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Thursday, February 26, 2015 |  Madison, WI: 13.0° F  Partly Cloudy
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Sober students, JoJean Retrum, Restaurant Muramoto, Abode in the April 11 issue of Isthmus

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

  • Maggie Ginsberg-Schutz reports that housing options and services around Madison are growing for young adults recovering from alcoholism.

  • Joe Tarr investigates Mayor Paul Soglin's out-of-town travel.

  • Phil Davis reports on the impact of Obamacare on small businesses.

  • Ruth Conniff warns of private operators who want Madison's public-school dollars.

  • Laura Jones examines how JoJean Retrum turns local kids into professional performers through Dance Wisconsin which will be performing the comic ballet La fille mal gardée at Madison College's Mitby Theater.

  • Gwen Rice talks shop with Mark Fraire, the new director of Dane Arts.

  • Gwen Rice praises University Theatre's The Yellow Boat, a play about a young boy's imaginative ways of coping with hemophilia and HIV.

  • John W. Barker praises Nathan Laube's organ performance with the Madison Symphony Orchestra.

  • Julia Burke chats with local musicians participating in Project M, 105.5 Triple M's annual songwriting contest.

  • Brian Palmer effuses about the latest Americana album by Red Molly, which is performing at the Stoughton Opera House.

  • Dean Robbins think Fargo's genius is lost in the translation to an FX TV series.

  • Jessica Steinhoff says Obvious Child, a gutsy comedy screening at the Wisconsin Film Festival, proves that Saturday Night Live alum Jenny Slate has star power.

  • Scott Renshaw argues that the football flick Draft Day shows why Kevin Costner should be cast in more humorous roles.

  • André Darlington cheers for the izakaya-style pub menu at Restaurant Muramoto.

  • Anna Thomas Bates welcomes outdoor farmers' markets back with recipes for the first finds of the year.

  • Linda Falkenstein looks at two new electric options -- mopeds and bikes -- for sale in town.

  • Abode: Mike Popke outlines new concepts in backyard pools; Sari Judge visits three families who live where they work; Erin Clune profiles artist/entrepreneur Alisa Toninato, originator of the Wisco Skillet; Phil Davis offers 11 easy fixes to spruce up your house; plus info on Vault Interiors, The Cozy Home, Concierge Madison and the spring home and garden calendar.

  • Tell All counsels a mother scandalized by her son's high school dance.

  • Dan Seiter is optimistic about the Wisconsin men's basketball team's future.

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