Shelby Criswell


  • Five new restaurants you need to try in Madison, Wisconsin

    Where should you be eating? These five spots took top honors in our 2019 reader poll for favorite new restaurant. Read more


  • Tangent to become Vintage

    A big win at the Great American Beer Festival prompts Vintage to make some changes. Tangent, its downtown location, will be renamed to highlight its Vintage connection. Read more


  • For the birds

    An estimated 1 billion birds die every year after flying into glass on buildings. The deaths are preventable. And the Madison Audubon Society, UW-Madison and an army of volunteers are trying to make buildings safer for feathered friends. Read more


  • Mead is the word

    A meadery in North Freedom? One of the world’s oldest alcoholic beverages could bring new vitality to the small community. Read more

  • A better coffee shop

    Helbachs is an asset to Middleton’s developing downtown. It offers breakfast, lunch, brunch — and house-roasted coffee drinks are also bringing in a steady stream of customers. Read more


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  • Wisconsin Triennial

    Juried exhibition of Wisconsin art, 10/19-2/16, Madison Museum of Contemporary Art (reception 6-9 pm, 10/18, $10; talks: Chele Isaac & Helen Hawley 6:30 pm, 11/1; Stephen Perkins 1 pm, 11/7; Tomiko Jones & Tom Jones 6:30 pm, 12/6). Read more

    Oct 18, 2019Feb 16, 2020

    Madison Museum of Contemporary Art

    Art Exhibits & Events Isthmus Picks

  • Roald Dahl's Matilda the Musical

    Children's Theater of Madison, 10/11-27, Overture Center-Playhouse, at 7 pm Fridays and 2 & 7 pm Saturdays, plus 2:30 pm on 10/13 & 27, 1 & 6:30 pm on 10/20 and 7 pm, 10/24. $42-$31. Read more

    Oct 18, 2019

    7:00 PM

    Overture Center-Playhouse

    Isthmus Picks Kids & Family Theater & Dance

  • Dog Sees God

    StageQ checks in on what could have happened to the Peanuts gang as teenagers, 10/4-19, Bartell Theatre, at 7:30 pm Thursdays-Saturdays (2 pm on 10/19), plus 2 pm Sunday 10/13. $20. Read more

    Oct 18, 2019

    7:30 PM

    Bartell Theatre

    Isthmus Picks Theater & Dance

  • Held: A Musical Fantasy

    Music Theatre of Madison, Arts for All Wisconsin & XTension Dance Company production of Kelly Maxwell and Meghan Rose's story of three trapped friends: 7 pm, 10/11, Arts for All; 7 pm, 10/12, Forte Studios, Mount Horeb; 7:30 pm, 10/17-19, Threshold. Read more

    Oct 18, 2019

    7:30 PM

    Isthmus Picks Theater & Dance

  • Madison Symphony Orchestra

    Featuring Rachel Barton Pine, violin, 7:30 pm on 10/18, 8 pm on 10/19 and 2:30 pm, 10/20. Read more

    Oct 18, 2019

    7:30 PM

    Overture Center-Overture Hall

    Isthmus Picks Music

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