Maureen Leary


Sharon Vanorny

Even a 'Great City for Kids' like Madison, with its booster-seat-centric dining scene, needs to embrace its not-so-family-friendly side after dark. And while it may not be Vegas, Madison offers a diverse selection of late-night dining options, whether you're looking for an upscale post-theater nosh or just a little something to head off the bed-spins. more

Isthmus Dining

Curated by Richard H. Axsom, professor emeritus of art history at the University of Michigan, In Depth is composed of more than 100 paintings, prints, photographs, mixed-media works and sculptures from the museum's over 5,000-piece permanent collection of 20th- and 21st-century art. more

A & E

'By the end of the night we were totally annoyed by each other, and I let him stick his tongue in my mouth anyway.' This is but one of many amusing if unsettlingly recognizable observations about the absurdities of dating made by Haley Walker (Martie Sanders), a single mother reentering the singles scene in the Madison Repertory Theatre's production of Theresa Rebeck's Bad Dates. more


"Adventures in Iowa are like steep hills ' pretty hard to come by." Also hard to come by are humorous plays about the Midwest that don't reduce Midwesterners to chirpy, folksy caricatures. Fortunately Tim Clue and Spike Manton's Leaving Iowa (at the Overture Center Playhouse through Aug. 27) achieves just this with its smart, funny and at times poignant look at what it means to grow up in (and ultimately leave) small-town Iowa. more