Week of: Dec 16th

12/30/18, 7:20 pm

Are you ready to ring in 2019?? Remember to tip your bartenders and no one likes babysitting their drunk friends (or strangers met in bathrooms) so please drink responsibly.

Monday (12/31)

  • All the Bubbles @ Table Wine: What a better way to celebrate the end of the year than with a whole lot of bubbly?? Bubbles from around the world and at affordable prices? Heck yea. From open until 6pm #boozy #holiday #chill.night

  • Tiki Week-i @ Robin Room: A WEEK LONG TIKI CELEBRATION INTO THE NEW YEAR (well, 5 days but who's counting). That is all we need to know. Celebratory cocktails, delicious food from amazing chefs and collaborations with local businesses such as UnderGround Butcher.
    4pm- JAN 1st #free #cocktails #NYE #chill.night

  • NYE Sell-Off Party @ Good Style Shop: Stop by the vintage shop and enjoy shitty champagne and mimosas as well as 30% off the ENTIRE store. 12-7pm #free #NYE #shopping

NYE CELEBRATIONS

Here are some of the parties you can attend for NYE. Otherwise many many bars will be offering extended hours so there is no reason you won't be able to find a party.

  • Decadance @ Majestic: DJ Nick Nice will be playing music from the last 100 years. Starts at 7pm; $25 #dance

  • Crucible Grand Opening @ Crucible: Celebrate the ringing in of 2019 with the grand opening of Madison's newest goth nightclub. 9pm- 4am; $10 #dance #definitely.rowdy

  • Old Sugar NYE Bash @ Old Sugar Distillery: Your ticket includes live music, one drink and Glass Nickel Pizza. 7:30pm- 1am; $20 #social.but.not.crazy

  • ArtPop @ Madison Museum of Contemporary Art: Your ticket includes 3 champagne drinks, hors d'oeuvres, DJ and a midnight champagne toast. Live up the glam! 9:30pm- 1am; $65 #fancy. af

  • NYE Tribute Bands Celebration @ High Noon: Your ticket includes 5 live tribute bands (Cat Stevens, Gorillaz, Megadeth, Motley Crue and Morphine) and a midnight champagne toast. Starts at 9pm; $10 #social.but.not.crazy

  • NYE Celebrations @ Forequarter: This is not your typical celebration. Enjoy a 5 or 7 course meal with wine pairings, champagne toasts and welcome cocktails. All tax and gratuity will be included. Check out their page for a full menu write up. 5pm or 9pm dinner reservations; $110 and $150 respectively #fancy. af

  • All Inclusive NYE Celebration @ Essen Haus: Your ticket includes all you can eat and drink and live music. 6pm- 3am; $80 #probably.rowdy
  • New Years in Wonderland @ Plan B: Your ticket includes a fast track to skip the line outside and one free drink. Wonderland surprises are promised. 8pm- 4:30am; $10 #dance #definitely.rowdy
  • WinterFest @ Robinia Courtyard: Your ticket will include 3 different stages to satisfy all your musical needs, 2 free drinks, a hookah den, oyster bar, champagne toast and early morning french fry bar. 9pm- 5am; $50 #dance #party
  • Ball Drop Blitz 5 @ Bartell: A group of writers get together and gathers suggestions from an audience on Dec 30th for a show. 24 hours later they perform that show. Come see the craziness that ensues. All proceeds go to support the Bartell. 8pm; $20 #chill.night

Tuesday (1/1)

Maybe drink some coconut water and do some yoga. Your body will thank you.

Wednesday (1/2)

  • Social Justice Center Benefit Show @ High Noon: Start the new year with a crowd funding event to help the newly renovated Social Justice Center. They have some amazing lofty goals and have a lot of new projects in the work! Definitely keep an eye on more of their work. Also the lineup rocks so win-win. 6-11pm; $8 suggested donation #live.music #fundraiser

Thursday (1/3)

Friday (1/4)

  • Wisconsin Bluegrass Fest @ Majestic: Let the Wisconsin Music Fest month BEGIN! To kick off the season come listen to some amazing local bluegrass artists 7pm- 12am; $10 #live.music #local #chill.night

Saturday (1/5)

  • Wisconsin Punk Fest @ Majestic: Feeling a bit more angsty than bluegrass but still wanting to support Wisconsin musicians? Don't fret, Majestic has you covered. Fest #2 will be Punk Fest! 8pm- 12am; $10 #live.music #local #social.night

Sunday (1/6)

  • A Concert Benefitting Planned Parenthood @ High Noon: Come watch 3 powerhouse female artists and support reproductive rights and health access for all. We couldn't think of a better way to spend a Sunday. Doors open at 6pm; $10 #live.music #fundraiser #chill.night

