In 2004, when Matisyahu burst on the scene with his album Shake Off the Dust…Arise, he stood out in more ways than one. Bearded with traditional Hasidic garb and payos (religious sidelocks), he weaved together many genres: beatbox, rap, reggae, and spiritual song.
Painter Siona Benjamin grew up in Bombay, India in a community of Jews that had been there for thousands of years. She was raised Jewish in a Hindu/Muslim India, attending a Catholic middle school and a Zoroastrian-Parsi high school, and she says India has been a very tolerant society for Jews.
Since then, she has lived in the United States for over 30 years and has spent time in Israel. Because of her unique experiences, home and identity have become central themes of her work.
Sometimes the lines are blurred, sometimes it’s very clear which is which. But as cities around the country try to reduce vandalism, they are enlisting artists to make sanctioned public art and create spaces that not only replace the blight, but engage the communities they are in.
Europe and the United States are currently trying to figure out how to deal with what’s been called a refugee crisis that has dwarfed all others - people fleeing from North Africa and the Middle East into Europe, trying to end up in Northern Europe or even the United States.
It's a daunting task to capture a life well-lived.
Shortly before her death from cancer in 2007 at age 66, New York painter Elizabeth Murray was one of only five women to have a retrospective exhibit at the Museum of Modern Art. She had “made it” much earlier than that, starting in the 1980s, but the exhibit was a crowning moment in a career that had involved some risks and a lot of pluck.
In the past few years, Milwaukee Short Film Festival organizers have received an increasing number of submissions from women, people of color, and local filmmakers. And the festival, now in its 19th year, has been evolving to reflect that. Like last year, the event will showcase both diversity and women in filmmaking.
The festival’s five separate programs will each showcase eight to ten short films.
Many of us might be thinking of a getaway for the upcoming Labor Day weekend, but for people from elsewhere, Milwaukee is a destination. And when they get here, they’ll be coming to a place that has seen a dramatic increase in the number of hotels and hotel rooms available.
For the first time in nearly 100 years, there will be a coast-to-coast solar eclipse in the United States. The moon will move between the sun and Earth, totally blocking the sunlight for people on the "path of totality."
Are you craving samosas? Do you need a place to wear a sari from your extensive collection? Or have you never eaten a samosa, and you don’t know what a sari is?
Whatever category you may fall in, the organizers of IndiaFest hope you come out to its fifth annual event at Humboldt Park in Bay View on Saturday, August 19, to celebrate, learn about, and experience Indian culture. The day-long festival combines food, music, and other performances.
Milwaukee has become known for its segregation, the racial, ethnic and class dividing lines that keep people from living and interacting with each other. But what about spaces of integration? Do they exist and, if so, what can we learn from them?
Sociologist and urban ethnographer Elijah Anderson calls places where cultures converge “cosmopolitan canopies.”Lake Effect’s Maayan Silver spent some time in one place that might fit the definition here in Milwaukee - the lakefront - and spoke with a variety of people about what the space means to them: