Lake Effect

Bonnie North

British fingerstyle guitarist Clive Carroll cites a number of musical influences that go beyond folk or classical – although both of those are certainly part of his repertoire. Listen closely and you can hear echoes of everything from heavy metal to southern blues.

"I like to mess around on the guitar," Carroll says. "I love the guitar and there's endless textural possibilities and beautiful sounds."

Screen Capture from the "Foodies" Documentary

For the next two weeks, the annual Milwaukee Film Festival will present more than 300 movies. Some, like Jaws, are one offs. Others, like Cream City Cinema, are united by a common theme.

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We all have our quirks, which can sometimes make us endearing to others, and sometimes, not so much. 

At any rate, Lake Effect essayist Linda Benjamin has been considering those quirks – flaws, some might say – and how they affect our interpersonal relationships:

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The Milwaukee City Council paved the way yesterday for the Milwaukee Bucks to construct a new basketball arena.

Some in the community, such as Common Ground, had hoped the city would tie support for the arena to the Bucks’ support for other recreational facilities in the community.

One of the many features of this year's Milwaukee Film Festival is the Cream City Cinema series, which features films by and/or about Milwaukeeans. 

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Of the many problems urban places face in the 21st Century, one that many thought was behind us was lead poisoning in children. Action figures are no longer made from the metal, lead paint was banned from use on home interiors decades ago, and even leaded gasoline that produced lead-tainted exhaust and residue has been gone from the scene for more than twenty years.

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The 2015 Milwaukee Film Festival opens tomorrow evening at several locations around town. 303 total films will be shown between opening night and October 8.

There will be more than 100 special guests participating in panel discussions, talk back and the annual keynote address. Chicago Tribune film critic, and Kenosha and Racine native, Michael Phillips will be delivering the keynote address on the state of cinema today.

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Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker ended his campaign for President yesterday.  Walker had until recently polled at or near the top among GOP hopefuls, both nationally and in key states such as Iowa and New Hampshire, and had attracted international media attention.  But after some missteps and limited success in two Republican debates, Walker’s poll numbers had fallen to near zero in the last few days.

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The friendship of two of America’s leading 20th Century poets are at the center of the latest production at the Milwaukee Chamber Theatre. The playwright Sara Ruhl based Dear Elizabeth on three decades of letters between Robert Lowell and Elizabeth Bishop.

The play opens Wednesday and runs through mid-October. It’s directed by Marie Kohler, and stars Carrie Hitchcock as Elizabeth Bishop and Norman Moses as Robert Lowell.  

Charlie Luthin

A new state recreational area – called Sauk Prairie – is slowly taking shape in south central Wisconsin, south of Baraboo. Planning has been slow, partially because of the site’s unique history.

The public space will occupy about one-third of some 7,000 acres which for decades served as one of the world’s largest ammunition plants.

Despite that use, remnant woodlands and grasslands are considered to be exceptional resources.