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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...
Album Reviews
Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Tell My Sister (Nonesuch)

Canadian sisters Kate and Anna McGarrigle's 1975 debut album, a wondrous folk-blues-jazz mélange containing soul-etched lyrics, starts the three-CD treasure trove Tell My Sister. Luminous and eccentric vocal harmonies suggest unique yet entwined individuals. Kate, who died of cancer in 2010, radiated warm...
Album Reviews
Monday, March 28, 2011

Live at the Café Carpe (Signature Sounds)

Redbird is a rare creature: a very part-time "souper" group cooked up on a common tour but gelled as a delicious goulash at Café Carpe, the beloved restaurant-music venue in Fort Atkinson that helped birth the careers of all three of the group's singer-songwriters. Peter Mulvey's voice is like a loofah bar on your neck...

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