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R Place, UW grad volunteers, The Dirty Shirts, poutine in the May 14 issue of Isthmus

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

  • Rich Albertoni reports on the south side nightclub R Place and Madison's uncomfortable relationship with race.

  • Watchdog wonders why an ex-con has been shut out of Memorial Library in spite of doing nothing wrong.

  • Jack Craver assesses the GOP contenders' chances against U.S. Sen. Russ Feingold.

  • David Blaska likes the Tea Party's self-reliance.

  • Mary Ellen Bell reports that UW grads show a renewed interest in volunteerism.

  • Jennifer Smith has the lowdown on a massive expansion of the Chazen Museum of Art.

  • Jay Rath previews the Barties, the July awards ceremony the Bartell Theatre is staging for its member companies.

  • Rich Albertoni talks to The Dirty Shirts, a Madison honky-tonk act that is releasing a new album.

  • Jessica Steinhoff checks in with Baroness, the Georgia rockers performing at the Orpheum.

  • Kenneth Burns says Ridley Scott's new Robin Hood starring Russell Crowe lacks conviction.

  • Dean Robbins urges you to watch Friday Night Lights now that it's on NBC.

  • Erin Hanusa says Water House Foods is worth the drive to Lake Mills.

  • Marcelle Richards cooks up a Wisconsin-centric poutine with brats, onion-beer gravy and farm-fresh curds

  • David Medaris reports on Madison's first dragon-boat festival.

  • Tell All bucks up a girl too scared to ask out a guy.

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