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Why are you running for State Supreme Court? We are in a moment in time right now where our rights are under attack, and we’ve got a broken supreme court. What we need is someone to step up and repair that court, someone who has the values and the experience to do that, and I have been working in our courts for more than 20 years— as a judge for the last decade. Before that, I was a prosecutor fighting for those rights, and I want to keep that up on our Wisconsin Supreme Court. You refer to the Wisconsin Supreme Court as being “broken.” Why or how? We have had special interest money pouring into our state in the races for supreme court to buy justices. This has been going on for at least the past decade. We’ve seen decisions that reflect the interests of those special interest groups, and that is not what Wisconsin is about. We need a court that is fair and independent, not justices who are just going to do the bidding of the special interest groups. The same thing is happening in this race. So far, my opponent received close to $1 million dollars in special interest money. That was just in the primary alone.

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This is going to be a thin election in terms of the ballot. The Wisconsin Supreme Court election may be the only major, or in some places, only contested race on the ballot. Why should people take time out of their day to vote? People should realize how important our supreme court is, that the court is the check on the other two branches. When the legislature or our governor does something that’s against the Constitution, it is our job as judges and justices to uphold those rights. It’s such an important job—especially when we’ve had a supreme court that’s just been doing the bidding of politics and not looking out for the people. We’ve seen some of the results in the decisions that have come down from our court in the last decade. People can make a change. They can get out and vote and restore confidence in the court and have a court that’s looking out for people. Do you have an example of one of the more egregious things the Wisconsin Supreme Court has done that makes you say to yourself, “This is why I’m going to run”? The John Doe case is really one of the reasons why I decided to run. It’s a case that is an example of that special interest money pouring in. In that case, $2.25 million dollars was spent by the State Chamber [Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce (WMC)] to elect Justice Michael Gableman. The State Chamber then wrote the rule that said that Justice Gableman could sit on a case involving the Chamber despite their massive contribution. He refused to step off the case, and then he, along with the majority, ruled to shut down an investigation into coordination of politics with that special interest money. It was an investigation brought by both Democrats and Republicans in the best interest of our state, and he shut it down. As a former prosecutor, I can tell you it’s unheard of to shut down an investigation the way that they did. It was clearly a decision driven by the interest money that had bought the court. Do you think there should be some kind of objective standards for recusal that are enforced on supreme court justices—rather than the current situation in which the justices themselves can decide whether or not to recuse themselves, even in cases where their campaign donors are before the court? Yes, I do. The current rule says justices can sit on cases even when millions of dollars are spent to help elect them by parties sitting in front of them. That doesn’t look fair to anyone. It doesn’t look like the justice can remain unbiased. What we need is a strong rule that everyone under-


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stands. It should be something that we all have a say in and that we have a hearing to talk about so that people will know and understand that the court is going to be fair, and that they can have confidence in its decisions. How do you contrast yourself with your opponent, Michael Screnock, in terms of career experience? As far as career goes, I’m the only candidate who’s worked on behalf of the people of our state for more than 20 years in our Wisconsin courtrooms, doing the work every day as a prosecutor, standing up for victims and making sure rights are protected; and then as a judge for a decade upholding the law and empowering women, making sure the vulnerable are heard. I’ve been hearing the stories and being in touch with what is facing everyday Wisconsinites. For example, I’ve been hearing the stories of how the opioid crisis has impacted their lives. I had a case that we’ve shared some of the details of that involved a girl who was killed taking opioids in my neighborhood, and her body was left on a driveway instead of getting her help. I’m in civil court now, and I’ve seen the dayto-day impact of the economy on people’s lives, their inability to pay their health insurance and losing their homes. It’s that day-to-day experience—that decision-making in close to 12,000 cases—that I’ve worked on and handled. I’m the only one who’s had that experience. As far as my opponent’s experience goes, he is a fairly recent graduate of law school. I was preparing to run for judge when he was graduating from law school. He worked on behalf of our governor, on behalf of the Republican Party and the rigged maps and gerrymandering, and then he was appointed by our governor just a few years ago to be a judge in Sauk County. A question about a specific area of your experience: You’ve worked extensively to educate judges nationwide about how to handle the issue of domestic violence. What are one or two insights you’ve gained about addressing this issue? I’ve worked as both a prosecutor—prosecuting domestic violence and sexual predator cases—and then as a judge—presiding over our domestic violence courts for more than three years. I teach judges all over the country to help them to understand the dynamics that come with those cases: the dynamics of power and control and the use of that over a victim. It’s economic control, it’s control over children, it’s control over all areas. As a judge, it’s important to allow victims to come forward and tell their stories when they can and how they can. It’s very difficult for victims to tell their story even when they’re ready to do that. I had one case involving a victim of human trafficking who was so terrified to sit on the witness stand and face her trafficker that she lit-


erally, physically became ill, and we had to keep taking breaks for her to do that. A lot of judges may not understand why sometimes they’re getting those types of issues, why this happens in these types of cases, so I work to educate them on how to understand these dynamics, how to better address them and to keep our community safe, while also empowering women—and all victims of domestic violence—to tell their stories. How do you contrast yourself with Screnock in terms of core values? I have Wisconsin values. I care deeply about equal protection under the law. I’m a strong advocate for public education. I care about marriage equality and people being free to be who they are and not be treated differently based on factors like sex, race and sexual orientation. I care about women’s rights and women’s reproductive rights. I care about workers’ rights and their right to freedom of association. I’ve demonstrated those values through a lifetime of service to the people of our state. My opponent is an extremist. He blocked women’s lawful access to healthcare and was arrested twice. He has stated that he doesn’t regret doing any of that. He has worked on behalf of our governor and was proud of the work he did on Act 10; he touted that in his application for judge. He has worked to rig the maps on behalf of the Republican Party. He’s the recipient of money from our Chamber. He has thanked them for that, and I’m sure there’ll be more, the expectation being that he will do their bidding. And, he is backed by the NRA and has vowed to further their agenda. He’s endorsed by ProLife Wisconsin, which wants to ban all forms of birth control and by the Wisconsin Family Action, which is against marriage equality. How is he possibly going to be objective on those issues given the amount of money he’s received and given all of his past history? Speaking about endorsements, in the primary, you had more than 200 of your fellow circuit court judges supporting you. What other endorsements have you gotten—either before or after that—that you’re really proud of? I’m really proud of the endorsements I’ve gotten from labor, both before the primary and since, and from teachers unions all over the state: working people. Wisconsin is made up of working people, and those are some of the people whose rights are at risk and who need to be protected on the Wisconsin Supreme Court.

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Corporations that Pursue Social Good as Well as Profit Wisconsin law allows companies to ‘do the right thing’ ::BY ELIZABETH ELVING


s consumers become more socially and environmentally conscious, for-profit corporations are looking for ways to “do well by doing good.” Today, in Wisconsin and many other states, they may do so by becoming “benefit corporations.” Under this relatively new type of corporate structure, companies are free to pursue positive social impact, prioritizing the interests of their employees, community and environment alongside shareholder value without fear of shareholder lawsuits. Lots of companies now seek (or claim) to be transparent, ethical and sustainable. But for benefit corporations, those values are built into the bottom line. Since the category was introduced in 2010, 34 states and the District of Columbia have passed legislation allowing businesses to incorporate as benefit corporations. Wisconsin recently passed its own benefit corporation bill, which went into effect last month. Wisconsin State Representative Dianne Hesselbein (D-Middleton), who co-authored the state’s benefit corporation bill, says she hopes this option will help Wisconsin businesses meet a growing consumer demand. “I think people are looking for corporations that are doing the right thing,” she says, “and I think the more corporations there are that do the right thing and take care of their friends and neighbors, the more people will respond.”

Responsible Business Over the last 50 years, Americans have become more conscientious about what they’re buying and where it’s coming from. Amelia Baxter, CEO and co-founder of Madison-based architecture company WholeTrees, traces this trend back to the environmental movement of the 1960s. “People started talking about the connection to supply chains and sourcing, especially in food, agriculture, energy, things that are major pollutants in the world,” says Baxter. “Once you start asking about your own role in ecology and the environment, then you start demanding that companies source things in certain ways.” In recent decades, the internet has provided more public access to information about corporations’ practices and policies than ever before, heightening demand for accountability. Millennial consumers, who grew up in this ultrainformed era, tend to favor ethical brands and businesses that “give back,” like eyewear retailer Warby Parker, which has donated millions of 6 | MARCH 15, 2018

pairs of glasses and gives part of its proceeds to nonprofit groups. Despite the trend toward altruism and accountability, corporations still have the same primary objective: maximize returns for shareholders. Traditional corporations that “do good” at the expense of “doing well” can be held liable for breaching fiduciary responsibilities. “If a company decides to put scrubbers on its smokestacks or decides to pay its workers more and the dividends for shareholders go down, investors can sue the corporate directors,” says Jane Collins, a professor of community and environmental sociology at UW-Madison. “The guys who started benefit corporations saw that this was an impediment.” The “B movement” was launched in the 2000s by Jay Coen Gilbert, Bart Houlahan and Andrew Kassoy. After selling their footwear and apparel company AND1, the entrepreneurs founded the nonprofit B Lab, with the goal of helping businesses become tools for social and environmental change. Through B Lab, they created a B Corp certification for companies that practiced responsible and sustainable business. “They also realized they needed a legal vehicle to give directors permission to behave in the way they encouraged through the certification,” Collins says. For that, the B Lab founders partnered with Philadelphia law firm Drinker Biddle to draft model legislation for benefit corporations.

A New Corporate Structure In 2010, Maryland became the first state to enact legislation recognizing benefit corporation legal status. Dozens of other states quickly followed suit. The Wisconsin benefit corporation bill introduced in spring 2017 (earlier versions introduced in 2012 and 2015 failed to move forward) was co-authored by lawmakers on both sides of the aisle, passed in the Republican-controlled legislature and was signed by Gov. Scott Walker last November. That sort of bipartisan support has been common for B Corp legislation. “This was an initiative that was started by progressive people with progressive goals in mind, but it’s really been taken up by conservative Republican legislatures in many parts of the country,” Collins says. And according to Hesselbein, the bill has broad appeal because it’s not a requirement or regulation; it just creates an alternative option. “Republicans always say that they’re business-friendly,” she says. “In this way, they can be. It’s important that we don’t drive people away from our state because they want to have this special category of business.” Hesselbein adds that the bill is not prescriptive, allowing participating companies to make their own decisions about how to help their communities. It also doesn’t offer tax breaks to benefit corporations, as other states’ versions of

the law do. “It doesn’t cost the state anything if you want to be a benefit corporation,” she says. Collins says the left and the right may have different ideas about what this new category could mean. For conservatives, she says, the notion of a for-profit entity with moral or ethical values could be a “Trojan Horse” for corporate personhood arguments. She points to the 2014 Hobby Lobby case, where Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito, writing for the majority, referenced benefit corporations as an example of how for-profits could pursue “nonprofit goals.” “It’s kind of a feel-good bill, because it doesn’t make anybody do anything,” Collins says. “But it does open that door.”

a good thing—adding credibility and forcing businesses to really walk the walk. WholeTrees, which became B Corp-certified in 2017, builds with unmilled round timber from sustainably managed forests. Since its product already appeals to environment-conscious businesses, the B Corp certification has allowed WholeTrees to distinguish itself in that selfselecting market. Baxter says the certification is also helpful shorthand for showing current and future investors that they are as committed to sustainability as they are to financial success.

B Corp Certification

A few well-known national brands, like Patagonia and Method, have obtained B Corp certification and incorporated as benefit corporations. But most of the pioneers of the B movement have been smaller, newer companies that aren’t publicly held. These companies have the agility to update their practices to meet B Lab’s standards and don’t have shareholders to account for. Supporters predict that, as these smaller companies succeed (by attracting customers and socially conscious investors), larger companies will start to take notice. Baxter notes that, while consumer interest in transparency and sustainability is growing, the companies that are really driven by those values are still a niche. “Of the billions of dollars made by companies each year, I doubt that most of those dollars are pressured by transparency,” she says. “I hope the B Corp movement can slowly change that.” As consumer priorities change, Baxter hopes that adopting these principles will become profitable for all companies, not just those that cater to the eco-friendly or community-minded. “Walmart didn’t start selling organic and putting solar panels on its roof until consumers knew to ask for that,” Baxter says. For designations like “organic,” “green” and “fair trade,” mainstream interest may increase their impact, but can also water down their meaning, especially if standards are lowered to accommodate larger corporations, which co-opt the terms without making substantial changes. This type of “greenwashing,” Earley says, makes it harder for customers to distinguish real commitments from cynical marketing moves. “I’m hoping that, because of the diversity of things that B Corp measures and the way their organization is structured, it won’t be as susceptible to that,” he says. Seven Wisconsin businesses have obtained B Corp certification since the option became available. Now that the state recognizes legal benefit corporation status as well, Hesselbein hopes more companies will take the opportunity to be a force for good. “It’s easier when it’s a new company, but it’s doable for a company that’s been around, too,” she says. “I would encourage all companies to take a look and see if this would fit within the framework of what they want to do.”

In addition to the benefit corporation legal status, the B Lab founders created a new “B Corp” certification system. To become a certified B Corp, companies must meet the nonprofit’s high standards for sustainability and social impact. There are now thousands of B Corp-certified companies—many of them mission-driven enterprises looking for a way to set themselves apart. “When we heard about the B Corp certification, it was like a lightbulb going off, says Matt Earley, co-founder of Madison roastery Just Coffee Cooperative, which became certified in fall 2017. “It addressed all of the core things that we were trying to do.” To be certified as B Corps, companies must first gain approval from their board, investors and leadership and then undergo an in-depth audit covering every aspect of the business— from their use of local or renewable resources to their treatment of workers, and community service and involvement. Also, a staff member is designated to oversee the process and make sure everything meets B-Lab’s stringent standards. Earley says that the assessment process required the cooperative to take its longstanding commitments to the next level. “We kind of knew instinctively the things we do that make us a more sustainable business, but we’ve never quantified them,” Earley says. Overall, it took months for Just Coffee to complete the grueling process, but Earley views the difficulty as

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Stand Up for Environmental Justice @ Riverwest Public House Cooperative (815 E. Locust St.), 8 p.m.-midnight

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Saturday, March 17

Voter and Civic Engagement Campaign @ Acción Ciudadana de Wisconsin (221 S. Second St.), 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

Acción Ciudadana de Wisconsin, Latino Voting Bloc of Wisconsin and Citizen Action of Wisconsin have organized a weekly Saturday campaign of knocking on doors and phone banking to get people thinking about the 2018 elections. Volunteers can go out and talk to voters about the issues that they care about and get them involved in different events happening in the community.

Peace Action Wisconsin: Stand for Peace @ The corner of Water Street and Juneau Avenue, noon-1 p.m.

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Laughing Liberally @ ComedySportz Theater (420 S. First St.), 8 p.m.

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Monday, March 19

Listening Session: Youth Corrections Reform @ St. Mark AME Church (1616 W. Atkinson Ave.), 5-8:30 p.m.

