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Cover Story
Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2008

Milwaukee's Boutique Hotels

In recent years Downtown and Park East have received a rash of proposals for boutique hotels. Despite this zeal from the business community, you’d be forgiven for asking what exactly a boutique hotel is. It’s a term coined in the ’80s to distinguish chain hotels from more intimately sized luxury establishments, often...
A&E Feature
Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2008

Milwaukee’s Boutique Hotels

In recent years Downtown and Park East have received a rash of proposals for boutique hotels. Despite this zeal from the business community, you'd be forgiven for asking what exactly a boutique hotel is. It's a term coined in the '80s to distinguish chain hotels from more intimately sized luxury establishments, often individually operated and sometimes designed around a specific theme. Even with their luxury status, hotels like the InterContinental and the Pfister don't bear the "boutique" tag (perhaps in the latter case because it predates the coinage of the term). As it stands, Milwaukee currently...
Books
Monday, Dec. 8, 2008

Book Preview

Poets are eminently resourceful. It seems they'll find inspiration anywhere: a well-shaped vase, a fertile patch of earth, even the unglamorous interior of a bus. It was while working as an office temp that Milwaukee poet and UW-Milwaukee graduate Keith Gaustad was provided with reams and reams of removable sticky paper, and it was while riding a bus that he finally figured out what to do with it. Inspired by the snatches of verse pasted to the luggage compartment, he decided to use his newfound stash to create a magazine made of poetry and prose that you could peel apart and apply anywhere...
Books
Monday, Dec. 1, 2008

Book Preview

In his 1936 essay on the work of Russian author Nikolai Leskov, Walter Benjamin spoke of the gradual demise of the storytelling tradition. According to Benjamin, somewhere between the widespread circulation of the novel and the rise of modern warfare, man's "ability to exchange experience" had greatly eroded. Benjamin showed uncanny foresight for the circumstances facing us today, where the unaccountable hurry we find ourselves in precludes the luxury of sitting down and listening to a good yarn. However, an event in early December organized by Peter Woods offers an opportunity to do just that. The founder of FTAM, a DIY experimental arts organization...
Cover Story
Friday, Nov. 28, 2008

Milwaukee icons illuminated

They frequently pop up on Internet searches and peak at you above billboards and byways, but when’s the last time you actually visited the Domes? The day of your high-school prom? Last Christmas? Never? Too long have these structures lain dormant, waiting to be redelivered to their...
Off the Cuff
Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2008
The measure of beauty may vary over time, but our zealous search for physical perfection remains decidedly intact—aided by modern techniques that can zap our unwanted features into obscurity. A new anthology of short stories for young adults edited by Mount Mary College professor Ann...
Art
Monday, Nov. 10, 2008

Art Review

The advent of new technology and the pace of modern life have affected how we encounter objects of historical or aesthetic interest-not to mention the amount of time and consideration we're willing to devote to them. Many museums and galleries are revamping their collections to meet the changing demands of today's museumgoers, though not in the manner one might expect. Thankfully we're witnessing more than a blind embrace of digital paraphernalia, but rather a paradigm shift in how museums are restructuring their collections-often looking to the past for inspiration. Museums like London's Victoria and Albert...
Off the Cuff
Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2008
Last year South Milwaukee resident Janet Halfmann published Little Skink’s Tail, an engaging story about a young lizard who loses her tail and tries a host of other animal tails on for size. The book won her Learning Magazine’s 2009 Teachers’ Choice Award as well as the Best Children’s Book and the Best Overall Book...
Theater
Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2008

Theater Review

Perhaps no one is better qualified to point out the shortcomings of language than a writer. Sarah Ruhl's play Eurydice, which runs through Nov. 23 at the Milwaukee Rep's Quadracci Powerhouse Theater, illuminates the failure of language to express the joy and pain of life or the profundity of familial ties. As she reminisces about her husband, the title character recalls his observation, "Words can mean anything. Show me your body… It only means one thing." The play, a modern retelling of Orpheus' descent into the Underworld told largely from the point of view of his dead wife, comprises an...
Books
Monday, Nov. 3, 2008

Book Preview

What do you get when you cross a cook, a comedian and a children's book illustrator? The answer is the eighth annual Jewish Book and Culture Fair, which runs Nov. 6 through Nov. 20 at the Jewish Community Center (JCC) and features all of the above and much more. For two weeks the JCC will host artistic and literary events aimed at all ages and backgrounds, including a demonstration on Nov. 13...

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