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5 Budget Blues

by Ellis E. Conklin | Our legislature, the courts, and the taxpayers want all sorts of things. But how to pay for them?

Plus: The Donut Lady takes to the streets, and Twitter fuels the NFL soap opera.

8 In the Ed Zone

by Ellis E. Conklin | Wonky, deeply spiritual, and a first-rate coalition builder, 
our mayor—an Irish pol for the 21st century—has had a remarkable first year.


13 Ale Caesar!

by Zach Geballe | Meet a cicerone:

basically a sommelier for beer, with a similar level of expertise.

13 | food news/The Weekly Dish

14 | coffee corner


15 Rising from
 the ruins

by Brian Miller | Playwright Robert Schenkkan talks about his LBJ plays.

15 | The Pick list

17 | stage review |

The downfall of Lyndon Baines Johnson.

18 | Performance/ear supply


Opening This Week


Steve Carell as killer, the final


epic, and Ben Stiller’s last night at the museum.

24 | Film Calendar


by GWEndolyn Elliott and Kelton Sears | What is music doing to express—or better, heal—the turmoil of our times? Two writers reflect.

29 | The Week Ahead


31 | classifieds

Gift Guide #4


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