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Bedbugs, fall books, Crandall's, ping pong in the October 11 issue of Isthmus

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

  • Make plans for the 2013 Wisconsin Book Festival with a guide detailing the schedule and speaker, running October 17-20.

  • Jay Rath explores the uptick in bedbug infestations.

  • Judith Davidoff reports how Mary Burke announced her candidacy for governor.

  • Joe Tarr reports on a possible third location for the Willy Street Co-op.

  • Marc Eisen discusses how UW campus-related tech ventures are on the upswing.

  • Bruce Murphy considers the downfall of Dennis Smith, former secretary of the Department of Health Services, who was done in by sex and politics.

  • Kenneth Burns, Becky Holmes, Rosemary Zurlo-Cuva and Julia Burke discuss four new books with ties to southern Wisconsin.

  • Gwen Rice finds bittersweet drama in University Theatre's Dancing at Lughnasa, a tale about a family grappling with change in 1930s Ireland.

  • Katie Reiser is intrigued by both old and new elements in the UW Dance Department's concert Transit, featuring works by professor Jin-Wen Yu.

  • Brent Stewart discusses several events helping local performers establish connections to the music industry.

  • Joshua M. Miller chats with Sonic Youth's Lee Ranaldo, who's bringing his new band to the High Noon Saloon.

  • Dean Robbins happily follows ABC's Once Upon a Time in Wonderland down the rabbit hole.

  • Kenneth Burns scrutinizes the satire of Escape From Tomorrow's dark portrayal of Walt Disney World.

  • Scott Renshaw says the seafaring drama Captain Phillips may contain "the best single moment of Tom Hanks' acting career."

  • André Darlington finds a tempting mix of Wisconsin and Peruvian cuisine at the new State Street version of Crandall's.

  • Bob Jacobson reports on the rise of Madison's ping pong community.

  • Dan Seiter sees Badger women's hockey heat up the ice.

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