Catherine Capellaro

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Isthmus toured UW-Madison's new crown jewel, the Hamel Music Center, on Sept. 16. It's the first academic building on campus to be funded entirely by private donors. Dozens of Wisconsin tradespeople, artisans and artists contributed to the design. Read more

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Catherine Capellaro

John Barker, longtime Isthmus classical music critic, has retired from his duties. The Middleton Community Orchestra lauds him by dedicating the fall season to him and presenting a concert in his home, at Capitol Lakes. Read more

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In “Neither Wolf Nor Dog” a white writer is kidnapped (sort of) by two Native American men who take him on a journey through Indian Country to impart lessons of spirituality and history. Read more



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Natives know all the best places. From parks to restaurants, libraries to makerspaces, Isthmus staff share their favorites. Read more

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“American Factory” takes a close, personal look at the workforce in Dayton, Ohio, after the Chinese-owned Fuyao Group reopens a shuttered GM plant, offering non-union jobs to former auto workers. Read more



Sarah Decker

Madison venues, from massive to tiny, are hosting memorable concerts this winter and fall. Isthmus’ music writers teamed up to share their favorite picks. Read more

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There are big changes afoot at UW-Madison’s Chazen Museum of Art. The museum announced last week that starting in September, it will be open every day from 8 am to 8 pm, and is adding a first-floor cafe. Read more

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The Netflix series “Special” — created by its star Ryan O’Connell — tackles issues of disability and identity with humor and pathos. The show is presented in eight bite-sized episodes that pack a punch. Read more

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“Knock Down the House” is a powerful documentary available on Netflix that shows the power of community organizing as it tracks the longshot candidacies of four women Congressional candidates in 2018. We’re all familiar with one of them: AOC Read more

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Michael Holt has spent the last couple of decades refining the art of the house concert. Now the troubadour applies these principles to a traveling workshop and forthcoming book, “Eating Music.” Read more



Andy Manis

From holding Maya Angelou’s grocery bags to overseeing a multimillion dollar renovation, Ralph Russo has seen a lot in his 35 years with the Wisconsin Union Theater — 17 of them spent as director. Read more

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In 1972, a camera crew led by Sydney Pollack captured a live recording of Aretha Franklin’s gospel album at a Los Angeles Baptist Church. The result is “Amazing Grace,” one of the greatest concert films ever made. Read more



Kori Feener

An estimated 10,000 people rallied at the Capitol in support of budget proposals from Gov. Tony Evers: granting driver’s licenses to non-citizens and providing in-state tuition to undocumented students who graduate from Wisconsin high schools. Read more



Stephanie Hofmann

From art exhibits to documentaries, stage plays and floating parades, you’d be a fool to miss these wonderful spring events. Read more

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Tickets are still available for some fantastic films showing at this year’s Wisconsin Film Festival. Isthmus critics dug in to another round, to help procrastinators pick their films. Read more

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Jennifer Johnson

As debates rage about representation in Hollywood and on television, we chatted with five Wisconsin filmmakers, women and people of color, showing work at this year’s Wisconsin Film Festival. The results were illuminating. Read more

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Forget your troubles by laughing at ridiculous corporate musicals in “Bathtubs Over Broadway” or get some perspective by viewing the majestic creatures in “Elephant Path.” Here’s our first round of reviews for this year's Wisconsin Film Festival. Read more

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“Shrill,” which stars SNL’s Aidy Bryant, is a game-changer. It’s inspired by Lindy West’s groundbreaking book of essays, and tracks the life and career of a young journalist seeking acceptance, from the inside and out. Read more

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Jonathan Raymond Popp

“Trouble in Mind” — a collaboration between UW-Madison’s Afro-American Studies department and KRASS Women’s Theatre — shows an integrated cast wrestling with race and representation backstage in the 1950s. Read more



Hillary Schave

Catherine Capellaro talks to Overture’s new president and CEO, Sandra Gajic, about her journey from her childhood in Yugoslavia to Madison, by way of Canada. It’s an immigrant’s tale, and a love story about the performing arts. Read more

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    Visitors may experience the sensation of entering a three-dimensional blueprint..

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    Madison women joined an estimated half-million protesters from around the country.

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    Fiona Wolfe (left) and Wei Li Werner, both East High seniors, on the 36-hour journey.

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    As the sun set, thousands of protesters deposited signs along the fences surrounding the White House.