Today in 1854: poet and dramatist Oscar Wilde is born in Ireland. Author of such landmark works as “The Ballad of Reading Gaol”, “The Importance of Being Earnest” and “The Portrait of Dorian Gray”, Wilde will develop a passion for Lord Alfred Douglas.
Legal battles surrounding charges of his homosexuality will destroy his career, send him to jail and break his spirit. In a Paris hotel, shortly before his death at age fourty-four, Wilde will utter these last words: “This wallpaper is killing me; one of us has got to go.”
It’s today’s Action Calendar!
Tonight is the Progressives and Radicals “Meet and Eat.” This is at 5pm at the Orient House Restaurant, 626 South Park Street. More info at 249-0879.
Tonight, Reach Out Wisconsin will explore immigration issues with two speakers who are immigrants themselves, discussing immigrant reform, the Dream Act, and what immigration means for Wisconsin. This will be at 6pm at Mariner’s Inn, 5339 Lighthouse Drive. Call 608-467-0414 for more info.
Know your rights when it comes to documenting the news, people, and events in our communities! American Civil Liberties Union of Wisconsin Foundation, partnered with the Wisconsin Freedom of Information Council and the UW Chapter of the National Lawyers Guild will present a photographers’ rights workshop tonight from 6:30 to 8p.m. at the UW Law School, 975 Bascom Mall, Room 3226. This is free and open to any interested parties. For more info, call 608-316-1547,or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tonight, Oregon’s Green Tuesdays program hosts guest speaker Madeleine Para, Midwest Coordinator for Citizens Climate Lobby. Para will be talking about climate change, and CCL’s efforts to get their national carbon fee and dividend legislation passed at the national level. This is tonight at 6:30pm at Oregon Village Hall, 117 Spring Street in Oregon. This is free and open to the public. More info at tnsmonona.org.