Good morning, Madison.
Happy Friday! I hope everyone has a lovely weekend.
On to the news!
🏫 East High School is rolling out student-led education on sexual violence following a series of walkouts earlier this school year.
- Students walked out of class last fall to protest the way school leaders were handling concerns about sexual harassment and assault. Students have been meeting regularly since then with school and district leaders to address their concerns.
- The training includes informational posters, public service announcements, and educational events.
“They have been meeting our demands. It’s been a process ... But I believe it’s all coming together.” — Gordon Allen, a student who helped organize one of the walkouts.
🏠 Madison and Dane County are allocating $35 million more for rental assistance.
- Madison will add $25 million and Dane County will add $10 million, the Cap Times reports.
- Related: Worried about being evicted in Dane County? Start here. (Madison Minutes)
- Also related: 5 ways to help renters facing eviction in Dane County (Madison Minutes)
🚲 Today is International Winter Bike to Work Day. Here are a few local deals.
- Several local businesses are offering morning and evening specials for those brave enough to Trek (get it?) to and from work on bicycles in these cold winter months.
- Morning specials will be available at Lakeside St. Coffee House, Lodgic Everyday Community, and Cafe Domestique. Evening specials will be available at Funk Factory Geuzeria, Working Draft Beer Co., Delta Beer Lab, and Stateline Distillery.
- Click here for more details on the various deals.
🏘️ Developers are moving forward with plans to develop land near the airport — despite F-35 noise concerns.
- Developers plan to split the Raemisch Farm property into 124 housing lots. Commercial and apartments are also planned for the land, according to the Cap Times.
- The proposal cleared the Plan Commission earlier this week and now heads to the full city council for approval.
- Some commissioners voted yes despite having concerns about the impact F-35s could have on future residents.
“I am concerned about the F-35 noise but the subdivision plat complies with the subdivision ordinance, so I don’t think the commission has any other option except to forward this for the Common Council.” —commissioner Bradley Cantrell.
Proposed expansion map from Amtrak.
🚄 Amtrak in five years?
- Madison Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway recently said passenger rail could serve Madison within the next five years. From the Milwaukee Business Journal:
“I think that’s definitely on the table,” Rhodes-Conway said Thursday of a five-year horizon. “Madison is on Amtrak’s map and I think that with this funding that we may be able to get that done. That to me is incredibly exciting.”
- The infrastructure bill passed by Congress in November makes officials excited about the possibility, and a preliminary map released by Amtrak last year includes a route to the city.
- CBS58 followed up with Amtrak, and a spokesperson said it all depends on what the federal government decides.
- The last time passenger rail servicing Madison felt like a real possibility was about a decade ago, when then-Governor Scott Walker blocked plans for a high speed train route between Milwaukee and Madison.
🦠 Covid-19 Update
Source: Public Health Madison & Dane County
Wisconsin Vaccination Rate: 59.7%
Dane County Vaccination Rate: 77.5%
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.
- Request an at-home testing kit from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services.
- NEW: Where to pick up free masks from the Federal Retail Pharmacy Program
- Where to Buy N95s, KN95s, and Surgical-Style Masks in 2022 (Wirecutter)
- What to Do if You are Sick or Possibly Exposed (PHMDC)
📅 The weekend
Friday, Feb. 11
- International Winter Bike To/From Work (or anywhere) Day celebration with Madison Bikes on Capital City Trail. "Join us on your way home from work or school and enjoy a warm beverage, a hot fire and some friendly winter biking conversations." 3-5 p.m. Free.
- Roberto Torres Mata Art Exhibition Opening Reception at Giant Jones. 5 to 9 p.m. Free. Read more about the artist in Tone Madison's profile. 🟠
- Groove & Glide at Elver Park. Ice skating at night! 6-8 p.m. Free.
- Umbrellas of Cherbourg (1967) screening at Union South Marquee. From IMDb: "A young woman separated from her lover by war faces a life-altering decision." 6:30 p.m. Free. 🟠
- Arrebato (1979) screening at UW Cinematheque. From IMDb: "A low budget horror filmmaker gets in touch with an eccentric who is trying to film his consciousness during drug abuse." 7 p.m. Free. 🟠
- Jake Blount and Laurel Premo at The North Street Cabaret. 8 p.m. Tickets start at $12.
