Shepherd Express - Off the Cuff http://shepherdexpress.com/articles.sec-11-1-off-the-cuff.html Sat, 01 Aug 2015 00:00:00 CDT en hourly 1 Dancing in ‘Real Time’ - Off The Cuff with Andrea and Daniel Burkholder http://shepherdexpress.com/article-26186-dancing-in-%25E2%2580%2598real-time%25E2%2580%2599-off-the-cuff-with-andrea-and-daniel-burkholder.html Andrea Chastant Burkholder is an aerial dancer. Her husband Daniel’s specialty is dance improvisation. The couple arrived in Milwaukee last August from Maryland as new members of the UW-Milwaukee dance]]> Greece Says "No!" to Austerity - A Milwaukeean Witnesses History in Athens http://shepherdexpress.com/article-26165-greece-says-no_-to-austerity-a-milwaukeean-witnesses-history-in-athens.html    ]]> Off the Cuff with Poet Kavon Jones aka Kj Prodigy http://shepherdexpress.com/article-26159-off-the-cuff-with-poet-kavon-jones-aka-kj-prodigy.html Captivating and energetic, Kavon Jones (better known by his stage name, Kj Prodigy) is a poet, teacher and host of the popular Tuesday Open Mic night at Miramar Theater. He also organizes events like “The ]]> A Celebration of Community - Off the Cuff with Juan Carlos Ruiz http://shepherdexpress.com/article-26114-a-celebration-of-community-off-the-cuff-with-juan-carlos-ruiz.html Juan Carlos Ruiz has been a community organizer since 1991 and is currently using celebration as a means to create change. He is the president of the Milwaukee Latino Carnaval, an annual festival and parade that ]]> Milwaukee Composer Featured in New York Musical Theatre Festival - Off the Cuff with Karl Hinze http://shepherdexpress.com/article-26091-milwaukee-composer-featured-in-new-york-musical-theatre-festival-off-the-cuff-with-karl-hinze.html At age 27, Milwaukee native Karl Hinze is already an established composer, music director, vocal coach, arranger and accompanist, holding a Masters from Stony Brook University and currently pursuing a PhD there in Music Composition.]]> Opening Closed Doors - Off the Cuff with salon owner Kayleigh Rucktenwald http://shepherdexpress.com/article-26081-opening-closed-doors-off-the-cuff-with-salon-owner-kayleigh-rucktenwald.html Kayleigh Rucktenwald became profoundly deaf at 19 months old but that hasn’t stopped her from pursuing her true passion, hair styling and design. A graduate of Vici Beauty School, she opened her own salon, Have a Good Hair Day!, in March 2015]]> Proud to Represent Milwaukee Talent - Off the Cuff with Brandis Ohlsson http://shepherdexpress.com/article-26040-proud-to-represent-milwaukee-talent-off-the-cuff-with-brandis-ohlsson.html Ohlsson Model and Talent (231 E. Buffalo St.) was founded three years ago by Brandis Ohlsson after she had worked for one of New York’s top casting companies. Her full-service modeling, voiceover and on-camera talent agency has recently]]> The Hands-On Work of Telling Stories - Off The Cuff with Ron Scot Fry http://shepherdexpress.com/article-25994-the-hands-on-work-of-telling-stories-off-the-cuff-with-ron-scot-fry.html Ron Scot Fry is probably best known for spearheading Milwaukee’s annual Shakespeare in the Park, but his life is made up of a series of ongoing projects that dodge and weave around his hectic schedule]]> Transforming Gay Issues - Off the Cuff with Israel Ramon http://shepherdexpress.com/article-25965-transforming-gay-issues-off-the-cuff-with-israel-ramon.html As a partner in the law firm of Ramon & Medrano and a member of the board of directors of the Milwaukee LGBT Community Center, Israel Ramon has seen gay issues and rights undergo a rapid transformation. Even with growing acceptance in society, LGBT]]> Improvised Music, ‘Alternating Currents’ - Off the Cuff with Hal Rammel http://shepherdexpress.com/article-25931-improvised-music-%25E2%2580%2598alternating-currents%25E2%2580%2599-off-the-cuff-with-hal-rammel.html For more than 20 years, Hal Rammel has been a central presence on Milwaukee’s improvised music scene. Upon settling in Wisconsin in 1992, he placed a $15 ad in the Shepherd Express looking for like-minded musicians. One respondent was a WMSE DJ ]]> Engineering a Superior Artists’ Canvas - A Conversation with Steven Kaishian http://shepherdexpress.com/article-25864-engineering-a-superior-artists%25E2%2580%2599-canvas-a-conversation-with-steven-kaishian.html This week, Off the Cuff sits down with Plaid Tuba affiliate Steven Kaishian, creator of Infrastructure Canvas, a triple-primed cotton canvas stretched over a handcrafted frame backed by rigid foam. Built to specification, the product marries the texture of canvas to ]]> Ghost Hunters of Milwaukee - Off the Cuff with Tea Krulos http://shepherdexpress.com/article-25817-ghost-hunters-of-milwaukee-off-the-cuff-with-tea-krulos.html Longtime Shepherd Express contributor Tea Krulos has always looked out for the stories less told and waded into the creeks that branch off the mainstream. For his first book for Chicago Review Press, Heroes in the Night, Krulos tagged ]]> Off the Cuff with Monica Obniski, MAM’s new curator of 20th and 21st century design http://shepherdexpress.com/article-25764-off-the-cuff-with-monica-obniski-mam%25E2%2580%2599s-new-curator-of-20th-and-21st-century-design.html Monica Obniski joined the Milwaukee Art Museum staff in January 2015 as the Demmer Curator of 20th and 21st Century Design. She arrived at the Milwaukee Art Museum (MAM) in the midst of a major gallery reinstallation of its entire collections in newly ]]> SuperStars Summer Camp: Arts for All - A conversation with Julie Borouchoff http://shepherdexpress.com/article-25723-superstars-summer-camp-arts-for-all-a-conversation-with-julie-borouchoff.html This week Off the Cuff sat down with Julie Borouchoff, director of Milwaukee Public Theatre’s SuperStars Summer Arts Camp, a fun-filled two-week experience for young people (ages 4 and up) on the autism spectrum and their friends and family. Now in its ]]> Express Yourself Encourages Communities to ‘Step UP!’ - Hundreds of Milwaukee youth showcase their artistic talents http://shepherdexpress.com/article-25642-express-yourself-encourages-communities-to-%25E2%2580%2598step-up_%25E2%2580%2599-hundreds-of-milwaukee-youth-showcase-their-artistic-talents.html Lori Vance, Express Yourself Milwaukee founder and co-executive director as well as “Step Up! It’s Bigger Than We” artistic coordinator, sat down with Off the Cuff to talk about Express Yourself]]> Fixing those Chipped Paintings and Broken Heirlooms - Off the Cuff with art restorer Monica Mull http://shepherdexpress.com/article-25572-fixing-those-chipped-paintings-and-broken-heirlooms-off-the-cuff-with-art-restorer-monica-mull.html Between “Antiques Roadshow” and “American Pickers,” people are more hopeful than ever that the old heirloom in the back of the garage, or the painting in the basement rec room left behind by fondly remembered relatives, might be worth money. But what if the heirloom is damaged or the]]> The Enduring Importance of Jazz - Off the Cuff with Jazz Unlimited’s Augie Ray and David J. Miller http://shepherdexpress.com/article-25509-the-enduring-importance-of-jazz-off-the-cuff-with-jazz-unlimited%25E2%2580%2599s-augie-ray-and-david-j-miller.html When asked about the significance of jazz, Augie Ray and David J. Miller speak with a passion that befits a board member of a non-profit dedicated to the music. “Jazz is considered by scholars and historians to be one of the few art forms that was born in the United States]]> Time to Play Ball! - Off the Cuff with the Baseball Buddha http://shepherdexpress.com/article-25466-time-to-play-ball_-off-the-cuff-with-the-baseball-buddha.html Baseball is more than just a hobby for a lot of Milwaukeeans; it’s a way of life. The second the season starts, the collective mood in the city changes. Nobody understands this better than the Shepherd Express’ new ]]> Forty Years of Auto Service on Milwaukee’s East Side - Off The Cuff with Jim Fazio http://shepherdexpress.com/article-25341-forty-years-of-auto-service-on-milwaukee%25E2%2580%2599s-east-side-off-the-cuff-with-jim-fazio.html “If I’m good, you’ll have it back by the end of the day,” Jim Fazio said when I left my badly ailing car with him one recent morning. “And I’m good.” Jim and his staff at Fazio Automotive Services have seen me ]]> Rushing Waters Fisheries Trout Farm - Learn about aquaculture, fish for trout and enjoy a great meal http://shepherdexpress.com/article-25298-rushing-waters-fisheries-trout-farm-learn-about-aquaculture-fish-for-trout-and-enjoy-a-great-meal.html ]]> Let’s Do the Timewarp Again - Off The Cuff with Emily Walker-Miller and Sydney Walker http://shepherdexpress.com/article-25262-let%25E2%2580%2599s-do-the-timewarp-again-off-the-cuff-with-emily-walker-miller-and-sydney-walker.html ]]> Youth Theater Done Right - Off The Cuff with First Stage’s John Maclay http://shepherdexpress.com/article-25193-youth-theater-done-right-off-the-cuff-with-first-stage%25E2%2580%2599s-john-maclay.html Over his 15 years with the company, First Stage Children Theater’s Associate Artistic Director John Maclay has worn a variety of hats, only one of which was a giant Shrek head. In addition to his miscellaneous acting roles, including a star turn as the popular green ogre in a 2013 production]]> ‘Saving More Will Build Wealth’ - WWBIC’s Wendy K. Baumann http://shepherdexpress.com/article-25146-%25E2%2580%2598saving-more-will-build-wealth%25E2%2580%2599-wwbic%25E2%2580%2599s-wendy-k-baumann.html Wendy K. Baumann, Wisconsin Women’s Business Initiative Corporation (WWBIC) president/CVO, has served on the Consumer Federation of America—America Saves board and working committee to increase income in low-income households nationwide. Milwaukee Saves (now Wisconsin Saves) was one of ]]> The Art of Carpets - Off the Cuff with Bruce Shabahang http://shepherdexpress.com/article-25114-the-art-of-carpets-off-the-cuff-with-bruce-shabahang.html In many cultures, a carpet means more than floor covering. A carpet is a piece of home for the wanderer, a place of prayer for the faithful, an expression of cultural identity, a work of art. Oriental carpets originating in Persia, the Fertile Crescent, the Caucasus and Anatolia have been]]> Johnny Beehner - The Waukesha comedian on making a living from jokes http://shepherdexpress.com/article-25010-johnny-beehner-the-waukesha-comedian-on-making-a-living-from-jokes.html ]]> Where Art Meets Business - Off The Cuff with Plaid Tuba’s Reginald Baylor and Heidi Witz http://shepherdexpress.com/article-24896-where-art-meets-business-off-the-cuff-with-plaid-tuba%25E2%2580%2599s-reginald-baylor-and-heidi-witz.html If there’s one notion that Heidi Witz wants to dispel about Plaid Tuba, the creative company she started with artist Reginald Baylor in 2008, it’s that it primarily specializes in painting. A quick stroll through Plaid Tuba’s Third Ward headquarters/studio space refutes that misperception. The]]> Raw and Real Black Radio - Off the Cuff with Homer Blow http://shepherdexpress.com/article-24803-raw-and-real-black-radio-off-the-cuff-with-homer-blow.html If you hear a booming baritone on Milwaukee’s AM dial say before a commercial break “We’ll be right black,” instead of “We’ll be right back,” you probably have Homer Blow filling your ears. As air talent and management at WNOV AM 860, Blow has been a multifaceted fixture in the city’s]]> Oconomowoc High School Theater Program Performs in Scotland - Off the Cuff with director-teacher Tom Klubertanz http://shepherdexpress.com/article-24726-oconomowoc-high-school-theater-program-performs-in-scotland-off-the-cuff-with-director-teacher-tom-klubertanz.html “An Iranian playwright helping Wisconsin kids get on the world’s stage in Scotland. Great story for the new year.” So said Tom Klubertanz, Oconomowoc High School’s (OHS) theater director as well as musician and actor. He sat down with Off the Cuff to discuss cookies, haggis, the ]]> Nurturing Wisconsin Poetry - A conversation with Poet Laureate Kimberly Blaeser http://shepherdexpress.com/article-24695-nurturing-wisconsin-poetry-a-conversation-with-poet-laureate-kimberly-blaeser.html ]]> Off The Cuff with Freddy La Force - A conversation with the DIY publisher http://shepherdexpress.com/article-24679-off-the-cuff-with-freddy-la-force-a-conversation-with-the-diy-publisher.html Freddy La Force is a bartender, a punk musician, a writer and, as of last year, a publisher. Last fall La Force founded the DIY publishing company Vegetarian Alcoholic Press, which has so far]]> Remembering the Black Holocaust - Off the Cuff with Fran Kaplan http://shepherdexpress.com/article-24615-remembering-the-black-holocaust-off-the-cuff-with-fran-kaplan.html Fran Kaplan is nothing if not passionate. A dedicated educator, social worker and self-described “social justice activist,” Kaplan became involved with America’s Black Holocaust Museum (ABHM) in 2006 when she spent a week interviewing James Cameron, the museum’s founder, for a film about his life ]]> Bay View’s Brass Rooster Gets a Bigger Head - Milwaukee’s King of Hats, John McLaughlin http://shepherdexpress.com/article-24557-bay-view%25E2%2580%2599s-brass-rooster-gets-a-bigger-head-milwaukee%25E2%2580%2599s-king-of-hats-john-mclaughlin.html ]]> Home For The Holidays @ The Center - Off The Cuff with the Florentine Studio Artists http://shepherdexpress.com/article-24514-home-for-the-holidays-a-the-center-off-the-cuff-with-the-florentine-studio-artists.html For the second year, the Florentine Opera Company is presenting @ The Center, a series of inexpensive salon-style concerts by the Florentine Studio Artists at the company’s easy-to-love home at 926 E. Burleigh St. Soprano Julie Tabash of St. Louis, tenor Aaron Short of Kansas City]]> Milwaukee Ballet’s Patrick Howell Comes Home http://shepherdexpress.com/article-24493-milwaukee-ballet%25E2%2580%2599s-patrick-howell-comes-home.html Patrick Howell, a Leading Artist with Milwaukee Ballet since 2008, is back this season from a three-year leave with Germany’s Ballet Augsburg where, last season, he danced the title role in the world premiere of The Picture of Dorian Gray by Milwaukee Ballet Artistic Director Michael Pink]]> Whimsical Books Spoof College Prose - Off the Cuff with Author Beth Schaefer http://shepherdexpress.com/article-24467-whimsical-books-spoof-college-prose-off-the-cuff-with-author-beth-schaefer.html   ]]> A Return to Midwest Stages - Off The Cuff with actor Michael Stebbins http://shepherdexpress.com/article-24466-a-return-to-midwest-stages-off-the-cuff-with-actor-michael-stebbins.html
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Helping Struggling Students - Off the Cuff with City Year’s Jason Holton http://shepherdexpress.com/article-24445-helping-struggling-students-off-the-cuff-with-city-year%25E2%2580%2599s-jason-holton.html  ]]> Shooting up for Good Health - Off the Cuff with Lisa Ruiz of B12 Stores http://shepherdexpress.com/article-24395-shooting-up-for-good-health-off-the-cuff-with-lisa-ruiz-of-b12-stores.html Perry and Lisa Ruiz own a trio of B12 Stores at Southridge Mall, The Shops of Grand Avenue and Racine’s Regency Mall. Their specialty is B12 vitamin shots, which boost immunity, increase energy and stamina, and sharpen focus. B12 has also been used to treat Alzheimer’s Disease]]> Off the Cuff with Richard Halverson - The Milwaukee stage veteran on his favorite roles http://shepherdexpress.com/article-24374-off-the-cuff-with-richard-halverson-the-milwaukee-stage-veteran-on-his-favorite-roles.html After 30 years at the Cleveland Play House, actor Richard Halverson relocated to Milwaukee, where he made a mark as a member of the Milwaukee Repertory Theater. Halverson officially retired from the c]]> Milwaukee’s Veterans Employment Alliance - C.J. Brown III talks transition to civilian life http://shepherdexpress.com/article-24351-milwaukee%25E2%2580%2599s-veterans-employment-alliance-cj-brown-iii-talks-transition-to-civilian-life.html
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‘Br(OK)en Genius’ Heals Through Art - A conversation with Christopher McIntyre http://shepherdexpress.com/article-24302-%25E2%2580%2598br%2528ok%2529en-genius%25E2%2580%2599-heals-through-art-a-conversation-with-christopher-mcintyre.html
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Master Singers Celebrates 40 Years - Off the Cuff with Eduardo García-Novelli http://shepherdexpress.com/article-24225-master-singers-celebrates-40-years-off-the-cuff-with-eduardo-garcia-novelli.html Master Singers of Milwaukee, one of the city’s premier community choirs, is celebrating its 40th anniversary and Music Director Eduardo García-Novelli has lined up a series of unique concerts for the season that begins Nov. 1-2. García-Novelli, who is also the associate professor of music ]]> New Curator at Milwaukee Art Museum - Off the Cuff with Brandon Ruud http://shepherdexpress.com/article-24161-new-curator-at-milwaukee-art-museum-off-the-cuff-with-brandon-ruud.html ]]> Children’s Outing Association - Off the Cuff with Tom Schneider http://shepherdexpress.com/article-24133-children%25E2%2580%2599s-outing-association-off-the-cuff-with-tom-schneider.html The Children’s Outing Association’s Executive Director Tom Schneider sat down with the Shepherd Express to talk about his role in helping transform one of Milwaukee’s most distressed communities, known as the Amani neighborhood. Gang violence, gunshots and drug dealings used to be commonplace, but with ]]> Bublr Shares Bikes in Milwaukee - Off the Cuff with Kevin Hardman http://shepherdexpress.com/article-24106-bublr-shares-bikes-in-milwaukee-off-the-cuff-with-kevin-hardman.html
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A Classical Education - Off the Cuff with UWM’s Deanna Wesolowski http://shepherdexpress.com/article-24043-a-classical-education-off-the-cuff-with-uwm%25E2%2580%2599s-deanna-wesolowski.html Ever wonder what it’s like to speak a dead language? UW-Milwaukee classicist Deanna Wesolowski can answer that question, in English, Latin or Greek. As a researcher, her studies have focused on pastoral literature, but she’s taught everything from Latin to Greek to mythology, and her field encompasses archaeology ]]> Beer, Music and Community - Off the Cuff with Uptowner’s Steve and Shawn Johnson http://shepherdexpress.com/article-24005-beer-music-and-community-off-the-cuff-with-uptowner%25E2%2580%2599s-steve-and-shawn-johnson.html ]]> Hannah Rosenthal on Milwaukee’s Vibrant Jewish Community and the Gaza/Israel Conflict http://shepherdexpress.com/article-23967-hannah-rosenthal-on-milwaukee%25E2%2580%2599s-vibrant-jewish-community-and-the-gaza_israel-conflict.html Hannah Rosenthal, a self-described “activist Jew,” is both president/CEO of the Milwaukee Jewish Federation and commissioner on the United States Commission on ]]> From Commuter Bikes to Roller Derby to Longboards - Bigfoot proudly serves Bay View http://shepherdexpress.com/article-23909-from-commuter-bikes-to-roller-derby-to-longboards-bigfoot-proudly-serves-bay-view.html Since setting up shop in 2009, Bigfoot Bike and Skate has proven itself a valuable asset to the Milwaukee cycling, roller-skating and skateboarding communities. The Bay View establishment just moved into a larger space (250 E. Ward St.) and this week Off the Cuff sat down]]> Milwaukee’s World-Renowned Organist - Off the Cuff sits down with Karen Beaumont http://shepherdexpress.com/article-23872-milwaukee%25E2%2580%2599s-world-renowned-organist-off-the-cuff-sits-down-with-karen-beaumont.html Karen Beaumont is a nationally renowned organist. She was born and raised in Hartland, earned a music history degree from UW-Milwaukee and has lived in Milwaukee since 1983. She is also an excellent writer, writing reviews and short fiction. She recently sat down with Off the Cuff to ]]> Wisconsin Highland Games - Off the Cuff with organizer David Sparks http://shepherdexpress.com/article-23850-wisconsin-highland-games-off-the-cuff-with-organizer-david-sparks.html Promising a weekend]]> Ward Irish Music Archives Make History Accessible http://shepherdexpress.com/article-23814-ward-irish-music-archives-make-history-accessible.html Established in 1992 by Milwaukee Irish Fest founder Ed Ward, the Ward Irish Music Archives are home to 5,000 CDs, 6,000 LPs and 78s, numerous video recordings and 5,000 pieces of historic Irish and Irish American sheet music dating back to the 18th century. Located in the beautiful Irish Fest Center (1532 N. ]]> New Concept in Fitness - Off The Cuff with Rodd Higgins of Concept 10 10 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-23765-new-concept-in-fitness-off-the-cuff-with-rodd-higgins-of-concept-10-10.html

