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Album Reviews
Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2012

Arrival (Cellar Live)

This New York-based Milwaukee native has deeply investigated Miles Davis' incendiary Live at the Plugged Nickel. The pianist's music isn't that daring or abstract, but his solos surge to an outer edge while retaining an innate sense of theme and melody...
Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2012
In the world according to Fred Stonehouse, many creatures cry. Yet look closer; none of them seem overtly distressed. It is the mystery of Stonehouse. Enter the space of his ornately framed paintings and you are beguiled and disarmed, befuddled...
Album Reviews
Monday, Nov. 28, 2011

Alma Adentro: The Puerto Rican Songbook (Marsalis Music)

Having skyrocketed in critical consensus as the hottest young alto player in jazz, Miguel Zenón makes his most mature, personal statement to date. He explores 10 deeply modulated and infectious songs from great Puerto Rican songwriters...
Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2011

Famed author to appear at benefit for Woodland Pattern

Imagine Walter Mosley standing at the proverbial crossroads where Robert Johnson legendarily sold his soul to the devil for blues genius. But Mosley's crossroads also intersect with poor and middle-class black America. His talent, prolific versatility...
Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2011
It was 1876 and novelist-critic Louis Edmond Duranty detected early artistic flashes of the modern experience. He called it “the joining of a torch with a pencil.” Young artists dubbed “impressionists” strove to capture moments where “hands thrust into...
Off the Cuff
Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2011
“Let's do it!” the wildcat voice cries on the opening moments of the album Fancies of a Random Heart by Annie B. and the Vagabond Company. Annie B.'s unbridled exuberance marks a clarion new voice in Milwaukee rock. Cam DeWinter's incisive...
Album Reviews
Monday, Sept. 12, 2011

Maiden Voyage Suite

Herbie Hancock's cinematic music Maiden Voyage was the sound of the human imagination feeling the bite of a briny mist in the face over a vast, watery horizon...
A&E Feature
Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Community Improvement Projects fill vacant lots with art

The “essential thing,” pop artist Claes Oldenburg once said, was to “look for beauty where it is not supposed to be found.” Oldenburg's idea echoed the philosophy of Jane Jacobs in her influential 1961 book The Death and Life of Great American Cities. She celebrated urban art and critiqued how modernist planning policies were destroying...