Sen. Lena Taylor and Reps. David Bowen, Evan Goyke and David Crowley will host an informal community conversation about legislation that would close Lincoln Hills and reform youth corrections.

Tuesday, March 20

Voices from Solitary Confinement @ Plymouth Church (2717 E. Hampshire Ave.), 6-9 p.m.

While a 2011 United Nations report said “prolonged solitary confinement, in excess of 15 days, should be subject to an absolute prohibition,” Wisconsin holds hundreds in solitary confinement for months. Hear from those who have been locked away in these conditions and learn what needs to be done to end it.

Wednesday, March 21

Community Conversation on the Future of the Mitchell Park Domes @ Mitchell Park Domes (524 S. Layton Ave.), 6:30-8:30 p.m. County Supervisor Peggy West will host a town hall meeting to discuss how to repair and preserve the Mitchell Park Conservatory Domes. Milwaukee County residents are encouraged to attend and bring questions, concerns and ideas.

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Walker’s Fake Fight Against ‘Catastrophic’ GOP Damage to Health Care ::BY JOEL MCNALLY


ne of the most bizarre reelection ploys in political history has to be Republican Gov. Scott Walker’s fraudulent attempt to portray himself as a hero battling to lower the cost of Obamacare premiums in Wisconsin—expected to soar as a result of the damage done by Walker and his fellow Republicans’ relentless campaign to destroy President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act (ACA). Gov. Walker got legislative Republicans to allocate $200 million in state subsidies to help lower the cost of premiums for policies sold through the federal marketplace. If that sounds odd coming from Walker, it is. It’s like one of those anonymous pleas serial killers send to police: “Stop us before we try to kill again!” Walker’s actual explanation sounded as if it came from some alternative reality: “Our Health Care Stability Plan

is our solution to Washington’s failure,” Walker said. “We want to provide health care stability and lower premiums for Wisconsin.” Well, for some Wisconsinites. State subsidies are particularly aimed at helping middle-class purchasers of ACA policies who make too much money to qualify for federal subsidies.

Republicans vs. Health Insurance But the words “health care stability” and “lower premiums” become cruel jokes when Walker links them to “Washington’s failure.” The Washington failure Walker’s talking about was the failure of his pals Paul Ryan, Donald Trump and other Republicans to completely destroy Obamacare. If they’d succeeded, Wisconsin wouldn’t have to spend $200 million to lower Obamacare premiums because tens of millions of Americans would simply have lost their health insurance coverage completely. No insurance, no premiums, no problem. Walker has eagerly championed his party’s campaign to return to the bad old days when millions fewer Americans were insured, those with pre-existing conditions paid exorbitant premiums (if they could get insurance at all), insurance companies cut expenses by cancelling policies when people got sick and expensive, and uninsured illnesses routinely wiped out people’s life savings. With Republicans in total control of the White House and both houses of Congress, millions of Americans narrowly escaped two close calls last year as Trump, Ryan and Republican Senate

Majority Leader Mitch McConnell came within a hair of eliminating the ACA. So, what’s behind Walker’s sudden concern for rising premiums for Obamacare, a program he despises? It didn’t become obvious until about two weeks after Walker approved those state subsidies. That was when Covered California—that state’s ACA marketplace—released a nationwide analysis by health care experts detailing for the first time on a state-by-state basis the impact of destructive Trump administration actions to destroy affordable health care. Wisconsin was identified as one of the states facing “catastrophic” rate increases of more than 90% for ACA insurance plans over the next three years. Finally, a ranking of states where Walker’s policies have put Wisconsin right at the top. How did this happen? Didn’t Arizona Sen. John McCain and two other courageous Republicans prevent their party from destroying Obamacare with a dramatic thumbs-down? That spectacular televised moment missed all the incredible damage Republicans have continued to inflict upon affordable health care behind the scenes.

Wealthiest Americans Win Again The worst damage according to the California report was quietly inserted into the $1.5 trillion Republican tax cut passed to overwhelmingly benefit the wealthiest people in America. The provision eliminating financial penalties for anyone who fails to buy health insurance was identified as the biggest factor likely to drive up ACA premiums. Healthy people wouldn’t have to buy insurance until they got sick or needed expensive

operations. If only unhealthy people who needed expensive health care bought insurance, the only way insurance companies could assure profitability was through enormous premium increases. Other factors increasing premiums included Trump’s deliberate sabotage of the ACA to reduce participation by shortening sign-up periods and eliminating advertising and promotion of benefits. Walker pulled one more little trick demonstrating just how totally insincere his concern really was for those insured under the ACA. At the same time Walker was signing that bill aimed at subsidizing Obamacare premiums, he also authorized Wisconsin Atty. Gen. Brad Schimel to take the lead along with Texas Atty. Gen. Ken Paxton in a brand-new federal lawsuit on behalf of 20 states (including Wisconsin) to once again attempt to totally invalidate the ACA. After all the damage they’ve already done to health care in America, Walker and Republicans clearly have no intention of giving up now. President Obama’s Affordable Care Act now has a place of honor—with President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Social Security Act from the 1930s and President Lyndon B. Johnson’s Medicare and Medicaid from the 1960s—as government programs that most improve the lives of all Americans. Republicans have continued to fight every one of those programs from their moments of conception. The only way to protect those life-altering government programs from continuing reductions—and ultimate elimination—is to make sure far fewer Republicans ever achieve positions of power in government. Comment at n


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We Need to Implement Smart Criminal Justice Reforms Now ::BY EMILIO DE TORRE AND MOLLY COLLINS


isconsin’s prison system is heading toward disaster. It is a brakeless 18-wheeler speeding down a hill. This is a crisis that goes beyond political partisanship. According to a public opinion poll conducted last year, 91% of Americans say that the criminal justice system has problems that need fixing. Not only that, 71% say it is important to reduce the prison population in America—including 87% of Democrats, 67% of Independents and 57% of Republicans. This includes 52% of Donald Trump voters. The majority of Americans recognize racial bias in the criminal justice system; only one in three agree that black people are treated fairly. In Wisconsin, we have more than 23,000 people locked up in prisons that were only supposed to accommodate 17,000. The De-


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partment of Corrections is currently renting out beds in county jails and has filled nearly all of the available space there. This is due in part to new state legislation that creates more penalties for more offenses and makes it easier to revoke probations and recommit people to prison. On top of that, a person’s time spent obeying the law while on probation isn’t vested. Under so-called “Truth in Sentencing” provisions, a person is sentenced to time in prison and time on community supervision. They might be sentenced to two years in prison and two years out. If they miss an appointment with their parole officer 18 months into their supervision, they would get sent back to prison for the full two years and end up serving more time than they were originally sentenced to. Our practices are not aligned with our values. The criminal justice system is not entitled


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Wisconsin’s Lack of Criminal Justice Reform There are red states—like Oklahoma and Michigan—that are passing good legislation on criminal justice reform. Bills passed in Michigan last year included establishing a maximum of 30 days of incarceration for parolees who commit technical violations. They have standardized consequences people can expect for violations, and a judge can reduce a defendant’s parole term after the defendant has completed half of it. For prisoners ages 18 to 22, the Michigan Department of Corrections is developing rehabilitation plans and providing programming designed for youth rehabilitation. The new legislation also requires more data collection, reporting and coordination between various state departments. This helps standardize and centralize expectations, enforcement and outcomes. For some reason, our Wisconsin State Legislature hasn’t yet gotten this memo on criminal justice reform. In the past six years, they’ve passed about 70 bills that increase or create new penalties for criminal behavior. There were more than 15 of these types of bills considered in this legislative session alone, many of which have been passed. The bill we are currently fighting will revoke 600 more people from probation per year, while Wisconsin already sends about 3,000 people back to prison each year for what the Department of Corrections calls “revocation without a new offense”—meaning they simply broke a rule of their supervision in the community and were not charged with a new crime. This can mean missing an appointment, having a faulty ankle monitor go off while a person is sleeping and many other small infractions. As sociology professor Pamela Oliver of UW-Madison reports, “It costs an average of $47,500 for each crimeless revocation reentry after the first spell in prison.” This is an incredible amount of money that we are wasting. Wisconsin spent $1.2 billion on corrections services in 2017—more tax dollars than the state spent for almost any other purpose. According to the Wisconsin Budget Project, our state spends more on corrections than the national average and more than all of our neighboring states spend—Michigan, Illinois, Minnesota and Iowa. This is because we incarcerate a larger share of our population than they do. We must address bias and eliminate racial disparities in criminal justice decision-making, from arrest to sentence to parole. The oldest alternative to incarceration is whiteness. There is vast discretion that exists in the criminal justice system; just look at the way the Waukesha girls were treated in the Slenderman case versus the way young African American men are treated in the criminal justice system in Milwaukee. We’re not suggesting the girls should have been treated differently, but that our response to all humans who commit crimes should be racially equitable.

We can develop effective means of holding people accountable within the criminal justice system and beyond that increase safety in both the short and long terms, while addressing the socioeconomic and structural factors that make violence likely in the first place.

AODA and Earned Release We are also failing to treat our communities’ problems with drugs and alcohol effectively. Some counties have begun to implement drug courts, but many individuals aren’t receiving pre-trial diversion to Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse (AODA) or mental health treatment and are simply being sentenced instead, and once they get to prison, there is no guarantee they will be helped to address the issues or addictions that got them there in the first place. The Earned Release Program is a treatment program for AODA with steep requirements. The sentencing judge has to determine the person should participate, and the person can’t have a violent offense. Nonetheless, there are 5,900 people on the waiting list in prison who are eligible to participate. We know that an individual’s behavior is more likely to change the sooner intervention happens. Keeping people in prison on waiting lists to get treatment until they are almost ready to return to the community is not a good strategy for longterm behavioral change. Right now there are about 2,800 prisoners eligible for parole in Wisconsin because they have been in prison from before the Truth in Sentencing laws were implemented in 2000. Many of them are in minimum-security facilities, but the dysfunctional parole board has barely been releasing anyone for the past six years. If 400 people who were legally eligible for parole and currently on work release in the community were released entirely, the state would save more than $12 million per year. We also have aging members of our prison population to consider. Denying the release of elderly people who are no longer considered dangerous defies public safety, financial sense, and compassion for seniors and their families. Older people pose fewer disciplinary problems during their incarceration and reoffend at lower rates upon release. The significant medical needs of elderly individuals make them an extraordinarily costly group to house, and prisons and jails are simply not equipped to handle the complexities involved in caring for aging adults. It’s a complicated subject, but the bottom line is that our state is incarcerating too many people for too long and for the wrong reasons. It’s expensive, it damages our communities and families, and it doesn’t make our neighborhoods any safer. We need to immediately adopt smarter reforms. Please contact your state senator before Tuesday, March 20, and encourage him or her to vote against Wisconsin Senate Bill 54 (SB54). Molly Collins is the deputy director of the Wisconsin ACLU; Emilio De Torre is its director of community engagement. Comment at SHEPHERD EXPRESS


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ting. Each dish is numbered, and you’re instructed to order by number so there’s no confusion. At the end of the menu is a small section of Hmong dishes, plus there’s an additional Hmong menu available if you ask for it. Number 52, also known as Ntses Tuav Kua Txob or spicy crushed fish ($9.25) is a Hmong dish that’s so packed with bold flavors it almost takes your breath away. Savory fish sauce coats the fried and flaked catfish in a salad-like blend of fresh herbs, lemongrass and scallion. Order it—or anything here—“extra hot” or “on fire” and you’ll be feeling it for a while. It’s pungent, strong, and you’ll need the plain white ::BY LACEY MUSZYNSKI rice it’s served with to temper it. Peanut curry (number 23, $8.25-$10.25), is one of their most popular Thai idden gem? More like diamond in the rough. Thai Bangkok dishes on the menu, according to my server. It blends a typical Thai red curry with has been on food-loving Milwaukeeans’ radar for a while now, peanut sauce, resulting in a thick, creamy and nutty sauce that bathes green bell and is often described as a hidden gem. But the interior of the peppers, green beans, water chestnuts and your choice of protein. It’s filling and Northwest Side restaurant can only be described as not fancy, more satisfying than many restaurants’ red curries. while the Thai and Hmong food the kitchen puts out shines like a Listed under the “Specialties” section of the menu is fried rice with noodles diamond. (number 48, $8.25-$10.25). If you’ve ever had trouble deciding between fried rice The ramshackle storefront next to liquor and cell phone stores or a stir fried noodle dish, this one’s for you. Thin rice noodles are blended with might scare some people away, but once you look past any insecuriwhite rice and stir fried with egg, onion, scallion, tomatoes and beansprouts. It’s a ties, you’ll find that the restaurant staff makes you feel right at little unwieldy to eat, but the deep, rich soy glaze makes it worth it. home. Opt for a table in the narrow room of booths where there’s Pad Thai (number 33, $8.25-$10.25) is available but it’s a bit flat, so choose the better light from large windows, and you won’t be breezed Drunken Noodles (Pad Kee Mao, number 34, $8.25-$10.25) with wide rice noodles past by countless non-customers walking through to use the in a deep brown sauce instead. Or just head back to the Hmong menu for a restroom (there is a sign against this, but...). Folding chairs at the whole fried tilapia (number 54, $12.25) covered in stir fried tomato wedges, basil, tables near the busy takeout window have seen better days. lemongrass and onion, or Hmong sausage (number 51, $8.25) made with pork, Once you’re settled, you’ll likely be greeted by one of the many family members scallion, garlic and ginger and served with white or sticky who own and operate the restaurant. My server was knowlrice. edgeable enough about the menu to answer my questions The Brown Deer location had so much takeout business and make suggestions, and made me feel at home. It was that a sister location, Thai Bangkok Express, opened reclear that other diners felt the same way, as most seemed to cently at 9201 W. Capitol Drive. The menu there is the same, Thai Bangkok be regulars and enjoyed some playful banter with the server. though many customers choose to order from the steam If you dine in, you’ll get a little surprise before your meal: 9112 W. Brown Deer Road table of prepared sides and stir frys for speed and conveshrimp chips. These airy, crispy and neon-colored snacks have 414-362-0189 | $$ nience. That space, while sparse, is a little more inviting than a mild seafood flavor and are great for scooping up saucy Handicapped access: Yes the original, though that shouldn’t stop anyone from eating curries, whether it’s traditional or not. CC, NA in to experience the friendly service, unique Hmong dishes The menu is mostly Thai cuisine, and has long, helpful deand reliable Thai cuisine. Hours: M-Sa 11 a.m.-9 p.m. scriptions of each dish so you know exactly what you’re get-

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::SPORTS A Closer Look at Who the Brewers Moved to the Minors Last Week ::BY KYLE LOBNER


he Milwaukee Brewers took another step in the process of getting ready for Opening Day late last week as they transferred 11 players across the parking lot from major to minor league camp to continue their preparations for the 2018 season. More moves are likely to come this week as the Brewers pare down the list of 45 players remaining in camp and develop working groups for minor league exhibition games, which begin on Friday, March 16. Among that first group of 11 cuts were some of the organization’s top prospects. Here’s a quick look at what we learned about them this spring:

Corbin Burnes Among the Brewers’ top prospects, Burnes (RHP) may have the best shot at making an MLB debut and significant impact in 2018, and he did nothing to lead anyone to dispute that notion during his month in major league camp. Rated as the organization’s top prospect by Keith Law of ESPN and second behind Keston Hiura in several other lists, Burnes made three appearances in Cactus League games this spring and did not allow a hit or a run until his third outing, recording three strikeouts while allowing just one walk in four innings. Sending Burnes down to the minors now ensures he’ll get a full opportunity to get stretched out as a starter for the 2018 regular season. Burnes pitched 145 and 2/3rds innings in the minors in 2017 and 137 and 1/3rd innings between college and the minors in 2016, so he’s likely close to being able to handle a major league starting pitcher’s workload without major restrictions. If he continues to perform as he has (a 1.74 ERA in a season and a half in the minors across four SHEPHERD EXPRESS

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Mauricio Dubon The Brewers used Dubon (INF), one of their top infield prospects, a lot in the early weeks of Cactus League games. He appeared in games on six straight days from February 23-28 and again in seven consecutive games from March 2-8. In a mix of starts and fill-in duties, Dubon collected six hits and walked three times to post a .435 on-base percentage in 22 plate appearances. He has played second base, third base and shortstop as a professional but was exclusively at short stop this spring, playing that position in each of his 12 appearances. With Orlando Arcia ahead of him in the organization at the MLB level, however, his clearest path to advance is in one of his other positions or a utility role.

