Lake Effect

Essay: A Hero Among Us

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Focus Features

If you grew up watching public television, the ding of a trolley and ascending piano chords may take you back to the land of Make Believe and into the television home of Fred Rogers. Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood first aired in 1968 and aired first-run shows for more than 30 years.

Lake Effect essayist Linda Flashinski came to admire Mr. Rogers in the years her own children watched the television show. And when he passed away in 2003, Flashinski realized how her respect for the man turned into seeing him as a hero among us:

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If you always wanted to travel to Paris but haven’t made it around to booking that trip yet, the next best thing is happening this weekend right here in Milwaukee: Bastille Days! Every second weekend in July, Milwaukee’s Cathedral Square turns into a French festival featuring live music, food, wine and an international marketplace for vendors. Don’t miss your chance to snap a selfie in front of the mini version of the Eiffel Tower on display at the north end of the square – it may be the closest you ever get to the real thing!

Photo Courtesy of David J. Wagner, L.L.C.

Most art curators work for museums and tend to have substantial academic credentials in art history and museum studies. David Wagner is not an art historian. His academic background is in musical performance and arts administration. But he is a curator.

Wagner’s Milwaukee-based business, David J Wagner LLC, produces and manages traveling exhibitions for museums and other cultural and scientific institutions in North America and abroad. 

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For local Bard enthusiasts, summertime means a full slate of Shakespeare in parks throughout Wisconsin, thanks to the Summit Players. The Milwaukee-based troupe has been performing Shakespearian plays at an ever-growing roster of Wisconsin State Parks for four seasons.

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With summer in full swing, people want to take in the beautiful weather whenever possible. As Wisconsinites know, summer is only here for so long and outdoor dining is a great way to take advantage of season.

Dining critic Ann Christenson agrees: "We have such a short amount of time to really enjoy it. So this is that precious time that we can...enjoy outdoor dining."

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Mitch Teich

Occasionally, a tiny yellow car can be seen tooling around the UW-Milwaukee campus. That car is a battery-powered Ligier.

Gonzo Couto-Lain, the man who's the oldest graduate (at 59-years-old) of the engineering school at UWM, worked with a team to convert the tiny French car to run on battery power.

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The Milwaukee-based advocacy group Preserve Our Parks has rallied for public spaces, noteably Milwaukee County’s beautiful but financially beleaguered parks. In fact, Tuesday evening the group is holding a public meeting to rally support for a sustainable funding source for the system.

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Milwaukee's Francophiles can begin celebrating Bastille Days early this year at the Avalon Theater with a screening of Jean-Pierre Jeunet's 2001 film Amélie on Wednesday, July 11th. "France has nurtured one of the world's most significant movie industries," says film critic Dave Luhrssen. "The country can lay claim to having invented motion pictures. It was the sight of the first commercial screening of a movie."

Mitch Teich

When stopping for coffee in Walker’s Point and happen past a familiar face from literary history, don’t be surprised. A plaque dedicated to the memory of philosopher and author Henry David Thoreau is located outside of Colectivo Coffee at 170 South 1st Street.

During his 1861 journey to Mackinac Island, Thoreau stayed at the Lakehouse Hotel, noting in his journal the hefty price of 75 cents per night. The plaque, dedicated in 2014 by local poets and performers, honors Thoreau’s impact on both Martin Luther King, Jr. and Mahatma Gandhi.

There has been a lot of effort in the last decade to denote Milwaukee as a so-called “world water hub.” To date, many companies that research water and water-related technology have chosen to locate in the region, but the importance of water to the area is hardly new. 

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Summer is in full swing in Milwaukee, and for many local residents that means spending as much time as humanly possible outside to enjoy the warm weather, long days of sunshine and numerous festivals. One way to partake? Check out the 21 pieces of art featured in the second annual Sculpture Milwaukee urban outdoor exhibit along Wisconsin Avenue in downtown Milwaukee. Learn more about it in an Ex Fabula guided storytelling tour below.

As it turns out, art is not only a form of creative expression and a tool for introspection – it’s also a great way to connect with others.

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A recent article in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel alleges that Sam Llanas, former BoDeans' band member, sexually abused Tessa Neumann, the stepdaughter of his former bandmate Kurt Neumann. 

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Are you flying anywhere this summer? Does flying make you nervous? Maybe you should keep these thoughts by Lake Effect essayist Meagan Schultz in mind...or maybe you shouldn't:

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If we can believe the prevailing weather forecast, we’re in store for a very nice weekend around southeastern Wisconsin.  We’re expecting plenty of sunshine with temperatures in the 70s and 80s.  It’s a nice change from the hot and humid Fourth of July we had.

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Soccer  fans around the world are enjoying the building excitement over the World Cup. The quadrennial event has been filled with nail-biting games, but also a fair number of injuries.

The way those injuries have been treated has led many to question whether FIFA, the governing body of world soccer, is treating the dangers of concussions adequately.  Soccer is just the latest sport where head injuries have been the source of controversy.  And, of course, it’s not just elite-level athletes who are sustaining concussions.

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