Treat yourself to a lovely evening of international delights with delicious East African food followed by calming, Zen-like Asian music.
We will meet at Buraka Restaurant on 543 State Street for dinner and then walk to Mills Hall in the UW Humanities Building for a FREE performance by the UW Javanese Gamelan Ensemble.
Buraka Restaurant features East African stews with dorowat (chicken and carrots in a berbere-based red sauce), an always-pleasing chicken peanut stew, Kenyan coconut-chicken curry, minchet abish (beef and lentil), and vegetarian versions of the peanut stew and veggie curry, served over rice or on injera (a flat, pancake-like sourdough bread).
This spring's annual concert of Javanese music and dance by the UW-Madison Javanese gamelan ensemble will feature a dance duet, as well as a range of musical pieces. The dance will be performed by Prof. Peggy Choy (UW-Madison Dance Department) and visiting artist Valerie Mau Vetter (Grinnell College). Gamelan music will feature three guest musicians, Lisa Gold and Ben Brinner (UC-Berkeley) and Roger Vetter (Grinnell College), joining with Mary Jo Wilson (UW-Madison Center for Southeast Asian Studies) and the UW-Madison Javanese gamelan ensemble. In addition to the dance, the audience will be treated to a varied offering of Javanese gamelan music, ranging from stately court pieces to lively and lighter pieces, including several items from the theater music repertory.
If you only have time or interest in attending one of these marvelous events, you are more than welcome to come to just the dinner at 6:00 PM or the concert which starts at 8:00 PM. Either way, I hope to see you there!