Arts & Culture

Arts & Culture
12:13 pm
Fri March 6, 2009

Props Properly Placed

Jim Guy meets daily with the Rep's prop team.

Live theater has been a part of our cultural landscape for decades. For instance, Milwaukee Repertory Theater has been humming along for 54 years. WUWM’s Susan Bence takes us through the back door, as the company prepares “Pride and Prejudice”, the production that opens tonight. She learns the role “proper props” play in bringing a show to life.
Pride and Prejudice is an unabashedly romantic story, vintage 19th century England. Jim Guy describes it as a play about books, paper and luggage. He confesses that synopsis might be a bit unorthodox, but Jim is the Rep’s properties director.

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Arts & Culture
8:04 am
Fri February 27, 2009

The Romany Singers - A Story of Enduring Friendship

Gloria Rodriguez Kappel's directing fire is still very much alive.

Gloria Rodriguez Kappel celebrated her 94th birthday earlier this month. The Milwaukee native was a vocal instructor at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music for decades. In the 1940s and 50s, teenage girls and young women from diverse backgrounds were Gloria’s students. Many still get together regularly. WUWM’s Susan Bence joined them to learn the secret of their lifelong bond.

Gloria Rodriquez Kappel and her girls, as she calls them, just finished sharing lunch. It’s a monthly date and they keep it religiously. Now, they’ve settled in the cozy lounge in Gloria’s retirement community, sipping tea and chatting. The nonagenarian is going strong and seems to have cast a perpetual spell over these women.

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Arts & Culture
7:33 am
Fri January 16, 2009

Educator Never Tires of Bringing Art to Life

This month marks a significant anniversary in Barbara Brown Lee’s life. Forty-six years ago, fresh out of college, she took a job at the Milwaukee Art Museum. Today, Brown Lee’s name is almost synonymous with the museum. She’s worked with thousands of Milwaukee area high school students and continues to carve out time to work. WUWM’s Susan Bence popped into one of Brown Lee’s classes to see the master in action.

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Arts & Culture
7:22 am
Thu November 27, 2008

A Father's Story

In 2008 David Issay, creator of StoryCorps, proposed a National Day of Listening. He challenged people to StoryCorps into the home and capture family stories.

WUWM's Susan Bence sat down with her dad, Stan Bence, just before he celebrated his 90th birthday.

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Arts & Culture
8:12 am
Tue October 7, 2008

She Aint Heavy

Not content with just carrying their wives across the threshold upon getting married, some couples in northern Wisconsin revisit this momentous occasion by carrying their wives in the second annual Wife Carrying Competition in Minocqua.

WUWM's Susan Bence documents the fun in this feature story.

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Baseball
1:13 pm
Fri September 12, 2008

Efforts to Get Black Kids Back to Baseball

Kids play their final T-Ball game of the season on Milwaukee's north side.

The Milwaukee Brewers have one of the best records in baseball this season and could make the playoffs for the first time in a quarter-century. What also makes the team noteworthy is that it has more African American players than most other teams. While Major League Baseball has spent $20 million trying to keep the sport alive in inner cities -- and likes to recall the days of Jackie Robinson breaking the color barrier -- interest among black children seems to have dwindled. But WUWM’s Erin Toner found players and supporters in Milwaukee working to reverse the trend.

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Arts & Culture
3:03 pm
Mon June 23, 2008

Les Paul, The Wizard of Waukesha

Les Paul with Lake Effect's Bonnie North at the Les Paul's House of Sound at Discovery World.
Credit Lake Effect

Lake Effect's Bonnie North and Tom May interview Les Paul, musician and inventor.

Many of the technologies that are used today in the music and broadcast industries can be traced back to Waukesha native Les Paul, musician and inventor. Lake Effect's Bonnie North and Tom May got the chance to meet with Paul at Discovery World's newly opened exhibit "Les Paul's House of Sound."

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Arts & Culture
1:49 pm
Mon June 9, 2008

Small Town Lives and Breathes All Things Norwegian

Stephanie and Jenna Stokes

Many generations ago, Norwegians settled in Stoughton, Wisconsin. Today, its residents continue to celebrate the early immigrants’ rich heritage, especially its dance. WUWM News traveled to the vibrant little city to drink in its biggest celebration of the year. We discovered it’s both an exciting and bittersweet event.

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Arts & Culture
12:06 pm
Fri April 25, 2008

Competing Cooks

Badger High School Culinary Arts Team

Four students from Badger High School in Lake Geneva Wisconsin are slicing and dicing their way through a cooking competition going on in San Diego today. The quartet won at the state level and now are up against 36 other teams from around the country.

The winning team must concoct a three-course gourmet meal in one hour, and not a second longer.

WUWM's Susan Bence meet Badgers culinary program director Russ Tronsen and his Badger High School team as they practiced for the national ProStart Invitational.

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Arts & Culture
11:48 am
Fri April 4, 2008

Antiques Galore - A Chat with Terry Kovel

Ralph and Terry Kovel are famous names in the world of antiques and collectibles.

Ralph was born in Milwaukee; when his family moved to Ohio, he met Terry Horvitz on a blind date. The couple's career took off in 1953 with the publication of their first "catalog" called Kovels' Dictionary of Marks. Their success lead to a newspaper column, television show and more.

WUWM's Susan Bence met Terry Kovel when she was in town for a home and garden show at State Fair Park.

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