Quote of the Day:
"I don’t want to be yelled at again and again about the way things were and the way things should be."
— Ald. Chris Schmidt, on Mayor Paul Soglin’s recent comments about bars and restaurants pushing out retail on State Street
A contentious meeting over a rather small liquor license application from Mad City Frites came to a head Friday when Soglin deep-sixed the deep-fried liquor license with a veto. Soglin’s larger point is that he fears that State Street is changing in ways that many Madisonians won’t end up liking, while alders like Schmidt counter that change is inevitable.
Speaking of food, the Ironworks Café in the Goodman Community Center has closed. It’s not a matter of the popular spot not attracting enough customers, but the café is considered a job training center, and it’s hard to train high school students during the day when school is in session.
Scott Walker has had by all accounts a terrible August, with his poll numbers plummeting. Today’s Scott Walker Watch roundup includes a blistering takedown of Walker’s campaign skills by The Guardian.
If you’re looking for a thought-provoking documentary this weekend, Alex Gibney’s “Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine” is a tough-minded look at the brilliant, ruthless Apple CEO.
And check out the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, where a longtime local artist has essentially turned a gallery into her home studio for the next few weeks.