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Lauren Justice Lauren Justice for Isthmus

For six decades, the Ben Franklin store in Monona was the place to go for arts and crafts supplies, custom framing and friendly service. When the store closes at the end of the month, a new tenant is moving in. more

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Michael Sullivan

Eight months ago, a group of LGBTQ creatives came together and created a collaborative art and event space on the city’s east side. Now the members are dispersing, but a new generation hopes to keep the spirit of the space alive. more

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Mary Langenfeld

Today’s children have a life expectancy almost five years shorter than their parents. Tri 4 Schools, a program founded in 2011, aims to get children more active and healthy with events like a triathlons. more

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Tsela Barr

On “Nakba Day,” Madison protesters demonstrate against moving U.S. embassy to Jerusalem and ongoing bloodshed in Gaza. more

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Dylan Brogan

Isthmus checked out the Madison Mini Maker Faire and found a GarbageBot, the Lost in Space robot and a 30-foot metal dragon that spits fire. more

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Dylan Brogan

President Theodore Roosevelt visits Portage High School. The kids are skeptical but the Bull Moose wins them over. more

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Mary Langenfeld

The Spark! program is modeled after Meet Me at MoMA, a monthly program at the Museum of Modern Art in New York to engage individuals with dementia and their care partners through art. more

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AMY STOCKLEIN

Starting May 7, 85 Bucky Badger statues — each uniquely decorated — will be displayed around Madison. One of them incorporates signatures from 4,511 community members. more

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Michael Popke

In the middle of a major city are 1,200 acres of natural living history, including effigy mounds, tallgrass prairies, savannas, wetlands and several forest types. One Dane County resident had never visited. more

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Joe Tarr

Insects are a cheap, nutritious and sustainable food source that 2 billion people in the world regularly consume. But how do they taste? And will Americans ever catch the bug craze? more

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AMY STOCKLEIN

The TransLiberation Art Coalition, which started two years ago, creates space for transgender artists. more

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Jenny Peek

Bianca Lynn Breeze draws the crowds to The Wise’s Drag Queen Bingo. more

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Dylan Brogan

Dane County Republicans ‏might be the minority locally, but the GOP can’t win statewide without them. Staff writer Dylan Brogan recaps the county party’s annual Lincoln Reagan Day dinner. more

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Mary Langenfeld

People with mental illness are often isolated. Cornucopia, a peer-run art and wellness nonprofit, brings them together. more

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Stacy Bruner

Isthmus’ Catherine Capellaro spends time with Alex the Mind Reader. He’s part of the touring show from the UK, Champions of Magic. They’re at Overture Center’s Capitol Theater March 2. more

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Beth Skogen

Crestwood Elementary School’s stop motion animation class is getting major attention in the film world with its work. more

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Brett Stepanik

The Blackhawk Ski Club was founded by ski jumpers in 1947. Every winter, it’s a breeding ground for Olympic hopefuls — including many young girls who until recently weren’t allowed to ski jump in Olympic Games. more

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Laura Zastrow

Ten teams are designing and making clothing out of paper for this year’s READ(y) to Wear competition to benefit the Madison Reading Project. Tim Gunn would be proud. more

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Thomas DeVillers

Brutal cold is a necessity, not a hindrance, when Tim Browning installs his annual artwork on Lake Monona. more

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Benjamin Zastrow

Ella’s Deli may be closing for good soon, but the crowds keep coming to the iconic Madison institution. more

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