Jay Rath

Lou and Peter Berryman release “OK So Far…” a new album chock full of gems about Wisconsin and getting older. Read more



Aaron Williams

Designed by Arthur Peabody, UW-Madison’s Field House is one of the university’s signature buildings. It’s getting a much-needed renovation, as campus officials hope to “dress up” this entry to campus. Read more

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Max Wendt

“Fish Fry” is a zany new opera set in a Wisconsin supper club. It’s a co-production of TAPIT and Fresco Opera Theatre opening May 23. Read more


Prolific Wisconsin author Jerry Apps does it again. He’s got a new account of the work of the Civilian Conservation Corps during the Great Depression. Read more

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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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Theater can be intense, and sometimes overwhelming for people on the autism spectrum. That’s why Children’s Theater of Madison continues its tradition of accessibility with sensory-friendly stage productions. Read more


The James Watrous Gallery displays a collection of works by Gaylord Shanilec, an internationally known color engraver and creator of fine art books. Read more

Visual Arts

Rick Gloe has created for himself an unlikely career in the restoration of antique stoves as owner of Madison Stove Works. He has 50 of these beauties for sale and more ready to be restored. Read more


This year’s Wisconsin Film Festival looks to the future — with a doc starring superstar freshman Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez — and the past. Restorations include a 3-D screening of “The Creature from the Black Lagoon.” Read more

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The Capitol Theater’s Grand Barton Organ is one of few surviving the silent film era. Overture Center has secured funds for a long-overdue restoration of the gem. Read more


“Stan & Ollie” introduces new audiences to the groundbreaking comedy of Laurel and Hardy. Read more


Not much is known about the artist Paul Seifert, but the elusive artist’s magnificent paintings are getting their due in a new book by Joe Kapler, lead curator of the Wisconsin Historical Society. Read more



Jeff Klawes

For those tired of sentimental holiday fare, it might be time to check out something completely different: Mercury Players’ “STAR WARS: The Panto Strikes Back.” Read more



Darren Lee

Madison Ballet moves into the “Nutcracker” season with high hopes for a new director, a new headquarters and a million-dollar capital campaign. Read more


The Chazen Museum of Art displays 16 prints from the late great printmaker Warrington Colescott, who died in September. Read more

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Nicki Fietzer

“He’s a ripe target for satire,” Onion co-founder Scott Dikkers says of Tesla creator Elon Musk. Dikkers’ new book, “Welcome to the Future Which Is Mine,” is a collaborative work, written in the voice of Musk. Read more



Bryant Moroder

Isthmus Gift Guide 2018: Focus on gifts that are locally sourced or good for the environment. They do double duty and create twice the joy. Read more

Isthmus Giving

Mildred Harnack, a UW-Madison alum who married a German, was the only American woman executed on Adolph Hitler’s direct orders. On Oct. 31, Madison Arts Commission placed a memorial in Marshall Park. Read more

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Charlie Powell

Intrepid Isthmus explorer Jay Rath beams into the L.A. office of William Shatner in advance of his Sept. 21 visit to the Orpheum, which will screen “Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan.” Read more

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The first Art Fair on the Square was held in 1959. There was no food, no entertainment, no tents. Just art. Read more

Isthmus Cover Stories

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    Jay Rath

    Back away from the Bic and opt for a more personalized pen.

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    Jay Rath

    Dan Ouimet makes ballpoints, rollerballs and fountain pens.

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    My beautiful picture

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    Jay Rath

    Nina’s packs a lot of merchandise into a modest space. Need marshmallow peanut candy? Check. House on the Rock postcard? Check.

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    Jay Rath

    Joel and Judy Marcus in front of the beloved store.