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Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2009
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,"...
Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2008
More and more often the sound of music and the passion for flashin’ comes crashing together—a cultural version of the Big Bang Theory—and there are many front-runners taking advantage. Take fashion designer and music artist Damion Thompson, whose band, 3 the Hard Way, has laced the eardrums
Monday, Dec. 8, 2008

Return of the Fossil Poets

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...
Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2008
It was 1960 when Jose Ortiz began his career as a “barber extraordinaire.” Besides practicing his brand of “hairapy,” he has also become a politician, teacher, community activist, musician and baseball aficionado. He is the father of musicians Christopher and Nicolaus Ortiz. Christopher...
Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2008
The measure of beauty may vary over time, but our zealous search for physical perfection remains decidedly intact—aided by modern techniques that can zap our unwanted features into obscurity. A new anthology of short stories for young adults edited by Mount Mary College professor Ann...
Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2008
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...
Friday, Oct. 31, 2008
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...
Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2008
Milwaukee native Tyanna Clayton Mallet is making a difference as a Peace Corps volunteer in Ghana. Before leaving family and friends to embark on a whirlwind adventure to Ghana, Tyanna received a bachelor’s degree in African-American Studies from Marquette University in 2005. Her passion for change...
Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2008
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.
Thursday, Oct. 2, 2008
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.

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