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Nightlife on a dime: 50 ways to live it up on the cheap in Madison

You can make a nice chunk of change by reining in your entertainment budget and investing the savings. Here are 50 ways to have a blast in Madison while chipping away at debt. >More
 So you think you can dance? Prove it at these Madison events

It seems that more locals are taking the term "mover and shaker" literally following the release of Silver Linings Playbook, last fall's romantic comedy about two depressed acquaintances preparing for a dance contest. The film's premise was a little silly, but leads Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper proved that pizzazz is at least as important as skill when it comes to social shimmying. Here are four ongoing events made for learning your next moves and showing off the ones you've mastered. >More
 Regent Street Retreat to become the Red Zone, a sports bar with live music under new owners

It's been a year of change for Madison music venues. Country stars Rascal Flatts announced plans to bring a 14,000-square-foot restaurant and venue to the area by 2014, the Harmony Bar will have a new owner come Labor Day, and now the Regent Street Retreat has changed hands as well. >More
 Hot hangouts, cool retreats: Embrace or escape summer's swelter at these Madison haunts

The sun doesn't set until almost 9 p.m. right now, which means nightlife takes place in the light and the dark. For some, this means more time to work on a tan while sipping a cocktail at a rooftop cafe. For others, this means 100-degree days are just around the bend, along with the urge to crawl into in a cool, shady cave. For most of us, it's a bit of both. >More
 Great Dane's Bradley Czachor to take over Harmony Bar

If Harmony Bar owner Keith Daniels were to write a job description for his successor, he would likely call for the person best equipped to bring about the least change possible. Daniels, 61, decided several years ago that he'd eventually sell the Atwood Avenue restaurant and music venue to Bradley Czachor, who worked at the Harmony for nearly 10 years and currently manages the Great Dane's Hilldale brewpub. >More
 Finding your nerdy calling in Madison (video)

If you have passion, drive and a slight fixation with something, there's probably a place in Madison where you can geek out with like-minded creative-obsessive types. In this video, members of three such communities share what makes their domain a fun space to visit, even for just an evening. >More
 Nerds on the town: Madison hangouts for fun-loving poindexters

Dorky comic-book heroes like Batman and the Avengers outgrossed cool superspy James Bond two-to-one at the box office in 2012. Data wizards like Nate Silver deliver commentary alongside former football stars. And many kids beg their parents for technological gadgets, not toys. Nerds have infiltrated pop culture en masse. The world has embraced geek as chic in nearly every way, especially when it comes to having fun. >More
 Your guide to New Year's Eve 2012 parties in Madison

New Year's Eve is a great time for a fresh start, if you're willing to view bar-hopping as a means to self-improvement. Whether you're seeking a stiff drink, a love connection, a cathartic concert or a place to ponder heartfelt resolutions, local nightspots can help you start 2013 right. >More
 Halloween 2012 in Madison for grownups: Freaky fun for when the kids are asleep

This weekend and next, after the pint-size goblins have gorged themselves on candy and retired to dreamland, Madison's freakiest folks will come out to play. Here's a handpicked list of Dane County's scariest, strangest and raciest Halloween events for grownup boys and ghouls. >More
 Old standbys, new hangouts: These local haunts reflect Madison's past, present and future

Madison's identity is indebted to a colorful history. It's hard to imagine how the city might look and feel without its proud culture of protest and progressivism. Locals question and resist almost everything, from war to neighborhood zoning. Though this passion has given Madison its "surrounded by reality" reputation, it also makes the city great. >More
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