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DeDee to Retire at the End of Overture 2017/18 Season

Madison, Wis. – Ted DeDee, President and CEO of the Overture Center of the Arts, announced he will retire in May, 2018, following six years of unparalleled growth of arts education and entertainment activity at Madison’s premier performing arts center. Betty Harris Custer, Chair of the Overture Center Foundation (OCF)…

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Reflections on moving forward

By: Kathy Flores, Statewide LGBTQ Anti-Violence Manager (FB link here: facebook.com/notes/room-to-be-safe/reflections-on-moving-forward/533420073665350/) On March 27, 2017, Andrew (Drew) Nesbitt was murdered in his home after a night out celebrating his birthday. During the weeks of October 2 and 9, a trial was held to bring a case against Darrick Anderson, the…

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Earthwise Pet Supply grand opening pet party set for October 7

Festivities will showcase store’s natural pet food offerings, grooming and self-wash pet spa; a portion of proceeds to benefit local pet rescue and training organizations  Madison, WI – September 19, 2017 – EarthWise Pet Supply, which opened its doors in August, will host a grand opening pet party on Saturday,…

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Madison Opera presents Bizet’s masterpiece, “Carmen”

Madison Opera presents Georges Bizet’s Carmen on Friday, November 3 at 8pm and Sunday, November 5 at 2:30pm in Overture Hall.  With some of the most famous music in opera, Bizet’s passionate opera is a vivid story of love, jealousy, and betrayal. Set in 19th century Seville, the opera follows…

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New Chronicle Platform Launches Initiative to Chronicle LGBTQ+ Community and History

New York, New York – September 28, 2017 – Chronicle, the new collaborative visual storytelling platform, has launched an initiative to crowdsource stories from LGBTQ+ individuals and organizations, creating a chronicle to tell the bigger story and visual history of the community. People and organizations add photographs with descriptive details…

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ENDA Report Underscores Need for Domestic Violence Prevention in Wisconsin

MADISON – Today State Representative Melissa Sargent (D-Madison) joined End Domestic Abuse Wisconsin (ENDA), Unidos, and Domestic Abuse Intervention Services at the Wisconsin State Capitol to announce the results of ENDA’s 2016 Wisconsin Domestic Violence Homicide Report. “The results of this report are extremely troubling,” Sargent explained. “Every five days…

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MMoCA Unveils Details for Fall Gallery Night

MADISON, WI—On October 6, Gallery Night will take place, engaging thousands across the Greater-Madison area in an evening of art and community. This unique event creates free opportunities to connect with others, explore neighborhoods, visit local businesses, and experience a wide-variety of artistic and creative expression. Held each spring and…

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Programming to Celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month

Madison, Wis. – Overture Center for the Arts celebrates National Hispanic Heritage Month, Sept. 15 – Oct. 15, with events including a featured gallery, Latino Art Fair, ticketed concert and Kids in the Rotunda performance “We are honored to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month by inviting the entire community to participate in…

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Milwaukee Pride invests in local LGBTQ community

Milwaukee, WI –  Following a record-breaking PrideFest Milwaukee 2017, the Milwaukee Pride Board of Directors announces the disbursement of over $16,000 in financial donations, scholarships and gifts to local causes, including: $10,218 to GSAFE, through the PrideFest Plus One 2017 campaign $3,000 to Ashley Smith, recipient of the 2017 Rising Star Scholarship $2,500 to the 2017…

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SAGE Mourns the Passing of Edie Windsor

SAGE is deeply saddened to learn of the death of our hero, supporter, and friend, Edie Windsor, on Tuesday, September 12, 2017, at the age of 88. Windsor, known nationally for paving the way for the rights of same-sex couples to marry under federal law, worked tirelessly for her beloved LGBT community…

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Dane County Executive Parisi Announces Return of Dane Arts Buy Local Night Market

MADISON- The Dane Arts Buy Local (DABL) Night Market returns to the U.S. Bank Building on Thursday, October 12, 2017, from 4 to 9 p.m. Initiated in 2015, the event connects local artists and businesses to facilitate sales and commissions of original artwork from Dane County artists. The 2016 Night…

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New Coffee Company Launches to Give Back to LGBTQ+ Causes

Queer Coffee: Your Coffee Can Taste Good and Do Good Queer Coffee sources high-quality coffee beans and supports LGBTQ+ causes along the way. Our first offering is a delicious, whole bean, fair trade, organic, dark roast from Peru. And our first beneficiary is the Campaign for Southern Equality, which advocates…

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Proud Theater Madison Open Enrollment for the 2017/18 Season Begins September 14, 2017

Proud Theater Madison is back in action with an exciting new opportunity for LGBTQI+ and allied youth between the ages of 13 and 18 to explore themselves and their identities through theater, music, dance, and spoken word in a safe, fun, welcoming, and supportive environment. The organization will begin enrolling…

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Wisconsin’s first EarthWise Pet Supply opens in Madison

Madison, WI – August 14, 2017 – EarthWise Pet Supply today announced they will officially open for business Saturday, August 19 in the Shorewood Shopping Center at 3260 University Avenue in Madison. Tim Hagen and Jeff Clark, who live in the nearby Vilas neighborhood, are the owners of the new holistically-focused…

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Freedom, Inc. Condemns Chief Koval’s Plan as Racist and Dangerous

On Wednesday, Madison Police Department Chief Mike Koval announced that he planned to initiate a wave of arrests that would predominantly target African American men.  This plan is an attempt to address the recent increase in gun violence in Madison, even though he admits that there may be no evidence…

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Madison Community Foundation Year of Giving presents grant #3: Capitol Century

MADISON, Wis., July 26, 2017 – Today, Madison Community Foundation along with Madison Children’s Museum, Overture Center for the Arts and Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra announced new programs to celebrate the Capitol’s 100th anniversary. This is the third major grant from Madison Community Foundation’s 75th anniversary Year of Giving. Capitol Century,…

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Diverse & Resilient Stands in Solidarity with Transgender Community

Transgender Americans serve in our military and put their lives on the line every day. Until today, they were able to serve openly with honor and integrity. In addition to these trained and qualified transgender service members, there are countless more who are able and willing to serve their country….

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Pocan Statement on Trump Banning Transgender Americans from Serving in the Military

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Mark Pocan (WI-02), a member of the LGBT Equality Caucus, today released the following statement regarding President Trump’s decision to reverse military policy and ‘not accept or allow transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. Military.’ “President Trump’s decision to ban transgender Americans…

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Rashaad Newsome: ICON Opens at MMoCA

MADISON–The Madison Museum of Contemporary Art is pleased to present a solo exhibition of work by Rashaad Newsome, a New York-based artist whose multi-disciplinary practice combines collage, video, music, computer programming, sculpture, and performance. Rashaad Newsome: ICON focuses on a selection of the artist’s performative videos that honor and celebrate…

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UW Health, UnityPoint Health, UnityPoint Health – Meriter Finalize Deeper Partnership

MADISON and SAUK CITY, Wis. – (July 10, 2017) – After a little more than a year of planning and negotiation, UW Health and UnityPoint Health – Meriter are establishing a new business relationship that closely links the state’s largest academic medical center with a highly respected community hospital. The…

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