What can you find in this week's Isthmus? Highlights from the latest issue follow:
- Pick up the Annual Manual, complete with Madison's Favorites 2009, the Isthmus Resource Directory and restaurant guide, and more!
- Off Limits, a photo essay: Christopher Guess finds out what goes on behind closed doors.
- Madison.gov: Mayor Dave draws criticism for picking aide to serve on city committee.
- Maggie Rossiter Peterman reports on how MEDiC program brings volunteers to provide health care to the city's neediest residents.
- Rick Berg tells the Dems what they can do with their damn health-care reform.
- David Medaris hangs out with Ken Lonnquist, the Madison music institution who has a band, a children's musical, and a snarky song about Sarah Palin for everyone.
- Jay Rath reports on the army of student interns working on Four Seasons Theatre's production of Evita
- Rich Albertoni talks with Steez, the Madison combo that's sprucing up the jam-band sound with synthesizers.
- Jessica Steinhoff interviews Justin Townes Earle, the accomplished Americana musician who is the son of Steve Earle,
- Dean Robbins previews the new season of Project Runway, which has a new cable home on Lifetime after a series of acrimonious lawsuits.
- Marc Savlov says Inglourious Basterds is Quentin Tarantino through and through, but Marjorie Baumgarten is disappointed by The Stoning of Soraya M., a well-intended film about the stoning of an Iranian woman.
- Raphael Kadushin checks out dining spots in Spring Green and finds much to like at the Riverview Terrace Cafe and The Bank.
- Erin Hanusa finds the five best ice cream sundaes in Madison.
- Terese Allen reports on farmers' market purveyors who make eating local a snap with prepared foods.
- Native Minnesotan Jason Joyce ponders his split loyalties between the Packers and the Vikings with the decamping of Brett Favre to the latter.