What can you find in this week's Isthmus? Highlights from the latest issue follow:
- Rich Albertoni gives his picks for key autumn shows by local bands.
- Joe Tarr reports on another Wisconsin GOP attempt to preempt local law.
- Brian McCombie reports on the deep state budget cuts soon to hit small towns.
- David Blaska inveighs against "Madison liberals" as hating free speech.
- Kitty Kocal recalls her stint helping victims in Manhattan after 9/11.
- Amanda Rigell has an overview of Overture Center events commemorating 9/11.
- Jennifer Smith reports on a couple of MMoCA shows related to the Chicago Imagism movement.
- Andy Moore visits the Madison Music Foundry, where young rockers take lessons, form bands and learn to land gigs.
- Rich Albertoni previews an Overture Center performance by Gordon Lightfoot, the legendary Canadian singer-songwriter who is undeterred by misfortune.
- Dean Robbins says Sarah Michelle Gellar is simply awful in Ringer on the CW.
- Kenneth Burns likes Steven Soderbergh's star-studded plague thriller Contagion, while Warner Herzog's Cave of Forgotten Dreams takes an unforgettable look at prehistoric cave paintings.
- Erin Hanusa visits the Dumpling Haus and finds it uneven, with a few promising signs.
- Marcelle Richards creates a luscious cucumber melon salad.
- David Medaris reports on how cricket is gaining a following in Madison.
- Tell All addresses "Character Deficit Disorder."