 From high school football to strength training in college to an early career as a personal trainer, Rodd Higgins’ relationship to fitness has evolved over time. “I used to be a guy that hit the gym five to six days a week,” he says. But now, as the owner of the Milwaukee location of Concept 10 10 (130 N. Jefferson St.),

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Lyneé Ruiz Heats Up The Runway With Her Homegrown Style http://shepherdexpress.com/article-23737-lynee-ruiz-heats-up-the-runway-with-her-homegrown-style.html  From salon receptionist and apprentice to hair stylist with Laurence Seybold at Carenza in Brookfield, Kohler native Lyneé Ruiz has come a long way in the fashion and beauty industry. Ruiz recently signed with Ford Models, Chicago, as a hair and makeup artist after years of freelancing and

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First Stage’s Latino Youth Program - Off The Cuff with Jeff Frank http://shepherdexpress.com/article-23679-first-stage%25E2%2580%2599s-latino-youth-program-off-the-cuff-with-jeff-frank.html

 For the second consecutive summer, First Stage is producing Latino youth-focused programming on Milwaukee’s South Side. Artistic Director Jeff Frank is a Janesville native (UW-Whitewater, University of Utah MFA) who leads the endeavor. He sat down with Off the Cuff to discuss vacant

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A World Music DJ (Or Something) - Off The Cuff with Marcus Doucette http://shepherdexpress.com/article-23614-a-world-music-dj-%2528or-something%2529-off-the-cuff-with-marcus-doucette.html

 Marcus Doucette is the on-air host of the “Sound Travels” world music program, on 88Nine Radio Milwaukee, weekdays from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., as

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Guitars for Vets http://shepherdexpress.com/article-23577-guitars-for-vets.html

 Co-founded in 2007 by Patrick Nettesheim and Dan Van Buskirk, Guitars for Vets (G4V) is a Milwaukee-based nonprofit giving back to men and women who have served our country. The program, which has more than 40 chapters in 20 states and has served hundreds of veterans in

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Alice’s Urban Garden - Off the Cuff with Venice Williams http://shepherdexpress.com/article-23533-alice%25E2%2580%2599s-urban-garden-off-the-cuff-with-venice-williams.html

  Alice’s Garden is a community garden and urban farm, located at Johnsons Park (N. 21st Street at Garfield and Fond du Lac Avenue). Lutheran lay minister

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Aging with Dignity - Building relationships with seniors http://shepherdexpress.com/article-23501-aging-with-dignity-building-relationships-with-seniors.html

 Anne Basting, a UW-Milwaukee professor of play analysis, is using her talents to help benefit seniors. “Transforming Care for Elders through Creative Engagement”—a

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Michael Drake at the Piano - Off the Cuff with Milwaukee’s Mr. Entertainment http://shepherdexpress.com/article-23436-michael-drake-at-the-piano-off-the-cuff-with-milwaukee%25E2%2580%2599s-mr-entertainment.html

  “I love entertaining,” says Michael Drake. No one who ever saw him in person would argue the point. A prolific recording artist with nearly a dozen albums to his credit, Drake began as a jazz trumpeter but branched out into Latin and Caribbean-flavored “island music” along with children’s

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Narrating at the Pfister Hotel - Off the Cuff with Anja Notanja Sieger http://shepherdexpress.com/article-23388-narrating-at-the-pfister-hotel-off-the-cuff-with-anja-notanja-sieger.html

 When one thinks of Milwaukee’s Pfister Hotel, descriptions like “elegant,” “glamorous” and “lavish” come to mind. And though this brilliance has made the Pfister

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UPAF’s Next Gen Initiative - Off the Cuff with Co-Chair Renee Johnson http://shepherdexpress.com/article-23349-upaf%25E2%2580%2599s-next-gen-initiative-off-the-cuff-with-co-chair-renee-johnson.html

 Renee Johnson may have “WE Energies procurement manager” on her business cards, but she’s got another important duty on her plate: co-chair of United Performing Arts Fund’s Next Generation initiative. As one of three individuals

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Professional Photography Today - Off the Cuff with Troy Freund http://shepherdexpress.com/article-23306-professional-photography-today-off-the-cuff-with-troy-freund.html

 Milwaukee photographer Troy Freund is passionate about his work. Whether shooting

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Easter Seals of Southeast Wisconsin's Walk With Me Fundraiser - Whole Foods joins the cause and raises funds for the campaign http://shepherdexpress.com/article-23279-easter-seals-of-southeast-wisconsins-walk-with-me-fundraiser-whole-foods-joins-the-cause-and-raises-funds-for-the-campaign.html

 Celebrating 80 years, Easter Seals is a nonprofit that provides a full range of services through 15 different programs for individuals with disabilities from infants to adults. One of the largest fundraisers for the Southeast Wisconsin branch is the Walk With Me event, which has collectively raised

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Pleading for Court Case Dogs - Off the Cuff with David Mangold http://shepherdexpress.com/article-23243-pleading-for-court-case-dogs-off-the-cuff-with-david-mangold.html

 With 4,000+ likes, the Facebook page for Save Milwaukee’s Court Case Dogs is bringing awareness to dozens of dogs in confinement within MADACC’s walls. As the page administrator and founder of Justice Alliance for Court Case Dogs, David Mangold has spent years fighting for the

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Talking with Milwaukee’s Artist of the Year - Off the Cuff with Evelyn Patricia Terry http://shepherdexpress.com/article-23202-talking-with-milwaukee%25E2%2580%2599s-artist-of-the-year-off-the-cuff-with-evelyn-patricia-terry.html

 Evelyn Patricia Terry was recently named Milwaukee Arts Board Artist of the Year, sharing that honor with Barbara Leigh. For nearly half a century, she has made her mark with attention-grabbing subjects—race, identity, religion and relationships—in purples, yellows, blue greens

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Our Man in Havana - Off The Cuff with Michael Martin http://shepherdexpress.com/article-23171-our-man-in-havana-off-the-cuff-with-michael-martin.html

 By day Michael Martin is senior community planning and development representative with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, but he moonlights as

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Life Well Lived in Art and Laughter - Off the Cuff with Milwaukee Artist of the Year Barbara Leigh http://shepherdexpress.com/article-23117-life-well-lived-in-art-and-laughter-off-the-cuff-with-milwaukee-artist-of-the-year-barbara-leigh.html

 Barbara Leigh was recently named co-Artist of the Year by the Milwaukee Arts Board. The co-founder and lynchpin of Milwaukee Public Theatre has more than 100 original works to her name and has spent four decades acting, teaching, leading workshops and organizing community

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MOWA Celebrates One Year at its New Location - Off the Cuff with Laurie Winters and Miranda Levy http://shepherdexpress.com/article-23082-mowa-celebrates-one-year-at-its-new-location-off-the-cuff-with-laurie-winters-and-miranda-levy.html

 Laurie Winters, executive director of the Museum of Wisconsin Art (205 Veterans Ave

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Dance and the Environment - Off the Cuff with Betty Salamun of DanceCircus http://shepherdexpress.com/article-23031-dance-and-the-environment-off-the-cuff-with-betty-salamun-of-dancecircus.html

 Betty Salamun founded DanceCircus 40 years ago to fill a void in dance in Milwaukee. Her choreography is deeply concerned with nature and the environment. It’s the

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The Menomonee Valley Welcomes Eco-friendly Childcare Center - Off the Cuff with Tiny Green Trees http://shepherdexpress.com/article-22967-the-menomonee-valley-welcomes-eco-friendly-childcare-center-off-the-cuff-with-tiny-green-trees.html

 When you walk into Tiny Green Trees (717 S. 37th St.)

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Fighting Unjust Dog Laws One Paw at a Time - Fighting Unjust Dog Laws One Paw at a Time http://shepherdexpress.com/article-22863-fighting-unjust-dog-laws-one-paw-at-a-time-fighting-unjust-dog-laws-one-paw-at-a-time.html

 Milwaukee Animal Advocate Kelly Herbold comes from “a family of fur ball lovers,” as she puts it. Growing up in Sussex, her fondness for the four-legged members of her household evolved into a lifetime passion. Now, when she is not working as an executive assistant for Derse

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Embracing and Revitalizing Milwaukee’s West Side - Off The Cuff with Keith Stanley http://shepherdexpress.com/article-22787-embracing-and-revitalizing-milwaukee%25E2%2580%2599s-west-side-off-the-cuff-with-keith-stanley.html

 Image is everything. For Milwaukee native Keith Stanley, executive director of Avenues West Association (the neighborhood west of Downtown Milwaukee), the mission is to change the perception of an area known for its low-income housing and notable safety issues. Once an elementary

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Night School for Activism http://shepherdexpress.com/article-22751-night-school-for-activism.html

 Founded in 2011 by co-curators Paul Kjelland and Peter Murphy, Night School is a series of panels, lectures and film screenings that focus on activism. Most of the presentations have taken place at the cooperatively

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What is Third Coast Style? - Off the Cuff talks with Patrice Procopio http://shepherdexpress.com/article-22713-what-is-third-coast-style-off-the-cuff-talks-with-patrice-procopio.html

 Patrice Procopio is artistic director of Third Coast Style. After opening last September at 514 N. Water St., it quickly gained a reputation for hip events, fashion shows and workshops for things like “upcycled” earrings, origami photo albums

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Milwaukee Theater Veteran Returns from Retirement - Off the Cuff with Rob Goodman http://shepherdexpress.com/article-22682-milwaukee-theater-veteran-returns-from-retirement-off-the-cuff-with-rob-goodman.html

 Rob Goodman is founder of Milwaukee’s First Stage. He recently came out of semi-retirement for a new project, Searching for David’s Heart, at Acacia Theatre. He sat down with Off the Cuff to discuss flowering trees, directorial itch and bold new plays.

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Peggy Rozga Revisits the Freedom Ride - 50th anniversary of the summer that changed America http://shepherdexpress.com/article-22643-peggy-rozga-revisits-the-freedom-ride-50th-anniversary-of-the-summer-that-changed-america.html

 This June, poet, civil rights activist and UW-Waukesha English professor Emerita Margaret (Peggy) Rozga and UWW history teacher Jim O’Leary will lead a nine-day Freedom Ride commemorating the 50th Anniversary of Freedom Summer. Rozga, a member of the Milwaukee

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Jake Kornely Embarks on a Landmark Event - Off The Cuff with Jake Kornely http://shepherdexpress.com/article-22632-jake-kornely-embarks-on-a-landmark-event-off-the-cuff-with-jake-kornely.html Since moving from Manitowoc to Milwaukee, comedian Jake Kornely wasted little time exploring the city's creative possibilities and establishing his niche within the comedy]]> Behind the Scenes at Milwaukee Ballet - Off the Cuff with Wardrobe Mistress Krista Allenstein http://shepherdexpress.com/article-22621-behind-the-scenes-at-milwaukee-ballet-off-the-cuff-with-wardrobe-mistress-krista-allenstein.html Darlin Nikki - Off The Cuff with spoken word artist Nicole Janzen http://shepherdexpress.com/article-22571-darlin-nikki-off-the-cuff-with-spoken-word-artist-nicole-janzen.html Spoken word poetry artist Nicole Janzen, aka “Darlin Nikki,” combats social injustice through poetry performances, books, albums, community workshops and more. She writes about her present circumstance, whatever that may be, with a fresh, “in-your-face” tone, acknowledging the past]]> Small is Beautiful - Off The Cuff with Eric Tallmadge of Small Shops United http://shepherdexpress.com/article-22528-small-is-beautiful-off-the-cuff-with-eric-tallmadge-of-small-shops-united.html

 Free coffee, tea, cocktails and beer, lunch buffets, soup and popcorn. Free hookahs and box rentals, bath bombs and dog baths. Discounted candies, flowers, movies and wine, pizza, Italian food and Reuben

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Milwaukeean Achieves Olympic Dreams - Off the Cuff with Sugar Todd http://shepherdexpress.com/article-22495-milwaukeean-achieves-olympic-dreams-off-the-cuff-with-sugar-todd.html

 Fifteen years ago, Sugar Todd dreamed of being an Olympic speed skater. Now 23, Todd’s childhood dream has come true. At this year’s Olympic Trials held at the Utah Olympic Oval, Todd qualified for the 2014 U.S. Speedskating Long Track Olympic Team and will compete

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Early Music from Around the World - Off the Cuff with Charles Sullivan http://shepherdexpress.com/article-22451-early-music-from-around-the-world-off-the-cuff-with-charles-sullivan.html

 Charles Sullivan has seen it from both sides. For much of his life he was a musician, and for many years he led his own choral and string group, the Sullivan Ensemble. Since 2001, when he became executive and artistic director of Early Music Now, one of the Midwest’s foremost promoters

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Bringing Gelato to Milwaukee's West Side - Off the Cuff with Cold Spoons’ Brett Swider http://shepherdexpress.com/article-22423-bringing-gelato-to-milwaukees-west-side-off-the-cuff-with-cold-spoons%25E2%2580%2599-brett-swider.html

 Located near the corner of 60th and Vliet, Cold Spoons Gelato (5924 W. Vliet St

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Art Meets Music Meets Treasure Vault - Cocoon Room does it all in Riverwest http://shepherdexpress.com/article-22382-art-meets-music-meets-treasure-vault-cocoon-room-does-it-all-in-riverwest.html

 Cocoon Room (820 E. Locust St.) is a Riverwest multipurpose creative space—art gallery and boutique, performance space (for comedians, musicians and poets), design space (jewelry, graphics, video, web) and gathering space (fashion shows, yoga, self-defense training). Off the Cuff

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Ending Homelessness One Life At A Time - Off the Cuff with Donna Rongholt-Migan, executive director at The Cathedral Center http://shepherdexpress.com/article-22366-ending-homelessness-one-life-at-a-time-off-the-cuff-with-donna-rongholt-migan-executive-director-at-the-cathedral-center.html  “I was excited about being a part of a grassroots organization and I was particularly excited about working with women and families,” says Donna Rongholt-Migan, executive director of The Cathedral Center, 845 N Van Buren St. The collaborative nonprofit organization serves women and families who are homeless

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The Rep at 60 - A conversation with Managing Director Chad Bauman http://shepherdexpress.com/article-22316-the-rep-at-60-a-conversation-with-managing-director-chad-bauman.html

 As the Milwaukee Repertory Theater celebrates

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Off the Cuff with Manty Ellis - Manty Ellis takes giant steps for jazz http://shepherdexpress.com/article-22284-off-the-cuff-with-manty-ellis-manty-ellis-takes-giant-steps-for-jazz.html  Manty Ellis is considered a cornerstone of Milwaukee jazz. In 1970, he co-founded the city’s first jazz program at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music, which cultivated many players who went on to become successful here and elsewhere. Now 80 years old, Ellis continues to have an impact as a dedicated performer

