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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.

Former ‘sportscaster of the year’ to sign books Friday

Former ‘sportscaster of the year’ to sign books Friday

A Badger sports commentator since 1988 will be on site at the University Book Store Friday to sign his sports memoir published in August.  

Matt LePay’s non-fiction work, titled “Why Not Wisconsin? From Barry to Bo: Broadcasting the Badgers from the Best Seat in the House”, includes stories on sports personalities, coaches and players. LePay recounts his experiences giving the play-by-play over the last 20 years in the 256-page hardcover read.

The University Book Store is located at 711 State Street. LePay is scheduled to sign books from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.

More information on the book is available online.

 

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Prep Mania: Stoughton at Monroe

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Science and dance combine at UW-Madison

 

A Wisconsin Science Festival event will combine science and dance Friday.

The Dance Department will bring science to the stage with "PULSE: Intersections of Dance and Science" at 8 p.m. in the Margaret H'Doubler Performance Space in Lanthrop Hall at 1050 University Ave.

The concert will feature mathematician Karl Schaffer from De Anza College and dance professor Erik Stern from Weber State University, said a press release.

The performance will feature Li's "Hado," a dance inspired by the book "The Secret Life of Water" and will include video projections.  Another performance will explore the concept of repetition with the expectation of different results through the lens of religion.

Pre-concert activities include a dance demonstration on Friday entitled "Where Patterns Collide – Math & Dance" from 11 a.m. to 12:40 p.m.  A reception will follow the free performance.

Madison named best college football town

Madison named best college football town

 

Madison was ranked as the best college football town according to an online poll conducted by USA Today.  Sports writers contributed to the decision, listing their favorite college football game day cities.

According to a press release, Adam Kramer from Bleacher Reporter nominated Madison as one of his favorite game day locales.  Kramer said "Bloody Mary's, cheese curds and a sea of red" were all a part of the Madison experience.

More than 50,000 votes were cast and Madison beat out other football favorites such as Austin, TX and Gainesville, FL.

The Greater Madison Convention & Visitors Bureau played a role in the win, mobilizing supporters to vote for Wisconsin's capitol city.

USA Today reporter Laura Bly will visit Madison for the Oct. 6 home game against Illinois, said a press release.  Bly will write a feature story about Madison for the Oct. 12 edition of USA Today.