Michael Muckian


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


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


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



Gary L. Geiger

Madison’s Jazz at Five celebrates its 26th season with a groove-filled summer lineup. Read more



Carolyn Fath Ashby

The Wollersheim winery of Prairie du Sac is constructing a casual bistro to open at the end of August. It’s also just introduced a canned wine. Read more


Whether it’s a handful of diners at Otto’s Restaurant & Bar or throngs on the Union Terrace, Gerri DiMaggio strives to connect with her audience. Read more



David Alderman

Isthmus reporter Mike Muckian was just two days too late to view the phenomenal jazz record and memorabilia collection with the late DJ and collector, Gary Alderman. The community is mourning the loss. Read more


Revised designs for the Madison Public Market are incorporating feedback from the public. It will be “green” — and presumably not orange. Read more

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TJ Lambert/Stages Photography

Sharon Kerry-Harlan creates art that leans on ancestral African art and Afrofuturism in her comprehensive exhibit at the James Watrous Gallery in the Overture Center. Read more

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Martin Jenich

She’s still working a day job at Exact Sciences, but Brianna Ware, winner of Overture Center’s 2017 “Rising Star” competition is playing and teaching — and entering UW-Madison’s doctoral program this fall. Read more


Sanford Biggers’ “BAM” examines police violence with sculptures disfigured by gunfire. The exhibit opens at the Chazen Museum of Art on June 28, alongside Biggers’ quilt collection. Read more

Visual Arts

The Madison Museum of Contemporary Art opens an exhibit by the Hawaii-born artist Ray Yoshida, an influential professor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a founding member of the Chicago Imagists movement. Read more

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Matthew Murphy

It all started when his son was bullied at school. John Leguizamo stops at Overture Hall with his Tony Award-winning “Latin History for Morons” on June 28. Read more



Darren McChristie

Madison’s summer music picnic begins on June 26 with the first Concert on the Square, featuring favorites from music director Andrew Sewell. And Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra expands to a Brookfield venue starting in January. Read more

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Peter Mauney

Artist Jeffrey Gibson says he always liked to use “every crayon in the crayon box.” His exhibit, “Like a Hammer” opens at MMoCA June 8. Read more

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After getting bumped from its usual spot last year, Isthmus Jazz Festival organizers improvised, spreading the festival out over 10 days and multiple venues. They liked the results so much, they’re sticking with it for the 32nd annual fest. Read more



MJ Kim

Paul McCartney is more than just a has-been cashing in on Beatles hits. But he does play a lot of Beatles tunes at his concerts. Michael Muckian looks at McCartney’s legacy. Read more

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Urko Dorronsoro Sagasti

Michael League chats with Isthmus about Snarky Puppy, which might be the best band you’ve never heard of … yet. Read more

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A new exhibit at the James Watrous Gallery is the result of artists working with scientists to depict how climate change affects Wisconsin plant species. Read more

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Artist Tyanna Buie had a rough start to life, shuttled in and out of different foster homes in Chicago and Milwaukee. An upcoming exhibit at MMoCA revisits the past and reckons with her future. Read more

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    Michael Muckian

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