Good morning, Madison!
The first significant winter storm of the season is coming to Wisconsin this weekend. I get into the details below, but the brunt of the storm will probably be to our north. How are we feeling about it, folks?
🗳️ Poll: Are you excited about the possibility of snow?
Nature doesn't really care what you think about winter weather, but I do.
🌨️ "Winter weather advisory" vs. "winter storm warning" vs. blizzard warning
- The terms mean different things, Channel 3000 notes in this great explainer.
- Why are we talking about this now? Well, folks, that winter storm is coming to Wisconsin this weekend. Areas to the north of us are expected to get 6-9 inches of snow (👀) but Madison is expected to get 1-3 inches of snow.
- Related: Winter driving tips from AAA Wisconsin (Channel3000)
📺 Hours of interviews with the only police monitor finalist have been released.
- Byron Bishop is currently a manager in the city’s Department of Civil Rights. He’s the only remaining finalist after another candidate withdrew from consideration last month.
- You can watch the full interviews here. The State Journal has written a summary of the interviews.
- The final hiring decision will be made at the Police Civilian Oversight Board meeting on December 16.
- The position is being created to provide independent oversight of the police department. The position will have "unfettered access to all police data" and will be tasked with reviewing complaints and use of force incidents.
🛍️ You can support Black-owned small businesses at the Ujamaa Business Network's holiday markets.
- This weekend, the market will be at the Urban League’s Southwest Madison Employment Center. Next weekend, you can find the market at the UW South Madison Partnership Space.
- “You are supporting folks who are here in our community and the money is being put back into their households and back into our community,” Tara Wilhelmi, co-founder of the UJAMAA Business Network told Madison365.
- Related: ConnectBlack: Madison’s Black Business Directory (Madison365)
💉 "Roughly half" of 5- to 11-year-olds in Dane County have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, PHMDC says.
- That data is still preliminary "pending more info from DHS and quality assurance clean-ups," PHMDC says.
- It's been difficult to report on this particular trend because the state hasn't updated its data dashboards to show the percentage of vaccinated 5- to 11-year-olds, despite this age range being eligible for vaccines for several weeks.
- Just FYI: Dane County continues to be mentioned in the national press for being one of the most vaccinated counties in America, including this recent analysis piece from the Washington Post.
🖊️ UW campuses won't be using ACT or SAT scores in the admissions process for the next few years.
- Many colleges — including UW campuses — shed the requirement as the pandemic began due to issues with accessing testing opportunities. A UW system vote extends this policy through the 2024-2025 school year, the Badger Herald reports.
- “As far as the COVID pandemic and the accessibility of this test to a lot of kids, I think that the temporary extension is warranted,” Wisconsin State Superintendent of Public Instruction Dr. Jill Underly said.
🍹 We've got another holiday popup bar!
- Young Blood has decorated their space to be The Office-themed and Lucille is transforming their restaurant into the "ultimate Christmas Cocktail Bar."
- Robin Room is going a totally different direction with their tropical holiday-themed popup.
- More details from the bar's Instagram: "After a two year hiatus we are bringing back our tropical themed pop-up bar 🌴 one week from tomorrow, 12/16, the RR is going to transform into the Tipsy Toucan and serve a specialty cocktail menu featuring @plantation.rum and other libations. And to make up for lost time, we are going to keep it going up until New Year’s Day!"
📚 Your lunchtime read: Forge peace: Retired Madison pastor hammers guns into garden tools (Cap Times)
🦠 Covid-19 Resources
Wisconsin Vaccination Rate: 56.3%
Dane County Vaccination Rate: 72.9%
Here's where to find a COVID-19 vaccine near you.
Need a COVID-19 test? PHMDC has you covered.
Do you still need your flu shot? Start here.
📅 The weekend
Friday, Dec. 10
- The Earthlings at Bos Meadery. “The Mead Hall is getting ready to say Farewell to this current location by hosting some of our favorite bands.” 7 p.m. $10.
- Comedy+ at Crucible Nightclub. “Stand-up comedy PLUS a little sumpin sumpin.” 👀 7 p.m. $10.
- The Unknown Man Of Shandigor (1967) screening at UW Cinematheque. Read more about the film in Lewis Peterson’s review for Tone Madison. Doors at 6:30 p.m., screening at 7 p.m. Free. 🟠
- The 10th and Final Mad Men Holiday Soiree at the Majestic. $25. "Break out your swankies 60s garb and head down for one last night of vintage magic." Themed cocktails, photo booth, music. Doors at 7 p.m., show at 8 p.m. $25.
- Pillow Talk: Kigurumi Edition at Crucible. All-inclusive fetish event. “Stay warm with us by dressing in your favorite Kigurumi or onesie (of course lingerie/fetish gear and Christmas outfits are also acceptable).” 9 p.m.-2 a.m. $5 if “dressed to impress” and $10 if wearing street clothes.
- VAMPA at The Annex. Tickets start at $20. Doors at 9 p.m .
- Pistols at Dawn, Tuesday Shipment, Mike Whayland at the Wisco. 10 p.m.-3 a.m. Suggested $5 donation for the bands.
Saturday, Dec. 11
- Holiday Hoopla organized by Madison Vintage Pop Up Collective at Monona Terrace. Vendors and shopping. 10 a.m.- 6 p.m.
- Exhibition Celebration/Reception + Artist Talk for “Santiago Cucullu: you still make me tremble” at MMoCA. 6 p.m. Free.
- STARSET with The Word Alive and All The Good Things at The Sylvee. Doors at 6 p.m., show at 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $29.50.
- Bad Philosopher at Café Coda. Two shows (7 & 9 p.m.). $20. 🟠
- Puff and Paint III at Quality CBD. 7 p.m. $35 a person includes a CBD joint and drink.
- Magnolia (1999) at UW Cinematheque. From IMDb: “An epic mosaic of interrelated characters in search of love, forgiveness, and meaning in the San Fernando Valley.” Doors at 6:30 p.m., screening at 7 p.m. Free. 🟠
- Violinist Gil Shaham at Memorial Union. 7:30 p.m. Full price tickets start at $35, with discounts for UW students and staff. Virtual streaming option.
- Tone Madison Fundraiser Concert with Solid Freex, L.E.X., DJ Hanna, and DJ Tara at Garver Feed Mill. Doors at 7:30 p.m., show at 8 p.m. $12. 🟠
- An Evening with David Sedaris at the Overture Center. "David Sedaris returns to the road following the release of his most deeply personal and darkly hilarious collection, Calypso." 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $45.50.
Sunday, Dec. 12
- Drag Brunch at Vintage Brewing Company Capitol East featuring Bianca Lynn Breeze, Setareh Ouellet, Denime the Queen and Latina Envy. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Ticket price is $35 and includes a full brunch buffet.
- Workshop: Volunteer to Grow Native Plants at Lussier Family Heritage Center. Training will provide an overview of native plants and teach you everything you need to know to grow the plants. Most supplies provided. 1-3 p.m. Free.
- Free Kids' Art Adventures ArtKits at MMoCA. Pick up a free DIY Kids’ Art Adventures ArtKit complete with supplies and instructions for at-home crafts inspired by art in the MMoCA galleries. Pick up 1-2 p.m.
- Journeys From Berlin/1971 (1980) screening at The Chazen. From IMDb: “An epic meditation on psychoanalysis, the Baader-Meinhof, feminism, and pre-revolutionary Russia.” 2 p.m. Free.
- Houndmouth with Ona at the Majestic. Doors at 7 p.m., show at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $27.50.
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