Sally Franson

Mike Lawler and Talish Barrow know the subject matter of their new documentary play, "Cancer Stories", can't exactly compete with "Iron Man 2" for lighthearted summer entertainment. more

May 27, 2010 2:00 PM Stage

Folk-pop wunderkind Amos Lee said little at the beginning of his set, letting the music speak for itself. He was backed up by a keyboardist and bassist (no drums). The sound was pure, the harmonies impossibly tight. more

Apr 26, 2010 4:09 PM MUSIC


Sally Franson

Day Two of the Wisconsin Film Festival kicked off at around five on Thursday's gorgeous and sunny afternoon. I skidded into the Memorial Union after work, dodging overly bronzed collegiates and beer pitcher holders, and ducked into the Union Theater for the 5:30 screening of "Cooking History". more

Apr 16, 2010 11:39 AM Movies

Like a moth to a flame, I was drawn back. Less than a month after "Isthmus" published the tale of my month embedded in the Dane County Republican Party, I found myself hanging out with local conservatives again, this time at their monthly Pints and Politics event. more

Apr 8, 2010 2:35 PM News


Pierre-Paul Pariseau

Last month, I set out to acquaint myself with as many local Republicans as I could by going undercover into the Dane County GOP. For weeks I attended the local party's events: I gave my real name, answered personal questions honestly, and tried to keep an open mind. Mostly what I did was listen. more

Mar 12, 2010 3:00 PM Isthmus Cover Stories

Zola Jesus celebrated the release of her new EP, "Stridulum", last night at theProject Lodge. The show marked the UW-Madison's student's return to playing in her hometown after a year's absence, and based on the raucous admiration from the audience, she was sorely missed. more

Mar 7, 2010 5:38 PM MUSIC

An eager and estrogen-dominated audience filled Overture Hall last night for an intimate evening with Elizabeth Gilbert, celebrity author and patron saint of divorcees. Gilbert's memoir of her travels, "Eat, Pray, Love", exploded onto the New York Times bestseller list in 2006 and subsequently catapulted Gilbert into literary rock star fame. more

Feb 12, 2010 4:23 PM Books

I remember that she wore red shoes. Her feet were tiny and she was wearing pantyhose. She examined the lump on my neck for all of 20 seconds before leaning back in her swivel chair and pronouncing: "This is probably a lymphoma." more

Dec 31, 2009 3:00 PM Isthmus Cover Stories

Buyer, beware: A hipster invasion is at hand. Unless you missed the (giant) advertisements and the (giant) posters of provocatively posed women in the unfinished windows, you caught wind some time ago that American Apparel is coming to town - State Street, to be exact, where the Reebok store used to be. more

Aug 1, 2008 2:00 PM Emphasis

"Delicious" and "sweet" are not exactly the first words that come to mind when describing the Blues salon, an east-side staple that recently celebrated its five-year anniversary at the Orpheum. more

Jul 25, 2008 2:00 PM MUSIC

I decided to check out Jade Monkey this month after hearing buzz from various sources -- a fun-loving older woman from my former temp job as well as some quintessentially hip roller derby girls. I figured any place that caters to both the bowling crowd and the bowl-'em-over crowd can't be a bad spot, and I'm always up for touting locales on my dear east side. more

Jul 25, 2008 2:00 PM MUSIC

If medieval alchemy was the fruitless pursuit of turning lead into gold, maybe the quest in postmodern alchemy should be something more realistic. Something, for example, like turning a grilled cheese sandwich into something gourmet. more

Jul 25, 2008 2:00 PM MUSIC

I'm not usually a gal for one-stop shopping. Wal-Marts, Costcos and mega-malls give me the creeps (I'd rather not buy tires and tank tops in the same place, thank you very much), and even reading the duty-free catalogs on airplanes can send me into conniptions. more

Jul 17, 2008 2:00 PM Emphasis

Let's face it: We're biased about wigs in this country. Say the words "fake hair," and what do we think? Paris Hilton, Donald Trump, and those really bad Halloween costumes that never turn you into the sexy witch the plastic bag promised. more

Jul 3, 2008 2:00 PM Emphasis

Greeting a visitor to the Green Parasol are one giant, fake tree with leaves cut out of sheet music, and a curtain of paper hanging down from the ceiling. Public radio plays, as opposed to easy listening, and not one item in the women's boutique has been featured in Us Weekly. Buyer, beware, this is no trip to West Towne - but rather a traditional (and experiential) shopping oasis. more

Jun 19, 2008 2:00 PM Emphasis

Luckily for Madisonians, the search for La Bella Vita needn't go any further than a less-than-a-gallon schlep to Middleton and the boutique and gallery of the same name. more

Jun 5, 2008 2:00 PM Emphasis

Owner Coni Marotz, a former rug buyer at Sergenian's, has compiled an eclectic mix of new and recovered home furnishings and gifts that inspire anyone to transform their home into a Breakfast at Tiffany's-style party pad. The look is understated luxury - class with a wink. more

May 22, 2008 2:00 PM Emphasis

Let's be honest. Arts and crafts were never your cup of (loose, organic) tea. After the closing of the adorably user-friendly Jade Mountain Beads on East Johnson Street, what was a girl to do with her busy hands? more

May 8, 2008 3:00 PM Emphasis

Provence: Famous for its lavender, its painters and that one herb in the spice rack that smells really nice. Yet France's most southeasterly region has more to offer the world than timeless art and famous cuisine. Thanks to Olivier Baussan, who opened the first L'Occitane en Provence in 1980, the essence of the province has been preserved and bottled for those of us still chapped from a long winter. more

Apr 25, 2008 2:00 PM Emphasis