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Occupy Madison, the Bubbler, Vanilla Beanery, Doug Fine in the April 12 issue of Isthmus

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

  • Occupy Madison plans its next radical step.

  • Joe Tarr reports on outgoing Ald. Tim Bruer's impact on Madison.

  • Judith Davidoff reports on state health department moves toward a swipe card system for WIC purchases.

  • Ruth Conniff sees Madison schools at a crossroads.

  • Lauren Pongan gets a taste of the Bubbler, the Madison Public Library's new art program for creative types.

  • Francesca Mastrangelo says University Theatre's Wondrous Tales of Old Japan II is a great way to introduce kids to the kabuki tradition.

  • John W. Barker reviews the Madison Symphony Orchestra's season finale with the Madison Symphony Chorus.

  • Scott Gordon attends a rehearsal of the Javanese Gamelan Ensemble at the UW.

  • Joshua M. Miller checks in with Graminy, a local ensemble that fuses classical music and bluegrass in ways that help and honor the environment.

  • Ben Munson ponders how 18-year-old rapper Joey Bada$$ cultivated such an authentic '90s sound.

  • Dean Robbins greets new alien species in Syfy's Defiance.

  • Scott Renshaw argues that the process of making the documentary 56 Up is more interesting than the characters themselves, while Marjorie Baumgarten says Lore's "strange dance of hate, appreciation and budding sexual curiosity" is a clever way to make audiences sympathize with a Nazi character -- both movies will be screened at the Wisconsin Film Festival.

  • Kyle Nabilcy visits Sun Prairie's small-batch vanilla outfit, The Vanilla Beanery.

  • Linda Falkenstein reports on The Coopers Tavern second floor expansion and CSA dinner series, the closing of The Dandelion food cart, and more.

  • Linda Falkenstein talks with enviro-journo and Green Day speaker Doug Fine.

  • Tell All comforts a man with a noisy, Beatles-loving neighbor.

  • Jason Joyce likes the new, shiny, happy Badgers football regime.

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