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Gallery Guide
Friday, June 12, 2009

A Lakefront Icon

Is it a bird, is it a plane? No, it's Santiago Calatrava's extension to the Milwaukee Art Museum, which has rapidly become the adopted symbol of the city. Those who might customarily shy away from the rarefied confines of an art museum are drawn in by the building's undisguised appeal, from its movable wings to its hallowed, lofty atrium. And then of course there's the art, a solid collection that includes works from antiquity to the present, with decorative arts, German Expressionist works and post 1960s American art among...
Books
Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Book Preview

Many a memorable children's tale takes place on a rainy afternoon. If it weren't for the characteristically soggy British weather, the Pevensie children in C.S. Lewis' The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe may never have stumbled into Narnia. The same might be said of the perky protagonists of Snickeyfritz, a children's book by local author Andrea Skyberg.
Books
Tuesday, June 2, 2009

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Whether it's over canapés and cocktails, cross-legged by a campfire or at a child's bedside, storytelling is one of our surest means of reaching out to our fellow man. In a bid to strengthen a connection imperiled by today's hectic lifestyle, novelist George Dawes Green assembled a group of friends in his Manhattan apartment for a night of storytelling, dubbing the event "The Moth" in honor of the balmy Southern nights...
Art
Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Art Review

Two soon-to-close exhibitions at Villa Terrace and Milwaukee Art Museum enhance the obsessive quality of the meticulously crafted object. Attention to detail borders on fetish in Marina Bychkova's "Enchanted Dolls" at the Villa Terrace. This exotic harem straddles a broad spectrum of religions, myths, cultures and epochs bound by a common thread: servitude to the ideal of female perfection. A couple of years ago UW-Milwaukee's Union Art Gallery...
Books
Monday, May 25, 2009

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"She may not be everyone's cup of tea," admits one of Jen Lancaster's ardent online followers, referring to the author's unlovable persona. But you've got to hand it to the corporate-high-flier-turned-blogger-turned-author: She doesn't sugarcoat her past to lend it a more flattering hue. To the contrary, the memoirist who won...
Books
Thursday, May 21, 2009

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Earlier this year Ticketmaster, the world's largest ticket broker, and Live Nation, the world's largest concert promoter, announced plans for a multimillion-dollar merger. It doesn't take a genius to imagine the offspring such a union will yield: a single entity effectively controlling most major concert venues as well as who performs at them and how much it costs the public to attend. The silver lining? It's the perfect time for Chicago Tribune...
City Guide 2009
Sunday, May 17, 2009
At the risk of sounding cliche, Milwaukee's lively art scene really does have something to suit everyone's tastes. For serious connoisseurs of European painting and American folk, decorative and fine arts traditions through the 20th century. the Milwaukee Art Museum (MAM) and Marquette University's Haggerty Museum of Art boast impressive permanent holdings as well as several temporary exhibitions each year. If you'd rather see European oils, fine porcelain or the work of 19thcentury American craftsmen in a historic setting, head over to the Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum...
City Guide 2009
Sunday, May 17, 2009

(What to Do With Them?)

Milwaukee's drastic seasonal changes are both a blessing and a curse when it comes to keeping kids entertained. Summer and fall are idyllic, with inviting parks and pools spread across the city and hiking trails along the area's rivers. And although the long winter months can drive many of us indoors, they also offer great opportunities for sledding, snowshoeing and ice skating. The gentle slopes of Bay View's Humboldt Park provide perfect spots for young sledders, and Red Arrow Park's outdoor ice rink is an inexpensive, lively skating venue...
Art
Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Art Review

Liz Diller, co-founder of New York architecture firm Diller Scofidio Renfro, recently made a number of visits to UW-Milwaukee's School of Architecture and Urban Planning (SARUP) to address students of the Urban Edge Studio headed by new faculty member Mo Zell. The students' task this semester was to create a series of urban interventions around the city. Diller's task was to help them think beyond the studio walls...
A&E Feature
Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Local authors go it alone

In today's Facebook and blog-defined age, it appears vanity is less a reproachable vice than a marketable virtue. Take vanity publishing. Though it's been around for centuries, it's now evolved into a form more widespread, accessible and cheaper than ever before. Everyone and their mother can now publish their own book using iUniverse, AuthorHouse or other online imprints. And though a decade ago some people wouldn't touch...

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