Adrian Houser It’s been a long road back for Houser (RHP), who made his MLB debut with the Brewers in 2015 but has been battling back from injury for most of the two-plus years since, missing much of the 2016 season and nearly all of 2017 before coming back late to rehab with Low-A Wisconsin and make four starts in the Arizona Fall League. Houser had an outside shot to make the Brewers’ Opening Day roster as a reliever until he suffered another setback: having an emergency appendectomy this spring. The Brewers announced early in camp that he would open the season in the minors, but he had recovered enough to pitch a single Cactus League inning on Thursday, March 8. The fact that he was healthy enough to pitch last week would seem to indicate that he’s not far behind and could be ready if the Brewers need him soon.


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Present Music’s upcoming concert—“a journey crossing a musical multiverse,” as Leu puts it—features guest conductor David Bloom and composer Sarah Goldfeather; the latter will both premiere and perform three of her new musical pieces. Maestro Bloom is a founding co-artistic director and conductor of Contemporaneous—a 21-member New York-based ensemble that performs new music. Bloom has conducted more than 200 world premieres with new music groups around the country. He’s been here before and, in that previous appearance with Present Music, the Shepherd Express described him as evincing “enthusiastic commitment and exactness.” Bloom recently commissioned a song cycle for his Contemporaneous chamber orchestra from Brooklyn, N.Y.-based violinist and singer-songwriter Sarah Goldfeather. The Minnesota native, who currently leads an indie-folk-rock band with Ethan Woods and Robby Bowen, will be here in person with Bloom for this concert. She has a full-length album, Patchwork Quilt (2016), and an EP, Goldfeather (2014), previously released and is in the midst of creating a new album. Goldfeather is also founder, co-director and violinist of the seven-piece Exceptet ensemble; half of the soprano-violin duo Cipher; and co-founder and vocalist for a new electronics band, RSP. Concertgoers will hear a short set of her recently composed works Greasy Glass, In Dreaming and HAUL (“Harvest and Uncommon Light”).

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he music that will be performed at the next Present Music concert “features compositions and composers that present a dichotomy in their own depth and identity as musicians,” says the ensemble’s Howard Leu; music that will explore contrasts as well as parallels between traditional folk music and contemporary classical music. Appropriately enough, the concert is titled “Between Two Worlds: A Concert Bridging Traditional Folk and New Classical.” But before we go further, what on Earth, you may be wondering, is “contemporary classical music”? “New classical” and “contemporary classical” are terms that sound oxymoronic. After all, “new” and “contemporary” are adjectives generally taken to mean modern, recently made, not yet used and so forth. And “classical” (especially in reference to music) means compositions of the 18th and early 19th centuries. More loosely, it refers to “serious” or “intellectual” music (as opposed to rock, pop and, yes, folk music). Modern music ensembles have to deal with such inexact—and seemingly conflicting and confusing—descriptors quite routinely. Present Music itself tends to use the phrases “new music” or “music of living composers” as a way to conjure (especially for potential concert-goers) what they will be in for at one of their shows, but such phrases don’t really elucidate matters much better than anything else. To be quite frank about it, the best way to find out what Present Music is up to is to simply go to one of their concerts, watch and listen. In so doing, a whole new world of musical expression will open up before you. (front row, l-r) Sarah Goldfeather, David Bloom (back row, l-r) Annika Socolofsky, Dan Trueman, Dylan Mattingly, Donnacha Dennehy

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“I have never come from a small place. I’ve spent my life jumping around from Edinburgh to Chicago to Pittsburgh—city after city after city,” says composer Annika Socolofsky. But, she reflects, “in Ann Arbor, Mich., my fiddle and I were swallowed, heads-first, into the traditional Irish music scene.” Such an experience as that, she says, led to her 2015 composition, a sense of who. “That…sense of belonging, that sense of friendship, that sense of love, that sense of community, that sense of grounding, that inkling of a sense of who… It’s been growing. And that is everything,” she explains. The letter “w” kept coming to mind as composer, fiddle player, improviser, new instrument creator and software designer Dan Trueman’s Symphony of W’s was forming in his mind. “The footsteps of a drunkard walking wobbly towards an abyss…an old time tune called ‘Ways of the World’…an obscure Robert Frost poem, ‘Warning,’ which I set more than 25 years ago,” Trueman explains. “I can’t deny that I was also hoping to reclaim this wonderful letter from its political associations in some small way,” he adds. “It’s full of zigs and zags and pizzazz and deserves better.” Present Music also performs his short Present Music piece for hardanger fiddle, Orton’s Ode. Between Two Oakland, Calif.-born Dylan Mattingly was co-director Worlds of a youth-run new music organization that played only Helene Zelano music written in their lifetimes called Formerly Known Center for the as Classical. He’s currently a cellist with (and, with David Bloom, co-artistic director of) Contemporaneous. Present Performing Arts Music performs Mattingly’s 2010 composition, Lighthouse March 24, 7:30 p.m. (Refugee Music by a Pacific Expatriate). In 1997, Donnacha Dennehy returned after many years abroad studying music to his native Dublin, Ireland, and founded Crash Ensemble—a contemporary music group for which he’s composed several works. He also took up lecturing in music at the city’s famed Trinity College. As a member of Aosdána, Ireland’s statesponsored academy of artists, Dennehy is Ireland’s foremost modern composer. He’s penned works for full and chamber orchestra, small ensemble with voice, instrumental ensembles of various sizes and solo and electroacoustic music—all this quite prolifically—for the past 26 years. Dennehy’s 2009 piece for seven (or more) instrumentalists, As An Nós, originally commissioned by the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players, rounds out Present Music’s concert program. The across-the-world festivities will continue even after Present Music’s “Between Two Worlds” concert. In the lobby of the Zelazo Center, attendees will hear Milwaukee bluegrass duo Jesse Walker’s Hitch perform and see a video light show by artist Wes Tank. There will also be a photo booth featuring artist Sally Duback’s 7-by-9-foot mosaic, Last Dance on a Hot Planet. Saturday, March 24, at 7:30 p.m. in UW-Milwaukee’s Helene Zelazo Center for the Performing Arts, 2419 E. Kenwood Blvd. For tickets, call 414-271-0711 or visit presentmusic. org/events/between-two-worlds.




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Over the years, Gaelic Storm have established themselves as one of Milwaukee’s most enduring St. Patrick’s Day traditions, packing the local venues each year with their worldly brand of Celtic rock. Between these shows and their usual Irish Fest gigs, it seems they have a soft spot for the city, and to their credit, they never play the same show twice, in part because they always have new material to play behind. The band’s discography bursts with narrative stories that are just as good to dance to as they are to drink to—and in concert, the band encourages crowds to do plenty of both. Songs like “The Beer Song” and “Back to the Pub” from the band’s 13th and latest album, Go Climb a Tree, should keep the crowd in good cheer.

FRIDAY, MARCH 16 Stephanie Schultz Fashion Show @ Hot Water Wherehouse, 8 p.m.

Silversärk owner and designer Stephanie Schultz found inspiration in some unlikely places for her autumn-winter collection, Revenants, drawing from centuries of vampire lore and fiction. Models at this show, a benefit for the Cancer Research Institute, will be wearing unique headpieces from Deborah Olson and upcycled jewelry pieces by Joan Junghans of Muses Jewelry. The night will also feature performances from accordion and bandoneon player Stas Venglevski, as well as local drag queens Omēga Nightshade, Aubrey del Mar, Gluttoni Sinn and Melee McQueen. General admission tickets are $15; VIP tickets that include early entry, reserved seating, a gift bag and hors d’oeuvres are $30.

They Might Be Giants @ The Pabst Theater, 9 p.m. The fact that They Might Be Giants began recording children’s albums last decade didn’t come as much of a surprise to many of the long-running alternative group’s fans. After all, some of those same fans were introduced to the band through the afternoon cartoon “Tiny Toon Adventures,” which created kid-friendly videos for the band’s smack-happy songs “Istanbul (Not Constantinople)” and “Particle Man,” and many of the group’s songs have a goofy, kidfriendly sense of whimsy. The band’s last kid’s album was 2015’s Why?, but their last couple of albums have been recorded with adults in mind, including this year’s new I Like Fun. This show is for fans 14 and older.

Boosie BadAzz w/ Webbie and Yung Blu @ The Riverside Theater, 8 p.m. Going to prison for five years could be a career killer for some artists, but for the rapper formerly known as Lil Boosie it only bolstered his legacy. After being incarcerated for drug charges in 2009, the rapper was released in 2014 amid a homegrown “Free Boosie” movement that gained him attention from the press and built hype around promised new material. Boosie apparently stayed busy while in prison, reportedly writing more than 1,000 new tracks, as well as an autobiography. Sure enough, in the years since, he’s released a steady stream of new mixtapes and albums of trunk-rattling Southern rap, all of which have only further bolstered his legacy.

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SATURDAY, MARCH 17 Protomartyr w/ Hydropark and Dorth Nakota @ Company Brewing, 10 p.m.

Protomartyr hail from Detroit, and they sound an awful lot like their city: hard, edgy, resilient and proudly working class. It’s a style of punk that’s at once arty yet unpretentious, and it takes generous cues from the blue-collar post-punk that the late Mark E. Smith perfected with The Fall (singer Joe Casey’s baritone drawl often recalls Smith’s). Each of their albums has been richer, darker and more fascinating than the last, and that trend carries through last year’s Relatives of Descent, one of their hardest hitting yet. After a series of memorable sold-out shows in the city, the band returns to Milwaukee for this show at Company Brewing.

Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark @ Potawatomi Hotel and Casino, 8 p.m.

During their first two decades together, the British New Wave group Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark recorded a full 10 albums, but stateside they remain best known for one song: “If You Leave,” the iconic closing number from the film Pretty in Pink. The band split in 1996 but reunited in 2006 with their classic lineup to tour behind early material. That reunion has given way to several new albums which have updated their familiar synth-pop/post-punk hybrid only slightly, including last year’s The Punishment of Luxury, one of their warmest, most inviting records in years.

Shorewood Shenanigans St. Paddy’s Day Block Party @ Three Lions Pub, 12:30 p.m.

Boosie BadAzz

Three Lions Pub in Shorewood is going all out for St. Patrick’s Day, closing off the street on Kensington Square for a huge block party from 12:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. featuring live music, Irish dancers and Jameson tasting stations. If ever there were a day to leave the car at home, it’s this one, but thankfully, the Brat House will be providing a shuttle up and down Oakland Avenue, with stopping points at other area bars. After the street party ends, the party heads indoors for live music in the pub beginning at 9:30 p.m. And for those who really want to get a jump on the day, Three Lions will be serving a traditional Irish breakfast from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. SHEPHERD EXPRESS

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SUNDAY, MARCH 18 Miranda Sings @ The Riverside Theater, 8 p.m.

Few comedians have committed quite as fully to a character as Colleen Ballinger has to Miranda Sings. An elaborate sendup of YouTube celebrity culture based on the most deluded singing competition contenders, Miranda is an internet celebrity with more ego than vocal talent. The lipstick-obsessed character became so popular she even landed her own Netflix series, “Haters Back Off,” a dark comedy that ran for two seasons. Ballinger has also written a book in the character’s voice called Selp-Helf.

With very special guest Shana Morrison


Juiceboxxx w/ Platinum Boys, Duckling and Max Holiday @ Cactus Club, 9 p.m.

Milwaukee-area native Juiceboxxx began his career as a novelty rapper—a scrawny white kid who wilds the fuck out on stage—but over the years, he’s evolved into something more earnest: An open-hearted idealist who preaches the gospel of following whatever muse moves you, no matter how improbable it is. Journalist Leon Neyfakh was so inspired by him he wrote an entire book about the road-warrior rapper called The Next Next Level: A Story of Rap, Friendship and Almost Giving Up. For a time, Juiceboxxx was dabbling in heavily electronic sounds, but on recent releases, he’s honed in on more of a Beastie Boys-esque punk-rap hybrid. His latest record, last year’s Freaked Out American Loser, features some of his most memorable earworms yet.

Tickets available at Marcus Center Box Office (929 N. Water St.), 414-273-7206, or at



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All shows at 8 pm unless otherwise indicated Tickets available at Shank Hall Box Office, 866-468-3401, or at



Fri 3/16

Sat 3/17

The Steepwater Band $15

The Spiders From Milwaukee, Foreigner 4 Ever $12

Tues 3/20

Wed 3/21

Chuck Mead and His Grassy Knoll Boys $15

New Orleans Suspects COVENTRY JONES


Thurs 3/22

Fri 3/23

Selwyn Birchwood $15

Material Reissue

Mitski w/ Half Wait @ The Back Room at Colectivo, 8 p.m.

There’s no shortage of songwriters who don’t hold back about expressing raw emotions, but few do it with the same passion and intensity as Mitski. On her breakthrough 2016 album Puberty 2, the singer-songwriter sang about love, heartache, depression, alienation and identity with almost skin-crawling candor and blunt lyrics that cut against the intrinsic prettiness of her music, frequently dialing up her distorted guitar to highlight the turmoil. It’s not an easy listen at all, but it’s a truly unforgettable one, and the record became a mainstay of music publications’ 2016 year-end rankings.




