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James Heimer

Madison is trying to end homelessness with a Housing First strategy. But is the company it selected to oversee its new developments the best fit? Read more

Isthmus Cover Stories 2 Comments


Shaysa Sidebottom

More women are becoming brewmasters or work brewing beer. Perception of women as beer lightweights is fading slowly but surely. Read more



The Cider Farm

Madison’s first dedicated cidery taphouse is on the verge of opening. Co-owner John Biondi wants to bring high-quality, orchard-based cider to town. Read more



Amy Stocklein

Cafe Brittoli, in the old Cafe Zoma, has a new menu but is still a work in progress. Head for the breakfast sammies and the crepes. Read more

Reviews 2 Comments


Sharon Vanorny, Sean Krajacic

Despite winning the governorship and holding onto a U.S. Senate seat, Democrats mostly fell short in Tuesday’s election, failing to make gains in the state Legislature or with Wisconsin’s eight Congressional districts. Read more

News 2 Comments

Ray Mawst of Sun Prairie is keeping hand-lettering techniques alive. In a digital era, there’s something appealing about doing it the old-fashioned way. Read more


With a new album in tow, Ontario punkers The Dirty Nil plan to get freaky here in Madison. They play Freakfest on Oct. 27. Read more



Chris Roberts

Curds are pure Wisconsin. A California transplant comes to appreciate the local dining favorite. Read more

FOOD & DRINK 2 Comments

Foraging is not restricted to the wilderness. Wisconsin forager extraordinaire Sam Thayer will give three workshops, on fall seasonal, urban and rural foraging as part of the upcoming Fermentation Fest. Read more