Jay Rath


Carolyn Fath

Percent for the Arts is an economic stimulus idea dating back to the Great Depression. Starting in 1934, the U.S. Department of Treasury required 1 percent of the cost of federal building projects be spent on art and decoration. more

Jun 1, 2017 5:00 AM News


Matt Zugale

Israeli native Matt Haimovitz returns to UW-Madison to revive a powerful concerto written in response to Hurricane Katrina. more

Apr 20, 2017 5:00 AM MUSIC


Eric Baillies

Russell Panczenko, longtime director of the Chazen Museum of Art, is retiring. He leaves a legacy of expansion and openness. more

Apr 13, 2017 5:00 AM A & E


Darren Lee

After being rocked by financial woes, Madison Ballet has regrouped and is enjoying experimentation and intimacy at the Bartell Theatre. The season closer, “Primavera,” opens March 31. more

Mar 30, 2017 5:00 AM Stage


Joe Tarr

Although a lot of people travel to and from Madison on intercity buses, there still isn’t a decent place to wait for them. The numerous private companies who serve the city continue to drop off and pick up on a public sidewalk. more

Mar 23, 2017 5:00 AM News 1 Comments

Oscar Mayer has a potential buyer in Reich Brothers Holdings, which specializes in buying and repurposing old industrial sites. The company’s co-CEO has hopes that Madison’s signature industry could find new life as a job center. more

Mar 16, 2017 5:00 AM News


Alan Luft

Edgewood College professor Alan Luft distills 15,000 images from Berlin into an evocative book and upcoming exhibit. more

Mar 9, 2017 5:00 AM Books

Add drama to the day with an unconventional wedding venue. The Wisconsin Historical Society, Madison Public Library, the Orpheum. more

Mar 9, 2017 5:00 AM Emphasis


Todd Hubler

Local and state arts organizations are wondering whether President Trump will follow advice of ultraconservatives and slash federal arts funds. more

Feb 16, 2017 5:00 AM A & E 1 Comments


Courtesy of the Aldo Leopold Fou

Why Aldo Leopold right now? Students will find the relevance of his message in today’s world in a series of classes and talks from the UW’s Division of Continuing Studies this spring. more

Jan 19, 2017 5:00 AM A & E

A short, short story from a Madison high school teacher has traveled all the way from Madison to Beloit and finally to New York City, where “The Wallet” will premiere as a short opera. more

Jan 19, 2017 5:00 AM Stage


Wisconsin Historical Society

Madison once boasted a thriving live entertainment scene with a number of ornate, downtown theaters. Jay Rath explores our architectural and entertainment history. more

Jan 12, 2017 5:00 AM Isthmus Cover Stories 3 Comments


Artemisia Gentileschi

A 17th-century rape trial is the basis for a new opera by Madison composer and UW-Madison prof Laura Elise Schwendinger. “Artemisia” premieres in New York City Jan. 7. more

Jan 5, 2017 5:00 AM MUSIC 1 Comments


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The Great Lakes have gotten publicity because they’re warming up. But data for those lakes dates back only a few decades. Data from Madison’s lakes, which are extremely well studied, also show a consistent climb in temperatures. more

Dec 22, 2016 5:00 AM News


Jeff Miller

The UW’s cherished carillon has been silent since August, and longtime bell-ringer Lyle Anderson would like to continue playing. Now the UW has some fixing to do before the bells can toll once again. more

Dec 1, 2016 5:00 AM MUSIC


Holzman Moss Bottino Architectur

UW-Madison has broken ground and unveiled plans for its new Hamel Music Center. The venue will feature two state-of-the art recital halls and a dramatic entryway. more

Nov 23, 2016 5:00 AM MUSIC


Thomas DeVillers

Community Pharmacy continues to struggle, renewing fears about the health of downtown retail. A new consultant study offers some ideas for how city officials might help boost business. more

Nov 23, 2016 5:00 AM News

Colin Cloud has an uncanny ability to tell people about themselves by observing and deducing. Isthmus talks to the real-life Sherlock Holmes in advance of his appearance with the Illusionists at Overture Center, Nov. 22-27. more

Nov 17, 2016 5:00 AM Stage

Madison icon Sly Sylvester has lost his progressive talk radio show on WEKZ-FM, and will now become a DJ. It’s another blow for progressive radio in Madison, after a format change last week on 92.1 The Mic. more

Nov 14, 2016 2:24 PM News 3 Comments


Jonathan Brown

Starting Nov. 10 an LED waterfall will flow down the side of the former AT&T building at 316 W. Washington Ave. The commissioned mural on the side of the 10-story building was designed by a Houston-based firm. more

Nov 10, 2016 5:00 AM A & E