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Yes, there are several easy ways to make wiser spending decisions. One easy way to impact your spending is to remind yourself that money is time. Yes, you read that right. Start thinking in terms of how many hours you need to work in order to pay for the item you want to buy. If you are paid a salary, instead of hourly, here is an easy ways to calculate your hourly pay (based on 40 hours a week for 52 weeks): • Take your annual salary and divide it by 2,080. For Example: • $50,000 annual salary divided by 2,080 = about $24 an hour • $30,000 annual salary divided by 2,080 = about $14.50 an hour And, remember, your spending money is “after tax,” so while you might make $15, $20, $30, or even $50 an hour, your spending money after tax will be less than that.
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keep your focus on real costs, so you can make wiser spending choices and feel better when you do (or don’t) make a purchase. Finally, use time to your advantage. Many people have had success by making a pact with themselves: “If it is not something I need, I will not buy it for at least 24 or 48 hours.” Often, the urge to buy goes away with a little time and distance. All of these approaches can help you make wiser spending choices. Whether you are a member of Summit Credit Union or not, you can find many more ideas in the Money Smarts section of our website at SummitCreditUnion.com.
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‘A Busy Bee’ of Literacy
Milwaukee Arts Groups Fill the Gap in Arts Education ::BY JOHN SCHNEIDER
he arts are a powerful, positive and universal force!” the children at the Holton Youth and Family Center chanted along with the cast of The Corps of Four and Ballerina Karina in “Space Case!”—the newest episode in Milwaukee Ballet’s ongoing superheroes series for kids created by Alyson Chavez, the company’s director of community engagement. The after-school performance was organized by Above the Clouds, an organization that provides free arts education to inner-city children. Milwaukee Ballet’s international preprofessional company gives many such performances annually in schools and community centers in neighborhoods across the city. In this accomplished, funny one-act ballet with spoken text, superheroes Ballerina Karina, Kickstar, Major Jump, Power Lift and The Pirouette Threat find themselves on Pluto in need of spaceship repairs. Pluto’s ruler, depressed by his world’s demotion from full planet status, has banned dancing. The superheroes use their dance skills, honed through devoted commitment to study and practice, not to bash or intimidate but to inspire positivity and love of learning; and, of course, to delight. Our heroes inspire the ruler to forsake his isolation and bring dance back, and the heartened Plutonians share their knowledge of science, technology, engineering and math to repair the stalled spaceship. In the current educational lingo, adding art turns STEM into STEAM. This program of original works, one of several Milwaukee Ballet in-school programs, is called Ballet in a Box because, as Chavez explains, “We bring the ballet to you. But we didn’t want to bring one act of Swan Lake or something. We have this unique opportunity to reach the youngest audiences who have not perhaps ever seen ballet and also might have some pretty strong stereotypes about it. We try to make it fun and relevant and athletic. We try to highlight the fact that boys do ballet as well. We incorporate some history and technical information. So the kids walk away saying ‘Oh, that was fun’ and ‘Boys are cool dancers’ and ‘Now I know who Louis XIV was.’ That’s a good day for us. “Those of us who work in the arts believe that the arts are as necessary to our lives as food, as air, as water,” she continues. “The arts are being cut from schools in every neighborhood, and it’s our duty as a city organization to provide those opportunities. You cannot expect to have kids going through their entire elementary and high school years without access to the arts and think that they’re going to be the kind of citizens we want in this world. You need the arts to be a well-rounded human being, to be able to see the world. Right now, we need the arts to remind us that there is positivity and beauty and human connection and love and positive ways to express your emotions and to channel your sadness, your anger, your confusion.”
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SHARP Literacy is a well-respected Milwaukee service organization that builds reading comprehension, writing and research skills among a diverse urban student population, many in underperforming schools, through interactive art projects such as the creation of public murals and the professional publication of books written and illustrated by the children. The Florentine Opera has partnered with SHARP Literacy to turn one of those books, A Busy Bee, into an original one-act opera to be performed this season by the Florentine Opera’s professional artists for roughly 16,000 K-5 children in 70 schools and community centers. A Busy Bee is made in Milwaukee by Milwaukeeans for Milwaukee children. Florentine staff accompanist Ruben Piirainen is the composer and librettist. According to Florentine Education Director John Stumpff, Piirainen drew musical inspiration from George Gershwin, Aaron Copland, and W.S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan, along with “a kind of bee rap for getting the kids engaged and realizing, OK, this isn’t as stuffy as we thought.” The bees are costumed according to the SHARP children’s drawings and have familiar multicultural names, as they do in the book. At SHARP’s insistence, the opera includes bee science lessons. “First the Queen introduces the hive,” Stumpff says, “and then we meet Bella, who doesn’t know what she’s supposed to do in life. Her friends say, well, why don’t you try this? She doesn’t do so well, but they’re like, OK, get back up and try this. If you keep trying, you’ll find your place and what you’re good at.” For most of the past decade, the Florentine toured schools with the American composer John Davies’ children’s operas based on fairy tales, building their education programs and network. Piirainen toured as accompanist and learned what works for kids musically. Stumpff, an opera singer, visits each site with company manager Lizzy Cichowski three or four times before each performance day to chat with the children about music and opera and what they’re going to see. They teach the fourth or fifth graders a chorus to sing in the opera. The younger kids then look forward to the year they’ll get to sing. Each performance ends with a free-flowing Q&A for artists and kids. For high schools, the Florentine gives residencies, master classes and small concerts. “But the biggest thing we do for high school students,” Stumpff says, “is called Get Opera. Schools bring classes to two mainstage shows per year on a pay-what-you-canbasis, like $5 a ticket.” Often the kids get a backstage tour and talk with the production manager, designers and even, if the show is new, with the composer. The Florentine offers a teachers’ resource guide to help with in-class discussions before and after the visit to the Marcus Center. Suggested classroom activities are outlined. “We break it down by core
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curriculum that music can help with,” Stumpff says. “There are activities pertaining to science and math and to language skills, especially now with SHARP Literacy being our partner. We show how music is important in making you a better student overall.”
Theater of Learning
At the Milwaukee Repertory Theater, education and community engagement programming are tied to the work on its stages. This means that these departments are intimately involved in season planning. It also means that, as the Rep’s Education Director Jenny Toutant says, “We don’t dust any curriculum off and reuse it year after year; we create it each year based on one or two shows from that season.” The Rep’s Reading Residency Program, entering its seventh year, serves middle school students and has three goals: reading comprehension, social and emotional learning and theater appreciation. The children start by reading the play. They discuss it with the Rep’s teaching artists guided by the model for social and emotional learning championed by MPS, Milwaukee Succeeds and other community groups devoted to improving educational outcomes for every child in every school by employing the arts to foster self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills and responsible decisionmaking. Next, the children attend a Rep Immersion Day—a full day at the theater where they learn how the piece of literature they’ve studied is brought to life. They see demonstrations by the production team, have lunch and conversations with the full staff and attend a matinee performance and talk-back with the actors. A week later, one of the actors visits the classroom for a Q&A followup. This season, 40 classrooms will participate. The goal is to make the program district-wide in five years. In addition, the Rep runs a multidisciplinary afterschool program for high school students. “It connects the themes of the work onstage to the students’ lives and the lives of their specific neighborhood,” Toutant says. “They learn about the production and see the show. We help identify visual artists and spoken word artists so the students study either photography or collage art, spoken word poetry and theatre and playwriting. Then they create their own work, connecting the themes of our production to their community, and they perform it for each other in our Stackner Cabaret. We also do that program focused on storytelling; for example, with Grounded last season, the students interviewed veterans and retold their stories in spoken word or theatre monologues and invited the vets to the performance.” More than 20,000 students from 240-plus schools attend the student matinées. The Rep employs two high school students part-time as youth leaders. They assist the teaching artists in the classroom and meet once a week at the theater to study leadership and planning skills; they lead a teen council that advises on teen programming; and they work in the Rep’s cutting-edge community engagement projects, which have become a national model. “We’re also partnering with First Stage to develop teacher training programs,” Toutant adds. “Dr. [Darienne] Driver [superintendent of MPS] is really dedicated to putting arts education back into the curriculum, but because they cut the arts so many years ago, there are no certified arts teachers left. It’s a crisis in Milwaukee.
From Playwriting to Acting and Tap Dancing Theater education for children is First Stage’s raison d’être. Its programs combine play attendance with pre- and post-show classroom workshops that expand the experience. The Classroom Literacy Plus Program workshops include reading fiction and non-fiction books related to the play’s themes. The Classroom Partnership Program workshops explore standard curriculum through roleplay, improvisation, movement and pantomime. The Character Education Program advances skills in critical thinking, problem solving, leadership and collaboration. This summer, MPS and First Stage co-produced the first, full-scale, citywide production of a musical. Danceworks’ Mad Hot Ballroom and Tap Program has brought 550,000 hours of dance instruction to 25,000 fourth through sixth graders in primarily urban schools over the past 11 years, integrating these dance forms into the regular curriculum. The Danceworks Generations Program builds relationships between students and older adults in assisted living and adult day programs through dance and visual art instruction. The company also partners with schools and community organizations in customized residencies with diverse goals. Next Actors, a summer theater for teens, is Next Act Theatre’s main education program. A multicultural group of area teens works with professional artists to create a musical play from their experiences and concerns and gives free performances to community centers and youth organizations. Next Act also presents one deeply discounted student matinée of each of its main stage productions. Preor post-show classroom visits with performers are possible. A major student project, Across the Viaduct, about the history of Milwaukee race relations, is planned for April 2018. Milwaukee Chamber Theatre teaches playwriting through its Young Playwrights Festival, a threeyear cycle that includes high school playwriting residencies; a competition in which finalists are chosen by area theater professionals; and six cash award winners, staged readings and full productions for the top three playwrights. In partnership with PEARLS for Teen Girls, Renaissance Theaterworks is starting a critical writing program this season for teenage women to foster a new and more diverse group of local theater critics. Students will attend performances, discuss themes and production strategies with directors and write short reviews for website publication. Mentors include educators, poets, journalists and theater critics, including the Shepherd Express’ Selena Milewski. Skylight Music Theatre reaches more than 13,000 elementary, middle and high school students in 100-plus schools annually with eight programs that focus on creative thinking, musical storytelling, music analysis, theater appreciation, musical theater writing and performance in standard musical theater repertoire. In Tandem Theatre Company offers student matinée performances and talk-backs for school groups and is working toward a student summer theater program. In addition to those mentioned above, many other community organizations and arts groups are dedicated to providing arts education to school children in the Greater Milwaukee area, among them Cre8te MKE, Arts at Large, Waukesha Civic Theatre, Artists Working in Education and the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music. The Conservatory’s Instrument Drive, to be held Sept. 22-24, encourages Milwaukeeans to donate used musical instruments and equipment. Following the drive, donated instruments will be cleaned and repaired and put into the hands of under-served youth who cannot afford them throughout Southeastern Wisconsin. Comment at shepherdexpress.com. n
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rban beekeeping has become popular in Milwaukee, mirroring trends in large cities around the world such as New York, Boston, San Francisco, Detroit, Toronto, London and Paris. The interest in Milwaukee has been “like a giant wave building,” says Linda Reynolds of the Apiculture Program at the Milwaukee County University of Wisconsin-Extension. The UWExtension started offering beekeeping classes in 2008, and “interest has done nothing but grow,” she says. The City of Milwaukee legalized beekeeping in 2011 and has issued around 40 permits thus far. Urban groups such as BeeVangelists, Victory Garden Initiative and Urban Ecology Center all manage hives, as do individuals. Pollinators contribute more than $24 billion to the U.S. economy, with honeybees contributing $15 billion of that, according to a 2014 White House estimate. Since 1947, the number of managed bee populations has declined from 6 million to just less than 3 million; likewise, wild bee populations have also declined. These declines have occurred because of habitat fragmentation, insecticide and herbicide use and disease. According to a recent NPR report, bee shortages have even prompted large-scale hive heists in California. In 2015, Home Gr/own, a program run by the City of Milwaukee’s Environmental Collaboration Project, partnered with a number of community groups, including Growing Power, Walnut Way and the Greater Milwaukee Foundation, to create six pocket parks and 14 orchard parks across the city. The groups planted more than 250 fruit trees and thousands of perennials, including many native plants, with the intention of creating food forests, as well as managing storm water and attracting pollinators. Since then, “bees and butterﬂies have come back en masse,” says Tim McCollow, Home Gr/own program manager. “There was one day last summer when I was walking toward Gillespie Park, at 14th and Clark streets, and I heard Gillespie Park before I saw it because the bees and butterﬂies have completely migrated to that site. The same thing is happening in the other parks and orchards.”
