Morning Update: Thursday, Feb. 10

Morning Update: Thursday, Feb. 10

Gooooood morning, Madison.

Welcome to Thursday.

Humor me for one moment as I talk about cryptocurrency and NFTs.

The U.S. Department of Justice Tuesday announced the arrest of a husband and wife duo for allegedly conspiring to launder $4.5 billion in stolen cryptocurrency. The DOJ seized 94,000 bitcoins, amounting to $3.6 billion, in the agency’s “largest financial seize ever.”

Ilya Lichtenstein, 34, and his wife, Heather Morgan, 31, were arrested in New York for their scheme earlier this week but there is a Wisconsin tie here — Lichtenstein is a UW-Madison graduate and used to be a regular in the city's startup community.

Morgan is a "surrealist rapper" who works under the name Razzlekhan. I don't know what a surrealist rapper is. I'm not sure if anyone knows. Most of her music has since been pulled from YouTube but you can watch this clip and see for yourself the kind of work one can accomplish with billions in stolen funds and a dream. (Caution: NSFW language.)

— Hayley

⚖️ “We’re not asking you for anything. We’re demanding that you give justice."

  • Family and community members rallied yesterday at the intersection of American Parkway and Eastpark Avenue on the city's East side to demand answers from law enforcement on the recent officer-involved shooting of Quadren Wilson.
  • If you'll recall...Wilson was shot at least five times in the back when law enforcement surrounded his car at the East side intersection while trying to arrest him on a Department of Corrections warrant. Newly released traffic camera video shows the immediate aftermath of the shooting and Wilson's bullet-ridden car.
  • Wilson's family says he remains in unbearable pain and wants him moved to a medical facility while he recovers from his injuries. Wilson was taken to the Dane County Jail after one day in the hospital.
  • The Dane County Sheriff’s Department is leading the investigation into the shooting. While the Madison Police department was present and assisted with Wilson's arrest, MPD issued a statement that none of their officers were involved in the shooting.

💉 UW Health says it's time to get boosted.

“After more than two years of this ever-changing pandemic, we know the importance of getting vaccinated and getting boosted." — Dr. Jeff Pothof, UW Health chief quality officer

🍻 Meet Mom's Bar.

  • The space on University Avenue that used to be home to the now-shuttered Karaoke Kid will soon reopen as Mom's Bar. Owner Andrew Greenwood told the State Journal he hopes to have the space open by Tuesday.
  • The 50-person capacity bar will offer karaoke three or four nights a week as well as a happy hour karaoke every day from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Greenwood said he would eventually like to use the space to host DJs, open mic comedy, live jazz, and local musical groups.
  • Related: Sugar, we’re going down singing (Call it a shameless self promotion but I wrote a love letter to Karaoke Kid for Tone Madison before the bar became a casualty of the pandemic. RIP.)

📷 Who's paying for that?

The Battle for Madison.

  • The Forward Madison Flamingos announced they'll take on the Badgers April 23 in a cross-town rivalry game that is sure to be a display of the city's finest soccer playing.

🥬 Check your lettuce.

🗳️ Your lunchtime read: Wisconsin Republicans race to reinvent state’s election system — again.

  • From the Cap Times: "It's been less than a decade since Wisconsin Republicans last overhauled the state's election oversight body, but some prominent members of the party are pushing to throw out that model and start over once again. While the push to entirely dismantle the state's election commission lacks the support of the entire GOP, the party is unified in its belief that major changes to the state's election administration are needed."

🦠 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.

📅 Events: Thursday, Feb. 10

  • All the Little Things: Arboretum Winter Enrichment Lecture. 10 a.m. Virtual. $10.
  • The Rider (2017) screening at MMoCA. From IMDb: "After suffering a near fatal head injury, a young cowboy undertakes a search for a new identity and what it means to be a man in the heartland of America." 7 p.m. $7 for nonmembers, free for kids and museum members.
  • Peculiar People at Brinklounge. “Weird people spreading their weird for your entertainment pleasure.” Features Freya Dialogos, Esteban Touma, and Elizabeth Joy. Show at 7:30 p.m. $10.
  • Tim Smith at Comedy on State. 7:30 p.m. $5 students, $15 general admission.
  • Goose at the Sylvee. Show at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $32.50.
  • Nicholas Rodriguez at the Overture Center. “Award-winning Broadway, TV, film actor and recording artist Nicholas Rodriguez explores life, love and longing through an intimate evening of love songs.” 8 p.m.
  • Kat and the Hurricane Presents at FIVE Nightclub. "A recurring variety show... Join us for this special edition of KatH Presents at FIVE for an extra dose of drag and live entertainment." 10 p.m. No cover charge. 🟠


  • Winter Carnival, Monday through Saturday. All sorts of events! There's a fishing derby, a free showing of Frozen, an ice climbing exhibition, and more. And of course, Lady Liberty will be there, too. More details on that below.

Wondering what that 🟠 means?

That symbol next to an event listing means that Tone Madison’s team of writers and editors recommends checking it out. Tone knows Madison’s arts and music landscape better than anybody else.

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