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Concert: Erik Sootes, Guitarist

presented by the Artists, Singers, Songwriters of Russia in Madison (ASSR)


When: Friday, August 1, 8:00pm

Where: Tamarack Club, 110 S Westfield Rd, Madison, WI 53717

Tickets: $15


About the Performer: Erik Sootes is one man with exquisite natural gift and unique creative vision who knows how to navigate this flight. A virtuoso guitarist and composer, Erik Sootes succeeded in his artistic quest for ultimate synergy of different cultures and various styles in music. He writes and skillfully performs guitar music in an astonishing variety of genres: classical, flamenco, jazz, fusion, folk, rock, pop, hip-hop, and so on.


For more information, visit Erik's website.

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Film: Nostalghia

presented by the Cinematheque


When: Saturday, August 2, 7:00pm

Where: Marquee Theater, Union South


Soviet Union, Italy | 1983 | 35mm | 125 min. | Russian, Italian with English subtitles

Director: Andrei Tarkovsky

Cast: Oleg Yankovsky, Erland Josephson, Domiziana Giordano


About the Film: In one of Tarkovsky’s most enigmatic and beautifully-composed films, world-weary Russian poet Andrei Gorchakov (Yankovsky) travels to Italy with translator Eugenia (Giordano) to study the life of an 18th-century Russian composer. Haunted by memories of his family back home, Andrei becomes increasingly unmoored after an encounter with a local madman (Ingmar Bergman regular Josephson), who purportedly locked away his wife and children for seven years in fear of the forthcoming apocalypse. Tarkovsky evokes his protagonist’s psychic and spiritual malaise through a series of extraordinary long takes, crafting a visual symphony of flooding ruins, fog-shrouded vistas, and echoing corridors bathed in fading afternoon light. A new 35mm print, originally scheduled to play in January, will be shown.

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Panel Discussion: "What a liberal arts education means to you."


When: Tuesday, August 5, 4:00pm

Where: 2190 Grainger Hall

Sponsors: The Central Eurasian Studies Summer Institute (CESSI)


About the Panel: Sherzad Omarov, Meiirzhan Baitas, and Aiman Adelshiyeva are all advanced undergraduate students from Nazarbayev University, in Astana Kazakhstan, who have been studying at UW-Madison this summer. They will discuss their educational backgrounds and how their experiences at NU are unique, particularly in comparison to their pasts and the experiences of other university students in Kazakhstan. Professor Uli Schamiloglu, of Languages and Cultures of Asia, will moderate the discussion.

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2014 International Children's and Young Adult Literature Celebration Muslim Journeys


When: Saturday, August 16, 8:30am to 5:00pm

Where: Madison Concourse Hotel, Wisconsin Ballroom, 1 W Dayton St, Madison, WI

Sponsors: Wisconsin International Outreach Consortium


This one-day workshop is geared towards educators, librarians, students and children's literature enthusiasts, with an aim to internationalize classrooms and libraries statewide. This year the celebration will focus on Muslim Journeys by exploring new and diverse perspectives on the people, places, histories, beliefs, and cultures of Muslims around the world, through presentations on literature, media, history and social organizations. Two award winning authors will present on their literature while other presenters will offer insights and resources for inclusion in building teaching resources on the topic. In conclusion, we will have a book signing and reception.


Featured authors are:





Ali Alalou


Ali Alalou teaches French and applied linguistics at the University of Delaware. Born in the High Atlas Mountains in Morocco, Ali met Elizabeth Alalou while he was teaching at a public school in southern Morocco. They are now married and live with their four children near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.




Saideh Jamshidi


Saideh Jamshidi is an American-Iranian journalist, filmmaker and editor covering Iran, the Middle East news and views, and Muslim women issues for Al-Monitor. Saideh has worked in different national and international media outlets. She has traveled extensively and can speak four languages. Saideh is also the CEO, Executive Editor for Soltan Post LLC and is a contributor to Fashion Muslima: Unveiling Muslim Women Power and Beauty.




Rukhsana Khan


Rukhsana Khan is an award-winning author and storyteller. She was born in Lahore, Pakistan and immigrated to Canada at the age of three. She has twelve books published and other projects under contract. She has appeared on television and radio numerous times, has been featured at international conferences in Denmark, Mexico, India, Singapore, Italy, and South Africa, and has presented all across Canada and the U.S. She tells tales of India, Persia, the Middle East, as well as her own stories. She has four grown children (three girls and a boy) and nine grandchildren. She lives in Toronto with her husband and family. Rukhsana is a member of SCBWI, The Writers Union of Canada, and Storytelling Toronto. Visit her online




N.H. Senzai


N.H. Senzai is the author of award winning Shooting Kabul, chosen by the Asian Pacific Librarians Association as their Young Adult Literature winner and an NPR’s Backseat Book Club pick, and its companion novel Saving Kabul Corner. She spent her childhood in San Francisco, Jubail, Saudi Arabia and attended high school in London, England where she was voted "most likely to read a literary revolution" due to her ability to get away with reading comic books in class. Today Ms. Senzai lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and their son. Her upcoming novel is Partition Junction (Fall 2015). Visit her online



Click here to register!

Registration is $65 ($35 for students). Fee includes full-day workshop, choice of book, continental breakfast, poster, and lunch with invited authors. Deadline to register is Wednesday, August 6, 2014. For more information, contact Rachel Weiss at 608.262.9224 or

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Concert: DakhaBrakha

Ukrainian Folk-Punk Band


When: Thursday, August 28, 7:30pm

Where: Capitol Theater, Overture Center, Madison, WI


About the Band: DakhaBrakha calls their music “ethno-chaos,” which is a succinct way of describing how the band takes the traditional music of their native Ukraine and spices it up with their own avant-garde flair. As might be expected, the results are mesmerizing: Rhythms influenced by hip-hop, world music and jazz smolder, serving as the foundation for hypnotic harmonic drones, thrumming cellos and the exotic wails of instruments such as tabla and digeridoo. Fresh off their groundbreaking performance at Bonnaroo, DakhaBrakha comes at these reinventions with deep respect and reverence. The band’s trio of female vocalists went to Ukraine villages to learn songs and gain knowledge from elder women, while the troupe takes great care to preserve the vibrant tones and colors of this music—everything from lighthearted humor to lively dance floor fare and dirge-like moodpieces.The name means “give/take” in the old Ukrainian language and exemplifies the back and forth between roots and future. Presented in cooperation with Marquette Neighborhood Association.


Tickets: Regular tickets are available for $33 through the Overture Center. Discounted tickets are available through Bob Queen, the Events Coordinator at the Marquette Neighborhood Association for $20.

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