Shalom and Happy Easter
Friday, April 3, Saturday, April 4, Sunday, April 5
Layla’s Persian Food is hosting two passover seders; chef Laila Borokhim says entrees will be lamb shanks, brisket or turkey, with an artichoke vegetarian option. And, in a fit of ecumenism, the restaurant is also hosting Easter brunch. 141 S. Butler St., 608-216-4511. Seders at 6 pm Friday and Saturday; Easter brunch 10 am-4 pm Sunday. Borokhim requests advance reservations through the restaurant’s Facebook page. $25/seder; $12/brunch.
Beer + poetry
Saturday, April 4
Poetry and Pints, a celebration of homebrew and Wisconsin poetry, with readers Brittany Cavallaro, Max Garland, Cynthia Marie Hoffman, Nancy Reddy and Guy Thorvaldsen, accompanied by Origin All-Wisconsin Pale Ale and Reverie Copper Lager. House of Brews, 4539 Helgesen Dr., 3 pm.
A piece of cake
Thursday, April 9
Sweet Revolutions takes its cues from old-fashioned carnivals with classic games and a mega cakewalk with 500 cakes to win. It’s all a benefit for Home Health United’s important Meals on Wheels program. Tickets include a cocktail, samples from 15 food stations, play at the carnival booths and cakewalks every 15 minutes with cakes from Market Street Diner & Bakery. 5:30-8:30 pm at the Overture Center, 608-276-7590. Tickets $50 at SweetRevolutionsMadison.com; 21+ only.
Gooseberry on the Square
1 S. Pinckney St. in the US Bank, 608-467-6552, Full breakfasts all day, lunch sandwiches and large salad bar.