What can you find in this week's Isthmus? Highlights from the latest issue follow:
- The first annual Isthmus Indie Awards celebrates trailblazing businesses.
- Madison.gov: Does Madison have enough ice rinks?
- Marc Eisen urges caution, innovation on Overture.
- David Medaris profiles Biff Blumfumgagnge, the shape-shifting, prodigiously talented musician behind The Gomers, The Zombeatles, and other favorite Madison bands.
- Jay Rath previews Found Money, the new play by Encore Studio for the Performing Arts.
- Jessica Steinhoff chats with Keefe Klug, the Project M finalist who's releasing a new album of his hip-hop-inflected pop-rock.
- Rich Albertoni sings the praises of Eddie Palmieri, the Latin jazz legend who's performing an Isthmus Jazz Series show at the Wisconsin Union Theater.
- Dean Robbins welcomes back Conan O'Brien, whose TBS show begins this month.
- Kenneth Robbins praises the powerful Israeli war film Lebanon, while Marjorie Baumgarten says A Woman, a Gun and a Noodle Shop is a disappointing Chinese remake of the Coen brothers' Blood Simple.
- Kristian Knutsen visits Los Gemelos, a taquería off State Street.
- Kids & Parents: Lynn Welch reports on why bats are so important to the next generation.
- Tell All discovers pulchritudinous seductresses via spam.