Lake Effect

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Tomorrow night Milwaukee celebrates 170 years as an incorporated city. The Milwaukee Press Club is hosting the city birthday party, Savoring Our City, that kicks off at 5:30 Thursday evening at The Grain Exchange.

The city birthday party looks back at some of the top food products Milwaukee was founded on, such as pork and grains, but also celebrates our culinary scene by recognizing the top chefs and restaurants the city has to offer today.

Skylight Music Theatre

Sex, betrayal, revenge and death are cornerstones of grand opera. Tosca flings herself from the parapets, Madama Butterfly waits in vain for Pinkerton to return and Salome seduces in the dance of the seven veils. The plots of operas are full of the bleaker side of human nature.

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What happens when everything you know to be true, isn’t? How do you cope? Where do you turn? Who do you become? In her first novel, Noah’s Wife, author and Milwaukee native Lindsay Starck tackles questions of identity and faith.

Photo by Andrea Waxman

When Shiredon Roper and her children fled their home two months ago to escape a violent situation, they took shelter in abandoned buildings. Roper dared not sleep as she watched over her son, 15, and daughter, 10, she said.

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One of the longstanding issues that advocates for both private and public schools agree on is the need for more and better role models for disadvantaged kids in Milwaukee.  It’s an issue about which Lake Effect essayist Mark Siegrist has some optimism:

Civic discourse by nature is often contentious.

Passionate debate doesn’t necessarily inspire profound expression.

We are an opinionated society.

From talk radio.

To the political arena.

Or amid public discussion on the merits of building a new arena.

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If you’ve ever dreamed of becoming a caveman, now might be your best shot. The Kickapoo Indian Caverns in southwestern Wisconsin are up for sale

The showcase caves are some of the largest in the state, and feature all the amenities you expect from a cave: stone walls, stalagmites and the occasional bat.

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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.

Despite State Efforts, Arsenic Continues to Poison Many Private Wells in Wisconsin

Jan 24, 2016
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Special regulations to reduce exposure to the ancient poison have helped, but high-capacity wells can exacerbate the problem.

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Black Smith and Iron Artist  Aaron Howard uses his tools to create art from metal. Friends call him "Thor" and "The Viking" because of his substantial size, which he has used to his advantage to wield his hammer, his nearly 200 pound anvil, and his materials, which can be in the thousands of pounds.

In early December Howard found himself in the hospital – diagnosed with congestive heart failure. His recovery demands that he not lift anything over thirty pounds. He’s now in recovery contemplating his health and his future as an artist.

Essay: A Tribute to Angelo

Jan 23, 2016
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We lost Angelo Mortellaro last week. He was one of Milwaukee’s great characters and his former bar on Van Buren was the kind of place that is rapidly disappearing from the American landscape. Lake Effect essayist Marge Eiseman has this remembrance:

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