Lake Effect

Wauwatosa writer Tom Matthews was inspired by a dream to write his latest novel, Raising the Dad. When Matthews was 10-years-old, his father died. Years later, he had a dream where a close family friend told him his father was still alive, but due to the massive trauma, his father's personality had changed. The book explores how the protagonist and other family members process that development.

Bonnie North

Milwaukee band Various Small Fires performed in, and outside of, our studio recently. This is their original tune Shine:

The band plays a full set at The Up and Under Pub Saturday night during the Battle of the Bands competition. The award is a place on the 2018 Summerfest lineup.

Bonnie North

A pipe organ in full throttle can literally rumble the floor beneath your feet. The sounds they make - sometimes grand, sometime soft and intimate - all depend on the combination of stops, keyboards, and foot pedals the performer uses.

How would you react if a member of your family suddenly died, and then you realized they didn’t?

That’s the conundrum faced by members of the family at the heart of Wisconsin writer Rebecca L. Brown’s new novel, Flying At Night. The book tells the story of a Madison woman named Piper; her son, Fred; and her very difficult father, Lance.

Brown joins Lake Effect's Mitch Teich to talk about her new novel, ahead of an event at Boswell Book Company.

Win McNamee / Getty Images

The latest in a seemingly endless series of political earthquakes shook the country Wednesday, when Speaker of the House Paul Ryan of Wisconsin announced he will not seek re-election. There had long been rumors that he would retire in the next year or so, but Ryan’s announcement stunned both Republicans and Democrats.

The decision comes during a difficult period for Republican officeholders, as Democrats have won special elections and statewide races for seats that had previously been seen as safely in the hands of the GOP.

Jeff Zmania Photo, Twitter

Danceworks’ spring performance, Secrets From the Wide Sky, takes flight Friday evening at the Danceworks Studio Theatre on Water Street. The show is a mix of original choreography, music, and the shared secrets of its performers.

Danceworks’ Artistic Director Dani Kuepper explains more about the show, which originated with company founder Sarah Wilbur’s idea of a wide sky performance:

Michael Brosilow

Wisconsin native Thornton Wilder's Our Town is an iconic and Pulitzer-prize winning piece of American theatre. In the 80 years since it was first produced, there have been innumerable productions from grade school to Broadway.

Max Eicke / Facebook/Anthony Mordechai Tzvi Russell

At first blush, the overlap between European Jewish musical forms and African-American spirituals may seem unclear. But singer Anthony Russell says the connection is not only deeply rooted in the histories of these two peoples, but in the history of American pop music.

Russell, who trained as an opera singer, is African-American and Jewish - a conversion prompted by both his love of Jewish culture and his husband, who happens to be a rabbi. 

Marcus CineLatino Film Festival

On Wednesday night, the 11th of April, Milwaukee's 2nd annual CineLatino Hispanic Film Festival gets underway. The kickoff event is at the Bistroplex at Southridge and the remainder of the festival takes place at the South Shore Cinema in Oak Creek.

 

courtesy Paul Noth

Cartoonist and Milwaukee native Paul Noth has typically created work for older audiences - animated shorts on "Saturday Night Live," a short video series with Jim Gaffigan and Conan O'Brien, cartoons in The New Yorker and The Wall Street Journal.  But his latest work is the first in a trilogy of books for middle-grade readers, called How To Sell Your Family to the Aliens.

Noth returned to Milwaukee to share the story of his journey from Rufus King High School to the many creative outlets that fill his professional career.

Lauren Keene

Hundreds of thousands of people took part in the March For Our Lives in Washington D.C., including survivors of the February 14 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida.

UW-Milwaukee's journalism department took a group of twelve students on an immersion trip to cover the march and gain hands-on reporting experience. Among them was Lauren Keene, who interviewed Randi Patregnani, a Stoneman Douglas student who survived the now-infamous school shooting.

Mitch Teich

On last week's Bubbler Talk, we visited the library at the Milwaukee County Zoo to learn whether visitors to the zoo, years ago, were really allowed to feed marshmallows to the polar bears (and other animals).  Turns out, the answer was yes.

But a question emerged from that story: Why the heck does the Milwaukee County Zoo have a library, anyway? 

Tore Sætre / Wikimedia

From Wichita Lineman to All I Know to If These Walls Could Speak, Jimmy Webb’s songs have been covered by many in the pop and rock pantheon. In many ways, his catalogue of songs has defined American pop music for the past 5 decades. And since the early 90s, Webb has been on the road himself, performing his own songs in his own way. 

But it was the late Glen Campbell who truly shaped Webb's career:

Courtesy of Gianofer Fields

In the the early 1840s Wisconsin had a high enough population to meet the criteria for becoming a state. There was a diverse group of people living here, including native peoples, north easterners, and people from the upper south, many of whom originally came to the area during the lead rush in the 1820s. 

Ex Fabula: Last Straw

Apr 7, 2018
Michele Kiewig

It seems like just yesterday that we were making party plans and New Year goals for 2018. Now here were are approaching our final regular StorySlam of Season 9. Will you help us make April our third sold out StorySlam of 2018? Join us this Tuesday, April 10, at Times Cinema for our last regular StorySlam,
"Last Straw."

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