Lake Effect

1:46 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

Essay: A New Father’s Tenderness

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Lake Effect contributor Lane Pierce reads her essay, "A New Father’s Tenderness."

When I was pregnant with my son I was lucky enough to work with many new moms. We would take short breaks to grab a cup of joe, in my case, decaf, and I would ask countless questions about what was to come.

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Arts & Culture
3:32 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

Sample Some of Milwaukee's Characters in Mozina's "Quality Snacks"

Andy Mozina's second book, Quality Snacks, features fifteen short stories about the characters that he grew up with in the Brookfield/Milwaukee area.
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Brookfield native Andy Mozina's second collection of short stories has just been published.  In Quality Snacks, Mozina, who is a professor of English at Kalamazoo College in Michigan, finds many of his characters inhabiting the Milwaukee area of his own childhood.

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Arts & Culture
3:03 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

Italian Chef Looks to Da Vinci for Inspiration

Chef Maria Liberati in WUWM's kitchen
Bonnie North, WUWM

We are in full festival swing in Milwaukee. This weekend is the annual celebration of all things Italian, also known as Festa Italiana. And in between bocce games, gondola rides, and fast Ferraris, you can also find special guests like internationally renowned chef Maria Liberati. Liberati in an award winning author and blogger of The Basic Art of Italian Cooking series, and the newest one is called Da Vinci style.

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Arts & Culture
2:19 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

Essay: From Greece to A Minnesota Parking Garage, My Great Outdoor Theater Odyssey

Liam Callanan at the Epidaurus Theater
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An essay by Liam Callanan.

Lake Effect essayist Liam Callanan essayist goes on a thematic road trip.

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Arts & Culture
10:57 am
Fri July 18, 2014

Listening to Mitchell: South Side Story

Mitchell Street
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Listening to Mitchell voices in the order of appearance: Jocasta Zamarripa, Jim Witkowiak, Peggy Romo West, Milt Pivar, Jorge Lopez, Jesse Rodriguez, Edgar Mendez, Jose Lopez

Listening to Mitchell is a public art project by Sonja Thomsen and Adam Carr.

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Arts & Culture
1:17 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

B-9!: How Two Oneida Women Dabbed Bingo into the Tribe's History to Save Community

Mike Hoeft's "Bingo Queens of Oneida" tells the history of the tribe and how two women brought Bingo into the tribe to save its community.
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The Potawotomi tribe recently announced it has dropped the word "bingo" from its casino complex in Milwaukee, which will soon include a hotel. 

While gambling is a huge industry for several Native American tribes in Wisconsin, it was bingo that for years was the heart of Indian gaming here.  And its origins had relatively modest goals. 

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10:25 am
Thu July 17, 2014

Web Exclusive: Behind the Scenes at the New East Library, The Standard at East Library

The new East Library and The Standard at East Library plan to open its doors in November 2014.
Eleanor Peterson, WUWM

Last month, librarians of Milwaukee Public Library's East Library put a time capsule in the wall of the new building so that a future generation can find artifacts about what was used in libraries when the library was built. Since then, construction workers of Stevens Construction have put up the dry wall, adding definition to the new library's interior.

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Arts & Culture
4:04 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

Listening to Historic Mitchell Street on Milwaukee's South Side

The Modjeska Theatre on Mitchell Street.
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Lake Effect's Bonnie North talks with the artists behind "Listening to Mitchell," Adam Carr and Sonja Thomsen.

There are certain streets that reflect the changing characters of the neighborhoods which they traverse. Sherman Boulevard. Brady Street. And on Milwaukee’s South Side, historic Mitchell Street.

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Project Milwaukee
12:14 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

Milwaukee Moms Share Stories of Sons Lost to Gun Violence, Prison System

Two mothers share the stories of their sons and why they believe the criminal justice system is broken.
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Lake Effect's Stephanie Lecci interviews Milwaukee mothers Barbara Robinson and Afriqah Imani.

In their own ways, Milwaukee mothers Afriqah Imani and Barbara Robinson have both lost sons – Imani’s were killed by gunfire, and Robinson’s are serving hundred-year sentences in Wisconsin prisons.

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Economy & Business
4:06 pm
Wed July 9, 2014

Coffeehouse Aimed at Veterans, Fosters Sense of Community

Dryhootch offers more than a warm cup of jo, but it's a place for veterans to connect.
Credit Courtesy Dryhootch

Back in 2010, a coffee shop opened near the corner of Brady Street and Humboldt Avenue, a shop that remains unique even amid the city’s blossoming coffee scene.

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