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  • It’s Not Dry Yet
    New York Times
    “FEW modern myths about art have been as persistent or as annoying as the so-called death of painting. Unless, of course, it is the belief that abstract and representational painting are oil and water, never to meet as one. The two notions are related. The Modernist insistence on the separation of representation and abstraction robbed painting of essential vitality. Both notions have their well-known advocates. And both, in my mind seem, well, very 20th century. Pictorial communication — signs, symbols, images and colors on a flat surface — is one of the oldest and richest of human inventions, like writing or music. It started on rocks and the surfaces of clay pots and in the woven threads of textiles, then moved to walls, wood panels, copper and canvas. It now includes plasma screens, Photoshop and graphic novels. Even so, paint on a portable surface remains one of the most efficient and intimate means of self-expression.”
  • The New Realities of Haitian Painting
    In the quake's aftermath, artists who once depicted vibrant local life turn to darker themes; 'I had to paint it'
    Wall Street Journal
    “Before the earthquake, Onel Bazelais made colorful Carnival masks and painted scenes of life here in Haiti's cultural capital, Jacmel. These days, the artist's work depicts death, destruction and tent cities. The Jan. 12 quake devastated this seaside town renowned for its French colonial architecture, artistic community and annual Carnival. In under a minute, about 500 of the town's of 50,000 residents were killed, 4,000 were injured and most were left homeless. The sights and sounds of that day still haunt Mr. Bazelais. As with other artisans here, painting has provided an outlet for his still-raw emotions. "This is our new reality," says Mr. Bazelais, 41, pointing to a painting in muddy tones of gray, brown and red that depicts an encampment where hundreds of people are now crammed.’
  • The Art of Replicating Masterpieces
    Wall Street Journal
    “Last fall, a group of specialists worked late into the night, perched on scaffolding in a Roman church, trying to copy Caravaggio's "Inspiration of St. Matthew," rendering the image true right down to the subject's dirty feet. Every night for two weeks, they set up a scanner to photograph the Contarelli Chapel paintings, part of a project to make a facsimile of the baroque master's works for a research center in Caravaggio slated to open this September. Meanwhile, two years ago in Venice, a lifesize facsimile of Paolo Veronese's monumental work "Wedding at Cana" drew 20,000 visitors in three months, while the real 16th-century masterpiece is often ignored by tourists waiting to see the "Mona Lisa" at the Louvre museum in Paris.”
  • Art Imitating Art
    2-Man Cast Shares Stage With a Vivid Character
    New York Times
    “I wonder,” Mark Rothko muses, staring at one of his canvases. “Do you think they’ll ever forgive me?” “They’re only paintings,” Ken, his assistant, answers dispassionately. But the artworks are so much more than that in “Red,” John Logan’s two-man Broadway show that includes that exchange. “They are the other character,” said Alfred Molina, who portrays the Abstract Expressionist painter. “They’re referred to constantly. The subject matter of the play is their very existence.”
  • Art Lessons On Broadway
    Channeling Rothko Via "Red"
    Real Clear Arts/Judith H. Dobrzynski on Culture
    “Well, now I know: in January, when Red, the play about Mark Rothko, was playing in London, and possibly coming to New York, I posted what the guides and reviewers there were saying about the play (mostly positive things), ending with the line: "the critics said the play goes on about art, too. I' m eager to hear exactly what..."I saw Red, which is in previews, over the weekend. I agree with London's critics that the play, starring Alfred Molina as Rothko and Eddie Redmayne as his assistant, Ken, is brilliantly acted -- they shine on Broadway, too. The play, by John Logan, is more talk than action, except for one fabulous scene in which the two prime a canvas with blood red in a frenzied bit of choreography…”
  • Art in America cover artist at Inova
    Art City/Mary Louise Schumacher of the Journal Sentinel
    “The work of current Art in America cover artist, Tatiana Trouvé, can be seen right here in Milwaukee as part of the Spatial City show at Inova/Kenilworth. The show is open through April 18. Here is the AiA piece, my preview of the Inova show and Kat Murrell's Third Coast Digest review of it. Below is a slideshow of Tatiana's work from Art in America.’
  • Tatiana TrouveBy Francesca Pietropaolo 3/1/10
    Art In America
    “In her installations, sculptures and drawings, the Paris-based artist Tatiana Trouvé tackles the uncertain boundaries of fiction and reality, the mental and the physical, and explores notions of time, space and memory. Her breakthrough work was Bureau d’Activités Implicites (Bureau of Implicit Activities), or B.A.I., an open-ended project begun in 1997 and developed over a decade, and which she now considers dormant. Drawing on the often frustrating experiences of establishing herself as a professional artist, she conceived the large-scale installation as a structure in which she might place her accumulated drawings and projects for works as yet unrealized, as well as give some form of visibility to her search for support as an artist. B.A.I. consists of 13 “modules” of various sizes and forms, shown sometimes as a whole and at other times in smaller clusters.”
  • For Photographers, the Image of a Shrinking Path
    New York Times
    “By the time Matt Eich entered photojournalism school in 2004, the magazine and newspaper business was already declining. But Mr. Eich had been shooting photographs since he was a child, and when he married and had a baby during college, he stuck with photography as a career. “I had to hit the ground running and try to make enough money to keep a roof over our heads,” he said. Since graduation in 2008, Mr. Eich, 23, has gotten magazine assignments here and there, but “industrywide, the sentiment now, at least among my peers, is that this is not a sustainable thing,” he said. He has been supplementing magazine work with advertising and art projects, in a pastiche of ways to earn a living. “There was a path, and there isn’t anymore.”
  • Leonardo or Michelangelo: who is the greatest?
    Guardian UK
    Leonardo da Vinci or Michelangelo – who was the greater artist? A close look at their two masterpieces offers clues – but in fact the truth had already been established in an extraordinary competition. “People are pushing at my back and trying to shove me aside, so they can pose, smiling, in front of the most famous smile in the world. Every photographic device the 21st century can invent, from the slenderest mobile phone to the most phallic telephoto lens, is being raised above the crowd to point at the woman isolated in her glass box. Her twilit painted world is jarred by flashbulbs as if by lightning. This is the Louvre, in March 2010, and there are no prizes for guessing what painting is causing the fuss on this ordinary day. It seems, every time you see the Mona Lisa, crazier. As I cling to the crash barrier to stare as hard as I can, I can't deny it's a bit bizarre to see a painting idolised like a star at a movie premiere. But in truth, this is wonderful. Here is a painting that is five centuries old – a relic from history, some would say. And yet it gets more visitors, from more places, than any modern work of art.”
  • Charles Ryskamp, Director of Morgan and Frick, Dies at 81
    New York Times
    “Charles Ryskamp, a literary scholar and art collector who was the director of two of New York’s most prestigious small museums, the Pierpont Morgan Library and the Frick Collection, for nearly 30 years, died Friday in Manhattan. He was 81 and lived in Manhattan and Princeton, N.J.’
  • Art Institute of Chicago Cuts Some Gallery Hours
    New York Times
    “The Art Institute of Chicago has begun closing some galleries for one to two hours a day in an effort to close a budget gap, Carrie Heinonen, the museum’s vice president for public affairs, said. The rotating closures are an experiment so far, but the museum projects being able to save $150,000 annually if they are continued, Ms. Heinonen said. She added that none of the most-visited galleries – like those displaying Impressionist paintings or famous works like Edward Hopper’s “Nighthawks” or Grant Wood’s “American Gothic” – had been closed and that the museum had received very few complaints. The closures were reported by Time Out Chicago.”
