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Summertimes, city planning, APT, Haveli Indian in the May 23 issue of Isthmus

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

  • Summertimes: In our guide to the warmer months of the year, Adam Powell shares nine of his favorite spots in Madison; Julia Burke suggests perfect Dane County bike rides; Robin Shepard reveals Wisconsin's latest beer destination -- Door County; and Linda Falkenstein returns to the heart of Wisconsin tourism, the Dells. Plus the calendar offers a summer's worth of fairs, fests, food, sports, theater, music and more.

  • Joe Tarr reports on Madison's new planning chiefs and their take on working with developers.

  • Joe Tarr reports on how the downtown housing boom might spur more retail.

  • Catherine Capellaro gets to know the work of Discovery Outreach, which aims to demystify science for kids and adults.

  • Ruth Conniff argues that the student-debt issue could decide the next election.

  • Gwen Rice previews American Players Theatre's upcoming season and discusses how the Spring Green company has evolved recently.

  • Gwen Rice praises the final scene of Mercury Players Theatre's Skin Tight.

  • Jennifer A. Smith is impressed by a pair of sculptures in the Chazen Museum's new exhibition of skull-themed artwork by Jim Dine.

  • Julia Burke profiles folk-pop singer-songwriter Anna Laube, who's been preparing a new album, and is playing a set at the Brass Ring for Wurst Times.

  • Brian Palmer digs into several tracks by modern zydeco band Jeffery Broussard & the Creole Cowboys, who will be playing the UW Memorial Union Terrace.

  • Dean Robbins joins the conga line on NBC’s hot-to-trot hospital series Night Shift.

  • Jessica Steinhoff reports that Marcus Theatres plans to close Eastgate in November, around the time it opens the new Palace Cinema in Sun Prairie.

  • Kenneth Burns says Gia Coppola's Palo Alto is "quietly perceptive about teenagers in a way many teen films aren't."

  • Kimberley Jones takes X-Men: Days of Future Past to task.

  • André Darlington prefers dinner to lunch at Fitchburg's new Haveli Indian Restaurant.

  • Candice Wagener talks with Frank Alfano about the new generation at the Italian Workmen's Club.

  • Close to Home: Andy Moore recalls the days of heavy Schwinns and the back roads to Milwaukee.

  • Tell All hears from Madison bicyclists defending themselves against attacks.

  • Dan Seiter puts the recent Brewers slump into perspective.

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