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Simpson Street Free Press, Lois Lowry, snow biking in the January 24 issue of Isthmus


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

  • Teddy Nykiel explores the work of the Simpson Street Free Press, a literacy program founded more than 20 years ago.

  • Judith Davidoff reports on constitutional challenges to the state's Capitol permitting policy.

  • Julia Cechvala talks to one formerly uninsured woman delighted with her new insurance plan under Obamacare.

  • Bruce Murphy lays out ten issues where Gov. Scott Walker is vulnerable in the fall election.

  • Jessica Steinhoff chats with Lois Lowry about her best-seller The Giver, a production of the story by Children's Theater of Madison, and an upcoming movie starring Jeff Bridges.

  • Jennifer A. Smith says Forward Theater Company's Red is a narrowly focused piece about art, aging and self-absorption.

  • John W. Barker praises the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra's playing and the conducting of Bruckner's Second Symphony.

  • Sandy Tabachnick previews the Madison Symphony Orchestra's upcoming "Beyond the Score" program, which looks at the story behind Dvorak's New World Symphony.

  • Brian Palmer discusses American Kid and Silver Bell, the vastly different 2013 albums by Patty Griffin, who is performing at the High Noon Saloon.

  • Joshua M. Miller finds a Wisconsin connection on the cover of the brand-new concept album Brothers and Sisters of the Eternal Son by Damien Jurado, who is set to play the Frequency.

  • Dean Robbins buys into the "voice of a generation"' hype for HBO's Girls.

  • Kenneth Burns says Camille Claudel 1915, screening at the UW Cinematheque, is a fascinating portrait of a French sculptor who was institutionalized for three decades.

  • Kimberley Jones concludes that spy work isn't always riveting after watching Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit.

  • Linda Falkenstein reports on new Buy Fresh Buy Local restaurants for 2014, and the meal delivery service offered by 608 Community Supported Kitchen.

  • André Darlington explores what possible good use Everclear could be put to.

  • Julia Burke bundles up to try snow biking for sport.

  • Tell All weighs in on the chances of legal marijuana in Wisconsin.

  • Dan Seiter speculates on why the Milwaukee Bucks are so terrible.

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