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Arts center apologizes for calling off discussion panel on ‘Miss Saigon’

A Wisconsin arts center apologized Thursday for canceling a discussion panel about “Miss Saigon” hours before it was to take place.“First and foremost, we apologize for postponing last night’s event,” Ed Holmes, senior vice president for equity and innovation at the Overture Center for the Arts in Madison, said in a statement.“That was a mistake.”Holmes said the center canceled the panel out of concern that it was “becoming more of a lecture than a dialogue.”

New York: Miss Saigon returns to Broadway with bright, young Star.The panel, called “Asian American Perspectives on ‘Miss Saigon’: Stereotypes, History and Community,” was called to discuss long-standing issues surrounding the musical. The center said it would reschedule the event.”Miss Saigon,” about a young Vietnamese woman orphaned during the Vietnam War who has a child with an American soldier, has been a source of limited work for Asian-American performers, often allowing them to work on other projects. But it also has been criticized for its white-savior narrative, its portrayal of Asian women as sexual objects and as needing to be “saved,” and the emasculation and dehumanization of Asian men.

“We had said that education was really important in contextualizing the play so when people go to see it they have a sense of this history and they understand why Asian Americans have organized to protest it in the past,” Lori Lopez, an associate professor of Asian-American studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison who helped organize the panel, said by phone.The panelists and moderator scheduled to participate in the panel included professors from Asian-American studies programs at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the University of Minnesota, a speaker from a local nonprofit, and an official from the Overture Center, where a touring version of “Miss Saigon” is scheduled to perform April 2 to 7.

“We’re scholars. We give talks all the time.This is the kind of conversation we’re really used to hosting,” Lopez said of the event cancellation. “We were upset because we had put so much work into it.”Several panel organizers decided to host a “teach-in” about the musical outside the center Wednesday night.After the “teach-in” was announced, the Overture Center offered the speakers the use of a space, which the speakers declined.Holmes said in the statement that the center has reinvited the panelists for an event scheduled to take place on April 24, after the show’s run in Madison.

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UW-Milwaukee officer shot person outside Fine Arts Building, no students or employees hurt

(WITI) – A UWM police officer shot an individual outside the Fine Arts Building Tuesday morning. No students or employees were hurt or involved.The individual, who is not connected to UWM, was taken to the hospital.No UWM students or employees were injured in the incident.Officials have scheduled a noon news conference to provide a statement on this incident.Schools officials say the campus is open, although the area around the Fine Arts Building has been blocked off by police.Operations are normal.
However, this is spring break, and no classes are in session.UWM Safe Alert: Subject is no longer at large.Please stay away from the Fire Arts Complex.March 19, 2019.Bill would force interlocks for first-time drunken driversGreen Alert: Missing veteran found safe Milwaukee archdiocese removes names of two priests Judge rejects DNR permit for new Kohler Company golf course UW-Milwaukee officer shot person outside Fine Arts Building, no students or employees hurt.

15 School Shout Out: Prairie View Elementary School AP source: Trout, Angels close to record $432 M, 12-year deal Mom says she was ‘kicked out’ of AL ER for breastfeeding infant Bill would force interlocks for first-time drunken drivers Green Alert: Missing veteran found safe Milwaukee archdiocese removes names of two priests Judge rejects DNR permit for new Kohler Company golf course UW-Milwaukee officer shot person outside Fine Arts Building, no students or employees hurtVideo: Warm temperatures and sunshine for Tuesday with chance of rain Wednesday.

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1.4 million Puerto Ricans face deep cuts in food aid without federal action

Nearly a million and half people in Puerto Rico face deep cuts in food assistance, or losing it completely, if the federal government doesn’t provide funding for the Nutrition Assistance Program, which is expected to run out of money on the island next month.According to an analysis from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, a nonpartisan research and policy institute, 1.3 million people would experience average benefit cuts of more than a third if Congress does not approve a block grant for the Nutrition Assistance Program, or NAP, which is the U.S. territory’s version of SNAP or food stamps.

About 100,00 people would lose their benefits altogether.Unlike SNAP benefits in the 50 states, Puerto Rico’s NAP is a block grant that cannot be adjusted once it is approved, even during times of disaster or increased need.Even though Congress provided $1.27 billion to the program in response to Hurricane Maria, that money is expected to run out in March.In November, Puerto Rico’s governor, Ricardo Rosselló, asked Congress for $600 million in disaster NAP funding to keep the program running for another six months.The House approved the governor’s request in January.

Related news Housing is key to Puerto Ricos recovery. Will 2019 see promised funding, solutions?Shortly after, the Trump administration publicly opposed the House’s attempt to fund the island’s nutrition assistance program, calling it “excessive and unnecessary.”If the NAP assistance is cut by a third, a poor family of four currently receiving the maximum benefit of $649 a month would instead get $410. Puerto Rico’s poverty rate is three times higher than the national average.

“Policymakers can avert this ‘March cliff’ by providing the needed funding in the disaster legislation they may consider this month in response to Hurricane Michael,” wrote Javier Balmaceda, the report’s author and a senior policy adviser at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.The Senate’s proposed supplemental disaster aid package, which has not been taken to the floor for consideration, does not allocate any money to Puerto Rico’s food aid program.Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla. has offered an amendment to the Senate package that would help provide the food aid requested by Rosselló.

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