Ongoing Things

  • Evergleaming: The Enduring Love Affair with the Aluminum Christmas Tree @ Wisconsin Historical Museum: We're going to be honest here and say we have never been to the Wisconsin Historical Museum but did you know Wisconsin was once the leading producer of Aluminum Christmas Trees? Probably not. But they have an exhibit all about it! There will even be a 1960s replica living room to take pictures in so we're in. Open during museum hours 9am-4pm Tu-Sat. Show is running through Jan 12th #historical #museum

  • Nathaniel Mary Quinn: This is Life @ MMoCA: We fricken love art. We also love a chance to dress up. MMoCA is the perfect place for both. Check out MMoCA for the solo exhibition of contemporary artist Nathaniel Mary Quinn. Open during museum hours #art #free

  • Shelter: Crafting a Safe Home @ Chazen Museum: This exhibit will be showcasing 14 contemporary artists and their responses to the issues of housing insecurity and homelessness. The pieces are mixed with personal experiences and the artist's perspective. Please bring socks and gloves as a donation; all donations will be given to PorchLight and The Beacon. Exhibition will run until Jan 6th; FREE to the public #art

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Week of: Dec 16th

12/23/18, 8:32 pm

Madison is ready to ROCK later this week after the holiday celebrations.

Monday (12/24)

CHRISTMAS EVE

Tuesday (12/25)

CHRISTMAS DAY

Wednesday (12/26)

  • All the Bubbles @ Table Wine: What a better way to celebrate the end of the year than with a whole lot of bubbly?? Bubbles from around the world and at affordable prices? Heck yea. 12pm- DEC 31st at 6pm #boozy #holiday #chill.night

Thursday (12/27)

  • Tiki Week-i @ Robin Room: A WEEK LONG TIKI CELEBRATION INTO THE NEW YEAR (well, 5 days but who's counting). That is all we need to know. Celebratory cocktails, delicious food from amazing chefs and collaborations with local businesses such as UnderGround Butcher.
    4pm- JAN 1st #free #cocktails #NYE #chill.night

  • Project Projection: Local Film and Video Screening @ Arts + Literature Laboratory: This week is a great example of why there is no excuse not to be able to find local art in Madison. This is a free experimental film screening o by a variety of local artists. 7:15-9:30pm; seating is limited #art #film #chill.night

Friday (12/28)

  • K4 Customer Appreciation Day @ K4: Help K4 celebrate 6 YEARS with games, special hourly discounts, FREE Pretzel bites and more. Do we really need more of a reason than to celebrate the people who brought us Fantasy Factor and all the amazing beer sleeves? 2-10pm #free #beer #hang.out
  • Lesbian Pop-Up Bar Bar @ One Barrel Brewing Company: Lesbian Pop-Up Bar is celebrating 3 years of events this month! Event starts at 7pm #free #lgbtq+ #hang.out
  • Mister Jackson, Terran, Mori Mente @ Communication: We're not exactly sure what to expect from this show but it sounds like it's going to be a rage of a time. We highly recommend checking out their description of this lineup because we can't do it justice. 7:30-11pm; $8 at the door. Communication is a sober space #live.music #hang.out
  • Birthday Void @ The Nomad: Come all birthday people who lost their celebrations due to the many holiday's of this time. Celebrate with comedy and probably one too many drinks. 8-11pm; $5 cover #live.show #comedy #lively.night

  • Rocky Horror Picture Show @ Majestic: The age old classic with all your favorite characters (times two!) Watch the film, see it performed live and partake in an experience completely unique to it's fandom. Leather encouraged but not required. TWO PERFORMANCES (Friday & Saturday); 9pm-12am; $10 at the door #live.show #dance #lively.night

Saturday (12/29)

  • Metal Head Meet-Up @ Bos Meadry: Chat with other metal heads outside the music venue. There will even be a White Elephant for those who are interested. 2 -6pm #free #music #hang.out

  • Post Social Single Release @ Crystal Corner: Can you get more local than a Madison band releasing a new single? Only if it was in one of the best dive bars in Madison... oh wait. Check out Post Social's music on Bandcamp! 7-11pm #live.music #party

Sunday (12/30)

  • Hippy New Year @ Bos Meadry: Come listen to some local psychedelic rock by Sweet Delta Dawn with some delicious mead as one does in Madison. 6-10pm #free #live.music #chill.night

  • icq.IRL @ Art In: Live Art + Installations + anonymous personals. This is going to be an event you do not want to miss. Music plus dance plus art and celebrating the end of this wild year. Again, check out the official page for this event to read their badass event description. To participate even more in the event fill out this google form. 9:01pm -2am; $5-$10 suggested artist donation #party #dance #art #party

