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Meet Forward Madison FC's new coach, Carl Craig

Forward Madison FC’s new coach is a free-thinking Englishman with a punk rock past and a bent for inclusivity.

Forward Madison FC’s new coach is a free-thinking Englishman with a punk rock past and a bent for inclusivity.

6 local things our editors love this August

Nonalcoholic beer, a new book, vegan conchitas, espresso lemonade and more in this month's hot list.

Nonalcoholic beer, a new book, vegan conchitas, espresso lemonade and more in this month's hot list.

Dr. Kai Shiu is a friend to pets and vets

Veterinary oncologist Dr. Kai Shiu’s family expected him to be a physician like the rest of them, but his love for animals won out.

Veterinary oncologist Dr. Kai Shiu’s family expected him to be a physician like the rest of them, but his love for animals won out.

Meatless Madison: Settle Down Tavern's Prit'Near

Quintessential tavern food doesn't always mean delectable plant-based dishes, but Settle Down Tavern prioritized the plant-based burger on the menu.

Quintessential tavern food doesn't always mean delectable plant-based dishes, but Settle Down Tavern prioritized the plant-based burger on the menu.

Roach: Stars and stripes

This Fourth of July was different. I had been mulling over the notion of adding another banner to accompany the Stars and Stripes to add context to Old Glory.

This Fourth of July was different. I had been mulling over the notion of adding another banner to accompany the Stars and Stripes to add context to Old Glory.

Saying 'so long' to the Avenue Bar

The East Washington institution will make way for the new Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestras center, but it's not the first goodbye.

Whatever the how and why, the end of the Avenue Bar is a big deal. It came as close to being a public utility as any Madison restaurant ever has.

Editor's note: The best is BACK

Our last Best of Madison issue was sent to the printer on March 8, 2020 — six days later, the world shut down.

Our last Best of Madison issue was sent to the printer on March 8, 2020 — six days later, the world shut down.

Graft restaurant reopens after closure with new menu

Graft Executive Chef Travis Vaughn experimented with recipes during the restaurant’s closure and is bringing a new menu to the table.

Graft Executive Chef Travis Vaughn experimented with recipes during the restaurant’s closure and is bringing a new menu to the table.

The Amys: Call for Award Nominations

Madison Magazine partners with Mike Gannon to spotlight and award local women in honor of Amy and Jocelyn Gannon

Madison Magazine partners with Mike Gannon to spotlight and award local women in honor of Amy and Jocelyn Gannon

Q&A with Nickolas Butler, author of 'Godspeed'

The internationally best-selling Wisconsin author of 'Shotgun Lovesongs' is back with a literary thriller exploring the chasmic gap between the haves and the have-nots in a Wyoming mountain town.

The internationally best-selling Wisconsin author's new literary thriller explores the chasmic gap between the haves and the have-nots in a mountain town.

Best of Madison 2021 Winners

When 2020 handed out lemons, they gave us their best.

When 2020 handed out lemons, this year's winners gave us their best. This year we honor 458 businesses in our readers’ poll and 13 awards from our editors.

2021 Best of Madison Editors' Picks

Our editorial team picked some businesses, initiatives and people that have stood out over the past year.

Our editorial team, comprised of editor Andrea Behling and associate editors Maggie Ginsberg and Maija Inveiss, picked some businesses, initiatives and people that have stood out over the past year.

What is the scientific value of a hug?

UW–Madison expert, professor and researcher Dr. Paula Niedenthal breaks down the emotions behind physical embrace.

We ask Dr. Paula Niedenthal questions about the impact of COVID-19 quarantines on our health, the power of touch and more.

Q&A with Christina Clancy, author of 'Shoulder Season'

Set at the former Playboy Resort in Lake Geneva in 1981, the Madison author's second novel gives a rare glimpse into an unexamined world.

Set at the former Playboy Resort in Lake Geneva in 1981, the Madison author's second novel gives a rare glimpse into an unexamined world.