Jay Rath

Although it may be haunted by the ghost of Joel Gersmann, Broom Street Theater has moved beyond the 1960s counterculture while still staying true to its roots. Read more

Isthmus Cover Stories

“Ojibwe, Activist, Priest: The Life of Philip Bergin Gordon, Tibishkogijik” is a scholarly book that presents a dry account of a remarkable life. Read more



John Gruber

A photography exhibit at the Dane County Regional Airport examines the rich history of railroads in the region. Read more

Visual Arts

The Wisconsin Historical Society Press releases “Rebel Poet: More Stories from a 21st Century Indian,” a second volume from the brilliant Louis V. Clark III (Two Shoes), a poet from the Oneida Nation. Read more


Area businesses are encouraged to attend Dane Arts Buy Local, an art market and educational event that matches artists to buyers. Read more

Visual Arts


David Michael Miller

We have a plan! Some of the recommendations of the Madison Cultural Plan are being followed, but sometimes it seems like Karin Wolf, the city’s arts program administrator, is the only one using it. Read more

A & E


Taliesin Preservation

Will UNESCO designation for some Frank Lloyd Wright buildings mean more tourists? Wisconsin business owners and tourism officials are hoping for more international traffic. Read more

Visual Arts 3 Comments


Mark Hertzberg

Back before the scandals and the fame, Frank Lloyd Wright designed “cottages” on Delavan Lake. A new book looks at the legacy of Penwern, a whimsical example of the architect’s early work. Read more

Books 2 Comments


City of Madison

Madison is drafting a preservation plan that would prioritize preserving community history, not just pretty buildings. Read more

News 1 Comments

With slight increases in budget and some marketing schemes in place, there might be hope for renewed arts funding in Wisconsin under Gov. Tony Evers’ administration. Read more

A & E

“The Astronaut Who Painted the Moon: The True Story of Alan Bean” is a picture book by former Isthmus editor Dean Robbins, who got a chance to collaborate with one of his childhood heroes. Read more



CAS4 Architecture

McGrath Property Group’s five-floor mixed use project would include 153 apartments, 220 parking spaces and 11,000 square-feet of commercial space. Read more

News 2 Comments


Carolyn Fath Ashby

Prairie Unitarian Universalist Society celebrates a golden anniversary with a 996-page history. Read more


Surprises are in store if you open up the drawers in Phil Heckman’s “On Ouisconsin: An Illustrated Historical Catalog” at Sequoya Library. Read more

Visual Arts

Harold Schmitz, a Milwaukee-based artist, was drafted into the Army Air Corps as an artist in World War II. “In My Spare Moments” at the Wisconsin Veterans Museum displays his art an his tools, giving a special glimpse into an unusual assignment. Read more

Visual Arts


RDG Dahlquist Art Studio

“Both/And — Tolerance/Innovation” is a new sculpture unveiled on lower State Street, near Library Mall. It was Plan B for the city, which scrapped plans for a different piece of art. Read more

Visual Arts


Wisconsin Historical Society

The city has given the owner of the historic Suhr house on Langdon Street a deadline to fix the structure or risk losing it through demolition by neglect. Read more

News 5 Comments

Moving Forward is one of several local businesses that help with senior downsizing. It’s a task that can be overwhelming both physically and mentally. Read more


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



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


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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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    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.