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Brat Fest announces Lifest Stage lineup

According to a release, Brat Fest will partner with the Christian music festival Lifest for the second year.

The Lifest stage will feature Christian musical artists, including headliners Hawk Nelson, Rapture Ruckus, Family Force 5 and Sidewalk Prophets. Family acts from AJ the Animated Illusionist and Josh Jordan will also take the stage.

On other stages, Bret Michaels, The Charlie Daniels Band, Aaron Lewis and over 70 other bands will perform.

Brat Fest takes place Memorial Day weekend and will offer brats and other food, a carnival, bands and other activities. The event has been held every Memorial Day weekend since 1983 and is the world's largest festival featuring brats.

Atlas hosts Madison's first improv festival, combines comedy with endurance

Atlas hosts Madison's first improv festival, combines comedy with endurance

Madison's comedy group Atlas Improv Co. will present the Endurance Improv Fest at their theater April 16-19, according to a release.

The event began Thursday night with a sketch comedy show, and will continue Friday with special shows at 8 and 10 p.m. The festival will conclude with an 11-hour improv marathon beginning 4 p.m. Saturday.

According to Atlas, all the events are free and take place at their custom-built theater at 609 E. Washington Avenue. The festival coincides with the company's 11th anniversary.

Reception to celebrate local children's artwork

Reception to celebrate local children's artwork

A reception Sunday will celebrate the Young at Art exhibition, which features works of art by Madison public school students ranging from kindergarten through 12th grade, according to the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art (MMoCA).

The reception will take place at the museum from 3 to 4:30 p.m., and East High School's East Jazz Orchestra will perform in the library.

Try powerful telescopes, see the stars at free star-gazing workshop

Try powerful telescopes, see the stars at free star-gazing workshop

A free event at an east Madison park next week will offer information on star gazing.

The city of Madison said a Learn to Star Gaze workshop will be held at Reindahl Park from 7-8 p.m. Monday.

The workshop will be led by a UW Space Place specialist and will give all participants the chance to search the skies using powerful telescopes.

 

Large consignment sale offers children's, maternity items

Bargain hunters will find a variety of used maternity and children's clothes for sale at a consignment event at the Alliant Energy Center this weekend.

The Just Between Friends sale, which opens at 9 a.m.,began Friday and will continue through Sunday.

Items including clothes, books, toys, strollers, puzzles, games, shoes, nursing pillows, Diaper Genies, maternity wear and more can be found at the JBF sale.

Find more information online at danecounty.jbfsale.com.

High school players tip off versus officers to 'Play it Forward' Saturday

High school players tip off versus officers to 'Play it Forward' Saturday

A special fundraising event Saturday will have Madison police officers and area high school basketball players face off at West High School, the police department said Wednesday. 

Madison police said the Play it Forward game will raise money for the upcoming Black Student Union spring break college tour to the Washington, D.C. area. Tip off is at 1 p.m. at the West High School basketball court. 

Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for students and will be available at the door or online

Basketball players from Memorial, West and LaFollette varsity teams will play against the PD team of 15 officers. 

 

Performance highlights older adults, youth connecting through creativity

Think loneliness is only a private sorrow? Think again.

Study after study has found that social isolation is linked to multiple health problems, particularly among older adults. For this population, loneliness is just as significant a health risk as smoking or obesity.

St. Mary’s Care Center, working in collaboration with TAPIT/new works Ensemble Theater, has developed an innovative response to isolation: fostering social connection through theater. Audiences can experience "The Creative Link," the production resulting from this process, on Wednesday at 10 a.m. in the Rotunda Studio of Madison’s Overture Center at 201 State St.

That’s when residents from St. Mary’s Care Center, an independent volunteer and five young adults from the Verona Area High School’s Functional Vocational Program for 18- to 21-year-olds will offer a free public performance of "The Creative Link."