Arts & Culture

Arts & Culture
3:06 pm
Mon August 13, 2012

Folk Fusion

Bruce Molsky.
Credit Bruce Molsky

Milwaukee’s Irish Fest returns for its annual run at the Festival Grounds on Thursday. And as is our habit, we’ll feature a few of the bands playing there over the course of the week. While there will be music with an obvious Irish feel, the focus of this year’s festival will also have a distinctly American sound. That’s because many of the acts will spotlight how traditional Irish music evolved into the bluegrass sound we think of as native to Appalachia.

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Arts & Culture
12:00 am
Fri August 10, 2012

An Artist, a Tool & a Purpose

Madison artist Kelty Carew uses her etching skills to create art - and memorials.
Credit Gianofer Fields

Objects play many roles in our lives. Some are functional. Some are ornamental. But, there are things - objects - that touch us on an deeper level.

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Arts & Culture
2:39 pm
Tue August 7, 2012

Local Sikh Educator Aims to Spread Awareness of Faith

Credit Sikhs.org

As the Federal and local investigations into Sunday’s tragic shootings at the Sikh temple in Oak Creek continue, people all over Southeast Wisconsin hold vigils for the victims and their families, and try to make sense of the violence.

Milwaukeean Raminder Kaur attended a downtown vigil Sunday night in honor of the victims of the Oak Creek temple shooting. She says she's gone to services at that temple with her 8-year-old son - who she sometimes worries is a target because of his faith.

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Arts & Culture
2:32 pm
Tue August 7, 2012

Expert: Sikhs Have Long Been Targets of Discrimination, Violence

Dr. Vijay Prashad discusses the discrimination Sikhs have felt acutely since 9/11.
Credit Trinity College

Sikhs have a rich history in and contributed greatly to the Milwaukee area - as they have had around the country.

But several sources have told us over the last couple of days that Sikhs have long been targets of discrimination and even violence, very much like the shootings at the Oak Creek temple. And while police maintain that they do not yet know of a motive behind Sunday's violence, it is hard for many in the community not to feel targeted once again.

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Sports
4:38 pm
Fri August 3, 2012

The Increasingly Wide World of Canine Sports

Andrew Han and his dog Solar demonstrate one of their eye-catching maneuvers.
Cynthia Hoffman

People in Wisconsin will have a chance to see competitors in canine sports. They will be featured on national television Sunday and at State Fair on Monday, a fair day devoted to dogs.

As WUWM’s Ann-Elise Henzl reports, there has been a dramatic increase in what sports dog owners are doing with their pets, for accolades -- or just for fun.

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Civil War
2:58 pm
Fri August 3, 2012

Iron Brigade and Beyond: Wisconsin in the Civil War - Groveton Begins Second Bull Run

A monument to the soldiers lost at the fight at Groveton, also known as Brawner's Farm, that began Second Bull Run.
Credit Courtesy of Library of Congress

The end of this month marks the 150th anniversary of the start of one of the biggest battles of the American Civil War: the Second Battle of Bull Run, otherwise known as Second Manassas. Many know of this enormous battle, but few know the story about the fight that started it - or the prominent role Wisconsinites played in it.

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Arts & Culture
12:00 am
Thu July 26, 2012

Lions & Tigers, But No Bears: A Trip to Wisconsin's Big Cat Rescue

The Wisconsin Big Cat Rescue staff and volunteers care for more than 30 lions, tigers and leopards.
Gianofer Fields

What happens to animals are discarded like objects that no longer entertain?

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Civil War
9:02 am
Fri July 13, 2012

Iron Brigade & Beyond: Wisconsin in the Civil War - The Carnage of Shiloh

Click to Enlarge Photo"The Battle of Shiloh," by Thure de Thulstrup, circa 1888
Credit Courtesy of Library of Congress

We’ve been learning about the contribution Wisconsinites made, 150 years ago, to the Union cause in the American Civil War. It was a significant contribution - and sacrifice, despite Wisconsin’s relatively recent entry into the union and its distance from the battlefield.

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Arts & Culture
12:00 am
Thu July 12, 2012

Saving Face: The Legacy - and Mystery - of Face Jugs Endures

Face Jug, Miles Mill Pottery, Edgefield, SC, 1862-70. Chipstone Foundation.
Credit Gavin Ashworth

As a student of Material Culture, contributor Gianofer Fields spends a lot of her time studying objects. However, in this installment of "It’s a Material World," it seems the object has its own agenda, albeit a somewhat ambiguous one.

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Arts & Culture
12:00 am
Sat June 30, 2012

Master Goldsmith Finds Master Solution to One Tool Challenge

Wisconsin goldsmith Missy Howard says she has an emotional attachment to her tools.
Credit Gianofer Fields

A couple of weeks ago, our Material Culture contributor Gianofer Fields asked us a unique question: What single tool would you use to help you get through a normal day? Chances are, for most of us, we couldn’t imagine being limited to just one item.

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