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COLUMNS & FEATURES
Vol. 14    No. 15
JULY 29, 2019
Summer Happenings
226,978
I hope everyone is having a great summer. I can’t believe that
most of the summer is already gone and that in just a little over a
month, Madison public schools  will be opening up once again
along with the new Madison College South Goodman campus.
All of that is pretty exciting, but we also have a lot of exciting
things going on before we get to the fall.

There’s a lot of music in our futures starting with this Friday night
on the Rooftop of Monona Terrace when Dane Dances will kick
off its 20th season with Orquesta MAS, Madison All Stars and
VO5. Then on August 9th, it really will be a trip down memory
lane when the KTP Commodores Tribute Band, the Antoine Draine
Barry White Tribute Band and Heatwave take the stage. The
evening is going to take us back to the 1970s when the
Commodores, Barry White and Heatwave were part of a soul,
R&B music explosion. It was truly a golden age, in my humble
opinion. It was a time when The Brothers Johnson was singing ‘I’
ll Be Good to You’ and The Commodores were getting all of us on
the dance floor with Brickhouse.’

And Heatwave was a part of that too with The Groove Line and
Now and Forever. It should be a fantastic evening. It will
definitely take me back to my days on the campus of Alcorn State
University.

I hope people will turn out for Black Restaurant Week sponsored
by the Black Chamber of Commerce, the week of October 11-18.
There are 30 Black food companies participating including Kipp’s
Kitchen Catering, which is a regular fixture at Dane Dances
serving up food. Some of them are full-fledged, brick and mortar
restaurants, some are food carts scattered around the county
and others are food caterers and dessert makers. One of them,
Valice Peyton, has been serving up delicious pies for well over
30 years. I first became acquainted with them when I was the co-
chair of the King Coalition in the 1990s and Valice would always
bring over some of her sweet potato pies for the free community
dinner at the First United Congregational Church on Wisconsin
Avenue. Valice calls me from time to time to check on me and to
let me know what she has heard on the grapevine. I do
appreciate you Valice.

I am going to try at least two of the Black Restaurants during that
week. I’m going to check out The Anointed One on Junction Road
just because I had never heard of them before and the photos in
the windows looked good. --
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