What can you find in this week's Isthmus? Highlights from the latest issue follow:
- Dean Robbins ponders how it seems like only disappointing movies get made in Madison, from Public Enemies to The Last Kiss to I Love Trouble.
- Watchdog: A look into what happens if you take pictures of Madison's federal courthouse.
- Lynn Welch reports on behind-the-scenes plans to launch a "green" charter school in Madison.
- Jennifer A Smith reports on how the Surrogacy Center in Madison helps would-be parents through the legal and practical pathways.
- Marc Eisen wonders whether Republican conservatives will keep the party from making a comeback in Wisconsin next year.
- Susan Kepecs previews a performance by Step Afrika, the troupe whose dance style got its start in traditionally black fraternities.
- Josh Wimmer talks to the Stoughtonites behind the Found Footage Festival, a touring show of VHS clips so bad they're good.
- Jessica Steinhoff reports on the collaboration between Milwaukee rockers Despite the Chaos and the UW's All University String Orchestra.
- Rich Albertoni is dazzled by the road-themed hip-hop of Kentuckians of CunninLynguists, performing Friday at the High Noon Saloon.
- Dean Robbins declares that Men of a Certain Age on TNT will make you fall in love with television.
- Marjorie Baumgarten says a relatively restrained Robert de Niro can't lift the disingenuous holiday film Everybody's Fine.
- Kids & Parents: A whirlwind tour through Madison's toy emporia reveals imagination-starters.
- Raphael Kadushin finds that barbecue East and West rocks the fun new Muramoto restaurant, The Haze.