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Gerrymander, Michelle Wildgen, Nonno's, Book of Love in the February 7 issue of Isthmus

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

  • Read your inventive odes to your significant others in the 2014 edition of the Book of Love.

  • David Michael Miller explores how non-partistan redistricting would look like in Wisconsin.

  • Judith Davidoff reports on a federal court challenge to Wisconsin's same-sex marriage ban.

  • Judith Davidoff reports on the cost of prosecuting Capitol protests.

  • Denise Thornton looks into a new vaccine for shingles.

  • Dave Cieslewicz thinks the city is blowing it with Judge Doyle Square.

  • Rosemary Zurlo-Cuva chats with local author Michelle Wildgen, whose new novel, Bread and Butter is set for release, and whose first novel, You're Not You, makes its big-screen debut this summer.

  • Laura Jones takes a look at Victor Castro's sculpture projects in the Meadwood neighborhood, including a new collaboration with Toki Middle School students.

  • Cameron Connors sympathizes with the plight of the prisoners in Music Theatre of Madison's Hostage Song.

  • Barbara Lam says Strollers Theatre's Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo is a chilling ghost story about the complexities of war.

  • Sandy Tabachnick gathers Madison musicians' reactions to the theft of the 300-year-old Stradivarius violin the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra's concertmaster plays.

  • Joe Engle discusses this year's Local Love Fest compilation album, which features Madison musicians covering songs by other local musicians.

  • Ben Munson wonders if Neutral Milk Hotel's live show can top the fantasy their fans have created.

  • Dean Robbins wades into the controversy over author Alice Walker in his review of PBS's American Masters profile.

  • Kenneth Burns reviews a selection of Oscar-nominated short films screening at Sundance

  • Kyle Nabilcy ponders the appeal of traditional Italian entrees at Nonno's Ristorante Italiano.

  • Linda Falkenstein looks at the proposal to alleviate late-night food cart chaos on Broom Street.

  • Sari Judge talks with UW professor Heather Kirkorkian about how touch screens aid in child development.

  • Tell All mixes it up with a supporter of Duck Dynasty's homophobic Phil Robertson.

  • Dan Seiter tries to cheer on Wisconsin men's hoops.

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