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She came from another planet at Belleville UFO Day

Belleville has the makings of the perfect podunk town, and I mean that in the kindest way. It is a quaint place set on a pretty lake, its main street nestled next to the water and lined with old-timey buildings. People mingle in front of shops like one big family; hands wave to the neighbor, who is most likely the cousin of a good friend, whose daughter's elementary school teacher is your mom. >More
 Madison mystic Janet Merino mystifies at The Psychic Gallery

The other day, on my way to Urban Outfitters to steal home decorating ideas, I was distracted from my mission by the swankest storefront on the 100 block of State Street. I became really excited for a hot minute. Had some interior designer read my mind and perfectly decked out my dream pad? Then I glimpsed the placard: The Psychic Gallery. >More
 Don't look now, but it's apple season

There I was, out for a run in Law Park near Monona Terrace, where I often trot in the early evening. I was listening to the radio, as I usually do, and dodging bicyclists and anglers on the path, as I usually do. >More
 Time to stop at SWAP as it moves to Verona

Time was when the SWAP warehouse for cast off state-owned items was near the old depot on West Washington Avenue -- convenient for students looking for cheap furniture and cast-off computers. Then SWAP moved out near the Dane County airport -- less convenient. Now SWAP has moved again. >More
 Geek.kon invades Madison for the weekend

Everyone knows Madison is a diverse place, but heads will even turn in this town to watch a hovercraft made of an old washing machine and a wok roaming around town on a Saturday afternoon. >More
 Better geek than meek: Geek.Kon invades Madison

"The goal of Geek.Kon is to provide people with the opportunities to explore as many different 'geek' activities as possible," says Sarah Eichhorst, the promotions and PR co-chair for the convention, which is co-sponsored by the Center for East Asian Studies at the UW. >More
 Hunting for quilts at Olbrich Gardens

If I were to go to a quilt show, would I find older ladies there getting rowdy? Or are these theoretically boring activities the damnation some folks subject themselves to in repentance for the hedonistic ways of their youth? I went to the Quilts in Bloom: Fall Quilt and Flower Show at Olbrich Botanical Gardens to find out. >More
 Growing up with kids of all ages at the Willy Street Fair

Children often ask their parents what it is like to be tall, able to reach shelves and see over the heads of others. At the Willy Street Fair, kids on stilts tower over adults, not to mention cars in the parade and the tents lining the street. Most kids have to go to Disney World to see characters from their favorite stories. At this festival, their own dreams become reality. >More
 The Willy Street Fair is as fun as ever

Hippie wagons, clown cars, bicycle gangs and pirate hordes hitched swarmed several blocks of Williamson Street on Sunday morning as expected. The 30th annual Willy Street Fair started with the regular loony and loopy parade of neighborhood denizens, swathed in a sea of bubbles floating from the heart of the gathering. The whimsy continued thereafter. >More
 There are things to do in Madison that don't involve funnels or wads of cash

Ever since I got to this state I've been drowned in beer culture. I never really drank that much before, aside from copious amounts of Mountain Dew in high school. But tasty local microbrews like New Glarus and insanely cheap drink specials -- $1.50 beers at Brothers on Tuesday!? -- make it hard to deny the golden glow of liquid courage. >More
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