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Wednesday, July 9, 2014
 Cyclops are nasty creatures. If Homer’s Odyssey is to be believed, the one-eyed monsters consume mostly sheep’s milk, but prefer to munch on humans. When caught, it takes the cunning of Odysseus—not to mention a red-hot sharpened stick to the eye—to escape their clutches. “Performing for Cyclops,” a group
Wednesday, July 2, 2014
 The Fourth of July means flag-waving, burger-grilling, firework-watching, beer-drinking and picnic-having. It also means that a group of eccentric patriots will race down the Sheboygan River in extravagantly customized crafts letting their proverbial freak flag fly in addition to Old Glory. Yes, the John Michael Kohler
Wednesday, June 25, 2014

‘Making Connections’ with the next generation

 For more than 25 years, Latino Arts, Inc. has been a beacon for Hispanic arts and culture in the greater Milwaukee area. While the non-profit organization has presented world-famous artists such as José Feliciano and Tito Puente, they also excel in arts education and youth development outreach programs that strive to
Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Annual art bash runs Friday through Sunday on Milwaukee’s lakefront

 According to the solstice, summer officially begins on June 21. According to the indecisiveness to which our thermometers have borne witness, one might argue that this beginning is only nominal. “To everything there is a season,” states the Book of Ecclesiastes and sings Pete Seeger, but
Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Artists Sonja Thomsen and Adam Carr honor the heritage

 A city is a living organism. It adapts to its environment (e.g. Milwaukee has just emerged from a long winter hibernation), it consumes in order to regenerate and grow (e.g. tax dollars to maintain and develop infrastructure) and it possesses different levels of organization (e.g. the topographical organization of
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Sunday, June 8, 2014
Certain pursuits are more conducive than others to the development of prodigies. The more that wisdom and judgment are required, the less likely that mastery precedes the age of consent. So - pace Doogie Howser - we don't find M.D.s without the ability to also rent a car. The history of art, however, is littered with precocity. Mozart's
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Sunday, June 1, 2014
Each week the three events discussed in the Art Preview column in the Shepherd's print edition are winnowed from a more comprehensive list of that week's happenings. This list occasionally consists of upwards of ten events. The decision concerning which events make the cut is more of an art than a science. For example, name-brand institutions are often preempted by out-of-the-way, mom an...
Friday, May 30, 2014

Art of the wilderness (and the edge of the world)

 At Tory Folliard Gallery, two new exhibitions hold court beginning May 30. Native daughter of Wisconsin, Yale Master of Fine Arts and assistant professor at Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design Breehan James presents “Way of the Wilderness,” a study of favorite locations in her family’s Wisconsin hunting camp
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Sunday, May 25, 2014
"Death and taxes," is the classic, glib attempt to enumerate life's certainties. A more sober and somber response differs only in omitting the latter conjunct. For some the inevitability of death is a source of crippling despair. Woody Allen, for example, has made a career of filtering this despair through his sense of humor. But this maneuver is nothing new; bluesmen have long sung of "laughing j...