Jay Rath

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. 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.” 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. more

Isthmus Cover Stories


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. 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.” more

Isthmus Cover Stories


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. 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!" more


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. more

Visual Arts


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. 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. 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.” more


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Ross Zentner

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



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. more


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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. more



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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

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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

Visual Arts 1 Comments


Jay Rath

Petrarch wrote “There is no lighter burden, nor more agreeable, than a pen. Other pleasures fail us or wound us while they charm…”. That sentiment is true at Spring Green’s Parus Pen, where Dan Ouimet handcrafts fine writing implements. more


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

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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

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

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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.