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Hip-hop, spring elections, Blowin' Smoke, Upper Sugar River in the March 14 issue of Isthmus

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

  • Julia Burke discusses how hip-hop advocates are working to find performance venues for local emcees, DJs and producers.

  • Judith Davidoff reports that the Madison taxi industry is mobilizing to oppose the entry of unregulated app-based ride services into the market.

  • Nathan Comp reports on upcoming Dane County supervisor races that could increase the liberal majority on the board.

  • Catherine Capellaro reports that Madison school board candidates offer different solutions to the achievement gap.

  • Catherine Capellaro gets some final thoughts from Marj Passman, who is retiring after two term on the Madison school board.

  • Ruth Conniff skewers Gov. Scott Walker's ruthless political ambition.

  • Laura Jones praises the strong vocals and stylish presentation of Four Seasons Theatre's Great Dames: Leading Ladies of Stage and Screen.

  • John W. Barker admires pianist Yefim Bronfman's dynamite performance of two Beethoven concertos.

  • Joshua M. Miller chats with the German Art Students about Time Travel, the band's first LP as a trio, which they’re debuting at an album-release party at the High Noon Saloon.

  • Brent Stewart dissects three of the finest tunes by Birds of Chicago, who are performing at the Stoughton Opera House.

  • Lanni Solochek reports on a plan to turn Four Star Video Heaven into a "research lounge" filled with movies as well as books.

  • Dean Robbins bites his fingernails through NBC's new kidnapped-teenager drama Crisis.

  • Kenneth Burns is pleasantly surprised by Olivia Wilde's comic skills in Better Living Through Chemistry.

  • Steve Davis says the car-chase flick Need for Speed is fast but not furious.

  • Kyle Nabilcy visits Waunakee and finds the new local barbecue king at Blowin' Smoke.

  • Julia Cechvala checks in with the Upper Sugar River Watershed Association and its work on the western Dane County waterway.

  • Candice Wagener recommends a trade-in at UpShift, an eco-friendly clothing exchange.

  • Tell All fights back against a reader who believes Madison bicyclists are "vermin."

  • Dan Seiter predicts Bucky's NCAA tourney future.

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