  • Cambridge music school cuts jobs, seeks partner Longy may join N.Y.’s Bard College
    Boston Globe
    “After years in the shadow of Boston’s major classical music schools, the Longy School of Music is looking to change course, transitioning from a small institution to a more significant player, perhaps as a satellite of Bard College in New York. The change, occurring several months after a vote by teachers to unionize, has involved shedding more than 20 percent of its teachers, many of whom have taught for decades. The school is negotiating to become a graduate school of Bard. If an agreement is reached, Longy would include Bard in its name and develop a master of arts in teaching program with the larger institution, a liberal arts college that also oversees two New York City high schools and has campuses in Russia and Jerusalem.”
  • Paine announces 'Rooms of Blooms' people's choice winner
    Oshkosh Northwestern
    “More than 5,400 visitors from the greater Fox Valley area and state of Wisconsin enjoyed the amazing splendor and spectrum of fresh flowers at the Paine's first annual floral show “Rooms of Blooms.” Celebrating the art of floral design within the ornate rooms of the historic Paine mansion, “Rooms of Blooms” featured more than 100 artistic fresh flower arrangements”
  • Scale models of museums aid designers
    San Francisco Gate
    “By the time the public enters a museum exhibition, the staff involved has concealed much of the effort that produced it. "I think sometimes an exhibition is not even conceived without maquettes," said Kent Roberts, chief preparatory and exhibition designer at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. He and his assistant, Mia Patterson, make models of the museum's gallery spaces and all the objects that might appear in a given show, using foam core, balsa wood and cardboard. Paintings and photographs get miniaturized to scale using Photoshop.”
  • Carla Bruni-Sarkozy Alights at NYU to Promote Arts Exchange
    NEW YORK— “A week ago Nancy Barton, the head of the art department at NYU’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development got an unexpected call from the office of Madame Carla Bruni-Sarkozy. France’s first lady wanted to inform Barton that, as part of an initiative to link New York arts schools with their Parisian counterparts, her foundation was interested in sponsoring a new student-exchange program between the Sorbonne and the Steinhardt, to start in the fall. Yesterday, Bruni-Sarkozy visited NYU to seal the arrangement, arriving with the head-turning impact that only a former supermodel with a secret-service retinue can command.”
  • Imagined Lives: Mystery Portraits: who’s that ruff guy?
    Entertainment Times UK
    “Tracy Chevalier - I am still wearing the white brocade doublet Caroline gave me. It has a plain high collar, detachable sleeves, and intricate buttons of twisted silk thread, set close together so that the fit is snug. The doublet makes me think of a coverlet on a vast bed. Perhaps that was the intention. I first wore it at an elaborate dinner her parents held in our honour. I knew even before I stood up to speak that my cheeks were inflamed. I have always flushed easily — from physical exertion, from wine, from high emotion. As a boy I was teased by my sisters and by schoolboys — but not by George. Only George could call me Rosy. I would not allow anyone else. He managed to make the word tender. He said it described not just my cheeks, but my lips as well, smooth and crimson as rose petals.”
  • Collector in Chief Hoards Nation’s Irreplaceable Stuff
    New York Times
    WASHINGTON — “In 1961 David S. Ferriero, a grandson of Italian immigrants and great-grandson of Irish ones, was a high school sophomore in Beverly, Mass. He wrote a brief letter to President John F. Kennedy inquiring about the proposed Peace Corps. He also requested a photograph of the president. “I went right to the top,” he said.’
  • The 'Real Photo Postcard Survey Project'
    Art City/Mary Louise Schumacher of the Journal Sentinel
    “In our image-driven day, it is hard to believe that the act of standing in front of a camera, having one’s picture taken, is a relatively new phenomenon. Today, it seems like an inalienable right, this ability to document one’s own existence. Just a century ago, long before people carried phones with cameras in their back pockets, when most people didn’t own a camera at all, getting one’s picture taken was an uncommon event. If you were lucky, your town had a photographer. Others, particularly in isolated places, had to wait and hope for the itinerant shooter to pass through. One of the more accessible forms in the early part of the 20th century was the “real photo postcard.” These full-length portraits on sturdy stock were shared with loved ones in far-off places via the most efficient and en vogue file-sharing network of that era — the U.S. Postal Service — for a penny. For those lucky enough to get one, the postcards might be the only portraits made in their lifetimes.”
  • Forget Avatar, the real 3D revolution is coming to your front room
    Guardian UK
    “3D printers are transforming how the world of design works – within minutes drawings can be turned into a prototype model, slashing costs but also giving consumers the power to become manufacturers. Enjoy eating goulash? Fed up with needing three pieces of cutlery? It could be that I have a solution for you – and not just for you but for picnickers who like a bit of bread with their soup, too. Or indeed for anyone who has dreamed of seeing the spoon and the knife incorporated into one, easy to use, albeit potentially dangerous instrument. Ladies and gentlemen, I would like to introduce you to the Knoon.’
  • Charity to give $100M in grants for new art spaces
    Racine Journal Times
    “Artists and arts organizations nationwide are getting help with creating projects and spaces for performance, exhibition and other purposes in culturally diverse neighborhoods through a 10-year, $100 million grant program announced Monday by the Ford Foundation. The foundation said its Supporting Diverse Art Spaces initiative will revitalize local economies by promoting strong cultural environments, noting that support for the arts is even more vital in the current economic downturn. "There are leading arts and cultural organizations in our communities that are powerful cultural forces but that don't have permanent homes or adequate spaces where they can create and produce their work," said foundation President Luis Ubinas. "We want to work with these organizations to establish lasting and sustainable centers of artistic excellence that match the dignity of their creative work." Under the initiative, the foundation has already awarded a $1 million grant to the Minneapolis-based Artspace Projects to turn an abandoned 1890s East Harlem high school into artist housing and a hub for community arts, in partnership with the New York community group El Barrio's Operation Fightback.”
  • Pepich celebrates 35 years at Racine Art Museum
    Milwaukee BizTimes
    The Racine Art Museum (RAM)in Racine, Wisconsin recently marked the 35th anniversary of Bruce Pepich as its executive director and curator of collections. Pepich oversees all aspects of RAM's nationally recognized collections, exhibitions and education programs in of contemporary crafts and works on paper. Under Pepich's directorship, the institution raised $10.1 million to build and open RAM in 2003, and raised an additional $5 million in 2005-07 to increase RAM's operating endowment. Today, RAM is home to a collection of more than 5,000 works from internationally recognized artists in ceramics, fibers, glass, metals and wood, as well as painting, sculpture and works on paper. He has also further cultivated RAM's reputation in the field of contemporary art and made the museum an important area attraction, bringing visitors to Southeastern Wisconsin from all over the nation and around the world.
  • Chihuly debate revives question
    Is Center a park or arts hub?
    Seattle PI
    A proposal to place a Dale Chihuly glass museum at financially-struggling Seattle Center has reopened an old debate about what, exactly, the center should be - a park with open spaces or a hub for the arts. The fact that it's a little of both right now was evident at a City Council public hearing held Thursday night at Seattle Center. During discussion about the glass museum one speaker referenced New York's Central Park and Lincoln Center, the former one of the world's premier public green spaces and the latter home to the Metropolitan Opera, the New York City Ballet and the New York Philharmonic Orchestra.’
