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Cheap Shots 2013: Honoring a year's worth of misbehavior
Gov. Scott Walker has kept Madison in the national spotlight the last couple of years. But in terms of notoriety, he got stiff competition in 2013 from Matthew Hurtado, who opened the Snuggle House as a "touch therapy" provider downtown. >MoreArts 2013: Isthmus critics rate the year in Madison culture
From concert halls to pop-up galleries, Madison was ablaze with artistic energy in 2013. Much of it appeared in performances, which ranged from theater and dance productions to classical and rock concerts, and even events at libraries and art museums. >MoreIsthmus Indie Awards 2013: Celebrating the businesses that make Dane County unique
We love businesses that love Dane County. The Isthmus Independent Business Awards recognizes companies that operate in a community-minded way and, in the process, make this a pretty awesome place to live. >MoreLeafing through fall books: The season brings vivid new tales by and about Wisconsinites
Trees aren't the only ones dropping colorful, locally sourced creations this autumn. So are book publishers, who've released a host of new reads by Madison-area authors, and about people and inventions that have shaped southern Wisconsin. Here are four to dive into like a pile of freshly raked fronds. >MoreLive coverage of the Solidarity Sing Along crackdown at the Wisconsin Capitol on July 25
On Wednesday, July 24, Wisconsin Capitol Police once again started cracking down on the Solidarity Sing Along, the daily lunchtime assembly that started in the Rotunda on March 11, 2011. Some two dozen people were given $200.50 tickets for failing to secure a permit for the event. Many protestors vowed to return again today in defiance of the police crackdown. >MoreIsthmus Jazz Festival 2013 turns UW Memorial Union Terrace into a chilled-out getaway
With Make Music Madison, Solskinn and the Madison Area Music Awards, this weekend is a flurry of tuneful activities. The Isthmus Jazz Festival on the Terrace at the UW Memorial Union is probably the most relaxing option. Most of it is outside, swathed in Lake Mendota breezes and the brat stand's tantalizing aromas. >MoreGet a taste of Wisconsin's Swiss yodeling tradition (video)
The best way to experience yodeling is in person, at events like this weekend's New Glarus Music Fest. The traditional Swiss singing tradition lives on in southern Wisconsin, particularly in Green County's yodel clubs and other choral ensembles. >MoreWhat 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#MeetMadison Live!
Who are the people of this city? #MeetMadison introduces you to some of them, via short stories, audio interviews, video clips, and now, social media. >More#MeetMadison: Who are the people of this city?
Madison is a city but can often feel like a small town. Even the most gregarious among us tend to hang out with those we already know. It's comfortable and easy. But we can miss a lot. #MeetMadison, a partnership between Isthmus and four UW journalism classes, attempts to paint a more complete portrait of the people who live and work here. >MoreDave Cieslewicz discusses Madison lakes, Isthmus Green Day on WKOW (video)
Dave Cieslewicz's cover story this week ("Can we save our lakes?") comes at an interesting time. It serves as a prelude to our annual Isthmus Green Day eco fair, but also arrives when spring rains are washing winter's leftovers into our lakes. >MoreLaugh. Cry. Cheer. The 2013 Wisconsin Film Festival aims for a big reaction
Films could be called movies because they can stir feelings deep within, those that weren't apparent before you set foot in the theater. Expect some intense emotional reactions at this year's Wisconsin Film Festival whether you're watching a harrowing documentary or an absurdist comedy. >MoreFollow a live feed of 2013 spring election night updates in Madison and Dane County
Wisconsin voters hit the polls Tuesday for the 2013 spring election, selecting their preferred candidates in two statewide races, one for Supreme Court and the other for state superintendent. In Dane County, there were another 79 local races at stake, including three seats on the Madison school board and 12 contested seats on the city council. Follow @IsthmusTDP tweets and retweets here. >MoreWhat's on the spring 2013 ballot in Dane County?
Although nearly 80% of Dane County voters cast a ballot in the November presidential election, local officials are predicting typical low turnout for the upcoming spring election on Tuesday, April 2. Madison City Clerk Maribeth Witzel-Behl says she has ordered enough ballots for a 30% turnout, and Dane County Clerk Scott McDonell predicts fewer than 25% of eligible voters will turn out countywide. >MoreMadison school board candidate TJ Mertz discusses Walker's budget, voucher schools
For this fourth and final week of questions, we ask candidates to evaluate Gov. Scott Walker's proposals for the Wisconsin's 2013-15 budget, and consider how it would impact schools in the state. Along similar lines, we ask candidates to share their thoughts on the proposal to expand voucher schools in Wisconsin. >More