Ongoing Things

  • Evergleaming: The Enduring Love Affair with the Aluminum Christmas Tree @ Wisconsin Historical Museum: We're going to be honest here and say we have never been to the Wisconsin Historical Museum but did you know Wisconsin was once the leading producer of Aluminum Christmas Trees? Probably not. But they have an exhibit all about it! There will even be a 1960s replica living room to take pictures in so we're in. Open during museum hours 9am-4pm Tu-Sat. Show is running through Jan 12th #historical #museum

  • Nathaniel Mary Quinn: This is Life @ MMoCA: We fricken love art. We also love a chance to dress up. MMoCA is the perfect place for both. Check out MMoCA for the solo exhibition of contemporary artist Nathaniel Mary Quinn. Open during museum hours #art #free

  • Shelter: Crafting a Safe Home @ Chazen Museum: This exhibit will be showcasing 14 contemporary artists and their responses to the issues of housing insecurity and homelessness. The pieces are mixed with personal experiences and the artist's perspective. Please bring socks and gloves as a donation; all donations will be given to PorchLight and The Beacon. Exhibition will run until Jan 6th; FREE to the public #art

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Week of: Dec 16th

12/16/18, 9:51 pm

Congratulations graduates! Welcome to the no quiz party. Also this brings the winter solstice which means day light is coming back and with it some good ole' pagan celebrations!

Monday (12/17)

  • Holiday Happy Hour with Mo @ Industrious Madison: Enjoy chatting with one of the Madison Mayoral candidates Mo Cheeks. Learn about his vision for Madison but also use the opportunity to see inside the beautiful and new Industrious. 5-6:30 pm; $25 suggested donation. Sign up online before #local #politics

  • Crafts and Crafts @ Old Sugar Distillery: Crafts and Crafts is back! Drink cocktails, make crafts (and just in time for those last minute white elephant gifts) and support a great local nonprofit. DIVE looks to reduce waste in the community through education, events and more! 6-9pm #free #crafts #fundraiser

Tuesday (12/18)

  • Winter Wonderful @ Common Wealth Gallery: There isn't just one or two holiday markets this week but one WEEK LONG market! Makers from all over will be in one space for a week and 25% of proceeds are being donated to 6 local nonprofits! Events, silent auctions, food and more will be running all week long as well. Check out their official list of events to hear how else you can support this endeavor. This event starts on Monday 12/17 and runs until Saturday 12/22 10 am-9pm; craft fair is free. Evening events vary in prices #free #holiday #market #fundraiser

Wednesday (12/19)

Thursday (12/20)

  • Paint and Sip @ Robinia Courtyard: Have you had a hole missing in your heart since The Paint Bar closed? If so, this is for you. Come sip a glass of wine while painting... ZEUS! Heartland Farm Sanctuary's adorable miniature GOAT! Yes you read that right. Make sure to sign up because spots are limited. Snacks, wine, inspiration and supplies are provided. Proceeds go to support the Heartland Farm Sanctuary. 6:30-8:30pm; $40/person #crafts #wine #fundraiser

  • Drag Queen Bingo @ The Wise: Have you heard of a more natural combination?? Win prizes to Monroe Street shops, restaurants and enjoy happy hour all night long! 6-8pm; $5 to play and free parking at HotelRed #games #drag.queens

Friday (12/21)

  • Boulders Holiday Party @ Boulders Downtown: You know you've been looking for the opportunity to check out the new Boulders gym on the Capital. Well, here it is! Free beer, DJ, hot chocolate and did me mention free beer? #free #holiday

  • Winter Solstice Gathering @ SUPERCHARGE!Foods: There will be a bonfire, dancing, healing and the juice bar will be open. 4:23-9:23pm #free #holiday #dancing

  • Winter Solstice Sunset Bonfire Celebration @ Olbrich Park: To quote the event itself "Cast your regrets and dreams into the fire
    As you dance into the New Year!!!"
    Giant Bonfire, check. Firedancers, check. Hot cider and hot coco, check. All our boxes are checked! 4-9pm #free #holiday

  • Teamwork 3 @ Robinia Courtyard: The last Womxn in Music of 2018 is this week. The event is merging with Half Baked Sessions which means you can bet you will be seeing more badass women DJs in 2019. Check out the music makings of DJ Saint Saunter and DJ Hitachii, two awesome local musicians. 10pm-2am #free #dj #dance

Saturday (12/22)

  • Pagan Holiday Party @ Robinia Courtyard: Enjoy some good ole' fashioned alchemy on the dance floor and celebrate the days beginning to get longer again. We don't really think there is any better reason to celebrate. All proceeds will go to support RAICES, a low-cost legal provider for immigrant and refugee families in Texas. 8pm-2:20am #dj #dance #fundraiser

Sunday (12/23)