  • Duck stamps galore garner awards at Necedah refuge
    Juneau County Star-Times
    “From widgeon to whistling and scoter to shoveler, waterfowl paraded on canvas during the Junior Duck Stamp Contest held at the Necedah National Wildlife Refuge, or NNWLR, March 26. Students in grades K through 12 from 61 schools sent in 792 pieces of artwork to Daniel Peterson, Wisconsin Junior Duck Stamp Coordinator, at the refuge.”
  • Cadott artist designs for Northwoods Rubber Stamps
    Chippewa Herald
    “Artist Jean Arneson drove to Menomonie one day in 1994 and came home with a new job. It was one that she had never heard of. “I was skeptical and curious — rubber stamp art? All I ever knew about rubber stamps were the (return address) ones we made at PB Office Supply. I never knew there was a whole world out there just waiting to tap into!” Today the job match is still ticking for Arneson. And her work is likely gratifying thousands of rubber stamp collectors — those who’ve been bitten by the stamping/scrapbook craze, and who covet holding bits of Northwoods Rubber Stamps (Stillwater, Minn.) magic in their hands.”
  • Another Painter in O’Keeffe Territory
    New York Times
    SANTA FE, N.M. — “When the painter Susan Rothenberg moved to New Mexico from New York City in 1990 at the age of 45, she didn’t give a lot of thought to the parallels between herself and Georgia O’Keeffe, another woman who gained fame in New York and began spending a lot of time here at around the same age. “We’re completely different people,” Ms. Rothenberg recently said of herself and O’Keeffe, who died at 98 in 1986. “The energy is very different.”
  • Photographer groups sue Google over Book Search
    Cnet News
    “As a judge debates the final outcome of Google's settlement with book publishers and authors, photographers are ready to prolong the debate. The American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP) filed a copyright-infringement lawsuit Wednesday against Google, claiming that Google's Book Search project was undertaken without negotiating rights to their images with the photographers. That's the same argument originally leveled against Google in 2005 on behalf of book authors, who wound up settling with the company in 2008.”
  • Art show's top painting contains scary thoughts
    Chippewa Herald
    “For several months, C.J. Conner’s painting, “Fear the Dark” was one of the first things guests to her Chetek home and studio would see. “Everybody has their own fear. People would look at my painting, and without me prompting them, they would tell me what theirs was,” Conner said. The painting literally inspired dozens of conversations about childhood fears.”
  • Winona museum unveils a Van Gogh
    La Crosse Tribune
    WINONA, Minn. – “Minnesota Marine Art Museum officials unveiled a big addition Sunday - a painting by Vincent Van Gogh. "The Beach of Scheveningen," an oil painting the well-known artist completed in 1882, was one of five new works revealed at an invitation-only event for museum supporters. The paintings are on loan from the collection of Bob Kierlin and his wife, Mary Burrichter. The Van Gogh further bolsters a collection already featuring works by Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Claude Monet and Camille Pissarro, and gives people another reason to visit and support the museum, officials said.”
  • Local artists create farm share for the arts
    Minnesota Public Radio
    St. Paul, Minn. — “It's become popular to buy shares in local farms that send you boxes of produce. Minnesota artists are launching their own version today. They're calling it an artshare. The artshare will come in a box. Each box the size of a fruit crate and will contain original art. Even the crate will be a work of art. Scott Stulen is director of the Community Supported Art program, a joint effort by mnartists.org and Springboard for the Arts. They're selling fifty art shares at $300 each.”
  • Spring Art Show is bigger, better
    Dunn County News
    “The 45th annual Spring Art Show, co-sponsored by Chippewa Valley Newspapers and the Chippewa Valley Cultural Association, keeps getting bigger and better. It runs through Thursday, April 22. This year's event features a record 137 local artists displaying a variety of work.”
  • Call to overhaul 1 of Mall's oldest buildings
    Racine Journal Times
    “One of the oldest buildings on the National Mall, closed since 2004 because of structural problems, could become a high-tech education center for the Smithsonian Institution under a concept presented Monday. Smithsonian Secretary Wayne Clough unveiled the draft plan for the 129-year-old Arts and Industries Building to the board governing the museum complex. The red-brick Victorian-inspired building could one day house temporary exhibits and video dispatches from Smithsonian research centers around the world, said Clough, though he emphasized that plans have not been finalized.”
  • Opinion: A unique look
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
    “After spending some time this winter in the Phoenix/Tucson area, I was impressed with the artistic details that have been put on the bridges, overpasses and columns. One whole interchange south of Phoenix looks like it was covered with dark brown stucco (it was beautiful). Many embankments have either tile or painted Southwestern designs in them. One wall had large branding iron figures recessed in the concrete. Some columns had a rope or braided design cast into the concrete. Can we do something to lighten up the stark concrete structures? Would it cost so much to add a little unique Midwestern touch? We proved we could do artistic concrete work on the Milwaukee Art Museum.”
  • The art of ink
    “As tattoos have transformed from the symbol of loyalty (and pain) of sailors and bikers to mainstream self-decoration, it was only a matter of time before the influence of fashion made its mark. Ania Jalosinska’s background in graphic design, printmaking and clothing and jewelry design informs her custom tattoo art as one-third of Thirtysixtytwo, an appointment-only atelier in Bay View. Jalosinska’s style, which often incorporates words and lettering, is unique to Milwaukee, with a handful of others in Europe working in a similar genre, according to Jalosinska, who was born and raised in Warsaw, Poland. Her clients find her mostly through word of mouth or through an online gallery (www.Thirtysixtytwo.com). She shares a studio with tattooists Lane Turowski, Jalosinska’s husband, and Scott LaShay.”
  • Awards
    Green Bay Press Gazette
    “A music video created for singer and songwriter Victoria Vox netted Arketype Inc. a Best of Show Award at the 2010 Fox River Ad Club ADDY Awards. Arketype created several advertising elements in support of "Westbound"—a documentary film on the life of artist and Wisconsin-native Adolph Vandertie, garnering Gold ADDYs in the categories of Original Music with Lyrics, Title Graphics and DVD Packaging. Other Gold ADDYs were awarded to Arketype for its Creativity and the Arts video on behalf of the Wisconsin Task Force on the Arts and Creativity in Education, and a concert poster for singing duo Sam & Ruby. Included among Arketype's three Silver ADDY award-winning projects was a wide range of work representing print and multimedia designed for clients including Weidner Center Presents, Burst and the Green Bay Symphony Orchestra.”
  • Adding depth to kids' event
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
    “The new theme for the Kohl's Art Generation Gallery at the Milwaukee Art Museum has been revealed, and it's 3-D movies. It opens Friday, and kids who visit the gallery will learn how 3-D works and see which art in the museum appears to be in 3-D using ChromaDepth 3-D glasses. The gallery is featuring a variety of hands-on activities and art projects. It also hosts a scavenger hunt in the museum. This month's theme is "Inside the Outdoors."
    Picture Art Foundation
    Several months ago the P.I.C.T.U.R.E. Art Foundation, headquartered in Redondo Beach, California conducted a world wide ³call for sculptors² which was generated by the need for a large outdoor sculpture for the centerpiece of the new sculpture garden at California State University, Dominguez Hills, CA. The foundation's criteria for submissions was to seek sculptures that evoke the interaction between cultures, either positive or negative, and/or the interaction between traditions and the modern world. Algoma sculptor, Bren Sibilsky was 1 of 6 to receive the Cultural Patriot Award. This award recognizes the designs that successfully invoked the special qualities of a given culture or cultures. The Cultural Patriot Award also qualifies her for membership in the Picture Art Foundation Sculptors Circle. Peter Chicppori was 1 of 5 to receive the Spirit Award. This award recognizes designs that best captured the essence ofPicture Art Foundation’s mission. Wisconsin Arts Board extends its congratulations to both.
