Stu Levitan


David Michael Miller

The announcement that Bob Dylan is the recipient of the 2016 Nobel Prize for Literature is music to the ears of longtime fan Stu Levitan. more

Oct 14, 2016 6:00 PM Madland


Lauren Justice for Isthmus

​Every Badgers football game at Camp Randall creates unique money-making opportunities in the surrounding neighborhoods. Here’s a look at some of the people who ride Bucky’s coattails. more

Dec 10, 2015 5:00 AM Isthmus Cover Stories


Mike Merg

No Madison neighborhood ever shone more brightly than Mansion Hill in the 1890s. The neighborhood contained more political power and intellectual influence than any other neighborhood in the state. more

Sep 28, 2015 2:04 PM Isthmus Annual Manual

Teresa Williams has a beautiful voice, and Larry Campbell has played guitar with Bob Dylan, Phil Lesh and Levon Helm. Twenty-seven years after their wedding, the couple have released their first album together and visit High Noon Saloon on July 17. more

Jul 14, 2015 1:32 PM MUSIC


Charlie Powell

Lily Tomlin played to a full house Friday, earning hoots and hollers as she repeatedly raked Governor Scott Walker (and his presidential aspirations) over the coals. Before her appearance, Tomlin spoke with Stu Levitan. more

Jun 16, 2015 8:05 AM Comedy


Charlie Powell

She’s been a force in comedy and film since the late 1960s. Stu Levitan talks to Lily Tomlin about her collaboration with life partner Jane Wagner, creating iconic characters and taking peyote with Jane Fonda. more

Jun 11, 2015 7:30 AM Comedy

Bucky Badger isn't beloved just in Wisconsin " he's got a strong following in China. UW tried to capitalize on this in 2012 by opening its first overseas office in Shanghai. But three years and $500,000 later, the innovative venture is faltering, with an uncertain future. more

Feb 2, 2015 6:29 PM News

After three years and about a half a million in investment, the UW's Shanghai Innovation Office has lost its founding leaders, has no known new funding, and might not last past summer. more

Jan 27, 2015 7:15 PM News

"Isthmus" contributor Stu Levitan reported on the civil rights movement's impact on Madison during the Freedom Summer of 1964 in the July 4 issue, and discussed his story with WORT producer Dylan Brogan on the July 3 edition of "In Our Backyard". more

Jul 9, 2014 5:15 PM News


Rob Dobi Illustrations

Fifty years ago this summer, the national fight for civil rights echoed locally, dominating Madison's political and cultural agenda with martyrs, legends and a new homegrown black star. "The national and local issues came and went on the same tide," more

Jul 3, 2014 2:00 PM Isthmus Cover Stories

In the March 6 edition of "Isthmus", former mayor Dave Cieslewicz attacked Madison's Landmarks Commission over our rejection of Steve Brown Apartments' massive three-building complex at 115-127 W. Gilman St. Brown proposes tearing down the 10-story Highlander apartments, moving or eliminating two student rental houses adjacent to it, and replacing them with three brownstone buildings. more

Mar 27, 2014 2:00 PM Opinion

"Isthmus" contributor Stuart Levitan reports on Madisonians' recollections of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in the November 15 issue and discussed his story with WORT producer Dylan Brogan. more

Nov 18, 2013 9:08 PM News


Cecil Stoughton/John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, Boston

Residents reacted to the president's assassination with tears, music, prayers and, in some cases, cheers. more

Nov 14, 2013 3:00 PM Isthmus Cover Stories

The most public political act ever committed by a Frautschi dates to April 1951 when Lowell was to be honored at the banquet of the state furniture dealers' association, and learned U.S. Sen. Joe McCarthy would be the featured speaker. more

Aug 8, 2013 2:00 PM Isthmus Cover Stories


Wisconsin Historical Society

Of course Jerry Frautschi and Pleasant Rowland would have a greater impact on downtown Madison than any other couple. The Frautschi family has been changing the face of Madison for more than 100 years. more

Aug 8, 2013 2:00 PM Isthmus Cover Stories

Orson Welles, who lived in Madison for about a year when he was 10, used to tell stories about the director of a summer camp he attended putting the sexual moves on him, which the budding genius avoided by slipping out a back window and taking the ne more

Aug 8, 2013 2:00 PM Isthmus Cover Stories


Bo Mackison

For a free event, the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra's Concerts on the Square series has meant big business for everyone from baristas to barristers and bassists, too. It may prove to be the greatest engine for cultural enhancement, community spirit and economic development ever devised by a single Madisonian. more

Jun 20, 2013 2:00 PM News

Carmen Lundy took a circuitous route to becoming a great jazz singer and composer. The soulfully seductive songstress is still on a unique road, with dates in Spain and South Africa after she headlines the Isthmus Jazz Fest at the Memorial Union Terrace on Saturday, June 22. Her free set is 8 p.m. at Mills Hall in the UW Humanities Building. more

Jun 20, 2013 2:00 PM MUSIC

It was "Beatles Month" at Downtown Rotary when I joined Madison's oldest, largest and most important service club in 2001. As I looked out from the dais and saw my old University of Wisconsin Law School professor Gordon Baldwin -- engaging academic and campus chair of the 1972 Nixon campaign -- singing "Eleanor Rigby," I knew this was the club for me. more

Apr 18, 2013 2:00 PM News

Jazz pianist and composer Gerald Clayton has known his life's calling since a third-grade talent show. The Grammy-nominated artist played a little boogie-woogie piece he had worked on with his father, noted jazz bassist John Clayton. Music was already a constant in his life, but this performance was the first time he felt its power as a creator. more

Apr 4, 2013 2:00 PM MUSIC