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Madison movies, surrogacy, gifts for kids, and the Haze in the December 4 issue of Isthmus

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

  • Dean Robbins ponders how it seems like only disappointing movies get made in Madison, from Public Enemies to The Last Kiss to I Love Trouble.

  • Watchdog: A look into what happens if you take pictures of Madison's federal courthouse.

  • Lynn Welch reports on behind-the-scenes plans to launch a "green" charter school in Madison.

  • Jennifer A Smith reports on how the Surrogacy Center in Madison helps would-be parents through the legal and practical pathways.

  • Marc Eisen wonders whether Republican conservatives will keep the party from making a comeback in Wisconsin next year.

  • Susan Kepecs previews a performance by Step Afrika, the troupe whose dance style got its start in traditionally black fraternities.

  • Josh Wimmer talks to the Stoughtonites behind the Found Footage Festival, a touring show of VHS clips so bad they're good.

  • Jessica Steinhoff reports on the collaboration between Milwaukee rockers Despite the Chaos and the UW's All University String Orchestra.

  • Rich Albertoni is dazzled by the road-themed hip-hop of Kentuckians of CunninLynguists, performing Friday at the High Noon Saloon.

  • Dean Robbins declares that Men of a Certain Age on TNT will make you fall in love with television.

  • Marjorie Baumgarten says a relatively restrained Robert de Niro can't lift the disingenuous holiday film Everybody's Fine.

  • Kids & Parents: A whirlwind tour through Madison's toy emporia reveals imagination-starters.

  • Raphael Kadushin finds that barbecue East and West rocks the fun new Muramoto restaurant, The Haze.

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