Wednesday, April 15, 2009

This week's announcements

Tonight at Mickey’s Tavern there is a free show featuring our favorite local band, the screaming Cyn Cyn and the Pons. The show is opened by traveling band all the way from Olympia, Romanteek who played with the Cyn Cyns at this year’s Gay – Bi – Gay – Gay, Austin’s counter party to the South-by-Southwest Festival. The show starts at 10:00 and you are all personally invited.

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Friday is the Day of Silence, organized by Gay-Straight Alliance organizations around the country – where LGBTQA participants take vow of silence to bring attention to the name-calling, bullying and harassment of the queer community. Madison has its share of events including the “Breaking the Silence Rally” at the University of Wisconsin at 3:30 Library Mall, and events at West High School and many other middle schools, high schools, colleges and universities. For more information go to gsaforsafeschools.org

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Later that evening a Room of One’s Own bookstore is hosting April’s Queer Open Mic Night. All queers and allies are welcome at Madison's own queer open mic. Bring your diatribes, your poems, the Facebook email you keep obsessively rewriting to the hottie you like, your skits -- if it's queer-focused, you can present it and queers will love it.

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This Saturday is the third Saturday dance at club 5 for the Dairyland cowboys and cowgirls, at 4:00 pm – basic review of some of the line dances taught over the past few weeks, then at 6:00 p.m. will be open dancing. There is a suggested donation, which includes pizza and lessons. All this takes place at Club 5, 5 Applegate Ct., Madison.

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After some line dancing you can put on your socks and come to WORT’s Thirty-Three-and-a-Third Birthday Party and Sock Hop featuring WORT’s very own Rockin’ John McDonald. The evening will also host live music from the Del Moroccos and Jimmy Sutton and his rock n’ roll guitar, and a record platter art auction, featuring works by many local artists. That’s this Saturday at the crystal corner bar, 1302 Williamson St.

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The Sun Prairie Rage women’s hockey team hosts its annual tournament this weekend April 18 and 19, 2009 at Sun Prairie Ice Arena, 655 Athletic Way, Sun Prairie. Some of the proceeds from the tournament defray ice costs for the rage hockey players. This year’s tournament also supports the Second Harvest Foodbank of Southern Wisconsin with a food/fund drive held throughout the weekend. The Rage will accept monetary and canned food donations. There’s also hockey gear for players, and raffle prizes.

The Sun Prairie Rage is made up of women hockey players from Sun Prairie and the greater Madison area. There is a green level for those who are new to the game, and a blue team for more experienced players. For more information, web search “Rage Hockey Wisconsin.”

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On Sunday, it’s the 1st Annual Shamrock/Woof's 0.8 Kilometer Walk, a fundraiser for the 2009 ASANA Softball World Series. Yes, that’s right – an eight-tenths of a kilometer walk from the Shamrock to Woofs and back. There will be prizes awarded to the individuals and teams that raise the most money for the Softball World Series in Madison later this month. Registration forms to collect pledges can be picked up at either Shamrock Bar or Woof's – or you can just show up and pay the minimum entry fee.

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Next Tuesday, April 21, UW-Madison will host a groundbreaking panel exploring the origins of the biological argument for LGBTQ civil rights, and offering alternative arguments for equality beyond simply being “born gay.” These non-biological arguments were used in the recent successful marriage equality cases in Vermont and Iowa. The panel, “Big Ideas Conversation Series: New Arguments for Liberation” is part of a multi-campus “queer tour” co-sponsored by Campus Progress and the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, which seek to raise awareness of the complexity of LGBTQ social justice. The panel will feature Dr. Jaime Grant, director of the Policy Institute at the Task Force, and Kenyon Farrow, a Policy Institute fellow. The panel is free and open to the public, and light refreshments will be served. The panel is from 7-8 p.m. in 1280 Grainger Hall on the University of Wisconsin Campus.

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You can find these and many other announcements with links to the events on our Facebook page (Queery at WORT-FM), and also on our blog - queery-wort.blogspot.com. And that’s all for tonight’s announcements.

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