Linda Falkenstein

It could well be the biggest woman-only gathering of chefs and artisanal food producers ever held in the state. Femmestival showcases under-represented women food and beverage producers, as well as artists. Read more


Let’s Eat Out discontinues its summer dinners in city parks. But fundraising event coordination will continue through the city’s street vending coordinator. Read more

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Dana Dufek

A dual-level brewpub and tasting room is slated for 110 King St. The new Young Blood Brewing Co. will occupy the basement and first floor; Sun Prairie’s Plain Spoke canned cocktails on the second. Read more


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Nicole Taylor

In January, Angela Trudell Vasquez became the seventh poet to hold the volunteer position of poet laureate of Madison. She’s a longtime social justice activist and poet of witness, but she is also a poet of play and of place. Read more

Isthmus Cover Stories


Linda Falkenstein

Larry Schmitt is one of the few experts in nalbinding in the country. It predates knitting and crochet and dates back to 6500 B.C. Read more

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Ruben Cantu

“We’ve never compromised on what we started out to do — source locally and demonstrate that you can eat locally year-round,” says Lori Stern, owner of Cow & Quince in New Glarus. The restaurant is for sale because Stern is ready for the next chapter Read more

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Midwest Story Lab

Patrick Johnson’s poetry collection, “The Gatekeeper” is inspired by Johnson’s horror and fascination with the “deep web.” Read more



Linda Falkenstein

Feel better about eating out at lunch by ordering a special. Even downtown restaurants have deals. Read more


Susan Kay finds a commercial space for Bayk Madison. The babka bakery is expanding, but not beyond babka. Read more

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Carolyn Fath Ashby

Baum Revision is requesting a new liquor license for Garver Feed Mill. Jonny Hunter is no longer the caterer for the space. Read more

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Jennifer Mans

It was not a banner year for Madison restaurants. There wasn’t a clear ingredient hook or discernible dish trend. Read more

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New owner at The Green Owl, Erick Fruehling, plans to keep the menu much the same, and vegetarian/vegan. But there will be a few new dishes to keep things lively. Read more

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Michael Sullivan

The closing of Underground Butcher and Forequarter are just outward signs of deeper legal troubles surrounding Underground founder Jonny Hunter. Back taxes and several lawsuits are pending. Read more

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Conrad's Grill

Conrad’s Grill opens on State Street, Crandall’s has closed on State Street but will relocate. Read more


Q: What is hard to pick, but easy to wrap? A: Books. The well-chosen gift book can pique someone’s interest and create a whole new passion. Read more

Isthmus Giving


The Audrey Kitchen + Bar

The Audrey is a beautiful dining space in the Monona Terrace Hilton, and its menu is thoughtfully put together. But the seasonings in most dishes are way off. Read more



Todd Hubler

Braisin’ Hussies comes out on top in city food cart review. But the overall number of competing carts is down. Read more


Food news in Madison: Icki Sticki’s second location in Verona is also expanding its menu from ice cream and Hawaiian shave ice. Cadre is open in the former Oliver’s with Evan Dannells’ French-influenced farm-to-table menu. Read more

Food News

Don’t let a glimpse through the glass windows be your only experience of this year’s MMoCA Triennial. Read more

Visual Arts


Tim Samuelson

The architect Frank Lloyd Wright lived an unconventional life. And Paul Hendrickson’s new biography, “Plagued by Fire,” takes an unconventional approach, reading like a thriller. Read more


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    Linda Falkenstein

    Nalbinding creates a thick material that works well in cold weather gear like mittens.

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    Linda Falkenstein

    Nalbinding creates a thick material that works well in cold weather gear like mittens.

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    Linda Falkenstein

    The spicy tuna poke at FreshFin gets its zip from slices of raw jalapeño.

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    Linda Falkenstein

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    Linda Falkenstein

    Sweet cornbread, crisp beer-battered fries, lean ribs and a farmhouse ale make a great Thursday special. The pulled pork sandwich is available Tuesday through Sunday.

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    Linda Falkenstein

    Life drawing sessions — drawing a living, breathing human being who is right in front of you — are free this summer at the Chazen.