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Winter Freeschool Kick-off Potluck this Saturday!

greetings freeskoolers!
it’s time to kick off the Madison Winter Free School season. It’s also Samhain (Halloween) time, the Witches’ new year, and a time to honor death and celebrate rebirth. Seems like a great time for a Free School Potluck!

Saturday, November 3rd
7pm: gathering, eating, 8 pm: talk about the free school, followed by more gathering and eating
at 1221 Spaight St.,(it’s a house with a rainbow flag on the porch railing, between baldwin and few sts. NOT wheelchair accessible, unfortunately)

I’ll make a big pot of veggie chili to start things off ūüôā

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Film Screening – Noise and Resistance – Tomorrow Night!

Thursday, August 25 · 7:00pm

Rainbow Bookstore Cooperative
426 W. Gilman

The Madison premiere of Noise and Resistance, a documentary about contemporary radical DIY culture abroad.
Event starts at 7:00 sharp. Suggested donation ($1-10).

Preceding the documentary, Monty Cantsin presents 16mm shorts from the 3TON Cinema archive, consisting of ‘orphan’ and ‘ephemeral’ films from the 1930s-1970s such as educational and industrial material, plus newsreels, rare cartoons, travelogues.

Julia Ostertag and Francesca Araiza Andrade’s NOISE AND RESISTANCE:

“There are other ways. Commerce, capital, and consumption are by no means irrevocable necessities in today’s world. In their angry and rousing documentary “Noise and Resistance,” Francesca Araiza Andrad…e and Julia Ostertag show that those who think so are not alone in this opinion. What some would describe as mere din and nuisance, they prove to be a vital articulation of resistance: here punk is neither a passing fad nor a dusted relic from the past but the lively expression of an attitude towards life.

“The directors enter the centres of a vivid and vibrant, a rebellious and self-conscious scene. Be it squatters in Barcelona, anti-fascists in Moscow, Dutch trade unionists, the activists of England’s Crass collective, queer trailer park inhabitants in Berlin, or Swedish girl punk bands, their music always expresses a collective self-assertion, a No! set to music whose slogan Do it yourself! has become a strident 21st century ‘International.’

“‘Noise and Resistance’ is an inspiring journey through Europe’s contemporary utopia, to subcultural places of desire where unity derives from autonomy along with the best punk sound you’ve heard for years.”

Watch the trailer at


Julia Ostertag is a writer, director, cinematographer, and editor. Her films include Under the Red Umbrella, Saila, Gender X, No American Dream, and Sex Junkie.

Francesca Araiza Andrade made her first experiences in the medium of film as a so-called guerilla film maker. She completed 3 years training in the specialised field “Camera” in Berlin; since then she is working as cinematographer and editor for numerous international productions, in fields such as short film, Music clip, Reportage and Documentary. Social struggles, alternative lifestyles, subculture and political activism have been driving factors for her as well as in the issues of her films. The last seven years she has been an active member of AK KRAAK, a leftwing video collective based in Berlin. There she produced several films critiquing society, capitalism and globalization standing apart from the focus of mass media. Noise and Resistance is her first feature length documentary as a director.

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Celebrate Summer!

When: Sunday July 17, 12-4pm

Where: Orton Park, 1100 Spaight St, in front of gazebo
Summer is the time for your passion to be in action! Come celebrate summer, cultivate healthy community, find what people in our community are passionate about and have some fun trying something new! This event is created by our community for our community with the intention of creating new connections, having fun and sharing our passions. This is a drug/alcohol free event, and a leave-no-trace-behind event.

12-1pm: Community Potluck (please bring a dish to pass, and your own utensils and dishes to use)
1-2pm: Hula Hooping
2-3pm: Yang Style Tai Chi Chuan with instructor Patty Penner
3-3:30pm: Yoga for All with Yoga instructor Lark Paulson (please bring a mat)

All afternoon: Ecstatic Dancing in the grass, Card readings, Community Art Project and whatever else you would like to bring and share with your community!

We are creating this event to cultivate healthy community and connections and to gather to share what we love to do for fun in the summer.


