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Ken Harwood
Advocating for Wisconsin
Editor [at] WisconsinDevelopment.com


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Wisconsin Film Festival

Mar 30, 5:00 pm To: Thursday, Apr 6, 8:00 pm

The 19th annual Wisconsin Film Festival takes place March 30 - April 6, 2017. The Festival presents an average of 150 film screenings over 8 days every spring, making it the largest university-produced film festival in the nation.

From American independent, international, documentary, experimental and avant-garde to restorations, Wisconsin`s Own (selections featuring Wisconsin filmmakers, themes, or settings) and Children`s Cinema: Big Screens, Little Folks, there`s a film for everyone to enjoy!

Explore the official website for film screenings, events and to buy tickets.   ...more

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Editor Ken Harwood`s Idea For Madison College
I have an idea for the Madison College site!

Create a public private partnership to develop an Apartment / Hotel / Art / Co-working / TRANSIT CENTER!

The parking lot could be converted to easily accommodate a bus lot far better that the streets at the Union. Shuttles to the campus and the airport could get you where you need to go. The private buses to MKE and Chicago would of course use the facility. EPIC could shuttle downtown guests to classes and back. All the area hotels could run services or better yet share a shuttle route. Both convention centers could run shuttles. There is space for a great bike locker center. The burbs could have direct routes to the site. Cabs are welcome.  And Madison transit could serve it`s clients.

Parking for the facility could easily be added to the ramp across the street and a walkway could link the two. The building has great spaces that could be converted into a small theatre / training / lecture halls. It has a fitness center!  A boutique hotel and apartments are an easy retrofit into the classrooms. Retail like Coffee, local food, and art shops are a perfect fit and it has a bookstore. A museum is also already there. Local artists could both create and display on site.

This is as obvious as it gets. The building is available. It is too expensive to develop privately. We need a transit center. Just off State Street it is a natural attraction. Artists want a space. It would be a boomer (now nearing 70s) haven. Close enough to campus and the square. It is a gateway to the city and damned if it doesn`t already have an arch...

Ken Harwood
Advocating for Wisconsin... (and Madison)

P.S. Please feel free to share and reprint...

A VERY Special thank you to my Sponsors who allow me to rant like this!

The Going nowhere Article that got me thinking...   Thanks Jay Rath @ Isthmus

A reader from LaCrosse shared this video of their transit center developed by Gorman and Co.

And More photos (La Crosse)


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GeekCraft Expo MIDWEST 2017

March 25th & 26th | Madison Masonic Center | Madison, WI

Sat: 11am to 6pm | Sun: 11am to 5pm


GeekCraft Expo is a curated craft market specializing in handmade, “geek”-themed crafts of all kinds; clothing, accessories, toys, home decoration, furniture, art…if it’s geeky and made by hand, it can be found at a GeekCraft Expo. If you’d like to see some examples of what you can find at GeekCraft Expo, visit our photo gallery page....

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Calendars - Things To Do in the Madison Area

Madison Magazine
Madison Uw
UWarts Edgewood Olbrich Parks
Visit Madison UW WORT

Yelp Downtown

Madison Area Chambers


Ken Notes: FREE - If you are not listed call 608-334-2174...

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SpringFest Arts & Crafts Show

April 1st

Warner Park Community Recreation Center

Join us for the annual SpringFest Arts & Crafts Fair held the first Saturday in April each year from 9 am-3 pm.

Over 80 crafters from the Midwest will be selling their handmade goods. You can expect to see a variety of jewelry, baskets, garden art, cards, pottery, woodwork, baby gifts, soaps, balms, lotions, knitwear, paintings, home décor and more! It`s the perfect place to find a unique gift for that special someone (or for yourself).
  • $1 entry fee and also a chance to win a door prize (80+ chances to win)
  • Food and beverages will be available
  • Live music in the lobby (10 am-2 pm)
  • Plenty of free parking


The Crafty Fair

Apr 1, 2017 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Goodman Community Center
149 Waubesa St., Madison, Wisconsin


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LIGHT GAPS - Bolz Conservatory / Olbrich Gardens

March 25 - July 16, 2017
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. daily

The trees are trimmed, the bushes pruned, and it`s time to see the light in the forest. Learn how plants develop and change in the forest as light fluctuates. When a gap in the forest is created naturally or by a clipping from Olbrich`s staff, growth develops at an exceptional rate.


