What can you find in this week's Isthmus? Highlights from the latest issue follow:
- Marc Eisen reports on why Wisconsin does a lousy job of snaring federal aid.
- Watchdog reports on Madison's new strategies for curbing "cruising and anonymous sex" at Olin-Turville.
- Fran Zell reports on why the diagnosis of Lyme Disease has become surprisingly controversial.
- Rick Bogle sounds an alarm about the UW-Madison's plans for a new germ lab.
- Susan Kepecs has the story on Ricardo Gonzalez reopening the Cardinal Bar.
- John Barker looks at the upcoming season of the New York Metropolitan Opera in mesmerizing HD at Point.
- Jessica Steinhoff talks to local tribute bands B'dum B'dum, who recapitulate the Buzzcocks, and Lip Service, an Elvis Costello-inspired act.
- Susan Kepecs previews the Barrymore Theatre performance by Madison music legends Tracy Nelson and Ben Sidran.
- Rich Albertoni talks to Lou Barlow, who is playing at the Majestic as the opener, with The Missingmen, and on bass for Dinosaur Jr.
- Dean Robbins finds a bright spot amid the dreadful fall season in the PBS documentary Latin Music USA.
- Kenneth Burns is mesmerized by the John Keats-themed movie Bright Star, but unconvinced by the Lyme disease documentary Under Our Skin.
- Robin Shepard rounds up his favorite Märzens, cranberry ales, and other autumn brews.
- Linda Falkenstein looks at a few restaurants opening in upcoming months.
- Cooking: a non-traditional ropa vieja for vegans and the vegan-friendly.