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Wisconsin's leather community finds brotherhood and kink at International Mr. Leather 2013

Jeff Gruenberger, who now lives near Appleton, found his community at the annual International Mr. Leather weekend, held each year in Chicago since 1979. An estimated 18,000-20,000 people (mostly gay and bisexual men) gathered this year for six days at the downtown Marriott Hotel to celebrate leather and kink. The festival also hosted a pageant, where 51 men who won regional feeder contests throughout the world competed for the title of International Mr. Leather. Jason Puls of Milwaukee, the only Wisconsin contestant this year >More
 What goes on in there? A peek inside places in Madison you've always wondered about

We were sitting around the Isthmus office talking about mysterious places around Madison. They're the ones we pass frequently, wonder about, but never go into. It occurred to us that others might ask themselves the same question we do: What goes on in there? With reporter's notebook in hand, we set out in search of answers. >More
 Kiss winter goodbye with a half-dozen Easter weekend events

Whether or not you celebrate Easter, this weekend is an excellent time to hunt down free treats or share your bounty with neighbors in need. Here are a few ways to accomplish both of these goals. >More
 Scenes from the 2013 Madison Winter Festival (slideshow)

For at least a weekend, the community didn't bemoan the snow, ice and frigid temperatures of February, but embraced the season with a series of cross-country ski races around the Capitol Square, snow and ice sculpture contests and other seasonal fun at the Madison Winter Festival. >More
 Isthmus Book of Love: Valentines Day, 2013

Let love rule! Thank you once again for sharing your sweet words and charming pictures for our annual mass Valentine to Madison, from Madison. >More
 From shorts to shovels: 24 hours of Wisconsin winter weather (slideshow)

Tuesday afternoon, shorts were spotted on the UW campus as rain fell gently and the temperature hit 54 degrees. A day later, schools are closed and the Dane County Sheriff's office is advising against travel. >More
 Another Madison blizzard, another massive snowball fight on Bascom Hill

It's now a tradition: A massive snowstorm blankets Madison, the UW shuts down and hundreds of students descend on Bascom Hill to stage an epic war... and document the whole thing on their phones. >More
 Early views of the December 2012 blizzard from Madison photographers

With as much as eight inches on the ground at 10 a.m. and plenty more on the way, Madisonians braved blizzard conditions Thursday, chronicled what they saw and shared it on social media. Here is their story. >More
 2012 Isthmus Photo Contest: My Madison Pet (slideshow)

We weren't just looking for cuteness in our annual photo contest, this year focusing on pets. If we were, the dogs in the Green Bay Packers jerseys would have won first, second and third place. No, we were looking for memorable images. Here are the ones that made us sit up on our hind legs and pant. >More
 A Wisconsinite rides out Hurricane Sandy in New York City

Three years ago, I moved from Madison to New York. Compared to the Midwest, this city doesn't see much in the way of storms. Gone were the days of late-spring thunder, those huge cracks of sound that shook the house of my youth. No more were the eerie green skies; no more were the sirens -- those long, low cries that stretch across counties, igniting both anticipation and abject fear. Even so, I'm always prepared. >More
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