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Library Mall, State Street reconstruction to be discussed at meeting

A public information meeting will be held Thursday on the reconstruction of the 700 and 800 blocks of State Street and Library Mall, according to a release.

Design plans for the project are being developed by the city of Madison and the university, officials said. The design will focus on creating a special place at the intersection of State Street and East Campus Mall.

The meeting will start with a short presentation on the final design, followed by an opportunity for participants to provide comments and feedback, according to the release.

It is scheduled from 7-9 p.m. in Conference Rooms B-1A and B1-B in the Lowell Center at 610 Langdon Street.

For more information or to submit written comments, contact Jason DiPiazza at 608-242-7779 or jdipiazza@msa-ps.com.

Award-winning authors to visit UW campus

Award-winning authors to visit UW campus

Two award-winning authors will speak at the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus next week.

The first is Turkish author Orhan Pamuk. According to a release from UW, Pamuk is the winner of the 2006 of the Nobel Prize in Literature, becoming the second youngest person to ever receive the award. He is a freedom of speech advocate and his novels have been translated into more than 46 different languages.

Pamuk will speak Monday at Varsity Hall in Union South at 7:30 p.m.

The author of the celebrated post-apocalyptic, zombie author Max Brooks will speak Tuesday night.

Brooks' latest novel "World War Z" was recently adapted into a movie starring Brad Pitt. According to a release, Brooks also wrote "The Zombie Survival Guide." His lecture is in Varsity Hall at 7:30 p.m.

The lectures are free to attend.

Carver crafts ice sculpture in Peace Park

Carver crafts ice sculpture in Peace Park

A professional ice sculptor demonstrated his skill for onlookers on State Street Friday morning.

Maurie Pearson of Black River Ice Sculptures in La Crosse said he's not very good with a pencil and paper, but when he's carving a 300-pound block of ice, it just seems to come easily from his brain to his hands.

Pearson sculpted a sleigh our of ice in front of a crowd outside 452 State St. His demo was planned from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

A local business group, Madison’s Central Business Improvement District, sponsored the event as part of a series of holiday events Friday and Saturday.

$24M pavilions to replace Alliant Energy Center's barns

$24M pavilions to replace Alliant Energy Center's barns

Dane County will replace the Alliant Energy Center’s barns with multi-use pavilions in a $24 million project set to begin early next year.

Dane County Executive Joe Parisi said Tuesday that the county will award a Middleton construction company a nearly $20.7 million contract to build the pavilions. 

The project is pending funding approval from the Wisconsin State Building Commission and the Dane County Board of Supervisors.

Middleton-based Miron Construction will build the pavilions that will create 290,000 square feet of multi-use space on the footprint of the Alliant Energy Center’s existing barns, according to a news release from Parisi’s office.

Demolition of the barns is expected to begin next year, with the project’s estimated completion in time for the 2014 World Dairy Expo.

Kids, families invited to Downtown Holiday Open House

Kids, families invited to Downtown Holiday Open House

Downtown businesses will be hosting a free Downtown Holiday Open House for kids and families this weekend.

The Downtown Holiday Open House includes free holiday fun, special offers and refreshments at participating businesses downtown, organizers said.

Events include ice sculpting demonstrations in Peace Park, pictures with Santa and a holiday crafting party at DreamBank, holiday trolley rides, welcome bags, ‘Kids in the Rotunda’ performances at the Overture Center and family activities at the new Central Library.

Downtown businesses will be open for families to start their holiday shopping, and families can join the businesses and the United Way of Dane County in providing holiday gifts for teens in need, according to a release.

The event is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday on State Street and the Capitol Square. For more information call 608-512-1342 or go online.

Circus arts show to raise funds for troupe, space

Circus arts show to raise funds for troupe, space

The Mad Circus Gala is a circus arts variety show Saturday held to benefit the local performing arts group.

Organizers said the show will highlight aerial work, the German wheel, juggling, comedy, stilt-dancing, unicycling and more.

The show begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Barrymore Theatre. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for kids under 12. A special VIP ticket includes extra perks. Find ticket information online at www.barrymorelive.com/_circus.htm.

The Madison Circus Space at 2100 Winnebago St. opened in June to serve as practice space for circus arts performers and hobbyists.