Good morning, Madison!
Beware of the not-so-frozen lakes. Yes, I know we mentioned this yesterday. We’re not trying to nag, but the city just released details of another recent water rescue.
Early Wednesday morning, crews rescued someone who had broken through the ice on Lake Monona, near the John Nolen Drive and Broom Street intersection. Luckily, the person was uninjured and able to return home.
Time for some news!
💵 Biiiiiig money for some local projects.
- The City of Madison will get $6 million and Dane County will receive nearly $15 million from the state for “community development projects.”
- “I often like to talk about connecting the dots and that’s exactly what these projects are all about. From housing to business development to workforce training, all of these issues are connected,” Governor Tony Evers said in an announcement.
- Some projects that are receiving funding:
- The Bayview Foundation’s housing and community center at the Triangle
- The Madison Public Market
- The Urban League of Greater Madison’s Black Business Hub
- Centro Hispano’s community center
- The Center for Black Excellence and Culture
🎓 The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations will be UW’s spring commencement speaker.
- Linda Thomas-Greenfield is a career diplomat who earned a master’s degree from UW in 1975. The university also awarded her an honorary doctorate of law in 2018.
- She credits the university with sparking her interest in sub-Saharan Africa, which has been a focus of her diplomatic career.
🍲 Opening soon: Jacknife on East Wash.
- The “dumplings, rolls and bowls” restaurant is expected to open by mid-March.
- Jacknife is another project from Jack Yip and Tanya Zhykharevich. The two also own RED Madison, a sushi-focused restaurant located just a few blocks away from the Capitol.
🌿 Our neighbors are cashing in on weed.
- Assembly Speaker Robin Vos and Governor Tony Evers both support legalizing medical marijuana, but opposition from other Republican legislators means any legalization efforts here in Wisconsin are an uphill battle.
- Meanwhile, the states that surround us are bringing in hundreds of millions of dollars in tax revenue. According to The Badger Project, Illinois made more than $400 million in marijuana taxes in 2021. Michigan collected more than $250 million.
via The Badger Project
🖊️ Politicians from Wisconsin are condemning Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
- Condemnations have come from elected officials in both major political parties, including Democratic Sen. Tammy Baldwin and Republican Sen Ron Johnson.
📚 Lunchtime read: What the expanded Child Tax Credit meant for one Madison family
- From PBS Wisconsin: "The aid provided through the American Rescue Plan Act was intended to be temporary, but Congress has been debating whether to extend enhancements to child tax credits."
🦠 Covid-19 Update
Wisconsin Vaccination Rate: 60.3%
Dane County Vaccination Rate: 78.1%
- 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. 25
- Blue Note Ensemble & Afro-Cuban Jazz Ensemble at Tandem Press. 5-7 p.m. Virtual option. 🟠
- Masterworks II: Harp and Haydn with the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra. 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $15.
- SOLD OUT
Beach House at the Sylvee. Show at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $35.
Saturday, Feb. 26
- Dane County Farmers’ Market Late Winter Market at Garver Feed Mill. 8 a.m.-12 p.m. Free admission.
- Learn to Cold Weather Camp with Madison Parks at Vilas (Henry) Park. 10 a.m. Free. Pre-registration required.
- Drag Bingo Hosted by Bianca Lynn Breeze at the Bur Oak. 12 p.m. $15 admission.
- Thrival Tools: On Indigenous Winter Survival and Brilliance at Central Library. 6 p.m. Free. 🟠
- World premiere of “Leaders of Madison’s Black Renaissance.” 7 p.m. Free.
- Allison Russell, SistaStrings at Stoughton Opera House. 7:30 p.m. $25. 🟠
- Leslie Damaso with Mr. Chair and Sahada Buckley at Hamel Music Center. Music at 7:30 p.m. $13, free for students. 🟠
- Miles Over Mountains, Craig Baumann & The Story, and the Milbillies at High Noon Saloon. Show at 8 p.m. $10 advance, $15 at door.
- Sal Vulcano at the Barrymore. 10 p.m. Tickets start at $39.75.
Sunday, Feb. 27
- International Polar Bear Day celebration at Henry Vilas Zoo. 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Story time, demonstrations, polar bear facts (nice), and a seal training session.
- Garden Stroll at UW Arboretum. 1 p.m. Free.
- Robot Jox (1989) screening at the Chazen. 2 p.m. Free. Read more about UW Cinematheque's Stuart Gordon series here. 🟠
- Week 5 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.
- Crafty Jam Session at Harmony Bar & Grill. "An opportunity to get together with other adults and make stuff." $10. 2-4 p.m.
- New Music Series: Peter Dominguez at Arts + Literature Laboratory. Show at 5 p.m. Free. 🟠
- Rachel Baiman at the North Street Cabaret. Part of the Sugar Maple Concert Series. 7 p.m. $13 in advance, $20 at door.
- Ryan Acker + Laney Lou & the Bird Dogs at the Bur Oak. Show at 8 p.m. $10 advance, $12 at door.
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