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Allison Geyer

Since the mid-2000s, the popularity of Community Supported Fisheries (CSFs) has grown — even in the landlocked Midwest. In fact, Madison is one of the hottest markets for wild-caught Alaskan seafood. more

Food News

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Jennifer Bastian

In April, Madison power pop quartet Proud Parents became the first local band signed to the excellent punk label Dirtnap Records, which is now located in Madison. They have a new album out and plans to conquer the world. more

MUSIC

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Carolyn Fath

The Tin Fox, a family-owned spot serving lunch, dinner and weekend brunch, balances reimagined comfort food with high-end modernist cuisine. more

Reviews

A former zookeeper, Adam Pankratz creates joyful, emotive portraits inspired by the animal kingdom. With each sale, he donates a portion of proceeds to a conservation charity related to the animal in the painting. more

Isthmus Cover Stories

The new cafe and music venue coming to the old Sons of Norway Lodge could become the first restaurant in Madison to do away with tipping. more

FOOD & DRINK

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Sonya Belakhlef

Madison native Emma Witmer is making a name for herself in Brooklyn’s DIY scene and beyond for her charmingly witty and acerbic lo-fi pop project gobbinjr. more

MUSIC

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UW Archives

The Ku Klux Klan had a presence at UW-Madison in the 1920s, and the university is in the midst of reckoning with its racist history — both the lingering climate of intolerance and the physical spaces named for KKK members. more

Isthmus Cover Stories

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Lauren Justice Lauren Justice for Isthmus

For six decades, the Ben Franklin store in Monona was the place to go for arts and crafts supplies, custom framing and friendly service. When the store closes at the end of the month, a new tenant is moving in. more

Snapshot

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Macha Tea Company

Whether it’s a new chef, a new dish or an unexpected location, there’s just something fun about a pop-up dinner. Madison’s scene has been hot for years, and it shows no sign of slowing down. more

FOOD & DRINK

U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan says he never thought his opinion of President Donald Trump could be any lower. Then he toured the detention centers where immigrant children have been taken away from their parents and held in cages. more

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Sweet, simple melodies are taken apart and reassembled in new and wonderful ways on Dear Friend, the debut album from longtime Madison bassist John Christensen. more

MUSIC

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Cara Howe / Netflix

Her brilliant savagery at the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner put Michelle Wolf into the spotlight. Her new Netflix show is going to keep her there. more

TV & Video

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Michael Sullivan

Eight months ago, a group of LGBTQ creatives came together and created a collaborative art and event space on the city’s east side. Now the members are dispersing, but a new generation hopes to keep the spirit of the space alive. more

Snapshot

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Allison Geyer

The old Sons of Norway lodge on Winnebago street will soon become a music venue and restaurant. more

MUSIC

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AMY STOCKLEIN

Meat gets all the glory, but the bun can make or break a burger. From brioche to pretzel to ciabatta, there are plenty of ways to wrap your patty. more

FOOD & DRINK

Indie-rock band Paper Holland is more closely associated with Milwaukee, but the drummer lives in Madison and they’re working on booking some shows here in town. Their new album "Galápagos" is required summer listening. more

MUSIC

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Carolyn Fath

Last month, Madison’s first Total Wine & More store opened in West Towne Mall. The chain boasts crazy-low prices on more than 8,000 wines, 3,000 spirits and 2,500 beers. Can local wine and neighborhood liquor stores compete? more

FOOD & DRINK

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AMY STOCKLEIN

It’s not the best restaurant in town, but it’s also not the worst! Bistro Honda offers budget-friendly Japanese fare — and a few surprises — on Madison’s north side. more

Reviews 1 Comments

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Kyle Herlitzke/ Explore LaCrosse

Mark Twain once waxed poetic about La Crosse, Wisconsin’s quintessential river town. Long a mecca for outdoor recreation, the city’s development is finally starting to catch up. more

Isthmus Summertimes

Madison folk-pop trio Gin, Chocolate & Bottle Rockets will release their sophomore album on June 1. It’s an emotional work from three standout vocalists. more

MUSIC

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    Allison Geyer

    Jacob DeHaven (left) and Tori Vancil, who will serve as cafe manager, are part of the team transforming the lodge.

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    Allison Geyer

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    Allison Geyer

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    Allison Geyer

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    Allison Geyer

    Ice cream creations as pretty as they are sweet.

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    Allison Geyer

    Culinary corn from UW-Madison plant breeder Bill Tracy is bred for flavor.