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Improv, Cherokee Marsh, Conscious Living, Vasilis' Take Five in the June 15 issue of Isthmus

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

  • Jason Joyce tells tales from the terrifying, exhilarating world of improv comedy tryouts.

  • Judith Davidoff explores areas for common ground in a post-recall, post-brat summit world.

  • Judith Davidoff looks at why the recall election was called so fast.

  • Joe Tarr reports on efforts to save Cherokee Marsh.

  • Esty Dinur looks inside the Center for Conscious Living, the spiritual haven on East Wash that doesn't do religion by the book.

  • Dave Cieslewicz believes that civility and compromise are the way forward for Democrats.

  • Austin Duerst talks to Jerrod Carmichael, a promising young comedian who worked his way up to L.A.'s top clubs.

  • Jessica Steinhoff previews Fruit Fest, the LGBT celebration of music, dancing, good works and running in fruit costumes.

  • Scott Gordon gives his take on The Men, the New York rockers who aren't shy about sharing their influences.

  • Dean Robbins says the punning title of Bristol Palin: Life's a Tripp on Lifetime is idiotic, and that's just the beginning.

  • Kenneth Burns is astonished by Tom Cruise's histrionics in the entertaining hair metal musical Rock of Ages, and watches Jane Fonda plays a hippie grandma in Peace, Love, & Misunderstanding.

  • Marcelle Richards finds the food at Vasilis' Take Five heartening, if a little heavy.

  • Linda Falkenstein reports on a brewpub for the old Ale Asylum, a northwoods lodge for the old Ian's space, and more.

  • Close to Home: In which Andy and Peggy buy a used boat, and fail to get a receipt.

  • Tell All deplores Wisconsin's manners.

  • Jason Joyce compares the 1982 and 2012 Brew Crews. (Hint: They haven't aged well.)

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