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Monday, Sept. 23, 2013

Frederick Layton’s gifts to Milwaukee

 Among Milwaukee’s great tycoons from a century ago, Frederick Layton led a relatively modest life. Much of the money he made from meatpacking was invested in art, especially the Layton Art Gallery
Monday, Sept. 23, 2013
 With the advent of the mix tape, everyone became her own music programmer, and yet there can still be something insightful in enjoying someone else’s selection. Hits Back boasts an advantage over most other best-of collections: Its running order follows the band’s own—The Clash’s set lists
Monday, Sept. 23, 2013
 It takes an orchestra to constitute the musical republic called TriBeCaStan, but the New York group has two multi-instrumental anchors—Jeff Greene and onetime Milwaukeean John Kruth. On their fourth album, TriBeCaStan weave together an organic fusion of elements, a convincing tapestry of
Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013
Disc two of this career compilation shows that around 1975, Bill Withers, one of the most talented voices in ’70s soul, declined. Not that he literally lost his voice—the man could still sing—but the songs he wrote after the mid-’70s were often formulaic. “Quiet storm” ballads alternated with OK
Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013
 The platinum-selling Fleetwood Mac of the late ’70s had no relation to the ’60s band of the same name beyond the namesake rhythm section—drummer Mick Fleetwood and bassist John McVie. The CD reissue (with bonus tracks) of Fleetwood Mac’s 1969 album represents the band
Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013
 Josh Holloway takes a starring turn as Jason Blake, a one-time championship basketball coach with a lot left to prove when he’s recruited to field a winning dance crew by Los Angeles hip hop mogul Dante (Laz Alonso). The pressure’s on since America hasn’t won the international
Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013
 More interesting than the zombies are the human survivors. In the third Living Dead movie by George Romero—the man most responsible for the space occupied in our imagination by zombies—mad science clashes with military madness, and fatalism with determination, as the sane among
Monday, Sept. 16, 2013

Fresh baked and gluten free

The neighborhood around Vliet and 60th streets, the main intersection of Washington Heights, is a great place to be hungry. Feel like gelato? You can grab a cup at Cold Spoons Gelato. Up for fine dining? Meritage offers superb entrées from a seasonal menu of locally sourced ingredients
Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013

Thinking About Hannah Arendt

 Hannah Arendt’s phrase, “the banality of evil,” has entered the vocabulary to describe not the architects of human catastrophe but the mechanics and janitors—the “little people” who grease the wheels and lubricate the engines of destruction. The German-Jewish philosopher coined the

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