Beer, cheese, and protest

This weekend is set to be a busy one on the isthmus.

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Beer, cheese, and protest
Photo by Hayley Sperling

Happy Friday, Friends!

This weekend is going to be a busy one on the isthmus.

Saturday is the 13th annual Beer & Cheese Fest. Dozens of breweries from Madison and beyond will be at the Alliant Energy Center with hundreds of delicious samples. Plus there's cheese.

On Sunday, the national Women's March and Madison Abortion and Reproductive Rights Coalition for Healthcare will hold a rally at the State Capitol.The events will kick off at 11 a.m. on Library Mall followed by a march to the Capitol where nearly two dozen organizations will deliver speeches starting at 1 p.m.

Why Madison? Wisconsin was chosen specifically as the march's location because of our state's upcoming Supreme Court election. Organizers hope to rally pro-choice voters to elect a candidate who could help overturn the state's 1849 abortion ban.

— Hayley


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🥐 A new cafe is coming to the SASY neighborhood.

  • The owners of East Johnson Family Restaurant and Johnson Public House are partnering with Mint Mark's former pastry chef to open Rise Baking Company at 2021 Winnebago St.
  • The space will be a full-service cafe and bakery. According to Isthmus, the space is still undergoing renovations but plans to open in the spring with seating space for roughly 30 people.

🔥 The FBI is offering a big reward for information on the arson at an anti-abortion group’s Madison office.

  • The FBI is offering up to $25,000 for information leading to the conviction of the person or people responsible for the arson attack at Wisconsin Family Action last year.
  • If you'll recall: The office of Wisconsin Family Action was damaged in May when Molotov cocktails were thrown into the space and graffiti was sprayed on the outside of the building. No one was hurt in the incident.
  • Wisconsin Family Action is a PAC that lobbies against abortion rights and gay marriage. The group known as “Jane’s Revenge” later claimed responsibility for the attack, but investigators haven't verified the claim.
A rendering of the proposed building's front. Image via SEA Design

🏗️ More development plans on West Wilson.

  • A Wisconsin developer has proposed a 16-story, 335-unit apartment at 139 W. Wilson St. The building's construction would require the demolition of an existing multi-family building.
  • Developers have proposed using metal paneling on part of the building's facade that would change color depending on lighting conditions. The development is still in the early stages of the approval process.

❤️‍🩹 Your lunchtime read: Indigenous community looks to heal weeks after a “pretendian” is exposed.

  • Via Madison365: "Madison’s Indigenous and arts communities are working to disentangle themselves from a web left behind by Kay LeClaire, a white woman who has been claiming to be an Indigenous two-spirit person for at least five years.

    Since we first reported on LeClaire’s deceptions, the story went viral internationally. But much of the public’s attention has moved on, leaving artists, Indigenous people, businesses, nonprofit organizations and even government agencies to pick up the pieces."
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