Michael Muckian

Here, kitty! Isthmus staff and freelancers share their favorite onscreen cat characters. Read more

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Untitled Art

Both Untitled Art and Working Draft are initial Midwest champions of the dry, refreshing Italian pilsner style. Imagine a German pilsner with more hoppy personality. Read more



Thomas Schmock

Cooking along with others is better than just cooking for others, says chef and culinary teacher Joel Olson of Hemmachef. His holiday wine dinner at Smoky’s Club is the next chance to learn...and eat. Read more


A new exhibit at Overture Center features art from members of Wisconsin’s Ho-Chunk tribe. Read more

Visual Arts

Wollersheim Winery & Distillery has produced its first bourbon, which is only the second “bottled in bond” bourbon in the state.  Its single-origin ethic is very 2019 Read more



Shatter Imagery

Wurk, a jazz-funk-fusion band originating in Mount Horeb, marks an award-filled year with a musically engaging first full-length album. Read more


The program lacks a throughline, but this weekend’s Madison Symphony Orchestra concerts feature a luminous piano performance by Joyce Yang. Read more


Superstars from Indian classical music are headed to town for the two-day OVK-Bach Festival, a unique event that merges the music of the German Baroque composer with that of his contemporary, Ootukkadu Venkata Kavi. Read more


A medical emergency in the audience interrupts Emanuel Ax’s Nov. 2 concert at Shannon Hall. But the pianist delivers a flawless performance, nonetheless. Read more


Stunning and frightening photographs of models posing as African spirits amid humankind’s detritus form Fabrice Monteiro’s “The Prophecy” at the Chazen Museum of Art. Read more

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Blaum Bros. Distilling Co. of Galea, Illinois, is producing its first barrel-aged bourbons and ryes. Read more

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C. Daniel Dawson

Maxine Gordon, widow of the towering jazz figure Dexter Gordon, visits Madison with a new biography and several events to honor the sax player’s legacy. Read more


Soul Message Band brings the Hammond B3 organ center stage at an Oct. 26 concert at Arts + Literature Laboratory. Read more



Staci Fritz

Ice cream flavors pegged to the season? You bet. The new Calliope outlet at Garver Feed Mill features experimental flavors available only there. Read more

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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

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A meadery in Rock Springs? One of the world’s oldest alcoholic beverages could bring new vitality to the small community. 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



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

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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



Shutterjet / R. Jeanette Martin

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

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    Michael Muckian

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