Redeeming the Environment At Redeemer Lutheran Church, 631 N. 19th Street, bees became an integral part of the church in 2015 when it won a grant from Marquette University for social innovation. Bee
the Change, a partnership among Redeemer Lutheran Church, the Zeidler Center for Public Discussion, Marquette University and BeeVangelists, is a program that introduces Redeemer’s homeless lunch guests to the world of bees and beekeeping. The lunch guests get to meet the bees in the rooftop apiary at the church and have opportunities for training as beekeepers and community bee advocates and educators. “I’m all about how does this affect community,” says Charles Koenen, Bee the Change program director and executive director of BeeVangelists. “So, when I am down here with a stigmatized population of homeless people who get frowned upon by the neighborhood, I look at the bees on the roof, and say they’re a stigmatized population that gets frowned upon by the neighborhood, too. I say, can’t we get the two of them together and learn about things?” Koenen further observes: “Some of the guests don’t have a lot going for them. They just live on a time clock that says, ‘I’ve got to be at the mission at 6; I’ve got to be at St. Ben’s at 5; and I’ve got to be here for lunch at 12, and that’s it.’ But they are really good people who had just one thing go wrong with them in their life. So, I just don’t even talk about that, and I say come on up and see the bees.” He has developed several disciples from the lunch program. They care for and learn about the bees and beekeeping and sometimes go out into the larger community as bee advocates and educators. “When they start to talk to people, they are immediately given respect that they don’t get when they’re just somebody on the street,” Koenen says. “With that respect is this responsibility; they feel their wind horse has lifted. That’s kind of a neat thing.” Libby Maddox, a summer intern at Bee the Change and a Marquette nursing student, introduces the lunch guests to the bees and teaches them about the hive. “It’s a great place for people to get over their fear of bees, learn more about them and just be people and have a conversation,” Maddox says. Bee the Change also provides spiritual beneﬁts for the Redeemer Lutheran Church congregation. “The congregational gift of this program is that it has become another way to talk about discipleship,” says Pastor Lisa Bates-Froiland. “With the hive, the bees are going out, pollinating, helping, spreading good things, bringing some things back into the hive. It’s going out and returning, going out and returning. That’s true of discipleship, as well.” But not all beneﬁts are spiritual, however. Bates-Froiland says the bee products that
Redeemer sells on its website bring in about $10,000 annually—revenues that are used to help pay for the Noon Run lunch program. On weekdays, about 50 to 60 people eat lunch at the church; as many as 170 people attend the Sunday meal.
Strategies to Save the Bees Linda Reynolds is glad to see the revived interest in beekeeping and the growth in attendance in her classes at the UW-Extension. She cautions, however, that successful beekeeping requires a bit of knowledge: “There are a lot of hard lessons to be learned in beekeeping, and I think I learned most of my lessons the hard way. I feel good about spreading what I know, so people can avoid that.” She also says some attendees at beekeeping classes actually want to be beekeepers, while others want to learn about bees and how to help them survive. Populations of domesticated bees have faced problems brought on by reduced habitats for foraging in both urban and rural areas, heavy pesticide use and disease. Wild bee populations also are in decline. For example, the rusty patched bumblebee, native to Wisconsin, was placed upon the endangered species list last March. If people want to provide a rich habitat for bees, Reynolds says, they can make good choices about the trees and plants they raise. She says some of the earliest blooming trees are willows and silver maples, which are pollinator magnets. Lindens also are very attractive to pollinators, as are dandelions. Flowering herbs provide good foraging for bees if people do not want to grow ﬂowers. She cautions against the use of pesticides and herbicides and the use of seeds with built-in herbicides and pesticides. She advises consumers to ask questions about the plants they buy from greenhouses and to be aware that some of the commercially produced ﬂowers have a systemic neonicotinoid in them—an insecticide that can poison the larvae of pollinators. She says certain plants have been hybridized so much that they no longer have nectaries to produce nectar. “Milkweed disappeared because of all the spraying,” she says. “Roundup ready corn is wiping out milkweed. The bees love the milkweed ﬂower. It’s a high-nectar, honey-producing ﬂower. And, of course, the monarch butterﬂy needs the whole milkweed plant.” Nick DeMarsh, food system developer at Groundwork Milwaukee, says that Groundwork takes a holistic approach and installs rain gardens at their community gardens around the city—in part because they provide habitat for pollinators, which are so important for growing vegetables. “This is really a process of recreating the natural ecosystem,” DeMarsh says. “In short, we recognize that healthy gardens are about much more than installing boxes. It’s about the entire ecosystem; protecting the water and encouraging pollinator habitat are important components of growing healthy vegetables.” Comment at shepherdexpress.com. SHEPHERD EXPRESS
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Stand Up to Anti-Muslim Hate @ 315 E. Wisconsin Ave., 8-10 a.m.
ACT for America, a group that has been described as anti-Muslim, is holding a rally on the steps of the federal courthouse called “America First.” The Industrial Workers of the World will hold a counter-protest at the same time. (ACT for America has cancelled their event, but the counter protesters still plan to show up at the courthouse.)
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 come together to organize 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.
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Gordon-Reed has re-framed our understanding of the relationship between Thomas Jefferson and the enslaved Sally Hemings. She will offer her insight and thoughts on this important American family.
Refuel the Resistance @ Bounce Milwaukee (2801 S. Fifth Court), 5-8 p.m.
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The ‘Terrible Man Theory’ of David Clarke ::BY JOEL MCNALLY
he “Great Man Theory of History” has long been disputed. In order for a single person to be celebrated for changing history, skeptics note, that individual, no matter how gifted, needs support from enormous numbers of unsung activists in the same time and place. On the other hand, the “Terrible Man Theory of History” (which I just made up) is alive and well. Obvious examples are the current president of the United States and David Clarke, the suddenly departed sheriff of Milwaukee County. The gist of the “Terrible Man Theory” is that, although it’s very difficult for a single individual to spread positive change on his own, it is far too easy for the wrong person in a powerful position to do enormous damage to the lives of others.
That’s why no matter what Clarke does next, the most important fact about his resignation is that he’ll no longer have legal authority to abuse and endanger the already troubled lives of individuals incarcerated in the Milwaukee County Jail. Even though most of those jailed were awaiting trial without any final determination of guilt or innocence, Clarke treated all of them as subhuman, creating a culture of contempt, permitting his jailers to inflict inhumane, torturous punishment, sometimes fatally. When Gov. Scott McCallum appointed Clarke sheriff in 2002, the young African American was a blank slate. Despite his Republican appointment, Clarke immediately announced he would run as a Democrat. Not because he was one, mind you: Clarke refused to join the party and attacked Democrats relentlessly—especially African American Democrats. That made Clarke the sweetheart of right-wing radio and suburban Republicans. Running as a fake Democrat was a political dirty trick. Clarke could win the Democratic nomination in the low-turnout primary by attracting white Republican votes and conservative black votes. Then, he only had to defeat a weaker Republican in the much higher turnout general election. I can’t prove Clarke hasn’t always been the vicious, right-wing extremist everyone sees today, but when I first met him shortly before his appointment, he came off as a decent guy. I was one of those hopeful about his politi-
cal future. But very quickly you could almost see him changing before your eyes. I’ve always thought the change was driven by two ugly, destructive forces that became entwined in modern America: Republican politics and right-wing talk radio. Being on right-wing radio helped Clarke politically. But it also pushed him to become more and more outrageous. If you want to attract attention, claim Black Lives Matter is secretly in league with ISIS to destroy America. If your primary audience is white racists, pander to racial prejudice and say African Americans sell drugs not because so many are shut out of the legitimate economy, but “because they’re uneducated, they’re lazy, and they’re morally bankrupt.” There’s always been a lucrative speaking circuit before white supremacists and other rightwing extremists for “good blacks” willing to feed racial hatred. Soon, Clarke was more than doubling his public salary and basking in the adulation of some very twisted white folks. But it was Clarke’s public job that took the most toxic turn as he sought national recognition as racist Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s natural successor. It starts with feeding inmates a repulsive, inedible mixture of food scraps as punishment for misbehavior. In any American jail, misbehavior is often a direct consequence of the large number of mentally ill inmates warehoused there. Once you begin punishing mental illness rather than treating it and feeding the mentally ill dog food, it’s a short leap to
withholding drinking water entirely. That will teach them to stop acting so crazy. Terrill Thomas’ dehydration death last year after his cell’s water was shut off wasn’t the first. In 2011, Antonio Cowser, another mentally ill inmate who’d been jailed for a traffic violation, died in Clarke’s jail under nearly identical circumstances. Cruel male indifference toward women in Clarke’s jail required women giving birth while incarcerated to do so in shackles. Did his staff really fear women would try to escape in the midst of childbirth? Perhaps that cruelty was preferable to the death of a newborn after a woman gave birth last year—alone in her cell and ignored by jailers as she screamed for help. Or the woman awarded $6.7 million by a jury in January who testified she’d been repeatedly raped by jail guards. At this writing, Clarke hasn’t revealed what he plans to do next. I’m betting on right-wing media; he’s always been better at stirring public controversy with outrageous attacks than anything else. Media blowhards feeding racial hatred can still be destructive, but they mostly exist within an ugly, little closed circle talking to people like themselves. Nobody dies. Nobody gets tortured, abused or repeatedly raped. Here’s hoping this is the last column anyone ever writes about Clarke inflicting damage on the lives of others. Comment at shepherdexpress.com . n
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cott Walker has had the advantage of being Wisconsin’s governor during the third-longest economic expansion in U.S. history. While Wisconsin’s economy has lagged behind the national average during his time as governor, there still has been state revenue growth in each state budget. Despite these increases, Gov. Walker has slashed funding for the UW System and K-12 education. If Wisconsin has had more revenue, why hasn’t that resulted in increased investment in educational opportunity? The answer: It was a
bigger priority for Gov. Walker to direct state resources to tax cuts for the wealthy. Wisconsin’s budgets continue to be hobbled by the governor’s so-called “Manufacturing and Agriculture Tax Credit” included in the 2011 budget. At that time, the credit was forecast to cost $128 million each year when fully phased in by 2016-’17. However, state estimates show that the credit cost has more than doubled and is expected to balloon to $334 million a year by 2018-’19. In addition to cuts made to public schools and higher education, 148 school districts have voted to raise their own property taxes by nearly $630
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s statements about a teamâ€™s contending status go, the Milwaukee Brewersâ€™ 6-3 run against the Dodgers, Cardinals and Nationals is a pretty good one. For months now the National League Wild Card has been all but decided, but the Brewersâ€™ recent performance combined with a cold stretch for the Rockies has combined to leave Milwaukee on the verge of changing that for the first time since midJune. In addition to pushing the Brewers within half a game of the postseason, Sundayâ€™s win over the Nationals also clinched a 4-3 season series victory over the team poised to win the National League East again in 2017. With the exception of the Chicago Cubs, the Brewers have now finished off their season schedule against all of the National Leagueâ€™s likely postseason contenders. Hereâ€™s a look at how they fared:
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The Brewers lost two of three in Washington at the end of July as part of a 3-10 skid, but bounced back by winning three of four at Miller Park over the weekend to clinch a season series victory for the second consecutive year. The Nats got to see Jimmy Nelson and Zach Davies twice each, and the pair combined to post a 1.26 ERA over 28 2/3 innings. Fifteen of the 31 runs Brewers pitchers allowed Washington this season came against Michael Blazek and Wily Peralta, who would be at best unlikely to make an appearance if these teams meet in the postseason.