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Troop Café: Supporting Veterans in our Community http://shepherdexpress.com/article-22237-troop-cafe-supporting-veterans-in-our-community.html

 Founded earlier this year, the nonprofit Troop Café (3430 W. Wisconsin Ave.) is serving the community wholesome, delicious meals while providing U.S. veterans paid job training and employment in the culinary and hospitality business. Off the Cuff sat down with Manager Chris

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Kelly Radermacher’s New Milwaukee Dance Company http://shepherdexpress.com/article-22192-kelly-radermacher%25E2%2580%2599s-new-milwaukee-dance-company.html

 The Milwaukee dance community is about to get a new addition. The first work by Radermacher Dance Company will debut with Recombobulation Area at the Underground Collaborative (161 W. Wisconsin Ave., lower level), Dec. 5-7. The company’s artistic director and one

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“Milwaukee Originals” - Limited Edition Milwaukee Bucks Apparel; Off the Cuff with Dustin Godsey http://shepherdexpress.com/article-22200-%25E2%2580%259Cmilwaukee-originals%25E2%2580%259D-limited-edition-milwaukee-bucks-apparel-off-the-cuff-with-dustin-godsey.html The Milwaukee Bucks asked four local designers – Brew City, MilwaukeeHome, Sconnie Nation and Wiskullsin]]> Milwaukee Ballet Reaches Out - Alyson Chavez speaks of education and boys in tights http://shepherdexpress.com/article-22150-milwaukee-ballet-reaches-out-alyson-chavez-speaks-of-education-and-boys-in-tights.html

 Alyson Chavez is the face and voice of Milwaukee Ballet. As director of community outreach, she does directing, education, training and writing through Milwaukee Ballet II (MBII). She recently sat down with Off the Cuff to discuss farm systems and Packers tights

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An Artist Making Milwaukee - Dan Fleming’s cityscape featured at Best of Milwaukee party http://shepherdexpress.com/article-22101-an-artist-making-milwaukee-dan-fleming%25E2%2580%2599s-cityscape-featured-at-best-of-milwaukee-party.html

 Most weeks, Shepherd Express readers are treated to the work of a rising local artist whose illustrations are an important contribution to the paper’s look. Dan Fleming’s artistry will also be prominent at the Shepherd’s Best of Milwaukee Party on Tuesday, Nov. 12, at the Harley

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Watershed Moments of the Milwaukee Choral Artists - A Conversation with founder Sharon Hansen http://shepherdexpress.com/article-22071-watershed-moments-of-the-milwaukee-choral-artists-a-conversation-with-founder-sharon-hansen.html Focusing on Women with Curves—Size 14 and Up http://shepherdexpress.com/article-22057-focusing-on-women-with-curves%25E2%2580%2594size-14-and-up.html

 “To expose beauty and turn pain to passion” are the founding goals of Big, Beautiful

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Michigan Producer’s Eye for Milwaukee Talent - A Conversation with Roger Rapoport http://shepherdexpress.com/article-22023-michigan-producer%25E2%2580%2599s-eye-for-milwaukee-talent-a-conversation-with-roger-rapoport.html  Michigan-based writer-producer Roger Rapoport is taking full advantage of Wisconsin scenery and Milwaukee talent for his independent films. In 2012, Rapoport released Waterwalk, a father-and-son coming-of-age drama filmed on some of Wisconsin’s rivers. It has since been shown in about 150 theaters

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Pathfinders’ Dan Magnuson - Supporting Milwaukee Youth http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21965-pathfinders%25E2%2580%2599-dan-magnuson-supporting-milwaukee-youth.html Milwaukee’s Old South Side - Rick Petrie on the multi-ethnic Settlement Museum http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21931-milwaukee%25E2%2580%2599s-old-south-side-rick-petrie-on-the-multi-ethnic-settlement-museum.html

 Rick Petrie is a UW-Milwaukee and Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design graduate, and executive director of Urban Anthropology Inc. He recently sat down with Off the Cuff to discuss the Old South Side Settlement Museum (707 W. Lincoln Ave.)

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Ben Seidman’s Sleight of Hand http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21909-ben-seidman%25E2%2580%2599s-sleight-of-hand.html

 With a beguiling knack for sleight of hand, Ben Seidman has spent years honing the craft of magic. He arrived on his self-described “unusual career path” in his early 20s and makes his living enchanting fans at colleges, theaters, on cruise ships and on the Travel Channel’s Magic

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Engineers for Engineers - CORE Consulting’s Jesse Daily, Matthew Buerosse and Jo Rodgers http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21854-engineers-for-engineers-core-consulting%25E2%2580%2599s-jesse-daily-matthew-buerosse-and-jo-rodgers.html

 Daily: We pretty much have a few key acumen, one being contract or consulting engineering services. We do a lot of what we call technical recruiting, finding an employee for a company that would be either on a contract or a direct basis. We do a lot of technical training. So if we

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Milwaukee Art Museum’s Tanya Paul - New Curator in Town http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21816-milwaukee-art-museum%25E2%2580%2599s-tanya-paul-new-curator-in-town.html

 Tanya Paul is the new Isabel and Alfred Bader Curator of European Art at the Milwaukee Art Museum. Equipped with a Ph.D. in art history from the University of Virginia and curatorial experience at some of the nation’s major museums, including the Houston Museum of Fine Arts, the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los

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Black Coffee Radio - Earl Ingram Jr. refuses to be silenced http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21788-black-coffee-radio-earl-ingram-jr-refuses-to-be-silenced.html  A former factory worker and drive time talk radio host, Earl Ingram Jr. shows that a well-expressed opinion can lead to new vistas. When radio let him down—abruptly—it didn’t take him long to take his talking to the internet...and a coffee house. Off The Cuff found him willing to open

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Exploring ’70s America - A conversation with Pepperland author Barry Wightman http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21733-exploring-%25E2%2580%259970s-america-a-conversation-with-pepperland-author-barry-wightman.html

 Barry Wightman works rock ’n’ roll, the advent of “high tech” and an improbable romantic tryst into his debut novel Pepperland, a vast, intimate exploration of the 1970s. In the novel, Pepper Porter is on his way to rock stardom when his long-gone girlfriend Sooz re-enters his life. A computer wiz, Sooz has come up

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Lisa Is a Steam-Punker with Spunk http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21709-lisa-is-a-steam-punker-with-spunk.html A Conversation with Michael Hupy http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21688-a-conversation-with-michael-hupy.html  Michael Hupy has been a lawyer for more than four decades. And a good one too—he all but owns this fine paper’s annual Best Personal Injury Lawyer award. He is also a longtime motorcycle enthusiast. With the Harley-Davidson 110th Anniversary Celebration approaching, he sat down

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Reinvigorating Communities - Jim Plaisted on the significance of BIDs http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21692-reinvigorating-communities-jim-plaisted-on-the-significance-of-bids.html

 Off the Cuff sat down with Jim Plaisted, executive director of the East Town, Shorewood and Village of Wauwatosa Business Improvement Districts (BIDs), to learn more about BIDs and their significance in revitalizing commercial areas.

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From Milwaukee to Broadway and Back - A conversation with Chike Johnson http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21649-from-milwaukee-to-broadway-and-back-a-conversation-with-chike-johnson.html Chike Johnson, featured recently in the Milwaukee Repertory Theater’s A Raisin in the Sun, has moved back to Milwaukee. Born in Nigeria, schooled in Milwaukee, hired by Broadway, film and television, Chike talks about his life and theatrical career]]> Milwaukee’s Irish Nobility - Lord Baron Michael George and Lady Roberta Helene Browne of Oranmore http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21605-milwaukee%25E2%2580%2599s-irish-nobility-lord-baron-michael-george-and-lady-roberta-helene-browne-of-oranmore.html

 The Browne (DeBrun) family of Milwaukee and East Troy is descended from Irish nobility of Oranmore in Galway, Ireland. Lord Baron Michael and Lady Roberta (brother/sister) were invested with the British “courtesy title” at

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Fabulous Stories - Ex Fabula’s new Executive Director Megan McGee http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21588-fabulous-stories-ex-fabula%25E2%2580%2599s-new-executive-director-megan-mcgee.html

 Ex Fabula, a local storytelling organization, has proven enormously successful since its creation five years ago. A grassroots, not-for-profit group, it has grown steadily in audience size and offerings and has just named Megan

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Revolution and Freedom in the 55th Season - A conversation with Skylight’s new Artistic Director Viswa Subbaraman http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21531-revolution-and-freedom-in-the-55th-season-a-conversation-with-skylight%25E2%2580%2599s-new-artistic-director-viswa-subbaraman.html

 Viswa Subbaraman (pronounced VISH-wah Soo-buh-RAH-mahn) begins his tenure as artistic director for the Skylight

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INVIVO’s Maurice Dumit on Health and Fitness http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21512-invivo%25E2%2580%2599s-maurice-dumit-on-health-and-fitness.html  Overlooking a breathtaking section of the Milwaukee River at 2060 N. Humboldt Ave., INVIVO offers an array of health and fitness resources. Founder, owner and Physical Therapist Maurice Dumit discusses the creative nature

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Making Neighborhoods Safer - Safe & Sound’s Barbara Notestein http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21470-making-neighborhoods-safer-safe-sound%25E2%2580%2599s-barbara-notestein.html

 Since joining Safe & Sound in 2002, Executive

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Listening, Not Just Talking! - Anne Strainchamps on Wisconsin Public Radio http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21449-listening-not-just-talking_-anne-strainchamps-on-wisconsin-public-radio.html

 A new program, 45 North, is airing on Wisconsin Public Radio (WPR) Ideas Network. Hosted by veteran producer Anne Strainchamps, it features live interviews with Wisconsin writers, scientists and performers. It airs Friday

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The Past Reappeared - A Conversation with artist/activist Brian Carlson http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21414-the-past-reappeared-a-conversation-with-artist_activist-brian-carlson.html

 In the mid-‘70s, a grossly misnamed “Gentlemen's Coup” began another age of political upheaval in Argentina. With Gen. Jorge Rafael Videla heading a military junta, state-terrorism was waged against the regime's opposition. In less than a decade, tens of thousands of left-wing

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Zoo Theater - Talking with Dave McLellan of Kohl’s Wild Theater http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21404-zoo-theater-talking-with-dave-mclellan-of-kohl%25E2%2580%2599s-wild-theater.html For the third consecutive summer, the Milwaukee County Zoo is running daily summer theatrical performances through Labor Day. Kohl’s Wild Theater (wildtheater.org)]]> Fighting for the Arts - Pamela Anderson on the Milwaukee Artists Resource Network http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21349-fighting-for-the-arts-pamela-anderson-on-the-milwaukee-artists-resource-network.html
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Executive Director Takes the Bull by the Horns - Milwaukee Area Domestic Animal Control Commission’s Karen Sparapani http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21312-executive-director-takes-the-bull-by-the-horns-milwaukee-area-domestic-animal-control-commission%25E2%2580%2599s-karen-sparapani.html

 As executive director of the Milwaukee Area Domestic Animal Control Commission, Karen Sparapani has her work cut out for her. MADACC takes in roughly 13,000 animals a year (more than any other control facility in Wisconsin

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For Sports and Travel Fans - Z Travel’s Zac Fowler http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21278-for-sports-and-travel-fans-z-travel%25E2%2580%2599s-zac-fowler.html  Z travel has been hosting tours for the last three years. Groups go round the world for outings and parties: breweries, concerts, derby days, sporting events and wine tastings. Owner and operator Zac Fowler leads the

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Fyxation on The Eastside - Off The Cuff with Nick and Ben Ginster http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21227-fyxation-on-the-eastside-off-the-cuff-with-nick-and-ben-ginster.html  Brothers Nick and Ben Ginster co-founded Fyxation, a bicycle parts and accessories company that services hundreds of domestic shops

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‘The Queer Program’ with Michael Lisowski http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21185-%25E2%2580%2598the-queer-program%25E2%2580%2599-with-michael-lisowski.html Michael Lisowski has hosted “The Queer Program" on MATA for over 20 years. The much-awarded talk show is Wisconsin’s longest running weekly live public-access]]> Barbara Beckert - Advocating for the disabled http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21145-barbara-beckert-advocating-for-the-disabled.html

 “We’re at a crossroads,” declares Disability Rights Wisconsin’s Milwaukee Office Director Barbara Beckert, referring to the damage cuts to government funding could have on individuals with disabilities and supportive services

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Seriously Seedy and Inspired - Milwaukee film director Frankie Latina http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21095-seriously-seedy-and-inspired-milwaukee-film-director-frankie-latina.html

 Director Frankie Latina has begun work on Snap Shot, his second feature-length film. Starring Danny Trejo and native son

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Talking T’ai Chi - KT Rusch on “Seven Hotspots of Goodness” http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21047-talking-t%25E2%2580%2599ai-chi-kt-rusch-on-%25E2%2580%259Cseven-hotspots-of-goodness%25E2%2580%259D.html

 KT Rusch is a longtime student and board member at the T'ai Chi Ch'uan Center of

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Art Is Everything - Off The Cuff with Angela Damiani of ART Milwaukee http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21031-art-is-everything-off-the-cuff-with-angela-damiani-of-art-milwaukee.html

 In his 2013 State of the City address, Mayor Tom Barrett recognized three individuals “whose energy and commitment are producing real results. They deserve our attention and thanks.” Two of the three were Angela

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Finding Amelia: Immersed in Oceana - A conversation with Amelia Vorpahl http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20991-finding-amelia-immersed-in-oceana-a-conversation-with-amelia-vorpahl.html

 Since her departure from her treasured roots in Shorewood, Amelia Vorpahl has traveled the world and returned to the States to become a valuable part of a noble ecological cause. Vorpahl now manages communications

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Taking a Stand Against Gun Violence - Jeri Bonavia’s fight for commonsense reforms http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20956-taking-a-stand-against-gun-violence-jeri-bonavia%25E2%2580%2599s-fight-for-commonsense-reforms.html

Jeri Bonavia is the executive director of WAVE Educational Fund, a statewide, grassroots organization dedicated to preventing gun violence

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A Large-Scale, Not-For-Profit Arts Co-op? - A conversation with Cooperative Performance Milwaukee’s Neal Easterling http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20902-a-large-scale-not-for-profit-arts-co-op-a-conversation-with-cooperative-performance-milwaukee%25E2%2580%2599s-neal-easterling.html

 Cooperative Performance Milwaukee (CPM) is a new type of arts organization. Utilizing a traditional co-op model, its endeavors are democratically controlled by both member artists and audience. Off the Cuff spoke with founding

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NEWaukee and Young Professional Week - A Conversation with Ian Abston http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20880-newaukee-and-young-professional-week-a-conversation-with-ian-abston.html Ian Abston is the young president of NEWaukee. Off The Cuff asked him about the organization and its Young Professional Week, April 15-21]]> Community Art at Its Best - A Conversation with Katie Martin http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20826-community-art-at-its-best-a-conversation-with-katie-martin.html

 This week, Off the Cuff spoke with Katie Martin, an artist and educator who spearheaded the creation of 724 small owl sculptures for Renaissance Theaterworks’ upcoming production The Road to Mecca, which explores the life

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Women Helping Women in Business: FemCity Milwaukee - Off The Cuff with Michelle Bertholt http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20795-women-helping-women-in-business-femcity-milwaukee-off-the-cuff-with-michelle-bertholt.html New breeds of networking groups for professionals are cropping up everywhere. FemFessionals, serving only women, is a distinctive variety that has arrived on the local scene as FemCity Milwaukee. Michelle Bertholf]]> The Wisdom and Love of Simple Home Living - Garden Gurus Joey and Holly Baird http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20790-the-wisdom-and-love-of-simple-home-living-garden-gurus-joey-and-holly-baird.html

 Joey and Holly Baird are garden gurus; masters of the reused, recycled and renewed; organic chefs; and devotees of simple home living. They pride themselves on sharing the wisdom and love, making it look

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A Different Black American History - Storytelling with Michelle Dobbs http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20775-a-different-black-american-history-storytelling-with-michelle-dobbs.html   Milwaukee author Michelle Dobbs describes herself as an artist first and then a storyteller. She quit her job in the nonprofit world in 2009 and dedicated herself to publishing her first book, The Rock Island Line

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Lofty Ambitions - Tracy Grundy Talks Shoppe in the Third Ward http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20742-lofty-ambitions-tracy-grundy-talks-shoppe-in-the-third-ward.html  When Tracy Grundy came to Milwaukee’s Third Ward as a hair stylist, the area’s warehouses had only recently begun to buzz with renewed urban energy. In 2007, she opened her own studio, Yan. Despite

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Swinging in Shorewood http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20707-swinging-in-shorewood.html  The Shorewood High School Orchestra, swinging since 1925, has blown up to amazing proportions. Today, roughly 25% of all students in the district play an instrument. The roster includes 520 musicians (grades

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Mystery One’s Richard Katz - East Side bookstore rounds up the usual suspects http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20651-mystery-one%25E2%2580%2599s-richard-katz-east-side-bookstore-rounds-up-the-usual-suspects.html

 It was a dark and stormy night as I headed over to Milwaukee’s most beloved spot for mystery genre fans—the now 20-year-old Mystery One Bookstore, 2109 N. Prospect Ave. Inside I found the narrow aisles of books crowded

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Defending the Senate - Matt Canter’s fight for a Democratic majority http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20614-defending-the-senate-matt-canter%25E2%2580%2599s-fight-for-a-democratic-majority.html


