Post by dane101 on 6/7/2013 2:16pm
Members present: Shiva Bidar-Sielaff, Mike Verveer, Lisa Subeck, Sam Stevenson, Ann Zambie, Michael Donnelly.
Because both Chair David Hart and Vice Chair Tom Landgraf had excused absences this week, the committee had to quickly name Sam Stevenson the ALRC Chair Pro Tem.
Separation of Licenses
The committee picked several licenses to give a closer look Monday night before recommending renewals to the full Common Council Tuesday night.
Plan B - 924 Williamson St.
Plan B co-owner Rico Sabatini came before the committee to unveil the details of an agreement with the neighbors finalized earlier that day. The agreement says the neighborhood will raise $6,000 for the roof insulation project, though Plan B will help out with promotion, marketing and social media targeting for the fundraising itself. Sabatini has also offered to paint a mural on the side of the building to make it more appealing in the neighborhood. Plan B will still be responsible for the remainder of the amount and will continue to work with the neighborhood on issues that may arise.
Post by Scott Gordon on 6/7/2013 11:00am
As the new Madison Central Library gets ready to open, Isthmus' Joe Tarr tries to get more details on how the library's programming might change—something that's been hinted at in a lot of library coverage lately. There still don't seem to be too many details about what all these changes in vision will entail, but the library will celebrate the opening with a Sept. 19 event called "Stacked."
There's also a whole strange mess of music to preview this week in Madison. Ben Munson looks at the discography of synth punks Digital Leather, who play Saturday at Revolution Cycles. Willy Street Blog has this preview of this weekend's Marquette Waterfront Festival, including its ever-eclectic music lineup.
Post by Emily Mills on 5/24/2013 12:30pm
The Joint Finance Committee voted on Thursday to bar the UW Board of Regents from collecting mandatory refundable fees from students within the UW System, essentially slashing all funding for the United Council of UW Students, the advocacy organization that has represented UW students since 1960.
The committee also voted to freeze tuition and segregated fees for two years.
Students could still decide to “opt in” to the $3 a year fee in order to fund the group. Previously, the cost had been automatically charged to all students on member campuses, who then had the option to have the money refunded if they so wished.
Matt Guidry, the UC’s communications director, called the move an “attack on student autonomy” and that it would “only take away from the student experience on campus.”
The motion was introduced to the UW omnibus budget late Thursday afternoon. Rep. Cory Mason (D-Racine) attempted to introduce a motion to strip the provision from the budget but Co-chair Sen. Alberta Darling disallowed it. Mason was one of two committee members to vote against the omnibus, alongside Rep. Jon Richards (D-Milwaukee).
According to WisPolitics, “Rep. John Nygren, R-Marinette, said the board got a letter from the student government at UW-Eau Claire pushing for an end to the MRF, but that United Council has made the case for their effectiveness and students will likely continue funding it” by choice.
The UC has been one of the loudest voices advocating for a tuition freeze and increased funding for student financial aid, in the face of the country’s over one trillion dollar student loan debt.
Post by Scott Gordon on 5/24/2013 11:00am
The Wisconsin Book Festival's new coordinator isn't coughing up many details on this year's event yet, at least according to this Isthmus piece.
There are just a couple more days left to check out an exhibit of dozens of artists at Pier 1218, a gallery tucked away in a West Side backyard. Spackle Madison has an overview and photos here (sample at the top of this post).
Post by dane101 on 5/24/2013 9:00am
Despite a rather lengthy agenda, the meeting fell just short of its scheduled three-hour run time. The majority of the meeting was taken up by two issues: approval of Chi Asian Fusion (following in the wake of T. Sushi’s closing) and a discussion on the noise issues at Plan B nightclub. There were a few other issues pulled off the consent agenda, however.
Members Present: Ald. Mike Verveer, Sam Stevenson, Ald. Shiva Bidar-Sielaff, Ald. Lisa Subeck, Tom Landgraf, Ann Zambie, David Hart. Michael Donnelly was excused.
Cafe Costa Rica: 1133 Williamson St.
A nearby resident brought up concerns with approving the restaurant’s Change of Licensed Premise to allow a sidewalk cafe, saying that because the restaurant exists in a residential area after recent zoning, he would have appreciated if the business had talked to the neighborhood association beforehand. He asked the committee to possibly tell the restaurant to come back after talking with the neighborhood association. Failing that, he wanted to make sure that the outdoor patio didn’t allow smoking. Alder Marsha Rummel did admit that they didn’t hold a neighborhood meeting on the restaurant and apologized for that. However, she did support their application.
