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Santa Claus, New Year's parties, Chocolaterian in the December 21 issue of Isthmus

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

  • Alan Talaga and Jon Lyons chronicle a visit to Madison by Santa Claus.

  • Joe Tarr reports on Mayor Soglin's quest to check Overture's books.

  • Joe Tarr reports that Metcalfe's is still interested in building a grocery store on the 800 block of East Washington.

  • Amy Barrilleaux talks to Madison College about Gov. Walker's plan to tie education funding to jobs.

  • Ruth Conniff fears for the safety of Wisconsin children following the Connecticut school massacre.

  • Jen Herritz and Jessica Steinhoff get the lowdown on local New Year's Eve celebrations.

  • Laura Jones examines Overture Center's plan to cultivate new audiences in 2013.

  • Cameron Connors has his heart warmed by Children's Theater of Madison's production of A Christmas Carol.

  • Katie Reiser reviews Madison Ballet's latest production of The Nutcracker.

  • Scott Gordon checks in with local author Kim Johnson-Bair, who's written a book inspired by her time working at MadCity Music Exchange.

  • Jessica Steinhoff asks Madison-raised rapper F.Stokes about his forthcoming album and his Boxing Day show at the Frequency.

  • Dean Robbins explores a 1970s animal experiment gone wrong in Project Nim on HBO.

  • Scott Renshaw is wowed by the romantic comedy Silver Linings Playbook, a romantic comedy starring Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence, and enjoys memorable moments in the ups and downs of This Is 40, Judd Apatow's spinoff of Knocked Up.

  • André Darlington is seduced by Chocolaterian.

  • André Darlington searches for good wines to pair with oysters.

  • Close to Home: Andy Moore remembers his father's off-key celebrations of the season.

  • Tell All advises a woman whose husband hates Christmas.

  • Jason Joyce delivers a comeuppance to whining Packer backers.

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