Contact  Becca with any questions at 608-231-2078

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Benefit Rummage/Vintage Sale for Webster St. Fire Victims

What: Rummage/Vintage Sale to benefit victims of the Webster Street fire

When: Saturday (7/9) & Sunday (7/10), 9am-7pm

Where: The Project Lodge, 817 E. Johnson St.

Email Philippa at if you have any questions.

The tenants of the Capitol Hill Apartments whose homes and belongings have been destroyed and the employees of the beloved businesses below, Underground Kitchen and Muse Independent Styling, need our help.

SATURDAY & SUNDAY, JULY 9th & 10th, The Project Lodge will host a Benefit Rummage/Vintage Sale with all proceeds aiding these members of our community in their journey to recuperate and recover. Both days, the shop will be open 9 am-7 pm for two full days of thrifting!

WHAT KIND OF GOODIES WILL BE ON SALE FOR A GREAT CAUSE??? (updated as we add to our donation stock!):

—local artwork, vintage clothing (men’s button-ups, ladies’ frocks, hats, sunglasses, jewelry, swimsuits, shoes), vintage housewares (dishes, vases, lamps, mid-century furniture), bike accessories and helmets, yoga-ware,…

AND a lovely spread of homemade delectable food and drink will be available at our donations-appreciated refreshment table all day, both days. ūüôā


Help out with the the sale:

Drop off items to sell during these times, at the Project Lodge:

  • Wednesday, July 6th, noon-6 pm
  • Thursday, July 7th, noon-6 pm
  • Friday, July 8th, noon-8 pm

If you are a business owner and would like to contribute goods, services, or gift certificates to a larger silent auction slated for later in the month, we will gladly take these, as well, during the Drop-Off Hours.

Donations not sold at this event will be stored for a future benefit for those affected by the fire or donated to the St. Vincent De Paul Society.

Donations for the refreshment table:

Non-perishable items (bottled beverages or supplies) can be dropped off during the week. Other perishable items will need to be dropped off and picked up the day(s) of. Sign up to bring things at a particular time here.

Help organize and run the sale

We could use helping hands from July 5th to July 11th to intake, tag, price, and arrange the goods, help the days of the event, dj, and clean up that Monday morning! Sign up online to volunteer here.


Donate Directly to Victims:

Donate items:

Donate money:

  • to displaced Capitol Hill Apartments residents: go to any UW Credit Union branch or mail a donation to

Friends of Capitol Hill Apartment Residents
924 Williamson St.
Madison, WI 53703

  • to Underground Kitchen here.

More info:


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Join the Circus!

“I’m thinking of putting together a circus show this summer (possibly early fall), with circus-type entertainment (juggling, acrobats, magic tricks, etc.).¬† There will probably be a family show as well as a more “grown-up” show with burlesque, contortionists, etc., and possibly some circus-art workshops earlier in the day.¬† I’m hoping that we can get some circusy music and food as well.¬† If anyone’s interested in performing in, helping organize, or contributing to the show in any way (or knows someone who might be) let me know!¬† The more people who are involved, the more awesome it will be.”

If you’re interested, email Betsy at betsyarant[at]gmail[dot]com.

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Herbal First Aid Class- tomorrow!

When: Wednesday, 6/15/11, 1-3pm

Where: Capitol Green

This Wednesday june 15th there will be an herbal first aid class at the first aid tent on the capital lawn from 1-3pm, followed by an herb walk on the bike path.  Come learn some simple and natural ways to help your friends and family in all types of first aid situations, from wounds to spider bites.  Donations will go to help fund the first aid tent.

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Beginning Beer Brewing

Where: 417 S. Dickinson St.

When: 6-9 p.m. Wednesday, June 8

I’m a beginner at brewing beer too, but as soon as I tasted that first bottle of my own home brew, my life changed forever. I have to share this!

We will take a look at the Home Brew process from start to finish, including necessary equipment, costs and price comparisons, and of course a taste test! I will have three batches at different stages so we can see the full process in just one afternoon.

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