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Chinese Healing in Milwaukee - Dr. Zhou Brings the East to the West http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20576-chinese-healing-in-milwaukee-dr-zhou-brings-the-east-to-the-west.html
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Discovering Those Grammy Winners - Milwaukee’s Hal Leonard Makes Learning Songs Easy http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20568-discovering-those-grammy-winners-milwaukee%25E2%2580%2599s-hal-leonard-makes-learning-songs-easy.html
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Reaching the Homeless - MPD’s Karen Dubis helping those in need http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20563-reaching-the-homeless-mpd%25E2%2580%2599s-karen-dubis-helping-those-in-need.html

 Since initiating its Homeless Outreach Team (H.O.T.) in 2010, the Milwaukee Police Department (MPD) has helped more than 30 homeless individuals transition into permanent or temporary housing through ongoing partnerships with community

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New Directions at Wisconsin Museum of Art - Talking with Laurie Winters http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20498-new-directions-at-wisconsin-museum-of-art-talking-with-laurie-winters.html

 After 15 years as the Milwaukee Art Museum’s director of exhibitions and publications and curator of earlier European Art, Laurie Winters has taken two challenging new positions. Last July, Winters announced her

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Leslie Fitzwater: ‘Once More with Feeling’…Piaf - Milwaukee actor sings gutsy cabaret http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20483-leslie-fitzwater-%25E2%2580%2598once-more-with-feeling%25E2%2580%2599%25E2%2580%25A6piaf-milwaukee-actor-sings-gutsy-cabaret.html

 Local actress/singer Leslie Fitzwater has been captivating Milwaukee audiences for decades. From Jan. 15 through Feb. 10, Skylight Music Theatre (158 N. Broadway) mounts the final run of Fitzwater’s original signature

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Jesse DePinto in 3D http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20451-jesse-depinto-in-3d.html

 Jesse DePinto and Matt Juranitch are the brains behind 3D Creations, one of the first 3D printing storefronts in the world. 3D printing is a technique by which solid objects are created from digital models using specialized

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Winter Sanctuary for the Homeless - Karen Hagen of Tippecanoe Presbyterian Church http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20413-winter-sanctuary-for-the-homeless-karen-hagen-of-tippecanoe-presbyterian-church.html


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Rob Lewis Makes The Scene http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20391-rob-lewis-makes-the-scene.html Music clubs and concert venues have come and gone in Milwaukee, but every now and then, one hall comes to represent an era in the memories of music fans. When the powerful Balistrieri family opened The Scene in 1965]]> Mediocracy At Its Best - Schlock Production’s Nick Aldrich, Brian Lis and Matt Ott http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20368-mediocracy-at-its-best-schlock-production%25E2%2580%2599s-nick-aldrich-brian-lis-and-matt-ott.html

 Filming for the web-TV show “Mediocracy” began in January and the comedy is slated to continue its run with another webisode this upcoming January. With help from Kickstarter and a great deal of effort from

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Not Your Average Joe - Off The Cuff with Joe Wray http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20353-not-your-average-joe-off-the-cuff-with-joe-wray.html

 Few guitarist-singers explode onto the scene as quietly and swiftly as Joe Wray. The 33-year-old Milwaukeean traveled the world as a Marine, spent time on the East Coast, and then found his passion as a musician, literally

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Renaissance Turns 20 - Theaterworks for Suzan Fete and Jennifer Rupp http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20280-renaissance-turns-20-theaterworks-for-suzan-fete-and-jennifer-rupp.html Jennifer Rupp and Suzan Fete are two of the five founding members of Renaissance Theaterworks (158 N. Broadway). This year, RTW celebrates 20 years of great drama...]]> The Health of Our Pets - Carrie Marble of Bark N’ Scratch http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20237-the-health-of-our-pets-carrie-marble-of-bark-n%25E2%2580%2599-scratch.html

 Located on Milwaukee’s West Side, Bark N’ Scratch Outpost (5835 W. Blue Mound Road) sells pet food and supplies, provides regular product and wellness demonstrations and was inspired by a remarkable bichon frise

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CORE/El Centro’s Healing Center http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20213-core_el-centro%25E2%2580%2599s-healing-center.html

 Madeline Gianforte is a co-founder of CORE/El Centro, a nonprofit, bilingual healing center in Walker’s Point offering affordable wellness therapies to the community. A massage and Reiki practitioner, Gianforte is also

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Phoenix Rising: Riepenhoff Rebuilds Green Gallery http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20149-phoenix-rising-riepenhoff-rebuilds-green-gallery.html


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Jewels of Photography - PIXessories from Stephanie Bartz http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20155-jewels-of-photography-pixessories-from-stephanie-bartz.html

 Photographer Stephanie Bartz and jeweler/silversmith Sarah Mann met approximately 10 years ago at a women’s art group named Works In Progress. The invitation only, informal organization meets every month to offer its

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Adam Brown Signs Up for Art, Commerce http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20126-adam-brown-signs-up-for-art-commerce.html

 Adam Brown may be Brewtown’s most masterful blender of art, architecture, design and commerce. He and his company AFX/Sign Effectz Inc. are the hidden hands behind art and signage citywide

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Brad Lichtenstein on ‘As Goes Janesville’ http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20063-brad-lichtenstein-on-%25E2%2580%2598as-goes-janesville%25E2%2580%2599.html Recognizing that the oldest General Motors (GM) plant in the nation was shutting down an hour and 15 minutes from his doorstep and wanting to tell an insightful story about the recession that would resonate nationwide...]]> Flores, Bucher on Vidal’s ‘Best Man’ http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20013-flores-bucher-on-vidal%25E2%2580%2599s-%25E2%2580%2598best-man%25E2%2580%2599.html Just in time for Election Day, Bay View’s Boulevard Theatre is producing a reading of Gore Vidal’s politically charged dramatic comedy The Best ManDavid Flores and Mark Bucher direct... 

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Lopez-Rios on the Magic of ‘Enfrascada’ http://shepherdexpress.com/article-19967-lopez-rios-on-the-magic-of-%25E2%2580%2598enfrascada%25E2%2580%2599.html

Michelle Lopez-Rios’ credits include work as a stage actor, a director and a voice coach. Lopez-Rios’ latest project finds her working with Renaissance Theaterworks as the director of Enfrascada, a story of a woman...

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Mark Mantel’s Machine Gun Music http://shepherdexpress.com/article-19959-mark-mantel%25E2%2580%2599s-machine-gun-music.html  Mark Mantel surfaced in Milwaukee music, circa 1980, as a drummer. But even then, his scope was wide and getting wider. Mantel played with Brian Ritchie and in new wave bands like Rocky Koelpin & the Otters...

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From John Lennon to Fountains of Wayne http://shepherdexpress.com/article-19941-from-john-lennon-to-fountains-of-wayne.html

 “If you come to a fork in the road, pick it up—you may need it later,” explains musician Glenn Boren, whose long and winding road brought him to the founding of Trophy Guitar Straps. Today, Trophy’s recreated vintage straps...

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Andy Gillies’ ‘Unpronounceable’ Film http://shepherdexpress.com/article-19911-andy-gillies%25E2%2580%2599-%25E2%2580%2598unpronounceable%25E2%2580%2599-film.html

 Andy Gillies’ new film, Oconomowoc, is a comedy about growing up and staying grown up. The film chronicles Lonnie (Brendan Marshall-Rashid), a 20-something who moves back home and reluctantly joins...

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Milwaukee’s Fountain of Uke - Lil’ Rev on the Fourth Annual Ukulele Fest http://shepherdexpress.com/article-19836-milwaukee%25E2%2580%2599s-fountain-of-uke-lil%25E2%2580%2599-rev-on-the-fourth-annual-ukulele-fest.html  Lil’ Rev has built an under-the-radar national musical career. Touring the U.S. by car, he plays a circuit of folk clubs and festivals and a string of house parties, elder homes and Jewish community centers; he’s released a dozen CDs and eight ukulele instruction...

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Painting and Drinking at Splash Studio http://shepherdexpress.com/article-19840-painting-and-drinking-at-splash-studio.html

 Splash Studio: A Painting Bar (184 N. Broadway) opened March 21 in Milwaukee’s Historic Third Ward. David Poytinger splits owning and operating duties with his wife, Marla Hahn...

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The Game of Politics - Milwaukee gamers design ‘Swing States 2012’ http://shepherdexpress.com/article-19830-the-game-of-politics-milwaukee-gamers-design-%25E2%2580%2598swing-states-2012%25E2%2580%2599.html

 America is holding its breath until the Nov. 6 presidential election. Meanwhile, we can all have a little fun with the election by playing “Swing States 2012.” Introduced this summer by Victory Point, a California gaming company, “Swing States” is a solitary board game allowing a player...

