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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.

Saxophone quartet performing at campus art museum

Saxophone quartet performing at campus art museum

Ancia Saxophone Quartet performs for a weekly WPR music series     

A four-piece saxophone ensemble is scheduled to perform at the Chazen Museum of Art Sunday at 12:30 p.m.

Ancia Saxophone Quartet will play live in the museum's Brittingham Gallery III as part of the weekly Wisconsin Public Radio program "Sunday Afternoon Live from the Chazen." The performance will also broadcast simultaneously to WPR affiliates in the state.

Seats are free. Wisconsin Public Radio and Chazen Museum of Art members can reserve seats, however, seats for non-members are available on a first-come, first-served on Sunday.

Ancia Saxophone Quartet is a Twin Cities-based group that has performed internationally and on public radio programs. The group's recorded selections include works by J.S. Bach, George Gershwin and Duke Ellington, as well as original saxophone compositions.

Parks dept. plans party for papas, daughters

2nd annual dance will feature music, munchies

Madison Parks will host its second annual daddy-daughter Valentine’s dance, on Feb. 9.

Parks Department coordinator Ann Whisner said the first dance, held last year, went off well. Now the department is planning a similar event just before Valentine’s Day from 6 p.m.-8 p.m. at the Warner Park Community Recreation Center.

Superintendent of the Madison Parks Division, Kevin Briski said the dance gives fathers (or adult loved ones) and their daughters a chance to spend quality time together.

“This event is a fun for both dads and daughters and will be something that both will look back at fondly in the future,” Briski said.

Daddy-daughter duos will have the opportunity to show off their dance moves to music played by a live DJ, play games and enjoy cake and punch.

Party-goers can have their picture taken together to take as a memento of the night, too.