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Essay: Learning to Fly

Jun 12, 2015
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Part of this month’s issue of Milwaukee Magazine – the City Guide issue – is a series of essays on summer innocence.  Milwaukee writer and social entrepreneur Dasha Kelly, sees the loss of summer innocence as her kids’ summer plans change:

Claire Moseley

Each year, the National Trust for Historic Preservation identifies endangered, historic buildings. In 2011, the Trust placed an entire group of buildings in Milwaukee on that list.

Although they remain standing, their future remains uncertain.

The buildings are located in the National Soldiers Home Historic District, which rests on the grounds of the Zablocki VA Medical Center on Milwaukee’s west side.

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As the fiscal year comes to a close, one of the biggest questions that remains is the fate of transportation funding.

Currently, the Wisconsin legislature has significant work to do with Governor Walker's proposed biennial budget, which plans to borrow hundreds of millions of dollars to pay for various highway projects. However, one program that this new budget affects especially are Wisconsin's transit programs. 

Courtesy of the Harley-Davidson Museum

Willie G., as he's known throughout the Harley-Davidson world, is a legend when it comes to motorcycle design.

He's also been painting with watercolors for over 50 years.  The Harley-Davidson Museum will highlight the work of Willie G. Davidson for their special summer exhibit, opening on Saturday, June 13.

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After the Violent Femmes released their first single in 15 years in March of this year, the band embarked on a long U.S. tour which will bring them to the BMO Harris Pavilion on Saturday, June 13. 

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A longtime Milwaukee clergyman will be laid to rest today.  Lake Effect essayist Mark Siegrist says he was a man worth knowing, regardless of your faith tradition:

The Jesuits lost a good man the other day, a model priest, and patriot.

94-year old Father Larry Jonas passed away last Friday after making quite a presence in this world.

In fact that was one of his titles at Gesu Parish where he served as longtime associate pastor – The Minister of Presence. And boy was he good at it.

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The Legislature's joint finance committee voted in support of Gov. Walker's plan to eliminate 18.4 researchers within the Bureau of Science Services. The DNR says that amounts to 31.5 percent of the authorized positions within the team.

Todd Ambs is one of the people upset about the cuts.

He heads the Healing Our Waters -  Great Lakes Coalition and served as as Water Division Administrator at the Wisconsin DNR from 2003 to 2010,

Claire Moseley

As Milwaukee area’s schools prepare to wrap up classes, students of all ages are thinking about their summer plans. 

But the end of the school year marks the end of a long period away from home for students at one institution. The Wisconsin International Academy itself isn’t a school – rather it’s the home away from home for dozens of high school age students from China, who are attending schools in the Milwaukee area.

The academy occupies a former motel along Bluemound Road in the western reaches of Wauwatosa.

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While many people travel north to visit natural spaces, a hike through a state forest requires a trip no further than the north side of Milwaukee.

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The art form known as burlesque has a distinctly American influence. And within its American heritage, burlesque owes much to a Midwestern influence.

That aspect is especially on display in an exhibit open now at the Charles Allis Art Museum in Milwaukee. Stars such as Gypsy Rose Lee, Lili St. Cyr, Rose La Rose, Dixie Evans and contemporary performers such as Dita von Teese and Amber Ray are examined. 

"Burlesque...is no longer the mainstream that it was, but it has influenced all the major forms of entertainment today," says Annemarie Sawkins.

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