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Happy Wednesday, friends.
I hope you all got a chance to get outside yesterday because it's about to get real snowy (again).
A big storm is coming and will bring lots of snow and freezing rain with it. Some areas of Wisconsin could see 20 inches!
The city says travelers should expect icy roads and challenging driving conditions through Thursday. “Madison, we are in for a stretch of difficult weather,” Madison Streets Superintendent Charlie Romines said.
If you have to drive, go slow and be prepared for slick spots. City officials also recommend keeping an emergency supply kit in your car that includes a blanket, flashlight, phone charger, first aid kit, snacks, winter clothes, and sand (or cat litter).
Better safe than cold and sad!
— Hayley🏗️ Centro Hispano is breaking ground on its new home.
- The local nonprofit will break ground on its new $20 million, 25,000-square-foot headquarters on the corner of Cypress Way and Hughes Place today.
- The new facility will allow Centro to expand its youth and workforce programs and provide a neighborhood space for community events.
- Centro Hispano Inc. was founded in 1983 to provide assistance to Cuban refugees settling in the Dane County area. Over the decades, the organization has grown to serve thousands of the area's Latinx residents.
- After nearly 70 years of family ownership, the owners of Lane's Bakery are looking to sell the business. Lane's has served the Madison community homemade cake, donuts, cookies, and kringle since 1954.
- Chuck Lane is the third generation of his family to run the business and hopes to sell the shop to someone who will carry its name and traditions. The sale will include the business's name, recipes, and equipment.
- Black Wall Street Marketplace: Nearly two dozen Black vendors will be at the Monona Terrace Thursday for a special Black History Month shopping experience. The marketplace pays homage to the historic Oklahoma Greenwood District and showcases Black business excellence as a part of everyday life. The event is open to the public from 2-4:30 p.m.
- Featherstone Flamingos Kickback: In collaboration with Featherstone Flamingos, Forward Madison FC is hosting a kickback in the Forward Club at Breese Stevens Field Saturday. The free event runs from 6-9 p.m. and will feature music, snacks, programming, and a raffle. The soccer club is also celebrating Black History Month with the release of a special edition hat. All proceeds from its sales will go to support the YWCA Madison.
- UW-Madison's student-run radio station is celebrating its 21st birthday today. WSUM first broadcast to the airwaves Feb. 22, 2002 (at 2:22 p.m., to be exact).
- In honor of the occasion, WSUM is hosting an open-house party tonight. Listeners are invited to stop by the office at 333 East Campus Mall from 6-8 p.m. for an opportunity to tour the station, record on-air messages, decorate CDs, and more, all with a mocktail in hand.
- Related: WSUM 91.7 FM: The radio station that could (The Daily Cardinal)
🗳️ Your lunchtime read: Black candidates keep losing winnable races — and say the Democratic Party may be why.
- Via Politico: "Few Democratic candidates suffered more heartbreak on election night than Mandela Barnes. The Wisconsin Democrat, having been largely left for dead politically, came within 1 percentage point of ousting Sen. Ron Johnson.
But for Barnes’ aides, it was something more than a missed opportunity — it was a painful example of how candidates of color continue to face questions about their ability to win. Had the campaign gotten just a wee bit more air cover from super PACs at the race’s critical closing juncture, they reasoned, Barnes would have won."
🎙️ Today on City Cast Madison
Before Spike Lee, There Was UW’s Michael Schultz
You may not know his name, but you likely know his work. Michael Schultz forged a path at a time when there was little representation for Black directors or actors in Hollywood.
His 1976 movie Car Wash was considered ahead of its time, with its social and cultural critique of the era. It was the first film by a Black director to compete for the prestigious awards at the Cannes Film Festival, where it won two awards. Its soundtrack won a Grammy.
Schultz was also responsible for casting Denzel Washington and Samuel L. Jackson in their first feature films. He’s been directing for half a century, with more than a dozen movie credits to his name. Not to mention stints directing the TV series Blackish and All American.
And where did he get his start? Right here in Madison, at the University of Wisconsin.
You can see Car Wash for free at the Chazen this Sunday, February 26th. It’s part of the UW Cinematheque’s spring film series.
- Acoustic Happy Hour Ft. Sam Rodewald at Garver Feed Mill
- Nerd Nite at High Noon Saloon
- Interview: former Speaker of the House Paul Ryan at Memorial Union. Virtual option available.
- Re-Storying the Landscape: A Conversation about Ecological Transformation through the Arts at Chazen Museum of Art
- American Authors at Majestic
- Black Wall Street Marketplace at Monona Terrace
- Madison Black Gala at Monona Terrace
- Cecelia Zabala at Arts + Literature Laboratory
- Chuck Prophet & the Mission Express at The Bur Oak
- Ella Jane at High Noon Saloon
- Gaelic Storm at The Barrymore
- MMoCA Cinema - Stand By for Failure: A Negativland Documentary (2022) at MMoCA
- Music Bingo at Starkweather Brewing Company
- The Rebel Women of Mathematics with Talithia Williams at DreamBank
- Art, Sips, and Sounds: A DJ, Liquor Tasting, and Visual Adventure at AC Hotel
- Till (2022) screening at Hawthorne Library
⏪ Yesterday's news
- From the group that brought you The Hub, meet “Johnson and Broom.”
- The City of Madison now is offering free electronics recycling.
- More murals?
- Meet Madison's 2023 chef of the year