Happy Tuesday, Madison!
Once again, the city is asking for your help to name its machinery. This time, the city’s Engineering and Streets Divisions are looking to residents to come up with names for its snow removal vehicles.
Just like when the city needed names for its trash compactors, the more pun-filled and playful, the better. (And yes, someone has already suggested Plowy McPlowface.)
There are four pieces of equipment to be named and you can suggest titles for as many or as few as you'd like. To submit your idea, just send an email directly to firstname.lastname@example.org by 4 p.m. Friday.
Now if you'll excuse me, I'm going to spend the rest of the day trying to get the Mr. Plow jingle out of my head.
🥡 Coming soon: One and Only.
- The owners of several Madison-area eateries plan to open a new restaurant named One and Only in the space Brasserie V used to occupy on Monroe Street.
- If you'll recall: Brasserie V closed in August after 15 years in business.
- One and Only will be more upscale than its predecessor but not quite fine dining. For those with a soft spot for nostalgia, the new owners plan to keep Brasserie V's well-loved steak frites and mussels on the menu. The new owners hope to open this summer, the State Journal reports.
🏳️🌈 East High is postponing its drag show.
- If you'll recall: East High School's Gender and Sexuality Alliance organized a drag show at the school for later this month. The event drew attention and backlash from the conservative Twitter account Libs of TikTok, which has 1.7 million followers and is known for transphobic views and unprovoked harassment.
- The show has now been postponed due to safety concerns
- District spokesperson Tim LeMonds said while the school and district received many messages in support of the show, it also received "several messages that have raised a number of safety concerns for this student-led event," prompting the postponement.
🩺 A Madison doctor opened an abortion clinic in Rockford.
- Dr. Dennis Christensen has opened the first of two planned abortion clinics in Rockford, IL, roughly an hour from Madison.
- Christensen made plans to open the clinics last year in anticipation of the U.S. Supreme Court’s overturning of Roe v. Wade. Following months of delays, the first clinic is now operating and the second is set to open its doors in the spring, according to the State Journal.
- Some context: Following the SCOTUS decision in June 2022, Wisconsin fell back to an 1849 law banning nearly all abortions. Wisconsin previously had four clinics that provided abortions. Christiansen said he expects to treat patients from Wisconsin who no longer have access to such care.
- Related: FDA OKs pharmacies to provide abortion pill, but in Wisconsin things are more complicated (WPR)
🏈 A former Badger is officially one of the greats.
- Troy Vincent, Sr. has become the 12th Badger player to be inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.
- Vincent was a standout defensive back in the early 1990s and was the first player to earn First-team All-America honors under Coach Barry Alvarez in 1991. According to UW-Madison Athletics, Vincent finished his Badger career with 192 tackles, 31 passes defended, and four interceptions while adding 66 punt returns for 773 yards and three touchdowns. Whew.
⚽️ Mark your calendars for the return of the 'Mingos.
- Forward Madison FC announced it will kick off (get it?) its 2023 season April 15 against USL League One opponent Greenville Triumph SC.
- This season marks five years of Forward in Madison. "2023 is a very important year for Forward Madison,” Head Coach Matt Glaeser said. "Not only is it our fifth season as a club, but it is a season that we intend to continue to build a strong culture here in Madison. We couldn’t be more excited for the competitive roster we’re building."
🥃 Your lunchtime read: Come for a Brandy Old-Fashioned, Stay for Winslow Wise.
- Via Punch: "The Caribou Tavern, or 'The ’Bou' as it’s better known, is as old-school Wisconsin as they come. Its glass block windows prohibit peering in from the sidewalk, but its neon sign beckons newcomers and regulars alike to come inside. There, a long wooden bar runs the length of the space, stained glass lights hang overhead, and a griddle at the end of the bar offers snacks like a grilled summer sausage for $5.25, fried cheese curds for $6 or the iconic ’Bou burger for $6.50. In its 57-year existence, more has stayed the same than has changed."
🎙️ Today on the pod
How to Survive a Madison Winter
Winter… it divides us into lovers and haters. Whether you’re Team Snow-filled Wonderland or Team Bitter Chill, living in the Midwest, there’s a whole bunch of things you need to know to survive. Come for the biggest alternate side parking hack we know, stay for the great salt debate. City Cast Madison talks to reporter Abby Becker, who wrote a guide on How to survive and thrive in a Madison winter for Madison Minutes.
- Drag Bingo with Bianca Lynn Breeze & Ester Flonaze at Comedy on State
- National Geographic Live: From Shallows to Seafloor at Overture Center
- Hunger Games Themed Trivia at The Rigby
- Lucid Tuesday at Crucible
- Trivia at Hop Haus Brewing Company
- "The Scandinavian Recipe for Happiness": In-Person Badger Talk at Orchard Ridge United Church of Christ
- Cool Front at Red Rooster Madison
- Karaoke at Crucible
- Photography Group Exhibition Artist Night at State Line Distillery