  • Artwatch
    Wisconsin Gazette/Debra Brehmer
    “Gallery Night on April 16, opened the flood gates of new shows in Milwaukee. As this quarterly evening of art grazing has steadily grown, it seems that every hair salon, restaurant, shoe-shine shop, bank and law firm is climbing on the bandwagon. As a gallery owner, I could be snobby about this and tell everyone to stick to their own business. But the craziness of the night and the diversity of the art is all part of the fun. So, let the art run wild. Let it flood the streets and brothels. Let it dance in the rain and pour forth from the gutters. Let us be showered with the good and the bad, the confusing and the self-indulgent, the ecstatic and the moribund. Diversity provides richness, but we never seem to learn that lesson fully. With that said, here is one show that stood out from the crowd and another brief recommendation.”
  • Art world remembers artist Jeanne-Claude in NYC
    Racine Journal Times
    “Members of the art world gathered Monday to remember "The Gates" co-creator Jeanne-Claude as a passionate, uncompromising creative force who fought tirelessly to bring giant art projects to fruition with her husband Christo.”
  • RAM treats insects as art
    “Poehlmann explained the background of some of her artwork; for example, a miniature book with four beetles created after John Lennon was killed -- hence its ...”
  • Mitchell Wagon Factory Lofts hosts open house
    Journal Times
    “The lofts feature two main galleries in the lobby area and both will be filled with art from resident artists and craftsmen. As always new residents at the ...”
  • Macha offers tea, inspiring artwork
    UW Badger Herald
    “Cranes,” a brush painting by Chinese Fine Art Association member Vina Yang, is one of the many unique artworks included in the Macha gallery. ...”
  • Kellogg portrait being restored
    “Tony Rajer calls himself an art doctor. He is spending the next month inside the Neville Public Museum cleaning the portrait. Rajer is also smoothing out 75 ...”
  • Curtain rises again on Ten Chimneys
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinelý
    “They once reigned as king and queen of the American theater. And now the doors of their Genesee Depot home are about to open again. ...”
  • Legacy undiminished, but statue needs help
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
    “... sold shares to their neighbors for a quarter a piece and raised enough money to hire Italian sculptor Gaetano Trentanove to create the artwork. ...”
  • Taking flight
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinelý
    “It's an entirely modern and graphic-arts take on bird imagery, an art subject that has inspired humans since the time of cave drawings. ...”
  • A New Park Offers Scenic Flare
    “One of the Sculpture Park Board Members Elizabeth Wellso says, "You don't have to go into an art gallery to experience the art work, the art work is here ...”
  • New Faces, New Places
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
    The Milwaukee Art Museum hired Alicia Pollnow as corporate sales manager, Shannon Watry as its director of major and corporate gifts, Kristin Settle as ...
  • 'Neat' finds at Racine art gallery
    Racine Journal Times
    “His handmade instruments evolved out of that woodworking background and his interests in music and art. The lofts, which has a workshop space for ...”
  • Johnsen Schmaling wins national AIA award
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
    “A dark, poorly designed home that was falling apart at the end of its life was reinvented with the help of Johnsen Schmaling Architects in Milwaukee into a beautifully detailed, modernist dwelling that doesn’t look like it could be a distant cousin to the original.”
  • Opening and closing this week
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
    Various Sites & Dates
    “It's Monday, and here's my weekly round-up of art events that are opening and closing in Wisconsin this ...”
  • National Park Service Announces Grant Award
    In a New Light: Connecting At-Risk Teens to the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway through Nature Photography
    National Park Service
    “The National Park Service (NPS) has announced that it is the recipient of a 2010 America’s Best Idea grant from the National Park Foundation for "In a New Light: Connecting At-Risk Teens to the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway through Nature Photography," an innovative partnership project between the Riverway, Northwest Passage, and local arts and educational organizations.”
  • For MAM members, an artful incentive
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
    “May is Member Month at the Milwaukee Art Museum. So MAM has come up with a few goodies to say thanks for the support. • It will take 25% off your bill at ...”
  • Small buildings have the magic to stir our blood, too, Mr. Burnham
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
    “More than a century ago, construction workers were likened to mountain flies against the sheer scale of the buildings imagined by Daniel Burnham for the Chicago World's Fair of 1893, according to a new documentary about the architect's legacy.”
  • DownBeat Magazine recognizes Sturm and Fatbook with awards
    The Lawrentian
    “DownBeat Magazine recognized Kimberly-Clark Professor of Music and Director of Jazz and Improvisational Music Fred Sturm with the Jazz Education Achievement Award in its 32nd Annual Student Music Awards last week. The student band Fatbook, which last year became the first non-curricular ensemble at Lawrence to win a DownBeat award, was recognized this year with another music award."
  • A Lasting Legacy of Recession
    Michael Kaiser/Huffington Post
    “One of the legacies of the lengthy recession we appear to be leaving behind us is that arts leaders are exhausted. I have spoken with thousands of arts managers over the past six months and it is astonishing how many are considering leaving their positions in the relatively near future. Very few of them are departing for wonderful new opportunities with other arts organizations. The vast majority are planning to leave their jobs with no new position on the horizon.”
  • Context May Diminish Art Appreciation
    Surprising new research suggests non-experts’ receptiveness to modern artworks may be lessened when contextual information is presented. Presenting contextual information alongside a work of modern art may be counterproductive to eliciting appreciation or enjoyment, new research suggests. In a finding sure to evoke concern and curiosity among curators, newly published research suggests presenting contextual information alongside a work of modern art may be counterproductive in terms of eliciting enjoyment or appreciation. Writing in the journal Empirical Studies of the Arts, psychologist Kenneth Bordens of Indiana University-Purdue University, Fort Wayne, describes a study in which undergraduates evaluated artworks representing various styles. The 172 participating students had little or no knowledge about art.
  • First Street triangle stirs emotions
    Milwaukee Business Journal
    “A volunteer effort to spruce up the gateway to the city’s 5th Ward is drawing criticism from residents of the blossoming near-south side neighborhood. Two Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design students are proposing that a few trees and more than two dozen illuminated cubes be positioned at the vacant traffic triangle near South First and Water streets. While nobody objects to doing something creative with the triangle, the illuminated “Pixel Field” proposed by MIAD bears a striking resemblance to a “graveyard” or “dead zone,” according to Milwaukee architect Charles Engberg, who lives in a condo at The Point on the River development.”
  • Visitors enjoy Peeps show at RAM
    Racine Journal Times
    RACINE - Sugary, sweet and strange. This offering by the Racine Art Museum is decidedly un-museum-like: a riot of electric pastels - bright blue, yellow, orange, green and pink. "Peep Couture," "Psychothera-peeps," "Put on your Peepster Bonnet," "Wind Peep Lighthouse," "Peeps in a blanket." No one at the Racine Art Museum knew exactly what to expect when it decided to participate in the international Peeps art contest sponsored by the Just Born candy company. It started as something for the museum store to do, to get people back in the doors and Downtown after winter's slow season.”