Dodgers: 3-3 As of last week the Brewers were one of just two National League teams with a record .500 or better against the dominant Dodgers this season, although the Diamondbacks have since joined them at 8-8. The Dodgersâ€™ 22-series unbeaten streak started in Milwaukee on June 2-4 and continued until the Brewers ended it on Aug. 27. Domingo Santana homered in three of the six games against Los Angeles this season, twice in Milwaukee and once more in Los Angeles. Jimmy Nelson and Zach Davies were also spectacular against
this opponent, allowing just two combined earned runs in four startsâ€”for a 0.65 ERA.
Rockies: 3-4 If the Brewers fail to catch the Rockies for the NLâ€™s final Wild Card spot, theyâ€™ll only have the early version of themselves to blame: They lost three of four games to Colorado in the season-opening series in April. In that series, however, Rockies batters faced five Brewers pitchers that are no longer on Milwaukeeâ€™s roster (Tommy Milone, Jhan Marinez, Wily Peralta, Taylor Jungmann and Neftali Feliz). The Brewers beat the Rockies two out of three times in Denver in August with a roster that more closely reflects their current talent. All told, Chase Anderson is the only Brewers pitcher to make two starts against Colorado this season, and they were both good, as he has a 1.64 ERA in 11 innings against them. Jesus Aguilar has taken Rockies pitchers deep three times in just 12 at bats.
Diamondbacks: 3-4 The Brewers were done with Arizona early in 2017, hosting them for four games from May 25-28 and visiting the desert for three days from June 9-11. Milwaukee split the home set before losing two of three on the road. Chase Anderson started two of those games and allowed just one run over 13 innings while recording 19 strikeoutsâ€”his greatest number of the season against any opponent. On the offensive side, Orlando Arcia has 10 hits in 21 at bats against Arizona pitching to lead all Brewers by a wide margin. By getting Milwaukee early in the season, Arizona almost completely missed Ryan Braun (he has had just one plate appearance in a single game against them in 2017). If the Brewers are going to reach the postseason this year, theyâ€™ll have some work to do against their own division, as NL Central opponents make up 22 of their final 25 games. If they reach that point, however, their performance against likely playoff teams would indicate they should be able to hold their own against anyone. SHEPHERD EXPRESS
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Educating the Whole Child at Milwaukee High School of the Arts
::BY SELENA MILEWSKI
ilwaukee High School of the Arts (MHSA), founded in 1984 and part of Milwaukee Public Schools (MPS), places a unique emphasis on integrating arts with academia. The mission is to foster the growth of the whole child and significantly increase preparedness for higher education and other life experiences following graduation. The school ranks in the 90th percentile for graduation rates in the district and achieves the remarkable feat of ensuring that students gain the state-mandated academic credits to graduate, while simultaneously providing at least two class hours of arts education every day in students’ selected “majors” of visual arts, music, creative writing, dance or theatre. [Full disclosure: I graduated from MHSA in 2008 with a major in Theatre Performance.]
This summer, I sat down with MHSA Principal Barry Applewhite to discuss what makes MHSA’s educational approach unique and how the school continues to develop its efforts to give students the tools they need to manage their busy schedules and to succeed in life after graduation. Asked why he believes arts are an essential part of education, Applewhite shares his personal background: “I think it makes the whole child. I was an arts person. I was a band director in ’97-’98 at High School of the Arts. Band made a big difference in my life. It helped me understand that 2+2 = 4. It made everything practical for me.” Proof of its commitment to quality arts education, MHSA maintains a staff of 13-15 arts-certified teachers as well as consultants. Moreover, through programs like artsHubmke (a collaboration between Cardinal Stritch University, Arts @ Large and MPS), MHSA strives to integrate what students learn in the academic classroom with their arts education. Applewhite cites a recent project in which MHSA science teacher Mara Kachelski brought her students to the Milwaukee Public Museum to display and present models they’d made about relevant environmental subject matter. “This creates memorable experiences. You could go into a classroom and ask, ‘Are you doing art or are you doing science?’ and she would argue that she’s doing both,” Applewhite says. Another recent point of pride was a Cancer Health Fair presented to the public last January by MHSA students under direc-
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university sees that you’re in the AP Capstone Program, guess what’s going to happen? You’re going to get more scholarships.” Also new this year, MHSA offers the Personalized Blended Learning Program, which uses a combination of online and traditional learning to allow students greater flexibility in personalizing their busy schedules and incorporating as many opportunities as possible. MHSA likewise works diligently with local organizations to offers students internships in the real world of arts and business. Applewhite notes that many students begin their senior year having already earned the 22 credits they need to graduate. What then do they do with their final year? There are two major possibilities. Through the Youth Options Program, high schoolers can begin their collegiate level work on a local campus. MHSA also works with several prominent local organizations including Near West Side Partners and The Wisconsin Center to find students internships. Applewhite offers an example of this process at work even over summer vacation: “Just recently we got a phone call from Near West Side saying ‘We need two students that do visual arts to work with some community kids and introduce them to oil paint.’” To help students cope with the mental and emotional strain of their artistic and academic rigors—as well as personal challenges they may face because of their home environment, poverty or other factors—the school also offers a Restorative Practices elective. This gives them a safe space to talk about their day-to-day dilemmas and receive restorative tools and support from peers and faculty.
tion from physical education teacher Dakota Berg. Here again, participants were able to apply model-building and presentation skills gained in their arts curricula to an academic field.
How can a student with a schedule including two hours of art per day as well as extracurriculars such as health fairs, plays and recitals possibly keep their grades up and be ready for the rigors of college? MHSA manages by giving its students many opportunities specifically geared toward college readiness. For many years, the school has offered Advanced Placement (AP) courses, which count not only for high school credit but can also contribute to core curriculum at the majority of universities; at this time, available courses number at least 15 and include everything from chemistry and physics to literature and psychology. New this year, MHSA offers students the chance to be part of the AP Capstone Program, which, in addition to the usual AP courses, gives students the chance to learn collegelevel research and seminar skills starting at age 14. As Applewhite points out, “Now a kid’s coming out with an AP Capstone diploma. You can have more than 16 credits going into college. Think about how that translates into the pocket. An [approximate] $20,000 discount your first year is a game changer for many of our kids that have nothing. You’re going to school practically free your first year and, on top of that, when your
MHSA’s alums include many prominent members of the local and national arts scene, including Broadway performer Kyle Taylor Parker (Theatre, ’07), New York City fashion designer Kasia Wisniewski (Visual Art, ’06), Joffrey Ballet and former Milwaukee Ballet dancer Jacqueline Moscicke (Dance, ’03), and Strange Fruit Festival co-founder and saxophone virtuoso Jay Anderson (Music, ’07). However, as Applewhite points out, even if an MHSA student does not pursue a career in the field they explored in high school, the presence of arts in their early life has inestimable value. “In education today, you can’t just deal with one side of the brain; you have to deal with both sides of the brain and educate the entire child.” Especially for students who are part of what Applewhite terms “the microwave generation”—raised with the instant gratification of social media and internet search engines— developing attention and retention are paramount. He extols the ever-greater importance of gaining the fundamental problem-solving and critical thinking skills that academics and arts education have to offer. “When you get the foundational tools from math, just like when you get the foundational tools in the arts, you become a great person in those areas, and you can pull out and use those tools in your everyday life.” To learn more about Milwaukee High School of the Arts, call 414-934-7000 or visit milwaukeehighschoolofthearts.org.
THE MARY L. NOHL
FELLOWSHIPS FOR INDIVIDUAL ARTISTS The Greater Milwaukee Foundation, in collaboration with the Bradley Family Foundation, announces the fifteenth cycle of its fellowship program for visual artists. Awards will provide unrestricted funds for individual artists to create new work or complete work in progress. A fellowship exhibition will take place in the summer of 2018 and a catalogue will be published.
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Fellowships will be awarded in two categories:
Polly Morris will be joined by current and past Nohl Fellows at these free, informal sessions.
$20,000 FELLOWSHIPS FOR TWO ESTABLISHED ARTISTS $10,000 FELLOWSHIPS FOR THREE EMERGING ARTISTS The program also includes a Suitcase Fund for exporting work beyond the four-county area. The program is open to practicing visual artists residing in Milwaukee, Waukesha, Washington or Ozaukee County.
Applications and guidelines available TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 5, 2017 Completed applications due THURSDAY, OCTOBER 5, 2017 Awards announced November 20, 2017. W O R K SH O P S F O R P R O SP E C T I V E A P P L I C A N T S
• Wednesday, September 6, 2017, 6-7:30 pm at Walker’s Point Center for the Arts, 839 S. 5th St. Co-sponsored by WPCA. • Sunday, September 10, 2017, 10:30 am12 noon at Jazz Gallery, a Riverwest Community Art Center, 926 E. Center St. Co-sponsored by
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Today Is The Day w/ Northless, Prezir, Satan’s Dealer & Lost Tribes Of The Moon @ Cactus Club, 9 p.m.
Conor Oberst w/ Phoebe Bridgers @ The Pabst Theater, 8 p.m.
“Peculiar,” “extreme,” “misfits”—these are words critics frequently use to describe the band Today Is The Day. “Influential” is another one. Built around the musical prowess of founder and frontman Steve Austin, these Nashville-based noise rockers are credited as one of the first bands to merge noise rock with heavy metal. They paved new ground with their first few albums in the early ’90s, but their career pinnacle was 1997’s Temple Of The Morning Star, which they’re celebrating now on the album’s 20th anniversary tour. Local heavyweights Northless, Prezir, Satan’s Dealer and Lost Tribes Of The Moon will open for the band’s Milwaukee date.
FRIDAY, SEPT. 8 Oktoberfest @ Bavarian Bierhouse
Each fall thousands of patrons raise a stein and sing “Ein Prosit” at the oldest authentic Bavarian Oktoberfest in the Midwest. Since the Bavarian Bierhouse took over this Heidelberg Park tradition last year, the beer selection has changed a bit, but the spirit remains the same: There’s singing, dancing and traditional German foods like rollbraten, strudel and spanferkel (freshly spit-roast pig). The event runs Friday and Saturday this weekend through Oct. 7. Conor Oberst BY TONY BONACCI
Shiner w/ Conan Neutron & The Secret Friends @ Shank Hall, 8 p.m.
Shiner may be the only band that can claim to have shared a stage with groups like Sunny Day Real Estate and The Jesus Lizard before they even released their first studio single. The post-hardcore band got their start in Kansas City, Mo., in 1992, finding quick success and broad exposure with their first album, 1996’s Splay, and releasing three more LPs before splitting up in 2003. They’ve since reformed, playing short runs of reunion dates for fans who never got to see them the first time around or had yet to discover them in the first place.
