Michael Muckian


Rick Langer

UW-Madison’s celebrated Pro Arte Quartet celebrates Beethoven’s sestercentennial with a concert series exploring his string quartets. Read more



Cheryl Mazak

A musical “conversation” between Pinchas Zukerman, Amanda Forsyth and the Madison Symphony Orchestra warms Overture Hall on a chilly Valentine’s Day. Read more


Bill and Bobbie Malone met in a tiny bar across the Mississippi River from New Orleans. Forty years later the couple has become part of the fabric of Madison: writing books, performing music and creating the WORT-FM show “Back to the Country.” Read more

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From thousands of insects to innovative soundscapes, the Chazen Museum of Art’s “Faculty Exhibition 2020” is a breathtaking work representing faculty from many disciplines and schools. Read more

Visual Arts

Overture Center opens an exhibit of art by adults and children with autism. “Creative Life on the Spectrum” is timed to overlap with Children’s Theater of Madison’s “Mockingbird,” which features a protagonist — and a young actor — on the spectrum. Read more

Visual Arts


Reid Tedder

Single-serve coffee packets are excellent preservers of flavor but generate a lot of waste. True Coffee Roasters enters the market with compostable pods. Read more



Jacob Blickenstaff

The Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra opened its 60th anniversary season with a magnificent world premiere and a flawless performance by guest pianist Orion Weiss. Read more


James Cagle, a painter-turned-photographer with a terminal form of cancer, creates an exhibit for MMoCA, “A Final Meditation on Art.” He’s not sure if he’ll live to attend the Feb. 29 opening. Read more

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As World War II raged, Sergei Prokofiev composed and conducted Symphony No. 5 in B-flat Major, Op. 100. Madison Symphony Orchestra’s Jan. 19 “Beyond the Score” looks at the historical context behind the symphony and the humanity of the composer. Read more



Alex Cruz

As the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra celebrates its 60th year, it welcomes an ambitious new CEO and plans for expanding its reach. Read more


Black garlic is a low-roast phenomenon, and personal chef Mitch Maier has created a line of sauces, marinades and even a ketchup with it. The Wisconsin Innovation Kitchen in Mineral Point helps. Read more

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Increasing visibility for artists of color and an explosion of multimedia works defined 2019’s visual highlights. Read more

Visual Arts


Marc Piscotty

In 2018, Margaret Ebeling bought Kringle Cream liqueur from Death’s Door Spirits. Now she’s come up with a second product: Kringle Cream Latte. Read more


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


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


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

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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


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    Michael Muckian

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