Allison Geyer

The good news: It’s almost the holiday season! The bad news: You are broke. Here are some ideas for classy gifts that won’t break the bank. more

Isthmus Giving

Every comedian dreams about getting that Netflix special. Madison comedian Dina Nina Martinez is bootstrapping her own version at this year’s Lady Laughs Comedy Festival. more



Amy Stocklein

Deceptively simple and delicious, the flavors of the Middle East are worth seeking out at Dubai Mediterranean Restaurant. more



Brett Stepanik

Skateboarding is relatively new in China. But these Chinese international students at UW-Madison are learning to shred in their new hometown. more

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The couple bringing a grocery store to one of Madison’s most notorious food deserts is hoping to raise $50,000 after a series of setbacks delayed the project. But the store is on track to open Nov. 15. more




Inspired by cartoons and skateboard designs, an enigmatic street artist has been decorating Madison’s east side with surrealist nostalgia. more

Visual Arts


David Michael Miller

The Solidarity Sing Along turned triumphant the day after Democrat Tony Evers defeated Gov. Scott Walker. The group will keep singing until he’s out of office — and possibly after that, too. more

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Matthew Norman

Democrat Tony Evers pulled off the impossible Tuesday night, toppling Gov. Scott Walker and breaking Republicans’ eight-year run of dominance over Wisconsin state government. People got pretty excited. more

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David Michael Miller

Ticketmaster is under fire after an investigative report revealed collusion with scalpers who use digital tools to buy tickets in bulk and resell them on secondary sites. more

MUSIC 1 Comments


Laura Zastrow

The Madison East Shopping Center is adding a retail store selling products made at Christine’s Kitchen, a shared commercial kitchen used by nearly a dozen local food entrepreneurs. more

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Carolyn Fath

Employees at AlphaGraphics Madison are “disturbed” after discovering that a former coworker was secretly recording them in the women’s bathroom. more

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Beth Skogen

One year after opening, Madison’s homeless day shelter is serving far more people than anticipated — including a surprising number of families. Despite the struggles, The Beacon seems to be hitting its stride. more

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Ian DeGraff

UW Press has reputation for publishing some of the best LGBTQ literature in the nation. Outgoing executive editor Raphael Kadushin had the vision that made it possible. more


Vocalist Leslie Damaso felt disconnected from her roots in the Philippines. Rediscovering Kundiman, the traditional art songs of the southeast island nation, helped her gain a sense of self. more



Paul Sirianni

One of Madison’s oldest retail destinations, Hilldale Shopping Center has undergone a major facelift in the last few years. Now, new restaurants and coffee shops are flocking to the updated space. more


Harriet Gomez came to the U.S. from Gambia seeking a better life. Now she wants to share the flavors of West Africa with Madison. more



University of Wisconsin-Madison

First came locally brewed beer. Then came locally sourced ingredients. Soon, brewers could be using locally sourced yeast — a new species discovered right here in Wisconsin. more

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Since WORT 89.9 FM radio station released its first compilation of Wisconsin political protest songs in 2012, state and local politics have only gotten more toxic. But on the bright side, artists wrote enough songs to do a whole new album. more



Joe Tarr

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement arrested 83 immigrants in Wisconsin during a four-day “enforcement surge.” Local leaders say the operation was a breach of normal protocol. And for Madison’s immigrant community, it was an act of terror. more

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With more breweries and fewer distributors, some beermakers are seeking out new options to get noticed in a crowded market. O’so Brewing Company’s proposed taproom on East Washington Avenue could be part of a growing trend. more

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

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    Ice cream creations as pretty as they are sweet.

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