Post by dane101 on 5/16/2013 6:00am
Today is May 16, 2013. On this date in 1866, the US Mint authorizes production of the Shield Nickel.
* Lueders: "[Governor] Walker’s latest executive budget, for 2013-15, included what the [Legislative] Fiscal Bureau identified as 58 policy items and 15 pieces of pork — that is, expenditures or breaks with specific beneficiaries."
* WSJ [paywall]: "In a report to a three-judge panel, the two sides in the litigation [about Wisconsin's 2011 redistricting] said they found no solid proof the thousands of files deleted from state computers were removed with bad intent nor that turning those files over to plaintiffs would have changed the outcome of a federal case challenging Wisconsin’s redistricting."
Post by Fareed Guyot on 5/14/2013 9:00am
This post originally ran on Willy Street Blog.
A promise of the departed was fulfilled by his friends Saturday (May 11) as students of Erik Anderson were given airplane rides at the Dane Country Regional Airport. Anderson taught Aviation classes at Madison East High School and music at Sherman Middle School for 11 years before he died suddenly in his classroom last September.
Known by students and colleagues alike as having the unique ability to connect and motivate the most troubled students, Anderson reveled in teaching Aviation at East and promised to take any student that was interested for a ride his airplane, which he kept at his home on the Waunakee Airport.
Post by Scott Gordon on 5/10/2013 9:30am
This week marks the end of music writer Andy Downing's tenure at The Capital Times. His last full feature, previewing noise-rock band METZ's Saturday show at the Frequency, demonstrates why it's important that daily newspapers (or, in this case, whatever it is dailies are becoming) hire knowledgeable arts writers. You don't want just anyone to attempt writing about weird and abrasive music, and you want someone to be able to write about that music in a way that makes sense for a broader audience without dumbing it down.
Also: This means that nobody—not one single person—is covering music full-time for any Madison publication. In a recent shake-up at Capital Newspapers, Downing's position was converted to "Features reporter with music emphasis." And yes, there is a difference. Everyone else in town who writes about music for a local publication is either a freelancer or a full-timer with several things on his or her plate in addition to music coverage.
Downing is relocating to Columbus, Ohio, where he will continue to pursue freelance writing and other opportunities. Like his fellow Cap Times writers Lindsay Christians and Rob Thomas, he's banged out a hefty volume of stories and injected some quality arts writing into a daily-paper world that often fails to nurture it. Here's wishing him well.
Post by Christian Neuhaus on 5/7/2013 10:00am
Strollers Theatre is concluding its strong 2012-2013 season by getting “back to the canon” with Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. It’s also a return to Shakespeare for director Greg Harris, who directed Pericles at Broom Street Theatre in 2012. Despite recent productions by University Theatre (2009) and American Players Theatre (2008), the Strollers production was my first experience of this play onstage. In his notes for the production Harris observes that “theaters are places of the imagination,” and the staging is one that consciously avoids spectacle.
The set, which Harris designed, employs white sheets as as a palette to which the audience must apply the imagined trees of the forest. The costume design by Matthew Schroeder takes a “conventional,” modern-day approach. It’s one that works fine for the Athenians and the comical “rude mechanicals” who stage the-play-within-the-play at the end, but at first I was a little thrown when I saw the denizens of fairyland dressed (for the most part) in similar clothes as the mortals. The costume Erin Baal wears as Titania evokes a lithe elegance befitting a fairy queen, but people expecting more in the whimsy department may have seething brains when they see Oberon as a dude in a denim jacket — even if he does have the Orlando Bloom kind of dashing mien that Kathy Lynn Sliter exhibits in the role. On the other hand, in appearance and manner Sean Langenecker’s Puck is an agent of comic chaos, literalizing his line at the end “I am sent with broom before/To sweep the dust behind the door” by brandishing different sweeping implements over the course of the play.
Post by Christie Taylor on 5/1/2013 2:20pm
*UW: Vaterite: Crystal within a crystal helps resolve old puzzle.
Wednesday Nite at the Lab: A new energy paradigm: Microgrids. 7 - 8:15 p.m., Auditorium, 425 Henry Mall. Free!
Tuesday, May 7
Armchair Field Trips: Badger Army Ammunition Plant: Past, Present & Future. 7 p.m., McFarland Public Library. Free!
Armchair Field Trips: Salamanders of Wisconsin (with live salamanders). Stoughton Public Library. Free!
Wednesday, May 8
Wednesday Nite at the Lab: Exploring South Pole science: a hands-on look at the IceCube observatory. 7 - 8:15 p.m., Auditorium, 425 Henry Mall. Free!
To submit your science-related event, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org