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Jay Rath

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

Books

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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

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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

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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

Books

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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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Eric Tadsen

Truax Field has been in Madison since World War II, but many local residents don’t know what goes on there or what Guard members do there. Jay Rath took a tour. Read more

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Wisconsin Historical Society

It was originally a marsh. Later, it was a city unto itself, with two movie theaters, a clinic, hospital, dentists, recreation rooms, a library, 20 warehouses, an obstacle course, firing range, and chapels “at convenient points on the field.” Read more

Isthmus Cover Stories

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Tommy Washbush

With workshops in graphic medicine and courses in comics, UW-Madison is becoming a hotbed for an art form that is growing in popularity. Jay Rath looks at the long history of cartooning in the city and state, and promising developments on campus. Read more

Isthmus Cover Stories

One of Madison’s most successful original productions is back for a new generation. Mercury Players Theatre is staging a revival of "Temps! The Musical!" Read more

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UW-Madison boasts several murals by the late James Watrous, one of the university’s most well-known artists. While doing inventory in the lower level of Grainger Hall, Angela Richardson discovered a study the artist created for a major mural. Read more

Visual Arts

No one does opera quite like Fresco Opera Theatre. The troupe’s latest invention is a world premiere of “Queen of the Night,” a prequel to Mozart’s “The Magic Flute.” Read more

Stage

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Darren Lee

After 19 years at the helm of Madison Ballet, W. Earle Smith will depart. The company’s final concert of the season, “Rise,” celebrates his prolific contributions. Read more

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Madison Design Professionals

Flying vehicles and towering obelisks? Artists, designers and architects envision our future in “Future Possible: Imagining Madison,” a groundbreaking exhibit at the Wisconsin Academy’s James Watrous Gallery. Read more

Visual Arts

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Ross Zentner

Winning performances combine to boost Forward’s production of “Exit Strategy” into an instant audience favorite. Read more

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Peter Jakubowski

Sound Out Loud, a new music chamber ensemble mostly made up of UW-Madison music students, wins the prestigious American Prize for chamber music in the college/university division. Read more

MUSIC

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Joan Marcus

Yes, the wildly popular “Hamilton” will finally come to Madison in 2019/20. We try to clear up some confusion on the hoops you need to jump through to be guaranteed a seat. 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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    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.