Jay Rath


WHS 88401

As the East Washington Ella’s Deli closes, we look back to the origins of Mad City’s fave deli. The original started as Rosen’s Delicatessen on State Street. more

Jan 11, 2018 5:00 AM FOOD & DRINK 6 Comments


Judy Pfaff and Tandem Press

Tandem Press has a stellar national reputation as a professional art press. But after three decades, the press will expand to open its own gallery on Commercial Avenue. more

Jan 4, 2018 5:00 AM Visual Arts 1 Comments

Provenance Hotels proposes a high-end nine-story hotel with 110 to 120 rooms, two bars and restaurants and a rooftop terrace. But the facility would provide no parking and would need special city exceptions to zoning regulations. more

Dec 14, 2017 5:00 AM News 2 Comments

From fairytale illustrations to pulp magazine covers, the “Fantastic Illustration” exhibit at the Chazen Museum of Art explores the work of underappreciated and innovative artists. more

Nov 30, 2017 5:00 AM Visual Arts


Thomas DeVillers

Residents fear a Monopoly model — with developers accumulating several parcels in order to exchange green plastic houses for larger red “hotels” (in this case apartment buildings) — might become a prototype in Madison’s traditional neighborhoods. more

Oct 5, 2017 5:00 AM News 5 Comments

The art is real, even if the story is fake in Madison native Beauvais Lyons’ exhibit of lithographs, on display at Edgewood College through Oct. 8. more

Sep 14, 2017 5:00 AM Visual Arts


WHS 70856

Millions of people have passed through Camp Randall, which celebrates its 100th birthday this year. It’s the oldest stadium in the Big Ten. more

Aug 31, 2017 5:00 AM Isthmus Cover Stories

Amy Gilman, the new director of the Chazen Museum of Art, wants to help the museum stretch in new directions. more

Aug 31, 2017 5:00 AM A & E


Amy Kucharik

As it approaches a half-century of existence, Madison’s scrappy Broom Street Theater welcomes its fourth artistic director, playwright and novelist Doug Reed. more

Aug 17, 2017 5:00 AM Stage

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Sharon and Danny Brower

UW-Madison scientists helps unlock rattlesnake mystery that could aid medical research more

Jul 27, 2017 5:00 AM News


Wisconsin Historical Society

Where did Monona come from? The town of Blooming Grove, of course. It was also once a center or bootlegging and prostitution. more

Jul 27, 2017 5:00 AM Isthmus Cover Stories

Although he’s well-known elsewhere, it’s taken a long time for artist Bill Amundson to get a show in Madison. His whimsical satirical drawings are at the Madison’s Central Library through July 27. more

Jul 20, 2017 5:00 AM A & E

“Stark Plug Book.Com" is a new graphic novel from local artist and printmaker Steve Chappell. more

Jul 20, 2017 5:00 AM Books

“Taking Sides” at the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art shows how artists have challenged and provoked, from the 1700s to the present. more

Jul 6, 2017 5:00 AM Visual Arts

The first-ever guided tours of the village of Maple Bluff will be offered July 16 by the Madison Trust for Historic Preservation. The docent-led walking tours will focus on ritzy Cambridge Road. more

Jul 6, 2017 5:00 AM Emphasis


Wisconsin Historical Society

Officially the Capitol Square is the Capitol Park. Today’s steps, lighting fixtures, urns and approaches were all part of the current building’s design. more

Jun 29, 2017 5:00 AM Isthmus Cover Stories

Many of the Capitol’s artists had worked at the Chicago’s World Fair, including Edwin Howland Blashfield, who painted “The Resources of Wisconsin.” more

Jun 29, 2017 5:00 AM A & E


Colleen Hayes

Depending on how you count it, Wisconsin’s Capitol building is either its third or fifth. This week it turns 100. more

Jun 29, 2017 5:00 AM Isthmus Cover Stories


David Michael Miller

A host of World’s Fair architects, artists and artisans were brought to Madison to help create the Capitol’s exterior. Their sculptures are meant to symbolize the values of the state. more

Jun 29, 2017 5:00 AM A & E


Carolyn Fath

Percent for the Arts is an economic stimulus idea dating back to the Great Depression. Starting in 1934, the U.S. Department of Treasury required 1 percent of the cost of federal building projects be spent on art and decoration. more

Jun 1, 2017 5:00 AM News