Michael Muckian

Madison Symphony Orchestra explores the life and work of Felix Mendelssohn in a special “Beyond the Score” production featuring actors from American Players Theatre. Read more



Brynn Bruijn

As he approaches 80 and battles kidney disease, Pulitzer Prize-winning composer John Harbison looks back at a long and fruitful career. Read more


The mixed-media works of Nathaniel Mary Quinn, on exhibit at MMoCA starting Dec. 1, offer perspective on a fractured life and struggling community. Read more

Visual Arts


Charlie Powell

International silly man and Monty Python co-founder John Cleese stops by Overture Hall with his “Why There Is No Hope” tour. You can ask him questions, just like Michael Muckian did. Read more



Anna Webber

David Crosby is feeling energized about a new band and a new album, “Here If You Listen.” He’s at Overture Center’s Capitol Theater on Nov. 20. Read more


After the Storm

Michael Knapstein

Some of the season’s more interesting art exhibits are lining the corridors of the Overture Center, writes Michael Muckian. Read more

Visual Arts


Michael Muckian

It’s more than just hitting the shutter. A local workshop helps folks make their food look appetizingly Instagrammable. Read more

Food News

Until he saw The Beatles on TV, Pat Metheny was following in his family’s tradition of learning trumpet. Isthmus talks to the jazz guitar virtuoso in advance of his Oct. 14 show at the Wisconsin Union Theater. Read more

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Michael Kienitz

A new exhibit at the Chazen Museum of Art features stunning photography by Michael Kienitz. The artist culled 30 images from more than 14,000 he has taken in Iceland over the past five years. Read more

Visual Arts

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Sprouting Acres

A Cambridge CSA diversifies with cooking classes and a pizza oven. It’s a way of augmenting income when CSA share sales are sluggish. Read more


“Eye Deal: Abstract Bodies of the Chicago Imagists” is an intimate show at the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, celebrating human imperfections. Read more

Visual Arts

Justin Hayward, the voice of the Moody Blues, plays the refurbished Barrymore Theatre on Aug. 30. Isthmus talks with Hayward about the influence of Buddy Holly and his songwriting process. Read more



Jay Blakesberg

Isthmus chats with two living blues legends and 2018 Grammy winners, Taj Mahal and Keb’ Mo’, about their shared influences and their joint tour, which stops at Overture August 8. Read more


Imagine a teeny-tiny Concert on the Square. It’s been happening right under our noses — for 50 years. The Capitol City Band plays concerts every Thursday night under the shelter at Rennebohm Park. Read more



Forage Kombucha

Homebrewed kombucha in cans from Forage Kitchen is now distributed throughout Madison. This means its production facility is going to grow now, too. Read more


Art exhibits at MMoCA and Overture Center revisit the colorful and political art of the 1960s. The shows are timed to coincide with the June 14-16 Madison Reunion. Read more

Visual Arts


Corey Wilkes photo by Ingrid Moreta, Joel Paterson photo by Nolan Wells

After getting bumped from Shannon Hall and the Terrace for the ’60s Reunion, programmers for the Isthmus Jazz Festival decided to shake things up. This 31st program will take place over 10 days and focus on local talent and diverse voices. Read more


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Taliesen Riverview Cafe

A new program shepherded by chefs Barbara Wright and Odessa Piper will provide grants to interns at the Taliesen kitchen. The program will also operate The Riverview Terrace Cafe at the visitor’s center. Read more



Octopi Brewing

Hops become art in a heady beer collaboration at MMoCA. Meg Mitchell teams up with Octopi brewing for some interactive art … that you can drink. Read more


Sax man Joe Lovano talks with Michael Muckian about collaborating with guitarist John Scofield. Their quartet plays the Barrymore Theatre on April 21. Read more


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    Michael Muckian

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