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Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2010

Center continues to cultivate Milwaukee’s literary, artistic scene

Every day we are influenced by the words around us. From what we read to what we hear, words shape the way we interact with our environment. For 30 years, Woodland Pattern Book Center has been promoting the practice of lifelong reading and writing. To honor this commitment to the community, a 30th anniversary celebration of Woodland Pattern Book Center takes place Nov. 19 at the Harley-Davidson Museum...
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Wednesday, Sept. 29, 2010
Local filmmaker Sean Kafer is having a good year. After traveling down the Mississippi River on a raft he made with friends last year to film his thesis, he’s been hard at work ever since—well, in the film world that is. His film Kids in Trees will be screening at the Milwaukee Show during...
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Wednesday, May 6, 2009
For most people, gender identity is not a question. We have the parts that fit. But what does it mean to have a penis or a vagina? Ashley Altadonna, a Milwaukee transsexual filmmaker, has been exploring gender identity through films like Whatever Suits You, which has screened at LGBT film festivals such as San...
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Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2009
It’s 6:30 p.m. on a bone-chilling Monday night. I arrive at the Hi Hat Garage to meet up with Keegan Trester, a custom bike builder. Trester began “tinkering” on motorcycles in 2002 after deciding that he needed an outlet for his creative energy. His first bike was a stock Honda Shadow VLX 600, which he later rebuilt...
A&E Feature
Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2009

Two’s target for love

Red accents and dim lighting cloak this bungalow-styled tavern from the street. Candles on each table light the room in a soft glow and the Beatles' "All You Need Is Love" plays softly on the jukebox. Behind the bar are blue-illuminated shelves stocked with top-shelf bottles and Delirium on tap. Since opening in November, Two (718 E. Burleigh St.) has become a love-soaked arrow of a bar. Nestled against the Art Bar in Riverwest, its intimate...
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Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2008

Milwaukee’s chess kings

Twenty-nine seconds had passed on the metallic timer at the edge of the chessboard. After the swift, melodic taps of fingers on the timer, the clank of the king hitting the board is the only sound that matters. "Checkmate! … So, basically that's how blitz chess works," says Said Hamideh from across the table, amid a cloud of cigarette smoke, swirls of brandy and licks from Led Zeppelin's second album. In this game, each move is set against the clock. Hamideh has been playing...

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