Arts & Culture

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

John O'Hara

When the final curtain falls on the Shorewood High School Drama Department's production of "Aida" this weekend, it will mark the end of an era for the theater community there. Barbara Gensler, who has led the drama department for forty-five years, has announced this production will be her last "big show" at the school.

The show is expected to draw not just local school and community members, but some of the thousands of alumni whose lives Gensler has influenced over the years.

Aaron's Hammer

May 3, 2012
Gianofer Fields

Technological advances have meant the tools of many trades are transient - evolving from year to year.

image courtesy of the author

Jennifer DuBois's new novel asks the central question, How do you keep going when you know things are going to end badly? The book is A Partial History of Lost Causes (Random House, 2012).  

A Mighty Welder

Apr 19, 2012
William Howard/Pinterest

What does it take to spot the hidden life in an object many of us would view as junk?

Lake Effect

Peter Roller is an assistant professor of music at Alverno College; Matthew Schroeder is finger-style and rock guitar department chair at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music. They’ll play a concert tomorrow night at the Conservatory, called A Tribute to Steel-String Guitar Icons.

Sauk County Historical Society

Our It’s a Material World feature spotlights a singular effigy mound in Wisconsin.

Understanding Slavery and the Civil War

Mar 26, 2012

Even as the 150th anniversary of the Civil War moves into its second year, Americans still disagree on what was the fundamental root cause of the war. But one author says it really was all about the moral question of slavery. Pewaukee writer, teacher, and independent Civil War historian Thomas Martin Sobottke is the author of the new book, Across That Dark River: The Civil War Memory. It's published by Moving Train Books LLC, which he also founded. He spoke with Stephanie Lecci. You can hear about the origin for Sobottke's book title as supplemental audio below.

Cathy Lybarger/Etsy

For ages, people have pondered what exactly constitutes art.

There is No Dog

Mar 20, 2012

Meg Rosoff is the author of There Is No Dog, published by Penguin. She spoke with Bonnie North.  Rosoff's other novels include the multiple award winning How I Live Now, the film of which is currently in pre-production, and the Carnegie Medal in Literature winner Just in Case. There is more of their conversation about Dog below. Just click on the supplemental audio file.

A Dachshund's Tale

Mar 1, 2012

We hear about a wiener of a children’s book about a presidentially named Dachshund. Mequon children's book writer Barbara Behm is the author of Mr. Lincoln Goes to Washington, published by Xlibris. It's illustrated by Milwaukeean Ellen Anderson, and it was given an honorable mention in the 2011 Writer's Digest Awards program.

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