Michael Muckian

Violinist Rachel Barton Pine, who overcame a terrible accident to become a superstar, makes her debut with the Madison Symphony Orchestra playing Russian works. Read more



David McClister

The nine-time Grammy nominee and songwriting legend John Hiatt swings through town with his guitar on Oct. 20. He shares some of his secrets with Michael Muckian. Read more


A meadery in North Freedom? One of the world’s oldest alcoholic beverages could bring new vitality to the small community. Read more



Steve McPherson

One person’s trash is another’s art — and a call to action — at “Plastic Entanglements,” a beautiful and thought-provoking new exhibit at the Chazen Museum of Art. Read more

Visual Arts

After crowdfunding a TV pilot, former Madisonian Ben Mulhern is raring to make more episodes of “The Heathen Shane Stevens,” a sitcom featuring a camp counselor at a Christian Bible camp who happens to be an atheist. Read more

TV & Video


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Wisconsin is home to three AVAs — each defined by geographic and climatological features: Lake Wisconsin AVA, Upper Mississippi River Valley AVA, and Wisconsin Ledge AVA. They impart distinct characteristics to wines made with grapes grown there. Read more

Isthmus Drinks

Folk veteran Tracy Nelson and classical blues pioneer Corky Siegel perform a special blend of blues and classical at the North Street Cabaret on Oct. 11. Read more


With Gallery Night coming right up, it’s just the beginning of an exciting fall for arts and culture in our fair city. Read more

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Philip Ashby

With state-of-the art acoustics and visual treats everywhere the new Hamel Music Center is a crown jewel for the UW-Madison campus. And, no thanks to the Wisconsin legislature, it was all built from private donations. Read more



Twig & Olive Photography

Ledger Coffee Roasters is slated to open in Garver Feed Mill by the end of September. Richard Wirsta spent four years immersing himself in growing, roasting, grinding and brewing coffee. Read more

Food News


Madison Eats

Madison Eats Food Tours specializes in showing off our own culinary gems. But owner Otehlia Cassidy is now venturing further afield with a tour to Cuba. Read more



Alex Tome

This year’s Madison World Music Festival includes Lucibela, a young superstar from Cabo Verde. Read more



Anya Kubilus

Mr. Chair, a quartet led by UW Madison trombone professor Mark Hetzler, aims to play “beyond the category.” The group releases a two-hour album on CD and vinyl Sept. 5 at the Majestic. Read more


BlueStem Jazz is a new Madison organization aiming to nurture Madison’s growing jazz scene. Read more


It’s tough to categorize the music of the Jake Victor 5tet — maybe jazz is close enough. And most of the group’s young players met at one of Europe’s leading jazz schools in Amsterdam. Read more



Sarah Decker

Madison venues, from massive to tiny, are hosting memorable concerts this winter and fall. Isthmus’ music writers teamed up to share their favorite picks. Read more

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Tietz Family Farms

There are more varieties of popcorn than stale and fresh. We talk to Randy Tietz of Watertown’s Tietz Family Farms about its six varieties, including heirlooms. Read more

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Music Box Films

“Give Me Liberty,” a film made in Milwaukee, has already gained acclaim at Sundance and Cannes. It has its Madison premiere at Cinematheque Aug. 29. Read more


Mixers so good they can be satisfying standalone beverages. That’s what Milwaukee’s Top Note Tonic is producing. Read more


The Token Creek Music Festival is held on the 110-acre property owned by founders Rose Mary and John Harbison that backs up against Token Creek. The founders would like to see the property preserved as a single parcel. Read more


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    Michael Muckian

    Sometimes it’s necessary for the photographer to play wh his food.