Ongoing Things

  • 2 FREE weeks @ FORWRD: Have you been indulging a bit too much this holiday season? Or just looking to jumpstart your New Years resolution a few weeks early? FORWRD is offering 2 weeks free at their health and wellness training facility. Good bye hangover, hello healthy habits. Starts Dec 10th and runs until Dec 24th #work.out
  • Evergleaming: The Enduring Love Affair with the Aluminum Christmas Tree @ Wisconsin Historical Museum: We're going to be honest here and say we have never been to the Wisconsin Historical Museum but did you know Wisconsin was once the leading producer of Aluminum Christmas Trees? Probably not. But they have an exhibit all about it! There will even be a 1960s replica living room to take pictures in so we're in. Open during museum hours 9am-4pm Tu-Sat. Show is running through Jan 12th #historical #museum

  • Nathaniel Mary Quinn: This is Life @ MMoCA: We fricken love art. We also love a chance to dress up. MMoCA is the perfect place for both. Check out MMoCA for the solo exhibition of contemporary artist Nathaniel Mary Quinn. Open during museum hours #art #free

  • Shelter: Crafting a Safe Home @ Chazen Museum: This exhibit will be showcasing 14 contemporary artists and their responses to the issues of housing insecurity and homelessness. The pieces are mixed with personal experiences and the artist's perspective. Please bring socks and gloves as a donation; all donations will be given to PorchLight and The Beacon. Exhibition will run until Jan 6th; FREE to the public #art

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Week of: Dec 10th

12/09/18, 4:56 pm

Live shows galore. More Holiday Markets. And of course, more opportunities to dance.

Monday (12/10)

  • The Moth Madison StorySLAM presents: INSTINCTS @ High Noon Saloon: Listen to your peers tell stories about their animal instincts. The stories are sure to be interesting and who knows, maybe you'll realize you too have a special skill? Show begins at 7:30pm; $10 General Admission #live.show

  • 2 FREE weeks @ FORWRD: Have you been indulging a bit too much this holiday season? Or just looking to jumpstart your New Years resolution a few weeks early? FORWRD is offering 2 weeks free at their health and wellness training facility. Good bye hangover, hello healthy habits. Starts Dec 10th and running for two full weeks

Tuesday (12/11)

  • Women in Tech Happy Hour @ Capitol Chophouse: Come meet other badass ladies in the Madison Tech scene. Food and drinks will be sold and friends/partners are welcome! 5:30-7:30pm #free #social
  • Robin Room for a Cause @ Robin Room: Eat delicious Sujeo bites, drink classic Robin Room crafts and help support a local family needing medical treatment? This sounds like a pretty good trifecta to us. 5-9pm; raffle every 30 min to win booze! #food #free #fundraiser

Wednesday (12/12)

  • Storie Party Madison -- True Dating Stories @ Wilmar Community Centre: We are here for all the story slam events this week. Watch professional story tellers tell the horrifying and hilarious real life dating stories of Madisonians. 7-10pm; $20 #live.show #comedy

Thursday (11/13)

  • MSCR Pottery Sale @ Madison School & Community Recreation: Who doesn't love local pottery?? Check out this 3 day event selling a wide range of pottery at affordable prices. 8am -6pm; open through Saturday #free #market #holiday

Friday (11/14)

  • Holiday Market @ Working Draft Beer Company: Beer. Food. Local makers. Who needs Amazon when there are dozens of local businesses hosting markets?? 5-9pm #free #market #holiday

  • Walking in a Willy Wonderland @ various locations on Willy St: Missed last week's Atwood Winter fest? Don't fret! Willy Street has theirs this week! Check out live music, delicious fare and a whole bunch of fun specials happening at local shops. This is the perfect opportunity to check out some of the new businesses in the area. 5-9pm #free #holiday #music

  • Dyke Dive @ The Wisco: Dyke Dive is BACK and ready to party. And this time it's asking you to bring your ugly sweater. Enjoy the musical makings by DJ Saint Saunter. Dyke Dive is an inclusive space open to all queer people and friends of queers. 8pm-1:30am; no cover but $5 suggested donation to artist #dj #dance

Saturday (12/15)

  • Holiday Gift Wrapping Soiree @ Good Day Collective: Take the opportunity to meet the amazing women behind the beautiful pop-up AND the women behind Chroma.Press. Wrap gifts, create custom leather and paper products and enjoy the warm, creative space. 11am-6pm #free #local.goods #holiday

  • Wisconsin Women in Folk @ High Noon Saloon: Escape the cold with the warmest voices in Wisconsin Folk music. 20% of all ticket sales will be donated to the Wisconsin Coalition Against Sexual Assault. Doors open at 1:30pm and show begins at 2; $10 #music #fundraiser

  • Tone Madison Best of 2018 @ Barley Pop: Listen to some of Tone's favorite music from the year, learn more about what they are doing and how to help support their incredible work! All while drinking beer. Heck yes. 5-9pm #free #music #social

