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Photo courtesy of Jim Wildeman

For more than half of its life, a century-old mansion on Milwaukee’s east side has been open to the public, first as a library and then as an art museum. But until now, much of the building that houses the Charles Allis Museum’s collection has been off-limits to the public.

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Both Shaw’s “Pygmalion” and the musical adapted from it, “My Fair Lady” make the point that it’s not just clothes that make the man – or the woman. Speech plays a part as well, perhaps even more so.  The current production of “My Fair Lady” running at the Skylight took advantage of a UWM speech and dialect coach to ensure that these very American actors could credibly sound like Cockney Londoners.

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When American poet and playwright Langston Hughes wrote the play originally named Wasn’t It a Mighty Day?, the American civil rights movement was gaining momentum. 

It was 1961, and the play became Black Nativity. It was one of the first plays written by an African-American person to be performed off-Broadway.

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Among the holiday offerings that reliably come around this time of year – like the Milwaukee Ballet’s Nutcracker, the symphony’s Holiday Pops concert, and the Milwaukee Rep’s “A Christmas Carol,” there’s always one that swims against the tide.

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There have been many stage plays, movies, and books that are about booksellers or people in the literary world.  But a new production by Milwaukee Opera Theater takes it to its logical conclusion.

The Story of My Life” is about friendships, writers, and books, and is set in a bookstore.  So it only made sense to actually stage the musical among the stacks at Boswell Book Company. 

Courtesy the Estate of Larry Sultan / Milwaukee Art Museum

The big news at the Milwaukee Art Museum is that its long-anticipated new addition is about to open, along with the rest of the museum, which was renovated at the same time.  But there is still art to see between now and the grand re-opening on November 24th.

David DeSilva / Axis Dance Company

This week one of the more innovative and inspiring modern dance companies in the country will call Sheboygan’s John Michael Kohler Arts Center their temporary home. Axis Dance Company is based in Oakland, California, and draws on the equal talents of able bodied and disabled dancers alike to expand on the idea of what movement can be and is for.

Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design / facebook.com

When former MIAD President Neil Hoffman announced he was retiring, the school conducted a 6 month international search for his successor. But it turned out that Jeffrey Morin, the person selected for the position, wasn’t too far away. Before he began his tenure at MIAD in June, Morin had been the Dean of the College of Fine Arts & Communication at UW-Stevens Point.

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Art is a very human way to explore and reflect the world we experience. It often asks questions of us who view or hear it and it can be calming or unsettling. The art itself can be kinetic or static; it can aural or visual or both. But what it usually isn’t, is living.

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Until this year, the Haggerty Museum of Art at Marquette University had only had two directors in its 30-plus year history.

After Wally Mason left the museum to take a similar job in Nebraska, the university hired Susan Longhenry. She was director of the Harwood Museum of Art in Taos, New Mexico.

Starving Artists' Show of Mount Mary University / facebook.com

This weekend, Mount Mary University’s enormous front lawn is transformed into an art gallery.  The 46th annual Starving Artists show features art work from more than 200 local and national artists, all selected via jury.

Palladium Print © J. Shimon & J. Lindemann / Museum of Wisconsin Art

Update: Photographer Julie Lindemann died of cancer Tuesday. 

Original Post, April 22, 2015: Wisconsin is home to a great many world class artists. Among those are the photographers Julie Lindemann and John Shimon, both of whom were born in the state and have made it their professional home.

Milwaukee Art Museum

Due to the construction of the Milwaukee Art Museum's new wing, almost all of the museum remains closed the summer. But that doesn’t mean isn't anything to see. In fact, some of the most significant works of art from the late 19th and 20th centuries are on display.

From Salvador Dali to Andy Warhol and lots of artists in between, the Van Gogh to Pollock: Modern Rebels exhibit that is on display through September is like a survey of some of modern art’s greatest hits.

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Over the last year, the nonpartisan Public Policy Forum has been examining how arts and culture are paid for in the Milwaukee area.  The first two reports in the group’s series focused on the public financing component.

But a great deal of business and private philanthropy support is given to arts and culture programs and institutions in Milwaukee.

Courtesy of the Artist / Racine Art Museum

The Racine Art Museum is known for its somewhat quirky rotating exhibits alongside its more serious collection of sculpture, pottery and paintings.

Two temporary exhibits that are very different from each other in nature opened earlier this summer. One explores science fiction and fantasy-based themes of Doctor Who, Star Wars, superheroes, and steampunk, while the other showcases the work of familial artists—couples, parents and children, and siblings.

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