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Wisconsin Film Fest, spring election, Cheba Hut, Abode in the April 5 issue of Isthmus

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

  • Abode: Jay Rath retells the history of the forward-thinking Hoyt Park neighborhood; Julia Cechvala follows some Habitat for Humanity ReStore items to their new homes; Marcelle Richards dreams up a good way to incorporate spring flowers into your dining; and, Linda Falkenstein gathers intelligence on spiffing up your drought-stricken lawn.

  • Kenneth Burns, Mark Riechers and Jessica Steinhoff discuss more than a dozen films that'll make you laugh, cry, cheer or shudder at the Wisconsin Film Festival.

  • Amy Barrilleaux reports that Tony Evers wins another term as state superintendent and will now face battles with Walker and the legislature.

  • Amy Barrilleaux reports that the achievement gap and budget cuts will test the new Madison school board.

  • Bruce Murphy reports that national liberal groups sit out the Wisconsin Supreme Court race as Pat Roggensack wins a second term.

  • Joe Tarr reports on Tim Bruer's stunning loss in his Madison Common Council race.

  • Joe Tarr reports on defeat of Dane County Judge Rebecca St. John by Rhonda Lanford.

  • Larry Kaufmann laments the rising cost of water in Wisconsin.

  • Laura Jones admires the acting in Strollers Theatre's Lobby Hero.

  • Barbara Lam says Broom Street Theater's Superhero Boogie is both funny and adventurous.

  • Ben Munson checks in with local rock band Pioneer, who've just released their first full-length album.

  • Scott Gordon analyzes the bizarre charm of German crooner Max Raabe, who will perform with his Palace Orchester at Overture Hall.

  • Stu Levitan interviews jazz-piano sensation Gerald Clayton, whose trio will perform at the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery.

  • Dean Robbins likes the raunchy absurdity of ABC's How to Live With Your Parents (For the Rest of Your Life).

  • Marjorie Baumgarten is intrigued by No, a film about advertising during the Pinochet regime starring Gabriel Garcia Bernal, while Jessica Steinhoff says Tchoupitoulas, a documentary about three kids in New Orleans, brims with wonderful sights but lacks an authentic storyline.

  • Marcelle Richards discovers a solid campus sub shop at Cheba Hut.

  • Linda Falkenstein reports on progress at Cafe Cortadito, a new home for Mildred's sandwiches and the upcoming Alterra Cafe opening.

  • Catherine Capellaro reports on the growing practice of adoptive breastfeeding.

  • Environment: John Morgan discovers why Madison is home to so many hawks these days.

  • Jason Joyce makes predictions about the Brewers' season, after the season opener.

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