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Madison hosts all-city Scrabble tournament

Break out the dictionaries and the little wooden squares because it's time for a Madtown Scrabble smackdown! A citywide Scrabble tournament, organized by Madison Family Literacy, aims to help raise funds for reading and education programs for adults and children in the city. The tournament runs from February 23-24 at the Hilldale Shopping Center, and kicks off with a challenge game between Mayor Dave and whoever makes the highest bid for the honor of schooling him at wordplay. >More
 My Super Fat Tuesday bar crawl around Madison

Though more sensible folks wisely hunkered down at home as the latest winter storm started dumping snow on Tuesday night, there was no shortage of people out on the town. This simply wasn't a typical mid-week crowd, though, as several nightspots around downtown Madison filled up with folks gathering to celebrate two disparate yet similarly-named events, the Super Tuesday set of presidential primaries and Mardi Gras. Over the course of a few hours, I stopped by parties at four bars to find out who was making the most of the big night. >More
 Walking through a Madison Winter Festival wonderland

Smiles. Color. Fun. These are the primary impressions taken away Saturday, Feb. 2, from the Madison Winter Festival, which continued Sunday on and around the Capitol Square. Along East Main Street near Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, snow sculptures including a literal house shoe represented the fanciful nature of a weekend devoted to skiing, snowshoeing, snowboarding, tubing, kite-flying and other wintry activities in the heart of Madison. >More
 Groundhog Day and the Super Bowl mark the apex of winter

Is it May yet? I can't argue that winter hasn't been especially brutal this year, but instead of sitting around feeling sorry for ourselves, let's welcome February, oh cruel February, with open arms. That's right, it's time to get out of the house and celebrate winter. Fortunately, the confluence of Groundhog Day and Super Bowl XLII, on the eve of Mardi Gras no less, provides ample justification to check out some of the events around Madison this weekend. >More
 Danse macabre with Body Worlds at the Milwaukee Public Museum

The entire esthetic of Dr. Gunther von Hagens' provocative anatomical exhibit, "Body Worlds: The Original Exhibition of Real Human Bodies," currently on display at the Milwaukee Public Museum stems from the controversial notion that human bodies are both pliable slabs of meat and harmonious, beautiful machines worth displaying in gory detail. >More
 Woof's gay bar to open in King Club location

Despite or perhaps because of its queer-friendly climate, there have long been only a handful of primarily gay bars in central Madison. This is going to change rapidly over the next few months, though, with plans for the new Plan B bar and restaurant just off Willy Street and with the opening of a new establishment downtown named Woof's. >More
 An excruciating visit to the dentist on New Hampshire primary day

"Are you excited?" she asked me, as I took my place on the reclining dentist's chair. She was young, in her early 20s, very pretty. My mind raced: What would I be excited about? Was this going to be one of those Penthouse Forum encounters? Then it occurred to me. Today is the New Hampshire presidential primary. Could that be it? >More
 Winter begins with a solstice bonfire at Olbrich Park

In what's become an annual tradition at both the winter and summer solstices, the Friends of Starkweather Creek warmed a cold winter Friday night with a blazing bonfire, hot drinks, caroling and marshmallows. The secular celebration of the solstice brought a sizable crowd of adults and children alike to Olbrich Park. They gathered around the fire for warmth, while in the snowy field around them, an impressive snow fort and an army of snowmen in various stages of completion stood silent vigil. >More
 A hospital holiday

Hospitals are scary. Hospitals in Madison are petrifying. The incident at St. Mary'sin summer of 2006 took all the fun out of the phrase "naughty nurses." And the suicidal gunman parading around the UW hospital last fall was more unsettling than bedpans. No one ever dreams about going to the hospital unless babies or boobs are the outcome. >More
 Give Monopoly this Christmas, and get ready to fight

An avalanche of board games is sold this time of year. When I visited a Farm and Fleet recently, I saw that a seasonal aisle near the shelves of Christmas decorations was given entirely over to board games, with titles both classic (Clue) and new (Grey's Anatomy Trivia Board Game). The sight of them got me to thinking about board games, which I once adored. >More
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