside, a small yet sturdy group of at-risk teenage boys and young men stacked wood and managed controlled burns at Festge County Park near Cross Plains. Five months later, following a temperature swing of more than 100 degrees, Isthmus found some of those same guys removing invasive honeysuckle and buckthorn at Lake View Hill County Park on Madison's north side. >More
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Observant readers will have noticed that the motto of this newspaper is "To the Death." Fear not, through the more than 38 years Isthmus has been published, no life has been lost in its production. >More
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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
 Rosie's Coffee Bar and Bakery scores with breakfast, fanciful cupcakes

Rosie's Coffee Bar and Bakery, which opened a little over four months ago in the former Kim's Noodle space, is an unexpectedly modern operation. Coffee (from JBC Coffee Roasters) is available brewed, yes, but also in pour-over, cold-process and siphon preparations. The point-of-sale system is Leaf, a tablet-powered system sort of like Square on steroids. >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
 Strollin' Monroe Street brings global jazz sounds to Madison's near-west side

The Greater Madison Jazz Consortium wants locals to soak up spirits and song on the near-west side for its second musical pub crawl. The event, called Strollin' Monroe Street, runs from 4 p.m. to midnight on Saturday, July 19, and comes on the heels of Strollin' Schenk's Corners, a near-east side event that took place on May 23. >More
Sarah Day grapples with grief as Joan Didion in American Players Theatre's The Year of Magical Thinking

"Life changes fast. Life changes in the instant. You sit down to dinner and life as you know it ends," writes Joan Didion in her arresting 2005 memoir, The Year of Magical Thinking. She returns to these phrases over and over throughout the book, as if by repeating them she can ultimately accept them. Through plain yet penetrating language, Didion explores both the rawness and the very ordinariness of grief. >More
 Riding and reading with Brian Benson

It may be a Madison first, a mini bike tour/author reading called a "Ride and Read" that will start at the Pinney Branch Library and head to the Central Library. It's led by UW-Madison grad Brian Benson, the author of Going Somewhere: A Memoir, just out from Plume. >More
Kids try to return a cute, lost alien to his planet in Earth to Echo

Stop me if you've heard this before: A bunch of suburban kids befriend an alien entity and must avoid parents and authorities alike in their mission to send it back home. Earth to Echo makes no secret of its foremost influences, which include E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, Batteries Not Included and any number of similar adventures produced during Steven Spielberg's Amblin heyday in the '80s, with a little of his Close Encounters of the Third Kind and Joe Dante's Explorers thrown in for good measure. >More
 Melissa McCarthy sells herself short as an unapologetic buffoon in Tammy

It's rare for audiences -- so fickle, so prone to judge " to rally behind a single movie star for very long, but ever since Melissa McCarthy's coming-out party in 2011's Bridesmaids, she's basked in the benevolent glow of the people's goodwill. >More

THE GUIDE

Thursday, July 10
Richard Ely & Stephen Enriquez Overture Center-Gallery II
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S.V. Medaris & Alicia Rheal Overture Center-Gallery I
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The Weeks UW Memorial Union-Terrace, 9:30pm
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Boat Drinks High Noon Saloon, 7:00pm
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American Players Theatre's "Romeo & Juliet" American Players Theatre, Spring Green
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University Theatre's "Greater Tuna" UW Vilas Hall-Mitchell Theatre
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Hip-Hop in the Heartland Performances UW Genetics-Biotechnology Center Auditorium
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Richard Ely & Stephen Enriquez  Overture Center-Gallery II
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Tyler Robbins, Graham Yeager  Overture Center-James Watrous Gallery of the Wisconsin Academy
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CRITICS' CHOICE

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

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

TELEVISION

A teenager prefers her abductor to her real family in Finding Carter

In the opening scene of Finding Carter, 16-year-old Carter (Kathryn Prescott) shares a tender moment with her mother over frozen yogurt, then heads off to party with her friends. A bit of low-level recklessness lands them briefly in jail, but the authorities don't release Carter along with the others. >More

ANIMALS

Isthmus on WORT: How Wisconsin's dog seller regulations may legitimize animal mistreatment

Isthmus features editor Linda Falkenstein reported on how dog sellers in Wisconsin are licensed and monitored in the June 27 issue, and discussed her story with WORT producer Dylan Brogan on the June 26 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. This doesn't bother me so much if my message is about trivial things, but what really hurts is silence after a more substantial note. In the past year, I've sent longish emails about personal matters to people I know, or am getting to know, and they don't bother to respond. >More

MAMA MADISON

Mama Madison: What a mother fears most

All during childhood, we calmly tell our kids they don't need to be afraid of the dark, thunder or the monster under the bed. But it's pretty hard to keep your parental cool when your kid is about to embark on the one thing that terrifies you. I knew the problem wasn't really with him. It was with me. >More

MADISON SNAPS

Madison Snaps: July 10, 2014

Today's image titled "...madison..." was photographed by Aistis Tumas. >More
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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
 1964: When civil rights were controversial in Madison

Fifty years ago this summer, the national fight for civil rights echoed locally, dominating Madison's political and cultural agenda with martyrs, legends and a new homegrown black star. "The national and local issues came and went on the same tide," recalls Jim Sykes, then the program director for the now defunct university YMCA. A civil rights activist, Sykes recalls Madison as "a very divided community." >More
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ART

Art meets anthropology at Gallery 99

It was a wintry January night, and Lakeview Bakery & Deli was packed. People were there for bread, but not the kind traditionally sold at the Wilson Street shop. They came for an art show called Baked: Bread Sculptures on the Rise, produced and presented by Gallery 99, a pop-up gallery that organizes art shows around town. >More

BEER

Beer Here: Good Old Potosi from Potosi Brewing

The Fourth of July is about summer traditions, family gatherings and sharing beer with friends while watching fireworks. This year, consider a brew from Potosi Brewing that speaks to that sense of community. Good Old Potosi was once an icon in the Wisconsin brewing business, and it's still made today by a revived craft-era brewery. This beer offers a taste of history each time you crack one open >More

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