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'Frankenfood' event participants could win spot on TV show

'Frankenfood' event participants could win spot on TV show

Madison-area folks are invited to take part in a funky food event next Friday with the chance to be part of a cooking reality TV show. 

Madison Area Technical College's Truax campus on Wright Street will host the "Frankenfood" event from noon to 4 p.m. in the gourmet dining room. Frankenfood is a new buzzword for a dish made up of many contrasting parts that would not normally be paired together but stitched together as one, makes sense and tastes good (or at least tastes good to you).

Winter season ripe for snowshoeing at area parks

Winter season ripe for snowshoeing at area parks

If Madison area residents are looking for a cabin fever cure, area parks offer various trails for a fun snow activity.

Madison Parks spokeswoman Laura Whitmore said snowshoeing is a great way to get outdoors in Wisconsin's winter months and experience the Madison area parks. 

In addition to Edna Taylor Conservation Park, snowshoe trails are offered at Cherokee Marsh Mendota and North units, Elvehjem Park, Garner Park, Heritage Prairie, Heritage Sanctuary, Hoyt Park, Knollwood Conservation Park, Mineral Point Park, Prairie Ridge Conservation Park, Sandburg Woods, Walnut Grove Park and Warner Park. 

More information is available online at cityofmadison.com/parks/snowshoeing.

Watch News 3's Mary Jo Ola tackle the winter activity at Edna Taylor Conservation Park:

Award-winning authors to visit UW campus

Award-winning authors to visit UW campus

Two award-winning authors will speak at the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus next week.

The first is Turkish author Orhan Pamuk. According to a release from UW, Pamuk is the winner of the 2006 of the Nobel Prize in Literature, becoming the second youngest person to ever receive the award. He is a freedom of speech advocate and his novels have been translated into more than 46 different languages.

Pamuk will speak Monday at Varsity Hall in Union South at 7:30 p.m.

The author of the celebrated post-apocalyptic, zombie author Max Brooks will speak Tuesday night.

Brooks' latest novel "World War Z" was recently adapted into a movie starring Brad Pitt. According to a release, Brooks also wrote "The Zombie Survival Guide." His lecture is in Varsity Hall at 7:30 p.m.

The lectures are free to attend.

Carver crafts ice sculpture in Peace Park

Carver crafts ice sculpture in Peace Park

A professional ice sculptor demonstrated his skill for onlookers on State Street Friday morning.

Maurie Pearson of Black River Ice Sculptures in La Crosse said he's not very good with a pencil and paper, but when he's carving a 300-pound block of ice, it just seems to come easily from his brain to his hands.

Pearson sculpted a sleigh our of ice in front of a crowd outside 452 State St. His demo was planned from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

A local business group, Madison’s Central Business Improvement District, sponsored the event as part of a series of holiday events Friday and Saturday.

Kids, families invited to Downtown Holiday Open House

Kids, families invited to Downtown Holiday Open House

Downtown businesses will be hosting a free Downtown Holiday Open House for kids and families this weekend.

The Downtown Holiday Open House includes free holiday fun, special offers and refreshments at participating businesses downtown, organizers said.

Events include ice sculpting demonstrations in Peace Park, pictures with Santa and a holiday crafting party at DreamBank, holiday trolley rides, welcome bags, ‘Kids in the Rotunda’ performances at the Overture Center and family activities at the new Central Library.

Downtown businesses will be open for families to start their holiday shopping, and families can join the businesses and the United Way of Dane County in providing holiday gifts for teens in need, according to a release.

The event is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday on State Street and the Capitol Square. For more information call 608-512-1342 or go online.

Circus arts show to raise funds for troupe, space

Circus arts show to raise funds for troupe, space

The Mad Circus Gala is a circus arts variety show Saturday held to benefit the local performing arts group.

Organizers said the show will highlight aerial work, the German wheel, juggling, comedy, stilt-dancing, unicycling and more.

The show begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Barrymore Theatre. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for kids under 12. A special VIP ticket includes extra perks. Find ticket information online at www.barrymorelive.com/_circus.htm.

The Madison Circus Space at 2100 Winnebago St. opened in June to serve as practice space for circus arts performers and hobbyists.