  • MadMen Holiday Soiree @ Majestic: The show may be long over but it's the holiday party that keeps on giving. Dress up in your best 60s faux furs and sip on a manhattan. How else do you celebrate the holidays? 8pm-12am; $25 ahead of time or at the doors #dance #party #holidays

  • Damsel Trash with Gender Confetti and The German Art Students @ Crystal Corner: If you haven't been to a proper show at Crystal Corner (or it's just been too long) this is the perfect opportunity. Seriously, you won't want to miss this. 9:30pm-1:30am #free #music #party

  • JAMS with Project Pablo @ Robinia Courtyard: Robinia is opening up a SECOND dance floor and starting the party even earlier. This warm welcoming is for Montreal based DJ Project Pablo. Get your groove on all night long. 9pm-2am; $10 before 11:30/ $15 after #dj #dance

Sunday (12/16)

  • Makers Market @ Communications: Did you really think we would go a week without a local holiday market? Check out more amazing local creators. 10am-5pm #free #market #holiday

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Week of: Dec 2nd

12/02/18, 7:54 pm

Holy moly there is a TON of stuff happening this week. Markets, discussions, comedy shows and more. This is just a SAMPLE of what's going on. Seriously, if you are looking for an interesting night out this is your week.

Monday (12/03)

  • Feminist Poetry Slam @ Union South: We don't think this needs much explanation. This event is open to everyone and everyone is welcome to read their poetry! Just register online before hand. Complimentary treats and hot drinks will be served (sorry, we're doubting they will be spiked) 7:30-9pm #live.show #free

  • Crossroads: How (not) to think about artificial intelligence @ WID: Join this free public lecture series talking about politics, policy, public perceptions and more. Join the discussion about artificial intelligence and all the complicated issues and possibilities that come with AI. #discussion #free

Tuesday (12/04)

  • Inside the Trauma of Family Separation @ Community Immigration Law Office: Join to view The Atlantic's documentary documenting the fight to reunite families with a Q&A after with the head attorney featured in the film. 7-9pm #free #documentary

  • Lady in Leadership Panel @ 2650 Humanities: We understand that it might feel weird to attend a panel at UW if you are not a student but we think this panel discussion is worth it. Listen to badass women at the top of their field discuss their field and navigating their careers. Panel members include: Chris Taylor- State Representative, Katrina Morrison-Planned Parenthood Public Affairs Coordinator, Maria Saffiotti Dale- Curator of Paintings, Sculpture, and Decorative Arts at the Chazen Museum of Art, Kim Sutter- Director of Services at Porchlight, just to name a few. 7-8:30pm #discussion #free

Wednesday (12/05)

  • Spotlight Cinema @ MMoCa: The final viewing of the fall will be showcasing "Hale County this Morning, this Evening", a documentary showcasing the lives of two young African American boys in Alabama. The film won the Special Jury award at Sundance! 7-9pm; $7 for nonmembers

Thursday (12/06)

  • LLC Level 1 Final Showcase @ Plan B: If you missed the Lady's Laughs Festival you have an opportunity to get a taste of what you missed! Come watch some of the newest members of the Madison Comedy Scene perform. 7:30-9pm; $5 suggested donation #comedy #live.show

Friday (12/07)

  • Good Day Market Holiday Edition @ Madison Masonic Temple: Another local, curated market that also is serving up some delicious drinks? You betcha. Shop locally crafted goods, relax in a curated campground lounge, drink some Kin-Kin coffee and check off all the gifts on your list. If you haven't been to the Good Day Collective on the Square yet. We repete: CHECK. IT. OUT. That is all. 4:30 -9pm #free # holiday #local.goods

  • Atwood Winter Festival @ various locations around the Atwood Neighborhood: You can bet we have several local craft events on this week's list! Follow the lanterns around the neighborhood to see what local businesses are doing to celebrate the holiday season. Cheers will be made. Merriness will be had. 5-9pm #free #holiday #festival

  • Ugly Sweater Portrait Party @ Stateline Distillery: If you have been looking for the perfect opportunity to pull out your ugly Christmas sweater and snap your holiday card photo, you are in luck! Stateline will be bringing in Ilana Natasha Photography (which if you haven't check out her work, we will wait for you to do so now) to take portraits. Did we mention you can bring in your dog to get in on the ugly sweater action?? 6-10pm #free #holiday

  • Wintersong @ Barrymore Theater: Enjoy an night of indie acoustic music with all proceeds going to the Second Harvest Food Bank. The night is an event dedicated to the giving back to the community for the year of support. Enjoy great local musicians and a magical night. 8-11pm; $18 ahead of time, $20 at the door #live.show #fundraiser #music
  • UW Vet School Drag Show @ FIVE Nightclub: We're pretty confident you probably weren't expecting this match up but we are here for it. Come watch some amateur drag queens being schooled by the masters while raising money to support a great cause, GSAFE. GSAFE is a local organization that supports LGBTQ+ students in the area. 8-11pm; $8 ahead of time, $10 at the door

