What can you find in this week's Isthmus? Highlights from the latest issue follow:
- André Darlington accepts the Eat Local Challenge and discovers what Madison tastes like.
- Judith Davidoff reports on the abrupt firing of high-profile Disability Rights Wisconsin attorney Jeff Spitzer-Resnick.
- Judith Davidoff looks at ALICE, the progressive counterpoint to ALEC.
- Joe Tarr identifies the budget fights to come over ice rinks, beaches, streets and Overture.
- Larry Kaufmann argues that Dane County acted rashly in extending union contracts.
- David Michael Miller analyzes the campaign signs of local and national candidates.
- Jennifer A. Smith contemplates the brightly colored bird-men in MMoCA's The Singing Bird Room of Robert Lostutter.
- Andy Moore gathers songwriting tips from the Old 97's Rhett Miller, and highlights musical developments in Mayor Soglin's proposed city budget.
- Ben Munson keeps his stereo from floating away while assessing Neil Halstead's airy dream-pop.
- Dean Robbins is struck by Mamie Gummer's resemblance to her mom, Meryl Streep, while watching the CW's Emily Owens, M.D.
- Scott Renshaw evaluates Ben Affleck's directing in Argo, and Kenneth Burns tries to make sense of the comical chaos in Julie Delpy's 2 Days in New York.
- Linda Falkenstein parses the results of the city's 2012 food cart review, and previews Fermentation Fest in Reedsburg.
- Bill Lueders discovers why it's important to manage a forest.
- John Motoviloff reveals the best places to go birdwatching in southern Wisconsin.
- Tell All considers the importance of gay role models.
- Jason Joyce sets some goals for the Packers.
- Plan ahead with our guide to the inaugural Isthmus Food & Wine Festival.