Lake Effect

Charlotte Kainz

Film Director Wendy Schneider says having a relationship with subjects and people who are involved in projects she's doing has to make sense to both her heart and spirit. As a director, she wants to satisfy the audience with the story and content she believes in and trusts.

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Forty-two years ago this week, Bruce Springsteen played a concert at the Uptown Theater on Milwaukee’s west side.  The theater is long gone, but that show is remembered by many in Milwaukee, because it was stopped by a bomb scare, and then re-started, hours later.

In the late 1970s and early '80s, Steve Martin was the most famous stand-up comedian in America.  Martin's albums, such as "Comedy Is Not Pretty" and "Wild and Crazy Guy" sold millions of copies and helped launch a career that went on to movies, novels, and stage plays.  But along the way, Martin lost his love for performing on stage in front of an audience.

Ex Fabula: On The Road

Oct 7, 2017
Kat Schleischer

StorySlams, Workshops and the Film Fest, Oh My! Like the October weather, Ex Fabula Season 9 is coming in hot, with multiple storytelling events including a special curated StorySlam with the Journal Sentinel’s Wisconsin Trails. Ex Fabula Storytellers will join the Journal Sentinel’s Wisconsin Trails journalist, Chelsey Lewis and other community members to share personal stories about their favorite road trips and "On the Road" adventures.

This week we’re going “On the Road” as well with two tales of road trip adventures and self-realization.

Dennis Andersen

Folk singer Arlo Guthrie doesn't mind if "Alice's Restaurant" is still the first thing that pops to mind when you hear his name.  Guthrie doesn't play it at every show - in fact, he's not planning to play it in Milwaukee Friday night.  But he understands that his fans' love for a fifty-year-old song is as much about themselves as it is about the songwriter.

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A collection of artistically decorated pontoons, some carrying artfully adorned people and puppets, will launch  tomorrow (Saturday) from the Bruce Street Ramp. They will converge with boats and paddlers for the inaugural Milwaukee Boat Parade. It is part of another first-ever event, Harbor Fest.

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This week, the US House of Representatives passed a 20-week abortion ban. The announcement came just days after both houses of Congress failed to renew the Children's Health Insurance Program, and a day before the Trump Administration issued a rule limiting women's access to birth control.

In Tandem Theatre

Do you remember cramming for a test?  Trying to regurgitate everything you learned over a semester so that you could pass the final exam and get out of high school intact? Sure you do.  That’s the situation a twelfth grade English class finds itself in, in In Tandem Theatre's production of All The Great Books (Abridged) this month. But there’s a twist.

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If you knew the late Alex Rust when he was a young man, you might not have expected he'd become the subject of a documentary.  Rust was a farm boy from Indiana who became a day trader, working at the Chicago Board of Trade.  By the time he was 25, he realized he had other fish to fry.

Ross Zentner

There’s been a lot of recent attention paid to women’s accomplishments in math and science - from the film Hidden Figures, which showcased the contribution of four African-American women to the US space program in the 1960s. 

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The Hidden Brain is about to become a little more front and center.  The Morning Edition segment-turned-podcast makes its debut as a weekly radio show this weekend on NPR stations (including WUWM).

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If the new middle-grade novel, The Explorer, feels like a product of another era, maybe that makes sense, because its author Katherine Rundell could be from another era as well.  Despite her fairly young age, Rundell has four novels under her belt, writes screenplays and plays, not to mention proficiency at walking a tightrope, has experience as a bush pilot, and is a fello

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You might know Jane Lynch from her work on Glee as the antagonistic gym teacher, Sue Sylvester. Or maybe you know her from one of Christopher Guest’s mockumentary films like Best in Show or A Mighty Wind. Or maybe you've seen her in The Forty-Year-Old VirginTwo and a Half Men, Arrested Development, Weeds... The list could go on and on. 

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For more than 20 years, the Milwaukee ensemble Quattro Horns has played at everything from corporate events to the commencement at the Medical College of Wisconsin, to weddings and private parties.  Three of the four members - Robert Ditmer, Joe Hill, and Jo Hoffmann - have been with the group since its founding.  Dain Shuler is the new kid on the block.

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The complicated clean up from Hurricanes Maria and Harvey continues. Millions are without power or fresh water, especially in the US commonwealth of Puerto Rico and in the United States Virgin Islands.

One of the assertions we often hear in recent years when a powerful hurricane strikes is that while climate change likely impacts the frequency and severity of major storms, we can’t connect any particular storm to the phenomenon of global warming. George Stone is a former natural sciences instructor at Milwaukee Area Technical College and he says that assertion is wrong. 

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