  • TV Dinner @ Gena's: Check out the female DJ duo who will be spinning a range of sets including funk, soul, disco, hip hop and more! 10pm-2am #free #dj

Saturday (12/08)

  • Good Day Market Holiday Edition @ Madison Masonic Temple 10am-3pm
  • Funky Christmas @ Majestic: We don't know about you, but we think the best way to celebrate the holidays is with a little funk. Enjoy a night dedicated to the funk kings Ottis Redding and James Brown with Madison's own 8 piece soul band Don't Mess with Cupid. 8:30-11:59pm; $10 #music #live.show

  • Municipal Resorted: Grand Reopening Ceremony @ Municipal Building: We can't say that we've been exactly missing this building but that doesn't mean we can't be excited for it's reopening! Come check out and learn about the newly restored historical building while enjoying music, art and interactive art instillations. 11am-4pm #free #historical

  • 100thanks @ Ovation: Start off your holiday party season off right! Celebrate the Madison entrepreneurship community with 100state with dancing, tap cocktails, chatting with local entrepreneurs and did we mention an opportunity to dress up?? And tickets get you two free drinks. Heck. Yes. 8pm -12am; $10 ahead of time, $15 at the door #holiday

Sunday (12/09)

  • Merry Madness: Indie Art Show @ Plan B: Have we listed too many local markets yet? We don't think so either! Check out more local vendors while sipping on a Bloody Mary and enjoying Slide Food Cart snacks! There will even be raffle tickets being passed out. We think this is the perfect way to nurse your Sunday morning hangover. 12-5pm #free #holiday #market

  • Stuff your Stockings @ Brink Lounge: Another holiday market! Music, drinks, kids coloring corner, ornament making station and more. Why choose one market when you can go to allllll of them? This market is also a fundraiser for the Second Harvest Food Bank. 10:31am- 4pm; $2/ FREE with nonperishable good #market #fundraiser #holiday

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Week of: Nov 24th

11/25/18, 4:39 pm

Hope you all have been fully mashed and stuffed and are ready for the big ol' sprint towards Christmas. We are. We even got one of those sustainable Christmas tree-plants and everything.

Monday (11/26)

  • The Organizer @ WUD Film: The Organizer is a film depicting the controversial Community Organizer and ACORN founder Wade Rathke. What makes him controversial? You can ask him! He will be hosting a Q&A after the viewing. Learn about ACORN and what it means to be a Community Organizer. 6:30-9pm #film

Tuesday (11/27)

  • Shelter: Crafting a Safe Home @ Chazen Museum: This exhibit will be showcasing 14 contemporary artists and their responses to the issues of housing insecurity and homelessness. The pieces are mixed with personal experiences and the artist's perspective. Please bring socks and gloves as a donation; all donations will be given to PorchLight and The Beacon. Exhibition will run until Jan 6th; FREE to the public #art

Wednesday (11/28)

Sit back, relax; it's Hump Day! Which means Madison has a TON of regular events going on. Maybe attend a crafting night at Revel, open mic nights at Genna's or The Comedy Club

Thursday (11/29)

  • Christine's Kitchen Grand Opening : The owner of Slide Food Cart and the commercial kitchen space that allows more beloved food carts to operate, is opening a retail space! Buy delicious local products IN STORE and support the community. Eat good food and do good? Hell yes. That's what we call a win-win. The space will be open Thurs-Saturday #food

  • Settlin' @ Wisconsin Historical Museum: The WHM is apparently THE venue. Come listen to author Muriel Simms discuss her book Settlin': Stories of Madison's Early African American Families. Simms collected the stories of 25 Madison families about their struggles and successes and sets the stage for an oral history. This is going to be a discussion about the side of Madison that many of us often miss. 6-7pm #discussion

  • Film-Makers' Cooperative: New Work 2018 @ Arts +Literature Laboratory: Enjoy a range of experimental shorts and documentaries from New York. We are not film experts but we're pretty confident this is going to be an experience you don't want to miss. The films will run a total of 75 min. Doors open at 7:15 and seats are limited; $5 entry charge for non-members #film

  • Wurk @ Cafe Coda: If you haven't been to the new jazz bar on Willy yet, this is the perfect reason to go. Listen to Wurk play some funk-fusion while sipping on delicious cocktails. Cafe Coda prizes itself on being a Jazz Club with great bartenders. And man have they delivered. 8:30-11:30pm #music

Friday (11/30)

  • Opening for Nathaniel Mary Quinn: This is Life @ MMoCA: We fricken love art. We also love a chance to dress up. MMoCA is the perfect place for both. Join MMoCA for the gallery opening celebrating the solo exhibition of contemporary artist Nathaniel Mary Quinn. Drinks will be had, DJ M. White will be playing, hors d'oeuvres will be passed AND Quinn himself will be giving a talk about his work. 6-9pm with Artist speaking 6:30-7:30. Seating is limited #art
  • Queer Pressure @ Robinia Courtyard: One of our favorite regular events is BACK this week and the Lineup is (insert praise emoji here). Enjoy the music makings of three bad-ass women and dance the night away. As always, Queer Pressure is a place of inclusion and celebration. 10pm-2am; $5-$10 cover charge #music

Saturday (12/1)

We know what you're thinking... Really? Nothing to recommend on a SATURDAY?? But we do! We recommend enjoying the first night of December with a glass of mulled wine and start binging all the terrible holiday movies on Netflix.