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Wisconsin Film Festival 2017: March 30 - April 6

   March 30 - April 6
   Tickets on sale NOW!!

The Wisconsin Film Festival is presented by the UW-Madison Arts Institute in association with the Department of Communication Arts. Founded in 1999, the Festival presents an average of 150 film screenings over 8 days every spring, making it the largest university-produced film festival in the nation....


Ken Notes: Madison Notes is a "this week" publication, but the film festival sells out fast so buy now!!!

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Venues - Madison Music and Theatre Venues


Wisconsin Union

You Belong Here

Other Entertainment Venues in Madison


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Sunday Jazz at Sequoya

Come to the Sequoya Library, 4340 Tokay Blvd, Madison, to enjoy live jazz performed by local area musicians on Sundays beginning Jan. 22, through May 14, 2017 (except for Easter Sunday, April 16, 2017 when we are closed). Performances will be in the open area near the "Ask Here" desk, and will run from 1:30-3:30pm. Most of the musicians are planning on two sets with a break. Thanks to the Madison Jazz Society for helping with the planning, and to the Friends of Sequoya Library for sponsoring the series....


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Tue, Mar 21 - Sun, Mar 26

Direct from Broadway, the acclaimed masterpiece returns to Madison! As part of their 50th Anniversary Season, the critically acclaimed and award-winning Roundabout Theatre Company is proud to present Sam Mendes (Skyfall, American Beauty) and Rob Marshall’s (Into the Woods and Chicago, the films) Tony Award®-winning production of Cabaret....

...Come hear some of the most memorable songs in theatre history, including “Cabaret,” “Willkommen” and “Maybe This Time.” Leave your troubles outside—life is beautiful at Cabaret, John Kander, Fred Ebb and Joe Masteroff’s Tony Award®-winning musical about following your heart while the world loses its way.

Ken Notes: A great weekend for the Overture! In addition to Cabaret check out:

Learning to Stay, Presented by Forward Theater
Thu, Mar 23 - Sun, Apr 9

Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra with Vicki Powell, Viola
Fri, Mar 24

Kids in the Rotunda - David Landau
Sat, Mar 25

Decades Rewind
Sat, Mar 25

Kris Kristofferson
Sun, Mar 26


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On Wisconsin Annual Spring Powwow
Join Wunk Sheek and American Indian Pathways to Educational Achievement, for the Annual Spring Powwow, featuring cultural demonstrations, exhibitions, intertribal dances and more..

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Pansy & Orchid Sales @ Olbrich

April 1st
10 am - 4 pm while supplies last

Celebrate spring with a cheery pansy, panola, or viola grown in Olbrich`s own greenhouses. Put a pansy on your windowsill, dress up your holiday table, or bring a fabulous hostess gift displayed in a springtime container. These delightful pansies, violas, and panolas are just $6 each plus tax with three plants per pot. Proceeds benefit Olbrich Botanical Gardens...

Orchid Sale

April 1, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. while supplies last!

Celebrate spring with a blooming orchid plant. Orchid Growers Guild members will be available to answer questions. Sponsored by the Orchid Growers Guild. A portion of the proceeds benefits Olbrich Gardens. For information call 608-233-5559....


Ken Notes: Spring has sprung...

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Stay - Places to Stay in the Madison Area

Sponsoring Hotels and Lodging in the Madison Area

Madison Radison

You Belong Here

Places to Stay

Here for $ 10

Other places to stay in Madison


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ART+ is an event series that offers engaging content and unique networking opportunities. The series uses art as a pivot point to explore a diverse range of topics. Each event features content experts in a discussion on the identified topic, an interactive reception, and a cash bar.

THURSDAY, MARCH 23, 5:30 pm

MMoCA is pleased to present ART+ She Started It in collaboration with Ellevate Madison. This event will feature a screening of She Started It, a documentary following five passionate young women who strive to compete in the tech world, and winner of numerous 2016 national and international film festival awards. Following the screening, a panel discussion on catalyzing female entrepreneurship in Madison will feature:


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Members of the Madison Symphony Orchestra play The Music of Led Zeppelin

Sat, Apr 1

Overture Hall: $42 - $49.75

Bridging the gulf between rock n’ roll and classical music, conductor Richard Carsey takes the podium to present The Music of Led Zeppelin. Performed by members of the Madison Symphony Orchestra and amplified with a full rock band and screaming vocals, Havens and his ensemble capture Led Zeppelin’s “sheer blast and power” riff for riff while cranking out new musical colors....


