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Grandparents, house shows, Taqueria El Jalapeño in the December 13 issue of Isthmus

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

  • Maggie Ginsberg-Schutz explores the phenomenon of grandparents who raise their grandchildren.

  • Judith Davidoff interviews gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke.

  • Joe Tarr reports on peer specialists who help others in recovery.

  • Dave Cieslewicz tells baby boomers how to clean up their mess.

  • Pat Dillon explores the local house-concert scene, which brings local and national acts to nearby yards, garages and basements.

  • Brent Stewart interviews WheelHouse, the Americana band that sprang from the ashes of the Mighty Short Bus and the Lucas Cates Band.

  • Lanni Solochek previews Communion Madison's holiday concert at the Frequency featuring Mississippi folk rockers Rosco Bandana and local troubadour Jeremiah Nelson.

  • Joshua M. Miller chats about environmental activism with folk iconoclast Bonnie "Prince" Billy, set to perform at the Majestic.

  • Gwen Rice praises University Theatre's inventive interpretations of classic tales in An Evening with Poe.

  • Gwen Rice enjoys the clever punch lines and elaborate costumes in StageQ's Scrooge in Rouge.

  • TV critic Dean Robbins hums along with USA's Psych: The Musical.

  • Scott Renshaw wishes director Peter Jackson would let The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug have its own identity apart from the Lord of the Rings films.

  • Kenneth Burns says the strange images and violent stories in A Touch of Sin, screening at UW Cinematheque, are both arresting and disturbing.

  • Kyle Nabilcy loves the mighty Molcajete at Taqueria El Jalapeño.

  • André Darlington blind-tests 11 grocery store champagnes, with interesting results.

  • Linda Falkenstein talks to Joanne Tooley of Earth Stew, a new composting service.

  • Tell All comforts a man deluged by stupid tweets.

  • Dan Seiter finds pain and power at the Mad Rollin' Dolls season opener.

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