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A Perky ‘Star -Spangled Girl’ at Company of Strangers ::BY HARRY CHERKINIAN

Off the Wall's 'The Tragical History of Dr. Faustus'


Off the Wall’s ‘Faustus’ is a Devil Without Details



avid Roper’s set design for Off the Wall Theatre’s The Tragical History of Dr. Faustus rather impressively creates the illusion of depth on a heroically small stage. At its best, the production itself creates its own illusion of depth in moody, visceral drama. Jeremy Welter plays the good doctor, a learned man who is largely unimpressed with his own breadth of knowledge. Welter’s restlessness serves the role well as the character reaches for power and insight not found in playwright/director Dale Gutzman’s script. James Strange is a powerful presence on stage in the role of Mephistopheles. Strange exudes power and authority mixed with a kind of decadent boredom that makes for a really nicely understated devil. The face makeup, which involves curling black lines, is a bit of a distraction in places, but Strange manages to overcome the awkward face of the character to deliver a really interesting vision of power and immortality. Gutzman delivers visuals to the stage that are truly haunting in places. All too often, however, the visual aspects of the production seem to be going for something far more powerful than they can manage. It’s a remarkably daunting task to bring the supernatural darkness to such a small stage on such a small budget. There’s power in symbolism as seen in simple pentagrams and swastikas, but the production rarely gets beneath the surface of the symbolism to really explore the nature of corruption. At times garish color, light and shadow can draw a certain ineffable intensity, but without being grounded in a deeper cerebral exploration of Faustus’ themes, it can all feel a bit lost at times. Through March 18 at the Off the Wall Theatre, 127 E. Wells St. For tickets, call 414-484-8874 or visit

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t was the mid-1960s when Neil Simon wrote The Star-Spangled Girl, a lesserknown work by the Broadway playwright and audience favorite. The familiar formula follows the antics of misplaced attraction by the bewitched Norman and new neighbor, Sophie while patient roommate Andy looks on and gets tangled up in the downward spiral of the goings-on. Sophie is fervently patriotic while the other two run a counterculture magazine. As staged by The Company of Strangers Theater, The Star-Spangled Girl clearly dates itself

Losing the ‘Clue’ in Staging the Board Game as a Musical ::BY ANNE SIEGEL


oping to come out a winner, Waukesha Civic Theatre lost too many turns while producing Clue: The Musical. The production opened last weekend at the theater’s home in Downtown Waukesha. A weak premise, forgettable songs and over-thetop acting made Clue: The Musical drag through its slightly more than hour-long performance. The 1997 show is based on the popular board game Clue. The Waukesha cast consists of well-known characters such as Miss Scarlet (Rachel Krause), Professor Plum (Andrew Byshenk), Colonel Mustard (David Jirik) and Mrs. White (Laura Heise). Credit goes to Waukesha costume designer Dana Brzezinski for outfitting the cast in appropriately colored, tasteful garments. The costumes are among the show’s highlights, as were the oversized game pieces (revolver, knife, lead pipe, etc.). Much of the show’s comedy came from actors attempting to wield (or hide) these giant “weapons.” Another highlight was the three-piece band, coordinated by music director Yeng Thao. They

on purpose: telephones, typewriters and (gasp!) face-to-face conversation. But the play is ironically a current, timely reminder of the women’s movements sweeping across the country. Norman’s obsessive behaviors and actions clearly cross the lines of stalking and harassment by today’s definitions. And while the comedy is meant to be just that, the meaning takes on a completely different tone, even when the offstage “police” are called in. What keeps the audience interested in this production are the performances of two of the actors. As the perky, effervescent Sophie, Julia Marsan is pitch perfect and her best scenes are those with Andy, who has little interest in returning her affections. Jeon Garron’s low-key, unflappable approach to playing Andy is just what’s needed and he becomes the main attraction (literally and figuratively). His naturalness helps to keep the otherwise erratic flow of this production on course. Kerruan Sheppard’s Norman is in desperate need of character realignment and balance; he’s either screaming angry (which is most of the time) or goo-goo eyed oblivious, missing the nuanced comic effect of his character. Jessica L. Sosnoski directs. Through March 17 at the Underground Collaborative, 161 W. Wisconsin Ave. (lower level of the Plankinton Building, Shops of Grand Avenue). For tickets, visit

played the score with precision. While cramped into a tiny, onstage cubbyhole, the three musicians did an admirable job under less-than-ideal circumstances. One wishes the same could be said for the cast. What should have been a light entertainment was reduced to drudgery. Director Ken T. Williams didn’t have much to work with, as not a single actor had a decent singing voice. The dozen or so musical numbers were best handled by the cast’s women, including Krause, Heise and Margaret Teshner as Mrs. Peacock. As the show begins, a narrator called Mr. Boddy (Mike Owens) appears to introduce the audience to the show’s concept. Several pre-selected theatergoers are called onstage to select the show’s murderer, the murder weapon and the room in which the murder takes place. The audience has no idea what “cards” they selected before the big “reveal” at the finale. Occasionally, the house lights come up during the show and Mr. Boddy (who is also the one who gets murdered) recaps the action and gives hints on notable clues. Even after his “death,” he shows up regularly to facilitate the show’s activities. All six of the game board characters reveal their reasons for murdering Mr. Boddy. What should have been a climactic moment (the appearance of a detective to grill the guests) turns into a puzzling interlude. For some unknown reason, the detective is straightforward and tough one moment, and skittish the next. She (Stacy Kolafa) exits the stage more than once because all the suspects are “looking at her.” With barely a clue on how to stage this less-thanperfect musical, Waukesha Civic Theatre tried hard to deliver an entertaining event. Through March 25 at Waukesha Civic Theatre, 264 W. Main St., Waukesha For tickets, call 262547-0708 or visit SHEPHERD EXPRESS



Dancing with Hamlet


The Return Of A


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“Walkin’ After Midnight”

Dancing with Hamlet is a new play by local playwright Deanna Strasse that will be presented (in a world premiere production) by Windfall Theatre in conjunction with Milwaukee Entertainment Group. It is not a dance performance; it’s not a new riff on Hamlet. Instead, the title Dancing with Hamlet reflects the fact that the plot centers on tragic circumstances afflicting a modern-day family, and those tragedies, surely, take on Shakespearian proportions. The father of three grown children dies in a car accident mere weeks before his ex, Rosie, decides to remarry. Despite pleas from her children, she won’t delay her impending nuptials even one day. Meanwhile, it appears someone might be out to “delay” this marriage indefinitely. Carol Zippel directs this production, which stars local actors Melody Lopac, Donna Daniels, Josh Sheibe, Cory Jefferson Hagen, Emmitt Morgans and Amanda Hull. (John Jahn) March 15-24 in the Subterranean Theatre of the Brumder Mansion, 3046 W. Wisconsin Ave. For tickets, call 414-332-3963 or visit

“Sweet Dreams”

“I Fall to Pieces”


The Hiding Place

Acacia Theatre Company Director Therese Goode says of the upcoming production of The Hiding Place (a story of a Dutch family in Nazi-occupied Holland that shelters Jews): “I reflected on the stories similar to theirs in our own time and place. This play isn’t just a historical snapshot; it’s also a challenge to us to grapple with the ways in which history repeats itself.” Alluding to DACA, the Dreamers, anti-immigrant, sexist and racist rhetoric stemming from certain public officials in America these days, Goode says that, with her direction, she’s “tried to listen to the voices of marginalized people and those fighting beside them for justice,” and that these heroic Dutch people’s story from decades ago presents us with a template. “We have just as much need today for the faith and courage the ten Boom [family] showed in fighting against those in power to protect the oppressed and disenfranchised,” Goode explains. (John Jahn) March 16-25 in Concordia University’s Todd Wehr Auditorium, 12800 N. Lake Shore Drive, Mequon. For tickets, call 414-744-5995 or visit

The Tales of Hoffmann

The original work is actually titled Les contes d’Hoffmann and is a Frenchlanguage opéra fantastique of 1881 by Jacques Offenbach. But, audience members needn’t worry about their foggy recollections of high school French class or being distracted from the on-stage action by reading supertitles. Rather, Skylight Music Theatre and Milwaukee Opera Theatre both bring their considerable artistic métiers to present a newly translated Hoffmann to be led by Skylight’s artistic associate director (and MOT’s artistic director) Jill Anna Ponasik. “We have joined forces with [MOT] for this imaginative and kinetic adaptation of Offenbach’s mesmerizing opera,” claims Skylight artistic director Ray Jivoff. “Although this is Offenbach’s best-known work, Skylight has never produced it in our nearly 60-year history. We are thrilled it will debut on our stage with an exciting new English translation and re-orchestration that perfectly captures ‘Skylight Style’—bringing fresh approaches or interesting twists to music theatre works.” (John Jahn) March 16-29 at the Broadway Theatre Center’s Cabot Theatre, 158 N. Broadway. For tickets, call 414-291-7800 or visit


Are You Sure?

Sam Bobrick’s Are You Sure? Asks many questions with its presentations of shifting realities. It mixes comedy with suspense as the audience tries to figure out what to believe is real as well as who’s telling the truth. It’s a real murder (or at least murder plot) mystery… Or is it? March 16-25 at Memories Ballroom, 1077 Lake Drive, Port Washington. For tickets, call 262-284-6850 or visit



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eorge Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue is recognized around the world as one of the icons of American concert music. Unfortunately, most pianists I’ve heard in it mess it up, toying with it in some way that is an attempt at personal statement, and in the process, the music is weakened. Such was the case on Saturday evening at Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra. Young American pianist Drew Petersen certainly has the technique to play this Rhapsody, which is not one of the more difficult pieces in the concerto repertoire. He was best when playing in a straightforward manner. Too many indulgences and a mushy rhythmic spine to the playing got in his way. Balance was an issue with the orchestra, with the soloist drowned out at times in this orchestration by Ferde Grofé. But big pleasures came in hearing Todd Levy smoke the opening clarinet solo, making the most of the glamorous smear of sound leading to the first high note. Milwaukee area native Emily Cooley was heard in the brief Green Go to Me, which moves from delicate, sparse textures to fullness. This composer has a sharp ear for orchestral color, creatively combining fascinating instrumentation. Soft beds of undulating background sound were as interesting as the solos they supported. The orchestra spends more time with MSO associate conductor Yaniv Dinur than anyone else, with dozens of school and community concerts in a season. Dinur was on the podium for this mainstage concert, and impressively conducted Symphony No. 5 by Sergei Prokofiev from memory, which is no small feat. This was an intelligent, effective reading of the piece, emphasizing clarity and contrasts. Composed during the turbulence of World War II in 1944, this is one of the greatest of 20th-century symphonies. The enormous chord that ended the first movement shook the rafters. MSO brass was at its best, whether in solos or as a section, with blended, even sound at any dynamic. The woodwinds are certainly a treasure of this orchestra, all such wonderful players. It was Levy again who shone in a crisply phrased rhythmic solo. 22 | M A R C H 1 5 , 2 0 1 8


‘Viva Opera!’

‘March Winds’

The Florentine Opera Company’s production of Carlisle Floyd’s Prince of Players was delayed until next season, but in its stead is something of a live “Opera’s Greatest Hits” called “Viva Opera!”—described by the Florentine’s general director, William Florescu, as “a veritable smorgasbord of beloved opera favorites.” Conductor William Boggs leads the opera company’s own chorus as well as the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra in this concert that will feature arias and ensembles from operatic masterpieces such as La Traviata, Nabucco, Carmen, La Boheme and Madama Butterfly. Composers to be sampled herein include Ludwig van Beethoven, Giacomo Puccini, Giuseppe Verdi and more. London, England’s renowned soprano, Kate Royal, will make her Milwaukee debut in this presentation—following appearances she’s had with New York City’s Metropolitan Opera, the Paris Opéra, Royal Opera Covent Garden and elsewhere. Other featured soloists include Grammy Award-winning baritone Keith Phares and soprano Rena Harms. (John Jahn) March 16 and 18 in Uihlein Hall at the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts, 929 N. Water St. For tickets, call 414-291-5700 ext. 224 or visit

The March “winds” in this case concerns wind instruments—flutes, oboes, clarinets, bassoons and so forth—not the chilly sort that blow their way across the city east-to-west off of frigid Lake Michigan. Milwaukee Musaik’s wind instrument-centered concert features less familiar works and composers: Sextet for Piano and Wind Quintet, Op. 6, by Austrian composer Ludwig Thuille (1861-1907); Old Hungarian Dances from the 17th Century by Hungarian composer Ferenc Farkas (1905-2000); and Mládí (Youth) by Czech composer Leoš Janáček (1854-1928). Monday, March 19, at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music’s Helen Bader Hall, 1584 N. Prospect Ave. For tickets, visit


Why Mess Up ‘Rhapsody in Blue’?


Ensemble Caprice

‘iLove Baroque’

The delightful sounds of Baroque Era instruments will be heard owing to Early Music Now—Milwaukee’s preeminent presenter of early music—hosting Canada’s Ensemble Caprice in a concert titled “iLove Baroque.” Their fascinating program, with music spanning some two centuries, is performed in a unique way: through the telling of short stories and written accounts of the personal lives of Baroque composers from five different countries, which will certainly assist audience members to thoroughly engage with the music. Composers whose works are on Ensemble Caprice’s program include Baroque giants Johann Sebastian Bach, Antonio Vivaldi and Henry Purcell. Instruments to be heard include the recorder, Baroque guitar and violoncello. As part of its Milwaukee residence (amid an ongoing North American concert tour), Ensemble Caprice will be performing a special concert at Saint John’s On the Lake, 1840 N. Prospect Ave., on Thursday, March 15, and Caprice member Susie Napper will hold a master class with students from the Cello Institute of Milwaukee on Saturday, March 17. (John Jahn) Early Music Now and Ensemble Caprice’s iLove Baroque concert takes place on Saturday, March 17, at UW-Milwaukee’s Helene Zelazo Center for the Performing Arts, 2419 E. Kenwood Blvd. For tickets, call 414-2253113 or visit

‘Of War and Peace’

Music inspired by warfare will be presented in a unique concert by the Master Singers of Milwaukee. The works on the program are not chest-thumping flag-wavers, but choral works with beautiful and inspiring texts reflecting on the human tragedy that is modern war. The Master Singers will join their voices with the Concert Chorale of UW-Milwaukee. Poetry and stories from the U.S. Civil War, both world wars and the Vietnam War inspired the composers of the choral pieces presented here. Saturday, March 17 at North Shore Congregational Church (7330 N. Santa Monica Blvd.) and Sunday, March 18 at St. John’s Lutheran Church (20275 Davidson Road, Brookfield). For tickets, visit

Shen Yun

An eye-popping combination of classical Chinese dance, ethnic and folk dance, story-based dance routines, orchestral music, talented solo performers and history is what Shen Yun is all about. This New York City-based Chinese dance and music ensemble travels the world (except, notably, their ancestral homeland) presenting China’s long history in a very vivid, compelling way. They started their performances 12 years ago and, ever since, the 200-member group has become something of a sensation; for seven months a year, they hit more than 130 cities around the world. March 16-18 at Miller High Life Theatre, 500 W. Kilbourn Ave. For tickets, call 800-745-3000 or visit


6th annual

Saturday, April 21, 2018 WI State Fair Expo Center VIP: 1-2pm ($75) GA: 2-6pm ($45) Presented by Limited VIP Tickets available. This event is for 21+. IDs will be checked at the door.

