Time for Pride

Morning Update: Wednesday, June 1

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Time for Pride
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🌤️ Today's weather: Partly cloudy. High: 72° Low: 53°

Good morning, Madison.

Happy Wednesday and happy Pride Month!

Across town, officials are recognizing the month celebrating the LGBTQ+ community.

Locally, Madison Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway will raise the Pride Progress flag in front of the Madison Municipal Building today. Gov. Tony Evers will do the same at the state capitol. While the Pride flag has flown above the Capitol every June since 2019, this is the first time in history the Progress Pride Flag will be raised over the building’s east wing.

The Progress Pride flag is similar to the original Pride flag but also includes a chevron pattern that is meant to highlight and represent marginalized members of the larger LGBTQ+ community.

— Hayley

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🛍️ A 'rebirth' of State Street.

  • Following years of instability, businesses are once again setting up shop on State Street. Madison Central Business Improvement District director Tiffany Kenney pointed to the 100 block of the street as an example, telling NBC15 that five empty buildings have been bought.
  • January 2021 set the record for most storefront vacancies on the historic street. At that time, more than 50 shops sat empty, compared to fewer than 40 this month.

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  • The owner of Beef Butter BBQ is working to open a set of indoor pickleball courts near Warner Park, the State Journal reports.
  • The courts — located at 2907 N. Sherman Ave. — have been in the works since November. Owner Patrick Riha is just waiting on final approvals before opening.
  • The sport has soared in popularity in recent years, in 2021 NBC15 reported there were more than 3,000 players in the Dane County area.

🏖️ Madison beaches are opening up for the summer.

  • Four of the city's beaches opened over the weekend for the summer season. NBC15 reports Public Health Madison and Dane County performed water quality testing at BB Clarke, Tenney, Vilas, and Warner beaches and determined all are safe for swimming.

🎥 Take a look at UW Cinematheque’s summer 2022 lineup.

  • But first, what is Cinematheque? The UW program provides screenings of "the best in international cinema history and fine films which would otherwise never reach Madison screens." Cinematheque regularly showcases rare films in their best available versions.
  • According to Tone Madison, this summer's lineup includes "a trio of stylish French thrillers starring the impossibly cool Alain Delon; a 35mm print of Casablanca; six films in honor of the late great director Peter Bogdanovich (who died earlier this year); a double bill of Jackie Chan martial arts comedies; Poltergeist on 35mm; and David Lynch’s only G-rated feature to date, The Straight Story."
  • All screenings are free, open to the public, and take place in 4070 Vilas Hall every Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday evening from June 29 to August 5.

⚽ One Forward Madison player has been called up to play for their national team.

  • Forward Madison defender Alvin Jones has been called up to the Trinidad and Tobago National team, the club announced.
  • So far in the 2022 season, Jones appeared in four games with the Flamingos, starting in two. The 27-year-old player will join the Trinidad and Tobago National team for four games.

👑 Your lunchtime read: Middleton teen drag queen to appear on reality show 'Generation Drag'.

  • From Cap Times: "Bailey said he thought 'Generation Drag' was important because it was able to show young queer art honestly, and dispel misconceptions that his performance art is sexualized in any way. Dana Mosling similarly hopes the show will dispel misconceptions about families like hers.

    'I hope that people viewing this see the humanity behind these families,' she said. 'We live in such a divided time. I hope that people take the opportunity to really listen to the stories of these families. I also hope that people can see themselves, or people they love, reflected in this show.'"

📅 Events

Wednesday, June 1

  • Dragonfly Monitoring Walk at the UW Arboretum with the Wisconsin Dragonfly Society. Guided walk to monitor dragonflies, including identifying species and collecting data for the Arboretum’s dragonfly monitoring project. 3 p.m. Free.
  • Covet, Hikes, King Of Heck at High Noon Saloon. Doors at 6:30 p.m., music at 7:30 p.m. $20 advance, $25 doors. 🟠
  • Bastille at The Sylvee. Show at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $39.50.
  • MAMAs Hip Hop Night at the Bur Oak. Featuring Marcus Porter, Dude Da Def, Poetic Ye, Meish, Suave, Tweezy P
    Hosted by K.I.L.O. Show 8 p.m. $15.

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