What can you find in this week's Isthmus? Highlights from the latest issue follow:
- Paul Ryan is a rising star in the Republican Party, but how will that play in his hard-hit southeast Wisconsin district?
- Joe Tarr looks at the blowback over the city of Madison's moves toward taxing nonprofit housing providers.
- James Rowen reports on how green groups are questioning the state's first use of the Great Lakes Compact.
- Bill Lueders reflects on yet another nasty and unenlightening election season
- Rich Albertoni talks to local accordion players who love their instrument and don't care who knows it.
- Jennifer Smith assesses Laura Rider's Masterpiece, the latest novel by acclaimed Wisconsin author Jane Hamilton.
- Jessica Steinhoff interviews Madison R&B singer Felicia Alima, who is preparing to release her new album Trade.
- Kenneth Burns reports on the status of Concerts on the Square, what with the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra musicians' strike and all.
- Kenneth Burns reviews The Great Buck Howard, starring John Malkovich as a washed-up magician. Also, Bill Lueders is underwhelmed by Winter of Frozen Dreams, the film based on a book about notorious Madison murders.
- Adam Powell likes the vibe at Ironworks Cafe in the Goodman Center.
- Tell All: Can the romance between Ann Althouse and her commenter last?