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Vicki McKenna, University Theatre, Whitney Mann, Opa in the November 13 issue of Isthmus

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What can you find in this week's Isthmus? Highlights from the latest issue follow:

  • Joe Tarr looks into why conservatives like Vicki McKenna want to stop commuter rail in its tracks.

  • sinks its teeth in local turkey farming and Madison's revamp of community service funding.

  • Jill Carlson reports on Girls on the Run, a group that promotes healthy lifestyles and good attitudes.

  • Bill Lueders gives a big thumbs down to the constant stream of thumbs up for Madison.

  • Jennifer Smith talks to David Furumoto, the new University Theatre head, about his vision for the program.

  • Jay Rath reports that amid talk of replacing the downtown library, the future of Aaron Bohrod's mural there is uncertain.

  • Rich Albertoni profiles Whitney Mann, the local country singer and songwriter whose small-town roots are showing.

  • Jessica Steinhoff previews the upcoming show by Hank Williams III, the musical grandson who's a little bit country, a little bit Henry Rollins.

  • Dean Robbins says WWII in HD on The History Channel is an artful look at the war's wrenching events.

  • Marjorie Baumgarten likes the performances in Pirate Radio, including the one by Philip Seymour Hoffman, but the storytelling is lax; meanwhile, the world-shattering thriller 2012 is big, dumb fun.

  • David Medaris previews this weekend's Bioneers conference at the BioPharmaceutical Technology Center.

  • Erin Hanusa reports that Opa brings a needed touch of class to lower State Street.

  • Add a little bacon and bourbon to your pecan pie.

  • Tell All explains how to deal with a technologically challenged coworker

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