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BIENNIAL ARTISTS PANEL Saturday, March 17 | 2:00–3:00 Join Biennial award winners as they discuss their work and what it means to be a Wisconsin artist in today’s globalized art world.

The Marquette Forum — a yearlong series of events and discussions on the topic of “Fractured: Health and Equity,” the challenges that health disparities present, and the opportunities for achieving greater equity locally and globally — presents a keynote lecture with Dr. David R. Williams, an internationally recognized authority on social influences on health in his role at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

Dr. David R. Williams Tuesday, March 27 5 p.m. — Networking Reception 7 p.m. — Lecture Weasler Auditorium 1506 W. Wisconsin Avenue   The event is free and open to the public.

This event is sponsored by Marquette University Ethnic Alumni Association.

2018 Wisconsin Artists Biennial West Bend | Keven Brunett and Kristin Thielking, Voices: A Tribute to the Dictionary of American Regional English, Bronze steel, 2016, 2018 Merit Award


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Shepherd Chudnow

Swag Get it here:

Museum ‘Celebrating the Role of Women’ ::BY KAT KNEEVERS


tatistics can be shocking, especially when you read “A study from 1920 found that the average housewife spent 44 hours a week preparing and cleaning up after the family meal.” Family life was a full-time job indeed! This is one of the many bits of information shared throughout the exhibits at the Chudnow Museum of Yesteryear, and the special


elements on the theme “Celebrating the Role of Women in History.” The museum flows through two floors of an 1869 house just off of the Marquette University campus. It was the real estate and law office of founder Avrum “Abe” Chudnow, and became a showplace for the various goods he collected, which included just about every antique item you can think of. Moving through the museum you’ll find recreations of a small family run grocery store, pharmacy, physician’s office, even a movie theater showing old reels. The museum is chock-full of artifacts of the everyday—things like tins for cocoa powder or flour, Victrolas and vintage sheet music, the accouterments of a barber shop or a farmer’s workbench. The inclusion of wall text to tell the stories of where things came from, or notes on the context of earlier time periods, makes it all the more worthwhile. For example, a small panel describing clothing prices from the 1920s states that a woman’s blouse cost $4.95, while a man’s shirt would run $2.75. Today this would be about $63.37 and $32.11 respectively, putting a distinct number on the relative cheapness of outfitting ourselves today. Particularly fascinating are the many significant women noted in small text panels throughout the museum. Some, like the actress Mary Pickford, still enjoy celebrity today. Others, like Alice Guy-Blaché, are perhaps only known to specialists in their field, but could be inspirational to all. Guy-Blaché was a filmmaker who wrote, produced and directed her first film in 1896, and by 1907, ran her own studio that had made more than 1,000 films. Her story, and many other inspiring anecdotes, offer additional facets to the wealth of artifacts in the Chudnow collection. Through March at the Chudnow Museum of Yesteryear, 839 N. 11th St.

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Colloquium on Art in Public Spaces

Auctioning Art For Affordable Housing

Campbell Student Union Auditorium 2001 Alford Park Drive, Kenosha


Among the countless cultural debates of 2017 was the contentious reevaluation of monuments in public spaces. Turns out a lot of those noblelooking bronze men were defenders and beneficiaries of the ignoble institution of slavery. As part of its annual Arts and Creativity Festival, Carthage College is hosting a panel of regional artists, scholars and arts administrators to discuss the complicated issue of art in public spaces. The colloquium will take place from 10 a.m. to noon on Friday, March 16.


his past January, Tony Busalacchi turned 85 years old. To mark the milestone, the local artist and art collector decided to donate 85 works of art from his collection in imitation of St. Francis of Assisi and in benefit of Capuchin Community Services’ St. Anthony Apartments. “Francis of Assisi is my hero because he preached a sermon…not of words, but of action,” says Busalacchi, “Just as it was true in St. Francis’ day, we need more action; less words.” Proceeds from the auctioned art will contribute to furnishing apartments for homeless and otherwise underserved individuals. The Capuchin Friars and Heartland Housing are refurbishing the old St. Anthony’s Hospital on 10th and State streets, where Busalacchi was born two years after its construction in 1931. Furnishing each apartment costs approximately $1,000, so the 85 works with minimum bids from $50 to $1,200 should make a handful of the 60 apartments occupant-ready. Some of the 85 works are Busalacchi’s own creations, while others were collected over the course of his world travels with stops in China, Persia, India, Serbia, Egypt, South America, Russia and Poland. The auction will take place at the Cultural Arts Center located in St. John’s on the Lake (1840 N. Prospect Ave.), Saturday, March 17 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, March 18 from 1-5 p.m. The artworks can be viewed at capuchincommunityservices. org/artworks.

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Ozaukee County Art Show

Cedarburg Cultural Center W62 N546 Washington Ave., Cedarburg The state of the arts in Ozaukee County is on display at the Cedarburg Cultural Center. Approximately 500 works—representing amateurs, professionals, adults, high schoolers, middle school and elementary school students—have been exhibited for the 71st annual Ozaukee County Art Show. The exhibition is on display through April 22, with an opening reception being held on Sunday, March 18, from 1-4 p.m.

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by Rok Vilčnik This could happen in any jungle...

Tarzan, Jane, and a Hyena-called-Mike, grapple with love, middle-age, the fate of the jungle, the animal kingdom, and all humanity. This extraordinary play, a U.S. premiere by award-winning Slovenian playwright Rok Vilčnik, is smart, funny and unexpectedly moving.

featuring: Mark Anderson Isabelle Kralj Don Russell

March 16 – 24, 2018 Kenilworth 508 Theatre 1925 East Kenilworth Place Tickets: or 1.800.838.3006 info:

Artistic Directors Isabelle Kralj & Mark Anderson


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Breakfast in Bed

‘The Party’



Director Sally Potter’s Wild ‘Party’

But the mood is a bit on edge even before Bill’s revelation, despite Janet’s best efforts at playing the unflappable hostess. Always pushing the boundary is Janet’s best friend April (Patricia Clarkson), who pricks the victory party balloon by announcing, “I think democracy is finished.” Janet insists that change is possible through politics but April will have none of it. She’s a disillusioned idealist—all those marches led nowhere—and her cynicism is directed against the pretenses of everyone present, including her German boyfriend, the gnomic life coach Gottfried (Bruno Ganz). Clarkson delivers April’s jabs with Mike Tyson confidence; Scott Thomas is perfectly cast, her beautiful composure disintegrates along with Janet’s liberal pieties as the evening deteriorates. Ducking into the kitchen, Janet, whispering eagerly into her cellphone, is obviously having an affair despite lavish professions of gratitude ::BY DAVID LUHRSSEN to her husband. But she dissolves into righteous he opening scene of The Party, it indignation when Bill announces his own infiturns out, is also the beginning of delity, an affair with a young grad student who the final scene. We don’t see the happens to be the wife of another guest at the film’s last seconds until it loops party, Tom (Cillian Murphy), a banker whose back to the end, but, be forewarned brain is racing like Le Mans after snorting a line in the bathroom. The lesbian couple, woman’s at the onset: This party will go out of bounds. The Party is a dark cerebral comedy from studies professor Martha (Cherry Jones) and her British writer-director Sally Potter, the woman young protégé Jinny (Emily Mortimer), begin to behind such brilliantly challenging produc- splinter after Bill reveals his affair with Martha years earlier in college. tions as Orlando and Yes. Shot “Men are not the enemy. That in black and white, The Party’s debate is over,” Martha insists. cinematography turns every “That dates you—sisterhood is a facial crease into a chasm and The Party very aged concept,” April snaps. every shadow into an abyss. Kristin Scott And so goes The Party as intelThe film stock is gritty as life Thomas lectualized recriminations fly itself. The film also alludes Patricia Clarkson from all sides. “Western doctors to Potter’s probable inspiraknow nothing at all,” Gottfried tion, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Directed by insists, fending off the professed Woolf?, in which an academic Sally Potter rationalism, the faith in science, couple played by Richard BurRated R shared by most of the guests. ton and Elizabeth Taylor host a When conversation turns to get-together that unravels into Bill’s affair with Tom’s wife, the drunken recrimination. professor opines that what she Like Virginia Woolf, The Party is an extended conversation set inside wants is love, not money. “Everyone needs mona married couple’s claustrophobic book-filled ey!” the banker shoots back. “Money bought rooms. One difference is that here, the husband, this house, not your fucking ideas!” Secrets and lies continue to surface in a miBill (Timothy Spall), may be a prestigious history professor, but the wife, Janet (Kristin Scott lieu where everyone is blinded by their own preThomas), is the careerist of greatest importance. conceptions, intellectually and ethically. April She’s about to become minister of health and is perhaps the most clear-headed of the lot, reis throwing a soirée with her closest friends to gardless of whether she’s wrong or right. “Direct celebrate. Ironically, Bill chooses the occasion action—that’s what gets things done,” she tells to announce that his health has failed, diagnosis: Janet. Spoiler alert: on the political far left, direct action can be code for violence. “terminal.”


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A&E::FILM [FILM CLIPS] Love, Simon PG-13

The friends of high-school teen Simon (Nick Robinson) believe him to be straight; ditto his supportive parents (Jennifer Garner and Josh Duhamel). Then, Simon begins an online affair with another boy. Neither knows the other’s identity, until Simon’s correspondence is discovered by another student. While the film glosses over the difficulties faced by all teens, its exploration of being a gay high-school teenager is long overdue, and Simon is a relatable character exhibiting typical teen flaws. Like Simon himself, Love, Simon isn’t perfect, but the subject will find an appreciative audience. (Lisa Miller)

Tomb Raider PG-13

Fifteen years after Angelina Jolie played Lara Croft, the video game reboot gets a cinematic reboot as well. Jolie’s two films cost $180 million and grossed $400 million worldwide. The reboot’s U.S. opening comes a week after the film’s release in parts of Asia, where it’s taken in $14 million so far. Croft (Alicia Vikander) learns her missing father (Dominic West) was searching for a legendary tomb on a remote island near Japan. After a treacherous journey, she arrives on the island, only to find there are those who want her dead, leading to cliff-leaping and body-surfing rapids (among her adventures). Unfortunately, the action is edited to a pulp atop a script that serves a video game master. (L.M.)

A Wrinkle in Time PG

Meg Murry (Storm Reid) is a mentally gifted middle school student and the multi-ethnic daughter of two renowned physicists. Meg’s low self-esteem is compounded when her father (Chris Pine) goes missing. Along with her brilliant younger brother, Charles Wallace (Deric McCabe), and fellow classmate Calvin (Levi Miller), Meg meets three beings who claim they can help the kids find Mr. Murry. These lovely celestial guides are Mrs. Which (a white-haired Oprah Winfrey), Mrs. Whatsit (Reese Witherspoon topped in red hair) and Mrs. Who (Mindy Kaling). Their guides use a method of wrinkling time to transport the kids to other life-sustaining planets. These other worlds are spectacular; however, the kids learn Meg’s father is battling a great evil that is intent upon engulfing the universe. Disney’s theatrical release remakes the 2003 TV movie adapted from Madeleine L’Engle’s 1962 novel. (L.M.)

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[HOME MOVIES /OUT ON DIGITAL] Take Every Wave: The Life of Laird Hamilton Picked on at school, Laird Hamilton “found a certain peace,” he says, in the ocean. A product of ’60s surf culture, his mother surfed and his step dad was admired for his style as a wave rider. Rory Kennedy’s documentary, Take Every Wave, shows Hamilton pushing himself hard, climbing waves as steep as mountains at heights no one dared to reach. Always a rebel, Hamilton disdained the professional circuit, preferring to ride his own way.

Belle Epoque Penelope Cruz was introduced to the world by Belle Epoque (1992), but she wasn’t the star—just one pretty sister among four. The witty, visually arresting and Oscar-winning Spanish production is set “somewhere in Spain” in 1931. Politics are in transition, the civil war is five years in the future and the historical nuances form a detailed tapestry in back of a romantic comedy about an army deserter who stumbles into an eccentric household.


Between Two Worlds

a concert bridging traditional folk and new classical

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“The Jackie Gleason Show in Color” This DVD contains complete episodes from the last years of “The Jackie Gleason Show” (1966-1970), much of it unseen since their original broadcast dates. The variety show’s highlight was often the comedic banter between Gleason and such contemporaries as Phil Silvers and Red Buttons. Much of their dialogue remains funny 50 years on. The comedians seemed to genuinely enjoy the exchanges. Gleason’s physical comedy was on display with costar Art Carney in segments of “The Honeymooners.”

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Red Trees The somber yet hopeful film begins with a quote from Walter Benjamin about catastrophes blowing us into the future. Director Marina Willer travels to the places where her Jewish father and grandfather lived with their family in Nazi-occupied Prague. British actor Tim Pigott-Smith narrates passages from her father’s memoir. The family managed to survive World War II and emigrate to Brazil before eventually settling in London. Red Trees strikes a positive note for migrants. —David Luhrssen SHEPHERD EXPRESS

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An Oral History of ‘Angels in America’ ::BY JENNI HERRICK


SLEEP: The Myth of

8 Hours, the Power of Naps, and the New Plan to Recharge Your Body and Mind (DA CAPO LIFELONG BOOKS), BY NICK LITTLEHALES Lack of sleep has become endemic in a society that wants to be wired 24/7. And sleep deprivation has been linked to everything from diabetes and heart disease to anxiety and burnout. As Britain’s leading “sports sleep coach,” Nick Littlehales has long been concerned with the link between sleep and performance. He warns that no two people are identical: that recommended eight hours of sleep is a statistical average that shouldn’t be universally applied. Marissa Mayer ran Yahoo on four hours a night. Roger Federer says he needs 10. Littlehales shoots down much received wisdom in his Sleep Recovery Program. Don’t necessarily worry about that second glass of wine, but mind the artificial light from your screens! Getting in step with our circadian rhythm means giving close attention to how we live. (David Luhrssen) 28 | M A R C H 1 5 , 2 0 1 8


hen Angels in America first appeared on Broadway in 1993, it was groundbreaking for its direct examination of AIDS and homosexuality in America. The play written by Tony Kushner premiered in 1991 and received much critical acclaim, including the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and a pair of Tony Awards for Best Play in 1993 and 1994. It has been adapted into an HBO mini-series and recreated as an opera that held its world premiere in France in 2004. To commemorate the 25th anniversary of the play’s Broadway premiere, journalist Dan Kois has co-authored an oral history of the play, in which he and theater director and writer Isaac Butler interview nearly 200 actors and others who were

involved in the Broadway production. The stories that are shared in The World Only Spins Forward: The Ascent of Angels in America harken back to an era when actors weren’t even sure if audiences would understand the play or its questioning of social norms. In The World Only Spins Forward, Kois and Butler shed new light on a zeitgeist production that moved millions of people with its account of the AIDS epidemic. This anniversary edition also reintroduces readers to the play’s original cast of characters, as told through the authentic voices of the actors that made Angels in America such an iconic work of art. Kois, a native of Whitefish Bay and a writer and editor for Slate, will speak at UW-Milwaukee (Curtin Hall, Room 175) at 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 15. This free event, cosponsored by Boswell Book Company, is a part of the UWM Visiting Writers Series.

