Lake Effect

KosherSoul / Twitter

No matter what ethnicity you identify with, your cultural traditions almost certainly include food. It could be a traditional meal you eat at a holiday, or the foods you grew up eating at your grandparents’ house.

Rachel Morello

April is National Poetry Month, and one Milwaukee student is celebrating in the Big Apple.

Ten-year-old Pashia Bowens, a fourth grader at LaFollette School on Milwaukee’s north side, is one of fifteen students from across the country selected for America SCORES National Poetry Slam. She’ll travel to New York City this weekend to participate.

Ex Fabula: Celebrate!

Apr 9, 2016
Photo by Art Montes

This week we’re celebrating! Season 7 is nearing an amazing end with only one StorySlam left before our May All-Stars Event. Though the season is coming to a close, Ex Fabula will continue its work throughout the summer months, with special community collaborations and continuing workshops for corporate, nonprofit, and private events.

Lois Bielefeld / Portrait Society Gallery

The Museum of Wisconsin Art in West Bend is an amazing place for people to learn about and see creations made by notable Wisconsin artists. But the museum is also a tremendous resource for people making art.

Last year, the museum provided an opportunity for its first artist-in-residence abroad, thanks to a partnership with the Ansay Development Corporation. Milwaukee photographer Lois Bielefeld traveled to Luxembourg for the program.

Kaspars Grinvalds / Fotolia

There are probably still a few cars on the road that have only a radio, or perhaps even a cassette deck. However nowadays, it's kind of a throwback to even find a CD player in some newer models.

Electronics are a huge deal in the cars of the 21st century, from the way the engines themselves are controlled, to how drivers and passengers are kept safe and how they’re entertained.

Since You Never Asked: 'Regifting'

Apr 8, 2016
dzimin / Fotolia

Earth Day is fast approaching.  Have you bought your cards and gifts yet?  No matter.  Lake Effect Jonathan West has some thoughts about maybe an underrated part of the recycling equation:

Since you never asked…

…it is perfectly acceptable to rip the wrapping paper off of a present from your Aunt Frannie and then take that homemade tissue box cozy she’s given you and neatly put it in the back of your closet stacked with all the other gifts primed in the pump for you to rewrap and give to some other worthy schmuck.  Er…I mean, good friend.

Spencer Platt / Getty Images

There are a lot of debates about the direction of medicine in this country, but the experience of being a doctor was brought into sharp relief by a trip Lake Effect essayist Bruce Campbell took:

Penguin Random House

Last time Andy Mozina joined us on Lake Effect, it was shortly after his second short story collection came out.

Chris Hondros / Getty Images

Unlike other election years, the Middle East has not gotten a lot of attention as a campaign issue this season. There’s been some lingering talk of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s place in the Benghazi controversy, and some talk about the Iran nuclear deal, but largely the campaign has been about domestic issues.

neirfy / Fotolia

Jessica Bell was previously featured on Lake Effect for her work as a Milwaukee culinary entrepreneur who is both a wine educator and the developer of a disposable wine glass.

Essay: Phrase Book

Apr 7, 2016
monticellllo / Fotolia

Foreign language phrase books have a tendency to keep things simple. Making connections in a foreign language, however, are rarely that straight forward. Lake Effect essayist Kirsten Wisniewski has learned that no matter how well you speak a language, sometimes the phrase book has more to teach you:

I’ve got a ton of books in Austria. One day I’ll either have to send a very expensive box back to the US or I’ll have to ditch them. Either way, heartbreak will ensue.

Fotolia, nd700

If you’ve consulted a calendar lately, you know that it’s (technically) spring.  However, if you’ve looked out a window recently, you might beg to differ. But true spring will arrive in the Midwest soon with the temperatures in Wisconsin trending upward, albeit slowly.

The Children's Aid Society

Although orphan trains operated in the U.S. for decades, the legacy of the trains has gone relatively unnoticed. Over the course of 75 years, hundreds of thousands of children from cities like New York and Boston were shuttled onto trains headed West in search of a new home. But not much is known about these children, or what happened to them after they left the trains. A new play at UWM is hoping to change that.

Quill Driver Books

People in southeast Wisconsin might remember Mark Johnson for his work in the area a couple of decades ago, when he was Executive Director of the United Way of Waukesha County.  The Louisiana native left that job to lead a United Way chapter in Southwest Alabama.

But in 2002, he gave up his work in the nonprofit world to become a police officer in the city of Mobile.  He became a 50-year old rookie cop.  His twelve-year career in law enforcement won him numerous awards. 

Jewish Community Center

The Jewish Community Center is hosting a "Concert for Peace" tonight featuring Israeli Jewish oud and violin virtuoso Yair Dalal and accomplished Israeli Arab guitarist and singer Mira Awad. Both Dalal and Awad are no strangers to musical partnerships, having worked with a myriad of musicians from around the world. This concert in Milwaukee will feature the two musicians in both combined and solo sets.

Pages