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Indie Awards, Rebecca Blank, Raven Software in the November 1 issue of Isthmus

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

  • A team of writers profile eight exceptional business leaders are winners of the 2013 Isthmus Independent Business Awards.

  • Judith Davidoff reports on the legal battle over Wisconsin's domestic partner registry.

  • Joe Tarr reports on Gus Paras' purchase of the Orpheum Theater.

  • Julia Burke gets to know the personal side of new UW Chancellor Rebecca Blank.

  • Larry Kaufmann bemoans steep rate hikes at the Madison Water Utility.

  • Aaron R. Conklin peeks inside Middleton's Raven Software, which helped develop the hotly anticipated multiplayer game Call of Duty: Ghosts.

  • Cameron Connors considers the message of The Sweet Lowdown and Two Diabetics, which Broom Street Theater is presenting for American Diabetes Month.

  • John W. Barker discusses how University Opera pulled off Handel's demanding Ariodante.

  • Julia Burke chats with DJ Mexkalito about the challenges of bringing Spanish rock to Madison.

  • Joshua M. Miller asks skate-punk band FIDLAR, set to play the High Noon, how they came up with a crazy music video starring Parks and Recreation's Nick Offerman.

  • Dean Robbins lauds PBS for producing the first great Jimi Hendrix documentary.

  • Jessica Steinhoff interviews '80s pop star Thomas Dolby about his award-winning documentary, The Invisible Lighthouse, screening with live narration, music, and foley sounds at the Majestic.

  • Steve Davis calls the historical drama 12 Years a Slave "a beautifully rendered punch to the gut."

  • MaryAnn Johanson says Ender's Game is more compelling in novel form.

  • Linda Falkenstein visits Layla's Persian Food and speaks with food journalist Peggy Wolff.

  • Bob Jacobson profiles pediatrician Dr. Dipesh Navsaria, child health and early literacy advocate.

  • Jay Rath explains just how down 'n dirty the Square used to be.

  • Tell All gets an earful from a woman who wants nothing to do with her husband's sexual fantasies.

  • Dan Seiter goes all Debbie Downer on the Bucks.

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