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Events Calendar

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Saturday, May 21, 2022

Time Items
All day
9:00am to 4:45pm
Madison Traditional Gaming

Madison Traditional Gaming

Community Room
Saturday, May 21, 9:00am to 4:45pm

For people interested in a wide variety of roleplaying games, including traditional roleplaying games such as Original D&D, 1st Edition AD&D, Classic Traveller, Pendragon, and Call of Cthulhu, as well as retro-clones like Old School Essentials, Labyrinth Lord, Swords & Wizardry, and others.

We also play more contemporary RPGs such as Savage Worlds and GURPS, as well as games like Beyond the Wall, Torchbearer, Powered By The Apocalypse and FATE.

If you played any of these games in the past, or are COMPLETELY NEW to them, we're happy to have you come and play. 

Meets every third Saturday at Hawthorne Library.

Community Room
1:30pm to 3:00pm
Goodman South Madison Book Club - discussion series
Meeting Room 115
2:00pm to 3:00pm
Speaking with Music

Speaking with Music

Community Room Combined
Saturday, May 21, 2:00pm to 3:00pm

Join Neng Now - a HMong musical linguistics scholar - to learn about the one-of-a-kind musical ability of the Hmong language.  

HMong music is the last surviving musical language in the world—it is able to mimic HMong
speech by using musical intervals, ornamentation, and chords to mimic linguistic tones,
consonants, and vowels—allowing musicians to literally speak with music.

However, there have not been many opportunities for this unique trait of HMong music to
shine. HMong American refugees first arrived to the United States in 1975, after having
supported American CIA forces in Laos during the Vietnam War. Unfortunately, Wisconsin
curriculum does not teach this part of American history, underrepresenting the more than
50,000 HMong Americans who currently call Wisconsin Home.

Speaking with Music spotlights the diversity within Wisconsin, the beauty of other cultures, and gives the HMong
American community an opportunity to realize that we are indeed special, and our culture is
worthy of being shared, taught, and preserved.

Community Room Combined