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Ben Sidran's 'love song' to a legendary producer

Musician writes Tommy LiPuma biography, hosts radio show

Tommy LiPuma's work with legends — including Miles Davis, Paul McCartney, Barbra Streisand and Willie Nelson — produced a deep well of stories Ben Sidran includes in the book.

Podcast traces ink in Maraniss blood

Daughter draws stories out of Pulitzer Prize-winning father

The podcast "Ink in Our Blood" is David and Sarah Maraniss in conversation, including all aspects of David's career and how writing has been the through line for several generations of their family.

Isthmus closes but memories remain

A writer for the weekly looks back, hopes for a return

"The shuttering of Isthmus hit me harder than I might have expected. Amid all the virus upheaval, it’s what I keep returning to," Doug Moe writes.

Roach: That word

Lately, Madison has had some issues with the N-word.

Lately, Madison has had some issues with the N-word.

Heinen: Education is a shared concern

The change in our relationship to our civic institutions has been one of the most important issues.

The change in our relationship to our civic institutions has been one of the most important issues of the last 30 years and one of the biggest challenges we face as a civil society.

'Rate the beef and drink the beer'

Burger Night Out group makes 150th stop over 15 years

Burger Night out, a group of Madison carnivores, recently made their 150th stop on a nearly 15-year, once-a-month excursion.

Roach: The switch to remote Fridays

A few weeks ago, we made a modest change in our business

A few weeks ago, we made a modest change in the way our little creative shop does business.

Old-fashioned fare at Madison's The Old Fashioned

We shot this issue’s cover at a little Capitol Square tavern you may or may not have heard of before.

We shot this issue’s cover at a little Capitol Square tavern you may or may not have heard of before, The Old Fashioned.

Heinen: A credit to our profession

To say finding a career in journalism saved my life sounds a tad dramatic.

To say finding a career in journalism saved my life sounds a tad dramatic.

Roach: The men of the ice

The following email was sent last November to a select group of Chicago men.

The following email was sent last November to a select group of Chicago men.

The meaning behind the places we call home

Learning about a place’s history deepens our connection

Learning about a place’s history and the people who stood here before us deepens our connection to where we plant our roots.

How far we’ve come and still need to go in Madison

A lot of people who care about this city and region have been anticipating 2020 for what feels like a long time.

A lot of people who care about this city and region have been anticipating 2020 for what feels like a long time.

Ken Kopp brings a taste of the Carribean to Monroe Street

Lorraine’s Restaurant to replace New Orleans Take-Out

Ken Kopp IV is borrowing the name of his wife's Jamaican grandmother and her island culinary heritage for Lorraine’s, the Caribbean-influenced restaurant he plans to open in the New Orleans space at 1517 Monroe St. sometime in January.

The enduring jazz of Gerri DiMaggio

Singer now accompanied by her guitarist husband

The Gerri DiMaggio Trio plays the first and third Thursday of every month at the Nutty Bar in the Bandung Indonesian Restaurant — you can catch them there on Dec. 19 at 7 p.m.

Roach: Heavenly peace

My understanding of Christmas has morphed.

As chronicled previously in this space, my relationship with Christmas is uneasy. 

Requiem for Russell Chatham: Artist, writer, rogue

Landscape painter remembered by his Madison fans

Russell Chatham, who died in California on Nov. 10 at 80, was a talented artist, writer, fly fisherman and chef, fond of drink and better at making and spending money than managing it.