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Annual Manual, Gary Andersen, fall concerts, pel'meni in the August 30 issue of Isthmus

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What can you find in this week's Isthmus? Highlights from the latest issue follow:

  • Annual Manual: The results of this year's Madison's Favorites poll, with Isthmus readers' favorite new restaurant and their least favorite thing about the city; a Madison User's Guide; where a UFO hovered in 1975 ; and, a complete Madison restaurants listing and resource directory.

  • Elliot Hughes looks at the football Badgers new coach, Gary Andersen, and likely changes fans will see in the coming season.

  • Joe Tarr talks to Ald. Marsha Rummel who wants to allow churches, nonprofits to host homeless on their property.

  • Joe Tarr reports on a new city fee charged for recycled mattresses.

  • Joe Tarr reports on efforts to build a new home for the Pinney Branch library.

  • Nora G. Hertel reports on efforts to stem domestic violence against Native American women.

  • Ruth Conniff talks to Edgewood's new education dean, Tim Slekar, a leader in the opt-out movement against school testing.

  • Jessica Steinhoff highlights 45 shows from this fall's ever-evolving live-music calendar.

  • Julia Burke introduces the principals of Purple Haus, an east-side recording studio that pairs bands and beer.

  • Scott Morrow chats with globally influenced pop band Wild Belle, who are kicking off a new tour at the High Noon Saloon.

  • Brent Stewart talks to local resident Kevin Henkes about the making of his new children's book, The Year of Billy Miller.

  • Dave Cieslewicz learns a thing or two about Madison in the '60s from Matthew Levin's Cold War University.

  • Dean Robbins puts his hands over his eyes for the season premiere of BBC America's Luther.

  • Scott Renshaw compares an alien invasion to a corporate takeover when considering The World's End.

  • Kenneth Burns has mixed feelings about the modern-day Western Ain't Them Bodies Saints.

  • Julia Burke compares Madison's two pel'meni outposts, Belle Pizzelle and Paul's on Gorham.

  • Kyle Nabilcy goes in search of wooden paddles and a game of chance in parish beer tents.

  • Liz Merfeld explains why texting is good on the golf course for Little Green Pencil.

  • Tell All hears from a critic of Wisconsin's Indian mascots.

  • Dan Seiter surveys the ultimate Badger accoutrement: the marching band.

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