Conor Oberst has had a rough run of it recently. The former emo posterchild has spoken openly about his personal struggles, and about bottoming out after a since-rescinded allegation of rape turned his life upside down. For a time, he became toxic even in some of his most devoted fan circles. It didn’t help anything that his output around the time wasn’t exactly his best. 2014’s folky Upside Down Mountain was pleasant but undistinguished, while 2016’s entirely solo Ruminations lacked the energy and conviction of his best recordings with Bright Eyes. What a difference a little collaboration can make. In an unusual move this spring, Oberst released an album of vibrant, full-band versions of Ruminations’ songs called Salutations, which offers a reminder of what a sharp musician he can be when he’s on his game. Hopefully a little bit of that spirit carries through at this show, where he’ll perform with a full band.
Indian Summer @ Summerfest Grounds
Each year Indian Summer wraps up Milwaukee’s summer run of outdoor ethnic festivals by celebrating the rich cultural heritage of Great Lakes Native American communities. Along with a the daily pow-wows, attractions include Native American arts and craft demonstrations, storytelling demonstrations, an array of dance performances, tribal farmers market and lacrosse games, all of which are best enjoyed while snacking on some fry bread or other traditional foods like bison, walleye, wild rice and hominy soup. And for those who didn’t get their fill this summer, there will be a fireworks display Saturday night at 10 p.m. (Through Sunday, Sept. 10.)
Tribute to Eddie Taylor w/ Eddie Taylor Jr., Jim Liban, Joel Paterson & The Jim Liban All-Stars @ American Serb Hall, 7 p.m.
What better way to celebrate the late great Eddie Taylor than with a night of blues led by his son? Blues Hall of Fame member Eddie Taylor was a prominent architect of Chicago blues in the ’50s and ’60s, the guitar powerhouse behind artists like Jimmy Reed (who learned how to play guitar from Taylor when they were children), John Lee Hooker and Big Walter Horton among other contemporaries in the scene. He was also a talented singer, releasing a handful of solo albums, including 1972’s I Feel So Bad and 1980’s My Heart Is Bleeding. His legacy lives on through his children, all musicians, including Eddie Taylor Jr., who like his father, specializes in Chicago blues.
SATURDAY, SEPT. 9 Rock the Green Sustainability Festival @ Reed Street Yards, 2 p.m.
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Promising a more environmentally friendly kind of music festival, Rock the Green returns for another year of music, community and (hopefully) sun. The stacked music lineup will feature national acts Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals, Barns Courtney, Mondo Cozmo, Baoi, as well as locals Reyna, Girls Rock MKE, Evan Christian and more. The festival’s green components will include locally sourced, organic food, complimentary refillable water cans, various forms of alternative energy and waste reclamation stations, all of which contribute to the event’s near-zero waste mission. SHEPHERD EXPRESS
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Jay Som w/ Stef Chura and Soccer Mommy @ The Back Room at Colectivo, 8 p.m.
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You’d be hard pressed to find a much more likable 2017 indie-rock album than Everybody Works, the sophomore full-length from songwriter Melina Duterte’s band Jay Som. A mix of plaintive pop, fizzy guitar rock and smooth Carly Rae Jepsen-style R&B tunes, the record puts the focus on Duterte’s genial personality and free-flowing hooks—it’s the kind of record you want to play twice in a row. Following her memorable show at the Cactus Club in March, her band returns for this show at the Back Room, with a pair of similarly personable indie acts opening: Stef Chura, a Detroit songwriter with a striking voice, and Soccer Mommy, a songwriter who has released a string of achy bedroom recordings on Bandcamp.
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ZZ Top @ The Riverside Theater, 8 p.m.
In a career stretching more than 40 years, the bearded blues-rock trio ZZ Top have made serious noise. Hailing from Houston, Texas, the group formed from the cores of rival bands The Moving Sidewalks and American Blues in 1970, putting out two albums before gaining national attention with their third, 1973’s Tres Hombres. After a steady output of music in the years following, 2004 saw their induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Even as they’ve updated their sonic approach from album to album, they’ve continued to stay true to the deep blues roots and innuendo-based lyrical humor that made them so distinct. Photos: Amy Guip
Tony MacAlpine w/ Felix Martin and SACRED @ Cactus Club, 8 p.m.
Here’s a bill for guitar lovers. Tony MacAlpine has built a mystique in guitar circles for his shredding solo albums and his work in rock bands like Planet X, Ring of Fire and PSMS. Venezuelan guitarist Felix Martin, meanwhile, mixes progressive rock and Latin music, while playing 14- and 16-string guitars that he built himself. Opening the bill is the searing Milwaukee hard-rock band SACRED, featuring members of Everybody, Chandelier, Tweed Funk and The Prince Experience.
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Next to Normal
Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey’s rock musical Next to Normal debuted on Broadway eight years ago and, in addition to winning three Tony Awards (Best Original Score, Orchestration and Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical), it accomplished something no other such work had done since 1996’s Rent: It won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. This is, in fact, something only eight musicals in history have managed to do. In awarding the prize to Next to Normal, the Pulitzer Board described the work as “a powerful rock musical that grapples with mental illness in a suburban family and expands the scope of subject matter for musicals.” Specifically, the musical deals with bipolar disorder, which afflicts the mom, Diana Goodman (Carrie Gray in this production). The effects of this run through the play—and each member of this family—deeply. Normalcy is only on the surface; look closer and myriad impacts of this disorder can be seen. (John Jahn) All-In Productions’ Next to Normal, with direction by Tim Backes and music direction by Julie Johnson, runs Sept.7-16 at Next Act Theatre, 255 S. Water St. For tickets, call 414-278-0765 or visit nextact.org.
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In Stephen Pile’s Ultimate Book of Heroic Failures, the historian described American socialite and amateur soprano Florence Foster Jenkins as “the world’s worst opera singer,” elucidating further that: “No one, before or since, has succeeded in liberating themselves quite so completely from the shackles of musical notation.” Ouch! But oh so true. If the name sounds familiar, it may be due to last year’s Oscar-nominated film, Florence Foster Jenkins, which starred Meryl Streep in the title role (as well as Hugh Grant as her husband and manager, St. Clair Bayfield). What’s so fascinating is that Souvenir, the musical comedy coming to Milwaukee, is based on the life and times of a real person—and quite a character. Florence Foster Jenkins (1868-1944) truly believed herself to be a great operatic soprano. She gave recitals and made recordings. Her social status allowed for polite society—especially those closest to Jenkins—to allow her to live in self-delusion. Look beneath the absurdities, however, and find serious illness at the root of it all. (John Jahn) The Milwaukee Rep’s production of Souvenir runs Sept. 8 through Nov. 5 in the Stackner Cabaret, 108 E. Wells St. For tickets, call 414-224-9490 or visit milwaukeerep.com.
Br!NK New Play Festival
In describing what will transpire at the fourth annual Br!NK New Play Festival, Renaissance Theatreworks’ Izetta Rees announces that the event “will tour the full-length staged readings of Annie Jump and the Library of Heaven (by Reina Hardy) and The Endurance of Light (by Amanda Petefisch-Schrag) to various Greater Milwaukee area locations … with the Festival Weekend held at the Broadway Theatre Center.” These Br!NK Award winners will be shown “in addition to the new ‘Br!NK Briefs’ 10-minute play presentation and public ‘Playwriting Labs,’ led by professional playwrights Mary Ruth Clarke and Jennifer Brumberger.” Renaissance Theatreworks’ Br!NK festival is an annual event that allows Midwestern female playwrights the chance to develop and advance new stage works, encouraging feedback via structured talkbacks with the playwrights. This year’s installment not only offers the two main works, but, for the first time, seven 10-minute plays written to the prompts “Fortune favors the bold” and “Fools rush in.” (John Jahn) Br!NK runs Sept. 7-12 at various locations. For a full schedule of events, visit http://r-t-w.com/br!nk-festival.html.
There’s plenty of Up North comicality in this prequel to a prequel by Jeff Daniels, thus completing his trilogy (along with his Escanaba in Love and Escanaba in da Moonlight). Sept. 8-10, 15-17 and 22-24 at the Sixth Street Theatre, Racine. Overourheadplayers.org.
Over the River and Through the Woods How does a close-knit Italian American family prevent one of its members from moving across the country in pursuit of a dream job? Perhaps a little matchmaking might change his mind. Sept. 7-24 at the Furlan Auditorium, 800 Elm Grove Road. Sunsetplayhouse.com.
Shakespeare Raw: Henry V Boozy Bard’s next under-theinfluence undertaking is William Shakespeare’s 1599 history play and saga of brotherhood and valor, Henry V. Sept. 11-13 at Best Place at the Historic Pabst Brewery, 901 W. Juneau Ave. Facebook.com/boozybard.
Over Here: A Patriotic Review Falls Patio Players presents a revue reminiscent of World War II canteen-style music, featuring a live band, singing soloists and men’s a capella group. Sept. 8-10 at St. James Church, W220 N6588 Town Line Road, Menomonee Falls. Fallspatioplayers.com.
Milwaukee’s Long-Running Short Film Festival Moves to Fox Bay ::BY DAVID LUHRSSEN
he Milwaukee Short Film Festival shifts venues once again. This year, the two-day event will be held at the Fox Bay Cinema Grill in Whiteﬁsh Bay. But if the setting has changed, the mission remains identical from the past year. MSFF’s programming continues to emphasize minority and women directors; it has a slight Milwaukee accent and a ﬁrm deﬁnition of short. Nothing in the festival runs longer than 15 minutes. “ComedySportz was a little cramped,” says MSFF founder and co-director Ross Bigley. The festival needed a bigger space and he’s not worried about relocating to the North Shore. “It’s not Downtown, but then, we started in the ’90s at the Times [on the West Side]. The Fox Bay has generous parking, food, a bar—and they’re easy to work with.” Minority directors are represented in the Voices Heard program. “There is a huge local multi-cultural ﬁlmmaker base in Milwaukee because of the Art Institute of Wisconsin,” Big-
ley says. The Third Ward for-proﬁt college will close at the end of this year, but has already left its mark. “Ninety-nine percent of AI’s ﬁlm students are multicultural. Ninety-nine percent of UW-Milwaukee’s ﬁlm students are white,” he continues. “The AI students aren’t necessarily interested in experimental ﬁlmmaking but want to tell stories. As for women, we never got as many submissions from female ﬁlmmakers as we did this year.” Bigley has often remarked that MSFF is better known around the world than in its hometown. This year’s festival includes shorts from the Netherlands, Sweden, Finland and elsewhere. “The bulk of our submissions are still international,” he says, “but there has been a shift happening toward local ﬁlm—especially because of our Voices Heard program. Maybe someday Voices Heard will be its own event.” The In earlier years, Milwaukee MSFF’s deﬁnition of Short Film short was more elasFestival tic, but Bigley has Sept. 8-9 tightened the scope. “Shorter is better,” he Fox Bay insists. “If you try to Cinema Grill build a plot and character arc, you’re setting yourself up for a feature ﬁlm, but it’s hard to reach a satisfying conclusion in 20 minutes or half an hour. And besides, booking a 30-minute ﬁlm means less screen time for other ﬁlms.” The Milwaukee Short Film Festival runs Sept. 8-9 at Fox Bay Cinema Grill. For more information, visit milwaukeeindependentﬁlmsociety.org.
