Zack Robbins

Spring Explodes in March and April for Magnet Members!


There is so much going on in Madison this spring. After the long, messy winter months everyone is waiting for the sun. We all want to break through like the early spring flowers, bursting the thawing soil to enjoy the awaited explosion of life in Madison! If you’re like me, you’re ready to soak up the rays, warm and add some color to your pale, almost translucent skin. Well, here are some great things to do as you awaken from the long winter hibernation:

On Thursday, March 3rd mingle with your Magnet friends and meet some new ones at Hamilton’s on the square from 4:30 to 6:30 PM. Hamilton’s will be closed to the public during our event, so this is a great way to experience all that Hamilton’s has to offer.

On Tuesday, March 8th a few, lucky Magnet members will be energized as they have Lunch with a Leader at the Madison Club: Gary Wolter, Chairman, President and CEO of MG&E.

Then on Wednesday, March 16th many Magnet Members will meet (is that enough M’sfor you?) at Hilldale for either:  A) the Wisconsin Film Festival’s “First Look” event, where attendees upstairs at Sundance Cinemas ($40 ahead and $50 at the door) will enjoy some of the best food and drinks Hilldale has to offer and be the first to get their hands on the Festival Film Guide (before it’s published in Isthmus) and see movie trailers of the 150+ films, and buy Festival tickets before they go on sale to the general public. And B) at a special Meet & Eat for Magnet Members only at Café Hollander.

On Friday, March 18th Magnet Members will take over the MABA Slap Shot Suite to shriek “Sieve!” (enough s’s?) at the MadCap opponent’s goalie, during the Madison Capitals’ game.

On Tuesday, March 22nd Magnet members will try to work off some of the beer and food they’ve consumed all winter at MadPower Training Center in Fitchburg.

And finally, don’t miss the volunteer opportunities, associated parties and the 150+ world-class films showing during the Wisconsin Film Festival! The Festival begins with a huge Opening Night Celebration and film(s) on Thursday, April 14th at the Barrymore Theatre on Atwood Avenue, with an after-party across the street at the Harmony Bar. Then the festival expands to include screens at the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, on Friday, April 15th (a day when Madison schools are closed) for the Big Screens, Little Folks children’s series and 3 campus venues (Chazen Museum of Art, Cinematheque-4070 Vilas Hall and the Marquee Theatre in Union South), as well as 3-screens at Sundance Cinema’s in Hilldale!

The whole Wisconsin Film Festival runs from April 14th through the 21st and includes talks by filmmakers and UW-Madison experts on some of the topics of the films and lots and lots of associated parties and events. Altogether, lot’s to do in March and April! So, mark your calendar and don’t be left out.

We hope to see you at all or some of these events! Check out our events page to learn more.

By: Zack Robbins

Are you Ready for Freakfest 2015?

By: Zack Robbins Are you ready for Halloween and FREAKFEST?! I hope you were able to make it to Magnet’s “How to write a KILLER LinkedIn Profile” yesterday at the UW-Psychology Building. (We had to move it to a bigger room over in the UW-Psychology building because there was too much interests and we couldn’t fit everyone in the originally scheduled space!) In any case, please join us tonight for a little MISCHIEF at Schuster’s Farm. It’s going to be a blast… if you can handle it! And don’t forget our November Happy Hour at HopCat next week on Thursday the 5th. With great food and over 130 Beers on tap, you won’t want to miss that one. I hope to see you at one of these great events... even better, come in costume, so we know how to pick you on Halloween at FreakFest! 

Here's what you need to know about Madison’s 10th annual FreakFest:

What is it?

The 10th Annual Halloween Bash with live music at three different outdoor stages, tons of CRAZY costumes and who knows what else. It has had a history of occasionally getting out of control… So, have fun, but stay safe!

Where is it?

It completely takes over State Street in Downtown Madison. (Link to FreakFest map for arrows to the entrances, ticket booths and stages.)

When is it?

Saturday, October 31st (Duh, Halloween!) Gates open at 7p.m.

Who will be performing?  

Timeflies is headlining this year's event, with other performances by: Chase Rice, MisterWives, the Cadillac Three and more! Check out the full list HERE.

How can I get tickets?

Tickets available at the gate for $15. Advance tickets are $10 and are on sale now at the Coliseum box office, Ticketmaster, by phone at (800) 745-3000, online at, or at several businesses in the State Street area including:

B-Side Records Knuckleheads Mallatt's Pharmacy (Monroe St. location) Ragstock Strictly Discs Sunshine Daydream University Bookstore Community Pharmacy Stop & Shop Los Gemelos Osaka House The Soap Opera The Towers Apartments The Statesider Apartments Walgreens on Capitol Square Alliant Energy Center Box Office Mad City Frites