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#BlackLivesMatter Beloit Art Exhibition calling for community submissions

According to a Wright Museum of Art press release, the #BlackLivesmatterBeloit is asking Beloit community members to submit artwork for their exhibition at the museum.

The project wants to know what the assertion that black lives matter means to individuals, and how the movement and the events that inspired it changed their views of race in society.

Filmmakers and movies take over Beloit for international film festival

The Beloit International Film Festival will transform restaurants and cafes into movie houses starting Friday.

For 10 days, close to 200 films will be screened and more than 200 filmmakers from as far as Europe and Asia will be in Beloit.

Co-founder and executive director Rod Beaudoin describes the atmosphere as "vibrant and diverse."

"Through the years we've gotten to be friends with some of the larger film festivals around the world, and those that are extremely hard to get films into they recommend people sending films to us," Beaudoin said.

"Bus Ride" is a three-minute film by Stephen and Cameron Pickering of Janesville. The drama centers on immigration, politics aside.

"Shot it over two days and edited over two days and it turned out to be our neat little piece with no dialogue," said Stephen Pickering.

YA author to discuss sci-fi book next week

YA author to discuss sci-fi book next week

A local author will discuss his new novel Tuesday at the library. 

Hedberg Public Library said Chris Ramos, a sci-fi fan and author of the young adult novel "Time to Expire" will discuss character creation and the science in his book about nanotechnology and rebellion.

The event begins at 6:30 p.m. in the library's program room. Organizers said a book sale and signing will follow.

The event is targeted toward teens and adults, and it's not necessary to register, according to the library website.

The library is at 316 S. Main St. in Janesville. Visit hedbergpubliclibrary.org for more information.

'Night to Shine' gives teens with special needs the royal treatment

'Night to Shine' gives teens with special needs the royal treatment

When it comes to prom, there's no such thing as too much sparkle for Clinton High School students Olivia Parry and Brandy Smith.

The two went shopping for prom dresses at Veils and Tails in Clinton to attend Night to Shine, a prom specifically for teenagers with special needs.

"I'm excited to go on the red carpet, get dressed up, get my hair and makeup done and just have fun," said Olivia.

Brandy said she was excited for the limo ride and red carpet.

Earlier this year, Central Christian Church in Beloit learned it would receive a grant from the Tim Tebow Foundation to make the night happen. It was one of 46 churches chosen to participate. Another Wisconsin church, Brooklife Church in Mukwonago, will hold Night to Shine as well, according to the foundation's website.

Brodhead's Fire and Ice Festival returns Dec. 5-6

Brodhead's Fire and Ice Festival returns Dec. 5-6

The Brodhead Chamber of Commerce will be holding its annual Fire and Ice Festival Dec. 5-6.

There will be many activities held throughout the two-day event, including photos with Santa, ice sculpting, arts and crafts vendors and carriage rides.

A list of events and their times can be found here.


Historical society to show entire films from civil rights lecture

The Rock County Historical Society will be showing films in their entirety from the civil rights lecture series Created Equal, according to a release.

"The Created Equal lecture series is a great opportunity to discuss important topics regarding civil rights in America," RCHS Executive Director Mike Reuter said in the release. "The Freedom Film series gives the public an opportunity to enjoy the entire narrative of each film."

The films will be shown in the lower gallery of the Helen Jeffris Wood Museum Center at 426 N. Jackson St. in Janesville. One film will be shown every Friday in March starting at 6:30 p.m. The showings are free to the public.

Freedom Film schedule:

  • The Abolitionists – March 7
  • Slavery by Another Name – March 14
  • The Loving Story – March 21
  • Freedom Riders – March 28

Festival features holiday events, activities

Festival features holiday events, activities

Brodhead's Fire and Ice Festival this weekend features many activities, including a tree lighting, photos with Santa, ice sculpting and food vendors.

During the month of December, there will be a Christmas-themed display at the Consigny Law Office sponsored by the Brodhead Historical Society, according to a release.

The festival starts Friday in downtown Broadhead at 2:30 p.m. with the lighting of the Christmas tree on the square, organizers said. Stores downtown will be open until 7 p.m. offering Christmas specials.

Photos with Santa will be at the Java House from 3 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Photos are free and sponsored by the Sugar River Bank-Brodhead.

Ice sculpting by Zoli Akacsos, an ice and wood carver from Monroe, will be on the north side of the square from 3-7 p.m.