  • An Uptick for Broadway
    New York Times
    “Compared to the dark days of the economy during the first three months of 2009, Broadway enjoyed modest improvements in ticket sales and attendance during the first quarter of 2010, according to a data analysis by the Broadway League released on Wednesday. Blockbuster musicals and star-studded productions were especially helpful in boosting the numbers. Broadway’s box-office receipts for plays and musicals totaled $228,529,254 in the first three months of 2010, an increase of 4.4 percent over the amount – $218,972,954 – for the same period in 2009.”
  • Conner, Calkins, Wilson take Spring Art Show’s top three awards
    Chippewa Herald
    “Judges for the Herald awards and the CVCA honorable mentions were Herald reporter Candice White, Eau Claire photographer Drew Kaiser, and Chi-Hi art teacher Jennifer Handrick. The awards will be given out at the Spring Art Show at 2:15 p.m. today at the Heyde Center for the Arts in Chippewa Falls.”

Community Arts

  • Know Your Madisonian: Glenn Mitroff directs symphony of volunteers
    Wisconsin State Journal
    "Glenn Mitroff, 54, has been the volunteer and outreach coordinator at community radio station WORT-FM (89.9) for 10 years. In that role, he helps coordinate the work of some 300 weekly volunteers who put in about 62,000 hours of service a year at the station."
  • Henri's Music in Green Bay, Appleton closing by end of May
    Green Bay Press Gazette
    “Henri’s Music opened in 1965, in the heyday of the Beatles, the Byrds and the Supremes. But the music store, like many of the bands from the ’60s, is heading into history. Henri’s Music Superstores, headquartered on Military Avenue in Green Bay, will close by the end of May. That includes the closure of its store at 122 S. Memorial Drive in Appleton. Its Oshkosh branch closed Wednesday. The company, taken over by Citizens Bank, will begin its clearance sale shortly through a liquidation company chosen by its receiver. “It’s another victim of the economy,” said Brad Witthuhn, Henri’s general manager in Green Bay.”
  • Catalano Square may be spot for music and art
    Art City/Mary Louise Schumacher of the Journal Sentinel
    “Catalano Square, the only public park in the Historic Third Ward, may soon become the site of weekly music events and regular art fairs, if the Historic Third Ward Association and business improvement district get their way. This morning, the Common Council's Public Works Committee voted to begin negotiations with the two organizations to lease the land to them. This would allow the groups to oversee the mainenance and landscaping of the park and to hold events without going through the approval process. A number of area retailers and restaurants have been working on plans for more events on that end of the Third Ward, said Ron San Felippo. chairman of the BID. Some of the ideas on the table include having live music one night a week and a small, regular arts festival.”
  • Gallery owner sees the arts as city's niche
    Living Lake Country
    “Oconomowoc's Paul Schultz is steeped in art. By profession, Schultz is an architect who purchased and transformed a Wisconsin Avenue storefront into a cooperative art gallery known as Griffin Gallery, where he pursues his avocation, as a painter. His office, Sunarc Studio in located in the rear of the building and his residence on the renovated second floor. The exposed brick walls, original wood flooring and streaming natural light, provide a beautiful home for the dozen or so talented artists that work the gallery. "This is our sixth year," for the gallery, Schultz said. "I had this space in the front of the building and I knew a group of artists that I painted with that I've known for quite a few years. I asked them if they were interested in starting a cooperative gallery. We agreed upon it and found some other artists to join us," he said.”
  • UPAF sets $9.3 million goal
    The Business Journal of Milwaukee
    “The United Performing Arts Fund has set a 2010 campaign goal of $9.3 million, a 3.3 percent increase from last year's target. UPAF, which is raising operating funds for 34 Milwaukee area performing arts groups, met the goal last year, when organizers dropped the goal by 15 percent to account for the economy. The 2010 goal was announced at UPAF's annual campaign kick off held at Bayshore Town Center in Glendale.”
  • The art of soup - Bowls & Books event helps Rhode
    Kenosha News
    “If you asked the women from Franks Diner, pizza in a bowl was like lightning in a bottle at Wednesday’s Bowls & Books fundraiser. “It’s the best one here, I’m telling you,” said Jeni Heim, a friend of the diner owners who was helping to serve up the restaurant’s red stew of pepperoni, sausage and mushrooms, topped with pizza crust croutons, mozzarella balls and a dash of balsamic vinegar. Franks’ pizza soup was one of many offerings attendees could sample and vote for at the 10th annual benefit for the Rhode Center for the Arts.”
  • Update: ChippePedia makes progress capturing local culture
    WQOW-TV Eau Claire
    Eau Claire (WQOW) - Community historians work to put Chippewa Valley history and culture where everyone can see it: online. The site is called Chippepedia and anyone will be able to add and edit stories about people and life here in the Chippewa Valley. That includes the story of John Till. He was a famous local figure. "There are all sorts of fascinating people in the Chippewa Valley," says Frank Smoot at the Chippewa Valley Museum. "And John Till is one of them."
  • For art's sake, they find a place to call home
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
    “Buy art. Buy what you love, without a thought for what it might one day be worth. Put your art on display. Enjoy it. That's always been the way in the house of Busalacchi - whether it was the seven-bedroom Victorian on the east side where Tony and Pat Busalacchi raised three daughters, or their 2,000-square-foot contemporary home in Whitefish Bay.”
  • Kalahari Resorts acquires stake in Dells theater
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
    “Kalahari Resorts said Monday it has purchased joint ownership with Tommy Bartlett Inc. in the Crystal Grand Music Theatre in Wisconsin Dells. The partnership will enable Kalahari Resorts and Tommy Bartlett to provide a wider variety of entertainment genres and draw a more diverse audience to the 2,000-seat venue, the companies said in a joint statement. The transaction gives Todd Nelson, president and owner of the Kalahari, a half ownership of the theater, which he purchased from founders Barbara and Paul Byrski. Tom Diehl of Tommy Bartlett continues to own the other half of the business.”
  • UPAF announced 2010 campaign goal
    Milwaukee BizTimes
    “The United Performing Arts Fund (UPAF) recently announced its plan to raise $9.3 million dollars by the middle of June. The money raised will help support 34 performing arts groups throughout southeastern Wisconsin. "The performing arts are indispensable to the vitality of our region," said Cristy Garcia-Thomas, president of UPAF. "UPAF's 34 performing arts groups enrich lives, build a sense of community, attract and retain high-level professionals in our region and change the lives of over 400,000 children through education and outreach every year.”
  • Commentary: Racine’s arts programs should take center stage
    Racine Journal Times
    “I always get mixed emotions when somebody tells me something is “one of Racine’s best-kept secrets.” I’m excited to know that people recognize something in our community as being one of the best around but, on the other hand, I feel frustrated that not enough people know about these so-called “best-kept secrets.” I believe this to be true of our local arts program, and all the entertainment and components that fall under its umbrella. Organizations and groups like the Racine Symphony Orchestra, the Racine Theatre Guild, Racine Arts Council and the Racine Art Museum, along with the Racine Concert Band, the Over Our Head Players and the Sixth Street Theatre, the Choral Arts Society of Southeastern Wisconsin, the Racine Heritage Museum, The Charles A. Wustum Museum of Fine Arts, the Racine Kilties and Boys of 76 Drum and Bugle Corps, the Lighthouse Brigade, the Racine Dairy Statesmen Barbershop/A Cappella Chorus and Opus 2000/Sweet Adelines Chorus, not to mention the other numerous area talented musicians, bands, actors and artists that perform and display their talents throughout our community all year long, the list goes on and on.”
