Catherine Capellaro


Hillary Schave

Sandra Gajic, who worked her way up through the ranks of Canadian arts organizations to become Overture’s first female president and CEO, has died at age 66. We revisit Catherine Capellaro’s Feb. 2019 profile of Gajic. Read more

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Margaret Johnson

With adoptions, foster homes, a barn cat program and low-cost spays and neuters, the Madison Cat Project is trying to keep more cats alive. Read more

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Here, kitty! Isthmus staff and freelancers share their favorite onscreen cat characters. Read more

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A lot of folks have some form of musical expression in them, just waiting for an open channel. Here are some ideas of gifts for wannabe musicians and music lovers. Read more

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Sharing the stories of working people has defined the remarkable 50-year career of documentarian Julia Reichert. She’s at Cinematheque on Nov. 16 with “Seeing Red: Stories of American Communists.” Read more

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Cat Capellaro sat in on Hanna Bruer’s live painting events at HotelRed on Gallery Night. Read more



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Longtime classical music critic John W. Barker has died, according to an email from his wife, Margaret, who says at the very end he urged her to listen to Bruckner’s 6th symphony. Read more

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Scott Feiner

In just two shows, Catherine Capellaro went from being a Joel Gersmann favorite to a spot on his blacklist. She shares her recollections of working with Joel alongside this week’s Isthmus cover story. Read more

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Dennis Drenner

Jeannie Vanasco’s memoir, “Things We Didn’t Talk About When I Was a Girl” is complicated, heartwarming and heart-wrenching. In it, she confronts the friend who raped her 14 years prior. Read more



Roger Turner

Glenn Silber, one of the directors of the groundbreaking “The War at Home,” visits Madison for a special screening of the restored documentary Oct. 13 at the Orpheum Theater. Read more




Joe Willie Smith believes everyone can be an artist and finds everyday objects musical. With a little help from his new friends, he created an instrument from objects found at Promega’s campus. Read more


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Carolyn Fath Ashby

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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It’s hard to keep still and quiet while watching “Say Amen, Somebody,” a documentary that shines a spotlight on U.S. gospel pioneers. Read more


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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Anton Grassl

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

TV & Video

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    The Middleton Community Orchestra fetes longtime classical music critic John Barker, right, with a concert in his honor.

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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.