Arts & Culture

Interviews and stories about art, culture, music, books, food / dining and sports.

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:

Iron Brigade and Beyond: Gettysburg

Nov 16, 2012
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For the past six months, we've been telling you the stories of Wisconsin soldiers fighting in the American Civil War through our "Iron Brigade and Beyond" series.

Fighting with the brave regiments of the Iron Brigade to the Old Abe 8th, Battery B to the so-called Western brigades, Wisconsinites saw action in some of the war's fiercest and deadliest battles.

Mitch Teich

Have you ever looked at a painting in an art gallery and wished you could become part of the world the artist created? Certainly, it’d be nice to spend some time in Claude Monet’s world, and it would be an adventure to make your way through an M.C. Esher drawing.

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This afternoon in Waukesha, members of SC Waukesha will play an exhibition soccer game at Saratoga Park.  That wouldn't normally be enough to attract a lot of attention outside the friends and family members of the players themselves.  But this match will look a lot different than the dozens of other soccer games played around southeast Wisconsin on any given afternoon.

Christine Butler, Current

Fans of public radio are well acquainted with the show Radiolab. It’s too simple to call it a show about ideas, but that’s a good start. Heard around the country on more than 300 radio station, the show has tackled such topics as falling, music, color and whether exploding atomic bombs affect beer quality.

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  Many people who live in the city or suburbs have had the somewhat romantic notion of giving up the rat race and buying a place in the country... maybe getting some chickens, growing some of your own food. It's tempting, especially after you've sat in rush hour traffic for a while. But what does it really take to make that pipe dream a viable option?

Michael McDermott Performs at WUWM

Nov 6, 2012
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Michael McDermott stopped by the radio station today to talk about his new family and his unique music. He plays two songs, Hit Me Back and Deal With the Devil, discussing his new album Hit Me Back. McDermott describes his music as an effort to break away from the typical formulaic pop-songs of today and used names like Sarah Mclachlan to inspire him while recording Hit Me Back.

Band Website: http://www.michael-mcdermott.com/

Clara Barton: More Than the Red Cross

Nov 5, 2012
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It's hard to place enough significance on how the American Civil War would go on to shape our country and its people - or to overestimate the extreme loss of life it caused.

Beyond the battlefields, however, the War Between the states also brought forth many firsts, such as the first Army ambulance corps, the first use of conscription of soldiers, the first black U.S. Army officer - the list goes on and on.

She Who Is Not to Be Named

 If you don't carve your pumpkins, someone will. 

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