James T. Spartz

From hybrid cars to biodegradable plastic picnic utensils, products historically about as "green" as battery acid are changing their image, if not their chemical structure. Paint is no exception. For parents who want to decorate a newborn's room to construction professionals who have developed chemical sensitivities, a new innovation to an old environmental hazard is filling a much-needed niche in a decidedly chemical-heavy industry: low-VOC paint. more

Sep 19, 2008 2:25 PM Isthmus Abode

She counted windows and measured walls. She flipped on fans. She felt the floor. Laura Paprocki walked through my house with the eye of a building science specialist. After loading in several pieces of technical equipment, including one that looked like an air-travel case for a shotgun, she methodically hunted down signs of energy inefficiency. It didn't take long to find them. more

Apr 4, 2008 2:29 PM Isthmus Abode

Jon Chvojicek hates to admit it, but when a band sounds good, it's because that band knows how to sound good. "You can't polish a turd," he says during a moment of downtime between early and late shows at the High Noon Saloon, the well-regarded Madison music club where he is lead sound engineer. more

Feb 27, 2008 5:26 PM MUSIC


James T. Spartz

"I was terrified," says professor David Mladenoff while speaking at the opening for "Paradise Lost? Artists on Climate Change in the Northwoods" exhibit at Olbrich Gardens on Saturday. The forest and wildlife ecology scientist at UW-Madison says that it wasn't fear of paper birch blight in the Northwoods that had him scared; it was fear of meeting with a group of artists. The scary topic: climate change. more

Jan 14, 2008 10:29 PM A & E

By January, most campers have stowed their gear and simply dream of warmer nights by a springtime fire. But some dare to layer on the fleece, strap on gaiters and hit the snowbound trail. These hearty backwoods crusaders find winter camping a peaceful sojourn and a distinct challenge. more

Jan 3, 2008 4:00 PM A & E


George Zens

George Zens is finally breaking even. It only took three years, but that's not too bad. The newspaper industry has seen massive consolidation on the national level in recent years. Regional news sources, those going "local, local, local," have actually been doing all right. Some, like the "Sustainable Times", are even growing. This past October, George Zens' personal media creation generated enough ad revenue to put a little extra in the bank. It is finally sustainable. more

Dec 14, 2007 8:05 PM News


Kristian Knutsen

The cat is out of the hat. What may have been "the worst secret ever," according to Dave Zero, perpetual man behind the counter at Mad City Music Exchange, is now public knowledge. He has purchased the popular east side record store where he's worked full time since 1999. more

Dec 7, 2007 10:12 PM MUSIC

Madison's Broadjam, Inc. helps musicians around the world spread the word over the web more

Oct 11, 2007 4:54 PM MUSIC

There's good news for uninsured artists in Dane County. The Foundation of Retaining Creative Energy, or FoRCE, in Madison has partnered with Fractured Atlas of New York City, to provide a limited-benefit medical plan. HealthAssist provides discounts for medical care and fixed-limit reimbursements for remaining expenses such as prescription medication. more

Sep 27, 2007 6:51 PM News



Jonathan Hunter likes to bike. He likes to eat organic foods. Combining these two passions, he and friend Kevin Walsh hatched a plan one summer's day while touring the backroads west of Madison: organize a bike ride around a few local Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) farms. It could be a fund-raiser, an awareness-raiser, a two-wheeled agricultural happening! more

Sep 11, 2007 7:06 PM A & E

Maureen Rowe is well aware of the state's wildlife resurgence. She deals with it every day. more

Sep 7, 2007 3:38 PM Isthmus Cover Stories

Even though he has moved back to Austin, it's nice when singer/songwriter Owen Temple finds his way back up to Madison. Folks here get a musical dose of real Texas personality and he gets to visit with friends he made while pursuing a master's degree in psychology at UW-Madison. He will be cutting loose with some Madison friends to bring the best of his catalog to the heart of Willy Street. more

Sep 6, 2007 5:48 PM MUSIC


James T. Spartz

El Cabrito Mexican restaurant is all a taqueria should be -- small, authentic and delicious. The restaurant, located in a strip mall near Woodman's West, at 811 South Gammon Rd., offers a variety of dine-in combo plates and many carry-out items. more

Aug 23, 2007 4:49 PM FOOD & DRINK

"This summer has just been a great film class," says director Will Gartside. In the DIY spirit, he and the crew had to learn to mix gallons of fake blood, make intestines out of paper towels and liquid latex, develop effective lighting and camera angles, and work through several 12-hour all-night shoots. more

Aug 15, 2007 8:24 PM Movies


James T. Spartz

Held at Lake Farm County Park, just south of Madison, this fourth edition of the annual late-summer music festival saw its largest Friday night crowd yet, topping 460 attendees. Over 600 music fans passed through the gate by 5 p.m. on Saturday, despite some steady precipitation. But no one complained about the rain. It has been so dry in fact that, despite an all day soaking; there was very little mud. more

Aug 5, 2007 2:29 PM MUSIC

A particular highlight of the first set was to watch the band take turns chugging from a bottle of Jack Daniel's. Isbell took over the right hand rhythm of the bassist and then snare duties for the drummer so that the music would continue as the bottle went from nearly full to nearly empty in a quick and inebriating minute. more

Jul 28, 2007 4:32 PM MUSIC

Got wheels? Want to be a winner? Roll on over to Wheels for Winners this weekend for a 24-hour festival of grease, gears and goodwill. From noon on Saturday, July 28 until noon on Sunday, volunteers at the 2nd Annual Wrench-A-Thon will be working over its stockpile of used bikes to rebuild, reuse, and re-cycle. more

Jul 25, 2007 6:18 PM A & E

Doug Olson is a survivor. The Stoughton-area farmer credits his continued success to two factors: competitive expansion and government subsidies. more

Jul 19, 2007 3:18 PM News

Party In The Park, a freewheeling afternoon of live music, DJ's and student reverie held at James Madison Park on the shores of Lake Mendota, will be no more. more

Jul 18, 2007 7:39 PM MUSIC

For much of her life, Kristina Wuolle has been in and out of trouble with the law. The 32-year-old mother of three was released from prison last July, after serving two years on a forgery charge. She has since set out to move beyond the mistakes of her past. more

Jul 5, 2007 4:54 PM News