Scott Christopher Beebe’s Impressions of Milwaukee and ‘Our Human Condition”



ven in the analogue age, not many children received the gift of a typewriter for their fifth birthday. “I knew what I wanted to be right then,” says Scott Christopher Beebe. He sent his first novel, written at age 13, to a publisher but he misaddressed it and the manuscript, his only copy, was never returned. Perhaps the trauma of loss has sustained his insistence on self-publishing. Nine titles, including short-story collections, memoirs, children’s fiction and a book of poems, have been released through his own imprint, Steering 23 Publications. His latest, Our Human Condition, is a thick collection of stories that, as he writes in the introduction, took “on a life of their own.” Most of his fiction is deeply imprinted by impressions of Milwaukee, its people and places. Born in Libertyville, Ill., Beebe led a semi-nomadic life before arriving here in 1993. He has no regrets. “Milwaukee is the place where good things happened to me,” he says. “It’s so much better than anywhere else I’ve been to—it’s easy to thrive in this environment. If I moved I’d be jinxing myself creatively.” “Humanity,” Beebe says, is the connecting tissue in the increasingly large sprawl of his body of work. “People are fragile and strong. They have faults. They have great qualities. I want people to feel empowered—to believe in yourself. That’s the message I want to give people.” And the messages keep coming. Beebe says he has three more books in the works, including a novel drawn from his years waiting tables—a job where the faults and great qualities of humanity are on display. Beebe reads at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, March 14 at Fischberger’s Variety, 2445 N. Holton St.; and 6 p.m. on Friday, March 16 at Voyageur Book Shop, 2212 S. Kinnickinnic Ave.


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Theaters Gather for Community Engagement


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his month, the Milwaukee Repertory Theater will host the first-of-its-kind Intersections Summit (March 23-25), a national convening of community engagement practitioners from theaters across the country. Off the Cuff spoke with the Rep’s Director of Community Engagement Cortney McEniry about the goals of the Intersections Summit and her role at the Rep.

What is the role of the community engagement department? What are some of the initiatives you oversee and how do they coincide with the Milwaukee Rep’s mission? The community engagement department really focuses on igniting positive change in the city, creating platforms for meaningful dialogue and gathering an audience that is representative of Milwaukee’s rich diversity. We hone in on those aspects of our mission. A lot of the work we do is around our Community Conversations series, using the plays in our season as a platform for dialogue. We also really think about intentional and reciprocal relationships with community partners. Our department is only two years old so we’re continuing to grow, which is exciting. It sounds like these initiatives are going to be a huge part of the Rep for years to come. Yeah, that’s really critical to us. What we’re hoping to do is build something that feels sustainable and long term while also feeling authentic. What motivated the Milwaukee Rep to create and host the first Intersections Summit? It seemed like there was a need for a gathering space for people in the field to share their expertise and wisdom and the Milwaukee Rep has the capacity and space to host an event like that. It’s the first of its kind, in that a committee of other community engagement practitioners planned it so it’s very organic. It’s become something bigger than we initially thought it would be. How many theaters will be attending? Originally we thought we might be able to get 60 or 70 people here, but we are at 145 participants now, which I think really shows the demand for this kind of event. We have over 75 theaters representing all different budget levels, missions and theater structures. I would say about 70% of the attendees have the word “engagement” in their title and work at a regional theater, which was the initial impetus. The rest include freelance artists, like playwrights and directors, as well as leaders organized around equity and representation in theater as a whole. What is the Milwaukee Rep looking to gain from this experience? The Rep learned so much about how to engage most effectively with our city through the people on our Mpact Council and our Pillar Partners. But we are interested in learning more from our





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peers in other theaters. There are people coming who are brand new to the field and have fresh ideas, as well as people who have been doing this work for decades. Our thought was how many different types of people could we get in one room to learn from one another. We are also really interested in cross-border collaboration with theaters around the country. But our ultimate goal is to learn how to serve the Milwaukee community better. Is the Intersections Summit something the Milwaukee Rep is looking to implement annually? We are so privileged to do this for the first time, and we would be super excited if another theater would like to have part two of the conversation next year in another city. We would love to be involved in planning a future Intersections Summit and help support another theater. How does the Milwaukee Rep distinguish itself from other theaters in our area? I think we have a really beautiful community of theaters in this city. The Rep is different in the number of productions we are able to do each year—15 productions over four venues with over 700 performances. We really work to make sure there is something for every audience. This commitment allows our theater to be a gathering space and we take that responsibility very seriously. We have the opportunity to engage with all sorts of people in all sorts of ways. And because community engagement is a core tenet of our organization, we are thinking about that all the time. The Intersections Summit will be livestreamed on HowlroundTV, and you can participate via social media by tagging #IntersectionsSummitMKE. For more information, visit

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SOCIALCALENDAR March 15: 50 & Better Drop In at Milwaukee LGBT Community Center (1110 N. Market St.): Make new friends, play a few games and have a super-duper day when you drop by the community center between 2-6 p.m. Mix and mingle with LGBTQ friends and allies who are 50 years old and older during this weekly event.

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t’s St. Patty’s Day in Milwaukee, and that means lots of drinking, eating, socializing and drinking. Yep...few cities know how to party like Brew City, and St. Patrick’s Day is certainly no exception. Check out my social calendar for green-beer madness as well as crazy concerts, social groups and out-of-town fun, (what happens at the Chicago leather contests stays at the Chicago leather contests). Until then, let’s get our green on with a recent reader message.

Dear Ruthie,

My friend recently broke up with her girlfriend. While helping her drown her sorrows over cocktails, I made the mistake of telling her how I never really cared for the woman because she was a slacker and that my friend could do better. Big mistake, because they got back together two weeks later. Now I feel like a total a-hole, telling my friend how I disliked her girlfriend. Should I address the elephant in the room or just let it go?

Help a Girl Out, Loose Lips

Dear Loosie Goosey,

You got it doll face! The next time a friend breaks up with a lover, keep your lip zipped as you never know if that person is going to make his/her way back into your social circle. (Needless to say, this advice doesn’t pertain to issues concerning physical or emotional abuse.) Trust me on this, sugar. I’ve learned the hard way, telling too many friends to dump a chump, only for the chump to show up at the next potluck, bridge club or key party. I’d try to move on and forget the conversation if possible. If the tension is just too much to handle, take your amiga aside and calmly explain that you’re there to support her in her decision, and contrary to what you may have said over cocktails that night, you just want your friend to be happy. Good luck, sistah!

March 17: St. Patty’s Day Bash at D.I.X. Milwaukee (739 S. First St.): Go green this St. Patrick’s Day with the team at Walker’s Point’s latest hot spot. Doors open at noon with daytime drink specials, shots and more. Grab the shuttle and visit nearby bars or stick around for DJ Chomper and DJ CMK who will keep the music flowing until bar close. Cheers! March 17: Miss Gay Emerald City Wisconsin USofA Pageant at Napalese Lounge & Grille (1351 Cedar St., Green Bay): Milwaukee favorite Nova D’Vine hits Packer Town to host this 10:30 p.m. pageant. Specials guests, three contest categories and more make this a glamorous getaway for the Cream City community. March 17: Dita Von’s Birthday Show at LVL (801 S. Second St.): The Transformation Showgirls strap on their party hats for this special 11 p.m. show, honoring birthday girl Dita Von. Check out the new LVL party palace (formally known as La Cage), enjoy 2-for-1 drinks starting at 10 p.m., then take in the extravaganza as I host the drag show to end all others. Dance the St. Patrick’s night away afterward; $8 cover at the door. March 18: ‘Miranda Sings Live... Your Welcome’ at The Riverside Theater (116 W. Wisconsin Ave.): The kooky YouTube sensation Miranda Sings (actress Colleen Ballinger), strides into Milwaukee with her nutty rants, dance moves and songs. From her “pretty” eyebrows and lipstick to her smile-inducing clothes, Miranda is one gal who knows how to love and appreciate herself. See why during the 8 p.m. show. Open to all ages, the concert does carry a PG-13 rating. Visit for tickets that start at $39.50. March 20: Men’s Coming Out Group at Milwaukee LGBT Community Center (1110 N. Market St.): Having a hard time coming out? Need a few friends? Check out this regular 6-7:30 p.m. support group. Not sure this is the event for you? Call 414-292-3070 for more on the adults-only group. Want to share an event with Ruthie? Need her advice? Email and follow her on Instagram @ruthiekeester. SHEPHERD EXPRESS

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‘Call Me by Your Name’

On Avoiding the Reality of Love at the Oscars ::BY PAUL MASTERSON


here’s certainly a lot of commentary-worthy news going on these days but I’m still mulling over the Oscars. What I found disturbing was the choice of Shape of Water for Best Picture. Reminiscent of the 1984 fantasy-romance, Splash, in which a young, handsome and horny Tom Hanks has an affair with a blonde bombshell mermaid swum by Daryl Hannah, Water features a mute girl who falls in love with a merman who resembles an even hornier monster from the 1954 Creature from the Black Lagoon. It must be something in the water, I suppose, although I can’t imagine a post-coital aquatic cuddle in an oyster bed, even with a kelp coverlet. It just seemed silly. It was a little ironic, too, that the mute woman was played by a speaking actor unlike deaf actress Marlee Matlin’s 1986 Oscar for Best Actress in Children of a Lesser God for portraying a deaf character. Besides, I thought we had crossed the interspecies romance bridge decades (if not centuries) ago with the various reprises of Beauty and the Beast, innumerable seasons of TV sitcoms like “Bewitched” and its bro-mance spin-offs like “My Favorite Martian” and “Mister Ed.” Meanwhile, a true love story of sensitive and sensual spring awakening, Call Me by SHEPHERD EXPRESS

Your Name went unrewarded. Giving it a Best Adapted Screenplay seemed to be a consolation prize rather than a real recognition. It’s sad. The subject is apparently still too uncomfortable and intimating to be celebrated. But, despite our aversion to embracing reality, it is certainly more a universal tale that finding love in an aquarium. And, we all went through it. I suppose some may have fallen for a flounder but, for most, first love was much more than a crush, it was an affirmation. Call Me by Your Name had that reality. Then there were other Oscar winners like the guy who won for Best Performance by an Actor in a Fat Suit Portraying a Functional Alcoholic. I saw Darkest Hour and, for me, as a hobby historian, it sped by (although my companion at the screening didn’t think so). But I thrive on documentaries and docudramas. Still, I’m not sure imitating historical personalities quite deserves the honor of an Oscar. I saw Dunkirk, too (at the Avalon, so I didn’t get a lot of the dialogue but the explosions came through OK). Thanks to clever editing, this cinematic reprise of World War II was technically thrilling as an experience, but somehow, knowing how things turned out, it wasn’t nearly as riveting as, say, the quieter Call Me by Your Name. Besides, English Royal Navy Commander Bolton (Kenneth Branagh) often wore his hat askew, not in a jaunty way, but in an inattentive wardrobe way, a continuity distraction that, once noticed, never goes unnoticed and spoils any hope of convincing historicity. I know there’s a range of criteria for the awards but with all the lofty talk of diversity and inclusion and #MeToo, one would have hoped for more socially conscious consideration. Perhaps it’s too much of a philosophical question, but why are we celebrating regurgitated fairytales and still denying human love, pure and simple?

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Hot Snakes

John Reis on the Second Coming of Hot Snakes ::BY DAN AGACKI

ot Snakes guitarist-songwriter John Reis has lived a life steeped in rock ’n’ roll. From Pitchfork to Drive Like Jehu, Rocket From the Crypt and eventually Hot Snakes, Reis has ridden a continuous wave of beloved bands. With Hot Snakes, he stripped the rock ’n’ roll formula to its basic elements. “I think the band really embraces the convention of rock ’n’ roll,” said Reis. This focused approach garnered the band a rabid following over their initial five years. Since their 2005 dissolution, their following has grown to cult status. After Drive Like Jehu wound down and Rocket From the Crypt went on hiatus, Reis began working on Hot Snakes with Delta 72 drummer Jason Kourkounis. “I had the sound and music in my brain,” Reis said. “[I thought], Let’s realize this and see what it actually sounds like once I get it out.” The sound shows a taste for obscurities—namely the surf-y dark punk of The Wipers and the psychedout strangeness of Michael Yonkers. The latter’s obscure classic, Microminiature Love, left a huge impression on Reis. “Just a powerful record, powerful music,” said Reis. “It really made me look at guitar playing, songwriting and the sounds that the guitar is capable of in a different way. It expanded the vocabulary.” The initial Reis-Kourkounis recordings featured attempted vocals by Reis. Though Reis was an experienced vocalist, he quickly found that his voice didn’t fit

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the project. His course of action was obvious. Rick Froberg sang in Pitchfork and Drive Like Jehu alongside Reis. “Rick was the first person I thought of,” said Reis. “He completely elevated all the songs, all the music; everything just got way better.” Gar Wood was added on bass to round out the lineup. Over a five-year span, the band released three studio albums, one live album, toured relentlessly and recorded one of John Peel’s final Peel Sessions. With fatherhood on the horizon, Reis decided to end Hot Snakes as well as his long-running band, Rocket From the Crypt. “We met the people, we shook the hands, we kissed the babies,” said Reis. “It was a lot of fun, but it was just time for a new stage in my life.” Though the Hot Snakes’ book was closed, it wasn’t closed tightly. Within a couple of years, Reis was back at it with The Night Marchers, featuring some familiar faces. “It became obvious when I started The Night Marchers with Gar and Jason from Hot Snakes,” he said. The seeds for the inevitable reunion were sown. In 2015 and 2016, Reis and Froberg found themselves touring together for a series of Drive Like Jehu reunion gigs. These gigs became the spark that re-lit the Hot Snakes. Reis realized that he didn’t have to channel the past; the Hot Snakes’ sound was still alive and well within him. “The Drive Like Jehu reunion we did, it made me realize that, if I were to write new music, the music of Hot Snakes is still current to what I’m attracted to,” Reis said. Never one to slow down too much, the past couple of years have been busy for Reis and the rest of Hot Snakes. They signed to Sub Pop, who recently reissued their previous three full lengths as well as the soon-to-be-released Hot Snakes Jericho Sirens. The album’s singles, the straight-up rocker Mad Planet “Death Camp Fantasy” and the subdued “Six Wave HoldThursday, Down,” offer up separate sides of the Hot Snakes’ musical March 15, equation, but just a small glimpse into the breadth of Jeri8 p.m. cho Sirens. “If that’s the only exposure that the person’s had when they put the record on, they haven’t really heard the stressful tension that starts at the very first note of the first song,” said Reis. “If anything, those first two songs that have been exposed offer the only kind of relief on the record.” The 14-year gap between the band’s last full length, Audit in Progress, and Jericho Sirens doesn’t worry Reis. He sees the new album as a continuation. “It’s fun to evolve in a way that we don’t have to completely shed the skin to enjoy being creative and feel like what we’re doing is important to us” Reis said. Hot Snakes play with Duchess Says and Meat Wave at Mad Planet on Thursday, March 15 at 8 p.m.


