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Ex Fabula: Traditions

Dec 9, 2017
Kathrine Schleicher

This week, we're celebrating traditions. They can mean very different things to different people, from baking Christmas cookies with Grandma to tailgating the Brewers Season Opener with your friends for 20 years-in-a-row. But what if you don't feel you have any traditions to pass along? That's the question that inspired Rochelle Fritsch to share her story about family customs.  

For our second story, we veer off the path of traditionalism a bit to look at another type of...ritual told by Brian Moore, Liza Bielby, and Barney Baggett:

Random House

 

In the great unknown, there was one constant: everything would be all right.” That’s the basic belief of the main character in Elizabeth Berg’s new novel, The Story of Arthur Truluv.

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For a lot of people, traveling is a consistent life goal - whether it’s about adventure during their vacations from work, or working towards a retirement filled with travel. But in the case of the former, travel can be a challenge when you’re limited to only two or three weeks of vacation a year.

"Two weeks of vacation is not enough time - especially to stay in one country and really get the opportunity to soak in the culture," says Ann Davis, founder of Venture with Impact.

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In the music world, you could very easily nominate Patty Larkin as Milwaukee’s favorite daughter. Larkin grew up here before moving on to make a name for herself for her proficiency as a musician and a songwriter.

Larkin recorded her first album in 1985, and 12 more followed. She also has played as part of the Four Bitchin’ Babes, and has championed the cause of fellow women guitarists. Larkin has long lived in Massachusetts, but returns to her hometown every so often, including this fall, when she visited family and played a show to benefit the Urban Ecology Center.

Susan Bence / Milwaukee Public Radio

Pleasant Valley Park is nestled along the Milwaukee River’s western shore in Milwaukee's Riverwest neighborhood. Long ago, the 23-acre parcel was home to one of Milwaukee’s most popular beer gardens with restaurants, a band shell, steamboat docks and “extravagant” landscaping. Today, Pleasant Valley falls within the Milwaukee River Greenway.

Kevin J. Miyazaki / PLATE

With our Brewers baseball team and a nickname paying homage to the city’s alcohol-fueled history, it should come as no surprise that Milwaukee is a big drinking town. So when the staff of Milwaukee Magazine sat down to hammer out their ultimate guide to drinking in the city, there were more than a few contentious categories.

Mark Squires

In 2004, when Matisyahu burst on the scene with his album Shake Off the Dust…Arise, he stood out in more ways than one. Bearded with traditional Hasidic garb and payos (religious sidelocks), he weaved together many genres: beatbox, rap, reggae, and spiritual song.

UWM Peck School of the Arts

Starting Wednesday, December 6, the UW-Milwaukee Theater is presenting George Bernard Shaw’s classic Major Barbara.  The play is typical of Shaw in its subject matter - it tackles arms manufacturing, pacifism, women’s rights, class and the evils of poverty.

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If you’re already sure your favorite team is going to lose, why do you bother watching the game?

Philosopher Simon Critchley is a lifelong fan of what the rest of the world calls football, and Americans call soccer. In fact, that’s one of the phenomena he writes about in his new book that analyzes sports - and soccer in particular - through the lens of philosophy. The book is called What We Think About When We Think About Soccer.

Fine Arts Quartet

Every month cellist Robert Cohen talks about his life as a professional musician in a segment called On That Note. The conversations range from how to travel with a cello to how to best memorize music, and a wide array of other topics that explore what it means to work as a musician. 

Ex Fabula: 200 Nights

Dec 2, 2017
Art Montes

Though 2018 will mark 50 years since the passage of the Fair Housing Act, Milwaukee, the city that started it all, remains the most segregated city in the nation. Since August 28th of this year, the 50th anniversary of the night the Milwaukee Fair Housing Marches began, community groups across the city have hosted interactive, educational events reflecting on our city’s history of racism with where we are today and how far we need to go.

Gianofer Fields

Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, Cyber Monday...those who celebrate Christmas/the Holidays are spending large sums of money trying to find the perfect gift. Parents are wrestling with the question of which toy, video, game, song are they willing to listen to, play or step on for the foreseeable future.

In this edition of Radio Chipstone, contributor Gianofer Fields chats with friend and colleague Matt McHugh about what was once something, he cherished: a Red Power Ranger toy he got from his parents when he was eight or nine years-old.

Mitch Teich

Notre Dame Hall, the iconic building on the Mount Mary University campus, was built nearly 90 years ago.  But the work that goes on in one particular room is anything but historic.  It’s cutting edge work being done in a space that serves the university and the community at large.

Photo by Michael-Brosilow

Earlier this week, the Milwaukee Rep opened the 42 consecutive year of its production of A Christmas Carol. The adaptation of Charles Dickens’ holiday classic has gone through a number of changes at the Rep over the years.

Courtesy of InTandem Theater

Scrooge in Redwhich opens this week at InTandem Theatre, features some characters familiar to fans of the Dickens novel A Christmas Carol, but the setting might be a bit less familiar to modern audiences. 

The play is set in a late 1800s, English music hall. Set designer and muralist, Linda Freund, created the setting not just on the stage but in the lobby as well. 

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