Arts & Culture

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Milwaukee Teen Led Brave Charge in Civil War Battle

Dec 21, 2012

While the Iron Brigade, and its Wisconsin regiments, get a lot of the glory due to their fierce fighting in the American Civil War, there were other Wisconsin regiments which showed their mettle in battle.

Perhaps no story drives that home more than that of Arthur MacArthur of Milwaukee at the Battle of Missionary Ridge in Tennessee, November 25, 1863.

A Cheat Sheet for Watching the Movie "Lincoln"

Dec 21, 2012

Many people are looking back at the Civil War era, and not just because of the sesquicentennial – but because of one Steven Spielberg. The Hollywood icon’s latest film is “Lincoln,” which was just nominated for seven Golden Globe Awards. The film depicts the President’s efforts to get the 13th Amendment – ending slavery – through a contentious Congress. But, like all movies, it takes some artistic license at the expense of historical accuracy.

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This artist's canvass is his own body.

Big Bad Voodoo Daddy: Live In Los Angeles

Dec 12, 2012

Now that it's officially two decades in the past, it's increasingly hard to fathom: In the mid-1990s, swing was popular again. It wasn't quite the big band style of Benny Goodman fame — this new variant was blended with rockabilly and ska and perhaps some other things — but the swing revival so captured the country that it landed Big Bad Voodoo Daddy on the Super Bowl halftime show in 1999.

Forro in the Dark gets its name from the Forro, a type of dance and music that's been popular in northeastern Brazil for more than 100 years. The style's traditional incarnation involves a three-piece band with a triangle, an accordion and a bass-like drum called a zabumba.

Little, Brown

War is hell. Even those of us who haven’t fought in one know that to be true. Communicating the experience of war in a truthful and authentic way is hard enough. Telling the story of war is even harder.

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As the country heads to the fiscal brink amid political posturing, it's easy to think that our current political environment is more polarized than it was in the past - that back in the old days, consensus was the norm, politicians didn't calculate with precision their next moves, and war wasn't politicized.

Ann-Elise Henzl

If you have young kids in the family, you may open handmade gifts this month – holiday projects little fingers crafted at school. Perhaps adult relatives or friends will also offer their own creations.

WUWM’s Ann-Elise Henzl found places in town where “grown-ups” are taking time to explore their creative side, or, in some cases, learn crafts of past generations.

William Joyce

Last weekend’s returns at movie theater box offices were, perhaps, not all that surprising.  The latest installment in the Twilight series remains on top, followed, for a second straight week, by “Skyfall,” the latest James Bond movie.

Bruce Winter

The Minnesota-native indie band, Ruben, stopped in the studio today to play their song Carry Me and their never-before-heard song I am Just a Ghost.  Bruce Winter and the band also discuss  traveling and the challenges of spreading the word about Reuben's music.

For the past several months, Lake Effect's material culture contributor Gianofer Fields has been asking artists throughout Wisconsin a simple question: if you had only one tool at your disposal to practice your craft, what would it be? For some artists, who already use only a select few tools in creating their art, it was an easy choice; others simply couldn't - or wouldn't - choose.

Jim Krueger

Illustrators get much of the credit for a successful comic book or graphic novel.  And certainly the visuals are what separate those works from a standard novel or short story.  But the story is the backbone of any novel, graphic or not.  And Jim Krueger is a master at coming up with those stories.

We’ve had our share of musicially talented people through the Lake Effect studio over the years – and some musically talented people who have actually worked here.  In the Lake Effect bungalow, our own Trapper Schoepp and his band just finished a tour with the Wallflowers.  Down the hall, Jason Mohr does vocals and guitars with Juniper Tar, and Tom May plays brass in the band Take Solace.

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Alexandra Fuller’s 2001 memoir, Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight, offered a first-hand girl’s view of life in British-run Rhodesia as it transitioned violently into independent Zimbabwe and civil war played out in nearby Mozambique. It won fans around the world. Her mother was not one of them.

It's that time of year when college/university students are experiencing the joy of a short holiday break and the dread of writing their final papers.

For our Material Culture contributor Gianofer Fields, the struggle isn't writing the paper. It's picking a subject. 

For her, the passion is studying a variety of objects...the pain is picking just one. In this weeks It's a Material World segment, Fields seeks guidance from an expert,  historian Dr. William Moore, of the University of North Carolina – Wilmington.

He suggests some remarkable ceremonial chairs to be at the center of the latest installment in our It’s A Material World series:

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