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Gothic Milwaukee's Ghost Stories http://shepherdexpress.com/article-19764-gothic-milwaukees-ghost-stories.html Want to hear about the ghostly altar boy that haunts St. John's? What about phantom bodies washing ashore on Bradford Beach? And is Frederick Pabst's spirit ignoring the smoking ban, puffing on an ethereal cigar in his beloved theater?]]> Strutting with Bonnie Toland http://shepherdexpress.com/article-19723-strutting-with-bonnie-toland.html On Friday Sept. 7, the Intercontinental Hotel hosts the second annual STRUT fashion competition where 20+ interior design teams will derobe their raiments constructed around the theme of Wisconsin Manufacturing. Bonnie Toland...]]> Black Holocaust Museum Moves Online http://shepherdexpress.com/article-19684-black-holocaust-museum-moves-online.html America's Black Holocaust Museum (ABHM) may have closed its doors, but the Milwaukee institution recently opened a window to the world by relaunching as a virtual museum...]]> Pedestrians React to Milwaukee's 'Pedestrian Drama' http://shepherdexpress.com/article-19630-pedestrians-react-to-milwaukees-pedestrian-drama.html The assembly of flipping signs on five light poles on the east end of Wisconsin Avenue in Milwaukee's Downtown is a playfully coy artwork. Pedestrian Drama, the brainchild of artist Janet Zweig, has been in place for about a year...]]> Talking with Jessica Lybeck - Learning is Worth A Dabble http://shepherdexpress.com/article-19631-talking-with-jessica-lybeck-learning-is-worth-a-dabble.html A Film About a Family of Exterminators http://shepherdexpress.com/article-19553-a-film-about-a-family-of-exterminators.html Pester, the new film by Eric Gerber, is a reflection on the American Dream. Pester follows a family of exterminators who face economic and ethical challenges...]]> Sara Krajewski, INOVA's New Director http://shepherdexpress.com/article-19513-sara-krajewski-inovas-new-director.html With 12 years of experience as a curator of contemporary arts at the Henry Art Gallery in Seattle, Madison Art Center and Harvard Art Museums, Sara Krajewski has arrived in Milwaukee as director of the INOVA (Institute of Visual Arts)...]]> Rapping With Zaire http://shepherdexpress.com/article-19437-rapping-with-zaire.html Jamal Quezaire, aka Zaire, recently appeared on MTV's “RapFix Live”—the first Milwaukee artist to do so. He was immediately co-signed by DJ Khaled of Cash Money Records...]]> Milwaukee Building Far Beyond the Standard http://shepherdexpress.com/article-19374-milwaukee-building-far-beyond-the-standard.html Milwaukee developer Juli Kaufmann...]]> Westbrook Creates Fiber Art at Pfister Hotel http://shepherdexpress.com/article-19308-westbrook-creates-fiber-art-at-pfister-hotel.html The Pfister Hotel's latest artist in residence, Timothy Westbrook, hails from upstate New York. In May 2011, Westbrook graduated from Syracuse University, where he majored in fiber...]]> Bob Curry, Founder of Dryhootch http://shepherdexpress.com/article-19236-bob-curry-founder-of-dryhootch.html Vietnam combat veteran Bob Curry founded Dryhootch of America in 2008 as an accessible, collaborative network of people and nonprofit organizations to provide support and services for veterans and their families...]]> Nick Lynch in Superb Health http://shepherdexpress.com/article-19180-nick-lynch-in-superb-health.html For most, fitness since the “Arnold era” means a gym with cardio equipment, free weights, mirrors and machines, and people counting out reps and sets. That's fine. Some people prefer that. But because machines isolate particular muscle groups, they...]]> Zombies Speak! - Angry Young Men and friends http://shepherdexpress.com/article-19089-zombies-speak_-angry-young-men-and-friends.html Angry Young Men Ltd. is a local troupe “of geeks, artisans, mad scientists and drinkin' buddies” who put on puppet comedy-variety shows. They brought friends to chat with Off the Cuff...]]> Linda Burg's Little Read Book http://shepherdexpress.com/article-19026-linda-burgs-little-read-book.html Charmingly situated in the village of Wauwatosa, The Little Read Book (7603 W. State St.) has survived the rise and fall of big-box booksellers, endured the behemoth of Amazon.com and withstood the ever-shortening attention spans...]]> Kasten Brings Mobocracy to Port Washington http://shepherdexpress.com/article-18959-kasten-brings-mobocracy-to-port-washington.html In December 2011 Craig Kasten opened Mobocracy, a vintage clothing and organic products store. The store's name, Mobocracy, means “ruled by the people.” “It's like democracy, but with more anarchy,” Kasten jokes. The store brings some...]]> Beans & Barley's Long-Term Success http://shepherdexpress.com/article-18899-beans-barleys-long-term-success.html In 1973, Beans & Barley (1901 E. North Ave.) began as a tiny health food store with a few barrels of bulk produce. Today it employs a staff of 100, can serve 80 customers in its café and houses a deli, store and gift shop. It has survived...]]> Wisconsin's World-Class Microtonal Composer http://shepherdexpress.com/article-18821-wisconsins-world-class-microtonal-composer.html Composer Ben Johnston is an orchestral music guru, heralded as "one of the foremost composers of microtonal music" and also “one of the best non-famous composers this country has to offer.” He has taught across the world and written extensively...]]> Sterr-ing Up Interest in Milwaukee Museum Mile http://shepherdexpress.com/article-18781-sterr-ing-up-interest-in-milwaukee-museum-mile.html The Milwaukee Museum Mile is a newly formed consortium of institutions located on Milwaukee's East Side. John Sterr, marketing manager for the Charles Allis and Villa Terrace art museums, talked about the development of this unique...]]> Downtown's DIY Bicycle Shop http://shepherdexpress.com/article-18723-downtowns-diy-bicycle-shop.html Evan Pack is founder and executive director of Vulture Space, the bicycle collective and community workshop that recently opened in a vacant Plankinton Avenue storefront in the Grand Avenue Mall...]]> Brewcity Bruisers' Becky the Butcher http://shepherdexpress.com/article-18547-brewcity-bruisers-becky-the-butcher.html Rebecca Berkshire, executive chef of Balzac and Hi Hat, is better known to roller derby fans as Becky the Butcher. The heavily tattooed powerhouse has been skating with the league since day one as a member of the Shevil Knevils, one...]]> Filmmaker Genevieve Davis' 'Secret Life' http://shepherdexpress.com/article-18481-filmmaker-genevieve-davis-secret-life.html Genevieve Davis' new docudrama Secret Life, Secret Death uncovers her grandmother's experience in the seedy underworld of 1920s gangland Chicago from years of family secrecy. The story includes her grandmother's involvement in bootlegging and...]]> Robert Ricigliano, Milwaukee Peacemaker http://shepherdexpress.com/article-18417-robert-ricigliano-milwaukee-peacemaker.html Robert Ricigliano came to Milwaukee from Boston with impressive credentials, including a résumé of conflict resolution projects in South Africa, the former Soviet Union, Cambodia, Colombia and elsewhere, and consultation work with USAID...]]> Dale Kuntz, Milwaukee's Mr. Movies http://shepherdexpress.com/article-18350-dale-kuntz-milwaukees-mr-movies.html Dale Kuntz has long been Milwaukee's genial advocate of classic Hollywood. If Ted Turner had gotten wind of him, this charmingly garrulous gentleman might have been auditioned as a host on TCM, but instead he has remained a local...]]> Pfister Narrator Ed Makowski http://shepherdexpress.com/article-18208-pfister-narrator-ed-makowski.html Ed Makowski hosts a series on public radio, tends bar in Riverwest and writes uniquely themed poetry. His latest gig as the Pfister Hotel's in-house story maven sounds like a good tale in the making...]]> Brady Street's Pin Up Salon http://shepherdexpress.com/article-18155-brady-streets-pin-up-salon.html There's a new place in town to channel our inner “bombshell.” Pin Up (1224 E. Brady St.), a blow-dry bar and eye boutique that is the latest creation of Leroy Buth, is a “whole different animal” than Halo Hair Spa, Buth's endeavor across the street...]]> 'Dialogue With Laura Gordon' http://shepherdexpress.com/article-18091-dialogue-with-laura-gordon.html Place: Bella Caffe, Third Ward, Milwaukee Time: Early spring, 2012. Marie Kohler and Laura Gordon, friends and colleagues, are having soup after rehearsal and “talking theater."]]> Will Branch's Weekend Folk Stardom http://shepherdexpress.com/article-18019-will-branchs-weekend-folk-stardom.html Will Branch is a certified teacher in the Music Together program and a bona fide weekend rock star. Off the Cuff spoke with him about hunting memoirs and newborn jam sessions...]]> Milwaukee Filmmaker Documents Jeffrey Dahmer's Impact http://shepherdexpress.com/article-17940-milwaukee-filmmaker-documents-jeffrey-dahmers-impact.html Milwaukee filmmaker Chris James Thompson's documentary Jeff explores the unsettling effect that Jeffrey Dahmer had on those around him. The medical examiner and a detective involved in the case, as well as one of Dahmer's neighbors...]]> Josh Jaszewski: Theatergoer Extraordinaire http://shepherdexpress.com/article-17850-josh-jaszewski-theatergoer-extraordinaire.html With his long, black Dr. Who coat, striped scarf, leather hat and trailing ponytail, Josh Jaszewski is a familiar figure to many Milwaukeeans as he strides down sidewalks twirling his “devil sticks” (he's never without them). In theater circles, he's also...]]> For Dean Cannestra, Cooking Is in the Genes http://shepherdexpress.com/article-17786-for-dean-cannestra-cooking-is-in-the-genes.html Milwaukee restaurateur and chef Dean Cannestra, owner of Nessun Dorma and Libiamo restaurants, insists that the secret to a good marinara sauce is “sweetness.” Cannestra prefers to cook his tomatoes for a shorter period of time, in order to...]]> Mark Borchardt Beyond 'American Movie' http://shepherdexpress.com/article-17715-mark-borchardt-beyond-american-movie.html Mark Borchardt, the low- (or was it no-?) budget filmmaker documented in the 1999 cult favorite American Movie, hasn't stood still in the years since he first made a splash. He has appeared on “Late Show With David Letterman” and other...]]> The Collector Behind MAM's 'Accidental Genius' http://shepherdexpress.com/article-17639-the-collector-behind-mams-accidental-genius.html Over a 20-year period, Milwaukee's Tony Petullo amassed an internationally known art collection. Now, the retired businessman has given more than 300 pieces to the Milwaukee Art Museum. These works form the new exhibition...]]> Milwaukee Finds 'Common Ground' for Foreclosures http://shepherdexpress.com/article-17569-milwaukee-finds-common-ground-for-foreclosures.html In this era of record bonuses for Wall Street and “get out of jail free” cards for the wealthy and well connected, at least one grassroots, nonpartisan organization successfully sought corporate accountability. Common Ground achieved that with its...]]> Going Wild for Theater at the Milwaukee County Zoo http://shepherdexpress.com/article-17451-going-wild-for-theater-at-the-milwaukee-county-zoo.html Milwaukee County Zoo Theater Coordinator Dave McLellan is the man behind Kohl's Wild Theater, a program developed by the zoo and funded in part by a $1 million donation from Kohl's. Its programs deliver an entertaining way to learn about...]]> Milwaukee's 'Coopetition' Not Just for the Birds http://shepherdexpress.com/article-17389-milwaukees-coopetition-not-just-for-the-birds.html To celebrate the city ordinance allowing Milwaukee residents to keep up to four chickens, Cream City Hens and Beintween are bringing a “Coopetition” (a design/build contest for chicken coops) home to roost. Keith Hayes, founder of Beintween...]]> SkeeNation's Milwaukee Masterminds http://shepherdexpress.com/article-17327-skeenations-milwaukee-masterminds.html With SkeeNation's “Regular Skeeson” rolling along, I met with league exec Brandon Harris and local masterminds Casey Payne and Kelvin Evans alongside a pair of skeeball machines with the coin slots turned off. P.S.: It's addicting. Use the wall...]]> Portrait Society's Collaborative 'Winter Chapel' http://shepherdexpress.com/article-17272-portrait-societys-collaborative-winter-chapel.html Portrait Society Gallery is getting ready to brighten this chilly season with its annual “Winter Chapel” installation, opening on Gallery Night, Jan. 20. This year features a free-standing room constructed by Keith Nelson and decorated by Paula Schulze...]]> Kevin Horrigan: Finger-Style Guitar Champion http://shepherdexpress.com/article-17218-kevin-horrigan-finger-style-guitar-champion.html Milwaukee native Kevin Horrigan had been playing guitar informally since his teens, tooling around on the electric guitar and jamming with friends, but he didn't take music seriously until he was 20, when he became infatuated with the finger-style...]]> Gathering Resources to Feed Milwaukee's Hungry http://shepherdexpress.com/article-17150-gathering-resources-to-feed-milwaukees-hungry.html For 30 years The Gathering has been a vital presence in Milwaukee, steadfastly maintaining its mission to “provide meals and associated services to those who would otherwise go hungry.” The interfaith meal...]]> UWM's John Gleeson on All Things Irish http://shepherdexpress.com/article-17082-uwms-john-gleeson-on-all-things-irish.html Native Dubliner John Gleeson is a UW-Milwaukee professor and advocate of Celtic culture. He sat down over frosty pints at County Clare to discuss Irish bards, notable McCarthys, Christmas boxes and William Butler Yeats' sexual rejuvenation...]]> Kari Couture's Socially Engaged Art http://shepherdexpress.com/article-16993-kari-coutures-socially-engaged-art.html Kari Couture, who has had her works exhibited internationally and her political drawings and prints included in several books on socially engaged art (including Paper Politics and Reproduce & Revolt), is devoted to community art education...]]> Ann Marie Craig Balances Work and Family http://shepherdexpress.com/article-16927-ann-marie-craig-balances-work-and-family.html West Bend's Ann Marie Craig is featured in the book Country Living: The Mom's Guide to Running a Business. The owner of Century Farmhouse, which produces handcrafted artisan soaps, is among 28 women profiled in the book...]]> Milwaukee Filmmaker Creates 'Will and Testament' http://shepherdexpress.com/article-16852-milwaukee-filmmaker-creates-will-and-testament.html Eric Strelitzer is a 2006 UW-Oshkosh graduate and Wisconsin native who wrote and directed Will and Testament, currently in post-production and scheduled for...]]> Ron Faiola's Rock Posters: Remembering the Real Alternative http://shepherdexpress.com/article-16787-ron-faiolas-rock-posters-remembering-the-real-alternative.html Back in the days before texting, when a staple gun and a telephone poll were the cheapest ways of getting the word out, posters were a popular medium for promoting bands. Some excellent poster art (as well as some interesting dreck) was inspired...]]> Artist Shelby Keefe Captures Milwaukee's Beauty http://shepherdexpress.com/article-16724-artist-shelby-keefe-captures-milwaukees-beauty.html The Pfister Hotel's third artist in residence, Shelby Keefe, started painting at a young age. As a child she often made doodles and drawings. Keefe followed that passion in college, completing a BFA in graphic design at Cardinal Stritch University...]]> ArtWorks for Milwaukee's Youth Outreach http://shepherdexpress.com/article-16611-artworks-for-milwaukees-youth-outreach.html Since its inception in 2001, ArtWorks for Milwaukee has hired and trained more than 400 youth in a variety of unique arts-based programs. The local nonprofit is hosting its third “Night by the River” benefit 7-10 p.m. Nov. 11...]]> Milwaukee's Kathryn Lofton on Oprah, Religion http://shepherdexpress.com/article-16528-milwaukees-kathryn-lofton-on-oprah-religion.html Kathryn Lofton grew up walking Milwaukee's East Side with her sister, each sporting a Walkman. “She had cool music like Joy Division,” Lofton says. “I had Steve Winwood's 'Higher Love.'” Now, after the publication of Lofton's lauded...]]> Balls to the Wall - Brookfield Native Penelope Spheeris' Latest Film http://shepherdexpress.com/article-16487-balls-to-the-wall-brookfield-native-penelope-spheeris-latest-film.html Balls to the Wall is the new comedy directed by critically acclaimed Penelope Spheeris. Spheeris' eclectic career includes directing the blockbuster Wayne's World, and writing the memoir of Janis Joplin The Gospel According to Janis...]]> Blind Eye Studio: Following Bliss, Picturing Zombies http://shepherdexpress.com/article-16472-blind-eye-studio-following-bliss-picturing-zombies.html For many wide-eyed Gen Yers bequeathed...]]> What Democracy Looks Like? - An Interview with Randy Brice, Arrested for Protesting Ron Johnson http://shepherdexpress.com/article-16452-what-democracy-looks-like-an-interview-with-randy-brice-arrested-for-protesting-ron-johnson.html Kimberly Kreines' Strength Shows at Writers Boot Camp
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Those voices you hear everywhere—at the Amtrak station or the airport, using soothing tones to warn about unattended...]]> Milwaukee Playwright Adds Salt to Festival http://shepherdexpress.com/article-16148-milwaukee-playwright-adds-salt-to-festival.html High Frequency Media's East Coast Tour - On the road with Juniper Tar, Strand of Oaks http://shepherdexpress.com/article-16086-high-frequency-medias-east-coast-tour-on-the-road-with-juniper-tar-strand-of-oaks.html Anthony Lopez and Jon Salimes founded High Frequency Media in 2009...]]> DJ Phil Anderson - Old School and On the Air http://shepherdexpress.com/article-16018-dj-phil-anderson-old-school-and-on-the-air.html Douglas Armstrong's Tales of Small-Town Kansas http://shepherdexpress.com/article-16002-douglas-armstrongs-tales-of-small-town-kansas.html Douglas Armstrong is a familiar byline from his many years with the Milwaukee Journal, especially his long tenure as the evening paper's...]]> Play Ball, Milwaukee! - LGBT teams in Dairyland softball tournament http://shepherdexpress.com/article-15969-play-ball-milwaukee_-lgbt-teams-in-dairyland-softball-tournament.html Brian Reinkober has been the commissioner of Milwaukee's Saturday Softball Beer League (SSBL) since 2002. The 34-year-old LGBT league is holding its annual Dairyland Classic softball tournament at Wick Field on Sept. 3-4, followed by awards and entertainment in Catalano Square...]]> The Center of Water Street http://shepherdexpress.com/article-15850-the-center-of-water-street.html bought both buildings and spent a few years renovating them. Last December we unveiled what's now branded as the City Center at 735. It's the combination of these two buildings and the amenities...]]> Photographer Francis Ford's Operatic Turn http://shepherdexpress.com/article-15833-photographer-francis-fords-operatic-turn.html Francis Ford is one of Milwaukee's most recognized photographers—“the city's house photographer,” someone called him as his career of snapping the movers and builders got under way...]]> From Somalia to Milwaukee (And Back Again) http://shepherdexpress.com/article-15696-from-somalia-to-milwaukee-%2528and-back-again%2529.html Omar Gagale came to Milwaukee from Somalia and has been a successful businessman. He set up Lula's, an African restaurant on Oakland Avenue, and then...]]> Rich Lundstrom, Disillusioned Ex-Roadie http://shepherdexpress.com/article-15637-rich-lundstrom-disillusioned-ex-roadie.html Rich Lundstrom has spent most of his life working in the music industry, first as a manager and roadie for local bands in the '80s, then as a stagehand for venues like the Bradley Center and Alpine Valley, and now as a sound-system consultant and rigger...]]> Forward Fabrics' Hometown Ts http://shepherdexpress.com/article-15563-forward-fabrics-hometown-ts.html Businesses don't get much smaller than Forward Fabrics, an online T-shirt shop launched this spring by Milwaukee writer and sports blogger Tyler Maas, who prints his shirts at Redwall Custom Screen Printing in Bay View and works mostly alone, save for a little design help...]]> Milwaukee Welcomes Chinese Culture Fest http://shepherdexpress.com/article-15485-milwaukee-welcomes-chinese-culture-fest.html Homonyms Can be Murder: A Story about Cereal Killer Trading Cards http://shepherdexpress.com/article-15491-homonyms-can-be-murder-a-story-about-cereal-killer-trading-cards.html Shorewood Welcomes Hummingbird Art Boutique http://shepherdexpress.com/article-15439-shorewood-welcomes-hummingbird-art-boutique.html The two friends named Leslie say it was kismet when they met at a Fourth of July party and discovered they both enjoyed art. Leslie Phillips and Leslie Spencer shared a dream of opening a boutique offering artwork that would be affordable, handmade, repurposed and unique. When a small retail...]]> Milwaukee Poet Pushes Through the Fear http://shepherdexpress.com/article-15363-milwaukee-poet-pushes-through-the-fear.html Linetta Davis develops creative expressions on a number of different levels. She has performed poetry for years and published a few books, including Honey and Vinegar. She also has staged her multi-voice choreopoem A Black Woman's Burden as a theatrical production in southeastern Wisconsin...]]