All that jazz

Local jazz club Café Coda is getting some national attention.

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All that jazz
Bassist Jakob Heinemann and drummer Tim Russell perform at Café Coda. Photo courtesy of Scott Gordon.

Gooood morning Madison!

Local jazz club Café Coda is getting some national attention.

The Willy Street venue was highlighted in Yelp's 2023 “Ones to Watch” list of top Black-owned businesses.

Café Coda is owned by Hanah Jon Taylor, a saxophonist and flutist known for his improvisational style. It first opened off of State Street in 2017 but shortly after moved to its current space at 1224 Williamson St.

The space has filled a void in Madison’s venue landscape, bringing a mix of local, regional, national, and international jazz artists to its stage. Additionally, Café Coda serves as an educational space for the next generation of Madison jazz musicians.

— Hayley

🚨 It's a snow emergency.

After five years on Winnebago Street, Mint Mark is moving. Images via Mint Mark

🥡 A new home for Mint Mark.

  • After five years on Winnebago Street, Mint Mark is moving to The Standard building at 1868 E. Washington Ave.
  • As chef and part-owner Sean Pharr told Madison Magazine, the move will allow the restaurant and its staff to grow. The new space is nearly twice the size of its current location and will have a 75-80 seat capacity. The magazine also says Mint Mark will “also likely operate an event/bar area on the sixth floor rooftop of The Standard."
  • The move is set to happen later this year. And before you ask, yes, the portrait of the late Anthony Bourdain will move to the new space, too.


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Here Audifax's work is displayed in the Garver Canvas Gallery. Image via Audifax

🎨 Check out the new public art at Garver Feed Mill.

  • Local artist Audifax will unveil a new sculpture this Sunday at Femmestival.
  • Audifax is currently the artist-in-residence at the Garver Canvas Gallery. The new piece is "designed to inspire people to listen to their inner voices," the artist told Channel 3000.

⛄️ Snow days are forcing schedule changes at MMSD.

  • To meet state requirements for classroom instruction time, the Madison Metropolitan School District is making some adjustments to its schedule.
  • To make up for two snow days this winter, middle school students will have five minutes added to the end of their days starting Monday, according to the Cap Times. Additionally, May 26, which had been scheduled as a day off, will become a school day for all students.

🌊 Your lunchtime read: Downtown Madison waterfront re-do.

  • Via Isthmus: "Eau Claire is 180 miles from Madison, but that didn't stop Paige Bernhardt from making the journey to attend an in-person public meeting on three final proposed designs to transform Lake Monona’s downtown shoreline."
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More $ for Schools, Paid Family Leave AND Tax Cuts?

Governor Evers has released his plan for the next state budget and the forecast is rosy: we’re sitting on the biggest surplus in state history.

Evers is proposing more money for our K-12 schools, twelve weeks of paid family leave for Wisconsin workers, and a tax cut for the middle-class. But will the legislature go for it?

Mitchell Schmidt, state politics reporter for The Wisconsin State Journal, joins Dylan and Bianca to unpack what’s inside the Governor’s plan.

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