Arts & Culture

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

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  Many consider National Book Award winner Lord of Misrule to be the champion for small presses. We talk with author Jaimy Gordon about her remarkable novel, which won the 2010 National Book Award for fiction. 

Gordon, who teaches at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, was in Milwaukee recently for a reading at Boswell Books.

Melanie Vyvyan, via Wiki Commons

  Musician Liz Phair talks with Mitch Teich about her newest album, unpredictability, motherhood and Keith Richards's memoir.

The Spur & the Sash

Jan 13, 2011

A local author writes about a Civil War-era Romeo and Juliet. Robert Grede's first novel is The Spur & The Sash, published by Three Towers Press. He spoke with Stephanie Lecci last fall. Grede will discuss his book at the Wisconsin Veterans Museum on Friday.

Lucius Fairchild: Civil War Hero

Jan 13, 2011

Young readers will get a peek into the life of an honest-to-goodness Civil War hero - and former Wisconsin governor. Stuart Stotts is the author of the new biography for young readers called Lucius Fairchild: Civil War Hero, published by the Wisconsin Historical Society Press. It's part of the Badger Biographies series.

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We turn the tables on one of America’s most famous interviewers when we interview Dick Cavett, who spoke with Bonnie North this summer at Ten Chimneys in Delafield. To hear more of Bonnie's interview, click on Supplemental Audio below.

Milwaukee's Brewing Tradition

Nov 15, 2010

Our series on Wisconsin’s food economy wouldn’t be complete without a look at Milwaukee’s brewing tradition. Brewery historian Leonard Jurgensen owns the largest private collection of Schlitz memorabilia in the nation. Kevin Cullen is an archaeologist and educator at Discovery World in Milwaukee. He helps run the museum's "Distant Mirror" archaeology program and blog and teaches the "Ale Through the Ages: The Anthropology and Archaeology of Brewing" courses. Cullen and Jurgensen lead the museum's "Legacies of Milwaukee Brewing" tours around the city. They spoke with Stephanie Lecci.

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  Singer-songwriter Ingrid Michaelson was joined by band members Bess Rogers and Allie Moss in the Lake Effect performance studio in August. 

Latino Arts Strings

Oct 29, 2010

Lake Effect contributor Amy Kiley produced our report on the Latino Arts Strings Program. The musicians of the program will be performing for the Milwaukee Art Museum’s Day of the Dead Family this Sunday at 1:30 PM.

CJ Foeckler / Pabst Theater

Sam Beam, better known as Iron & Wine, performed at The Pabst Theater on October 13, 2010.

WUWM at Nite broadcast the show live that night. Enjoy this recording featuring this singer-songwriters songs from Around the Well and more.

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Raving About Ravinia

Jul 22, 2010

Contributor Amy Kiley takes a look at the three-month Ravinia concert series… held an hour south of Milwaukee, in Highland Park, Illinois. Kiley is a freelance journalist and musician who lives in the Chicago suburbs.

Ann-Elise Henzl

A unique group of gospel singers is making music in Milwaukee, at churches and other venues. What makes the choir unusual is the combination of people in it. Some are homeless. Ann-Elise Henzl attended one of the group's rehearsals, and learned that it’s hoping to take a trip abroad this summer.

Remembering Les Paul

Aug 14, 2009
Lake Effect

In this archived interview, guitar virtuoso, master innovator and Waukesha native Les Paul spoke to us in June of 2008. He was in town last summer to celebrate the opening of Les Paul's house of Sound at Discovery World at Pier Wisconsin. Les Paul died yesterday from complications of pneumonia - he was 94 years old.

Ann-Elise Henzl

Every year, hundreds of young students go through intensive music training with the Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra. Ann-Elise Henzl recently happened to hear one of them: a female violinist who played with confidence, in front of a crowd of local movers and shakers. Ann-Elise followed up to learn more about the eighth-grade Milwaukee Public School student, who's fallen in love with the violin.

Props Properly Placed

Mar 6, 2009

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.

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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