It was called to my attention after last week's issue was published that I had missed the opportunity to call attention to a significant date. That date was April 9, and it marked the official 36th anniversary of Isthmus. The first issue was dated April 9, 1976, though it was on the streets on April 8. You may recall that we made an occasion out of last year's anniversary, the 35th; we don't expect to mark another milestone until the 40th.
I will not, however, neglect to mention another significant date: April 21, the date of the next Isthmus Green Day, taking place at Monona Terrace from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. It's easy for me to remember because our cover this week features the keynote speaker and prize guest for the event, New York Times food writer Mark Bittman.
Bittman, in an interview with Isthmus features editor Linda Falkenstein, reiterates the abiding mantra of his coverage in the Times: Eat fresh food that you prepare yourself. Organic and local are fine, he says, but most important, avoid processed food. He is more eloquent than I, which you will discover upon reading the interview.
Bittman will speak at 2 p.m. But he is not the only attraction at Green Day. Over 100 booths have been reserved by exhibitors, who will present their contributions to the green lifestyle in myriad ways. The products include building materials, food items, clothing, outdoor supplies, transportation alternatives and much more.
Perhaps the best part of Green Day this year is the fact that admission is free. This 2012 edition is being brought to you in partnership with Madison Gas and Electric, which has underwritten entrance for all who wish to attend. I hope you appreciate the gesture. We sure do.
That weekend is also Wisconsin Film Festival weekend. So come on downtown, go to Green Day, and then take in a movie. Or vice versa.