Arts & Culture
10:30 pm
Tue December 9, 2014

The Smoking Flowers: Burning Their Own Trail

Kim and Scott Collins of The Smoking Flowers
Credit Shea Corrigan

In many ways, the story of Kim and Scott Collins of The Smoking Flowers reads like a great fictional love story: love at first sight, musical partnership, Kim's battle with breast cancer, and her recovery using completely natural methods. Their June performance at the Circle-A Café was their second in Milwaukee, a market which they say has always been kind to them. The Collins called in to WUWM@Nite’s Rachel Owens to talk about their musical aspirations and their new album 2 Guns.

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Arts & Culture
5:40 pm
Mon December 8, 2014

Album of the Week: "The Real Book" by Danielia Cotton

Danielia Cotton
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Arts & Culture
3:33 pm
Mon December 1, 2014

On That Note: Reading Music Like A Book

Cellist Robert Cohen
Credit Christine Lalla

Lake Effect's monthly On That Note series with contributor and cellist Robert Cohen examines the life of a working, professional, classical musician.

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Arts & Culture
3:25 pm
Tue November 11, 2014

Travels with Frankie Lee

After 15 years on the move, Minneapolis's Frankie Lee has released his first collection of songs. The EP is titled Middle West, and Lee will be performing selections from it this Friday at Anodyne Coffee in Walker's Point. 

"I would rather have one or two good records than fifteen of whatever just came through my mind," says Lee. His high lonesome voice and cosmic country sound have won over many in the region, recently gaining him the "2014's Best Songwriter in Minneapolis" distinction by City Pages.

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Arts & Culture
12:49 pm
Mon November 10, 2014

You Really Got Me: Dave Davies Returns to Milwaukee

Dave Davies "Rippin' Up Time" album cover


You Really Got Me, by The Kinks, is one of the iconic classic rock songs of all-time.

Arts & Culture
4:26 pm
Fri November 7, 2014

NEA Chief Bullish About Arts in Wisconsin and Continued Federal Funding

Credit Bonnie North

Jane Chu, chairwoman of the National Endowment of the Arts wrapped up a two-day visit to Wisconsin Thursday.

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Arts & Culture
3:06 pm
Thu November 6, 2014

Remember Radiolab's Episode On Lucy The Chimp? Well, Now It's An Opera

Credit Lucy The Opera

Thanks to Radiolab's story on the life of Lucy the chimpanzee, Lucy: The Opera now exists. 

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Arts & Culture
3:52 pm
Mon November 3, 2014

On That Note: Calling "Mr. A. Cello"

Robert Cohen
Credit CPS

The travel involved in being a touring musician might sound glamorous and exotic, but the reality is far more mundane. 

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Arts & Culture
11:36 am
Fri October 31, 2014

Milwaukee Children's Choir: Teaching Lessons Beyond Music

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Milwaukee hosts a great number of musical organizations for all to get involved.

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Arts & Culture
11:33 am
Fri October 31, 2014

The Milwaukee Mandolin Orchestra Plays On, 114 Years Later

Credit MMO

The Milwaukee Mandolin Orchestra has been making music since 1900. It is the oldest fretted instrument organization in the country.

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