> MARNmentors: Connecting Artists in Milwaukee http://shepherdexpress.com/article-15279-marnmentors-connecting-artists-in-milwaukee.html For the past 11 years the Milwaukee Artist Resource Network (MARN) has been working to empower artists in all media. One of their most powerful programs is called MARNmentors. Each year MARN works with established artists, administrators, filmmakers, curators and more to review applications from...]]> The Meaning of Being Human - Marquette's Curtis Carter on art, philosophy and China http://shepherdexpress.com/article-15204-the-meaning-of-being-human-marquettes-curtis-carter-on-art-philosophy-and-china.html Curtis Carter came to Milwaukee in 1969 as an assistant professor in philosophy at Marquette University and has long since become a full professor...]]> Mark Keefe: Programming 88Nine Radio Milwaukee http://shepherdexpress.com/article-15133-mark-keefe-programming-88nine-radio-milwaukee.html This spring Louisville, Ky., native Mark Keefe marked his first year as program director for WYMS-FM 88.9 Radio Milwaukee, a position that has tapped his two decades of experience in both commercial and noncommercial radio...]]> Creator of the Blue Fist Speaks Out http://shepherdexpress.com/article-15057-creator-of-the-blue-fist-speaks-out.html Carrie Worthen created the iconic Blue Fist...]]> Filmmaker Brooke Maroldi's New Roles http://shepherdexpress.com/article-15045-filmmaker-brooke-maroldis-new-roles.html Fred Bell's Portrait of the Marshall Building http://shepherdexpress.com/article-15000-fred-bells-portrait-of-the-marshall-building.html Fredrickson Paints Milwaukee in Music and Images http://shepherdexpress.com/article-14856-fredrickson-paints-milwaukee-in-music-and-images.html The recently released Souvenirs is Mike Fredrickson's 11th CD, counting the albums he made with The Mosleys as well as under his own name...]]> Ross Wellington: Hard-Boiled Extraterrestrial http://shepherdexpress.com/article-14772-ross-wellington-hard-boiled-extraterrestrial.html Set in 1940s California, Ross Wellington is the story of a Roswell alien who now works as a private detective. With the comic book's third issue newly available online, the story's Milwaukee-bred perpetrators Mark Van Handel (Ross creator and co-writer) and Brian Ellis (artist and co-writer)...]]> The Many Faces of Barbara Stephan http://shepherdexpress.com/article-14726-the-many-faces-of-barbara-stephan.html Paul McComas’ ‘Unforgettable’ Fiction http://shepherdexpress.com/article-14634-paul-mccomas%25E2%2580%2599-%25E2%2580%2598unforgettable%25E2%2580%2599-fiction.html Paul McComas is engaging, intelligent and creative in many media. His most recent novel, Planet of the Dates (2008), was drawn from his experience as a teenager from Whitefish Bay prowling the fleshpots of Milwaukee with a fake ID...]]> The Starr of Gourmet Chocolate http://shepherdexpress.com/article-14576-the-starr-of-gourmet-chocolate.html Milwaukee's Master of the Flamenco Guitar http://shepherdexpress.com/article-14483-milwaukees-master-of-the-flamenco-guitar.html I have known flamenco guitar master Peter Baime for 40 years. He studied at the American Conservatory of Music in Chicago, as well as in Spain. Baime has played professionally since...]]> Wisconsin Teen to Refresh Audiences with Justice http://shepherdexpress.com/article-14379-wisconsin-teen-to-refresh-audiences-with-justice.html Wearing Your Politics http://shepherdexpress.com/article-14373-wearing-your-politics.html Designer Byron Thomas has thrown a fashion curve at Wisconsin's political discourse with politically themed T-shirts, available at Bullseye Records (1627 E. Irving Place) and Sky High Skateboard Shop (2501 S. Howell Ave.). "I sort of lucked into spots on...]]> Mark Concannon's Return to Sports - Popular news anchor following the Packers (and the Brewers and...) http://shepherdexpress.com/article-14317-mark-concannons-return-to-sports-popular-news-anchor-following-the-packers-%2528and-the-brewers-and%2529.html Until a year ago, when he left the morning show "Fox 6 WakeUp News," Mark Concannon was a familiar face among Milwaukee anchors—the cheerful but smart personality...]]> Neal Chandek Has Fun With Jazz http://shepherdexpress.com/article-14251-neal-chandek-has-fun-with-jazz.html Neal Chandek talks like a jazz musician—and not just because he occasionally speaks of "cats" when referring to two-legged creatures. The veteran Milwaukee pianist and trumpeter riffs with words and ideas, sending them on extended solo...]]> Milwaukee Rep's Mark Clements Looks to the Future http://shepherdexpress.com/article-14173-milwaukee-reps-mark-clements-looks-to-the-future.html After 17 years under Artistic Director Joseph Hanreddy, the Milwaukee Rep has found new leadership in the form of Mark Clements. Well into his first season, the British-born artistic director's commitment to Milwaukee...]]> Kirchen's Radio-Rich Career - 30 Years (More or Less) of WMSE http://shepherdexpress.com/article-14112-kirchens-radio-rich-career-30-years-%2528more-or-less%2529-of-wmse.html Rich Kirchen has been a Milwaukee journalist for more than 30 years, working in various capacities as columnist, editor and reporter at The Business Journal since 1990...]]> Milwaukee's Extreme Moms - Bold actions raise money for good causes http://shepherdexpress.com/article-14046-milwaukees-extreme-moms-bold-actions-raise-money-for-good-causes.html Liz Shipe’s Story of ‘Urban Fairy Tales’ http://shepherdexpress.com/article-13947-liz-shiperss-story-of-lsurban-fairy-talesrs.html A project born out of creativity, boredom and sheer ingenuity, local actress Liz Shipe and photographer Perry Heideman’s Urban Fairy Tales is a series of narrative photographs that cast a stylish new light...]]> Jim Gardinier's 'Wings of Love' http://shepherdexpress.com/article-13883-jim-gardiniers-wings-of-love.html With a helping hand full of birdseed and a heart full of gold, Jim Gardinier supplies people with wings of love. Since his diagnosis of Ménière's disease 10 years ago, “Jim the Birdman” has bred and raised birds for the handicapped practically free of charge...]]> Twitter Fiction - Julie Brandenburg's online story http://shepherdexpress.com/article-13799-twitter-fiction-julie-brandenburgs-online-story.html Julie Brandenburg has been a musical presence in Milwaukee for years, playing keyboards and leading alternative-progressive rock bands such as True Heart Susie and The Julie B Well. Recent years have found her composing music in a contemporary classical vein, teaching voice, piano and music...]]> Making a Difference for People With TMJ http://shepherdexpress.com/article-13734-making-a-difference-for-people-with-tmj.html Approximately 35 million people suffer from some degree of temporomandibular joint disorder, commonly called TMJ. For more than two decades Terrie Cowley, president and co-founder of the TMJ Association (TMJA), has been striving to raise awareness, advocate for TMJ patients' rights, and...]]> Singing the Praises of Susan Wiedmeyer http://shepherdexpress.com/article-13656-singing-the-praises-of-susan-wiedmeyer.html Sure, she sings in six languages with a tear-jerking soprano and recently released her first album as part of the trio In One A Chord, but Susan Wiedmeyer is the antithesis of a young diva. You may have...]]> Rock the Haus http://shepherdexpress.com/article-13581-rock-the-haus.html Big-box retailers have been stomping out mom-and-pop stores everywhere, but Milwaukee's Rockhaus is bucking the trend by finding a niche selling and servicing musical instruments. Not that Rockhaus' owner truly was looking to create...]]> ‘Police Station Bomb of 1917’ Rocks Bay View - Robert Tanzilo's book explores a piece of Milwaukee history http://shepherdexpress.com/article-13515-lspolice-station-bomb-of-1917rs-rocks-bay-view-robert-tanzilos-book-explores-a-piece-of-milwaukee-history.html A troubled neighborhood as America entered World War I, Bay View numbered many Italian residents facing ethnic discrimination and zealous Protestant missionaries bent on converting them...]]> Have a Good Hair Day http://shepherdexpress.com/article-13410-have-a-good-hair-day.html Nothing can shoot down a bad hair day like a salon session with Scott Yance, hair stylist and agent of organic follicle sculpting. The 12-year creative director and recently made partner of the local Erik of...]]> The Joy of Thinking (Not Drinking) http://shepherdexpress.com/article-13339-the-joy-of-thinking-%2528not-drinking%2529.html A self-described “re-imagined alcoholic” of five years and no stranger to despair, 49-year-old Mark Tuschel is examining sobriety and articulating his insights. The thesis of his successful book Living Sober Sucks is that...]]> Soulfunk Publicity’s Journey From Los Angeles to Milwaukee http://shepherdexpress.com/article-13256-soulfunk-publicityrss-journey-from-los-angeles-to-milwaukee.html After working in Los Angeles for nearly four years, Mario Martin recently returned to Milwaukee. Martin brought with him years of public relations experience and his own company...]]> The ‘Reptile Man’ Responds - Terry Cullen tells his side of the story http://shepherdexpress.com/article-13113-the-lsreptile-manrs-responds-terry-cullen-tells-his-side-of-the-story.html The Journey From Bench to Bellhop http://shepherdexpress.com/article-13029-the-journey-from-bench-to-bellhop.html Jason Ilstrup, housekeeping manager of the Fifth Ward’s Iron Horse Hotel, was a Peace Corps leader in Niger, became a lawyer and worked in Congress before abandoning his legal career to become a bellhop. He describes his international service work, his decision to leave politics and how the Iron Horse...]]> Roger Miller’s Fictional Life http://shepherdexpress.com/article-12982-roger-millerrss-fictional-life.html Finding Balance in Dance http://shepherdexpress.com/article-12907-finding-balance-in-dance.html Tom Thoreson spent 20 years as an artist in residence at Milwaukee’s Lincoln Center of the Arts, choreographing and dancing with great style in Bauer, Wild Space and the company he came to lead, Foothold Dance Performance. Now he is a personal trainer and adaptive dance teacher with the...]]> Gwen Gillen’s Sculpted Life http://shepherdexpress.com/article-12832-gwen-gillenrss-sculpted-life.html Gwen Gillen’s works include the sculpture of Mary Tyler Moore tossing her hat in the air that stands in downtown Minneapolis, the duck family on the bridge over the Milwaukee River on Wisconsin Avenue, and sensitive life-sized sculptures of Father Kentenich, founder of the...]]> Creative Currents Flow at Still Waters Collective http://shepherdexpress.com/article-12745-creative-currents-flow-at-still-waters-collective.html Ten years ago, poet, author and spoken word performance artist Dasha Kelly wanted to make a positive change in Milwaukee. She gathered several talented artists and offered their artistic educational skills to area schools under the name Still Waters Collective (SWC). Over the years the group has grown to offer in-school programs...]]> Richard Thieme’s Take on Technology and Its Effects http://shepherdexpress.com/article-12665-richard-thiemerss-take-on-technology-and-its-effects.html Richard Thieme, part author, part techno-philosopher, has been writing and speaking for 20 years about technology and its effects on our culture. In the 1980s, when the era of personal home computers was in its infancy, he recognized that we were on the cusp of a technological revolution. He identified computers as an influence in our society...]]> The Derby Life of a Brewcity Bruiser http://shepherdexpress.com/article-12521-the-derby-life-of-a-brewcity-bruiser.html Some would find a career as a competitive figure skating instructor at the Pettit National Ice Center sufficiently stimulating, but Angela Johnstad—or "Terror Lapinski," as she’s known to roller derby fans—added even more excitement to her life through roller derby. On the cusp of her fourth season...]]> Milwaukee Ballet’s New Trio http://shepherdexpress.com/article-12454-milwaukee-balletrss-new-trio.html Local Filmmaker Plays in Trees http://shepherdexpress.com/article-12347-local-filmmaker-plays-in-trees.html 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...]]> Changing the Image of Women and Girls http://shepherdexpress.com/article-12331-changing-the-image-of-women-and-girls.html Alverno College has been at the forefront of educating women in Milwaukee for many years. In April 2010 the Roman Catholic institution further strengthened this position with the grand opening of its new Research Center for Women and Girls (RCWG). The Center's new director, Kate Masley, has a solid background in women's issues and gender studies...]]> Lil’ Rev: Milwaukee’s Ukulele King http://shepherdexpress.com/article-12266-lilrs-rev-milwaukeerss-ukulele-king.html As a prolific, nationally touring performer and recording artist for the past 15 years, Lil’ Rev has been among the busiest of Milwaukee musicians. Later this year Rev will release a CD with one of his local heroes, folk singer Larry Penn, and he occasionally shares the stage with such other Milwaukee...]]> 'Knit in Comfort' Weaves a Winning Tale http://shepherdexpress.com/article-12201-knit-in-comfort-weaves-a-winning-tale.html It is just plain refreshing to sit back and relax with a good book. And when it comes to a good book, Knit in Comfort by Milwaukee author Isabel Sharpe has all of the right materials effortlessly woven into a novel filled with warmth, sass and intrigue. A knitting circle in small-town...]]> UWM’s Donte McFadden Researches Black Filmmakers http://shepherdexpress.com/article-12121-uwmrss-donte-mcfadden-researches-black-filmmakers.html Milwaukee Soldier Turning the Desert Green in Iraq http://shepherdexpress.com/article-12045-milwaukee-soldier-turning-the-desert-green-in-iraq.html Come Back, Joe Johnson - MSO cellist on leave in Toronto http://shepherdexpress.com/article-11993-come-back-joe-johnson-mso-cellist-on-leave-in-toronto.html Brian Sanders’ Chill Vibe at the Jazz Estate http://shepherdexpress.com/article-11835-brian-sandersrs-chill-vibe-at-the-jazz-estate.html For the past 33 years, the Jazz Estate has kept Milwaukee’s jazz pulse pumping. Brian Sanders, current co-owner, is one of the men to thank. From big names to local acts, he hosts live music almost every night of the week and keeps it consistent. Whether slinging drinks, manning the door or kicking it with a beer, Sanders is never far from the bar or short on stories...]]> Milwaukee Dancer Adds New Dimension With ‘Step Up 3D’ http://shepherdexpress.com/article-11789-milwaukee-dancer-adds-new-dimension-with-lsstep-up-3drs.html Safe Haven Found at Alliance School http://shepherdexpress.com/article-12924-safe-haven-found-at-alliance-school.html Joseph Hanreddy Moves to UW-Milwaukee http://shepherdexpress.com/article-11623-joseph-hanreddy-moves-to-uw-milwaukee.html After years of serving as artistic director of Milwaukee Repertory Theater, Joseph Hanreddy finds himself with an interesting new role in the Milwaukee theater scene. The man who helped make the Rep the city’s most prestigious theater company will soon be working for UW-Milwaukee. He will be helping...]]> Shaia Fahrid Explores Cultures Through Dance http://shepherdexpress.com/article-11558-shaia-fahrid-explores-cultures-through-dance.html The Astor Street Dance Studio (1228 N. Astor St.) is a beautiful Victorian parlor with an old fireplace, a polished hardwood floor and a wall of mirrors. Dance instructor Shaia Fahrid opened the studio in March for students who wish to explore the dances of other...]]> Serving Milwaukee’s Chinese Community http://shepherdexpress.com/article-11512-serving-milwaukeerss-chinese-community.html Milwaukee Clothing, Fashion Go NEWD http://shepherdexpress.com/article-11420-milwaukee-clothing-fashion-go-newd.html Bert Kessler is celebrating the third anniversary of his clothing company, NEWD, by kicking it into a higher gear. His lines of high-quality cotton basics feel as comfortable as your own skin and have been quickly expanding since Kessler began dedicating 100% of his time to the business...]]> Racine Art Museum Ignites a ‘SPARK’ of Creativity http://shepherdexpress.com/article-11340-racine-art-museum-ignites-a-lssparkrs-of-creativity.html For people dealing with Alzheimer's disease, venturing outside of the home can be a challenge. Tricia Blasko, curator of education at the Racine Art Museum (RAM), hopes to ease some of those challenges by spearheading...]]> Sheena Luckett-Dodd’s Boutique Revolution http://shepherdexpress.com/article-11244-sheena-luckett-doddrss-boutique-revolution.html Tucked away off MCTS bus Route 21 on North Avenue, more than a stone’s throw from what might be considered Milwaukee’s fashion district, Boutique Revolution and Gallery (5209 W. North Ave.) offers a haven for art and community, an incubator for the...]]> Milwaukee’s Haunted History Tours http://shepherdexpress.com/article-11178-milwaukeerss-haunted-history-tours.html After three years of extensive research on Milwaukee’s history and folklore, Allison Jornlin founded Milwaukee Ghosts: Tours and Investigations. This, in turn, led to her “haunted history tours” in the Historic Third Ward. Jornlin, who began her third season of tours...]]> Mixed Martial Arts Master Duke Roufus http://shepherdexpress.com/article-11088-mixed-martial-arts-master-duke-roufus.html Duke Roufus has been immersed in the world of martial arts since birth. Roufus’ father owned a gym, so he entered the scene at a very young age. Now he runs his own gym, the Duke Roufus Academy, and is training some of the top martial arts athletes in the world. As Roufus explains, there is much more to the sport than what you see on television. Tell me the history of how you went from a 4-year-old beginner to a four-time...]]> A Poet’s True Voice http://shepherdexpress.com/article-11031-a-poetrss-true-voice.html Ed Makowski is a 29-year-old Milwaukee poet with a true voice. Under the pen name Eddie Kilowatt, which he no longer uses because “[He] almost had to develop multiple personalities...]]> Richard’s Place Provides a Caring Home http://shepherdexpress.com/article-10964-richardrss-place-provides-a-caring-home.html According to the website for Richard’s Place, the Waukesha nonprofit “facilitates independence, dignity and well-being through a complement of safe, affordable, appropriate AIDS housing, education and day-to-day support services to people infected and affected by HIV/AIDS.” Recently we spoke with Corrie Fulwiler, founder and executive director of Richard’s Place...]]> Blazing New Trails for Milwaukee Bicyclists http://shepherdexpress.com/article-10868-blazing-new-trails-for-milwaukee-bicyclists.html In his role as Milwaukee’s first bicycle and pedestrian coordinator, Dave Schlabowske has guided the city to a Bronze-Level Bicycle-Friendly Community designation from...]]> LaMont Prospect Explores ‘Control’ - Milwaukee psychologist speaks out http://shepherdexpress.com/article-10814-lamont-prospect-explores-lscontrolrs-milwaukee-psychologist-speaks-out.html Most of us resent control freaks; at the same time, we usually fear losing control. Milwaukee psychologist LaMont Prospect explores the issue in Control: A Book About People With an Excessive Need to Control Other...]]> ‘Seen in Milwaukee Photo Contest’ Names a Winner http://shepherdexpress.com/article-10722-lsseen-in-milwaukee-photo-contestrs-names-a-winner.html This February, the Shepherd Express challenged Milwaukeeans to capture life in our city—and you responded. The “Seen in Milwaukee Photo Contest” was inspired by the exhibition “Street Seen: The Psychological Gesture in American Photography, 1940–1959” showcasing post-World War II...]]> Being Funny in Milwaukee - Rick Katschke builds an audience http://shepherdexpress.com/article-10654-being-funny-in-milwaukee-rick-katschke-builds-an-audience.html With an audio podcast called “Host and Guest,” a monthly improv show at the Alchemist Theatre and a recent book release, Rick Katschke seems like he would need to be older than 24. But this funny youngster is already deepening his niche in the Milwaukee comedy scene. What started as a joke quickly exploded into a full-blown dream come true...]]> ‘Erica the Eagle’ Helps Milwaukee Author to Soar http://shepherdexpress.com/article-10398-lserica-the-eaglers-helps-milwaukee-author-to-soar.html Milwaukee’s Dynamic Events - Special-event planner David Caruso rises to the top http://shepherdexpress.com/article-10321-milwaukeerss-dynamic-events-special-event-planner-david-caruso-rises-to-the-top.html David Caruso’s career is the culmination of everything he’s done thus far in life. Intimately involved in theater while growing up, he went on to become the youngest editor of his high-school newspaper, and then studied visual communications and television broadcasting...]]> Rachael Thomas Carlson, ‘Poet of Silence’ http://shepherdexpress.com/article-10237-rachael-thomas-carlson-lspoet-of-silencers.html You may have seen Rachael Thomas Carlson in a three-piece suit and bow tie, lugging a heavy guitar case across the UW-Milwaukee campus or waiting with it at a bus stop. In that get-up Thomas resembles a country player from the Carter Family era, a comparison the musician might appreciate...]]> Kasia Wisniewski’s Bright Future in Fashion http://shepherdexpress.com/article-10181-kasia-wisniewskirss-bright-future-in-fashion.html Since graduating from Milwaukee High School of the Arts in 2006, Kasia Wisniewski’s career has been escalating at a steady pace. Scoring high in both academics and artistic vision helped her to earn multiple Fashion Scholarship Fund (FSF) awards, as well...]]> Helping Pit Bulls in Brew City http://shepherdexpress.com/article-10127-helping-pit-bulls-in-brew-city.html After being frustrated with the lack of programs for pit bull owners in southeastern Wisconsin, Michelle Serocki started the Brew City Bully Club as a way to help her and her pit bull, Capone. The club benefits dogs and humans...]]> Pfister Artist Katie Musolff http://shepherdexpress.com/article-10021-pfister-artist-katie-musolff.html In 2004, Milwaukee’s Katie Musolff graduated from the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design (MIAD) with a BFA in painting. Today, Musolff is making quite a name for herself. Speaking of her name, the young, well-known portrait artist jokes that all of the tall letters come at the end...]]> Elisha Ben-Yitzhak: ‘Art Is My Life’ http://shepherdexpress.com/article-9939-elisha-ben-yitzhak-lsart-is-my-lifers.html Painter Elisha Ben-Yitzhak, raised in a farming community in Israel, began his art training in the 1960s. After milking cows in the morning, he would travel two hours by bus to Tel Aviv to study at the Avni Art Institute...]]> Max Yela Heads UWM’s Special Collections http://shepherdexpress.com/article-9872-max-yela-heads-uwmrss-special-collections.html In 1994, Max Yela transferred to UW-Milwaukee from the Special Collections Department of the University of Delaware Library, becoming UWM’s first Special Collections librarian...]]> Dermond Peterson’s Stunning, Milwaukee-Made Textiles http://shepherdexpress.com/article-9770-dermond-petersonrss-stunning-milwaukee-made-textiles.html Some of the most stunning textiles sold across the country are created by hand in a studio on National Avenue. Dermond Peterson Design, created in 2001 by Susan Peterson and her sister Sandra Dermond, adorns the choicest of boutiques and design magazines from Metropolitan Home to The New York Times. In her airy, Spartan studio on National Avenue. Dermond Peterson Design...]]> A Milwaukee Native Behind the Music http://shepherdexpress.com/article-9704-a-milwaukee-native-behind-the-music.html Since heading off to California to move up the ranks of the record biz, Milwaukee native Cheryl Pawelski has worked at EMI, Concord and Rhino Records. Among the projects she has produced include box sets on Miles Davis and John Coltrane, The Band and Big Star. Once again she has...]]> Threyda: T-Shirts as Art http://shepherdexpress.com/article-9616-threyda-t-shirts-as-art.html Spurred on by economic conditions, technological advancements and social media, the T-shirt is as omnipresent as ever. After coming into its own in the late ’60s, the one-time undergarment is now a wardrobe staple—and this fashion trend shows no signs of fading. For Peter...]]> Milwaukee Vet Builds ‘MECA’ for Animals http://shepherdexpress.com/article-9471-milwaukee-vet-builds-lsmecars-for-animals.html Healing critically ill pets occupies Marla Lichtenberger’s mind 24/7. This nationally renowned veterinarian specializes in emergency and specialty care, which she combines with her expertise in exotics—unusual but legal pets that include birds, ferrets, rabbits, reptiles and rodents, to mention a few. Lichtenberger accomplishes...]]> Robin Kinney’s Art of Bookmaking http://shepherdexpress.com/article-9424-robin-kinneyrss-art-of-bookmaking.html Artist Robin Kinney, owner of Bay View Book Arts Gallery, fills her first-floor studio with handmade art books for exhibition and purchase. The gallery and classroom space, which began seven years ago, has resided in the renovated Hide House...]]> Terry Gavin: A Milwaukee Writer-Actor http://shepherdexpress.com/article-9368-terry-gavin-a-milwaukee-writer-actor.html English teacher, performer and author Terry Gavin knows where he’s positioned these days. And with his first novel, Shaving Without a Razor, about a self-medicating, golden-child financier, he is “bound and determined to put Milwaukee on the map.”]]> Charles Q. Sullivan: Early Music Master http://shepherdexpress.com/article-9302-charles-q-sullivan-early-music-master.html Charles Q. Sullivan has been engaged with the early music scene in Milwaukee for some decades now, seeking to bring his passion for early music to anl...]]> Carrie Silver-Stock: Helping Girls With Dreams http://shepherdexpress.com/article-9112-carrie-silver-stock-helping-girls-with-dreams.html By the time she hit college, social worker Carrie Silver-Stock knew she wanted to help teenage girls. After getting her master of social work, she started a Web site, girlswithdreams.com, hoping to foster a sense of community among young women otherwise lost in cyberspace. The site’s success proved...]]> Milwaukee Children’s Choir: A Season of Songs http://shepherdexpress.com/article-9029-milwaukee-childrenrss-choir-a-season-of-songs.html As southeastern Wisconsin’s premier professional children’s choir, Milwaukee Children’s Choir (MCC) offers kids from across the metropolitan area an opportunity to join in the fun of choral singing and learn some valuable life skills as well. Carol Storck, who took over as artistic director...]]> A Career in Costume at Milwaukee Ballet http://shepherdexpress.com/article-8958-a-career-in-costume-at-milwaukee-ballet.html Wardrobe Mistress Mary Belle Potter has worked with the Milwaukee Ballet for 37 of its 39 years, more than twice as long as anyone in the company. What has changed over the course of your tenure at the ballet? The company is so much more professional. The different artistic directors have upgraded the quality of the dancers’ technique, so we have a top-notch group. They come from all over the world. The school is one of the largest in the country and one of the few accredited?]]> Faythe Levine’s ‘Handmade Nation’ http://shepherdexpress.com/article-8902-faythe-levinerss-lshandmade-nationrs.html If your idea of crafts is limited to appliqué sweatshirts and Styrofoam snowmen, local artist/filmmaker Faythe Levine can help you get beyond those crafting misconceptions. For the last three years, Levine has been traveling across the country, filming and promoting Handmade Nation, a documentary about the thriving do-it-yourself (DIY) indie craft movement...]]> Rick Murphy’s ILLWALKEES Custom Sneakers http://shepherdexpress.com/article-8678-rick-murphyrss-illwalkees-custom-sneakers.html In a culture dominated by mass-produced fashions, running into someone wearing the same shirt isn’t uncommon. But with a pair of custom kicks by designer Rick Murphy of ILLWALKEES Custom Sneakers, you can guarantee you’re the only person on the planet who wears them...]]> Scott Johnson: Madison’s Young Baritone http://shepherdexpress.com/article-8567-scott-johnson-madisonrss-young-baritone.html For the second year in a row, the Florentine Opera Company welcomes young, talented vocalists to its 2009-2010 Florentine Opera Studio, a full season of artist-in-residence employment for exceptional singers beginning their professional careers. Joining the Florentine this season are soprano Sarah Jones of Columbus, Ohio, mezzo-soprano Julia Hardin...]]> Lora Ellingson’s One-of-a-Kind Fashion http://shepherdexpress.com/article-8475-lora-ellingsonrss-one-of-a-kind-fashion.html In the notoriously fickle realm of fashion, looking “last year” can be your worst nightmare. Supported by a sales model able to meet the swift demands of today’s fashion-conscious consumers, a new breed of multifaceted apparel designers is calling upon the power of “add to cart” to put that fear to rest...]]> Playwright Sarah Moon’s Appalachian Inspiration http://shepherdexpress.com/article-8400-playwright-sarah-moonrss-appalachian-inspiration.html For Milwaukee-raised playwright and actor Sarah Moon, professional success is hardly the main objective. Though lauded for her work onstage and off, Moon found her true calling when cast in a little-known Tennessee Williams play about coal mining in 1930s Appalachia. After an eye-opening trip to Louisville...]]> Vintage Baseball Star Jeff ‘The Gent’ Paige http://shepherdexpress.com/article-8306-vintage-baseball-star-jeff-lsthe-gentrs-paige.html Baseball didn’t just spring into existence as America’s pastime—it took decades of evolution and refinement for British games like cricket and rounders to morph into the game we know today. Throughout the 1800s, amateur clubs in different parts of the country played by different sets of rules and with varying degrees of organization and...]]> Jessica Purtell’s Divine Consign http://shepherdexpress.com/article-8257-jessica-purtellrss-divine-consign.html Divine Consign is a semiannual consignment sale for women featuring name-brand apparel, from designer jeans and handbags to maternity wear and professional attire. In the past, the prospect of 50% to 60% off retail prices has attracted shoppers...]]> Steve Palec’s Radio Roots http://shepherdexpress.com/article-8172-steve-palecrss-radio-roots.html Twenty-two years is a long time for anything in a world where change can come too rapidly, too often. It’s especially long in radio, where burnout, turnover and corporate consolidation have thinned the herd of radio veterans. Steve Palec...]]> Deborah Voith’s Magical Bewitchingbee http://shepherdexpress.com/article-8083-deborah-voithrss-magical-bewitchingbee.html Bewitchingbee (2456 N. Murray Ave.) offers a variety of occult items, including powders, oils, books and jewelry. Classes on tarot card reading, psychic development, hoodoo and related topics are offered as well. Owner and operator Deborah Voith also serves as the resident palm reader.]]> Getting Radically Small with Ben Turk http://shepherdexpress.com/article-8023-getting-radically-small-with-ben-turk.html Paint the Town on a multi-state DIY tour...]]> Novelist Diana Laurence’s Inner Life (and Vampires) http://shepherdexpress.com/article-7992-novelist-diana-laurencerss-inner-life-%2528and-vampires%2529.html Milwaukee-native Diana Laurence is a published novelist who transverses genres with a unique and broad repertoire of work, including the award-winning Soulful Sex anthology and vampire fiction like Bloodchained and Looking on Darkness.]]> Reused Items, Renewed Life at Habitat for Humanity ReStore http://shepherdexpress.com/article-7913-reused-items-renewed-life-at-habitat-for-humanity-restore.html The Habitat for Humanity ReStore (801 S. 60th St.) sells new and used doors, windows, appliances, furniture, electrical supplies and other household items. Proceeds from its sales go to benefit the local efforts of Habitat for Humanity. ReStore Director Jeri Kavanaugh talked to us about the goals...]]> Mary Dawe’s Film Acting Workshops http://shepherdexpress.com/article-7760-mary-dawerss-film-acting-workshops.html Several months ago in Wauwatosa, Mary Dawe opened the doors to Markson Dawe, a collection of film acting workshops designed to prepare students for the competitive world of show business. Kid, teen and adult workshops typically run for eight weeks and are specifically geared toward acting in film and...]]> Theater for Everyone http://shepherdexpress.com/article-7614-theater-for-everyone.html When Milwaukee Public Theatre artistic director Barbara Leigh co-founded the company with Michael John Moynihan 35 years ago, the performing arts scene in Milwaukee looked considerably different than it does now. Back then, most of the arts revolved around the...]]> Milwaukee’s Fidel Finds Unity in Race, Religion and Politics http://shepherdexpress.com/article-7531-milwaukeerss-fidel-finds-unity-in-race-religion-and-politics.html Local artist Fidel, or “Viva Fidel” as some call him, is energetic, multitalented and full of rhythm. Born and raised in Milwaukee, Fidel has traveled widely throughout the United States, sharing his love for hip-hop and social change with various audiences. This year, his documentary Controlled Demo... ]]> Marie Kohler Leads Theater Renaissance http://shepherdexpress.com/article-7453-marie-kohler-leads-theater-renaissance.html Marie Kohler, one of the most prominent writers in local theater, is the playwright-in-residence at Renaissance Theaterworks. She started with 1992’s A Girl of the Limberlost, which was followed by Counting Days in ’95. Midnight and Moll Flanders became her first huge success as a playwright...]]> Popomomo's Eco-Friendly Fashion http://shepherdexpress.com/article-7376-popomomos-eco-friendly-fashion.html When I think of Lizz Wasserman, I think of the girl with whom I attended high schoola skinny, Sarah Jessica Parker-type wearing a skirt made of sewn-together men's ties she'd designed herself. Fast-forward a decade, however, and Wasserman runs the hip, eco-friendly clothing line called Popomomo. Featured...]]> Brian McGinley’s Vision for Optix on Downer http://shepherdexpress.com/article-7273-brian-mcginleyrss-vision-for-optix-on-downer.html In August 2008, Brian McGinleyand his wife, Camthu Pham, both optometrists, purchased Optix on Downer from Jack Bylan, who’d spent years building the business’ reputation as Milwaukee’s place to go for fashionable eyewear. We spoke with McGinley about the challenges involved... ]]> Anne Hoch’s Pioneering Work in Women’s Sports Medicine http://shepherdexpress.com/article-7203-anne-hochrss-pioneering-work-in-womenrss-sports-medicine.html Anne Hoch is a pioneer in the field of women’s sports medicine. In addition to being an associate professor of orthopedic surgery and physical medicine and rehabilitation, she is also the director of the Women’s Sports Medicine Program at Froedtert/Medical College of Wisconsin. ]]> Jim DeVita Talks Acting, Shakespeare http://shepherdexpress.com/article-7105-jim-devita-talks-acting-shakespeare.html American Players Theatre in Spring Green will inaugurate the Touchstone Theatre, its new indoor venue, on July 10 with In Acting Shakespeare, a one-man show adapted by and starring Jim DeVita. The intimate 200-seat space will bring the audience closer to the drama, and this...]]> Beatrice Urich Blends Science and Art http://shepherdexpress.com/article-7005-beatrice-urich-blends-science-and-art.html Beatrice Urich, who recently celebrated her 92nd birthday, has experimented with art for most of her life. Over the years she’s produced paintings, drawings, furniture and textiles from coast to coast, from Burlington, Vt., to Carmel, Calif., garnering many awards along the way. Yet her... ]]> Alderman Nik Kovac Touts the Third District as No. 1 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-6916-alderman-nik-kovac-touts-the-third-district-as-no-1.html Breakout Role http://shepherdexpress.com/article-6851-breakout-role.html Milwaukee native Elvis Thao, an actor in Clint Eastwood’s recent film Gran Torino, also lists rapper, community activist and record-company owner among his credentials. We talked to him about his multiple careers. How real to life was Gran Torino? I think the critics would know...]]> Memorial Golf Classic http://shepherdexpress.com/article-6776-memorial-golf-classic.html Jerry Homan was a star center for the Marquette University basketball team during the glorious Al McGuire era, when Marquette went to the NCAA tournament every season. In 2006, Jerry and his wife, Patti, suffered a tragic loss when their only child, Luke, who was a student at UW-La Crosse...]]> Master of Teachings http://shepherdexpress.com/article-6690-master-of-teachings.html Michael Coleman began his path in martial arts at the age of 4, instructed by his uncle in karate. Nineteen years ago he opened the Futen Dojo at 1338 E. Brady St., and a second dojo followed at 2234 S. Kinnickinnic Ave. Coleman was the subject of the 2008 documentary The Gift of Traditional...]]> King of Kenosha http://shepherdexpress.com/article-6541-king-of-kenosha.html Franks Diner in Kenosha opened just before the Great Depression. Little has changed except the prices. Narrow as a railroad car and looking like a downmarket set from The Sting, you half expect to find Robert Redford and Paul Newman in one of the booths plotting their next move over coffee. ]]> Body Language http://shepherdexpress.com/article-6454-body-language.html 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...]]> Cultural Exchange http://shepherdexpress.com/article-6362-cultural-exchange.html Solarand Multimedia is an organization committed to creating and promoting culture and arts in Wisconsin and the Midwest Great Lakes region. Ron Schaefer, an independent filmmaker with a staggering 19 films in his repertoire, spearheads the group. With its recently announced Spring Fling Series on Tuesday evenings...]]> Youth Leaders http://shepherdexpress.com/article-6287-youth-leaders.html The term “community leader” has gained added respect since Barack Obama’s presidential run, especially among the nation’s youth. However, it’s an organization named Public Allies, set up by two women in Washington, D.C., well before Obama’s political ascent, that has helped to turn community development...]]> I Love Luci http://shepherdexpress.com/article-6205-i-love-luci.html Growing up in the retail fashion industry, boutique owner Clai Green watched as his grandparents ran clothing stores in Brooklyn, N.Y., from the 1950s through the late '70s. In 1986 Clay decided to pursue his own career in retail, opening his first store in St. Louis, then Chicago and now Milwaukee. Currently...]]> Tailored to Fit http://shepherdexpress.com/article-6124-tailored-to-fit.html Within the sphere of fashion, readyto-wear has been popularized as an efficient and economical way to produce garments. Its antithesis, haute couture, incorporates client-requested features made to exact measurements. Milwaukee’s Safronia Ivory, a fourth-generation seamstress, caters exclusively to size 12...]]> College Aspirations http://shepherdexpress.com/article-6050-college-aspirations.html Cranky Stereo Repair http://shepherdexpress.com/article-5967-cranky-stereo-repair.html Too-Much-Information Age http://shepherdexpress.com/article-5884-too-much-information-age.html The Philosopher Roofer http://shepherdexpress.com/article-5809-the-philosopher-roofer.html Jim Godsil could be called many things, but “philosopher roofer” is one handle that should stick. When he’s not fixing roofs for a living, Godsil can be overheard in engaging conversations at coffee shops, seen around town as a community activist and read on his Milwaukee Renaissance Web site, whose mission is encapsulated...]]> The wheel of life http://shepherdexpress.com/article-5721-the-wheel-of-life.html Work, family, a social life, politics, intimacy and religion can be hard to balance. Many times people end up giving all of their attention to one aspect of life and disregarding the others. In her book Lifewheel, Kathy Kouzmanoff, a former Franciscan nun and psychotherapist, helps people see where they stand...]]> Zen on Two wheels http://shepherdexpress.com/article-5648-zen-on-two-wheels.html 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... ]]> In-body Experience http://shepherdexpress.com/article-5554-in-body-experience.html Twenty years ago Tom Pilarzyk began a daily regimen of yoga and meditation as an antidote to an energy-stealing illness. Today, his health is strong and he is touring the country with a new book, Yoga Beyond Fitness, featuring an age-old philosophy and tradition that is widely spread yet sometimes misunderstood.]]> In-Body Experience http://shepherdexpress.com/article-5470-in-body-experience.html Forecasting the Future http://shepherdexpress.com/article-5406-forecasting-the-future.html Working from her office at 2266 N. Prospect Ave., Mary Ellen Pride says she gives her clients a glimpse into what the future holds with the use of both astrology and tarot cards. She recently talked to the Shepherd Express about her work. Shepherd: What do you use to make astrological readings?]]> Entrepreneurial Spirit http://shepherdexpress.com/article-5329-entrepreneurial-spirit.html Like all successful entrepreneurs, Wisconsin-born Barry Bursak knows opportunity when he sees it. Unlike many in the business world, however, he chooses projects that benefit the environment as well as his bank account. With his newest and perhaps most significant venture soon coming to fruition, Bursak and I... ]]> Music Over Coffee http://shepherdexpress.com/article-5254-music-over-coffee.html Milwaukee-area native Joe Holland is one busy individual these days. In addition to working at Flanner’s Home Entertainment in Brookfield and part-time for the Wisconsin Athletic Club, Holland is co-manager of The Coffee House, an acoustic music and poetry joint located on the corner of 19th Street and Wisconsin...]]