Good morning, Madison!
In yesterday's newsletter, we wrote that incumbent school board president Ali Muldrow was "running for a seat unopposed."
A reader wrote us to point out that David Blaska has launched a write-in campaign to challenge Muldrow. That's true! We wrote about his announcement on Tuesday. His name won't be listed as an option on ballots, but he is running via write-in campaign.
A big thank you to the reader who took the time to write us.
Time for more news!
⚖️ A judge found Monona police officers committed a “clear-cut violation of the Fourth Amendment” when they entered a home without a warrant and detained Keonte Furdge.
- Police entered the home where Furdge was staying with guns drawn and briefly detained him in 2020. They did not have a warrant, and the judge said an application for one would have been "laughable" since there was no evidence of a crime being committed, Madison 365 reports.
- Furdge, a Black man, told Madison 365 that he was scared for his life during the traumatic incident. The police department has publicly apologized for the incident. A trial will determine what damages Furdge will receive.
🚔 The jail update is that there's no update.
- The Dane County Board of Supervisors voted last night to postpone a vote on a measure that could increase spending on a new jail facility by $24 million.
- Advocates of the project say it will be more humane than existing facilities. Opponents point out that it's still a jail.
- Officials say “recent market changes” are the reason for the increase in spending.
🎥 Market Square Cinema is now closed.
- The budget theater on the west side closed permanently without warning last night.
- From the Cap Times: "The decision seemed to come as a surprise to theater officials, who were announcing on the theater’s Twitter feed on Tuesday that 'West Side Story' would be opening there on Friday."
💰 Local libraries might be able to help you file your taxes for free.
- The last time the library did a study, it found the assistance programs helped filers save $325,000 in fees in just one year.
- "Assistance is available for individuals with disabilities, seniors, non-English speakers, and individuals who qualify for homestead credit or earned income credit," Madison Public Library's Tana Elias said.
- Related: Here’s How TurboTax Just Tricked You Into Paying to File Your Taxes (ProPublica)
🌳 Time for some Extremely Local tree talk.
- There’s a whole situation happening with a massive, 200+ year old white oak tree in the Atwood neighborhood.
- "A number" of neighbors are worried that construction near the tree could damage it, the Cap Times reports.
- Important to note: None of the parties are anti-tree. Nobody is threatening to cut down the tree, but there is disagreement over how construction should proceed.
- The tree's safety advocates want construction moved further away from it. The people building the home want to stick to their original plans as much as possible. The Zoning Board of Appeals wants the builders to stay within regulations. So is there a way where everyone gets what they want? I guess we'll have to stay tuned.
🚴 BCycle is coming back next month.
- The company says bikes will be available to rent again starting March 15.
- The bikes are removed for the winter months each year.
🐈 "Blep edition"
- Meet M and M! This Capitol neighborhood resident loves to go "😛" but also has a stoic side, too.
😬 Oof. We've been in pandemic long enough to post throwback photos.
- But these photos from PHMDC are still interesting! The Instagram post includes photos of agency's first vaccine shipment, the since-closed drive-thru testing site at Alliant, and this February 2020 Covid-19 taskforce meeting.
📚 Your lunchtime read: Madison photographer launches March Madness-style tournament fundraiser for dogs, dog lovers
- From Madison 365: "Shalicia Johnson, a Madison photographer and lifelong pet lover, is giving people the opportunity to have their dog professionally photographed while directly raising funds for canine cancer research as she once again hosts a March Madness bracket-style competition to determine which dog will be the cutest canine in Wisconsin."
🦠 Covid-19 Update
Source: Public Health Madison & Dane County
Wisconsin Vaccination Rate: 60.1%
Dane County Vaccination Rate: 77.9%
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.
- Request an at-home testing kit from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services.
- 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. 18
- Batman: Mask of the Phantasm (1993) screening at Union South Marquee. Screening at 6 p.m. Free. 🟠
- Dressed In Blue (1983) screening at UW Cinematheque. 7 p.m. Free. Read more in Tone. 🟠
- Wisconsin Global Fest featuring Immigre, De La Buena, and Spare Change Trio at the Majestic. Show at 7 p.m. $15.
- Bottoms Up Aerial Burlesque: Broken Heart Valentine Show at Crucible. 7 p.m.
- Russ Johnson Quartet (with Mark Feldman, Ethan Philion, Tim Daisy) at North Street Cabaret. Music at 8 p.m. $20. 🟠
- Spocket + Cold Fusion at the Bur Oak. Show at 8 p.m. $10.
- Hip Hop Showcase featuring 608 Trayce, Odea, and Bobdahippe with special guest DJ Iron Mike at High Noon Saloon. Show at 9 p.m. $10 advance, $15 at door.
- Dyke Dive pop-up bar with DJ Sarah Akawa at The Wisco. All queer people and allies welcome. 9:30 p.m.
- The Rocky Horror Picture Show at Crucible featuring the cast of Madison's Velvet. Doors at 11:30 p.m., show at 12 a.m. $8.
Saturday, Feb. 19
- Music with Junebug & Friends concert. Two shows: 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Part of the Kids in the Rotunda series. Free.
- Annual Theme Open House at Olbrich Botanical Gardens. “Native Plants. Natural Wonders.” will be introduced as Obrich’s 2022-2023 theme. Snacks, exhibits, workshops. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Free.
- Cupping class and coffee tasting at JBC Coffee Roasters. 10 a.m. $15.
- Clean Lakes Circus presented by Beatrix Production and WI Salt Wise. “Circus performers will educate about common lake pollutants such as chlorides through colorful, exciting performance art.” Two shows: 10:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Free.
- Puppy Hour at Central Bark Madison Southeast. 11 a.m.-12 p.m. Drop your puppy off for pandemic-era socialization. Free. Registration required.
- Pour'n Yer Heart Out at Olbrich Gardens. 12 p.m.
- Fermenting Flavor: the Art and Science Behind Big Beers. 2:30 p.m. $35.
- Wisconsin Pop Fest at the Majestic featuring Kat and the Hurricane, Seasaw, Bear in the Forest, LINE, and Pink Halo. Show at 7 p.m. $15.
- Disq, Modern Nun, Interlay at Union South Sett. 7 p.m. Free. 🟠
- Cap Times Live with Marcus Porter and Juciee Monroe at the Bur Oak. Show at 7 p.m. $10 advance, $12 at door, free for Cap Times members. Virtual option.
- The Mavericks at the Barrymore. Show at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $37.
- Volvox, Antenes, Heckadecimal at High Noon Saloon. Music at 9 p.m. $20. 🟠
- Jason Vargas And The Apollos single release party at The Rigby. Show at 10 p.m. $10.
- Barely Alive at Liquid. Show at 10 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 20
- Winter Birding by Ear at the Aldo Leopold Nature Center with Feminist Bird Club of Wisconsin. 9-11 a.m. All levels of experience levels are welcome. Free, but pre-registration is required.
- United Way Bluegrass Benefit at the Barrymore. $10 adults, $5 children 5 – 12, children under 5 free, maximum family cost $20. 1 p.m.
- Ecstatic Dance at Variations Dance Studio. Freeform dance, let your heart and the music guide your limbs. 1-3 p.m. $20.
- Goodbye, Dragon Inn (2003) screening at UW Cinematheque. Doors at 1:30 p.m., screening at 2 p.m. Free. Read about the film in Tone. 🟠
- Week 4 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.
- Peter Mulvey and SistaStrings at the Bur Oak. Show at 8 p.m. $15 advance, $17 at door.
- Still Woozy at the Sylvee. Show at 8 p.m. $20 advance, $23 at door.
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