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February 2020

Tandem Press Friday Jazz Series

February 28, 2020 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm CST
Tandem Press, 1743 Commercial Avenue
Madison, WI 53704 United States
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Performances by Blue Note Ensemble (directed by Chris Rottmayer) and the Contemporary Jazz Ensemble (directed by Johannes Wallmann). Spring 2020 interdisciplinary artists-in-residence Ben Barson (saxophonist) and Gizelxanath Rodriguez (vocalist), as well as Nejma Nefertiti and all of the Afro Yaqui Music Collective, will join this session as guests.

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March 2020

Just Bust!

March 6, 2020 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm CST
August, 414 State Street
Madison, WI 53703 United States
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Guest artist Nejma Nefertiti will participate in this free monthly open mic session.

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Just Bust! Workshop

March 7, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm CST
249 Lathrop Hall, 1050 University Avenue
Madison, WI 53706 United States
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Just Bust! is Madison’s longest running all-ages open mic.

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April 2020

CANCELED: Behind the Beat Jazz Series

April 10, 2020 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm CDT
Der Rathskeller, Memorial Union, 800 Langdon Street
Madison, WI 53706 United States
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Behind the Beat is a weekly jazz and Americana series featuring local musicians. Please note: this event has been canceled.

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CANCELED: Five Decades of Fighting for Freedom: A Conversation with Charlotte Hill O’Neal aka Mama C

April 14, 2020
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Join Charlotte Hill O’Neal aka Mama C as she discusses her legacy as an activist over five decades of struggle. Please note: this event has been canceled.

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CANCELED: Contested Homes: Migrant Liberation Movement Suite

April 15, 2020 @ 7:30 pm CDT
Mead Witter Foundation Concert Hall, 740 University Avenue
Madison, WI 53706 United States
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The final event of interdisciplinary artists-in-residence Ben Barson and Gizelxanath Rodriguez’s spring 2020 residency features a new performance module of the jazz opera Mirror Butterfly, created together with students from their Artivism: Intercultural Solidarity & Decolonizing Performance course. Please note: this event has been canceled.

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POSTPONED: Resistance and Reimagination: Gender, Change, and the Arts

April 17, 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 3:15 pm CDT
Pyle Center, 702 Langdon Street
Madison, United States
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Join us for a roundtable discussion from the performers of “Mirror Butterfly: The Migration Liberation Movement Suite” as they discuss their work within the context of a lifetime in activism and art around liberation via organizations where women's leadership is paramount. Please note: this event has been postponed.

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CANCELED: The 14th Annual Nelson Institute Earth Day Conference

April 20, 2020 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm CDT
Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center, 1 John Nolen Drive
Madison, WI 53703 United States
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In-person event canceled; online forum details are forthcoming.

Join artist-activists and UW–Madison spring 2020 interdisciplinary artists-in-residence Ben Barson and Gizelxanath Rodriguez along with others for a discussion of "Ecological Justice through Art" during this 60 minute breakout session.

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POSTPONED: Musical Performance & Film Screening

April 27, 2020 @ 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm CDT
Pyle Center, 702 Langdon Street
Madison, United States
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Part of the Conference on Migration: Latin America and the U.S. Please note: this event has been postponed.

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June 2020

Contested Homes: Migrant Liberation Movement Suite

June 30, 2020 @ 7:30 pm CDT
Free

The final event of Interdisciplinary Artists-in-Residence Ben Barson and Gizelxanath Rodriguez’s spring 2020 residency will be virtual—the online premiere of a new multimedia work that combines jazz, hip hop, spoken word, dance, and visual art, created together with students from their Artivism: Intercultural Solidarity & Decolonizing Performance course.

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