Cellist Olivia Hahn and violinist Karla Dietmeyer began playing with each other while attending Luther College in Iowa. It’s only been very recently that the two are living in the same city again - this time in Minneapolis. It’s made playing and writing together as The OK Factor much easier.
Both classically trained, Hahn and Dietmeyer describe their music as alternative folk that draws from bluegrass, jazz and popular music, bending the roles of classical music and their formal training.
The humanitarian crisis in Europe continues to deepen, as stories emerge each day of migrants dying or barely surviving their journeys from war-torn countries in the Middle East and Africa. Some of those refugees have settled in Austria, where they have received a mixed welcome. Lake Effect essayist Kirsten Wisniewski has also recently resettled in Austria. But coming from Milwaukee, via London, she has a different view of the experience:
I’ve been back in Austria for 24 hours. I’m finally home.
Ellen Bravo isn't giving up on being a Milwaukee political activist, she is just adding novelist to her title.
Bravo currently heads Family Values @ Work Consortium, the group advocates for issues such as paid sick days and family leave insurance in the workplace. Before that, she was the national director of the organization 9to5, which focuses on a similar set of issues that impact working women.
There are a number of organizations and agencies in the Greater Milwaukee area that hope you might consider adopting a pet – a rescued dog, a stray cat maybe even a bunny that didn’t work out in a family home after Easter. But there is a much larger ask that the federal Bureau of Land Management, or BLM, is making this weekend.
As Marquette University students return to classes for the fall semester, one department is still missing one of its most high-profile professors. John McAdams, who has taught in the political science department since 1977, was suspended last academic year. And the university is reportedly seeking to revoke his tenure.
Under a Republican bill generating emotional testimony Wednesday in Madison, the state of Wisconsin would apply for federal Title X funding and direct it away from Planned Parenthood. Title X covers the cost of reproductive health care for low-income people, including contraception and treatment for sexually-transmitted diseases.
A year after officially launching, the Milwaukee bike share company, Bublr Bikes, has big plans for the future. The company’s distinctive blue bicycles can be rented at 11 locations now, but the company plans on having 50 locations by the end of 2016 and around 100 locations by 2018.
"It's been very exciting," says Bublr Bikes Executive Director Kevin Hardman. "A year ago, I was the only employee of the organization, and we now have two other full-time staff and an additional nine part-time staff."
At age 15, Tyrone Williams was the youngest person in Wisconsin waived into adult court for a robbery case. He rapped at his sentencing in 1997. He wrote lyrics about his life hoping for leniency. He was sentenced to 33 years and served 16 and a half.
This was before truth and sentencing, when long sentences were given with the expectation that individuals would be paroled. He got out two years ago at age 31. And for the first time in his life, he’s out of survival mode.
Even though school has already started in some places, the beginning of September is the time most of us remember as the traditional start of the new school year. And many of us remember one particular teacher who made us excited to return.
For Lake Effect essayist Alexandra Rosas, it was Miss Quill, her second grade teacher, who always comes to mind each September. Rosas says she was one of the great ones - a teacher who went beyond her job description: