Aaron R. Conklin

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Aaron R. Conklin has been a contributing writer to Madison Magazine since the early 2000s. He’s the author of Madison Magazine’s award-winning Stage Write blog on local theater and also writes about food for the magazine. In his free time, Conklin enjoys spending time with his family and pets, live music and video games.


10 steakhouses that turn prime cuts of beef into masterpieces

Steaks can be complex, even for those who enjoy them regularly, so we’ve identified both the signature and most popular cuts at each location.

American Players Theater announces 2022 season, welcoming full audience

Nine shows include five reschedules from the canceled 2020 docket; official summer 2022 schedule coming early January

Q&A with the hauntmaster who’s dished out a decade of scares at Screamin’ Acres

As the Stoughton haunted house wraps up its 10th anniversary season this weekend, we look back on a decade of terror with hauntmaster Jacob Eugster.

Capital City Theatre launches its new season with a musical revue after an 18-month hiatus

When it came to deciding which show to stage after sifting through more than 20 possible shows, the answer proved to be simple and straightforward: Go with a musical revue.

Home sweet (new) home for Children’s Theatre of Madison

The 56-year-old theater company debuts its space in the new MyArts Center.

8 craft cocktails to try on a night out

Local purveyors excel at these alcohol-based works of art, which elevate both familiar liquors and less familiar aperitifs to new heights

The state of restaurant 107 State

Nathan Mergen’s restaurant finds a new way forward by staying hyperfocused on two elements of its original menu.

11 standout Madison burger restaurants

Start here to explore Madison’s stacked burger scene.

Cozy up with these 12 comforting local soups

When the weather’s cold, these local offerings will warm your stomach — and your soul.

10 Madison restaurants serving up backyard favorite: fried chicken

Elevate your summertime picnic with an offering from a local spot.

American Players Theatre goes digital with film ‘Talk to Me: Love in the Time of COVID’

Short film came together quickly over Zoom

Overture Center unveils 2020-21 Broadway shows

‘Dear Evan Hansen’ among the musicals coming to town

8 places to get delicious dumplings

Grab your utensils and let’s get dippin’.

A ‘Wicked’ pleasure

A bit of surreal escapism before the coronavirus boom drops

Forward Theater Co. unveils 2020-21 season of plays

Company to tell 'The United Stories of America' on stage

Play about a serial killer challenges morbid fascination

Two Crows’ ‘Down the Road’ peers inside the mind of a monster

Colleen Madden puts on spooky holiday solo show

APT alum adapts another Charles Dickens story

10 Madison-based food gift ideas for the holiday season

Plus two different gift box ideas

13 places you might be surprised to find out deliver in Madison

Plus most-ordered from places through EatStreet

The ‘Wizard of Park Street’ still sells difficult-to-find comic books

20th Century Books is hidden in plain sight

Actor deals deftly with onstage beer bottle, buckets of blood

Stage Right/Stage Wrong with Anna Pfefferkorn

‘The Book of Mormon’ is still good

Touring production continues to mine the laughs

APT’s Jamal James endures broken knee, hand

Actor shares past with ‘Stage Right/Stage Wrong'

Go ahead, be salty with these 14 giant soft pretzels

What could be better than a salty, fluffy pretzel?

Local theater companies stage newer works in lieu of the classics

Bartell Theatre companies take chances this season

APT’s ‘Book of Will’ a gift to theater’s loyal audience

Production is full of Core Company star power

The God of Fire gets his due in original musical ‘Hephaestus’

Songs by Nathan Fosbinder soar

‘Hephaestus’ composer relives long process from page to stage

Play about Greek god of fire opens this week

MPT’s ‘Beauty and the Beast’ captures just enough Disney magic

Take on animated original is a tale as old as time

‘Anastasia’ musical wins hearts

Touring production is a visual buffet

Madison restaurants and businesses are introducing CBD to their menus

Purveyors have embraced the hemp-based supplement

‘Merry Wives’ actresses put themselves in characters’ shoes

Imagine a modern-day Falstaff in your DMs

APT’s Josh Krause rolls with the mishaps

"Well, there's no chair there."

Jennifer Vosters rocks in ‘Macbeth’

APT apprentice once brought AC/DC to the mix

Pop goes the ankle for APT’s Charles Pasternak

Actor starring in ‘Man of Destiny' this season

The Ballwegs bring the spice of life in their business, Savory Accents

For 30 years, the duo has brought spice to Madison

‘All Shook Up’ is a hunk of burnin’ fun

Jukebox musical serves up a slice of the King

Middleton Players actor Katie Debs is unlucky with props

Stage Right/Wrong: Deb stars in 'All Shook Up'

American Players Theatre hits big 4-0

Spring Green company illuminates milestone season

‘On the Town’ is a love letter to classic Broadway

First song-and-dance show from CCT a certified hit