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This weekend marks the 183rd birthday of the composer Johannes Brahms.  The Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra celebrates that birthday with performances of both his third and fourth symphonies with one program.

Between rehearsals, Music Director of the MSO, Maestro Edo de Waart, explained his love of Brahms and why he is excited to conduct it this year.

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It's the time of year again. The sun is shining, the birds are chirping and the ground is ripe for planting. It's a good chance to check out heirloom varieties of vegetables, fruits and even flowers. 

If you're more likely to buy your produce than grow it, don't worry. It's also the season for farmers' markets and gardening centers. 

Contributor Stacy Tornio shares her list of heirloom plants to brighten up your garden (or salad):

IKEA

If you're a fan of meatballs and do-it-yourself furniture, then get ready. IKEA announced plans for a new store in Oak Creek, Wisconsin. Rumors have been circulating for years about a Wisconsin location for the home furnishings store, which plans to open up shop on a 100-acre site currently owned by Northwestern Mutual.

courtesy Chris Cleave/Simon & Schuster

When novelist Chris Cleave starts a new project - before he writes a word - he tries to immerse himself in the world his characters will inhabit.

Four years ago, that meant learning to track bicycles for his novel, Gold, about two Olympic-caliber cyclists.  But it was a more complex prospect for his latest novel, Everyone Brave is Forgiven, which is set in World War II London and Malta.  But Cleave found a way.

Montel Allen

On Wednesday, the Food and Drug Administration announced a ban on selling electronic cigarettes to minors as well as a requirement that e-cigs display warnings that they contain nicotine.

READ: FDA Acts To Regulate E-Cigarettes And Cigars For The First Time

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Gov. Walker and other state Republicans had plenty to say Wednesday about Donald Trump being their party’s likely nominee for President. Both Ted Cruz and John Kasich have suspended their campaigns, leaving Trump as the only remaining candidate in the GOP race. Yet, division exists among state Republicans, in the direction they seem headed.

After meeting with manufacturing reps in West Allis, Gov. Walker reiterated his stance that he will support the Republican nominee for President.

Jill Anna Ponasik

Milwaukee Opera Theater's new show, Song from the Uproar: The Lives and Death of Isabelle Eberhardt, is a multimedia chamber opera, guaranteed to be a unique theater experience.

Eberhardt was a 19th century Swiss explorer, who fell in love with the Sahara desert and traveled alone through Northern Africa. The show is based on her diaries, which were published decades after her death. 

Adam Ryan Morris / Milwaukee Magazine

When Making a Murderer premiered on Netflix last December, it entranced viewers and quickly became a household name. The ten part docuseries follows the real-life story of Steven Avery, a Wisconsin man who was falsely accused of a brutal rape and attempted murder, then charged and convicted of murdering another woman. The series shocked the nation with its in-depth look at how the homicide case was handled in Manitowoc County.

Courtesy of Milwaukee Public Schools

Each year, the Civic Music Association of Milwaukee rewards teachers and administrators from the area for their accomplishments. This year’s top honoree as Teacher of the Year is Benjamin Zabor, who is director of band and orchestra at MPS' Rufus King International High School.

Ailments like carpal tunnel syndrome and premenstrual syndrome may seem completely different from penis theft, also known as koro, but they actually have a lot in common. All three can be classified as "culture-bound syndromes," perceived maladies informed by the cultures where they appear. 

Rachel Morello

It's National Teacher Appreciation Week, which has us thinking about some of the standout educators from our own school days. 

We asked our staff, and some of you, "Who was your favorite teacher, and why?" The answers prompted smiles, good memories and fun remembrances of classrooms past. 

    

People have begun applying for the impending vacancy on the Wisconsin Supreme Court. Justice David Prosser has announced plans to retire by the end of July. Gov. Walker may have a long list to choose from – along with plenty of advice.

The governor expects a mix of judges and attorneys to apply for the seat that Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice David Prosser is leaving. Walker told WHBY Radio in Appleton that it will be, at least, a four-year job.

Tim Fuller

The Milwaukee Rep closes its season with a powerful production of August Wilson’s 1987 Pulitzer Prize-winning play, Fences.

Tom Kubala

If you had all the money in the world and no other limitations, what would you do?

It's a question many of us have pondered when our workload starts to pile-up and the challenges ahead of us seem insurmountable. But for architect Tom Kubala, challenges and limitations are just part of what make his job fun. 

Rachel Morello

new report from UW-Milwaukee researchers shows measured gains in student test scores and attendance at Milwaukee Public Schools' Carver Academy, thanks to partnerships with a handful of outside organizations.

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