Mark Borchardt Stars in Melonie Gartner’s New Film ::BY DAVID LUHRSSEN
isconsin writer-director Melonie Gartner shot her latest ﬁlm, the 25-minute Where the Great Spirits Live, in lustrous black and white. “I felt that colors would take away the focus from the narrative,” she explains. “I have always been a big fan of black-and-white ﬁlms. There’s something very beautiful and mysterious about them.” Mystery ﬁlls nearly every frame of Where the Great Spirits Live; it spreads across the shabby interiors and wintry outdoors of Manitowoc where it was ﬁlmed. It’s Gartner’s second ﬁlm starring Milwaukee cineaste Mark Borchardt (he describes her as “completely dedicated to her craft”), a prequel to her previous production, Two Rivers. This time, Borchardt plays a loner uncomfortable inside his own skin. He drinks alone in a dingy bar and goes by himself to the downtown cinema where he watches the same horror ﬂick over and over. The staff comments on the lonely guy in line— “He doesn’t say much, walks around like a zombie.” Scattered around his crummy room are newspapers whose headlines tell of a lengthening string of murders, “A Gruesome Discovery at the Lakefront.” He stares at the papers without emotion. Skillful camerawork enhances a bar scene to suggest that Borchardt’s world is shifting slightly, spinning with the uncertainty of his situation. Is he a killer, a hallucinating psychotic or just a lonesome movie buff? Where the Great Spirits Live screens on Sunday, Sept. 10 as part of the Milwaukee Women’s Film Festival, running Sept. 8-10 at the Underground Collaborative, 161 W. Wisconsin Ave., lower level.
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Home Again PG-13 Alice (Reese Witherspoon) is 40 and on the cusp of divorce when she moves back to Los Angeles with two young daughters in tow. While out partying, she meets a trio of struggling young filmmakers. The threesome’s most flirtatious member has Alice’s attention, prompting her to invite the trio to live in her guesthouse. They accept, but, Alice’s cougar moment has only just begun when her estranged husband, Austen (Michael Sheen), arrives—determined to reconcile. Will “reckless Alice” team up with “responsible Alice,” and will Alice’s mom (Candice Bergen) dial back the rhetoric? Either way, I smell the makings of a terrific sitcom. (Lisa Miller)
It R Evil entity “It” (Bill Skarsgård) usually appears to his intended young victims as a clown. This adaptation, drawn from Stephen King’s 1986 novel, features a band of outcast kids living in Derry, Maine, where “It” goes on a killing spree every 27 years. After defeating the entity, the surviving kids pledge to return as adults should “It” ever resurface. Sure enough, nearly three decades later “It” does and they do—subjecting themselves to their most painful childhood memories and fears. There are some things we never grow out of, including the love of being scared silly. (L.M.)
::HOME MOVIES/OUT ON DIGITAL “Riverdale: The Complete First Season”
Although the characters from the CW series are taken from Archie Comics, “Riverdale” promises David Lynch and delivers “Peyton Place” in its depiction of the shadows and scandals of small-town life. Stereotypes bump against smart dialogue and emotionally astute observations. Archie (KJ Apa), torn between playing football and recording songs, is part of a cast of high schoolers both nice and nasty. A good sense for being teenaged is maintained. Despite Facebook, some things never change.
By now we’ve seen it a thousand times, but then, the international action genre, complete with kettle-drumming soundtrack, hadn’t become tiresome. Ronin (1998), directed by a once occasionally great director, John Frankenheimer, involves mercenaries working for unseen paymasters trying to steal a case with unknown contents. Robert De Niro elevates the high-speed car chases and fire fights through picturesque settings with his assured performance. Treachery abounds and tension is high, relieved only by choreographed carnage.
Aretha Franklin: Divas Live
Aretha Franklin made her great recordings in the 1960s but her voice was strong a quarter-century later. On this 2001 VH1 broadcast, released as a DVD/CD set, Franklin opens her concert with “I Can’t Turn You Loose” backed by a horn-powered rhythm band that echoes the excitement of past triumphs. Joining her were stars such as Mary J. Blige and Stevie Wonder. Perhaps she was ironic in bringing out The Backstreet Boys for “Chain of Fools.”
Heal the Living
People with no apparent relation to one another are drawn together by an accident? In a medical drama with a title like Heal the Living, the scenario could be the formula for a sermon and it almost is—except for French writer-director Katell Quillévéré’s beautiful visual transitions and the believably non-melodramatic acting by an ensemble cast playing in the key of life. The film’s structure is borrowed from it source in Maylis de Kerangal’s novel. —David Luhrssen S E P T E M B E R 7 , 2 0 1 7 | 27
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Shoreline Picnic Builds Community in Shadow of Sculpture ::BY TYLER FRIEDMAN
Women and the Changing Dynamics of Power at Woodland Pattern ::BY KAT KNEEVERS
t is sort of a jolt, seeing the blonde girl curled up on a Persian carpet on the gray wood floor. But this gallery, inside Woodland Pattern Book Center, is hosting an art show so rather than a crisis moment, is it a performance in this hushed quiet? Her closely tucked fetal position makes it rude to intrude, so turn your gaze to the art on the walls. But it is not a performance, rather an installation. Kirsten Stoltmann’s Self-Portrait, Time-Out Doll in Fetal Position recalls simi28 | S E P T E M B E R 7 , 2 0 1 7
lar figures by Kiki Smith, but here dressed in the clothing of youth. Isolated and wanting to disappear from the world, the figure conjures a childlike vulnerability that adulthood is supposed to suppress, speaking in object form messages from the psyche that often go unsaid. The exhibition, titled “Vicki, with an i,” is organized by Michelle Grabner and features six artists addressing what is described as “the changing power dynamics afforded women in western culture.” Within the 17 works on view, this plays out in various modes, from reclaiming fragments of art history to commentary on tropes of social identification. An artist identified only as BZ recreates nature with paintings of animals on found rocks, making a menagerie of fancy, while Stephanie Barber reconfigures the world through video and collages in stop-motion. Katy Cowan’s Triple Still Life in wood is a sculpture with carved and layered flat forms that bring into three-dimensions cubist iterations of the world like a contemporary Georges Braque. Stoltmann is the artist most featured in the exhibition, and her collages incorporating images like Playboy pin-ups overlayed with pictures and sequins are both ironic and pointed. I AM Open To Suggestions shows a nude and tan blonde women pouting for the camera while cut outs of handbags dangle from her breasts. The title is emblazoned in sequins, calling out the authoritative nature of consumer culture. “Vicki, with an i” reflects the way we may be roiled by or reclaim our sense of presence, from forces internal and external. Through Oct. 1 at Woodland Pattern Book Center, 720 E. Locust St.
ife imitates art for the Shoreline Picnic on Saturday, Sept. 9, at O’Donnell Park, 910 E. Michigan St. Hosted by Sculpture Milwaukee, the organization responsible for installing 22 sculptures along Wisconsin Avenue, the community picnic takes place in the proximity of Paul Druecke’s sculpture, Shoreline Repast (2017). As the piece’s title suggests, Shoreline Repast “celebrates the tradition of sharing a meal at the water’s edge” and the community building that results. Self-guided tours of Sculpture Milwaukee begin at 1 p.m., with the bring-your-own picnic taking place at 2 p.m. At 3 p.m. the merriment moves to the Green Gallery East (1500 N. Farwell Ave.) for musical performances by DJ Shawna, Zed Kenzo, Margaret Noodin, Matt Cook and Bamm Bamm. All the day’s events are free and open to the public. Paul Druecke, Shoreline Repast, double-sided aluminum, paint, steel, recycled wood, hardware, 72 x 78”, 2017 COURTESY THE GREEN GALLERY, MILWAUKEE
Birding with Poet Chuck Stebelton and Friends
Lynden Sculpture Garden | 2145 West Brown Deer Road Poets aren’t only distinguished from the common run of humanity by their superior powers of expression, but also by their superior powers of observation. Consequently, birding with a poet should help you see more and describe it better. On Sunday, Sept. 10, poet Chuck Stebelton will lead a birding expedition on the Lynden Sculpture Garden’s grounds with a little help from his friend artist, musician and educator Renato Umali. Stebelton is an inveterate birder, a Wisconsin Master Naturalist volunteer and the author of two fulllength collections of poetry. The event takes place from 8:30-10 a.m., is free for members and included with the price of admission for non-members.
“Starving Artists’ Show” Grounds of Mount Mary University 2900 N. Menomonee River Parkway
For nearly 50 years, Mount Mary University’s annual Starving Artist Show has catered to cash-strapped creators and expenditure-conscious consumers by pricing each and every work at $100 or less. More than 200 local and national artists comprise the roster for the 49th iteration held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 10. Among this year’s featured artists are Delafield’s Angela and Ryan Steenhagen, who specialize in crafting cufflinks and jewelry from repurposed vintage watches. Pam Talsky of Waterford weaves unique baskets that are modeled after, for instance, winding mountain roads that she traveled while in India.
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Milwaukee’s Traveling Organist Off the Cuff with Karen Beaumont ::BY JOHN JAHN
hat Karen Beaumont applies the adjective “active” before all others in self-description on her website is surely no accident; she is an itinerant organ recitalist who also teaches organ and piano. Beaumont plays the French horn, piano and recorder; she has also both sung in and directed choirs. Her recital schedule takes her far and wide. In addition to performing regularly at St. John’s Lutheran Church and at St. Francis Church locally, she plays the organ publically in New York City, Chicago, San Francisco, Denver, Boston and other U.S. cities, as well as in Canada and the United Kingdom. Off the Cuff chatted with Beaumont recently about her thriving career in music. Where did you study organ playing? I am mainly self-taught. I took some lessons with Gerre Hancock in New York and a few with John Behnke when he was at Concordia University. Besides performing works by others, have you ever composed music? I did a bit of bad experimenting as a teenager and did certain arrangements when I had a church choir. My transcriptions and settings of folk tunes are what I do these days. Nothing is written down—just sketches that I memorize and perform. I have a little something to say that way, but not too much. Your performance schedule takes you rather far from home here in Milwaukee. What’s the most distant place at which you have performed a concert publically? I have played in England 10 times, so that is the furthest. As Baroque music dominates your performance schedule, are there composers and organ works from outside that era that you enjoy or have performed in public? I play a fair amount of Felix Mendelssohn and a little César Franck and I love the Chorale Preludes of Johannes Brahms. I have [also] done some Philip Glass and Michael Nyman and Kamran Ince. My former student, Eric Meyer, wrote me a great piece for my 50th birthday. (She also mentioned performing organ transcriptions by Finnish composer Jean Sibelius.) Do you have a favorite composer for the organ? One of the wonderful things about the SHEPHERD EXPRESS
organ is that I have 900 years of repertoire to choose from. These days, I am playing a lot of Baroque music, and I don’t have a favorite! They all have something to say; they all bring different challenges and moments of joy.
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Finally, can you tell us about the program of your next concert? It is entitled “Dance Music for the Organ,” [program consisting of] a fandango by Antonio Soler [and] music by Bernardo Storace, Bernardo Pasquini and Johann Speth. A collection of non-perishable food items will be collected to benefit the Riverwest Food Pantry. Karen Beaumont’s "Dance Music for the Organ" recital takes place at St. Hedwig’s Church (1702 N. Humboldt Ave.) on Sunday, Sept. 17 at 2 p.m. Donations of non-perishable food will be accepted for the Riverwest Food Pantry.