Sunday (12/2)

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Best Coffee in Madison

11/23/18, 4:10 pm
By Olivia Wisden

(according to some coffee lovers on our team)

Disclaimer: UnderBelly does not receive any compensation from our recommendations but we dooooo take drink coupons and public high fives :D

In no particular order:

  1. Bradbury's : This tiny coffee shop packs as much of a punch as it's coffee. Serving up a local Wisconsin Coffee Roaster and a delicious rotation of guests roasters means that you can explore coffee from all over the world. Did we forget to mention they also have some of the best fresh muffins and crepes in Madison? This place is perfect to grab brunch, an afternoon meeting, work on your computer or just soak up the sunshine in the massive windows. We'd say their vibe is bright and airy (even for a tiny corner cafe).

#capitol

  1. Johnson Public House : Locally known as JPH, this is THE coffeeshop in Madison. Hipster vibes galore and coffee second to none make JPH uniquely situated in Madison. They roast their own beans and sell them in house and around Madison (which our team is huge fans of and also really just dig their packaging). Serving up delicious, fresh basics and pretty damn good avocado toast means you can hang out here for hours getting work done. As we mentioned, this space is pretty dang hipster but in the "This is where the cool kiddos hang" sort of hipster vibe.

#e.johnson

  1. Porter : We are a sucker for anything in a renovated old building, especially when that's a coffeeshop in an old train depot station. Sandwiches made in front of you, local goods sold on the shelves and enough exposed bricks to make us sing all the way home. Oh, and they have delicious coffee to top it off. We'd call this space cozy and warm with a hint of European bus station... but in the good way.

#w.wash

  1. Cafe Domestique: If you blind folded us, took us to Cafe Domestique and told us we were in a Amsterdam coffee shop we wouldn't question it. That is only partially because it is a bike themed cafe (ok mostly because of this). This adorable coffee shop takes great pride in being the go to place for bikers and coffee lovers alike. Grab an amazing, single origin pour-over while getting your bike tuned and you'll be making the way of the Madisonian. Warning: Seating is limited so be cautious when searching for a place to camp out for a few hours They rock the open minimalist vibe with cool artisanal mugs to match!

#willy

Week of: Nov 18th

11/18/18, 6:33 pm

We've been dreaming of a white... Thanksgiving? Nope. But there are a TON of great local holiday markets this week to help you avoid Black Friday insanity.

Monday (11/19)

  • In Good Company @ various locations around Madison: For the month of November various locations around Madison will be exhibiting emerging Veteran Artists. Check out the website to read more about the different artists and where the work is being exhibited. Shows run through November

Tuesday (11/20)

  • Evergleaming: The Enduring Love Affair with the Aluminum Christmas Tree @ Wisconsin Historical Museum: We're going to be honest here and say we have never been to the Wisconsin Historical Museum but did you know Wisconsin was once the leading producer of Aluminum Christmas Trees? Probably not. But they have an exhibit all about it! There will even be a 1960s replica living room to take pictures in so we're in. Open during museum hours 9am-4pm Tu-Sat. Show is running through Jan 12th

Wednesday (11/21) Wisconsin's honorary biggest night of drinking

Hope everyone enjoys drinking in their home towns, catching up with all the people from high school while pretending you haven't stalked their Facebook... Drink responsibly friends.

Thursday (11/22) Thanksgiving

Everyone's favorite Holiday -- Partaking in lively discussions regarding the most recent election with family from out of town.

Friday (11/23)

  • Old Fashioned Holiday Market @ Yahara Bay Distillery: There will be a ton of local vendors and probably a whole lot of booze to be had. Doors open at 11am and they will also be open Saturday until 5pm
  • Madison Makers Market @ various locations on the near east side: Shop local vendors, drink local booze. If it seems like we have a shopping preference you would be correct. Shopping starts at noon and goes until 5pm. You can even carry your drink as you walk from venue to venue!

