Make good choices
Hope you're ready for another snowy day.
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Happy Thursday, y'all.
Hope you're ready for another snowy day.
The city's Streets Division says commuters should be prepared for snow-filled and slippery roadways this morning and difficult travel throughout the day.
This snowstorm will be different from last week's in that it's expected to be a bit milder but colder. That means less snowmelt and (hopefully) less slush.
So be careful on the roads and, as my mom likes to say, make good choices.
🍕 Don't worry, it's Good For You.
- There's a new pizza shop at 521 N. Sherman Ave. Good For You Pizza opened Feb. 2, according to Isthmus.
- It serves Neapolitan-style pizzas from a wood-burning oven straight from Italy.
- Currently, the restaurant is takeout-only, with a menu of five basic 12-inch pies and three rotating special pies.
❄️ Be careful on the ice.
- The county issued a warning to local anglers and anyone else who ventures out on the lakes to be wary of melting ice.
- Local officials have spotted multiple ice shanties tilting and surrounded by standing water. Shanty owners are responsible for their removal if an ice shanty does sink.
🏙️ The city has a new downtown safety strategy.
- Dubbed the Isthmus Safety Initiative, the advisory council will be led by Public Health Madison and Dane County and aims to prevent crime downtown.
- The group plans to accomplish this through training for State Street area bars and restaurants, increased lighting around Peace Park, and "Safety Navigators" who will be on hand to offer help in the form of first aid, safe walks, and more.
- The new program is funded in part by a federal grant. The city is now hiring Safety Navigators.
🎷 The final Madison Jazz Society concerts.
- The Madison Jazz Society will stop performing concerts and its founder and long-time organizer will step down. The group will offer four final concerts this spring then shift its focus solely to education.
- The change is a result of low membership and attendance, according to Cap Times.
- The last performances will be Feb. 19, March 19, April 16, and May 21.
🔎 A closer look at local candidates.
- Madison mayor: There are four candidates running for mayor of Madison. There will be three listed on the ballot — Scott Kerr, Gloria Reyes, and incumbent Satya Rhodes-Conway. Daniel Howell Jr. is running as a write-in. Learn more about them in this PBS Wisconsin roundup.
- City Council: This year there are 44 candidates running for 20 City Council seats. Eight districts will have primary races, they are Districts 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 12, 14, and 20. This article from Cap Times breaks down the candidates by district with an interactive map.
The primary is Feb. 21 and the spring general election is April 4.
🎹 Your lunchtime read: East Washington Avenue music school is latest in local pianist's eclectic journey.
- Via Madison Magazine: "When I saw the note in my inbox late last month from Wilder Deitz, I suspected that whatever he was up to would be worth knowing about.
It turns out he’d opened a music school in a marvelous space on East Washington Avenue. Not just any music school, either, but rather one that draws on Deitz’s own eclectic musical journey, with a detour to a boxing gym."
🎙️ Today on City Cast Madison
The Local Meat Snack Popping Up in Madison Bars
“It’s fermented, cured, delicious, and often misunderstood and mispronounced.” So says Jesse Brookstein, author of A Perfect Pair: The History of Landjaeger in Green County, Wisconsin.
They may look like beef jerky, but Jesse’s referring to the pairs of smoked, fermented sausages that hang in many bars around southern Wisconsin. The high-protein snack enjoyed by Swiss and German immigrants of the past century has found fans among many thirsty bar-hoppers in Madison today. Jesse’s here to tell us why this salty meat snack is showing up all over. (And yes, it’s LON-yay-grrr.)
🦠 Covid-19 resources
- Get free Covid-19 tests here and here
- View the PHMDC data dashboard
- Find a vaccine appointment near you
- 50+ Meet and Greet at Goodman Community Center
- Free Family Night: Black History Month Celebration at Madison Children's Museum
- Out Professional Engagement Network Mix & Mingle at Cordial
- MMoCA Cinema: małni-towards the ocean, towards the shore (2020) at MMoCA Lecture Hall
- Music Bingo at Starkweather Brewing Company
- Disaster Passport (Koyaanisqatsi screening with live score), Faux Fawn at Bur Oak 🟠
- Roll Play Trivia Night: Friends at Garver Feed Mill
- Thirsty Thursday: A Comedy Show All About Dating at Crucible 💘
- Words with Nerds: TED Talks, but way funnier. at Crucible
- Big Gigantic at The Sylvee
- Dyke Dive at The Bur Oak
- Nick Brown And Andrew Harrison at Bierock 🟠
- Good Vibes: A Comedy Show at Robinia Courtyard
- Loving Cup: A Rolling Stones Tribute Band at Red Rooster Madison
- Miss America Homecoming Celebration featuring Grace Stanke at Memorial Union
- The Music Department at Glass Nickel Pizza Co.
- The Rocky Horror Picture Show at Crucible
- Soul Message Band at Arts + Literature Laboratory
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