What can you find in this week's Isthmus? Highlights from the latest issue follow:
- Teddy Nykiel explores the work of the Simpson Street Free Press, a literacy program founded more than 20 years ago.
- Judith Davidoff reports on constitutional challenges to the state's Capitol permitting policy.
- Julia Cechvala talks to one formerly uninsured woman delighted with her new insurance plan under Obamacare.
- Bruce Murphy lays out ten issues where Gov. Scott Walker is vulnerable in the fall election.
- Jessica Steinhoff chats with Lois Lowry about her best-seller The Giver, a production of the story by Children's Theater of Madison, and an upcoming movie starring Jeff Bridges.
- Jennifer A. Smith says Forward Theater Company's Red is a narrowly focused piece about art, aging and self-absorption.
- John W. Barker praises the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra's playing and the conducting of Bruckner's Second Symphony.
- Sandy Tabachnick previews the Madison Symphony Orchestra's upcoming "Beyond the Score" program, which looks at the story behind Dvorak's New World Symphony.
- Brian Palmer discusses American Kid and Silver Bell, the vastly different 2013 albums by Patty Griffin, who is performing at the High Noon Saloon.
- Joshua M. Miller finds a Wisconsin connection on the cover of the brand-new concept album Brothers and Sisters of the Eternal Son by Damien Jurado, who is set to play the Frequency.
- Dean Robbins buys into the "voice of a generation"' hype for HBO's Girls.
- Kenneth Burns says Camille Claudel 1915, screening at the UW Cinematheque, is a fascinating portrait of a French sculptor who was institutionalized for three decades.
- Kimberley Jones concludes that spy work isn't always riveting after watching Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit.
- Linda Falkenstein reports on new Buy Fresh Buy Local restaurants for 2014, and the meal delivery service offered by 608 Community Supported Kitchen.
- André Darlington explores what possible good use Everclear could be put to.
- Julia Burke bundles up to try snow biking for sport.
- Tell All weighs in on the chances of legal marijuana in Wisconsin.
- Dan Seiter speculates on why the Milwaukee Bucks are so terrible.