Morning Update: Friday, March 11
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Do you know anybody with a Madison-themed tattoo? If so, reply and let me know! I might want to talk to them for a story. If you reached out last time I brought this up, please know that I haven’t forgotten about you. 😊
A clarification: Yesterday, we said the City Council will vote on a permanent men’s homeless shelter at their meeting next week. But the council failed to reach a quorum, so there will be no City Council meeting next week. The vote will happen at a later date instead.
🛒 Willy Street Co-op workers are closing in on their first union contract.
- Union organizer and co-op employee Mike Tomaloff told WORT that a “strong majority” of workers supported the contract, which is expected to go into effect this month.
- Workers won many improvements in working conditions, including guaranteed raises for existing employees, higher starting wages, and additional sick leave. Tomaloff says the co-op minimum starting wage will increase from $13.80 to $15.90 when the contract goes into effect.
- A representative for Willy Street Co-op management declined to answer follow-up questions from me. They said they'd prefer to wait until things were officially wrapped before answering questions.
🔍 Gableman is sticking around for a while.
- Michael Gableman, the former Supreme Court Justice hired by Republicans in the State Assembly to investigate the 2020 election, has been given a new contract that authorizes him to continue his work through the end of April, according to the AP.
- The new contract doesn’t authorize additional spending, but makes some exceptions for the cost of litigating related court cases.
- Earlier this month, Gableman presented a major report with numerous recommendations. His testimony was long and conspiracy-laden, and he recommended decertifying the election results, despite legal experts saying this is not possible.
- Vos said Gableman is “not necessarily looking for additional things to investigate" during this stage in his investigation. “I don’t want to make it seem like we’re going to keep this going for another year,” Vos said.
- In recent days, Gableman has been a guest on a podcast hosted by Steve Bannon. The two met at a voter fraud conference that was organized by the MyPillow guy.
🏗️ Redesigning Lake Monona
- The city has officially launched the Lake Monona Waterfront Design Challenge to create a master plan for the lake's 1.7 miles of shoreline and 17 acres of public lakefront.
- The parks department will narrow down entries to three finalists. Each will receive $75,000 to polish their plans before the final selection is made.
- Not much of a planner? Me either! But I did enjoy this relaxing, four-minute-long aerial video of the waterfront.
🚏 You only have a few more days to submit entries to Metro's Bus Lines Poetry Contest.
- Send in your short poems, haiku, prose poems, and excerpts from longer poems by March 14. Submissions can be made in any language.
- This year’s winners will be posted online (not put on buses).
⏰ Don't forget to change your clocks!
- Move your clocks ahead an hour on Sunday for Daylight Saving Time.
🦠 Covid-19 Update
Wisconsin Vaccination Rate: 60.5%
Dane County Vaccination Rate: 78.3%
- 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, March 11
- Anders Svanoe's El Dragón CD Release at Arts + Literature Laboratory. Music at 7 p.m. $10. 🟠
- What's Up, Doc? (1972) screening at UW Cinematheque. Screening at 7. Free. 🟠
- Evan Verploegh, Brennan Connors and Seth Andrew Davis at Audio For The Arts. Music at 8 p.m. $15. 🟠
- Comedy Plus: A night of stand-up comedy, music, drag, and more at Crucible. 7 p.m. $10.
- Curator’s Conversations: Pressing Innovation with James Wehn at Chazen Museum of Art. 4 p.m. Free.
- Subtronics at The Sylvee. Music at 8 p.m. $35 advance, $40 doors.
- The Honey Pies at the Bur Oak. Music at 8 p.m. $10 advance, $12 doors.
- Victor Garcia Quartet at Cafe CODA. $20.
Saturday, March 12
- Madison Shamrock Shuffle benefitting the Boys and Girls Club of Dane County. Start at 8 a.m.
- Thrifty Market at Garver Feed Mill. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. A handful of vintage vendors, with most items under $20.
- Dane County Farmers’ Market Late Winter Market at Garver Feed Mill. 8 a.m.-12 p.m. Free admission.
- Ask the Holistic Vet Day at bad dog frida. 1-4 p.m. $10 suggested donation for 10 minutes of advice.
- Madcity Cocktails 2022 launch party at Funk’s Pub. 3-6 p.m. Free admission.
- Sonora, Treatment, Dear Mr. Watterson, Sex, Fear at The Rigby. Music at 9 p.m. $5. 🟠
Sunday, March 13
- Pre-Pi Day Pop-up with Manna Cafe at Leopold's Books Bar Caffè. Manna Cafe & Bakery is back for one day only to celebrate Pi Day! Open at 9 a.m.
- Family Nature Walk at UW Aboretum. 1 p.m. Free.
- Ecstatic Dance at Variations Dance Studio. Freeform dance, let your heart and the music guide your limbs. 1-3 p.m. $20.
- Norrtullsligan (1923) screening at UW Cinematheque. 2 p.m. Free. 🟠
- Artists' Books & Periodicals Pop Ups with Stephen Perkins at Garver Feed Mill. 2-4 p.m.
- Week 7 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.
- Tours of the historic Nathaniel & Harriet Dean House. 2-4 pm. Visit 9 rooms furnished in the Victorian style, learn about the Deans and their farm. $5.
- Glad Rags, LINE, MQBS at The Bur Oak. Doors at 7 p.m., music at 8 p.m. $10 advance, $12 doors. 🟠
See more in our weekly events roundup.
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