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Work by deaf artists on display at DHS

Work by deaf artists on display at DHS

Art reflects 'unique abilities'   

Paintings, photographs, sculptures, and other works of art created by Wisconsin residents who have varying degrees of hearing loss, plus artwork by sign language interpreters, is on display at the Department of Health Services building in downtown Madison to commemorate Deaf History Month, celebrated March 13-April 15.

Linda Huffer, director of the Office Deaf and Hard of Hearing at DHS, said the exhibit is meant to give attendees a sense of the challenges of hearing loss.

"These amazing works of art reflect the richness and diversity of people who have a hearing loss and those who work with them,” Huffer said in a news release. 

Secretary-elect Kitty Rhoades invited everyone to come and view the artwork at the DHS headquarters this month.

Dalai Lama to visit Madison

Dalai Lama to visit Madison

'Change the World' event marks spititual leader's 9th visit    

The Dalai Lama is scheduled to visit Madison along with other international thought leaders to take part in a series of panel discussions in May as part of the “Change your Mind Change the World” event at the Overture Center.

The May 15 event -- co-hosted by the University of Wisconsin-Madison's Center for Investigating Healthy Minds at the Waisman Center and the Global Health Institute -- will include discussions on how neuroscience, environments, economics, and healthcare can combine to make the world a healthier, happier place.

Organizers said thought leaders from a variety of fields including neuroscience, economics and sustainability, will participate in a panel moderated by Arianna Huffington and Daniel Goleman.

Filmmakers, political figures to take part in 'We Are Wisconsin' screening

Filmmakers, political figures to take part in 'We Are Wisconsin' screening

Documentary on Act 10 protests, movement to show at Alliant Energy Center  

On the second anniversary of the signing of Act 10 -- the 2011 bill passed by Gov. Scott Walker that stripped unions of nearly all bargaining rights -- activists will mark the date with screenings of a documentary on the anti-union law, "We are Wisconsin," plus a live webcast of a town hall discussion Monday at 6 p.m.

New African lion arrives at Henry Vilas Zoo

New African lion arrives at Henry Vilas Zoo

Dane County Executive Joe Parisi on Thursday announced the arrival of a new female African lion at Dane County's Henry Vilas Zoo.

The lion came to Madison from the Sedgewick County Zoo in Wichita, Kan.

Ronda Schwetz, director of the zoo, said that Shakura is just over two years old and is a young adult. The Lion Species Survival Plan, which works to preserve a species over generations, sent Shakura to pair with Henry, the older male lion currently at the zoo.

The SSP makes matches to help produce the healthiest and most genetically sound offspring possible for the long-term health of the whole population.

"Shakura is very energetic and fun to watch on exhibit. She has taken to her new surroundings very well," said Schwetz in a Dane County news release.

'Yogathon' to celebrate health, raise funds for lung cancer research

'Yogathon' to celebrate health, raise funds for lung cancer research

Free to Breath Madison hosts auction, yoga session downtown   

A cancer awareness group will host a wellness event Saturday to benefit lung cancer research and promote healthy living.

The Free to Breathe Madison Lung Cancer Yogathon will be held at Union South. Check in is at 8:30 a.m. and a silent auction and wellness expo will take place. The 108-minute yoga session begins at 9:45 a.m. After yoga, refreshments will be offered and prizes drawn.

Cost to participate in the charity event is $30 Saturday and participants can register on site. Attendees wishing to take part in the yoga session are asked to bring their own mats.

On its website, Free to Breathe said it is an event series and fundraising program initiated in 2006 in Philadelphia to raise awareness and research funding to eradicate lung cancer.

Lithuanian independence to be celebrated at Capitol

Lithuanian independence to be celebrated at Capitol

Event to include folk dance performance, documentary film  

A Lithuanian cultural organization will host a celebration of Lithuania’s Independence Day on Feb. 24.

Madison Vilnius Sister Cities is coordinating the event at the Wisconsin State Capitol.

The program will begin with a Lithuanian folk dance performance by "Zaibas," a dance group from Baraboo.

The organization is hosting Marijus Gudynas, Lithuania's consult general in Chicago, who will make a presentation.

A documentary about the Soviet occupation of Lithuania will also be shown. Lithuania was occupied by the Soviet Union in 1940 and declared independence in 1990.

Theater event includes ‘Casablanca,’ kisses, cocktails

Theater event includes ‘Casablanca,’ kisses, cocktails

Oscar-winning film to be screened Valentine’s evening  

The Majestic will hold a Valentine’s Day screening of the 1942 Oscar-winning romance, “Casablanca.”

The movie is part of the theater’s “Brew ‘n View” events, in which attendees are invited to take in an older popular film for a fee and alcoholic drinks are on the menu.

Organizers said the theater will offer free Hershey’s kisses to attendees.

“Casablanca” won outstanding motion picture, best director and best screenplay Academy Awards.

The all-ages show is $5 Thursday night. Majestic’s doors open at 8 p.m. and the film begins at 9 p.m.

Tickets are available online or at the door.