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Craig Cady

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Lucas Carey

Social gaps are meant for bridging, so on Saturday I attended a pair of parties both willing winter away in high style -- Frostiball at the Overture Center and The Fire Ball at the High Noon Saloon. It was a night of champagne followed by beer, conspicuous affluence followed by bar-scene madness, and all-around costumed extravagance at the extremes of multiple spectrums both lofty and base. more

Feb 1, 2009 8:18 PM Scenes

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Downtown Madison, Inc.

Clear your calendars for Saturday because this is "the" night two soirees will define the social scene in downtown Madison. However, they both require a special attention to clothing choices. That's right, comrades, we've actually got to dress up for something. more

Jan 29, 2009 8:30 PM Scenes

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Shepard Fairey

Downtown Madison was pervaded with an optimistic and energetic mood the night of Obama's inauguration. Parties and celebrations in his name, even unofficial ones, seemed to line the streets on this particularly lively Tuesday night. I attended several of these functions to scope the scene, and found a fairly consistent and quintessentially Madisonian vibe at each. more

Jan 21, 2009 8:00 PM Scenes

The more informed I became through involuntary osmosis via an absolute inundation of election coverage, the more passionately I reacted. Come Election Day last November, I found my once-unaffected self among the hundreds of revelers in the spontaneous parade down State Street celebrating the victory of Barack Obama. So, why not celebrate this step toward progress? more

Jan 16, 2009 9:00 PM Scenes

One might consider the slightly profound decision regarding how to commemorate this significant milestone. Or, perhaps it's simple to submit to the decadence of indefinitely open bars promising music, hors d'oeuvres and free champagne toasts. Either way, Madison offers a wealth of options for New Year's Eve options for party goers, from gourmet restaurants to grungy basement shows, not to mention plenty of family activities for the kids. more

Dec 26, 2008 6:00 PM Scenes

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Noah Carrillo

The traditional Christmastime bar crawl known as Santarchy or Santacon appropriately returned to Madison this year on Saint Nicholas' Day. I've put together a Christmas wish list for some of the most memorable participants among the Santas and elves who braved the cold and harsh December night for the pure sake of chaos. more

Dec 7, 2008 8:23 PM Scenes

Ryland Bouchard graced Madison Friday evening with a small and intimate performance at The Project Lodge. No longer releasing albums as The Robot Ate Me, the one-man experimental music project that made him known, Bouchard seemed more balanced in his manner, more mature since playing Club 770 in 2006. more

Nov 18, 2008 9:18 PM MUSIC

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Craig Cady

Halloween fun at Freakfest remained tame this year, as revelers modeled their costume creations, from the imaginative to the omnipresent, along the six block length of State Street. more

Nov 2, 2008 10:00 PM MUSIC

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Craig Cady

The scent of alcohol emanating from revelers' exhalations overwhelmed the senses upon entering Freakfest on State Street, where nearly tens of thousands gathered on Saturday night to party, listen to music, and show off their Halloween costumes. more

Nov 2, 2008 6:00 PM MUSIC

Since the municipal powers that be in Madison have decreed that Halloween shall be celebrated on November 1 rather than the night on which the holiday actually falls, many people are seeking out more ways to celebrate. Some are attending parties thrown by friends or bars around town, and some might even fall a day early into the traditional antagonistic cat-and-mouse roles of drunken mobs met by riot cops on State Street. There's far more costumed fun to be had this weekend, though. more

Oct 30, 2008 6:00 PM MUSIC

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Cinema Purgatorio

I collected a few of my most spaced-out friends, and with giant disco balls, spotlights and imponderable waves of technicolor confetti in our brains, we submitted ourselves to Wayne Coyne's vision of "Christmas on Mars". Would this be a work of genius? A flop? A nightmare trip? more

Oct 22, 2008 4:00 PM Movies

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Craig Cady

The geek elite was out in full-costumed force this weekend for the second annual Geek.Kon at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, which simultaneously drew amused smiles and bemused headshakes from casual passers-by and n00bs like me. The campus setting was a bit labyrinthine, with patrons wandering from room to room excitedly, but it was fitting. What better place for a total nerd fest than the decrepit windowless sweat sock that is the Humanities building and the equally dank Vilas Hall on Park Street? more

Sep 29, 2008 6:00 PM Scenes

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Jason Joyce

Over the weekend, the Williamson-Marquette neighborhood banded together to host the 31st annual Willy Street Fair, a distinctly Madison tradition.  It came and went in a flurry of tie-dyed and tattooed family-friendly excitement that ensured this unique community is indeed flourishing in many ways.  The neighborhood retains its characteristic DIY mentality while remaining proudly globally informed and politically active. more

Sep 22, 2008 5:19 PM Scenes

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Craig Cady

With eyes full of inspiration, amateur poets got a chance to test their spoken word mettle in the presence of friends and many of the competitors in National Poetry Slam 2008 in a quartet of late night Solo Slams this week, held at Genna's Lounge and the Mercury Café after the Tuesday and Wednesday night bouts. Aspiring and experienced poets alike who were not already members of teams in the national contest summoned their courage and performed for a cash prize before an audience and five randomly selected judges. more

Aug 7, 2008 10:43 PM Stage