Good morning, Madison!
I simply cannot resist having a little bit of fun on Fridays. We're a fun email! This is a cool email! We're not like all those other emails you get... 😜
📍Redistricting triggered by the latest census is causing a big switcheroo on the Madison city council.
- Consider these fun facts: three current alders now live in District 10 and six alders no longer live in the district they represent.
- That means current alders could be running against each other in the next election — or deciding not to run again.
- “I will have to move if I run again, but redistricting isn’t about me. It’s about what makes sense for voters in Madison,” Ald. Juliana Bennett told Isthmus.
🏞️ More details about the "Imagination Center" at Reindahl Park...
- The facility is a combination library and community center and will feature space for community events, performances, and more.
- The project is still in the early stages, and is now moving into its "schematic design" phase. There are four phases planned after that, eventually culminating in a planned opening in Fall 2024.
- See the full presentation here.
Imagination Center renderings
🍜 Now open: Yummy Noodle
- The restaurant will be mostly focused on serving authentic Chinese noodle soups, the State Journal reports.
- Yummy Noodle is located downtown at 604 University Ave., across the street from the Fluno Center.
🏫 One local woman shares why she became a substitute teacher during the pandemic.
- Deb Cleveland, who is in her 70s, wrote an opinion column about her experience working as a substitute teacher in Sun Prairie schools during the pandemic.
- “Because of the trials and tribulations of COVID, I’ve felt called to combat in some way the ongoing threat this pandemic has posed to our communities,” Cleveland wrote. “I’m not medically trained, so I can’t help out there. But I have other skills.”
🛀 Peep this throwback photo of the old Soap Opera location on State Street.
- The Soap Opera, a locally owned bath and grooming store, is about to celebrate its 50th anniversary. Today, the shop is located at 319 State St, just a short walk away from the old store location pictured here.
- Click through to see a few more vintage photos.
🧵 A lighthearted Reddit thread: "Let’s pretend every neighborhood in Madison is a person at a huge house party. What is each 'person' doing?"
- Just one answer: "Atwood is spending half the time smoking on the balcony, the other half vibing in a corner with the resident dog or cat."
- Wait a minute... I live there, and I do that!
- Read the crowd-sourced answers (aka the full thread) here.
🦠 Covid-19 Update
Source: Public Health Madison & Dane County
Wisconsin Vaccination Rate: 59.4%
Dane County Vaccination Rate: 77.2%
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. 4
- Groove & Glide at Olbrich Park Winter Shelter. Ice skating at night! 6-8 p.m. Free.
- In The Heat Of The Night (1967) screening at Union South Marquee. From IMDb: "A black Philadelphia police detective is mistakenly suspected of a local murder while passing through a racially hostile Mississippi town, and after being cleared is reluctantly asked by the police chief to investigate the case." 6:30 p.m. Free. 🟠
- The Montauk Project at The Bur Oak. Show at 8 p.m. $15. 🟠
- Wisconsin Americana Fest at the Majestic featuring Wheelhouse, Pat Ferguson & The Sundown Sound and High & Rising. Show at 7 p.m. $15.
- Earthmother in the Bolz Conservatory at Olbrich Gardens. Part of the Canopy Sessions concert series. 5 p.m.$8 general admission, $4 children ages 6 - 12, children ages 5 & under free.
- The HEART SHOW at Dark Horse ArtBar. "A Valentine's themed art opening featuring 10+ artists presenting you with their interpretations of love, lust and loss." 7 p.m.
- Vinyl and Bass: Dan Efex, Sloth Brigade, Dissolvent at Crucible. Show at 9 p.m. $10. 🟠
Saturday, Feb. 5
- Dane County Farmers’ Market Late Winter Market at Garver Feed Mill. 8 a.m.-12 p.m. Free admission.
- Black Star Drum Line virtual concert. Part of the Kids in the Rotunda series. 9:30 a.m. Free.
- Ask the Trainer - 5 bucks 5 minutes! at bad dog frida. Come with your dog (or not!) and ask a professional dog trainer all your questions. Proceeds will benefit Underdog Pet Rescue of Wisconsin. 1 p.m-4 p.m.
- Fermenting Flavor: The Art & Science Behind Big Beers guided beer tour at Giant Jones Brewing Company. 2:30 p.m. $35.
- Chameleon Street (1989) screening at UW Cinematheque. 7 p.m. Free. 🟠
- Moonlight (2016) screening at Union South Marquee. From IMDb: "A young African-American man grapples with his identity and sexuality while experiencing the everyday struggles of childhood, adolescence, and burgeoning adulthood." 7:30 p.m. Free.
- It’s Britney, Glitz: Drag & Dance Party at the Majestic. Doors at 8 p.m., show at 9 p.m. $10.
- In The Heat Of The Night (1967) screening at Union South Marquee. Screening at 6:30 p.m. Free. From IMDb: "A black Philadelphia police detective is mistakenly suspected of a local murder while passing through a racially hostile Mississippi town, and after being cleared is reluctantly asked by the police chief to investigate the case." 9:30 p.m. Free. 🟠
Sunday, Feb. 6
- Sunday Afternoon Live: Christopher Allen & Juliana Mesa at the Chazen. 12:30 p.m. Free, but pre-registration is required.
- Black History Month Story Time at Madison Children’s Museum. 12 p.m. Free with admission.
- Bloody Mary Throwdown featuring several local restaurants at The Rigby. 2 p.m. $5.
- Week 2 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.