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Epic Systems, seeds, Guy Maddin, Viet Bistro in the February 21 issue of Isthmus


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

  • Marc Eisen provides an incisive, in-depth look at the long-lasting impact of Epic Systems on Dane County's economy

  • Joe Tarr reports that negotiations might soon get under way to develop Judge Doyle Square.

  • Joe Tarr reports that the Madison school district does not want to forego its expected TIF revenue for Judge Doyle Square.

  • Mary Sussman reports on a new group with UW-Madison ties that is working to create seeds that are free of corporate patents.

  • Larry Kaufmann attends one of Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch's tax-reform roundtables in Madison.

  • James Kreul interviews Canadian filmmaker Guy Maddin, who'll present his wonderfully bizarre travelogue My Winnipeg at UW Cinematheque.

  • Gwen Rice finds strong performances but underdeveloped relationships in The Giver, a Children's Theater of Madison production based on Lois Lowry's dystopian novel.

  • John W. Barker finds power and polish in Norwegian trumpeter Tine Thing Helseth's recent performance with the Madison Symphony Orchestra.

  • Brent Stewart profiles local indie rockers Building on Buildings, who are preparing a new album at Justin Vernon's April Base Studios.

  • Joshua M. Miller asks Black Joe Lewis about the making of the sci-fi-themed funk album Electric Slave before their stop at the High Noon Saloon.

  • Phil Davis checks in with Bobby Bones, one of country music's hottest young DJs, in advance of an appearance at Gray's Tied House in Verona.

  • James Kreul discusses the comedic genius of twin podcasters Jason and Randy Sklar, who are performing two sold-out shows at the Majestic.

  • Dean Robbins is taken in by the con artists of ABC's Mind Games.

  • Kenneth Burns says he admires but doesn't adore The Great Beauty, which follows an Italian writer who has grown bored with fame and fortune.

  • Julia Burke is frustrated with the menu at Viet Bistro.

  • Close to Home: Andy Moore adopts the paleo diet.

  • Candice Wagener finds a renaissance of the stitching arts at Monroe Street's Sewcial Lounge.

  • Tell All weighs in on the Woody Allen scandal.

  • Dan Seiter ponders how Badgers women's hoops has squandered its potential.

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