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A Legacy of Spies
(VIKING), BY JOHN LE CARRÉ John le Carré’s espionage fiction isn’t entirely based on guesswork. He was still serving in Britain’s MI6 when he began writing novels whose often interlinked plots did not present the West and the Soviet Bloc as moral equivalents—as he’s sometimes accused—but colored the entire Cold War enterprise in many shades of gray. A Legacy of Spies revisits the past, bringing back the mysterious spymaster George Smiley and, as reluctant protagonist, one of Smiley’s protégés. Long since retired to France, Peter Guillam is pulled into an investigation of the spy agency’s dark past by cluelessly arrogant young bureaucrats. The Cold War had casualties and the descendants of the dead are pressing their case. Shifting back and forth in time and place, Legacy is a meditation on aging as well as the cost of life in the shadows. As one spy puts it, “Everything seems. Nothing is.” (David Luhrssen)
Gráfica de les Rambles: The Signs of Barcelona (PRINCETON ARCHITECTURAL PRESS), BY LOUISE FILI
The Chinese are Coming in Matt Flynn’s Latest Novel ::BY JENNIFER HERRICK
n Matthew Flynn’s debut novel (Pryme Knumber, 2012), readers were introduced to an unassuming Milwaukee teenager who also happened to be a mathematical genius. In the second book in the Bernie Weber trilogy, Bernie Weber and the Riemann Hypothesis, we rediscover the young prodigy on a break from college after a female CIA agent recruits him to crack the code behind dangerous Chinese encryptions. When an elite crew of Chinese intelligence agents descends on the Brew City, local readers will delight in the story’s detailed depictions of many famous local landmarks and regional uniqueness. Flynn is one of Wisconsin’s top litigators, often handling controversial cases involving libel, invasion of privacy and Securities and Exchange Commission violations. He has been selected for inclusion in the Wisconsin Super Lawyers List (General Litigation) annually since 2005. In addition to practicing law, Flynn has held various roles in state politics, from membership on Hillary Clinton’s financial committee in the 2008 presidential election to serving as co-chair for John Kerry’s 2004 presidential primary campaign in Wisconsin. He will discuss his new novel, Bernie Weber and the Riemann Hypothesis, at Boswell Book Co. at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 7.
A century ago, Antoni Gaudí’s organic buildings soared into the skyline of Barcelona, but imagination also flourished on the city’s streets. The Signs of Barcelona is a collection of photographs by Louise Fili documenting the city’s commercial signage from the Art Nouveau era through Art Deco and beyond in wrought iron, neon, stone, steel and mosaic. Those objects adorned the avenues of everyday life, announcing the presence of cocktail lounges, drugstores, boutiques and butcher shops in organic swirls, stark geometry and flamboyant curves. Fili caught many of her subjects while they are still visible. The one-of-a-kind signage of earlier epochs is giving way to the depressing conformity of present-day commercialism. (David Luhrssen) 30 | S E P T E M B E R 7 , 2 0 1 7
BOOK |HAPPENING Emily White
6 p.m., Sept. 8 | Voyageur Book Shop 2212 S. Kinnickinnic Ave. Bay View’s Voyageur Book Shop is focused on providing the best collection of used books to local readers but has also begun hosting authors. Emily White, who started her first business in 2009 working with some of the country’s most acclaimed musicians, comedians and athletes, will discuss her new book Interning 101: How to Create your Dream Career out of Thin Air (And It All Begins with a Great Internship). Perfect for current college students and mid-career professionals alike, White’s helpful tips and personal anecdotes provide support and direction for those on any type of professional quest. This is a free event.
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If the Shoe Fits… Dear Ruthie, I caught my husband squeezing into my high heels a few times. He says he’s being funny, but I caught him when he thought he was alone. As a straight woman, I’m not sure if this is something I should be worried about. What do you say?
Waiting for the Shoe to Drop, Cinderella Dear Cindy, Maybe he’s a cobbler in training. Maybe he’s concerned about podiatry issues. Maybe he’s trying to walk a mile in your shoes. Maybe this is a turn-on for him. Maybe he was curious. Or, maybe he’s just trying to be funny. If you love him and don’t catch him in the act again, then let it go. If you love him and catch him in the act again, calmly ask about it. Don’t laugh, don’t criticize, don’t get defensive. Think of it as something to explore together until you both get a better feel for what might be going on here.
::RUTHIE’SSOCALCALENDAR Sept. 7: Trans and Queer People of Color Meet & Greet at UW-Milwaukee Union (2200 E. Kenwood Blvd., Union WG-89): The UWM LGBT Resource Center hosts this 4-6 p.m. mixer that’s free and open to the public. Meet new friends, find support and lean how this local resource can help you be all you can be! For more information call 414-229-4116. Sept. 8: DIXney Princesses Party at D.I.X. (739 S. First St.): Get animated with the crazy kids at Milwaukee’s most popular hangout! Slip on your glass slippers because, in addition to magic potion drinks and a Disney-inspired drag show, you’ll dance the night away with music by CMK. The enchanting evening starts at 10 p.m. and runs to bar close. Can’t make it on the 8th? Join the fun the following day when the DIXney Princess Party becomes the DIXney Villains Party! Sept. 9: Costume & Vintage Sale at MAC-Miller and Campbell Costumes (907 S. First St.): Halloween may be more than a month away, but you can never start planning your costume too early, can you? Milwaukee’s favorite costume and makeup shop is hosting a tag sale, putting up costumes, wigs, hats, vintage pieces and more for sale! Doors open at 10 a.m. with the sale closing at 3 p.m. Sept. 9: Out in the Park at Six Flags Great America (1 Great America Parkway, Gurnee, Ill.): Celebrate diversity with this private night at one of the Midwest’s greatest amusement parks! Just a hop, skip and a jump from Milwaukee, the LGBTQ party is open to ticket holders only, which means short lines for rides, easy parking and plenty of fun. The park closes to the public at 7:30 p.m. with the party running until midnight. See gaysixflagschicago.com for $42 tickets and more. Sept. 9 & 10: Stevie Nicks at Ravinia Festival (200 Ravinia Park Road, Highland Park, Ill.): A longtime favorite of the LGBTQ community, Stevie Nicks brings her mystical, magical, match-
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less voice to Illinois. It’s an easy car ride from Cream City to the outdoor Ravinia concert space, so don’t miss this chance to a see a legend perform live. Gates open at 5 p.m. with the concert starting at 7:30 both nights. Swing by ravinia.org for $70-$200 tickets. Sept. 10: Conjunction Junction, What’s Your Function Party at Kruz (354 E. National Ave.): Like guys in leather? Like beer busts? Like raffles? Like helping the LGBTQ community? Then get your sweet ass to this 3-7 p.m. party! The Castaways MC of Milwaukee along with Mr. Chicago Bear host this fundraiser where bringing five cans of food and five toiletries for the AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin gets you free raffle tickets! Always fun, always friendly and always a bit frisky, these fundraisers aren’t to be missed! Sept. 10: Judy Tenuta at Hamburger Mary’s (730 S. Fifth St.): Join America’s Love Goddess as she tickles your funny boners as well as the ivories during this up-close-and-personal performance. You’ve seen the two-time Grammy nominee on everything from “The View” to HBO, so don’t miss the kooky Aphrodite at Brew Town’s biggest burger joint. Tickets start at $25; $40 for prime seating and a meet-and-greet with the comedienne after the show. Search “Judy Tenuta Live at Mary’s!” at brownpapertickets.com for more about the 8 p.m. show. Sept. 12: Milwaukee Area Coffee Connection at Pathfinders (4200 N. Holton St., Suite 400): The Wisconsin LGBT Chamber of Commerce hosts this pre-work mixer from 8-9 a.m. Chamber members invite non-members to stop by and introduce themselves. Find out what the LGBT Chamber of Commerce is all about and offer your business the chance to network. They’ll bring the coffee, you bring the conversation!
Join us for our 5-Year Anniversary Celebration & Business Showcase Wednesday, September 27 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. Potawatomi Hotel & Casino Woodland Dreams Ballrooms 1721 W Canal Street Milwaukee, WI All are welcome. Free to attend. RSVPs appreciated at WisLGBTChamber.com/anniversary
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The Rise of the Furred Reich? ::BY PAUL MASTERSON
hile scrolling through the daily feed on social media, through the inevitable political diatribes, pet obituaries and sundry complaints about life in general, I noticed an apologetic post from a member of the furry community denouncing alt-furries. For those who couldn’t care less, furries are a subset of the cosplay movement (I neglected to mention them in my cosplay column—so, apologies for my sin of omission). They’ve been around for decades. Essentially, their twist is an afﬁnity for fur (well, actually faux-fur or plush), and, in the manner of those wide-eyed Warner Brothers cartoon characters of yore, they dress accordingly in animal costumes. “Costumes” might conjure cute cat masks with whiskers, bunny ears or a cow pattern Tshirt but, no, these go well above and beyond. Furries cavort in full body suits with bushy wagging tails as appropriate and helmet-like headgear, completely camouﬂaging the human within. Followers create an animal kingdom identity, a fursona, and adopt its personality. Dogs and foxes are particularly popular. They join local furry communities that are part of the greater furdom. Most adherents watch furry pornography and party with others of their
elk…sorry, ilk. According to various studies, the vast majority of the furry demographic are, you guessed it, LGBTQ. And they’re everywhere. Milwaukee has its fair share. If you’ve ever attended PrideFest, you’ll have seen packs of them in full array. To each their own, I always say. But now, it seems, even this quirky subset of the wonderful world of fetish has been inﬁltrated. With all due respect, as strange as the thought of gay furry porn, doggie style or otherwise, might be, the Naziﬁcation of a fetish points to the bizarre nature of our American exceptionalism. And, sadly, to the exceptional decline of our political discourse that has devolved into a reality show superreality that further erodes our national dignity. The rise of the Furred Reich wasn’t very subtle. Its proponents, among them the farright Furry Raiders, posed with Nazi ﬂags. One member, “Foxler” (ahem), made himself notorious by giving the Hitler salute and by wearing a Nazi-style armband in his photos. The infamous brassard features a red band with white disk but, rather than the swastika centerpiece, it displays a black paw print. The copycat fox managed to achieve a ﬂatterythrough-imitation moment that was generally construed as exactly what it appeared to be. Of course, Foxler denies being a neo-Nazi. Meanwhile, earlier this year, the specter of ﬂying fur with fascist furries battling antifa furries reminiscent of a heated Weimar-era political street ﬁght (or in-heat Weimaraner dogﬁght, as the case may be), forced organizers to cancel the Rocky Mountain Fur Con, the community’s annual national convention. In these days of ever more absurd identity politics, everybody competes for attention. What’s the point of running around in an animal costume if you’re not getting petted? But being a bad dog peeing on the communal rug won’t get you a treat. In fact, it may be time to reach for that rolled up newspaper. SHEPHERD EXPRESS
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Spoon’s Tricky Balancing Act ::BY EVAN RYTLEWSKI
t’s a matter of simple gravity: Given enough time, every band releases a disappointing album. There’s no shame in it. Nothing lasts forever, and even the greatest musicians eventually lose their muse or make a misstep. This century, though, no band has defied that gravity better than Spoon, the deconstructionist Austin, Texas, indie-rockers on an eight-album hot streak. Even as some of the more prominent indie acts of their era have stumbled (see: Arcade Fire), Spoon have cruised along with one solid record after another, making it look almost too easy. To be sure, there’s nothing easy about it. While the band projects a certain carefree swagger, thanks largely to singer Britt Daniel’s hangdog yowl, they work meticulously to make each record feel as fresh as they do. It’s a tricky balancing act: Every album sounds singularly like Spoon, yet feels somehow different from the ones that came before. “I feel like we work really hard at that,” says drummer-producer Jim Eno, who along with Britt Daniel is the core architect of the band’s sound. “When you have nine records, you really don’t want to repeat yourselves. It’s a really difficult thing to do. Each time it’s, ‘OK, we’ve done this before, we need to come up with something new. We don’t know what it is, but we need some stylized element to make this new and exciting.’ We spend a lot of time on that.” The band’s latest album, Hot Thoughts, their first for Matador Records since their under-the-radar 1996 debut, Telephono, is even more of a shakeup than usual. Brisk and beat-heavy, it’s noticeably busier than the last few records and
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a good deal funkier (the rhythmic clap of the title track is right out of a heyday dance-punk album). Flaming Lips collaborator Dave Fridmann produced it, and he brings his signature maximalist scale to the record, but the sense of tinkering and the manipulation of sounds are all Spoon. Perfecting those distinct sonic twists requires a fair amount of trial and error, Eno says. He cites the breakdown of massive strings that cut through “Can I Sit Next To You” as an example. Keyboardist Alex Fischel came up with that part on a plucked instrument. “We were trying to make it more exciting, so it would have more impact, and it ended up becoming this string part,” Eno says. “There’s probably about 20 different layered tracks of strings for those string parts—some are descending, sliding at different rates. We wanted to make it more grandiose. I had this thing where when we were mixing it; I was like, ‘The strings aren’t loud enough because they’re not parting my hair!’ I wanted the sound of the speakers to come and just part my hair, you know?” Spoon And that’s what ultimately distinguished Spoon’s Pabst records: Not a single sound goes unconsidered. “Even something as simple as a piano sound,” Eno says, “there’s Theater like an infinite number of piano sounds you could get. Is Wednesday, it a dry sound? Is a ringy sound? Is it a grand piano or an Sept. 13, upright? Is there reverb or no reverb? Do you add delay 8 p.m. to it? Is it a pitch vibrato? There’s so many things you can do—even just for that one instrument—that may make it work.” Eno says the band’s latest obsession has been trying to bring that same drive to one-up themselves to their live show. “With every record we’ve been working harder and harder on our live show,” Eno says. “One of the things we worked a lot on with this record is transitions between songs, having these little sonic transitions. We’re trying to make the moments between songs more exciting to give the set more of a flow and make the show a little bit more of an experience. I feel like we’re pretty unstoppable right now.” Spoon play the Pabst Theater with Twin Peaks on Wednesday, Sept. 13 at 8 p.m.
