5-7-5: The Isthmus Haiku Contest

What are we thankful for? These Madison-themed haiku, that’s what! After putting out a call for haiku in September, we received about 240 submissions. Here’s the best of the bunch.

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Coffee, calendars, hoodies and hats

Tickets are tried and true, but there’s a new genre of gifts for arts lovers. Madison organizations are trying out different ways to support the arts. more »

Nov 25, 2015 12:00 PM Emphasis

Jim Biever / Green Bay Packers

Cautiously optimistic

Fans are cheered after Sunday’s win against the Vikings. But Green Bay still faces a slate of high-stakes games. more »

Nov 25, 2015 9:00 AM Sports

Happy trails

University Ridge golf course will groom cross-country trails for the first time this winter. They’ll take full advantage of the glacial landcape. more »

Nov 25, 2015 9:00 AM ARTS & CULTURE

Indiana Jones of climate change

On Dec. 3, the UW’s Center for the Humanities hosts Eric Cline, a real-life Indiana Jones who draws some disturbing parallels between ancient history and today’s global crises. more »

Nov 25, 2015 5:00 AM Books

Ross Zentner

Restoration romp

University Theatre’s production of “The Beaux Stratagem” is a delightful romp through the English countryside. Barbara Clayton shines as Bountiful, the misguided matriarch. more »

Nov 21, 2015 3:35 PM Stage

Martyn Thompson

A waltzing November

Music by three French composers occupied the November program of the Madison Symphony Orchestra. Rising American star cellist Sara Sant’Ambrogio provided virtuosic solos. more »

Nov 21, 2015 3:30 PM Stage 1 Comments

Mary Langenfeld


Lodi’s the only area team in the WIAA football championships Nov. 19 and 20 at Camp Randall, but there’ll be intensity and spirit worth watching. more »

Nov 19, 2015 4:00 PM Sports

Timothy Hughes

“The ultimate hire”

When Barry Alvarez was hired in 1990 as head football coach for Wisconsin, he said he would turn the program around. He made good on that promise. In an interview with Mike Popke and Mark Tauscher, Alvarez looks back on his 25 years as a Badger. more »

Nov 19, 2015 9:00 AM , Sports

The new taxidermy

Modern taxidermy is more than just a deer head mounted on oak. Madison taxidermists experiment with mounts, tableaus, bones, reproductions and fakery. more »

Nov 19, 2015 5:00 AM Emphasis

Paulius Musteikis

Metal maven

If you spot a sculpture made of repurposed metal in Madison, it was likely welded by Erika Koivunen, who got her start by working alongside the outsider artist Dr. Evermor. more »

Nov 19, 2015 5:00 AM ARTS & CULTURE

Benn Witt

A new turkey trot at Vilas Park joins two other pre-feast races

Turkey trots counteract the effect of the big meal and help the community at the same time. A new race debuts this year at Vilas Park: the Madison Turkey Trot. more »

Nov 19, 2015 5:00 AM ARTS & CULTURE

Dan Myers

A haunting reminder

StageQ’s remount of “Finding Human” explores a death row inmate’s last days. Bob Moore is excellent as the Hannibal Lecter-esque James. more »

Nov 14, 2015 10:00 PM Stage

James Gill

A powerful “La Bohème”

"La Bohème," the story of love and loss among the poor artists of 19th-century Paris, is a surefire hit. But a production like Madison Opera's really brings its beauty and power to fullest life. more »

Nov 14, 2015 7:00 PM Stage

Shawn Harper

A shattering classic

Kanopy Dance opened its 2015-16 season with "Juxtaposed," an excellent program that includes a revival of "Lynchtown," a 1936 modern dance classic. more »

Nov 14, 2015 5:30 PM Stage

Peace on earth

Peace wreath workshops will benefit the Wisconsin Network for Peace & Justice. And you’ll leave with a wreath. more »

Nov 12, 2015 9:00 AM Emphasis


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