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For eight years (and counting), game aficionado James Lowder has joined Lake Effect to talk about the best games of the year. We are talking about classic games here, not the kind that are played on a screen.

"The thing that's amazing is how much this has become mainstream culture," Lowder says. "Everybody's watching the Marvel movies and everybody's familiar with The Lord of the Rings, so they understand the tropes and they understand the storytelling."

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Each year on Lake Effect, we feature dozens of authors and books. But besides those, there are countless others that might be just right for the reader on your holiday list. Daniel Goldin, proprietor of Boswell Book Company, stopped by the studio recently to share some of the perfect titles for readers of all ages.

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Five years ago, Ben Bedroske decided to create a chamber choir for people who don’t always sing in chamber choirs: recent college graduates. Thus the Chant Claire Chamber Choir was born. Now numbering 56, the choir gives its members a chance to keep their performing skills sharp and bond with a group of their peers. 

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Gift-giving is a central theme of the holidays. But there are options other than cell phones, game consoles,  jewelry or even those cars with the big bow on in commercials. We're talking about giving a gift that involves spending time with family or friends.

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Milwaukee's Irish Cultural and Heritage Center is hosting internationally acclaimed harpist Kim Robertson for its Holiday Harp concert. The Wisconsin native is joined on stage by a number of local musical friends, including mutli-instrumentalist Brett Lipshutz.

Lipshutz is a member of Myserk, a band which focuses on the Celtic tradition in Brittany, and he showcased his whistle playing in a performance with Robertson for Lake Effect

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Most talk about weapons today involves firearms.  But one Milwaukee museum curator wanted to examine how our weaponry even evolved to firearms. Through exploring humans and their behavior, Milwaukee Public Museum Anthropology Collections Curator Dawn Scher Thomae sees the weapon as a tool that has evolved over thousands of years to solve a problem.

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A pro-Islamic State group sought to tie a bomb explosion in New York City to last week’s announcement that the United States would recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. The announcement from the Trump Administration set off protests around the globe, many targeting U.S. embassies in Muslim-majority nations. 

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At UW-Milwaukee, one unusual class being offered in during the spring semester is called “The Art of Being Still” - a course that many of us could use.

The course is being taught by Erin Maris, who owns the E2 fitness facility in Mequon and who teaches a variety of mind-body classes.

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Learning a new language gets harder for most of us once we’re past the age of 6 or 7. But one way to help make learning a foreign language easier, and perhaps just a bit cooler, for middle and high school students is to bring in a band.

In early November, MPS hosted a special event for students learning German. They brought in the German pop/hip hop and classical mash-up band Einshoch6 to the Milwaukee School of Languages.

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When we study classic literature in school, it’s generally the literature itself that we study and not what was happening in the lives of the authors who wrote the books.

However, a recent book drills down very deeply into what was going on in the lives of four major writers - Virginia Woolf, T.S. Eliot, D.H. Lawrence, and E.M. Forster - for whom one year was immensely important.

Ex Fabula: Traditions

Dec 9, 2017
Kathrine Schleicher

This week, we're celebrating traditions. They can mean very different things to different people, from baking Christmas cookies with Grandma to tailgating the Brewers Season Opener with your friends for 20 years-in-a-row. But what if you don't feel you have any traditions to pass along? That's the question that inspired Rochelle Fritsch to share her story about family customs.  

For our second story, we veer off the path of traditionalism a bit to look at another type of...ritual told by Brian Moore, Liza Bielby, and Barney Baggett:

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In the great unknown, there was one constant: everything would be all right.” That’s the basic belief of the main character in Elizabeth Berg’s new novel, The Story of Arthur Truluv.

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For a lot of people, traveling is a consistent life goal - whether it’s about adventure during their vacations from work, or working towards a retirement filled with travel. But in the case of the former, travel can be a challenge when you’re limited to only two or three weeks of vacation a year.

"Two weeks of vacation is not enough time - especially to stay in one country and really get the opportunity to soak in the culture," says Ann Davis, founder of Venture with Impact.

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In the music world, you could very easily nominate Patty Larkin as Milwaukee’s favorite daughter. Larkin grew up here before moving on to make a name for herself for her proficiency as a musician and a songwriter.

Larkin recorded her first album in 1985, and 12 more followed. She also has played as part of the Four Bitchin’ Babes, and has championed the cause of fellow women guitarists. Larkin has long lived in Massachusetts, but returns to her hometown every so often, including this fall, when she visited family and played a show to benefit the Urban Ecology Center.

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Pleasant Valley Park is nestled along the Milwaukee River’s western shore in Milwaukee's Riverwest neighborhood. Long ago, the 23-acre parcel was home to one of Milwaukee’s most popular beer gardens with restaurants, a band shell, steamboat docks and “extravagant” landscaping. Today, Pleasant Valley falls within the Milwaukee River Greenway.

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