> A Rare instrument http://shepherdexpress.com/article-5171-a-rare-instrument.html Last spring Frank Almond, concertmaster of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, learned that a Stradivarius violin built in 1715, which some experts believed had disappeared, was in a bank vault in Milwaukee.The undisclosed owner offered Almond the opportunity to play it on long-term loan. “Strads,"... ]]> A Lifelong Occupation http://shepherdexpress.com/article-4957-a-lifelong-occupation.html On Nov. 2 Celeste Spransy celebrated her 90th birthday by exhibiting her watercolors and prismatics (durable Lucite pieces with fade-resistant dyes) at Milwaukee's Elaine Erickson Gallery. This inventive artist and her late husband...]]> Big bang Theory http://shepherdexpress.com/article-4892-big-bang-theory.html Rising Star http://shepherdexpress.com/article-4804-rising-star.html Rachel Schmeling, a 15-year-old actress who has studied with the First Stage Theater Academy for eight years, will soon be appearing in the role of Molly in First Stage’s premiere of The Happy Elf. She talks about her experience of working alongside the production’s prestigious New York directors, choreographers...]]> Dinosaur Tracks? - Return of the Fossil Poets http://shepherdexpress.com/article-4717-dinosaur-tracks-return-of-the-fossil-poets.html Gary Tanin goes back a long way in Milwaukee music. He started recording with 1960s garage bands and by the early ’70s was already ahead of the pack by releasing carefully crafted DIY albums on his own label. As the ’90s began he was collaborating with musicians from half the world away, producing CDs long... ]]> Barber Extraordinaire http://shepherdexpress.com/article-4631-barber-extraordinaire.html The Beauty Myth http://shepherdexpress.com/article-4554-the-beauty-myth.html Unsung Heroes http://shepherdexpress.com/article-4385-unsung-heroes.html 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...]]> Lesbian Cabaret http://shepherdexpress.com/article-4308-lesbian-cabaret.html Milwaukee native Kathryn Lounsbery has followed a rapid upward trajectory since moving to the West Coast. She hit the ground running right out of graduate school, landing a job as pop keyboard editor for prestigious Alfred Publishing. As impressive as that may be, Lounsbery’s day job pales next to her current... ]]> A Passion for Change http://shepherdexpress.com/article-4216-a-passion-for-change.html From milwaukee to Tinseltown http://shepherdexpress.com/article-4130-from-milwaukee-to-tinseltown.html On any given day, Milwaukee-born Brandon DeShazer is knocking on doors in Hollywood in search of roles. Recently, that hard-to-breach portal swung open. DeShazer, a 20-something actor who attended Marquette, already knows the ins-and-outs of show business because he’s been modeling and acting since childhood. ]]> Turntablism as an Art Form http://shepherdexpress.com/article-4017-turntablism-as-an-art-form.html DJ Madhatter (aka Jordan Lee) is part of the WAMI award-winning hip-hop group Rusty Ps. If he’s not scratching tunes at joints like Jackalope Lounj, The Jazz Estate or Stonefly Brewery, he’s teaching turntablism at the prestigious Wisconsin Conservatory of Music in two-week workshops. ]]> The Path to Peace http://shepherdexpress.com/article-3933-the-path-to-peace.html Peace advocate, poet and former educator and nurse Amy Stonemark is quick to draw a distinction between liberals and radicals, and counts herself among the latter. Stonemark has a long history of peaceful protest, marching for civil rights with Martin Luther King in Selma, Ala., and once had the rap sheet to prove it. ]]> Student Theater: Raw and Real http://shepherdexpress.com/article-3842-student-theater-raw-and-real.html An Artistic Journey http://shepherdexpress.com/article-3715-an-artistic-journey.html Homecoming Dance http://shepherdexpress.com/article-3624-homecoming-dance.html One of Milwaukee’s own is coming home to perform. Catey Ott, dancing since the age of 4, honed her artistic skills in the rehearsal studios and classrooms of UW-Milwaukee’s Dance Department, where she received both her undergraduate and graduate degrees. She currently serves as artistic director of the... ]]> Frankly Funny http://shepherdexpress.com/article-3524-frankly-funny.html After years of touring the comedy circuit and being a featured member of “MADtv,” Frank Caliendo is star ring in his own successful TBS series, “Frank TV.” The show’s second season is set to air in October. Caliendo is the driving-force of the program, which features filmed comedy sketches combined with stand-up pieces before a live audience.]]> Politics Over Pints http://shepherdexpress.com/article-3431-politics-over-pints.html Around 7 p.m. on the third Wednesday of each month, the Sugar Maple, 441 E. Lincoln Ave., plays host to the local chapter of Drinking Liberally. Jason Haas, head liberal, kindly provides details. ]]> Avoiding the “P” Word http://shepherdexpress.com/article-3365-avoiding-the-ldprd-word.html Fair, patient and reliable: monikers not routinely attached to politicians. In fact 7th District Alderman Willie C. Wade doesn't refer to himself using that "P" word. "An elected official" is more fitting. Wade was first elected in a special election in April 2003. He supported an ordinance in 2004 establishing a city youth council and has been vocal on issues like living arrangements for sexually violent persons, day care and liquor store zoning and the Safe Routes to School Program. He goes door-to-door, ]]> Wisconsin’s Hodag Horror http://shepherdexpress.com/article-3270-wisconsinrss-hodag-horror.html For years, when students graduated from film school, true north seemed to lie west, in Los Angeles. The digital age, however, has freed filmmakers from relying on any one city to make their projects come alive. A group of UW-Milwaukee film school graduates pooled their resources and made their first feature film right here in Wisconsin. ]]> Internet Art http://shepherdexpress.com/article-3192-internet-art.html Ambassador of Poetry http://shepherdexpress.com/article-3110-ambassador-of-poetry.html In April this year, just months after her new anthology Milwaukee Does Strange Things to People was published, Susan Firer began her two-year term as Milwaukee’s fifth poet laureate, an office initiated by the Friends of Milwaukee Public Library and previously bestowed upon local poetic luminaries John Koethe... ]]> Bay View Wine Stop http://shepherdexpress.com/article-3008-bay-view-wine-stop.html The wooden racks cradle a stellar selection of wines that even the most particular purists will cherish, but the demeanor of Dee’s Wine Stop reflects the ease and charm of its Bay View neighborhood. Deanne Wecker opened her wine store at 2327 S. Kinnickinnic Ave. ]]> Redefining Fitness http://shepherdexpress.com/article-2916-redefining-fitness.html Denna Haslett is not your average aerobics instructor. In fact, she makes it her business to kick typical to the curb. At Just Classes, Haslett’s new fitness studio in Wauwatosa, she hopes that others will also buck the typical idea of what a “fit” person should look like. Haslett says she wants people to embrace their...]]> The Art of Wood-burning http://shepherdexpress.com/article-2835-the-art-of-wood-burning.html Milwaukee native Vince Gallo grew up on the East Side, where he graduated from Shorewood High School.Now semi-retired and recuperating from surgery, this self-taught artist focuses on what has been his hobby for 25 years: wood-burning. Gallo says he envisions teaching wood-burning at an educational center...]]> World-Class Competitors http://shepherdexpress.com/article-2755-world-class-competitors.html In March, Milwaukee made its mark on the international world of Irish dance competition when two students from the Milwaukee area competed in the 38th annual World Irish Dancing Championships in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Maggie Dunn, 19, of Whitefish Bay and 15-year-old Riley Seiler from Greenfield...]]> The Wedding Planner http://shepherdexpress.com/article-2652-the-wedding-planner.html Planning a wedding? Need answers for all your nuptial questions? Monica Rae Gill can help. As owner of The White Box of Wedding Design, Gill provides prospective brides, bridesmaids and mothers-of-the-brides with resources on how to design the perfect wedding and offers advice on wedding etiquette, budgets and...]]> Green Living - Lisa and Swee Sim http://shepherdexpress.com/article-2577-green-living-lisa-and-swee-sim.html Lisa and Swee Sim have been involved in the green movement for the past 25 years. Lisa, a native of Milwaukee, is a culinary artist by trade, while Swee, originally from Singapore, is a former Wall Street financial consultant. The Sims’ passion for social issues, Earth-friendly products and healthy lifestyles led them to open the environmentally responsible store Future Green in 2003. Since then, Future Green has been making a positive impact in the Milwaukee area through its community classes, fair trade expos, bio-diesel production and beautiful art crawls. ]]> Brady Street Now and Then - Frank Alioto http://shepherdexpress.com/article-2492-brady-street-now-and-then-frank-alioto.html When Brady Street resident Frank Alioto became a fireman 25 years ago, he fulfilled his boyhood dream. When he published his first book earlier this year, he realized one of his greatest adult aspirations: to chronicle the history of his neighborhood. Milwaukee’s Brady Street Neighborhood, published as part of Arcadia Publishing’s “Images of America” series, is an engaging visual survey of the area and its people from the mid-19th century through today. It also serves as an excellent primer to the changing face of Brady Street. ]]> A Sailor’s Life http://shepherdexpress.com/article-2382-a-sailorrss-life.html One by one, the three sails of the historic Denis Sullivan are released to begin a sunset cruise for Capt. Hugh Covert and his six-man crew. This Great Lakes schooner, which resides in port at Discovery World from May through October, is both home and work for Capt. Covert, who was named senior captain in 2007.]]> Youthful Representative http://shepherdexpress.com/article-2296-youthful-representative.html Before Jason Rae begins his senior year as a history and political science major at Marquette University in the fall, he’ll be heading to Denver for the 45th Democratic National Convention. As the youngest superdelegate in the country, he will be one of 793 individuals who could decide the Democratic Party’s nominee for president.]]> Poetic Justice http://shepherdexpress.com/article-2225-poetic-justice.html A write-or-die guy, Kwabena Antoine Nixon—Chicago native, Milwaukee dweller—was part of the movement that brought spoken word to the forefront of the city. He meanders through clubs and cafes with Poetry Unplugged open mic nights that audiences call “church” and he calls “the ministry.”]]> The Polka King http://shepherdexpress.com/article-2129-the-polka-king.html The Avalon Theatre remains dark, Oriental Drugs and Goldman’s are gone. The last 10 years have been bad for local landmarks. Art’s Concertina Bar was another symbol of Old Milwaukee that was about to disappear. The city’s last remaining polka bar was rescued last fall by a new owner, an energetic young St. Francis firefighter called Andy Kochanski. Now called Kochanski’s Concertina Beer Hall, the bar is getting a gradual facelift while remaining true to its purpose of preserving polka in a city where polka once was king. ]]> More Than a Dog’s Life - Local author's canine hero http://shepherdexpress.com/article-2055-more-than-a-dogrss-life-local-authors-canine-hero.html Dogs can bring great joy to their owners, but can they change lives? They do in storybooks, especially the canine chronicle called Sandy & Garbo. According to Milwaukee author Chuck Hajinian, Sandy, the literate and well-spoken yellow Labrador of the title, is an imaginative re-creation of his own dog. ]]> Living Art http://shepherdexpress.com/article-1949-living-art.html Trista Marie, second-place winner in the Shepherd Express Flat File Contest and a professional tattoo artist by trade, is one of only six women who practice the art of tattooing in the metro Milwaukee area. In fact, only 30% of all tattoo artists worldwide are women. ]]> The Last Video Shop http://shepherdexpress.com/article-1861-the-last-video-shop.html For nearly 25 years RSE Video (118 E. Dakota St.) has sold, rented and swapped videocassettes, DVDs and video games, building a devoted clientele in Bay View and beyond. RSE is one of Milwaukee’s last family-owned video stores, operated all these years by Rod Eglash, his wife, Helen, and daughter Michele. It will close in June.]]> Eco-Inspiration http://shepherdexpress.com/article-1717-eco-inspiration.html Since the 1980s, local author and UW-Milwaukee instructor has been using poetry to usher in a greener, more environmentally aware city. After immersing himself in the eco-inspired poetry scene of the West Coast in the late-’70s, he came back to Milwaukee in the early ’80s to find a community of like-minded individuals.]]> A Local Treasure http://shepherdexpress.com/article-1609-a-local-treasure.html Radio advertisements touting the flawless merit of diamonds, hallmark holidays urging couples to demonstrate their affections through expensive, timeworn tokens… These are just some of the commercial trappings of the jewelry industry that have robbed it of its greatest asset:]]> The Ultimate Diva http://shepherdexpress.com/article-1499-the-ultimate-diva.html As she moved out of her teen years, NaMia Moore didn’t exactly experience a “roaring 20s.” She wrote her mother’s obituary at just 23, took on the responsibility of raising two adolescent girls (her sisters) and worked as a full-time editor at a growing urban magazine, Ya’ Heard. ]]> A Luthier’s Life http://shepherdexpress.com/article-1393-a-luthierrss-life.html Denny Rauen, settled in a modest building in Riverwest, is a master luthier who specializes in the restoration, repair and modification of acoustic and electric guitars, basses, mandolins and banjos. Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, Keith Richards and Buddy Guy are just a few...]]> The Actor’s Craft http://shepherdexpress.com/article-1284-the-actorrss-craft.html Actor Lee Ernst, a consummate performing artist and resident at the Milwaukee Repertory Theater, views his profession as a complex set of skills. His personal repertoire includes the added dimensions of fight choreographer and makeup artist. Ernst’s current season at The Rep began with the demanding role of Cyrano, where he also crafted the famous nose and directed the swashbuckling sword scenes. It continues with his part in Samuel Beckett’s classic Endgame. Ernst, a 15-year veteran with The Rep, speaks about the art of being an actor. ]]> Eliminating Hunger http://shepherdexpress.com/article-1212-eliminating-hunger.html Milwaukee’s chapter of the worldwide organization Food Not Bombs is a group concerned with raising awareness of homeless and hungry people. It is their contention that our society directs too many funds toward military endeavors while neglecting the health care and nutritional needs of its members. ]]> Women Leading the Way http://shepherdexpress.com/article-1116-women-leading-the-way.html Agile Genius http://shepherdexpress.com/article-1040-agile-genius.html Sustainable Communities http://shepherdexpress.com/article-947-sustainable-communities.html The Milwaukee Network for Social Change (MNSC) is a group that formed to promote “free culture,” the ultimate goal of which is a sustainable society that offers shelter, clothing and warmth for all. John Revord, one of the founding fathers of the group, talked about their mission and tactics. ]]> Who Wants To Buy A Sitcom? http://shepherdexpress.com/article-855-who-wants-to-buy-a-sitcom.html Without an agent, you’d have better luck getting an audience with the pope than with a Hollywood studio executive. That hasn’t stopped Milwaukee’s Eric Joy, however, from completing and promoting his sitcom, “Playback.” The actor-musician has been busy shopping the show’s pilot episode...]]> Appreciating the Music http://shepherdexpress.com/article-764-appreciating-the-music.html Dewey Gill’s resonant voice has been familiar to WMSE listeners for decades. Unlike many DJs, he not only sounds as if he genuinely enjoys what he’s doing, but actually has interesting things to say about the music he spins. And for the most part the music does spin. ]]> Au Revoir, Chevalier Gordon http://shepherdexpress.com/article-688-au-revoir-chevalier-gordon.html Interviewing the director of any organization, arts or otherwise, often requires a good deal of mental fortitude—not least because of the selfmarketing minutiae one has to endure. Not so with David Gordon. ]]> An Artist for All Seasons http://shepherdexpress.com/article-620-an-artist-for-all-seasons.html He is an actor, a published writer, a playwright and a native of Long Island, N.Y., who makes his home in Spring Green, Wis. He is Jim DeVita. And this artist-for-all-seasons will be appearing in the Rep’s production of David Mamet’s Glengarry... ]]> Wild Stories http://shepherdexpress.com/article-514-wild-stories.html Change and loss are such defining parts of the human condition that it’s impossible to imagine art without them. Dani Kuepper, fresh in her role as artistic director at Danceworks, can surely attest to this.]]> Tall Tales from the Wide Sky - Danceworks Performs Wild Stories http://shepherdexpress.com/article-541-tall-tales-from-the-wide-sky-danceworks-performs-wild-stories.html Crisp, Clean Colors http://shepherdexpress.com/article-434-crisp-clean-colors.html Reginald Baylor has one finished painting and two still in progress hanging on the white brick walls of his basement studio. ]]> Playing With Fire http://shepherdexpress.com/article-310-playing-with-fire.html Russian Wulfgar, Vegalum%uFFFD, Niacin, Banshee, Socky and Donnybrook: Though they sound like characters from a science-fiction novel, they’re actually a group of Milwaukeeans who are giving new meaning to the expression “playing with fire.” ]]> Street Art http://shepherdexpress.com/article-273-street-art.html UW-Milwaukee photography student Jeremy Novy, 28, believes in the power of art— specifically, street art. Novy has completed more than 50 public or street art projects throughout the city.]]> Working for the Weekend http://shepherdexpress.com/article-197-working-for-the-weekend.html The owners of El Rey grocery stores faced an unintended competitor when they constructed a massive $5.5 million store at 916 S. Cesar Chavez Drive: themselves. They had planned on closing their cramped old location down the street once the new one, the largest Hispanic supermarket in the city, opened this spring, but business has been so strong at both storefronts that it now looks like they’ll coexist.]]> Partial to Piedmont http://shepherdexpress.com/article-159-partial-to-piedmont.html Bobby Tanzilo is a familiar name around town. He’s been a sportswriter, music critic, online editor and alternative rock musician. Tanzilo has also become a prominent local advocate of Italian culture and history, authoring scholarly articles and books, organizing exhibitions at places as varied as the County Historical Society and Bacchus, and helping run the Italian Film Festival (March 7-9 at the UW-Milwaukee Union Theatre). ]]> Fearless Author http://shepherdexpress.com/article-107-fearless-author.html Louise Lambrecht is rife with character—and characters. As a mother, grandmother and wife of 35 years, she exudes plenty of character in her personal life. And as an author, she creates characters that readers yearn to care for and love as their own. Writing under the pen name of L.M. Favier, this Milwaukeean’s first published book, A Sackful of Quarters (Xlibris Press), is an eclectic walk in a delightful field of complex short stories on love, parenting, anorexia, loyalty, womanhood and physical abuse.]]> Homegrown Fantasy http://shepherdexpress.com/article-65-homegrown-fantasy.html For years, Sheboygan native Richard Kirsch has worked with various nonprofit organizations, helping them implement effective management strategies. But when someone suggested he write a book pooling his expertise, he decided to write a fictional children’s book instead. ]]> Get Over It, Will Ya? http://shepherdexpress.com/article-8-get-over-it-will-ya.html December 07, 2006 More than a year ago, I visited the topic of Milwaukee`s dating scene for young, black women in a Shepherd Express article. Milwaukee was characterized as "Frozen Tundra"; chock-full of cold, absent, shrinking prospects. Four types of men were heralded: sorry, lazy, apathetic and manipulative. It was just my way of calling out the poor bastards who sucked the bejesus out of me, then couldn`t emotionally or physically lose me; unable to let go and get over it. ]]> Expressive Hotel Management http://shepherdexpress.com/article-13-expressive-hotel-management.html The recent fall Gallery Night at the InterContinental Hotel exhibited international artist Charles Dwyer`s "BSides" while an ice sculpture by Van Gogh Vodka flowed with special drinks. With events such as this, General Manager Tim Smith is proud of the presence the newly remodeled hotel is having on Milwaukee`s art scene. As visitors enter the hotel, charcoal pencils are available for them to draw on the small easels throughout the lobby. Their creative energy is the heart of the Guest Expressions fund-raising effort. Smith explains that effort and gives us a few thoughts on why involvement in the arts is important. ]]>