Catherine Capellaro


Michael Hirshon

After a traumatic brain injury, there were some days when Andy Elkins could barely stand up. This summer, he achieved a lifelong dream of crossing the “border route” of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. And he did it on a standup paddleboard more

Nov 23, 2016 9:06 AM Isthmus Cover Stories

“Miss Sharon Jones” is a riveting documentary about the lead singer of Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, who died Nov. 18. Knowing that she lost the battle won’t make watching her thrilling comeback any less thrilling, even if it is infinitely sadder. more

Nov 23, 2016 5:00 AM Movies


James O'Brien

Since being released from prison for a 2012 performance, members of Pussy Riot haven’t backed down from criticizing the Russian government. Maria Alyokhina and Sasha Bogina are at the Wisconsin Union Theater for a Q&A on Nov. 17. more

Nov 10, 2016 5:00 AM Stage


Holly Andres

Shape-shifting bass whiz Esperanza Spalding talks with Isthmus about her newest project, “Emily’s D+Evolution,” and the alter ego that inspires it. She’s at Shannon Hall on Oct. 30. more

Oct 20, 2016 5:00 AM MUSIC


Paulius Musteikis

Musician Christopher Taylor wanted a better way to play two grand pianos at the same time. So he tapped into his science background and invented a new device — the “hyper-piano.” He’ll debut the instrument on Oct. 28 at Mills Hall. more

Sep 22, 2016 5:00 AM Snapshot


Gina Bower

Catherine Capellaro talks to Brandon Beebe, the local phenom behind Purple Veins, the Prince tribute playing the Majestic Theatre on Sept. 24. more

Sep 21, 2016 3:00 PM MUSIC

Madison’s concert venues will be overflowing this fall season, with everything from big-time hip-hop acts at Freakfest (Anderson .Paak) to DIY punk shows at Mickey’s Tavern. Here’s a handy guide to your music options. more

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Chris Collins

Despite thunderstorms and flood warnings, several hundred people showed up to cheer as Orpheum owner Gus Paras counted down to the moment when the theater’s new sign was lit for the first time. more

Jul 22, 2016 12:07 PM ARTS & CULTURE


Quince Mountain

Blair Braverman’s riveting memoir, “Welcome to the Goddamn Ice Cube,” is the story of a young woman’s love affair with the north. The intrepid author’s adventures take her to Norway and to an Alaskan glacier, where she works as a dogsled guide. more

Jul 21, 2016 5:00 AM Books


Dylan Brogan

We are a rather flat place, but that does not mean you can’t find an awesome view from above, or an intimate space below. Here are some staff picks for both. more

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David Michael Miller

The new sign is being installed at the Orpheum Theater. An impressive re-creation of the original 1920s-era “blade sign,” it will light up State Street with more than 2,000 energy-efficient lights. more

Jul 6, 2016 1:35 PM ARTS & CULTURE


Carissa Dixon (Brenda DeVita)

Less than a quarter of plays produced in the United States are written by women, but in Madison, the landscape is different. Meet 10 women at the helm of theater companies in Madison. more

Jun 30, 2016 5:00 AM Stage 4 Comments

Taking care of others takes its toll in “I Like You Just Fine When You’re Not Around,” an insightful new novel from Stoughton-based author Ann Garvin that looks at the travails of caregivers. more

Jun 16, 2016 5:00 AM Books


Laura Zastrow

A healthy market for independent bookstores is good news for the potential sale of A Room of One’s Own. The agent fielding inquiries reports that interest has been brisk since the current owners announced they are looking to sell. more

Jun 7, 2016 2:45 PM Books


Festival photos by David Michael Miller

Madison is rich in summer festivals, and this bounty means you get to see top national and international acts — for free— all summer long. Isthmus music critics weigh in on the summer’s don’t-miss festival shows. more

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Rachel Verbrick

Funky and delicious Macha Tea Company settles into its new home on East Johnson Street. In-house small-batch baked goods and pop-up lunches are part of the allure. more

May 12, 2016 5:00 AM Reviews


Eric Tadsen

The Gomers have played together for nearly 31 years, and it was a profound personal and professional blow when bassist Gordon Ranney died of cancer in February. This week, “Madison’s House Band” announced that it will be taking a break. more

May 6, 2016 9:30 AM MUSIC


Eric Tadsen

Artist Mike Burns is unveiling “Updraft,” two 20-foot-high steel fronds that will flank the Brittingham bike path. He hopes the waterfront sculpture will evoke the awe he felt as a child staring up at giant elm trees. more

Apr 21, 2016 3:02 PM Isthmus Cover Stories

Joey Alexander, the 12-year-old Indonesian jazz pianist who wowed the audience at the 2016 Grammys, is coming to Madison to headline the Isthmus Jazz Festival on June 22. more

Apr 15, 2016 3:04 PM MUSIC

Without the influence of Madison’s Killdozer, Nirvana might not have made “Nevermind,” says Wendy Schneider, the documentarian who revisits 1990s rock history in “The Smart Studios Story,” screening at the Wisconsin Film Festival. more

Apr 14, 2016 5:00 AM Movies

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