- Lewis Black at the Orpheum. 8 p.m. Tickets start at $39.50.
- Kenny Reichert Quartet with Tony Barba, John Christensen and Devin Drobka at Audio for the Arts. Music at 8 p.m. 🟠
- 90’s Party featuring How Rude at Whiskey Jacks Saloon. 8 p.m.
- Young Man in a Hurry with Other Peace. 8 p.m. $8 advance, $12 at door.
- The Grasshoppers with Snafu at High Noon Saloon. Show at 9 p.m. $10.
- Snakehips at Liquid. Show at 10 p.m. $25 for 18+, $25 for 21+.
Saturday, Feb 12
- Learn to Curl with Madison Curling Club at Tenney Park Ice Rink. All equipment provided. Pre-registration required. Several sessions between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. Free.
- Magic Morgan & Liliana magic show. Part of the Kids in the Rotunda series. Shows at 9:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Free.
- Ice Carving Demonstration at Madison Children’s Museum. 1 p.m. Free with admission.
- Virtual Makerspace Kids: Friendship Bracelets with Monona Public Library. Designed for ages 6-12. 1 p.m.
- Madison Makers Valentine’s Market and Pub Crawl. “Shop over 80 makers with a drink in hand, while exploring some of Madison's local breweries, distilleries and bars.” 12-5 p.m. No admission fee. 💖
- Skate Cinema: Space Jam: A New Legacy (2021). Screening at 5:30 p.m. From IMDb: “A rogue artificial intelligence kidnaps the son of famed basketball player LeBron James, who then has to work with Bugs Bunny to win a basketball game.” Free.
- Premiere of "Lift Every Voice" from Madison Ballet. "Contemporary works by choreographers of color in the form of 4 short films, exploring thought-provoking themes through progressive ballet movement." 6 p.m. Virtual. Free.
- Full Moon Night Walk at UW Arboretum. Guided nightime stroll, no pre-registration required. 6:30 p.m. Free.
- Cautious Clay at the Majestic. $20 advance, $22 at door. Doors at 7 p.m.
- Summer Camp Music Festival: On Tour at High Noon Saloon, featuring Ifdakar, Cosmic Railroad, Earth to Clark, Michael Darling, The Earthlings, and The Jake Deringer Project. $7. Show at 7 p.m.
- A Valentine’s Affair from Madison Shakespeare Company at Brinklounge. “Classic tales of love and passion from William Shakespeare and contemporaries.” More performances next week. 7 p.m. $20. 💖
- Erik Koskinen and River Valley Rangers at the Bur Oak. Show at 8 p.m. $12 advance, $15 at door.
- Combo Noir "To Hell With Love Valentine's Show at North Street Cabaret. "The band is a great accompaniment for everything from hootchie-cootchie dancing to staring pensively into your third martini." 8 p.m. $10. 💖
- Umbrellas of Cherbourg (1964) screening at Union South Marquee. From IMDb: "A young woman separated from her lover by war faces a life-altering decision." 9 p.m. Free. 🟠
Sunday, Feb. 13
- Puppy Bowl Watch Party Fundraiser at Bierock benefitting the Dane County Humane Society. 1 p.m.-11 p.m.
- “She Loves Me” preview event from Madison Opera. Admission is free for full-season subscribers; $10 for two-show subscribers; and $20 for non-subscribers. 1 p.m. 💖
- Week 3 of the Winter Festival of Poetry. 8-week series features six poets each week, reading for roughly 10-12 minutes each. 2 p.m. Free.
- Dragon Inn (1967) screening at UW Cinematheque. 2 p.m. Free. 🟠
- Beyond the Score: Stravinsky, The Rite of Spring with Madison Symphony Orchestra. "A multimedia presentation starring American Players Theatre actors, visual projections and live musical examples with the entire work performed in the second half!" 2:30 p.m. Tickets start at $18.
- Daniel Donato at the Bur Oak. 7 p.m. $12 advance, $15 at door.
- Matt Blair at Audio for the Arts. Music at 8 p.m. 🟠