Saturday (11/24)

  • Old Fashioned Holiday Market @ Yahara Bay Distillery: There will be a ton of local vendors and probably a whole lot of booze to be had. Doors open at 11am and they will also be open Saturday until 5pm

  • Small Business Saturday @ Good Day Collective: All Saturday is technically Small Business Saturday but the Good Day Collective deserves a special shout out. If you haven't checked out this amazing pop-up shop on the Square you absolutely need to. Ran by 3 bad-ass women, all whom have their own businesses, and came together to bring your pinterest dreams to life. We know where we're doing our holiday shopping. Doors open at 9am -6pm but the shops is open until Jan 8th!

Sunday (11/25)

  • Clothing Swap @ High Noon: Not only is this an opportunity to update your wardrobe right before all your holiday parties. One Barrel will be offering their Rose Cider (a personal favorite) and all proceeds will go to DAIS: Domestic Abuse Intervention Services in Madison. Doors open at noon

Places that usually have interesting things going on

Why online ratings should be a thing of the past.

11/15/18, 3:45 pm
By Olivia Wisden

We understand we are in the vast minority with this opinion. But online reviews for businesses should go the way of the dodo. No, we’re not crazy. At some point in the expansion of Yelp and Amazon, people began relying on these faceless opinions for everything . So we’re going out of our way to talk about why we won’t be including stars or ratings for our recommendations. Please take this journey with us.

You’ve probably noticed that in recent years everything has a rating. Music, videos, sheets, bars, pencils, salt; if you can find it online you can find a rating for it. And at first it made sense. How else are you supposed to know if what you’re buy is safe/legitimate/quality? By hoping that some stranger has also used that product and also has the decency to review it. At some point this review system has ballooned to what we have today. Today a half star difference on Yelp means the difference of 8-10% profit. I will repeat that. Today a half star difference on Yelp means the difference of 8-10% profit… Most often affecting small, local businesses.

If you weren’t aware already we have some bad news for you. Online reviews don’t actually tell you which is the better product. Amazon critics have been vocal about the swath of fake product reviews. Yelp allows businesses to pay for advertisements putting them at the top of your search page. Businesses are even figuring out how to game the system. They are able to hide their bad reviews and only show the positive, thus changing their rating. And this is only part of the problem.

This doesn’t even begin to talk about the fact that who reviews businesses are often one-side. When was the last time you left a Yelp or Google Review for a good experience? Or even a normal experience? When was the last time you heard someone threaten a business with leaving a bad review? If you work in the industry my guess would be sometime in the last month. Do you see the issue?

And worse yet, even understanding these things it’s hard to ignore ratings. Knowing what we do about Yelp and the restaurant world we still get swept away with the number. 3.7 vs 4.5 stars? No brainer.

So we are looking to change things. We still think that customer input is important. But we also know atmosphere and experience descriptors give you a better idea of a space. So heres to supporting local, eclectic businesses and giving the middle finger to the stars.

Week of: Nov 11th

11/13/18, 10:36 am

It's cold af outside but that won't stop Madison. Grab an extra roadie and don't forget your scarf.

Monday (11/12)

  • Sip and Social : Get your drink on and learn about Instagram. Education and delicious cheap wine is one of our favorite combos.

Tuesday (11/13)

Wednesday (11/14)

  • Trans Monologues (6-8pm): This FREE event will be held at the Madison Public Library and listen to trans experiences from people all around our community.
    #communityevent #lgbtq+

Thursday (11/15)

Friday (11/16)

Saturday (11/17)

Sunday (11/18)

Best Breakfasts in Madison

11/12/18, 10:48 am
by Olivia Wisden

Ok so we believe "Best of" lists are mostly... well nonsense. But people seem to love them so like it's famously been said Let the people eat breakfast!

(In no particular order)
  1. Marigold Kitchen Local ingredients: Check. Delicious specials: Absolutely. Bottomless coffee: Always. They don't only serve great pancakes (which they do), they have amazing lunch. Wisconsin winters demand hot soup on a chilly Wednesday and their soups are always on point. #capitol #GFfriendly

  2. Willaby's Cafe Have you been looking for the hipster diner of your dreams? Look no further. Willaby's serves pancakes bigger than a platter and scramblers with all the fixin's. This is the kind of place you bring your Aussie Couchsurfing guests to impress them with American portions. Also the food is just delicious. Especially after a rough Saturday... or Tuesday. #willystreet

  3. La Brioche Is any Madison Breakfast list complete without La Brioche? Well, none that we care about. A mix of French and Mexican inspiration with a whole bunch of feng shui (truly). Outdoor seating galore and fresh baked everything. Need we say more. Maybe but we suggest you just go eat there yourself. #nearwest #GFfriendly

  4. Manna Cafe Have you been looking for your grandma's house only in restaurant style? We didn't know how much we needed it but we are glad we did. Everything is house made and fresh, including the bread on your breakfast sandwich. Hell even their website is heartwarming! Manna is the definition of community and inclusivity.

    Madison has a MILLION brunch places but all of these places serve breakfast every day of the week