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The New Grey Hone an Unusual Melting Pot ::BY EVAN RYTLEWSKI


uis Santana admits that his memory might exaggerate things, but he recalls his band auditioning as many as 30 singers before finding the right one. “We had guys coming in for literally almost four years,” he says. “This was when the BBC was still up, and we were practicing above the BBC, and we had singer after singer come in. I don’t think we knew exactly what we were looking for, but singers would come in and even if they could really sing, it just wasn’t a good fit.” Eventually, guitarist Mike Hartl discovered singer Johnny Franchino performing R&B at an open mic night in Kenosha. He seemed like a stretch, but they brought him in anyway. “I wasn’t sure it was going to work out well, because he was an R&B guy, and we were a rock band, but he came in and he just killed it,” Santana says. “He started singing, and I was like, ‘This guy really knows how to work with our music; he’s making it sound like it has style.’ You know, sometimes when you mix genres it can sound really corny, but after our first few practices the music was already flowing so well that in my mind it was a no brainer that we should set up some studio time.” This winter, The New Grey released their selftitled debut—a five-song EP they recorded with Shane Hochstetler at Howl Street Recordings. Its

funk-rock fusion sounds like little else coming out of the city right now, though ’90s Milwaukee music fans might hear echoes of two of the city’s hip-hop-influenced alternative bands from that era, Little Blue Crunchy Things and Citizen King. There’s also a little bit of the live-on-stage feel of The Roots’ ’90s records. The band’s sound was a hodgepodge even before Franchino joined the group, Santana explains. Santana and bassist Jake Rieboldt came from a background of punk and ’90s rock, while Hartl was more into bluesy rock ’n’ roll. “Mike also was like a huge reggae fan, so you can hear some of the reggae influence in there, too,” Santana says. “But Johnny coming in was like the curveball. He has his R&B thing, which was outside the box for us, but he also has some hip-hop, too, and that’s what makes it fun. I think if his style was strictly R&B, it may not have worked out. He’s able to be soulful when he needs to, and he can be aggressive as well.” Where that sound places The New Grey in the Milwaukee music scene remains to be seen, but Santana says they’ll be fine with wherever the chips fall. “When we came together, I was like, ‘Oh wow, I like the way this sounds,’ but then my thought was, ‘OK, who’s going to embrace us? Will we fall into the indie-rock scene or will there be some hip-hop/R&B acts interested in having us, or are we just going to be kind of this weird offshoot that doesn’t make sense in any genre?’ But I like to think we’re going to fit in somewhere. We got asked to play this college basement show with some grungy Milwaukee bands, and I was surprised about that, but they really wanted us to play the show, so it’s not like it was out of our realm necessarily. We’re just happy about anybody who wants to take us on. If somebody says ‘You want to play?’ we just say yes.” The New Grey will play the Midwest Original Music Festival’s Battle of the Bands Finals on Saturday, March 24, at Linneman’s Riverwest Inn. The event starts at 8 p.m.

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::ALBUMS Perfect Beings Vier

(INSIDEOUT MUSIC) When you call your band Perfect Beings, you’re setting a pretty high bar. After several spins of Vier, though, it’s easy to hear this Los Angeles-based progressive rock band striving to reach that level. The music on this 72-minute CD (or double LP) is intended to be heard as one continuous long-form composition, with four main pieces—two divided into four parts and two split into five parts, for a total of 18 “songs.” Sounding at once ultra-contemporary and reverently classic, Perfect Beings channels Yes, Peter Gabriel and Spock’s Beard in the four-part suite “Guedra,” while sections of “The Golden Arc” play more like free jazz film music. “Vibrational,” meanwhile, sounds like latter-day Opeth and Anathema. In many languages, “vier” means “four,” but the English definition also translates to indicate someone who competes eagerly in order to win. That makes perfect sense. —Michael Popke

Eva Salina and Peter Stan Sudbina

The Roma or Gypsy musicians of Eastern Europe often carried music across boundaries. Brooklyn-based vocalist Eva Salina explores the songs of Serbian-Roma singer Vida Pavlović, a prominent recording artist in the former Yugoslavia, on her new album. Working with accordionist Peter Stan, she interprets Pavlović’s recordings as if holding forth in a Belgrade café sometime in the last century. Sudbina is unvarnished and unprocessed; you can hear the clickclank of Stan’s accordion keys and the powerful intimacy of Salina’s singing. All that’s missing are the clinking slivovitz glasses. Pavlović was a Balkan Édith Piaf, and those able to translate the lyrics will hear a woman’s perspective on anger, sadness and hope. —David Luhrssen

Los Rumberos de la Bahia Mabagwe

Rumba is mostly remembered in the U.S. from flashy pre1960 Cuban dance orchestras, but the music has ancient roots. On Mabagwe, San Francisco-based Los Rumberos de la Bahia perform a mix of older rumba tunes and originals in the vintage style. The ensemble focuses on percussion and call-and-response vocals with subtly different rhythms representing various rumba subgenres—all of it distinctly African in origin. “Mabagwe” means “Remembrance” in Yoruba and paying tribute to heritage is the group’s objective. —Morton Shlabotnik 34 | M A R C H 1 5 , 2 0 1 8


Amelia’s, Jackson Dordel Jazz Quintet (4pm) Angelo’s Piano Lounge, Acoustic Guitar Night Cafe Carpe (Fort Atkinson), Jeffrey Foucault w/Erik Koskinen Caroline’s Jazz Club, Jamie Breiwick Quartet plays Monk County Clare Irish Inn & Pub, Acoustic Irish Folk w/Barry Dodd Jazz Estate, Organ Night w/Dan Schneck Kochanski’s Concertina Beer Hall, Roadhouse Rave-up Mad Planet, Hot Snakes w/Duchess Says & Meat Wave Mason Street Grill, Mark Thierfelder Jazz Trio (5:30pm) Potawatomi Hotel & Casino, In Bar 360: Myles Wangerin Rounding Third Bar and Grill, World’s Funniest Free Comedy Show Route 20 Outhouse (Sturtevant), Route 20 Bluegrass Jam (6pm) The Bay Restaurant, VIVO w/Warren Wiegratz The Packing House Restaurant, Barbara Stephan & Peter Mac (6pm) Transfer Pizzeria Cafe, Martini Jazz Lounge Turner Hall Ballroom, 12th Planet w/LUMBERJVCK & Phiso Up & Under Pub, A No Vacancy Comedy Open Mic


Alley Cat Lounge (Five O’Clock Steakhouse), Pierre Live American Legion Post #449 (Brookfield), Bobby Way and Chick Young Angelo’s Piano Lounge, Julie’s Piano Karaoke Anodyne Coffee (Walker’s Point), The Way Down Wanderers Cactus Club, The Cheetahs w/Sueves, Space Raft, Bad Wig & Platinum Boys DJ Caroline’s Jazz Club, Hornz Jazz Octet Circle-A Cafe, Alive at Eight: Derek Pritzl & The Gamble (8pm); DJ: Daniel James (10pm) Club Garibaldi, Conan Neutron & The Secret Friends w/Guerilla Ghost & Body Futures ComedySportz Milwaukee, ComedySportz Milwaukee! County Clare Irish Inn & Pub, Traditional Irish Ceilidh Session Crawdaddy’s, Billy Flynn Frank’s Power Plant, Steel Bearing Hand w/Cryptual, Ratt Trap & Gravedirt Hops & Leisure (Oconomowoc), Big Wheel Mike Jazz Estate, Chadwick Johnson & Jonathan Karrant (8pm), Late Night Session: Cameron Webb (11:30pm) Lakefront Brewery, Brewhaus Polka Kings (5:30pm) Linneman’s Riverwest Inn, Another One: A Grateful Dead Tribute w/members of Coyote, Reckless & Darlene, Vb’s Jeebies, and guests Los Mariachis Mexican Restaurant, Larry Lynne Band Mamie’s, Pee Wee Hayes Mason Street Grill, Phil Seed Trio (6pm) Mezcalero Restaurant, Do-Wa-Wa MugZ’s Pub and Grill (Muskego), Pre-St. Patty’s Day Bash w/McTavish Orson’s Saloon (Cudahy), Open Mic Cudahy Pabst Theater, They Might Be Giants Pam’s Fine Wines (Mukwonago), Jonny T-Bird Potawatomi Hotel & Casino, In Bar 360: Matt & Karla as Subtle Undertones (9pm), In the Fire Pit: Our House (9pm) Quarters Rock and Roll Palace, Blame it on Cain w/Dr. Chang & Line of Outcasts Riverside Theater, Boosie Badazz w/Webbie & Yung Blu Shank Hall, The Steepwater Band The Bay Restaurant, Dave Miller Duo w/Hal Miller & guests The Packing House Restaurant, Tracy Hannemann Quartet (6:30pm) Turner Hall Ballroom, Eric Johnson & original band members Tommy Taylor & Kyle Brock w/ Arielle Up & Under Pub, Juntegai


7 Mile Fair (Caledonia), Alex Wilson Band American Legion Post #449 (Brookfield), The Ricochettes Angelo’s Piano Lounge, Piano Night Anodyne Coffee (Walker’s Point), Trapper Schoepp Arriba Mexican Restaurant (Butler), Maple Road Blues Band Cactus Club, High Up w/Whispertown & Rose of the West (7pm), Natural Velvet w/Red Lodge & Indonesian Junk (10pm) Cafe Carpe (Fort Atkinson), Lonesome Bill Camplin Caroline’s Jazz Club, The Paul Spencer Band w/James Sodke, John Greenstein, Larry Tresp & Neil Davis Circle-A Cafe, Alive at Eight: Floor Model w/Splinter (8pm); DJ: WarLock (10pm) Club Garibaldi, Resistance ComedySportz Milwaukee, ComedySportz Milwaukee! Company Brewing, Protomartyr w/Hydropark & Dorth Nakota Five O’Clock Steakhouse, Rafael Mendez Fox Den Tavern & Grill (Mequon), The B Side Band Frank’s Power Plant, Jake’s punk rock St. Paddy’s: ZÖR, Size 5’s, Disclocation & Desparations Hilton Milwaukee City Center, Vocals & Keys Hops & Leisure (Oconomowoc), Edith’s End Jazz Estate, Tony Barba Quintet (8pm), Late Night Session: Eric Schoor Trio (11:30pm) Kensington Square, Shorewood Shenanigans (12:30pm) Kick Switch Bar And Grill (Okauchee), Robert Allen Jr. Band Linneman’s Riverwest Inn, Another One: A Grateful Dead Tribute w/members of Coyote, Reckless & Darlene, Vb’s Jeebies, and guests

Mamie’s, The Squeezettes Mason Street Grill, Jonathan Wade Trio (6pm) Matty’s Bar & Grille (New Berlin), Joe Kadlec (1pm) McAuliffe’s On The Square, Celtic Gypsies McAuliffe’s Pub (Racine), St. Patrick’s Day Celebration w/ The Scrubbers & The Saturday Night Preachers Motor Bar & Restaurant, American Blues w/Billy Flynn, Felton Crews & Jimi Schutte (5:30pm) Muskego Moose Lodge 1057, Tomm Lehnigk (6:30pm) Orson’s Saloon (Cudahy), Bag Pipes Pabst Theater, Rachelle Ferrell Potawatomi Hotel & Casino, In Bar 360: Bourbon House (9pm), In the Fire Pit: Road Crew (9pm) Riverside Theater, Eddie B: Teachers Only Comedy Tour Shank Hall, Spiders From Milwaukee w/Foreigner 4 Ever The Bay Restaurant, Mark Meaney The Cheel (Thiensville), St. Patty’s Day w/The Carpetbaggers The Coffee House, Katie Dahl, Emily White, and Hope Dunbar The Dirty Hoe Saloon (Kansasville), Cactii The Packing House Restaurant, Joe Jordan & His Soul Trio (6:30pm) The Suburban Bourbon (Muskego), Larry Lynne Band Trinity Three Irish Pubs, Atlantic Wave (10am), Trinity Irish Dancers (3pm), Another Pint (4pm), Superfly (7pm), DJ Zovo (10pm), In the Intersection Tent: Scrubbers (11am), Big Spoon (3pm), Dan Harvey (7pm) Up & Under Pub, Undercover Orgamism


7 Mile Fair (Caledonia), Alex Wilson Band Angelo’s Piano Lounge, Live Karaoke w/Julie Brandenburg Anodyne Coffee (Walker’s Point), Third Coast Blues Collective’s Fathers and Sons Show w/ Koenig & Koenig, Liban & Liban, Koch & Koch (4pm) Cactus Club, Primitive Man w/Spectral Voice & Northless Cascio Interstate Music, Jazz Unlimited of Greater Milwaukee Annual Scholarship Competition Circle-A Cafe, Alive at Eight: The Riepenhoff Brothers (8pm); DJ: John Riepenhoff & Sara Caron (10pm) Colectivo Coffee (On Prospect), Stephen Kellogg w/Hailey Steele Dugout 54, Dugout 54 Sunday Open Jam Frank’s Power Plant, Two and a Half Stars w/Frances & The Foundation, Atheists & Airplanes, and Chico Hops & Leisure (Oconomowoc), Full Band Open Jam Miramar Theatre, Koo Koo Kanga Roo (all-ages, 2:30pm) Pabst Theater, Michael Schenker Fest w/Conniption Riverside Theater, Miranda Sings Live… Your Welcome Rounding Third Bar and Grill, The Dangerously Strong Comedy Open Mic Scotty’s Bar & Pizza, Larry Lynne Solo (4pm) Turner Hall Ballroom, Todd Snider


Jazz Estate, Latin Jam Session Linneman’s Riverwest Inn, Poet’s Monday w/host Timothy Kloss & featured reader Russ Bickerstaff (sign-up 7:30pm, 8-10:30pm) Mason Street Grill, Joel Burt Duo (5:30pm) Paulie’s Pub and Eatery, Open Jam w/Christopher John Up & Under Pub, Open Mic w/Marshall McGhee and the Wanderers


American Legion of Okauchee #399, Nite Trax C Notes Upscale Sports Lounge, Another Night-Another Mic Open Mic w/host The Original Darryl Hill Cactus Club, Juiceboxxx w/Platinum Boys, Duckling & Max Holiday Frank’s Power Plant, Duck and Cover Comedy Open Mic Jazz Estate, Funk Night with Nick Lang Mason Street Grill, Jamie Breiwick Group (5:30pm) McAuliffe’s Pub (Racine), Parkside Reunion Big Band Shank Hall, Chuck Mead and His Grassy Knoll Boys The Jazz Gallery Center for the Arts, Jazz Jam Session Transfer Pizzeria Cafe, Transfer House Band w/Dennis Fermenich


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EARTHY By James Barrick



Put one digit from 1-9 in each square of this Sudoku so that the following three conditions are met: 1) each row, column, and 3x3 box (as marked off by heavy lines in the grid) contains the digits 1-9 exactly one time; 2) no digit is repeated within any of the areas marked off by dotted lines; and 3) the sums of the numbers in each area marked off by dotted lines total the little number given in each of those areas. Now do what I tell you—solve!!

