Trivia night: where useless knowledge isn’t useless.
If you take pride in knowing who wrote “Crime and Punishment,” the name of Pluto’s largest satellite, or what year Steely Dan’s “Aja” dropped, then buzz into our recs for trivia night in the 608. (Answers to the above questions in the full article, by the way.)
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Hop Haus | Tuesdays at 7 p.m. (Fitchburg) + Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. (Verona)
Pro tip: The America’s Pub Quiz League is starting its third seasonthis Sun., Aug. 7. That means you can compete for a $1,000 grand prize — but it also means you should expect more serious competition.
The Brass Ring isn’t affiliated with Madison’s other trivia hosts — but you might catch City Editor Ryan during Wednesday + Thursday night games. They use Discord to run their games, so bring a tech savvy friend.
Terrace Open Mic Night | Wed., Aug. 3 | 7-10 p.m. | Memorial Union Terrace | Free | Show off your singing, poetry, or comedic skills during this fun filled night at the Terrace. 🎤
Madison Mallards: National Night Out | Wed., Aug. 3 | The Duck Pond, 2920 N. Sherman Ave. | Gates open at 5:35 p.m., game starts at 6:35 p.m. | $13+ | The Mallards + the Madison Police Department’s North District will honor the police force and celebrate with SWAT robotics, drones + more. ⚾*
Stand-Up Paddleboard Yoga | Thurs., Aug. 4 | 7-8:15 a.m. | Memorial Union | $12.50+ | Level up and test out your balancing skills with this yoga class on the lake.
Charcuterie Workshop | Thurs., Aug. 4 | 6 p.m. | Hidden Cave Cidery, 2500 N. Pleasant View Rd., Middleton | $86 | Join Madison Cheese Boards for a 60-90 minute long workshop to create an edible masterpiece. 🧀
Marcus De Jesus + Timothy Stei | Fri., Aug. 5 | 7-9 p.m. | Lisa Link Peace Park, 452 State St. | Free | Grab dinner from a nearby restaurant and enjoy an evening of classical guitar music.
Ecological Restoration Work Party | Sat., Aug. 6 | 9 a.m.-12 p.m. | UW Arboretum Visitors Center, 1207 Seminole Highway | Free | Volunteer for restoration activities and learn about prairies and savannas. 🌾
84º | Scattered thunderstorms | 50% chance of rain
Slow your roll. That’s what the City of Madison is telling motorists on John Nolen Drive, as they lower the speed limit on a segment between North Shore Drive and Lakeside Street from 45 mph to 35 mph. A similar reduction will be seen on Mineral Point Road later in the month. 🚗 (NBC15)
Cap Times Idea Fest 2022 is going down Sept. 12-17. Keynote speakers will include Carl Bernstein (who broke the Watergate scandal with Bob Woodward) and Washington Post race reporters Robert Samuels and Toluse Olorunnipa. Tickets are on sale now. 💡 (The Cap Times)
The Layered Onion, an Oregon-based art collective, is launching a new literary + art journal to represent artists’ authentic experiences with mental health. The Shallot will be available online, and you can pre-order print editions now. (Channel 3000)
August is NBC’s Clear the Shelters month, where local affiliates partner with animal shelters to fundraise + find homes for pets. Local partners like Dane Co. Humane Society, Angel’s Wish, and 9 Lives Rescue will promote initiatives all month long. 🐾 (NBC15)
Visit State Line Distillery this Fri., Aug. 12 between 4-7 p.m. for a cocktail + bike tune-up. The Cocktails and Cycles event is RSVP required.
Get ready for Madison Black Restaurant Week from Aug. 14-21. The campaign, now in its seventh year, highlights 33 Black-owned restaurants, food trucks, coffee shops + more. Check out the participants and start planning your itinerary. (Madison.com)
Rutabaga Paddlesports began construction on its new location in the Novation Campus on Rimrock Road. The location will have floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking Lake George, plus a custom pier. Owners plan on a soft opening this fall. 🛶 (Channel 3000)
Cameo — the online platform for requesting personal messages from celebrities like The Office’s Brian Baumgartner + comedian Colin Mochrie — has a new voice. You can now send messages from Bucky the Badger to friends and family, plus other current and former Badgers. (WKOW)
To say “happy birthday” to Harry Potter on July 31, USDISH used Google Trends to determine the Hogwarts House of every state. Looks like Wisconsin will be enrolled as a Ravenclaw. The bad news: Every bordering state got Slytherin. ✨ (NBC15)
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Now that the summer days are drifting away, get ready for one great summer night: this Fri., Aug. 5, Bloom Bake Shop + Wingra Boats are partnering for their second “Music by the Water.”
Creando will host a kids tent, Fixed Income will provide live music, and Channel3000 will host its Back to School drive — try to fill the Duck paddle boat with as many school supplies as you can to help Boys and Girls Club of Dane County.
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Editor’s pick: I don’t want to brag — except in the very real way that I do want to brag — but this edition was written by my high school’s all-time top scoring competitive trivia athlete. (Well, “athlete.” You get it.) I was the literature guy. What ended my career, you ask? Mark Twain’s “The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County.”
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