Happy Wednesday, Madison.

This week, Madison Magazine is putting the spotlight on the city's Asian Community by putting on the first Very Asian Week.

Former Madison journalist Michelle Li founded the Very Asian Foundation after she received a racist voicemail in response to one of her newscasts in which she mentioned eating dumplings on New Year’s Day as part of her Korean heritage.
Li, now an anchor at KSDK-TV in St. Louis, shared the hateful voicemail on Twitter and quickly went viral using the hashtag #VeryAsain. She even made it onto The Ellen Show.  

In January 2022 Li, along with journalist Gia Vang, launched the Very Asian Foundation with the help of $15,000 from Ellen herself.

Li's group partnered with Madison Magazine to launch Madison’s Very Asian Week, which is raising funds to provide access to Asian American youth literature in libraries in Wisconsin, since there is no such mandatory curriculum in the state.
As part of the week, restaurants around town are running specials and donating portions of their sales to the cause. Click here for a full list of participating restaurants and their specials.

Additionally, Madison Magazine and The Very Asian Foundation will host a panel discussion tomorrow on what it means to be "Very Asian and Very American." Get the full details on the event here.

Now to the news.

— Hayley


Image via Flickr user Adam Fagen

🥕 Heads up if you're planning on going to the farmers' market this weekend.

  • If your weekend plans typically include a trip to the Capitol Square for the Dane County Famers' Market, you'll have to adjust course this weekend. This Saturday and Sunday the downtown area will be consumed by Art Fair on the Square, meaning the market is moving from its usual spot to Breese Stevens Field.
  • The market will be open from 7 a.m. to 12 p.m. and will still feature your favorite local classics. Additionally, the stadium’s concessions stand will also be open, because everyone deserves a little treat while shopping.
  • Reminder: Pets are not allowed at the market (with the exception of service animals), and parking on the streets around the stadium will be reserved for vendors.

👋 Kevin Nicholson is out of the governor's race.

  • The Republican candidate announced he was suspending his campaign Monday.
  • Nicholson was polling in third place ahead of the primary but faced an uphill battle against front runners former Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch and Trump-endorsed state Rep. Timothy Ramthun.
  • Wispolitics reports Nicholson doesn't plan to endorse anyone before the Aug. 9 primary, the winner of which will face Democratic Gov. Tony Evers in the general election Nov. 8.
Image via Flickr user Shai Barzilay

✈️ Flight paths will soon be back to normal.

  • Weeks of construction at the Dane County Airport has forced the rerouting of flights over the isthmus (specifically the Capitol and Tenney-Lapham neighborhoods).
  • Cap Times reports the construction will wrap up this week and flight routes will soon return to normal, meaning fewer plane sightings and less noise for the downtown neighborhoods.

🥡 Goodbye Hone, we hardly knew you.

  • The eclectic restaurant located at 708 1/4 E. Johnson St. closed June 23, according to the State Journal.
  • The restaurant opened in March 2021 and just couldn't seem to find its footing. Owner Michael Parks told the news outlet Hone wasn't doing enough volume and wasn't able to get support from federal pandemic relief aid, which he maintains could have extended the restaurant's longevity into 2023.

☕ Support the library with coffee.

  • JBC Coffee Roasters is partnering with the Madison Public Library Foundation on its new Blossom Blend to support the city's public library system.
  • Through July 15, 50% of the proceeds from every bag of Blossom Blend coffee will go toward the foundation, according to Madison Magazine.
  • The partnership is part of a larger campaign by the coffee roasters. Each quarter, JBC chooses a local organization to benefit from the sales of its Blossom Blend. So far this year, they've partnered with the Dane County Humane Society and the Rape Crisis Center.
Photo by Hayley Sperling

💊 Some pharmacies are stocking up on Plan B.

  • Following the Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, pharmacies around Madison and Dane County are stocking up on contraceptive pills, Cap Times reports.
  • Fitchburg Family Pharmacy is going as far as selling the pills at cost to help make them more accessible (brand name Plan B can retail for $50).
  • Morning-after pills like Plan B can be used up to five days after unprotected sex to prevent unwanted pregnancy, but sooner is better. Additionally, most pills are less or even non-effective for people who weigh more than 175 lbs.

🎨 Your lunchtime read: The atomic dreams of artist Nick Ringelstetter.

  • From Wisconsin State Journal: "One of Nick Ringelstetter’s most dedicated patrons has collected at least six of the artist’s original paintings. Not one or two, but six.

    'One day I finally said, ‘Dude, what do you do for a living?’' Ringelstetter asked the art buyer.

    'He said, ‘I’m a neurosurgeon. I just love the way your brain works.’”