  • Overture Center Going Green With Local Help
    New LED Fixtures Are Lighting Up Weekend Production
    Channel 3000 Madison
    MADISON, Wis. -- A Middleton company is supplying new energy saving LED fixtures to light this weekend's Overture production of the opera, "The Flying Dutchman." Officials from Electronic Theater Controls said the fixtures provide bold colors and powerful light output -- all while cutting energy costs for Overture.
  • John McCutcheon Holds Concert to Benefit Neighbor's Place
    WSAW-TV Wausau
    “Wausau's Grand Theatre was full of people listening to folk singer John McCutcheon on Sunday night. McCutcheon was born in Wausau and is a six-time Grammy nominated artist. He donated all the proceeds from his ticket sales to the Neighbor's Place.”
  • What I Do: I repair musical instruments
    Wisconsin State Journal
    “I repair musical instruments and specialize in woodwind instruments, which include saxophones, clarinets, flutes, oboes and bassoons. I buy and sell woodwinds, and sell on consignment. I stock and sell a lot of accessories such as mouthpieces, reeds and neck straps. My Web site has allowed me to sell and ship horns to the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Singapore, New Zealand, Japan and other countries.”
  • How St. Norbert College artist created Vince Lombardi medallion
    Green Bay Press Gazette
    “A Nick Patton grew up in De Pere and is a Green Bay Packers fan, so he relishes the opportunity to be a key part in creating a medallion in the likeness of Vince Lombardi for a national sports conference. “At first, it’s intimidating,” said Patton, graphic artist at St. Norbert College. “To illustrate Lombardi, you’ve got to make sure it looks like him.”
  • Kohler Arts Center seeks volunteers to operate M.I.K.E.
    Sheboygan Press
    “The John Michael Kohler Arts Center is seeking volunteers interested in studio music production to work in M.I.K.E. (Musically Integrated Kiosk Environment). Volunteers will be trained in the use of the Mac-based software Pro Tools and in operating M.I.K.E., the Arts Center's dynamic outdoor public sculpture that functions as a digital recording studio and a transformable performance stage. M.I.K.E. operators run the digital recording studio, allowing the Arts Center to make the technology and studio available to the wider community.”
  • Deep-Fried Romantic: the Best Place in Milwaukee
    Third Coast Digest
    “First off, I have to start this week’s column with what sounds like a Craigslist “Missed Connections” post but really is just a prologue on how I ended up at the not-yet-minted Best Place on Friday night. It’s also a portrait of how out of practice I am. It was 6 p.m. on Spring Gallery Night. I arrived too early for the Parachute Project’s Sweeping the Pool of Light, which was ironically marred at that time by bright evening sun. On the slope of 9th and W. Juneau Ave., in the heart of what used to be the Pabst Brewery complex, there is a man leaning out a heavy door of the old Sternewirt Pub calling out to art patrons. “Art there, beer here!”
  • Wooden Earth Day key card begins at Spooner business
    Spooner Advocate
    “A wooden hotel key card with its origin in Spooner is being touted as a product to help celebrate the 40th anniversary of Earth Day, which is today, April 22. Northern Sheer Veneer of Spooner is the company supplying the thin, rotary-peeled sheets from local certified sustainable trees which are used to make the wooden card. Sustainable Cards sells the cards around the world. The company has roots in Sweden and its international headquarters in Boulder, Colo. In August 2008, 70,000 of the wooden key cards were used at the Democratic National Convention in Denver.”
  • Good News - Culver’s donates $13,000 to groups
    Beloit Daily News
    “Culver’s Frozen Custard and Butterburgers in Beloit donated a total of $13,198.87 to area charitable groups Tuesday. The funds came from Scoopie Night events held at Culver’s restaurant in the past month Ten percent of the proceeds from that evening went to a particular charitable group. Among those receiving funds were Cunningham Elementary School, Meals on Wheels, Central Christian Church, Blackhawk Technical College Outdoor Club, Caritas, Robinson Elementary School, Health Ministries for Haiti, McNeel Middle School’s Builders Club and the Beloit Memorial High School Theater Group.”
  • Thrasher celebrates Volunteer Week
    Ripon Press
    “Because this week is National Volunteer Week, the Thrasher Opera House salutes its volunteers as well as others who share their time and energy to make area communities better places to live and work. “Volunteering for the Thrasher provides many benefits — to the volunteer, to Thrasher and to the community,” volunteer coordinator Vicki Duhr said of the downtown Green Lake venue. “As a Thrasher volunteer, you will learn new skills, meet new people, and be able to accumulate Thrasher ‘dollars’ to attend performances at free or reduced rates.” The time a volunteer donates helps Thrasher reduce expenses, making it possible for the opera house to provide more programs and to keep ticket prices affordable, Duhr said.”
  • Expression through art opens up new world for students
    Ripon Press
    “Children with special needs often are not able to experience many things that other children can. Depending on the disability, getting through a day can be a challenge in itself, and finding an avenue to open up and express themselves can be even more difficult. Thanks to some special teachers, two area students were not only able to find expression through artwork, but they also were able to share their work with others.’
  • Ten buildings Milwaukee can’t do without
    Milwaukee Magazine
    “Students at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee are sounding the alarm on 10 of the city’s most unusual but least protected buildings. While the churches, theaters, schools and houses have proud pasts, today they’re neglected and misused. Many have come close to demolition. “It’s about saving Milwaukee’s heritage,” says Matthew Jarosz, professor of architecture and urban planning. “It’s broader than just churches and mansions. It’s a collection of building typologies.”
  • Movie theater could reopen if grant approved
    Reedsburg Times-Press
    REEDSBURG – “The city’s financial status and physical makeup could be enhanced profoundly if everything goes Reedsburg’s way at the state level in the next few weeks. A Community Development Block Grant in the amount of $3,335,000 would help shape up the downtown in a hurry, City Administrator John Dougherty said. One of the projects that residents may find the most pleasing is the reopening of the downtown movie theater, which has been closed since June 2008.”
  • Leaders, village staff look to put ‘green’ in Village Green Center
    Kenosha News
    PLEASANT PRAIRIE — The future Village Green Center is little more than a twinkle in planners’ eyes, but now is the time to determine what stakeholders hold dear environmentally, village officials said Monday night. Gabriel, an architect and director of sustainable design for Dorschner Associates Inc., of Madison, said the workshop was meant to fill in some blanks after the village held a number of public “cafes” to brainstorm what village leaders want to become of the downtown gathering place bounded by 39th and 47th Avenues, Springbrook Road and 98th Street (if the latter street existed).
  • Music and Nightlife
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
    “To call this "The Worlds Greatest Music Festival" is now completly absurd. My God... The quality of music performers at Summerfest has gone to crap!”
  • Project opens young eyes to more than just a river
    Sawyer County Record
    “In a New Light — a program that engages at-risk boys through photography in the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway — got its official kickoff on Monday, April 19. “The project will immerse at-risk teens in the beauty of the Riverway as they embark on a photographic journey of discovery, hope and healing,” the National Park Service (NPS) has said.”
  • Empty Bowls raises more than $11000
    New Richmond News
    “The bowls were created by fifth-graders, high school ceramics classes, the high school art club, St. Mary's middle schoolers, school staff and various ...”
  • Band room's risers are coming down
    Brookfield Elm Grove Now
    “Board members again put off voting on a $40000 proposal for a custom ventilation system for one of Central's art rooms, saying the project needs more study. ...”
  • Talent on display
    Kenosha News.com
    “We're passionate about music, and we wanted to show the world what we could do,” said Marcinkus, who sang and played guitar. Larson said the duo, ...”