Ken Notes: How cool is this... This may redefine why the green room is green... I am an OLD theatre techie...

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Dumpster Flower

Playing: March 25 - April 15, 2017

Nova Nilla Theatre Collective begins load-in for a bizarre (and atrocious) adaptation of A Midsummer Night’s Dream with imminent failure on the horizon.
As with all tech weeks, there are the usual hang-ups – until most of the actors walk.

With the artistic director and his staff on the chopping block, the technicians make a last-ditch effort to save their jobs and their interpersonal relationships. The show goes on.

A fully immersive experience, Dumpster Flower weaves together our love affair with theatre and our theatrical love affairs.


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TONIGHT: Wisconsin Young Artists Compete: The Final Forte

Wed, Mar 29

Wisconsin Young Artists Compete: The Final Forte is the final round of the Madison Symphony Orchestra’s Bolz Young Artist Competition. This free concert, now in its 11th year, will be broadcast live on Wisconsin Public Radio and Wisconsin Public Television. In this final round, each of the four finalists will perform a movement from a concerto with the Madison Symphony Orchestra.


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Places to Dine and Relax in the Madison Area
Supporting Restaurants and Pubs in  the Madison Area

Twist Bar & Grill
Your Soccer HQ

You Belong Here

All Restaurants

Here for $ 10

All Madison Restaurants and Pubs


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Steel Magnolias @ Bartell Community Theatre

Directed by Scott Albert Bennett
Props by Michelle Dayton (Yelp Member)

Six ladies talk about life and love at Truvy`s Beauty Parlour in Louisiana.  M`Lynne and her daughter Shelby.  Clairee and Ouiser.  Truvy and her new stylist Annelle.
 "There is no such thing as natural beauty"

Friday,     3/31      7:30 pm  Opening night
Saturday    4/01      7:30 pm
Sunday      4/02      7:30 pm
Thursday    4/06      7:30 pm
Friday      4/07      7:30 pm
Saturday    4/08      7:30 pm
Wed.        4/12      7:30 pm
Thursday    4/13      7:30 pm
Friday      4/14      7:30 pm
Saturday    4/15      2:00 pm  Closing day.

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Upper Sugar River Watershed Association Volunteer Workday

Help USRWA restore the Sugar River Wetlands State Natural Area during our series “4th Saturday” volunteer work days. In February, volunteers will help burn brush piles accumulated last winter/spring, and continue removing invasives (buckthorn, honeysuckle) and treating them with herbicide. It’s a great event for all ages and abilities, and it promises to be rewarding, fun, and a great way to experience the outdoors.

Our goal in 2017 is to continue removing all woody invasive species on the west side of Military Ridge State Trail until we connect with a florishing prairie nearby. It will be a tall task, but we believe it’s possible with the help of our volunteers....


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Edgewood College Concert Band
7:00 pm
Friday, March 31, 2017
St. Joseph Chapel

The Edgewood College Concert Band, under the direction of Walter Rich, will perform a benefit concert for Luke House on Friday, March 31 at 7:00 pm in St. Joseph Chapel. The program offers an extraordinary variety of styles and features music by William Byrd, Ralph Vaughan Williams and Claude Debussy. A Folk Song Set of Wisconsin by the American composer Barry E. Kopetz (1951) will be one of the accents of the evening.

The Music Department at Edgewood College has hosted benefit concerts for Luke House since 1994.

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Restaurants From GMCVB
Restaurants From:
The Greater Madison
Convention & Visitors Bureau


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2017 Goals:

MadisonNotes will advocate for:
  • Destination tourism (Plays, Events, Concerts, Etc.)
  • Regional, National and Global recognition of our restaurants, hotels, and venues.
  • A visitor and business friendly transit systems.
  • The cooperative use of venues to support conventions and other major events.
  • Downtown living for adults, from millennials to seniors.
  • Business travelers to extend their stay into the weekend or return visits.

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  • Brand Identity for the Region and our Products
  • "Driftless" Recognition at the State, Regional, National, and Global Levels
  • Regional Economic Development, New Jobs, and Training
  • Sustaining and Growing the Businesses in the Region
  • Tourism - Including Ag, Sports, Nature and Eco Tourism
  • Promoting Special Events in the Region
  • Agriculture - Especially Organic Farming and Products
  • Land Conservation and Use in the Driftless
  • Environmental Issues that impact the Driftless Region
  • A Legislative Agenda that supports the region in four States

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