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The Daily

NIGHTLIFE

Ricardo Gonzalez reopens his beloved Cardinal Bar

This weekend the Cardinal Bar, with Ricardo Gonzalez back at the helm, is reborn. Ochun, orisha of love, rejoices, dancing voluptuously. You can, too. The Cardinal's gala opening lasts all weekend long. Let me fill you in. >More
 Out-on-the-town smackdown!

Some college towns make it easy to plan a night on the town by having only one decent place to go to. Thankfully, Madison is very much not like some college towns. There are so many good venues dotted across the isthmus that plotting the course of a night out can be daunting, especially for someone new to the city. >More
 Out-of-the-way pleasures

If you grew up in a small town, or even a small city, it's likely you've heard or uttered this phrase at one point: "There's nothing to do." The natural reaction for many such dissatisfied souls is to move to the big city, seek out brighter lights and a greater diversity of entertainment options. But Madison has managed to cultivate a wide range of nightlife without throwing up a handful of skyscrapers along the way. >More
 Every seven days

The life of a weekly-gig musician is not an easy one. It's hard enough to attract crowds to one-off shows, let alone convince people to come see you on a regular basis. It's often the case, too, that you find yourself playing for people who haven't come to hear you. >More
 Blues salon five-year anniversary: A big hair deal

"Delicious" and "sweet" are not exactly the first words that come to mind when describing the Blues salon, an east-side staple that recently celebrated its five-year anniversary at the Orpheum. >More
 The Frequency: New in town

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 Jade Monkey Cocktail Lounge: Asian-influenced

I decided to check out Jade Monkey this month after hearing buzz from various sources -- a fun-loving older woman from my former temp job as well as some quintessentially hip roller derby girls. I figured any place that caters to both the bowling crowd and the bowl-'em-over crowd can't be a bad spot, and I'm always up for touting locales on my dear east side. >More
 Alchemy Cafe: The place to be

If medieval alchemy was the fruitless pursuit of turning lead into gold, maybe the quest in postmodern alchemy should be something more realistic. Something, for example, like turning a grilled cheese sandwich into something gourmet. >More
 Hot Middleton nights: Pachuco's

If you're too fond of personal space to frequent the Glass Nickel, or you're too Republican for leather-filled gay bars, suburbia might be your answer. Luz de Luna/Pachuco's restaurant and nightclub opened in February in the former Tallard's Station in Middleton, touting itself as Madison's answer to the high-end Latino venues of Chicago and New York. >More
 A song with your slice: Glass Nickel Pizza East

Speaking of the Glass Nickel, you may be surprised to learn that the basement at the Atwood Avenue location is one of Madison's best under-the-radar places to hear live music -- the Bat Cave, you might call it, to the 'Nickel Pizza mansion. >More
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