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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.

From Guinea to Madison, dancing with Maya Kadakia

From Guinea to Madison, dancing with Maya Kadakia

VIDEO: Local residents dance to West African-style drumming with instructor Maya Kadakia

On a Tuesday night in late 2012, more than 20 people came in from the cold to heat up the Center for Conscious Living in Madison with drums and dance. An ensemble played rhythms that often shook the floor, and dancers worked through moves exported from Guinea, West Africa. Maya Kadakia worked at the center of the event, demonstrating moves and leading the weekly drop-in class.

“[The students] are very diverse,” said Kadakia. “Some are members of our [performing dance] group. Some are people that like to get exercise. Some enjoy the cultural elements.”

DNR announces first winter season free-fishing weekend

Residents, nonresidents invited to try winter-time fishing without a license    

The state Department of Natural Resources announced Wisconsin’s first winter free fishing weekend, which is scheduled to take place Jan. 19-20.

Bob Manwell, DNR spokesman in Fitchburg, said residents and nonresidents are invited to fish Wisconsin waters without first purchasing a license.

Wisconsin has had a similar free fishing weekend in June for many years but Manwell said the mid-January free fish event offers the chance to  try "hardwater" fishing.

Manwell also said loaner tackle is available at some sites.

Faux Bielema gaining ground on Twitter

Faux Bielema gaining ground on Twitter

In addition to creating a big single-game coaching payday for Barry Alvarez and casting a far-reaching spotlight on who the Badgers might pick to coach the team post Rose Bowl (spoiler! He’s from Utah), former UW football coach Bret Bielema’s departure for Arkansas inspired another attention-grabber: the mocking Twitter imposter @BeingBielema.

Since the former coach's departure from Madison, the account's following has been gaining quickly and The Badger Herald scored a sit down with the faux former coach.

Get a whiff of the sometimes irreverent, most times funny Q&A.

Review: Burger joint offers upscale atmosphere, affordable fare

Review: Burger joint offers upscale atmosphere, affordable fare

EatDrinkMadison.com reviews DLUX    

I was a little surprised when Food Fight Inc. decided to close Ocean Grill to create a new restaurant, but the successor, DLUX, has been a pleasant addition to the already burger-heavy Capitol Square.

Its unique premise is the upscale atmosphere. You can have a fancy burger before seeing a show, and come back afterward for a martini.

Get the dining-experience feedback from EatDrinkMadison.com on the restaurant's burger offerings and specialty cocktails.

Downtown shoppers treated to trolley rides, performances

Downtown shoppers treated to trolley rides, performances

Holiday series takes place Saturdays in December

The Madison Central Business Improvement District’s red trolley will be on duty Saturday inviting downtown patrons aboard for a free ride to area businesses from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Last Saturday the trolley logged 438 riders over the 6-hour tour of service according to the Business Improvement District that was its second highest rider count in Shopping Trolley history.

BID Executive Director Mary Carbine attributed the crowd to the community’s recognition of the annual event and possibly the unseasonably good weather, too.

“The holiday trolley has become an annual family tradition,” Carbine said. "It’s something we know area families and kids look forward to.

"But I do think the nice weather does help bring people out for an activity."