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Thursday, Feb. 11, 2010

As university expands, North Avenue adjusts to increased student presence

Milwaukee’s East Side lost one of its historic landmarks early in the morning on Jan. 19, when after 40 years anchoring North Avenue, the restaurant Pizza Man burned down in a four-alarm blaze. The fire, which has been ruled arson, demolished a building that also housed Cush Lounge, the Black and White Café, the Grecian Delight restaurant and 10 apartments. Pizza Man will reopen, but almost...
12.31.1969 | | Posted at 06:00 PM

Theatre Department Stages Shakespeare

By Russ Bickerstaff
The current UWM production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream is the fourth that I’ve seen in a year and a half. American Players Theatre’s production was an interesting big-budget show in a beautiful outdoor theatre in Spring Green with a modern production design featuring a beautiful set by the Tony Award-winning scenic designer of August: Osage County. Door Shakespeare’s comparatively modest ...
12.31.1969 | | Posted at 06:00 PM

UWM Presents a reasding of a new play by Laura Jacqmin

By Russ Bickerstaff
The process of working out a theatrical script can be kind of a strange journey. Say you're working on a really interesting idea for the stage about a man who can't be killed and a man who won't shut up about it. Then you run across a talented local actor and he says he's really more into doing film now. Turns out his was the voice you always heard in your head when you were writing the script. No...
12.31.1969 | | Posted at 06:00 PM

UWM Presents A Tribute to 1920's Blues

By Russ Bickerstaff
In undergraduate school, I took a course in the history of pop music. It’s kind of surprising that courses like that aren’t closer to the core of a standard liberal arts education. An understanding of the history of contemporary pop gives one a really interesting perspective on what’s going on in the world of contemporary pop culture—makes for a much more literate graduate. Somewhere in t...
05.05.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Lisa Kaiser
Jeff Poniewaz, an instructor at UW-Milwaukee, has sent me a response to the Shepherd�s cover story on UWM�s plans to expand its engineering school on the County Grounds in Wauwatosa. Here�s Poniewaz� take: Buildings vs. Butterflies�a Classic Case of Land Ethics 

I was a student at UWM, earned my degrees at UWM, and since 1989
 have taught a course called �Liter...
Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2009

Michael Cudahy and UWM move ahead with the Pieces of Eight site plans

If Milwaukee is to become a world-renowned leader in water-related industries, then, the thinking goes, the city needs a first-class landmark building that will attract visitors and investors from around the globe. To turn this vision into reality, business and community leaders, as well...
03.29.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
As ambivalent as I am to some of what I see, it’s not uncommon for me to enjoy a show. There’s a considerable difference having a good time at a show and truly loving it, though. If I see six shows in a pair of weeks, I may enjoy one or two of them quite a bit, but if I see one hundred shows in a year, there may only be two or three that I’d pay money to see again. . . and again . . . probab...
06.22.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
Just when I thought I had a handle on the summer theatre season, a new company announces a three-show summer season . . . with all three shows starting up NEXT MONTH. There’s very little into available about Youngblood . . . at least so far . . . there was no press release on their inaugural summer season and they don’t have a website. (interestingly enough, “youngbloodtheatre.com” ta...
Friday, June 12, 2009

At UW-Milwaukee

This small gallery located in UWM's Mitchell Hall is perhaps the finest link that the Eastside has to Milwaukee's bygone eras. With a strong focus on the preservation of local historical artworks, UWM's Art History Gallery walls are usually flush with work from local artists, if not historians, with a keen eye for highlighting the changing face...