  • Mitchell Street fights to save Modjeska Theater
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
    “Built in the 1920s as a vaudeville and movie palace, the theater at 1134 W. Historic Mitchell St. was named after Helena Modjeska, a renowned Polish actress ...”
    Sussex Sun
    “At our informal meetings we learn through art demonstrations and critiques by local artists, teachers, and professionals who share their art expertise and ...”
  • Mac Dowell Club Concert Held in Brookfield
    Brookfield Elm Grove Now
    “These concerts are free and music lovers from the Greater Milwaukee community are always welcome. For program details, driving directions, or membership ...”
  • UFAH donors, volunteers honored
    La Crosse Tribune
    “... La Crosse Boychoir, La Crosse Chamber Chorale, La Crosse Community Theatre, La Crosse County Historical Society, La Crosse Symphony Orchestra, ...”
  • Destination Marketing Association & Americans for the Arts Need Your Opinion!
    Deadline for Feedback: June 1
    Americans for the Arts
    “Studies show that the overall "community destination" is the first decision a traveler makes, regardless of the type of travel, and weaving cultural-heritage into a destination's overall story is often what makes a locale distinctive. A special Joint Task Force appointed by Destination Marketing Association International (DMAI) and Americans for the Arts is developing a new cultural and heritage focused toolkit designed to assist in strengthening this important community connection. Now open for public review and comment, the toolkit is currently available via a special task force blog, offering readers a single location for toolkit access and public comment. Commentary resulting from this review period will be directly used by the Joint Task Force in revising and updating this important industry resource. Once refined, the toolkit will be distributed to organizational members as well as incorporated into association education and certification programs. Visit the task force blog to comment! The deadline for toolkit review and commentary is June 1, 2010.”
  • Madison's neighborhood secrets
    “Believe it or not, Franklin Elementary School, 305 W. Lakeside St., houses one of Madison's artistic treasures: a dreamy, painterly mural in which peacocks surround a fruitful apple tree as the sun shines, birds chirp and flowers grow. The work was created by Laura Dronzek, the renowned painter and illustrator whose kids attended Franklin. Dronzek painted an equally stunning mural with husband Kevin Henkes, the famous children's author-illustrator, at Randall Elementary School. The two have just completed another one for the new Madison Children's Museum on the Square.”
  • Portage County treads tourism waters
    Wausau Daily Herald
    A new outdoor attraction is the Stevens Point Sculpture Park, which is expected to be a large tourist destination. "A lot of sculpture parks are manicured," ...
  • Spring beauty
    Baldwin Bulletin
    Various Sites & Dates
    “Live music will be held each evening at the Lion's Tent. Thursday night features Round Two from 7 to 11 pm, the Eagle River Band will play from 8 to ...”
  • Scrapbook: Donations, scholarships and reunions
    Wisconsin State Journal
    “Donations: The Madison Community Foundation has announced $1,022,256 in competitive grants awarded this spring to 20 Dane County charities. The largest — for $154,000 — was awarded to the Community Action Coalition to add capacity to 13 Dane County food pantries. Grants of $100,000 each were awarded to Clean Wisconsin, to be matched three to one to create a $400,000 endowment to celebrate the group’s 40th anniversary; and to Road Home Dane County to support affordable housing and establish an endowment.
  • Sisters envision river arts center
    Baraboo News Republic
    “Four sisters dreaming of a coffee shop/arts center in the Baraboo Ringling Riverfront found a receptive ear and questions about practical issues from city officials Tuesday evening. Baraboo resident Rose Jackson, nee Prawdzik, spoke to the city Finance/Personnel Committee about using a city-owned house at 213 Lynn St. With her were her sisters and potential business partners, Katie Wipperfurth of Lodi, Nancy Prawdzik of Sauk City and Alison Prawdzik, also of Baraboo. Jackson said they have dreamed of creating a shop called Practically Magic based on their love of baking their grandmother's recipes and of art.”

Literary Arts

  • Goldin bookstore
    UWM Post
    “As students, the closest thing to a bookstore we normally step foot in is Panther Books, and even that is only once a semester due to class requirements. Some students don’t even get off their couches to buy books anymore with the advent of the Internet shopping. Despite the seeming lack of need, there is still a small-time bookstore just down the street from UW-Milwaukee that is doing quite well for itself. Boswell Books, located on the 2500 block of Downer Avenue, opened on April 3, 2009 as the passion project of business and book aficionado Daniel Goldin. “When I was a child, my mom had to tell me to stop reading and go outside and play,” Goldin said.”
  • Conversation: Open Letter Finds a Ready Audience With Works in Translation
    Art Beat/PBS
    “Only 3 percent of all books published each year in the United States are works of fiction or poetry that have been translated into English from another language. Consider then, that the 2009 Nobel Laureate was Romanian-born author Herta Mueller, and the year before, it was Jean-Marie Gustave Le Clezio, a French writer. There may have been some very savvy readers who already had them in their libraries, but many others probably tried searching in vain at their local bookstores for copies. Open Letter Books, a small press operating out of the University of Rochester in New York, is trying to offer those readers a head start.”
  • As It Turns Out, Maybe You Can Judge a Book by Its Cover
    New York Times
    “Which of these facts is more surprising: that there is an annual contest held by The Bookseller magazine for the year’s most bizarrely titled book, or that a volume about Nazi eating utensils didn’t win it? Sorry, “Collectible Spoons of the Third Reich” by James A. Yannes, but you received only enough votes to place third in the online competition for the Diagram Prize for Oddest Book Title of the Year, the magazine announced on Friday in a news release. A plurality of the votes — 1,912 of the 4,553 ballots cast at TheBookSeller.com — went to “Crocheting Adventures With Hyperbolic Planes” by Dr. Daina Taimina. In a statement, Philip Stone, charts editor of The Bookseller, said that Dr. Taimina’s book had won the prize, awarded to a work published in 2009, because, “very simply, the title is completely bonkers.”
  • Counterfeit Roth
    New Yorker
    “Last month, Paola Zanuttini, a journalist from La Repubblica, the progressive Roman newspaper, interviewed Philip Roth about his latest novel, “The Humbling,” which has recently been published in Italian. “We had a lively and intelligent conversation about my fiction,” Roth said. The Q. & A. ran on February 26th, as the cover story of Il Venerdì—La Repubblica’s Friday magazine—with a fierce-looking closeup portrait of Roth, and the title “Sex and Me.” Zanuttini focussed on the relationships of Roth’s aging protagonists with their much younger inamoratas, the feminist response to them, and his own marriages and romances. “Your descriptions of sex are ruthless,” she asserted. “Ruthless?” he countered. She backed down a little: “They describe things as they are, raw and naked.” “I am pleased by the notion that I can still be scandalous,” he said. “I thought I had lost that magic.” The real scandal revealed by the interview, however, came at the end, when Zanuttini asked Roth why he was so “disappointed” with Barack Obama.”
  • Mama Banks' spiritual poetry is on tap
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
    Mama Banks' spiritual poetry is on tap Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Some poets read from the screens of their cell phones. Some hold wrinkled sheets of white paper. Mama Banks recites her verse from memory. Her poem is a sermon: "With one swift stroke Of His mighty pen All of my sins Are laid across heaven for him to see," Banks begins. The small, dark stage at the front of Brooklyn's Restaurant and Lounge on Fond du Lac Ave. is her pulpit. No one shouts, "Amen," but the response is nonetheless spirited. "C'mon!" one woman yells. "All right!" calls another. "Yes!"
