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Friday, Aug. 29, 2008

Today @ UWM Union Theatre - 7 p.m.

One of the most imaginatively animated graphic-novel film adaptations in recent memory, and one of the best received foreign films of 2007, Persepolis is the autobiographical tale of young Marjane Satrapi as she comes of age—and discovers punk music—amid the 1970s Iranian revolution. The . . .
Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2008

Underage Students Scrounge For Entertainment

Kevin Christensen had heard promising talk about Milwaukee’s music scene and was eager to take in as many local bands as possible when he enrolled in UW-Milwaukee as a freshman last year. He was in store for a letdown.
Sunday, Aug. 17, 2008

Wasserman’s Senate run opens up an opportunity

State Rep. Sheldon Wasserman’s decision to run for the state Senate seat currently held by Republican Alberta Darling created an opening for Democrats. Not only does Wasserman have a shot at turning a Republican district Democratic, but the Assembly seat he’s vacating allows an up-and-coming Democrat to serve in the...
Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2008
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.
Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2008

UWM Maps Out its Future

How does a landlocked urban university expand? The question has vexed such institutions for centuries and has sometimes led to violent confrontations between town and gown. Columbia University recently marked the 40th anniversary of the uprising of 1968, which was spurred, in part, by the university's attempt to seize public land in nearby Morningside Park. Making this anniversary even more relevant was the fact that Columbia is once again venturing into neighboring Harlem-a move that has not pleased a number of that community's long-time residents. Other colleges, including the University of Pennsylvania and Yale, find themselves facing tough community opposition to plans to expand their respective core campuses . . .
Wednesday, July 30, 2008

The ‘people’ behind People’s Books Cooperative

There’s no denying it: We live in a world ruled by huge multinational corporations increasingly estranged from their places of origin. Perhaps the best any of us can hope for is that they outpace even themselves and eventually run out of steam. Luckily, Milwaukee is home to a growing number of enterprises taking a more active stance, seeking egalitarian alternatives to the corporate model in a bid to give community building more important role than investment seeking. Among them is People’s Books Cooperative, an independent bookstore that marks its first anniversary as a cooperative enterprise on Sept. 1 . . .
Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Courting the Cool Factor

Some of the most prestigious awards in architecture were handed out earlier this year. But while the initial flurry of excitement greeting the annual American Institute of Architects awards or the much coveted Pritzker Prize has subsided, one set of accolades still remains for Milwaukee’s design:
Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Today @ the UWM Union Art Gallery

Using the lightning rod of religious iconography, UWM’s Union Art Gallery’s latest exhibit, “Implosion: Cultural Integration and Transformation,” attempts to draw a through-line among disparate cultures. Rather than focusing on Abrahamic, monotheistic religious expressions, artists Leandro Soto, Raoul Deal . . .
Thursday, May 1, 2008

Tonight @ the UWM Union Theatre - 7 p.m.

UWM students kick off their four-day, multi-venue Milwaukee Underground Film Festival tonight with a 7 p.m. screening in the Union Theatre. Patrons can expect to see… well, that’s a surprise, since the curators haven’t announced a formal schedule, but whatever screens, it’s a safe bet that it will be a little weird . . .
Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Theater Review

The UWM Department of Theatre closes its season with a production of Bertolt Brecht’s classic mid-century drama The Caucasian Chalk Circle. An ambitious project helmed by Raeleen McMillion, senior lecturer at UWM’s Theatre Department and Renaissance Theaterworks co-founder, this production of Brecht’s epic features a cast of over 50 actors in full costume inspired by the classical Chinese roots of the story.