Arts & Culture

Movie Reviews
7:05 pm
Thu December 19, 2013

A Man And His Machine, Finding Out What Love Is

In the sci-fi romance Her, a lonely man (Joaquin Phoenix) finds love in a rather unexpected place — with a computer operating system named Samantha.
Warner Bros.

Originally published on Fri December 20, 2013 2:24 pm

Her is the best film of the year by a so-wide margin. It's gorgeous, funny, deep — and I can hear some smart aleck say, "If you love it so much, why don't you marry it?" Let me tell you, I'd like to!

I certainly identify with the protagonist, Theodore Twombly, who falls in love with his computer operating system, his OS, which calls itself — sorry, I gotta say "who calls herself" — Samantha, and who sounds like a breathy young woman.

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Music
6:39 pm
Thu December 19, 2013

Milwaukee High Schoolers to Perform with Master Singers

The Master Singers of Milwaukee will perform with local high school students this Saturday.
Credit Master Singers of Milwaukee

Lake Effect's Bonnie North interviews Dr. Eduardo Garcia-Novelli of the Master Singers of Milwaukee and Raymond Roberts of the Milwaukee High School of the Arts.

An upcoming holiday choral concert in Milwaukee will be a musical mash-up of the younger and older, the novices and the masters.

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Arts & Culture
6:19 pm
Thu December 19, 2013

New Berlin Restaurant Celebrates 'Festivus for the Rest of Us'

The Wagner Companies produce this "Festivus in a box," including a mini-Festivus Pole and instruction booklet.
Credit Wagner Companies

Lake Effect's Stephanie Lecci interviews Quaker Steak and Lube restaurant owner Scott Acker about Festivus.

Festivus may have started out as a joke on "Seinfeld," which is based famously in New York. But it’s become very much a Milwaukee celebration.

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Food
5:49 pm
Thu December 19, 2013

ESSAY: We Must Ensure Access to Good Food Throughout Milwaukee

Essayist Kyle Cherek talks about a food desert in his former neighborhood.
Credit Photos.com

In 2011, Growing Power's Will Allen had this to say about Lake Effect contributor Kyle Cherek:

"Eating food is what we all have in common. It’s important that everyone has access to the same good food, regardless of their economic standing. This is about social justice. Kyle gets this."

It was a very nice thing to say, but two years later, Cherek isn't quite so sure he did get it:

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Music
5:10 pm
Thu December 19, 2013

After Losing His Voice and His Band, Army of Me Singer Makes a Comeback

Musician Vince Scheuerman sings under the name Army of Me. His new album "Searching for You" is now out.
Credit Allister Ann

Lake Effect's Stephanie Lecci interviews musician and songwriter Vince Scheuerman.

Six years ago, the band, “Army of Me,” was reaching fans around the world with a hit song, “Going Through Changes,” off a new album on a major label.

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