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5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche

Stage Q is proud to present 5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche written by Evan Linder and Andrew Hobgood at the Bartell Theatre, 113 E. Mifflin Street in downtown Madison, from March 28th to April 12th, 2014.  Directed by Jan Levine Thal, 5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche is a comedy with a twist and a “frolicsome little play that ventures into heady excesses of absurdism” (NY Times).


A dark comedy set in 1956 amid the threat of nuclear war, this play harpoons many of the mid-century myths and assumptions that pushed lesbians into the closet or into the kitchen to bake quiche.


Performances run from March 28 thru April 12 and tickets are available at www.stageq.com and are $15 for Thursday, $20 Friday and Saturday and $10 for Sunday.


Zoo welcomes 16-month-old lion Pelo

Zoo welcomes 16-month-old lion Pelo

Madison's Henry Vilas Zoo welcomed a new lion to its pride at an event Thursday morning. 

Dane County Executive Joe Parisi's office said Pelo (pronounced PEA-low) is a 16-month-old male African lion who joins the zoo from Seattle. 

The zoo's other lion, female Shakura, will exhibit with Pelo as a pair after they get to know each other and the weather warms, according to the zoo. Pelo arrived at the zoo months ago but was announced Thursday to the media during an event at the zoo, 702 S. Randall Ave.

“We really look forward to a number of years with Pelo and Shakura, and look forward to the day when they can get together and start producing their own cubs to continue to help our species preservation,” Parisi said.

Madison College presents ‘You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown’

Madison College presents ‘You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown’

Madison College Performing Arts will be performing the award-winning 1999 revival of “You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown” the next two weekends.

The musical follows an average day in the average life of a lovable, yet hapless blockhead, Charlie Brown, according to a release. Besides Charlie Brown, the Peanuts gang includes Lucy, Linus, Sally, Schroeder and Snoopy.

Performances will be held at the Mitby Theater at 1701 Wright Street. Performances are scheduled for 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. on March 8 and March 15, and for 2 p.m. on March 9 and March 16. General seating tickets are $8.

There will also be a picnic where attendees can meet the cast before the March 18 matinee, according to the release. Tickets for the 1 p.m. picnic can be purchased for $6 online along with the performance tickets.

Mother, son party offers tropical-themed activities

Mother, son party offers tropical-themed activities

Madison Parks will be hosting a Mother-Son Beach Party featuring dancing, games and a tropical beach theme, according to a release.

The beach party will offer activities and events for moms or adult loved ones and their sons to get out of the cold and experience the tropics, organizers said. Warner Park Community Recreation Center will be transformed into a tropical beach where event attendees can dance, play games and spend quality time together.

Mom and son couples will also be able to commemorate the night by getting their picture taken, according to the release. The party will feature a live DJ, and will offer cake and punch.

Dobra's closure points to changes in Madison's tea, State St. business culture

Dobra's closure points to changes in Madison's tea, State St. business culture

On Dobra Tea’s last day in business, owner Adam Ernst invited the community to come visit the State Street shop to drink tea and shatter teapots from around the world.

The gesture offered him an opportunity to share some of the philosophies surrounding tea culture and to gain a sense of closure as the tea shop closed its doors Feb. 9 after five years in downtown Madison.

“Tea in general encourages us to embrace the imperfection in life, the impermanence in life, and thus smashing teaware is a kind of symbol to communicate to people,” Ernst said. “We need that sort of catalytic breaking, smashing and severing of all contacts in order to see and reunite them. Simply as a symbol of impermanence it seemed very effective.”

As a teenager, Ernst, a Madison native, discovered a passion for tea far from Wisconsin during a visit to the East Coast.

Love of antique Valentines fuels card collector

Love of antique Valentines fuels card collector

Mid-February is an especially lovable time of year at one north side Madison home.

It's the time of year Sandy Hogar unboxes her extensive collection of antique Valentine's Day cards and displays the intricate, yet mostly pristine paper Valentines in her house. 

Hogar, who's been collecting the cards for more than 30 years, said many of the Valentines cards feature modes of transportation like trains, cars and boats. There are also plenty of animals, including many dogs. 

Some of the cards date back to the 1880s. A 103-year-old Valentine in Hogar's collection, which features a boy and girl cherub on a blue carriage with lots of flowers, is in perfect condition. 

"To think that they've survived all these years, that's what's so neat about them," Hogar said. 

'Frankenfood' event participants could win spot on TV show

'Frankenfood' event participants could win spot on TV show

Madison-area folks are invited to take part in a funky food event next Friday with the chance to be part of a cooking reality TV show. 

Madison Area Technical College's Truax campus on Wright Street will host the "Frankenfood" event from noon to 4 p.m. in the gourmet dining room. Frankenfood is a new buzzword for a dish made up of many contrasting parts that would not normally be paired together but stitched together as one, makes sense and tastes good (or at least tastes good to you).