Arts & Culture

Arts & Culture
11:35 am
Mon January 28, 2013

With 22-Strings, the Kora Makes for a Sight - and Beautiful Music

A kora is a 22-string harp-lute used in traditional music in West Africa.
Credit Steve Evans

Lake Effect's Mitch Teich interviews Yaya Kambaye.

We’ve featured a lot of musicians and a lot of instruments over the years on Lake Effect. But until now, we’ve never had an instrument quite like the one Yaya Kambaye brought with him to the Lake Effect performance studio.

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Arts & Culture
1:06 pm
Fri January 25, 2013

Antique Forte Piano Makes a Modern Debut in Milwaukee

Piano-forte of Anton Walter (Vienna, circa 1810).
Credit Gérard Janot

Lake Effect's Bonnie North interviews Stewart Dempsey and Richard Carsey.

Normally, we hear classical piano music played on a modern instrument. But back at the height of classical composition, everyone from Mozart and Mendelssohn to Beethoven and Brahms played and composed upon the “forte piano."

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Arts & Culture
12:00 am
Sat January 19, 2013

'Growing' Art From Plastic Bags

Yevgeniya Kaganovich's "grow" installation at Lynden Sculpture Garden is made up of recycled plastic bags.
Credit Lynden Sculpture Garden

Lake Effect contributor Gianofer Fields interviews artist Yevgeniya Kaganovich about a new installation at Lynden Sculpture Garden.

Yevgeniya Kaganovich is a jewelry maker and metalsmith who applies the techniques of her trade to other media.

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Arts & Culture
11:53 am
Thu January 17, 2013

What's Behind Our Culture's Obsession with Artisan Cheese

Author and anthropologist Heather Paxson highlights the people and practices behind the recent influx of artisan cheese.
Credit Photo by Dominick Reuter, via MIT News

An interview with Heather Paxson.

It’s an understatement to say that cheese holds a special place in Wisconsin’s ethos. It also holds a special place in Wisconsin’s economy. The latest data from the US Department of Agriculture shows that the state produced 2.6 billion pounds of cheese in 2011. Just as significantly, the percentage of that which is specialty cheese has increased to 22 percent.

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In-Studio Performance
12:00 am
Thu January 10, 2013

Panalure's Colorful In-Studio Performance

sit-down-and-listen band Panalure stops by the studio
Credit OnMilwaukee

Panalure brought their "seductive and twisted" music into the studio today to perform their songs Skater's Waltz, Get the Girl, Existential Cowboy Song, and Left Hand Way. Bruce Winter talks with the band about the origins of their group, the name of their group, and the "collaborative genius" that makes their music more than just something to dance to.

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Arts & Culture
12:38 pm
Tue January 8, 2013

'Prairie Silence' Reconciles Small Town Life and Coming Out

Coming out leaves a small-town expat with a lot to say and an inability to say it. (Author Melanie Hoffert)

Lake Effect's Mitch Teich interviews author Melanie Hoffert.

The appeal of small town living to some is the very thing that drives other people away – the very close connections to your neighbors. That is, while the sense of community can be very strong, it is also difficult to live with a secret when everyone knows everyone else.

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Arts & Culture
12:00 am
Sat January 5, 2013

A Heat Gun, Some Plastic Bags, and the Sun

Pete Prodoehl's "Plastic Sun," constructed from plastic grocery bags with the assistance of a heat gun.
Credit Gianofer Fields

This summer the Chipstone Foundation challenged artists from all over Wisconsin to use just one tool to create a work of art. Contributor Gianofer Fields has presented some of their stories in recent months in our It’s a Material World series.

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Arts & Culture
12:26 pm
Thu January 3, 2013

A Son of Wisconsin Wanders into Milwaukee

Cory Chisel on guitar and Adriel Denae on keyboard at a recent concert in New York.
Credit WFUV photo

Lake Effect's Mitch Teich interviews Cory Chisel.

Cory Chisel and his band, the Wandering Sons, got to play some pretty impressive venues following the release of his recent album, “Old Believers.”  And soon, they’ll be off for Europe and Australia.  But in among the many tour dates were a couple of important midwestern concerts – in northern Minnesota and in Appleton, the places Chisel grew up, the son of a preacher.

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Civil War
12:43 pm
Fri December 28, 2012

The Meaning of the Civil War

Over the course of the past year, Lake Effect has explored the role of Wisconsin soldiers in the American Civil War, in our series "Iron Brigade and Beyond."

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Civil War
12:35 pm
Fri December 21, 2012

Milwaukee Teen Led Brave Charge in Civil War Battle

The Boy Colonel, Arthur MacArthur, Jr. of the 24th Wisconsin Regiment.

While the Iron Brigade, and its Wisconsin regiments, get a lot of the glory due to their fierce fighting in the American Civil War, there were other Wisconsin regiments which showed their mettle in battle.

Perhaps no story drives that home more than that of Arthur MacArthur of Milwaukee at the Battle of Missionary Ridge in Tennessee, November 25, 1863.

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