In the past few years, Milwaukee Short Film Festival organizers have received an increasing number of submissions from women, people of color, and local filmmakers. And the festival, now in its 19th year, has been evolving to reflect that. Like last year, the event will showcase both diversity and women in filmmaking.
The festival’s five separate programs will each showcase eight to ten short films.
Many of us might be thinking of a getaway for the upcoming Labor Day weekend, but for people from elsewhere, Milwaukee is a destination. And when they get here, they’ll be coming to a place that has seen a dramatic increase in the number of hotels and hotel rooms available.
For the first time in nearly 100 years, there will be a coast-to-coast solar eclipse in the United States. The moon will move between the sun and Earth, totally blocking the sunlight for people on the "path of totality."
Are you craving samosas? Do you need a place to wear a sari from your extensive collection? Or have you never eaten a samosa, and you don’t know what a sari is?
Whatever category you may fall in, the organizers of IndiaFest hope you come out to its fifth annual event at Humboldt Park in Bay View on Saturday, August 19, to celebrate, learn about, and experience Indian culture. The day-long festival combines food, music, and other performances.
Milwaukee has become known for its segregation, the racial, ethnic and class dividing lines that keep people from living and interacting with each other. But what about spaces of integration? Do they exist and, if so, what can we learn from them?
Sociologist and urban ethnographer Elijah Anderson calls places where cultures converge “cosmopolitan canopies.”Lake Effect’s Maayan Silver spent some time in one place that might fit the definition here in Milwaukee - the lakefront - and spoke with a variety of people about what the space means to them:
The tang of a freshly picked tomato, the crunch and sweetness of a recently harvested carrot, the crisp floral flavor of a just-picked cucumber. Chef Dave Swanson wants to facilitate restaurant-goers' ability to taste these items, and pretty much anything else that can be produced or foraged in Wisconsin.
From Solomon Juneau to Jean Nicolet, there are many French names we recognize in Milwaukee.
Anne Leplae and Mary Emory of the Alliance Française de Milwaukee want Wisconsinites to understand the French history and culture that permeates in Wisconsin beyond this week’s Bastille Days celebration.
As diverse as music is, music-makers come from equally wide-ranging backgrounds - spanning gender, ethnicity and age. Leaders of the Wisconsin Intergenerational Orchestra (WIO) say their mission is to connect players in that last category, in order to bring listeners fresh takes on classical masterpieces.
Artistic director of WIO, Anne Marie Peterson, speaks about working with such a diverse group including Julliard-bound viola player Tabby Rhee and her 16-year-old brother Julian.
On Lake Effect, we’ve looked at various issues surrounding mental health such as trauma, substance abuse, and the need for mental health nursing and other professions to help the Milwaukee community. Many assume mental health concerns are those of grown adults, but one psychologist is encouraging parents, teachers, and caretakers how to look out for a child’s mental health.
The medical system has long separated primary health care and mental health care. And in a city like Milwaukee where there are significant obstacles for people to have good access to healthcare – one aspect of a person’s health often suffers at the expense of the other.