What can you find in this week's Isthmus? Highlights from the latest issue follow:
- Meet eight unique Madison companies in the Isthmus Independent Business Awards.
- Joe Tarr reports on the spat between Paul Soglin and Joe Parisi over a homeless shelter, and talks to Ald. Sue Ellingson, who wants to increase the fines for failing to yield to a pedestrian.
- Joe Tarr reports on how the Affordable Care Act is being enforced.
- Erik Gunn takes a look at the legacy of Herb Kohl -- the senator accomplished more than you might think.
- Ruth Conniff sees Wisconsin progressives responding favorably to Obama.
- Stu Levitan checks in with jazz-sax superstar Tia Fuller before her four-day residency in Madison.
- Ben Munson finds a new meaning for "fuzzy guitars" when meeting the resident pets at several local recording studios.
- Austin Duerst talks travel and activism with former Black Flag frontman Henry Rollins, who is returning to the Barrymore.
- Jennifer Smith gazes at MMoCA's new exhibition on light sculptor Leo Villareal and the Chazen Museum's new display of British watercolors.
- Dean Robbins commends filmmaker Brad Lichtenstein's neutrality in a review of the politically charged documentary As Goes Janesville, airing on PBS' Independent Lens.
- Scott Renshaw glimpses the Tim Burton of yore while watching Frankenweenie, and Kenneth Burns yearns for more music while watching Neil Young Journeys.
- Kyle Nabilcy finds a lot to like at Verona's new homey takeout spot, Jordandal Cookhouse.
- Linda Falkenstein visits the Cider Farm, a southern Wisconsin orchard devoted to (hard) cider apples.
- Abode: Phil Busse explores the life of collectors, Sari Judge looks at repurposing rooms instead of building an addition, Marcelle Richards reports on choosing green cookware, and, a fall home and garden calendar, Confectionique, and nifty fifty garages.
- IsthmusParents.com: Liz Merfeld finds local programs to enhance kids' -- especially girls' -- appreciation of tech and science.
- Jason Joyce on how the Badger coaching staff may be sending its QBs a vote of no confidence.