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Cow by Coffee

Cow by Coffee is an interactive outdoor experience: silly and intellectual, sloppy and scientific. It asks why "nature" is seen as feminine, while "the outdoors" is supposedly for "rugged" masculinity. Includes freshly-brewed fair-trade coffee, though quality is not guaranteed (tube socks are involved). One-on-one, but participants may bring up to 3 guest on-lookers. Welcome especially if your experience of being outside has been constrained by who you are.


Michael Peterson

Michael is a Professor of Art and Interdisciplinary Theatre Studies and co-founder of Spatula&Barcode.

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Sundays at 12 & 12:30:

July 11, 18, 25
August 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
September 5, 19


Close to downtown, near Monona and the bike path.

Michael will email/text the specific location to participants.


Each performance is for one participant; they are welcome to bring up to 3 onlookers (they also get coffee!)

The experience is outside by a breezy lakeshore; no masks are required unless participants desire. Event will take place rain or shine except for dangerous thunderstorms.

After signing up, please contact Michael with any accommodation requests, questions, or concerns. The location requires crossing a grassy field from the nearest parking; I can relocate for participants with particular mobility or access needs.

I may encourage donations after the event to organizations advocating equity in access to the outdoors.

Performance takes place rain or shine except for dangerous thunderstorms.


Additional details

discussion-based, outside, storytelling, one-on-one, refreshments, highly interactive, dog-friendly

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