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Mother’s Day live show to feature local writers

‘Listen to Your Mother’ founded by Madison blogger, humorist  

A Mother’s Day-themed production will feature local writers discussing the "real experience" of motherhood in their own words.

Fourteen local women will take the stage at the Barrymore Theatre Sunday for a performance the "Listen to Your Mother" group calls "giving Mother’s Day a microphone."

Listen to Your Mother is a live show with Madison-area writers reading their words founded by Ann Imig, a Madison blogger who describes herself online as a "stay-at-home humorist."

Tickets are $15 with a portion of proceeds supporting the Domestic Abuse Intervention Services, a Madison-based non-profit organization working against domestic violence.

Ladysmith Black Mambazo coming to Barrymore Theatre

Ladysmith Black Mambazo coming to Barrymore Theatre

The South African musical collective, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, will perform at the Barrymore Theatre June 18.

The group has performed for more than 50 years. Its distinctive style combines the harmonies of native South African musical tradition and the sounds of Christian gospel music.

The group was founded by Joseph Shabalala in the early 1960s, taking the names of his rural hometown, Ladysmith; adding a reference to strong oxen, black; and the Zulu word for axe, Mambazo.

Tickets are available online through the Barrymore website.

UW students launch discrimination exhibit

University of Wisconsin-Madison students are taking a closer look at their campus climate through the "Silenced Stories" exhibit.

The exhibit will highlight stories of harassment and discrimination that students have experienced on the university’s campus through artwork and other forms. The stories, taking place in classes, during sports games and in university housing, will focus on race, sex, gender and other discriminations.

"Silenced Stories" will open May 9 at 5:30 in the School of Social Work, with refreshments available, according to a statement.

The Disability and Advocacy in Multicultural Settings Field Unit launched the exhibit to raise awareness for discrimination on campus, the statement said. 

Report outlines problems with Mifflin Street Block Party

On the eve of the first weekend in May, Madison officials are reminding residents the Mifflin Street Block Party will not take place Saturday as it has for decades.

A report released Thursday by Public Health Madison and Dane County showed the Mifflin Street Block Party cost city taxpayers $196,000 in policing efforts last year. Mayor Paul Soglin said he hopes to save some of the money spent on Mifflin policing and put it toward youth activities.

"We will reduce that check," Soglin said in a statement. "We will make those funds available for summer youth programming."

Madison Police Chief Noble Wray and Soglin said in the statement that the annual student event has grown out of control, and they want to reduce the burden on the community and the police department.

Shop tweaks sandwich favorites

Shop tweaks sandwich favorites

EatDrinkMadison.com reviews Roast Public House  

The idea of a sandwich shop serving roasted meats certainly got my attention.

Located on State Street where BW3s used to be, and close to competitors Potbelly, Erbert & Gerbert's, Jimmy John's and Full of Bull (now closed), Roast Public House stands out for its unique sandwiches.

Take the Cajun BBQ Brisket ($9), for example. The Bell's Two Hearted-braised brisket was tender and oozing with flavor, and the meat is topped with cole slaw, something I always like to have on that type of sandwich.

Read more at EatDrinkMadison.com

Film festival doubles viewing days for 2013

Film festival doubles viewing days for 2013

25,000 tickets already sold, rep says   

In its 15th year, the Wisconsin Film Festival will present 158 films between five area theaters from April 11-18.

The festival -- programmed by the University of Wisconsin-Madison Arts Institute and the UW Department of Communication Arts' film studies program -- will offer four extra days of films, doubling its viewing schedule over years past.

Students want 'historic' designation for Langdon Street

Students want 'historic' designation for Langdon Street

There's another new development planned for downtown, which has UW students coming together to protect their neighborhood, but some think their efforts are unnecessary.