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When novelist Chris Cleave starts a new project - before he writes a word - he tries to immerse himself in the world his characters will inhabit.

Four years ago, that meant learning to track bicycles for his novel, Gold, about two Olympic-caliber cyclists.  But it was a more complex prospect for his latest novel, Everyone Brave is Forgiven, which is set in World War II London and Malta.  But Cleave found a way.

Image courtesy of Janine Sijan-Rozina

If you live in Milwaukee, you may have driven past Sijan Field on Kinnickinick Avenue in Bay View or the F4C Phantom Jet near the airport on College Avenue. Both of these landmarks are dedicated to Milwaukee native Lance Sijan.

He served in the Air Force during the Vietnam War and received a Medal of Honor posthumously.

Ex Fabula: American Song

May 28, 2016
Milwaukee Repertory Theater

As the city and much of the nation prepares for a weekend of celebration and remembrance of those who have served and those who continue to serve in the US Armed Forces, we’re featuring some very special stories from our April collaboration with Milwaukee Repertory Theater themed, "American Song."

Chazen Museum of Art

When you first walk into the Chazen Museum’s Japanese Masterworks Exhibit, the first thing that strikes you is the lighting. It’s decidedly, well, soft and flattering. And the reason it looks more like a boudoir than an art gallery is the same reason the prints only go on display once per decade. It's to protect the delicate inks of the woodblock prints. 

A Celebration of Automobile Racing

May 27, 2016
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Horse racing fans have had two big dates on their calendar already this spring, with the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness.  Auto racing fans have a huge one coming up on Sunday, with the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500.

"It's a team sport, so it's who has the best aerodynamicist and work best with the driver, who has the best team as far as making good pit stops and getting the car set up properly for the driver, and then who has the best driver," says automotive contributor Mark Savage, who writes about cars for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and on his website.

Skylight Music Theater

Personal and professional growth can come from following your passion to seemingly unexpected places.

Earlier this week, Skylight Music Theater announced that artistic director Viswa Subbaraman will be leaving at the end of June. Subbaraman came to Milwaukee three years ago in pursuit of pushing boundaries, both his own and those of the artists with whom he'd be working.

He notes that he is, at his core, an orchestral conductor. He began his career in the French National Orchestra for three seasons, and "that's really what I loved."

Bonnie North

Once a month, Milwaukee singer-songwriter John Sieger brings friends and fellow musicians into Lake Effect's performance studio to play and chat.

This month, he was joined in studio by his brother Mike Sieger and singer-songwriter Loey Norquist to perform their song, "Have You Been True to the Blues." Norquist and Sieger are currently creating a record together. Although he wrote the song, Sieger says he's not really sure what "Have You Been True to the Blues," means.

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Documentarian Ken Burns attracted millions of fan with his landmark public television series on the Civil War.  But many more millions of people are flocking to movie theaters for another civil war film…

Captain America: Civil War is open, and while it’s fallen to number 2 at the box office, don’t feel too sorry for it – it has already grossed $347 million for Disney. 

Stacy Tornio

Sometimes all we need to rejuvenate our minds, bodies and spirits is a bit of fresh air. Fortunately our outdoor adventure contributor, Stacy Tornio, has created a concept that utilizes the nature that surrounds us.

Phil Bernhagen

Turn on the TV just about any time of day, and you’ll likely to find a TV show about people doing home improvement projects. Many of them are trying to increase a home's resale value, and some of them are known as "house flippers," people who buy a home at a low price with the intent to turn a large profit on the property.

While it might seem like local home remodeling team John Kannenberg and Dave Jacob might fall into that latter camp, they believe their work in Milwaukee's North Shore is worlds away from "flipping." 

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Every month we talk with astronomer Jean Creighton about goings on in the night sky. 

This month, she talks with us about how to wrap your head around the night vista you have – or how to wrap the night vista around your head:

Jean Creighton directs the Manfred Olson Planetarium at UW-Milwaukee.

Macmillan Publishers

Many novels begin by setting the protagonist in a brand new world. Something fundamental changes in their lives and everything that character once knew is suddenly ripped away. It happens in real life too.

Decca/Timothy White

Thursday night, the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra will be joined by one of the finest American singers performing today. Soprano Renee Fleming has graced stages around the world to rapturous praise – from the Metropolitan Opera to the 2014 Super Bowl halftime show. She sings opera repertoire, of course, but she also sings jazz and indie, including a 2010 album of covers of songs by the likes of Leonard Cohen and Band of Horses.

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For decades, Milwaukee County’s mental health services were based on an institutional model. Today, more and more patients are receiving their care through what’s known as a community-based system.

Through the community-based method, patients are treated as individuals in settings such as their own apartments and group homes. Research shows that patients do best under the least restrictive circumstances.

Since 2010, the County has made strides in offering this kind of care. However, many people in the Milwaukee area not seeking or receiving treatment.

UPAF

For 49 years, The United Performing Arts Fund, or UPAF, has raised a great deal of money for music, theater and dance in Milwaukee.

The umbrella organization provides operating monies for key arts organizations in the community, like the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, the Milwaukee Ballet and the Florentine Opera.

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