Warpaint Demonstrated Their Unusual Allure at Turner Hall
ilwaukee indie fans gave Warpaint a warm welcome when they returned to the city Tuesday night at Turner Hall Ballroom, where they played their first show here since opening for Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds in 2014. The Los Angeles art rockers have continued to thrive in the time since they last played here, further distinguishing their atmospheric dream pop from the countless other bands putting out similar music right now. The show played to those strengths, highlighting the X-factor that makes them stand out from the pack. The concert kicked off with a performance by newly formed Milwaukee band Rose of the West, whose grounded synth-pop tunes were the ideal primer for Warpaint’s floaty sonics. Their set was a feat of slow dynamism. Anchored by dramatic percussion and frontman Gina Barrington’s honeyed vocals, each song felt climactic, like shedding skin in preparation for a new beginning. Warpaint delivered a similarly powerful performance for their headlining set. Whereas Barrington’s steady voice and resolute lyr-
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ics took the lead in Rose of the West’s opening set, Warpaint’s pliable, harmonized verses took a backseat to their instruments. It’s rare to see a live band conjure this much drama despite giving so little fanfare to stage production and crowd banter. The quartet performed songs from their three albums and their 2008 Exquisite Corpse EP, including “Elephants,” “Undertow,” “Love is to Die,” “Disco//Very” and their newest record’s pop-centric single, “New Song.” They didn’t mess around with an encore. The women were like sirens on stage, but it wasn’t their voices that made them so alluring. Their spaced-out songs aimed for the heart rather than intellect, each mirroring the way that jumbled thoughts jump around, rattling our emotional state. Both the band and crowd moved unrelentingly in the low lighting, feeling out beats that by all rights should not have been so danceable. Every impromptu, freeflowing jam they added mid-song was like a pump of adrenaline that cut through the band’s dark, moody tendencies, showcasing the talent, spontaneity and heat that makes Warpaint so worthy of their hype.
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The Funky Organ Sounds of the Koch Marshall Trio ::BY DAVID LUHRSSEN
he deep blue electric guitar and satin black sound of the Hammond B3 organ transports listeners back to the organ trios that entertained in hip bars back in the 1940s. But then guitarist Greg Koch reaches beyond genre expectations, hitting at sharp angles against the solid groove laid by his son, drummer Dylan Koch. Organist Toby Lee Marshall envelopes the song in swirling little solos on the title track of the new album by the newly minted Koch Marshall Trio, Toby Arrives. It’s Greg Koch’s 16th album, a lengthening résumé for the Milwaukee musician who debuted on record in 1993 with his band, The Tone Controls. Koch’s CV also includes numerous guitar instruction manuals for Milwaukee-based music giant Hal Leonard and clinics for Fender Guitars across North America and Europe. He’s recorded with jazz guitarist Robben Ford, Little Feat guitarist Paul Barrière and blues guitarist Joe Bonamassa. He’s written songs with John Sieger and has become popular on YouTube through an ongoing series of guitar videos recorded at Wildwood Guitars in Louisville, Colo. And despite all that, one suspects the gregarious Koch would buttonhole any passerby and insist that Toby Arrives is his best ever. “It’s all instrumental,” he says. “Groove-oriented—melodic but groovy things! Joyous music!” He had been performing and recording in recent years with various lineups, including a reunited Tone Controls. “Then out of the blue came the situation,” Koch begins. His son Dylan had been playing with Marshall, a veteran
Twin Cities musician, and began bugging dad to jam with his friend. “Dylan wanted Toby to bring his B3 over to the house, push aside the living room furniture and leave a big scuff mark on the wooden floor,” he recalls. “Instead, I called [producer] Steve Hamilton at Making Sausage Music and asked if he had a B3 at the studio. He said, ‘Come on over. I’ll have the B3 and a drum set all mic’d up. And I’ll record the thing!’” Thus began Toby Arrives, whose first tracks were recorded live at Making Sausage Music the first time Koch Sr. met Marshall. “I said, ‘Let’s do a shuffle in G.’ I made up the melody on the spot,” says the guitarist. It became the title tune on Toby Arrives. The album crosses more borders than expected. “Heed the Boogaloo” fast forwards from ’40s organ trio to ’60s soul with a Booker T & The MGs groove. Koch’s blues-drenched guitar sketches a melody in broad strokes; and then, demonstrating the agility of his imagination, he works out new patterns with the old format. The track begins to rock. “Mysterioso” goes in a different direction altogether, ethereal yet powerful, touching the space where prog rock overlaps with fusion jazz. “It’s not a traditional organ trio, even though it has aspects of those great Jimmy Smith, Kenny Burrell and Melvin Rhyne combos,” Koch says. “It’s got Booker T and The Meters, but there’s Deep Purple and Led Zeppelin in there as well. We can The Koch play the Jazz Estate or a public park. We can play for blues Marshall Trio people and jazz people and Tosa Fest jam band people. We can play Saturday, for guitar fiends and keyboard Sept. 9 fiends.” Koch is negotiating a deal for his new trio with a national label known for its roster of blues guitarists. “It’s all about the congregational energy that can happen when band members are in sync with each other and the audience,” Koch says. “It’s pretty scary! It’s a once in a lifetime union!” The Koch Marshall Trio performs Saturday, Sept. 9 at Tosa Fest.
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::ALBUMS Rebecca and the Grey Notes Volume Two
Any band whose motto is “Bring back the art of making music” has set a lofty critical bar for themselves. On their second release, Milwaukee’s Rebecca and the Grey Notes perform increasingly assured chin-ups on that bar with a smart, sincere amalgam of unassumingly sweet acoustic country, light blues-rock swagger and a hooky sort of Americana. The familial bond of lead singer Rebecca Famularo and the presence of her lead guitarist-father among her three Grey Notes put them in the city’s parent-child lineage of The Spanic Boys, an act whose rootsiness aptly parallels their sound, too. Regardless of whether she’s singing of love gone right, wrong or yet to be requited, Famularo brings to it a balance of softness and stridency that ought to win her favor with listeners who already have Bonnie Raitt and Sheryl Crow in their playlists. —Jamie Lee Rake
The Gullahs belong to an African American culture that coalesced off the coast of the Carolinas during slave times. Their chief connection to American music has been to provide the setting and characters of George Gershwin’s opera Porgy & Bess. However, the Charleston, S.C. group Ranky Tanky (Gullah dialect for “get funky”) hopes to put its mark on music. Their self-titled album features limber rhythms, shining trumpeting and the emotive vocals of Quiana Parler. Ranky Tanky is a selection of traditional Gullah songs infused with folk poetry and gospel spirituality, carried on lucid musicianship and the genuine soulfulness of Parler’s voice. —David Luhrssen
Quadro Nuevo/ Cairo Steps Flying Carpet
(JUST IN TIME RECORDS) Despite its name, Quadro Nuevo is a German world music ensemble. They collaborate with Cairo Steps, a German jazz band with a multi-cultural membership, on an album that explores the music of the Middle East. Undergirding the mostly instrumental Flying Carpet is the palm-slapping percussion of the duduk and the sweepingly cinematic melodies soar on exotic strings and woodwinds from a cast of musicians numbering two-dozen in all. The two bands even collaborate on an Eric Satie number recorded live in concert. —Morton Shlabotnik
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Rounding Third Bar and Grill, The Dangerously Strong
Rave / Eagles Club, Made In America - Tribute to Toby Keith
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Mason Street Grill, Joel Burt Duo (5:30pm)
Angelo’s Piano Lounge, Piano Night
Paulie’s Pub and Eatery, Open Jam w/Christopher John
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Sodke, Tom McGirr, Neil Davis & Dave “Smitty” Smith
Open Mic w/Darryl Hill
Circle-A Cafe, Alive at Eight: Dr. Chow’s Love Medicine
Cactus Club, OHMME w/Rocket Paloma, Date Stuff & Lady
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Club Garibaldi, Resistance w/Amberstein
Frank’s Power Plant, Duck and Cover Comedy Open Mic
Colectivo Coffee On Prospect, Mike Love w/Paula Fuga
Italian Community Center, Lil Davy Max Band (6:30pm)
Company Brewing, De La Buena w/Strangelander
Mamie’s, Open Blues Jam w/Stokes
East North Avenue, Annual Tomato Romp Festival
Mason Street Grill, Jamie Breiwick Group (5:30pm)
Elkhorn Saloon (Elkhorn), Carole & the DV8’s
Miramar Theatre, Tuesday Open Mic w/host Sandy Weisto
Fox Point Farmers Market, Frogwater (10am)
Fox & Hounds Restaurant, Reverend Raven & The Chain
Pabst Theater, TajMo: The Taj Mahal & Keb’ Mo’ Band w/
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Frank’s Power Plant, High Voltage Vintage Motorcycle and
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Chopper Show w/The Sociables, God’s Outlaw, Calliope, The
Transfer Pizzeria Cafe, Transfer House Band w/Dennis
DUIs, Canadian Rifle & Muff Magnet (12pm)
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Turner Hall Ballroom, Wishbone Ash
Jazz Estate, Donna Woodall Quintet (8pm), Late Night SesJokerz Comedy Club, Mo Alexander
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Conway’s Smokin’ Bar & Grill, Open Jam w/Big Wisconsin
O’Donoghues Irish Pub (Elm Grove), Swing & A Miss
Packing House, Martelle Jossart Quartet (6:30pm)
Iron Mike’s (Franklin), Danny Wendt Open Jam (6pm)
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Jazz Estate, Chris Madsen Quartet
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JUST MAD ABOUT... By James Barrick
PSYCHO SUDOKU! “Business Sudoku”
Solve this as you would a regular sudoku, except using the nine given letters instead of numbers. When you’re done, each row, column, and 3x3 box will contain each of the nine given letters exactly one time. In addition, one row or column will reveal, either backward or forward, the name of a kind of business. firstname.lastname@example.org
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73. Betelgeuse’s constellation 74. Farm tool 75. English queen 76. Shaw the bandleader 77. Raise 78. Bamboozle 79. XLIX + LIII 80. DOLLARS AND CENTS 82. Patron — 83. World of higher education 85. Molts 87. Reunion group 88. Aide: Abbr. 89. Mortiferous 91. — -mutuel 93. Take as one’s own 96. Box 98. Of a flood 102. PONIES AND HORSES 104. DANCING 106. Racetrack shape 107. Cheers! 108. Used up, in a way 109. Cans 110. Lock brand 111. Arts category 112. Rutabaga 113. — Kett of old comics DOWN 1. Dollar amounts 2. Weight allowance 3. River in Lower Saxony 4. Models 5. Big-top performer 6. Grants 7. Gets a little darker 8. “Exodus” role 9. Data displays 10. Go furtively 11. Ram constellation
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Solution to last week’s puzzle
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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 25 letters left over. They spell out the alternative theme of the puzzle.
