Don't stop the music

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Don't stop the music

Good morning!

And happy Friday the 13th to all who celebrate.

It's the end of our first week back from vacation. While it was nice to have a break, getting back into the swing of things has reminded me of how special this community is and how fun it is to work with Sam.

Just for fun, we created a blended playlist on Spotify. It’s the best – or worst – of our personal Spotify libraries. Because we like you all so much, we’ve decided to bare our souls and share our playlist here.

We hope you enjoy the music (and don’t judge us too much)!

— Hayley

P.S. Don't forget today is the last day to submit your name ideas for the city's new snow plow equipment. More than 1,000 unique names have been submitted so far!


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🖼️ The Chazen reopens this weekend.

  • After closing for winter maintenance, the Chazen Museum of Art along with the Chazen Café will reopen Saturday.
  • Of note: The neighboring Elvehjem galleries are currently undergoing construction renovation and will remain closed.

🎭 Kids in the Rotunda is back.

  • The family-friendly Saturday arts performance series is back at the Overture Center’s Rotunda stage. The weekly event features kid-friendly performers from dancers and singers to magicians and cultural arts performances.
  • Kids in the Rotunda performances are designed for children ages nine and younger and their families.

❤️‍🩹 Spreading joy above hate.

  • Earlier this week, someone chalked a misogynistic message outside of Little Palace on King Street, specifically calling out the restaurant's owner Jacqueline Le. The restaurant was closed earlier this month for renovations but has since reopened.
  • In an Instagram post, Le said she felt targeted as a female business owner. "[W]hen men are assertive and express their standards, they are celebrated and taken seriously — when women do so, they are viewed as cold and “b****es," she wrote.
  • Though the message was juvenile and trite, Le and her sister Stephanie have taken the incident as an opportunity to uplift other women in the service industry. "[W]e feel grateful for the support the Madison community [has] shown us this past year, and we hope that other women-owned businesses are not dragged down by the worst in people," the two wrote on Instagram.
This was a new website launch that I have helped with called What Ails You. Destigmatization through the education of cannabis.
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🍃 Wisconsin Republicans are warming up to medical marijuana.

  • Assembly Speaker Robin Vos told WPR this week he favors legalizing medical marijuana. On top of that, Senate Majority Leader Devin LeMahieu recently told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel he thinks a bill to create a medical marijuana program in the state could pass in this session.
  • Some context: LeMahieu's support is crucial for the bill's passage and marks the first time a leader of the Senate Republicans has shown support for the idea. Democrats in the state have long advocated for legalization in Wisconsin.
  • The bigger picture: Wisconsin is an anomaly in the Midwest when it comes to weed legalization. According to a November Marquette University Law School, 64% of Wisconsinites support legalizing marijuana use.

🏫 UW has a new tribal relations director.

  • UW-Madison has hired Carla Vigue to serve as a liaison between the university and Wisconsin's 12 First Nations. Vigue is a member of the Oneida Nation. She's the second tribal relations director in the university's history.
  • In her new role, Vigue said she's looking to deliver tangible and practical results. "Tribes dislike when a position like this is ceremonial and not functional," she said in a statement. "To have this position based at Bascom Hall, where the decision-makers are, is important to them, and to me."
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🏘️ Your lunchtime read: Boxed in: Eviction moving costs shock Dane County landlords, tenants.

  • Via Cap Times: "[M]ore tenants and landlords could soon face these surprise bills, as a growing number of tenants face the possibility of eviction. After years of pandemic-related moratoriums and public rental assistance programs, eviction filings across Wisconsin have returned to pre-pandemic levels, according to Princeton University’s Eviction Lab, which gathers and analyzes data on U.S. evictions. In Dane County, however, while the number of eviction filings rose by nearly 50% from 2021 to 2022, filings remain below 2019 levels, and the number of cases that resulted in sheriff’s deputies carrying out a forced eviction was roughly half that of 2019."
  • Related: Worried about being evicted in Dane County? Start here. (Madison Minutes)
  • Take action: 5 ways to help renters facing eviction in Dane County (Madison Minutes)
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