The 2015 Nobel Prize in physics was awarded jointly to Takaaki Kajita of the University of Tokyo, and Arthur B. McDonald of Queen’s University in Canada for the discovery that neutrinos have mass.

Neutrinos are basically particles of blue light that act as cosmic messengers from some of the most powerful processes in the universe, such as black holes and gamma-ray burst explosions.

Poster for "Raiders!" A documentary of the self proclaimed "Greatest Fan Film Ever Made"
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Closing out the Milwaukee Film Festival is a documentary about an adaptation of a film. The movie at the heart of it all is the 1981 classic - Raiders of the Lost Ark. It was a film that so impressed a couple of Mississippi kids back in the ‘80s that they set out to remake the movie, shot for shot.  However, they ended up one scene short.

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The Milwaukee Film Festival is into the homestretch, with two more days of short and feature-length films at a variety of locations. 

The festival has attracted thousands of film buffs, among them Lake Effect essayist Joanne Weintraub:

I’ve never run a marathon, but for the last 2 weeks I’ve been sitting through one. Determined to get the most out of my prized Milwaukee Film Festival all-access pass, I’ve put myself on a rigorous high-popcorn diet and pledged to watch as many movies as I can take in 15 exhausting days.

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The Milwaukee Film Festival continues at various theaters across the city this week, and if you are looking for a thriller with a Midwest sensibility, Uncle John will keep you on your toes throughout.

Some of you may remember actor John Ashton for his character roles in the Beverly Hills Cop or Midnight Run films, but in this independent film Ashton becomes the focus of attention as a quiet Wisconsin carpenter…and murderer.


Twenty years ago, seven municipalities along Milwaukee County’s north shore entered into a virtually unprecedented collaboration.  The communities of Bayside, Brown Deer, Fox Point, Glendale, River Hills, Shorewood and Whitefish Bay merged their fire and emergency responder programs and together created the North Shore Fire Department.

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Venice Williams is the executive director of Alice’s Garden, a two acre community garden with programming centered around helping young people.

Recently a few young boys with a BB gun shot out the windows of the van and truck she uses to transport produces to the farmer’s market. In an open note on her Facebook wall, Venice invited the boys to apple pie and conversation at her home. Because she worries about what might happen if they destroy someone else’s property. She hasn’t received a response.

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Just by virtue of its title, it’s easy to figure out that Milwaukee Magazine focuses on this city we call home.  But even with that as their monthly thrust, the October issue seems to delve especially closely into the soul of Milwaukee as the magazine set out to explore the fifty reasons we love Milwaukee.

From mustard tastings to social justice, associate editor Claire Hanan gave a preview of some of the things and the people that made the list:

Cremona, Italy is the home of Antonio Stradivari, possibly the greatest maker of musical instruments in history. With more than two hundred violin makers living in the small picturesque town, it would make sense that cellist Robert Cohen would find himself there.

"Every restaurant, every hotel, every shop window has violins in it, has instruments of all sorts. It's one of the few places in the world you can walk around with a cello and nobody asks you, 'what is that?'" Cohen says.

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Violence has cropped up again in the Middle East in recent days, as Russia has carried out military strikes against ISIS, which opposes of Syria's ruling regime. ISIS also opposes the United States, so you might assume our government would be in favor of those military strikes. But as with everything involving the Middle East, the reality is a lot more complex.

For five years, two filmmakers followed several homeless men in Milwaukee - capturing the men's challenges, from mental illness to substance abuse, as well as their rare moments of triumph.

"The guys we talked to were the ones that would openly say 'I'm not proud of how I'm living, I'm not proud, you don't want to live like this, no one should have to live like this,'" director Faith Kohler says. "But they were the ones who felt that is was important to give their community a voice."