Vol. 6    No. 16
AUGUST 11, 2011

The Capital City Hues
(608) 241-2000

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The Capital City Hues
PO Box 259712
Madison, WI 53725
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(608) 241-2000
Advertising: Claire G. Mendoza


Jonathan Gramling
Publisher & Editor

Clarita G. Mendoza
Sales Manager

Contributing Writers
Rita Adair, Ike Anyanike, Paul
Barrows, Alfonso Zepeda
Capistran, Theola Carter, Fabu,
Andrew Gramling, Lang Kenneth
Haynes, Eileen Cecille Hocker,
Heidi Pascual, Jessica Pharm,
Laura Salinger, Jessica Strong,
& Martinez White
Reflections/Jonathan Gramling   
                     Celebrations Galore
During the weekend of August 19-21, no one should feel the need to sit around and complain that
there is nothing to do in Madison. There is enough going on to make one’s head swirl. It all starts
out on August 19th with Madison’s unique dance and music venue, Dane Dances, on the Rooftop
of Monona
Terrace. The Associates, a Motown and R&B group followed by Altered Five, an R&B, jazz and funk
band, are featured. The rooftop will be swaying with thousands of folks dancing their hearts out
and enjoying the ethnic cuisine served up by local restaurants. Dane Dances is the premier
multicultural dance venue in the city and is always a lot of fun, especially if you are a people-
watching kind of person.

On Saturday morning, get the kids up early and head out to the Money Conference put on by Asset
Builders of America out at Madison College-Truax.The earlier children — and adults — learn how to
handle money and invest it, the sooner they will be able to retain some of their wealth and become
a more independent person in life. Come at 7:30 a.m. for a free breakfast. The sessions begin at 8:
30 a.m.

After the Money Conference, head out to the 100 Black Men’s Backpack for Success picnic at
Demetral Park. They will be giving out more than 2,000 backpacks filled with school supplies. 100
Black Men will also be giving out lunches for everyone. This Madison tradition is  great way to get
revved up for the coming school year and to make sure that your children have the supplies they
need to start the school year out right.

From the 100 Black Men picnic, head out to Warner Park for the 13th rendition of Africa Fest hosted
by the African Association of Madison. From 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., there will be performances by local
and regional groups. The African Folk Life Village will depict the comforts of African and Caribbean
homes. The Children’s Tent will keep the kids busy with face painting and arts and crafts. And
there will be ethnic foods and arts and crafts for sale.

One might also take a little time on Saturday afternoon to join the East Madison Community Center
on Straubel Ct. for its 45th anniversary celebration. There will be plenty of activities for the kids to
partake in while the Weapons of Mass Dysfunction perform.

Saturday night is on your own and I am sure there are a whole lot of things going on.

On Sunday, August 21, the Bayview Ethnic Fest will be held in the old Greenbush neighborhood,
the triangle formed by Regent St., Park St. and W. Washington Ave. From 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., a full
array of international performances will entertain while children’s activities will keep the kids
busy. A number
of food vendors will be on hand to fill your culinary cravings.

A special attraction this year will be The Hues Cultural Banners. These six feet high by 12 feet long
banners depict diversity and history in the African, African American, American Indian, Asian
American and Latino communities. These beautiful banners — the Asian American banner is
below — were created by graphic artist Toni Garcia-Breitweiser in collaboration with committees
composed of representatives from each of those communities of color. They were a big hit at The
Hues Alive at Five celebration last June and are a wonder to see. And by the way, the African and
African American banners will be exhibited at Africa Fest. Come out and see these banners. Did I
say they were beautiful?

Get off of the couch or out of the lawn chair this weekend. There is a lot going on filled with
cultural and educatio0nal activities. And what is best of all is that these events have been put
together with the whole family in mind. See you this weekend!