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Films by Madison writer, director will be shown at Central Library

Films by Madison writer, director will be shown at Central Library

Four Phantom Moth Production films that took home awards for acting and cinematography will be shown at the Madison Central Library Thursday.

The films, from Madison’s Nicolas Alexander and Phantom Moth Productions, will be shown from 6:30-8:45 p.m. in meeting room 302, according to a release.

Over the past two years, Alexander has gathered local, multi-talented artists for his production troupe including cinematographer Evan Parquette and hip-hop musician and actor Carlos Christian, organizers said. “Keep Movin” and “Runnin” situate biographical elements from Christian’s life inside of pulp crime fiction stories.

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Madison church helps put Ukrainian kids on path to success

Trips to the water park, dentist or doctor are parts of everyday life in the United States, but for a visiting group of Ukrainian children it can be the start of a new life.

Each summer for 14 years, Bethel Lutheran Church in Madison has sponsored children from a community center in Borodyanka, Ukraine, not far from the site of the Chernobyl nuclear accident.

The program is called Circle of Love Project, and it started in 2000 as a way to help people who still suffer from the impact of the nuclear disaster.

A group of eight children, an interpreter and a chaperone travel to Madison for six weeks at a time. During their stay the children take English lessons, go sightseeing, volunteer in the community and, most importantly, get needed medical and dental attention.

Bogdon, an 11-year-old from Ukraine, has taken part in the program this summer. He described the people of Madison as kind-hearted and devoted to taking care of the environment.

State Street business open for more than 80 years asked to move out

Larry Cobb walked into College Barber Shop 36 years ago. He was fresh out of high school at the time, clad in his 1970s bell bottoms.

Cobb remembers the sound of revved engines down State Street right outside the shop?s door. Now, it?s nothing but bikes, buses and pedestrians.

He remembers the smell of freshly baked pizza from the Pizza Hut and Rocky's next door. Now, it?s the scent of espresso beans from a Starbuck?s.

He remembers Badgers coaches and athletes walking through the doors. He remembers the pieces of Andy Griffith memorabilia customers gifted after hearing he was such a fan of the show.

Most of all, Cobb remembers the people behind the swivel chairs, the barbers he calls family.

He won?t leave those memories behind, but he does have to leave the store. Cobb said his landlord is looking to fill the shop with a new tenant.

Monona Terrace features 3 new sculptures

Three new sculptures will be on display at the Monona Terrace until next summer.

Guy Bellaver?s Quarks VI and Quarks VII are at the top of the rooftop ramps providing a burst of color for the viewer, according to a release. The sculptures are based on the artist?s exploration of the relationship of positive to negative space, and the energy of their interaction.

The third new sculpture is Kenneth Thompson?s Steel Inverted Arch that welcomes visitors entering from Olin Terrace, according to the release. The sculpture of steel and limestone concentrates on the fundamental issues of form and how negative space defines it.

Bellaver is a sculptor who uses stone, wood, painted steel and bronze in his pieces, officials said. He has nearly 30 pieces of public art on display around the country.

MPD Mounted Unit officially announces newest member

MPD Mounted Unit officially announces newest member

The newest member of the Madison Police Department?s Mounted Unit will be announced Monday at a Community Corral, according to a release.

Torres is an 8-year-old Friesian Gelding that has spent the last two months in field training with the unit, and has now earned the right to start his solo career, officials said. Torres joins the unit thanks to a private donor working in conjunction with MPD?s nonprofit organization.

In March, Jack, a veteran horse member of the unit, passed away following a short illness, according to the release. But Torres has filled the void and is ready to carry on in Jack?s footsteps.

Torres will be introduced to the public at the Community Corral from 5-7 p.m. at Vilas Park. The unit?s team members will also be available to share information and answer questions about the horses and the responsibilities of being a mounted police officer.

House party info posted on social media leads to disturbance

House party info posted on social media leads to disturbance

More than 100 people were in the street watching a disturbance in downtown Madison Saturday night that sent two to the hospital, Madison police said.

Police responded to reports of a large-scale disturbance in the 100 block of North Hancock Street around midnight, according to a release.

There were more than 100 people in the street and approximately 10-15 individuals were actively fighting, police said. Two people fighting were significantly injured, and were transported to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

The disturbance was a result of a private house party. Information about the party was posted to social media and resulted in numerous unwanted individuals showing up, according to the release.

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Festival celebrates people of all abilities

Madison’s Disability Pride Festival will be July 26 at Brittingham Park. The event will run from noon to 5 p.m. and is open to the public.

The Disability Pride Festival will celebrate the talents, skills, arts and energy of people with and without disabilities. The event brings families, friends and neighbors together to forward the possibility of every life, according to a press release.

It will showcase artists, performers, food, exhibitors and fun for all ages and abilities.

The 2014 festival features: Hip Hop with the Figureheads, Wheelchair Wash, Yoga, Massage,  Healthy Living Exhibits, VSA Choir and more.

Brittingham Park is at 829 W. Washington Ave. Visit disabilitypridemadison.org for more information.