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Doo-wop hits bring the '50s and '60s to Monona Terrace


The 1950s and 1960s are returning Wednesday at the Monona Terrace rooftop.

The Doo-Wop Daddies will kick off Tunes at Monona Terrace Sept. 19 from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.  The event is free and open to the public.  Food and beverage will be available for purchase at 5 p.m.

The Milwaukee quintet performs harmonic vocals of classic doo-wop hits with some of the 21st century blended in, said a press release.

Parking is available for $5 in the Monona Terrace parking ramp at 1 John Nolen Dr.

For more information about the Doo-Wop Daddies, visit their website here.  For more information about Monona Terrace events, visit their website at http://communityevents.mononaterrace.com.

Journalist uncovers secrets of Taliesin

Journalist uncovers secrets of Taliesin


A local journalist will uncover the secrets of Frank Lloyd Wright's home in Spring Green.

Ron McRea, well-known journalist and former city editor of The Capital Times, will discuss Taliesin I, the home built by Wright for himself and Mamah Bouton Borthwick 100 years ago.

In his book Building Taliesin: Frank Lloyd Wright's Home of Love and Loss, McRea explores the home that lasted only four summers before it was destroyed on August 15, 1914.  Seven people died during the fire at Taliesin.

The free event will take place at the Monona Terrace Lecture Hall on Thursday, Sept. 13 at 7 p.m.

For more information, visit http://www.mononaterrace.com/community/all-programs.


Local theater company unveils 2012-2013 season


The Forward Theater Company will host an open forum on Monday, Sept. 10.

The free event will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery, located at 330 N. Orchard St.

Members of the Forward Theater Company artistic staff, advisory company and board will introduce the company’s 2012-2013 season.  Afterward, they will answer questions, discuss future plans and present short scenes from the upcoming roster of plays.

Cheryl Bentyne – lead singer with The Manhattan Transfer in Concert at The Brink Lounge

Cheryl Bentyne – lead singer with The Manhattan Transfer in Concert at The Brink Lounge

As part of the Jazz at Five Concert Series, nine-time Grammy winner, The Manhattan Transfer's lead vocalist, Cheryl Bentyne, along with her performing partner, Mark Winkler, present their  "West Coast Cool" performance on Thursday, September 6th. at The Brink Lounge.  701 E. Washington Ave. Madison, WI 

This amazingly talented duo is joined by the Dave Stoler Trio for an entertaining and rare Madison concert.

A Madison favorite jazz vocalist, Gerri DiMaggio Trio, opens the evening with a selection of her favorites.

Concert at 7 pm /  Doors at 6:45 pm 
$10 Advance tickets /  $12 at the door. Tickets may be purchased at:    www.thebrinklounge.com  or by calling Elizabeth, 608-661-8589.

Comedy benefit supports AIDS Network

Madison area comics will perform in the fourth annual Comics for Cause AIDS Network benefit.

Comics for Cause’s founder, Joseph Gilchrist, will host the event.  Comics Bryan Morris, Adam Waldron, Johnny Walsh, Alan Talaga, and others will perform.

“People want to give and show they care, but they don’t know how,” said Gilchrist. “They can laugh.  How perfect is that?”

Comics for Cause has held four other benefit shows in the past year. The first, held in December 2011, benefitted the Domestic Abuse Intervention Services in Madison.

Proceeds from this event will be donated to AIDS Network Society to support their initiatives.  Event sponsors include Hotel RED, The Comedy Club on State, Sconnie Apparel, and more.

The Comics for Cause’s AIDS Network benefit will be held on Thursday, August 30 at 8 p.m. at the Majestic Theater.  Doors will open at 7 p.m.  Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door.

Monona Terrace celebrates 15 years

Monona Terrace celebrates 15 years

Monona Terrace is celebrating its 15th anniversary California-style with the Beach Boys tribute band Catch a Wave!

The festivities will take place on the rooftop Thursday, July 19 from 7:00 -9:00 p.m. Enjoy beach party fun and games for the whole family, special treats, prizes and giveaways.  Monona Terrace is proud to publicly share the achievements of the past 15 years and thoughts for “Moving Forward” in service to Madison, Dane County, and the State of Wisconsin in the years to come.

The performance is open to the public at no charge.  Visitors can bring a picnic basket or purchase light gourmet food and alcohol at the new Lake Vista Café.

Donation to help fund Wisconsin Science Festival

Donation to help fund Wisconsin Science Festival

The Wisconsin Science Festival recieved a large grant that will fund this year's event in Spetember.

The Wisconsin Arts Board presented a grant worth more than $35,000 to the festival. The Joint Effort Marketing grants are available to non-profit organizations for the promotion of Wisconsin tourism events and destinations.

Last year, the Wisconsin Science Festival attracted more than 5,000 people to Madison. This year, organizers hope that total will exceed 6,000 people with an economic impact of nearly $200,000 for hotels, restaurants and stores.

The Wisconsin Science Festival will be held in downtown Madison on Sept. 27 to 30.