When We Were Young Solution: 25 Letters
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Free Friends Games Grounded Growing Hopeful HSC Independence Job Love Meagre Mess Nerds Nerves
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::NEWS OF THE WEIRD
::FREEWILLASTROLOGY ::BY ROB BREZSNY VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Will a routine trip to carry out an errand take you on a detour to the suburbs of the Promised Land? Will you worry you’re turning into a monster, only to find the freakishness is just a phase that you had to pass through on your way to unveiling some of your dormant beauty? Will a provocative figure from the past lead you on a productive wild-goose chase into the future? These are some of the possible storylines I’ll be monitoring as I follow your progress in the coming weeks. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Let’s meet in the woods after midnight and tell each other stories about our origins, revealing the secrets we almost forgot we had. Let’s sing the songs that electrified our emotions all those years ago when we first fell in love with our lives. Starlight will glow on our ancient faces. The fragrance of loam will seep into our voices like rainwater feeding the trees’ roots. We’ll feel the earth turning on its axis, and sense the rumble of future memories coming to greet us. We’ll join hands, gaze into the dreams in each other’s eyes and dive as deep as we need to go to find hidden treasures. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): I don’t usually recommend giving gifts with strings attached. On the contrary, I advise you to offer your blessings without having any expectations at all. Generosity often works best when the recipients are free to use it any way they see fit. In the coming weeks, however, I’m making an exception to my rule. According to my reading of the omens, now is a time to be specific and forceful about the way you’d like your gifts to be used. As an example of how not to proceed, consider the venture capitalist who donated $25,000 to the University of Colorado. All he got in return was a rest room in a campus building named after him. If you give away $25,000, Scorpio, make sure you at least get a whole building named after you. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Now that you’re getting a taste of what life would be like if you ruled the world, I’ll recommend a manual. It’s called How To Start Your Own Country, by Erwin Strauss. (Get a free peek here: tinyurl.com/ YouSovereign.) You could study it for tips on how to obtain national sovereignty, how to recruit new citizens, and how to avoid paying taxes to yourself. (P.S.: You can make dramatic strides toward being the boss of yourself and your destiny even without forming your own nation.) CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): There was a time when not even the most ambitious explorers climbed mountains. In the Western world, the first time it happened was in 1492, when a Frenchman named Antoine de Ville ascended to the top of Mont Aiguille, using ladders, ropes and other props. I see you as having a kinship with de Ville in the coming weeks, Capricorn. I’d love to see you embark on a big adventure that would involve you trying on the role of a pioneer. This feat wouldn’t necessarily require strenuous training and physical courage. It might be more about daring creativity and moral courage. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Science fiction proposes that there are alternate worlds alongside the visible one—hidden, yes, but perhaps accessible with the right knowledge or luck. In recent years, maverick physicists have given the idea more credibility, theorizing that parallel universes exist right next to ours. Even if these hypothetical places aren’t literally real, they serve as an excellent metaphor. Most of us are so thoroughly embedded in our own chosen niche that we are oblivious to the realities that other people inhabit. I bring these thoughts to your attention, Aquarius, because it’s a favorable time to tap into those alternate, parallel, secret, unknown or unofficial realms. Wake up to the rich sources that have been so close to you, but so far away. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): I’m always in favor of you cultivating a robust relationship with your primal longings. But I’ll be rooting extra hard for you to do that during the next 11 months. I hope you will dig deep to identify your primal longings, and I hope you will revere them as the wellspring of your life energy, and I hope you will
figure out all the tricks and strategies you will need to fulfill them. Here’s a hint about how to achieve the best results as you do this noble work: Define your primal longings with as much precision as you can, so that you will never pursue passing fancies that bear just a superficial resemblance to the real things. ARIES (March 21-April 19): You’re half-intoxicated by your puzzling adventures—and half-bewildered, as well. Sometimes you’re spinning out fancy moves, sweet tricks and surprising gambits. On other occasions you’re stumbling and bumbling and mumbling. Are you really going to keep up this rhythm? I hope so, because your persistence in navigating through the challenging fun could generate big rewards. Like what, for example? Like the redemptive transformation of a mess into an asset. TAURUS (April 20-May 20): “Free your mind and your ass will follow,” sings funk pioneer George Clinton in his song “Good Thoughts, Bad Thoughts.” And what’s the best way to free your mind? Clinton advises you to “Be careful of the thought-seeds you plant in the garden of your mind.” That’s because the ideas you obsess on will eventually grow into the experiences you attract into your life. “Good thoughts bring forth good fruit,” he croons, while “Bullshit thoughts rot your meat.” Any questions, Taurus? According to my astrological analysis, this is the best possible counsel for you to receive right now. GEMINI (May 21-June 20): James Loewen wrote a book called Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong. He said, for instance, that during the Europeans’ invasion and conquest of the continent, it wasn’t true that Native Americans scalped white settlers. In fact, it was mostly the other way around: whites scalped Indians. Here’s another example: The famous blind and deaf person, Helen Keller, was not a sentimental spokesperson for sweetness and light, but rather a radical feminist and socialist who advocated revolution. I invite you to apply Loewen’s investigative approach to your personal past, Gemini. The coming weeks will be an excellent time to uncover hidden, incomplete and distorted versions of your history, and correct them. CANCER (June 21-July 22): Roger Hodge writes books now, but when he worked for Harper’s Magazine, he had an unusual specialty. He gathered heaps of quirky facts, and assembled several at a time into long sentences that had a nutty poetic grace. Here’s an example: “British cattle have regional accents, elephants mourn their dead, nicotine sobers drunk rats, scientists have concluded that teenagers are physically incapable of being considerate, and clinical trials of an ‘orgasmatron’ are underway in North Carolina.” I’m offering Hodge as a worthy role model for you in the coming weeks, Cancerian. Be curious, miscellaneous and free flowing. Let your mind wander luxuriantly as you make unexpected connections. Capitalize on the potential blessings that appear through zesty twists and tangy turns. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): In Japan you can buy a brand of candy that’s called The Great Buddha’s Nose Snot. Each piece consists of a rice puff that resembles the Buddha’s nose filled with bits of brown sugar that symbolize the snot. The candy-making company assures customers that eating this treat brings them good luck. I invite you to be equally earthy and irreverent about your own spiritual values in the coming days. You’re in prime position to humanize your relationship with divine influences…to develop a more visceral passion for your holiest ideals…to translate your noblest aspirations into practical, enjoyable actions. Homework: Why is this a perfect moment? To hear my reasons why, tune in to my podcast: http://bit.ly/ PerfectionNow. Go to RealAstrology.com 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.
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Flowing Long & Strong
he People’s Liberation Army Daily, a Chinese state-run military newspaper, has declared on its WeChat account that fewer Chinese youth are passing fitness tests to join the army because they are too fat and masturbate too much, resulting in abnormally large testicular veins. The web article cited one town’s statistics, where 56.9% of candidates were rejected for failing to meet physical requirements. China’s military quickly beat down the article’s assertion, saying: “The quality of our recruits is guaranteed, and the headwaters of our military will flow long and strong.”
conditions are cancer, bladder stones or colorblindness, none of which can be observed by others.
On Wings of Eagles
Jeffrey Riegel, 56, of Port Republic, N.J., left them laughing with his obituary’s parting shot at the Philadelphia Eagles football team. In it, Riegel asked that eight Eagles players act as pallbearers, “so the Eagles can let me down one last time.” Riegel owned season tickets for 30 years, during which the Eagles never won a Super Bowl.
Was it a Mitsubishi Eclipse?
Jocsan Feliciano Rosado, 22, was driving a stolen car on Aug. 21 when he stopped off at a Harbor Freight store in Kissimmee, Fla., to pick up a welder’s helmet for viewing the solar eclipse. As he dawdled next to the vehicle, looking up at the Sun with his helmet on, members of the Orange County Sheriff’s Office Auto Theft Unit interrupted his reverie and arrested him.
Fighting Fire With Fire
Police in Osnabruck, Germany, stopped a vehicle on Aug. 19 and found an unusual trove of drugs inside: plastic bags filled with about 5,000 ecstasy pills—with a street value of about $46,000—all in the shape of Donald Trump’s head. The orange tablets depicted Trump’s signature sweep of hair and his rosebud mouth. An unnamed 51-year-old man and his son, 17, also had a large sum of cash and were taken into custody.
Tuffy Tuffington, 45, of San Francisco was walking his dogs, Bob and Chuck, when he came up with a way to respond non-violently to a right-wing rally at Crissy Field on Aug. 26: He launched a Facebook page asking San Franciscans to bring dog poop to spread in the park in advance of the event. “It seemed like a little bit of civil disobedience where we didn’t have to engage with them face-to-face,” Tuffington said. Contributors to the project also planned to show up on Aug. 27 to “clean up the mess and hug each other.”
Your Cold, Cold Heart
The Entrepreneurial Spirit
The Japanese funeral industry demonstrated its forward thinking on Aug. 23 when practitioners gathered for the Life Ending Industry Expo in Tokyo. Among the displays was a humanoid robot named Pepper who can conduct a Buddhist funeral, complete with chanting and tapping a drum. Pepper is a collaboration between SoftBank and Nissei Eco Co., which wrote the chanting software. Michio Inamura, Nissei’s executive adviser, said the robot could step in when priests are not available. Also at the Life Ending Industry Expo (referenced above), four undertakers competed on stage as funeral music played to see who could best display the ancient skills of ritually dressing the dead. The Shinto religion in Japan believes that the dead are impure just after death and that dressing the body purifies the spirit. The contestants dressed live human volunteers and were observed by three judges. Rino Terai, who won the contest, said, “I practiced every day to prepare for this competition.” In Iran, the education department has banned people who are considered “ugly” from being teachers. The list of conditions and features that prevent one from being a teacher includes facial moles, acne, eczema, scars and crossed eyes. Also on the list of unsavory
A police officer on maternity leave was ticketed and fined 110 pounds (currency) after she pulled her car into a bus stop in West London to help her newborn baby, who was choking in the back seat. Rebecca Moore, 31, said her son, Riley, was “going a deep shade of red in the face, his eyes were bulging and watering, and he was trying to cough but was struggling.” Moore appealed the fine, but the Harrow Council rejected her appeal, as did the London Tribunals. “The law about stopping in bus stops is exactly the same everywhere in London,” a council spokeswoman said. “You can’t do it.”
I Was Only Horsing Around
One reveler at an Aug. 19 street festival in Worcester, Mass., caused a dust-up when he aggressively confronted a police horse. Donald Pagan, 59, was cutting through a column of mounted police when an officer asked him to stop. Instead, Pagan raised his fist “in an attempt to punch the horse in the face,” a police statement said. The horse jumped backward, away from Pagan, which officers noted could have injured the horse, the mounted officer or Pagan himself. He was charged with assault and battery on a police officer, resisting arrest and interfering with a police horse. © 2017 Andrews McMeel Syndication S E P T E M B E R 7 , 2 0 1 7 | 41
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