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ACROSS 1. Defensive structures 6. Musical Count 11.The illusory world, in Hinduism 15.Eschew 19.Open 20.Start of a familiar series 21.Jai — 22.Train, in a way 23.Of this earth 25.Ground gypsum: 2 wds. 27.Before 28.Corium 29.Honored with a bash 31.Styx or Lethe 32.Petite 33.Grooming event 35.Black eye 37.Regrettable things 40.One of the Fates 41.Took 42.Unspoiled places 43.Platform for heavy guns 45.Itinerary: Abbr. 48.Dry 49.One receiving instruction 50.Snow leopard 51.Time 53.Scull 54.Had food and drink 55.Active 56.Corrosive in tone 58.Drooled 60.— and desist 61.Gawks 62.Wunderkind 63.Sicily neighbor 64.Papal seal 65.DC acronym 67.Coffee drink 68.Camelopards 71.Spud 72.Peppers

73.Work crews 74.Queen of Thebes 75.Skill 76.Of a space 77.Homer’s wife 78.Wilma’s husband 79.Animal cry 81.Wabash River city: 2 wds. 83.Kind of splice 84.Coagulates 86.Sousa specialty 87.Raids 88.Cluster of flowers 90.— Vader 91.River in Ireland 92.Attack: 2 wds. 93.Approximate 95.Gutter locale 97.Letter addendum 100. Tabletop habitat 102. Protective, in a way 105. Not fresh 106. James the singer 107. Bay window 108. Lord 109. Letters 110. “Porgy and —” 111. The Fourth Estate 112. — seal DOWN 1. Muffle 2. Nonpareil 3. “God’s Little —” 4. Coal — 5. Taxonomic group 6. Nuts 7. Shelter in a hillside 8. Used shears 9. Girl in Trinidad 10.Group of long fish 11.Dull 12.Toward shelter 13.Standard of comparison

14.Ventilate 15.Dye worker 16.Split 17.Brown pigment 18.Approach 24.Catches some rays 26.Seed appendage 30.Vanish 32.Antler part 34.Charter 36.Whetstone 37.Old silver coins 38.Ego — 39.Clay used in pottery: Hyph. 40.Gave (with “out”) 41.Feel 43.Receiver 44.“— Miller” 46.Dry land: 2 wds. 47.Pa. port 49.Whitewalls 52.Pennysaver offerings 54.Voice opposition 55.Wallops 56.Supporting column 57.Dogie 59.Show-of-hands event 60.Cowpuncher 61.Swell 63.Of the cheek

64.Jag 65.Depot: Abbr. 66.Food type, for short 67.Rude looks 68.Troyal — Brooks 69.“An — of the People” 70.Beverages 72.Past tense: Var. 73.Tactlessness 76.Corpuscle 77.Emporium 78.Out-loud warning 80.Compacts 82.Car type 83.Comfort 85.River in Siberia 87.Kind of saw 88.Pee Wee of baseball 89.“— — Grows in Brooklyn” 90.“Camille” author 91.Wrongs 92.Ticket piece 94.On the — 96.An Olympian 97.Support for a span 98.Attendant 99.Jumper 101. Johnny — 103. Go wrong 104. Estuary

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3/8 Solution

WORD FIND This is a theme puzzle with the subject stated below. Find the listed words in the grid. (They may run in any direction but always in a straight line. Some letters are used more than once.) Ring each word as you find it and when you have completed the puzzle, there will be 26 letters left over. They spell out the alternative theme of the puzzle.

A Trip to Tassie Solution: 26 Letters

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Apples Arthur River Avoca Bay Bed and Boyer Burnie Cold Derby Devil Don Fish Gretna Heat

Heka Hythe Latrobe Linda Luina Magra Merton Miena Moonah Neika New Town Oaks Orford

Penna Richmond Ross Salamanca Snug Sorell Strahan Table Cape Targa Temma Uxbridge Water Wet

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::FREEWILLASTROLOGY ::BY ROB BREZSNY PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): Although her work is among the best Russian literature of the 20th century, poet Marina Tsvetayeva lived in poverty. When fellow poet Rainer Maria Rilke asked her to describe the kingdom of heaven, she said, “Never again to sweep floors.” I can relate. To earn a living in my early adulthood, I washed tens of thousands of dishes in restaurant kitchens. Now that I’m grown up, one of my great joys is to avoid washing dishes. I invite you to think along these lines, Pisces. What seemingly minor improvements in your life are actually huge triumphs that evoke profound satisfaction? Take inventory of small pleasures that are really quite miraculous. ARIES (March 21-April 19): The British science fiction TV show“Dr. Who”has appeared on BBC in 40 of the last 54 years. Over that span, the titular character has been played by 13 different actors. From 2005 until 2010, Aries actor David Tennant was the magic, immortal, time-traveling Dr. Who. His ascendance to the role fulfilled a hopeful prophecy he had made about himself when he was 13 years old. Now is an excellent time for you, too, to predict a glorious, satisfying or successful occurrence in your own future. Think big and beautiful! TAURUS (April 20-May 20): New York City is the most densely populated city in North America. Its land is among the most expensive on earth; one estimate says the average price per acre is $16 million. Yet there are two uninhabited islands less than a mile off shore in the East River: North Brother Island and South Brother Island. Their combined 26 acres are theoretically worth $416 million. But no one goes there or enjoys it; it’s not even public parkland. I bring this to your attention, Taurus, because I suspect it’s an apt metaphor for a certain situation in your life: a potentially rich resource or influence that you’re not using. Now is a good time to update your relationship with it. GEMINI (May 21-June 20): The iconic 1942 movie Casablanca won three Academy Awards and has often appeared on critics’ lists of the greatest films ever made. That’s amazing considering the fact that the production was so hectic. When shooting started, the script was incomplete. The writing team frequently presented the finished version of each new scene on the day it was to be filmed. Neither the director nor the actors knew how the plot would resolve until the end of the process. I bring this to your attention, Gemini, because it reminds me of a project you have been working on. I suggest you start improvising less and planning more. How do you want this phase of your life to climax? CANCER (June 21-July 22): If all goes well in the coming weeks, you will hone your wisdom about how and when and why to give your abundant gifts to deserving recipients— as well as how and when and why to not give your abundant gifts to deserving recipients. If my hopes come to pass, you will refine your ability to share your tender depths with worthy allies—and you will refine your understanding of when to not share your tender depths with worthy allies. Finally, Cancerian, if you are as smart as I think you are, you will have a sixth sense about how to receive as many blessings as you disseminate. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): How adept are you at playing along the boundaries between the dark and the light, between confounding dreams and liberated joy, between “Is it real?” and “Do I need it?” You now have an excellent opportunity to find out more about your capacity to thrive on delightful complexity. But I should warn you. The temptation to prematurely simplify things might be hard to resist. There may be cautious pressure coming from a timid voice in your head that’s not fierce enough to want you to grow into your best and biggest self. But here’s what I predict: You will bravely explore the possibilities for self-transformation that are available outside the predictable niches. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Cultivating a robust sense of humor makes you more attractive to people you want to be attractive to. An inclination to be fun loving is another endearing quality that’s worthy of being part of your intimate repertoire. There’s a third virtue related to


these two: playfulness. Many humans of all genders are drawn to those who display joking, lighthearted behavior. I hope you will make maximum use of these qualities during the coming weeks, Virgo. You have a cosmic mandate to be as alluring and inviting as you dare. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): I suggest you gaze at exquisitely wrought Japanese woodcuts... and listen to jazz trumpeter Miles Davis collaborating with saxophonist John Coltrane…and inhale the aroma of the earth as you stroll through groves of very old trees. Catch my drift, Libra? Surround yourself with soulful beauty—or else! Or else what? Or else I’ll be sad. Or else you might be susceptible to buying into the demoralizing thoughts that people around you are propagating. Or else you may become blind to the subtle miracles that are unfolding, and fail to love them well enough to coax them into their fullest ripening. Now get out there and hunt for soulful beauty that awakens your deepest reverence for life. Feeling awe is a necessity for you right now, not a luxury. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): In the Sikh religion, devotees are urged to attack weakness and sin with five “spiritual weapons”: contentment, charity, kindness, positive energy and humility. Even if you’re not a Sikh, I think you’ll be wise to employ this strategy in the next two weeks. Why? Because your instinctual nature will be overflowing with martial force, and you’ll have to work hard to channel it constructively rather than destructively. The best way to do that is to be a vehement perpetrator of benevolence and healing. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): In 1970, a biologist was hiking through a Brazilian forest when a small monkey landed on his head, having jumped from a tree branch. Adelmar Coimbra-Filho was ecstatic. He realized that his visitor was a member of the species known as the goldenrumped lion tamarin, which had been regarded as extinct for 65 years. His lucky accident led to a renewed search for the elusive creatures, and soon more were discovered. I foresee a metaphorically comparable experience coming your way, Sagittarius. A resource or influence or marvel you assumed was gone will reappear. How will you respond? With alacrity, I hope! CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): The Velcro fastener is a handy invention that came into the world thanks to a Swiss engineer named George de Mestral. While wandering around the Alps with his dog, he got curious about the bristly seeds of the burdock plants that adhered to his pants and his dog. After examining them under a microscope, he got the idea to create a clothing fastener that imitated their sticking mechanism. In accordance with the astrological omens, Capricorn, I invite you to be alert for comparable breakthroughs. Be receptive to help that comes in unexpected ways. Study your environment for potentially useful clues and tips. Turn the whole world into your classroom and laboratory. It’s impossible to predict where and when you may receive a solution to a long-running dilemma! AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): On May 29, 1953, Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay climbed to the top of Mount Everest. They were celebrated as intrepid heroes. But they couldn’t have done it without massive support. Their expedition was powered by 20 Sherpa guides, 13 other mountaineers, and 362 porters who lugged 10,000 pounds of baggage. I bring this to your attention, Aquarius, in the hope that it will inspire you. The coming weeks will be an excellent time to gather more of the human resources and raw materials you will need for your rousing expedition later this year. Homework: Describe what you’d be like if you were the opposite of yourself. Write Go to to check out Rob Brezsny’s Expanded Weekly Audio Horoscopes and Daily Text Message Horoscopes. The audio horoscopes are also available by phone at 1-877-873-4888 or 1-900-950-7700.


Bachman Uber Overdrive


enny Bachman, 21, had a rude awakening on Friday, Feb. 23, following a night of partying with high school friends in Morgantown, W.Va. The Charlotte Observer reported that Bachman and a friend he planned on staying with stopped at a convenience store during the evening. The friend told Bachman to wait outside as he went into the store, but Bachman was gone when the friend emerged. Bachman, instead of waiting for his friend to return from the store, summoned an Uber driver to take him home—to Gloucester County, N.J. Bachman was passed out for most of the nearly 300mile trip, which racked up a $1,636 Uber fare. He later challenged the charge but ended up paying the full amount.

The Thing That Wouldn’t Leave

A co-ed dormitory at Hunter College in New York City has become the site of a dispute between the college and 32-year-old Lisa S. Palmer, who won’t vacate her dorm room despite having discontinued her classes two years ago. Palmer, who works for an architecture firm, has “racked up a staggering $94,000 in unpaid residence hall charges,” a lawsuit filed in Manhattan Supreme Court noted. The New York Post reported on Feb. 28 that in June 2016 and fall 2017, she received eviction notices, but she won’t budge. Palmer admitted that dorm life is “really lonely. I feel very isolated.” Palmer was moved into a wing of the dorm that’s occupied only by a middleaged nurse—whom the college is also trying to evict. In fact, Hunter is working on removing nine nurses, who were given rooms in the building when it was owned by Bellevue Hospital.

Weird Political Donation

Ana Lisa Garza, a Starr County district judge in south Texas, is running for a state House seat in District 31. Garza has received almost $90,000 in contributions to her campaign, but more than $50,000 of that has been in a most unusual currency: deer semen. Deer breeder Fred Gonzalez, treasurer of the Texas Deer Association, said breeders often donate semen instead of money. “Semen is a very common way for us to donate. One collection on a buck could lead to 60 straws [sample containers] sometimes. If you have a desirable animal, it’s a way to bring value without breaking the bank.” A campaign finance report valued each “straw” donated at $1,000. Gonzalez told the Dallas Morning News that the semen donated for Judge Garza’s campaign

went into a tank sold in one lot, the proceeds of which will go to the campaign.

Blame Canada!

Miami resident Luce Rameau didn’t know what hit her on Wednesday, Feb. 28, as she lay in bed, talking on the phone. She thought a bomb had gone off as wood and debris fell on her bed. “I kept screaming, ‘What happened? What happened?’” Rameau told the Miami Herald. It wasn’t a bomb; it was an 80-pound inflatable raft that crashed through her roof after becoming untethered from a Royal Canadian Air Force search-and-rescue helicopter, which had been conducting an offshore training exercise nearby. David Lavallee, a spokesman for the RCAF, said the accident is being investigated and the air force intends to help “the resident with accommodations and other support.” Rameau suffered only minor injuries.

Now That Takes Balls

Leahman G.R. Potter, 48, neglected to conceal the evidence after he stole a pot of meatballs from a neighbor’s garage in Hazle Township, Pa. The meatball owner returned home Monday, Feb. 26, only to find Potter outside his garage, covered in tomato sauce, and his meatball pot missing, according to United Press International. When Pennsylvania State Police arrived shortly afterward, they found the pot in the street and Potter at his home, where he was charged with burglary, trespassing and theft.

Getaway Gone Weird

KTAR News in Phoenix reported that Peoria Police Department officers were called to a gas station Friday, Feb. 23, in response to a shoplifting. When they arrived, suspects Marwan Al Ebadi, 28, and Salma Hourieh, 29, set off on foot before hopping over a fence—directly into the secured parking lot of the Peoria Police Department, where both were quickly arrested and charged with shoplifting. “You should never run from the police,” said police spokesman Brandon Sheffert, “and if you do, do not run into a secure parking lot of a police station.”

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Linda Fein and her husband thought they had found their dream home in Paradise Valley, near Phoenix. They offered $1.8 million for the house and 1.3-acre lot, but then found out the house belonged to Kevin and Sandra Otterson and was the setting for their pornography website, “Wifey’s World,” founded 20 years ago. “I just can’t make Thanksgiving dinner on counters where a porn star has been…lounging around,” Fein told the Arizona Republic. In late February, the couple rescinded their offer on the four-bedroom home. “I certainly believe there are people out there who wouldn’t care about the house being used for those purposes,” Fein explained. “I’m just not one of them.” © 2018 ANDREWS MCMEEL SYNDICATION M A R C H 1 5 , 2 0 1 8 | 37


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