  • Senior Evelyn Gray completes first novel
    Exponent Online/UW Platteville
    “Senior Evelyn Gray just released her first book, and has several others in the works. Evelyn Gray is married, has a baby and is a full-time student at UW-Platteville. If that was not enough to impress you, she recently published her first novel. Released in May 2008, Gray, a senior mid-level education and English literature major, spent most of her recent spare time finishing the book, Magickal Pains: Alex’s Story.”
  • Screens and Eyestrain
    Wall Street Journal
    “The launch of Apple Inc.'s iPad is fueling an ocular debate: What type of e-reader is easiest on the eyes: the black-and-white screens that simulate ink on a printed page or the back-lit color screens used by computers and the iPad? The question isn't just academic. A battle is under way to replace a 550-year-old invention called the printed book, and the winning technologies could have a big impact on everything from how students learn to the way people read a novel at the beach.’
  • Atwood in the Twittersphere
    New York Review of Books
    “Margaret Atwood, tweeting aboard the Queen Mary 2, August 2009A long time ago—less than a year ago in fact, but time goes all stretchy in the Twittersphere, just as it does in those folksongs in which the hero spends a night with the Queen of Faerie and then returns to find that a hundred years have passed and all his friends are dead…. Where was I?”
  • Little House in the Hood
    New York Times
    It’s remarkable how often you can, in fact, judge a book by its cover. What’s more dangerous is judging a writer by her reputation. I mowed down several thousand pages of “In Search of Lost Time” before figuring out that Proust, touchstone of novice food writers everywhere, had about as much to say about food as he did about lasers.
  • From free books to e-books: how publishers are dealing with digital
    Telegraph UK
    Publishers are re-thinking books for the digital era. Emma Barnett looks at the ways technology is changing the publishing industry. “The moment when Gordon Brown, the Prime Minister, finally calls the general election is a long awaited one for many politicians, pundits and even some voters. However, one other person is eagerly awaiting that moment – Neil Boorman, the author of “It’s All Their Fault”. As soon as the election is announced, Boorman, author of previous books including "Bonfire Of The Brands", will hit the publish button, and watch as his manifesto - which seeks to rid the Government of baby boomers - goes truly interactive, in a step just as bold for his publishers, HarperCollins, as it is for him.’
  • Author wins publishing deal after leaving manuscript on Richard and Judy's doorstep
    Telegraph UK
    A struggling author landed a major publishing deal for her first novel after leaving a draft copy on the doorstep of television presenters Richard and Judy. “Ruth Saberton, 37, composed her romantic comedy "Katy Carter Wants a Hero" after moving from London to the countryside. She based the story and characters on the people she met in the fishing village of Polperro, Cornwall. The college tutor sent the manuscript to several publishing houses but had no reply and was on the verge of giving up. But when her mother-in-law mentioned that Richard Madeley and Judy Finnigan had a country retreat nearby she decided to take them a rough copy. Mrs Saberton drove to their secluded house and placed a 400 page manuscript on the doormat and a note through the letterbox asking them to read it. She was then stunned when Richard – who along with his wife hosted a regular book club on their TV show – phoned her and said he loved the novel.’
  • Retracting The Ridiculous
    Huffington Post
    “We understand fudging a couple details every now and then. Misprinting a statistic, perhaps? It's bound to happen at some point and a newspaper should dutifully take responsibility. But these screw-ups take newspaper corrections to a whole new level. It's amazing how many people are wrongfully called prostitutes. Hey editors, not everybody in the news is trying to turn tricks!”
  • Book Report: ‘Classics’ in a nutshell serves as shortcut for some
    River Falls Journal
    “From time to time a good book slips through the cracks and it doesn’t get reviewed. Normally, I only review brand new books in this column, but I can’t let this older one slip by just because it earlier eluded me. From time to time a good book slips through the cracks and it doesn’t get reviewed. Normally, I only review brand new books in this column, but I can’t let this older one slip by just because it earlier eluded me. The book is “How to Become Ridiculously Well-Read in One Evening” (Viking Press, $12.95), by E. O. Parrott. Literary purists may be offended and good for them. I happen to like books that make fun of literary “classics” and this little book, first published in 1985, does a great job of it.”
  • What happens when there are more writers than readers?
    Blog: The Artful Manager
    “Author Jane Hamilton ask a rather probing question toward the end of her radio interview on To the Best of Our Knowledge. The question evolves from a conversation about the crowds of people who want to be writers, but who aren't well read -- and the loss of filters to discover and celebrate the true visionaries among them.”
  • Reading Up on Gutenberg as the iPad Drops
    New York Times Paper Cuts
    “An 18th century portrait of Johann Gutenberg.With the iPad, which arrives in stores on Saturday, Apple is joining Amazon and other makers of e-readers in an effort to overturn the 500-year-old model of book publishing. Technophiles have often oversold the effects of such innovations. (Remember how information technology was thought in the 1990s to have smoothed out the business cycle?) But sometimes technology does contribute to profound social change. The eclipse of scribal manuscripts by the printed book coincided with — and arguably contributed to — tremendous changes in society. Could the possible eclipse of print by digital communications also lead to an epochal societal shift?”
  • Menomonee Falls Public Library now allowing formerly rejected religious art
    Fox 6 Milwaukee
    WITI-TV, MENOMONEE FALLS – “A public library invites a half dozen religious schools to exhibit student work. For the past six years religious schools have been invited to exhibit their art at the Menomonee Falls Public Library. In 2010, Teacher Leslie Granberg says 15-20 pieces of her student art never made it on display. She says the apologetic library staff telling her, "You can not have crosses we have called the other school and told them to take down their work."
  • Harryette Mullen wins $50,000 poetry prize
    Los Angeles Times
    “Poet Harryette Mullen, a professor at UCLA, has won the Jackson Poetry Prize from Poets and Writers Magazine. Now in its fourth year, the substantive prize carries with it an award of $50,000. In their announcement of the award, the judges wrote that Mullen's work is "brilliant and enigmatic, familiar and subversive. Like jewels, her poems are multifaceted and shoot off lights. Mullen uses the techniques of sound association, innuendo, and signifying, and this way makes the reader alert to the cunning of the English language."
  • New Clancy Thriller Contains the Sum of All Characters
    New York Times
    “Super groups: They worked for Blind Faith, the Avengers, Them Crooked Vultures and the 1992 men’s United States Olympic basketball team, so why not Tom Clancy? On Wednesday, Penguin Group said it would publish a new thriller by Mr. Clancy that would bring together many of his best-known characters from his last-quarter century of literary output. The new novel, called “Dead Or Alive” and written with his frequent collaborator Grant Blackwood, will feature…”
  • Explore verse in honor of Poetry Month
    Wisconsin State Journal
    “Picking up Barbara L. Greenberg's "Late Life Happiness" you might think it's ironically titled, as the poems center on loss - of a mother, a sister, a husband. But Greenberg has discovered the happiness that comes from making: She writes poems to turn her loss into gold.”
  • 'Whistling' author taps into feelings, emotions from childhood
    Appleton Post-Crescent
    “Wisconsin writer Lesley Kagen, the featured author for Fox Cities Reads 2010, says she loves the idea of a community read. "You can be in the grocery store waiting in line and turn to someone and say, 'Hey, have you read that book?'" said Kagen, 60, of Cedarburg, who is appearing at the third annual Fox Cities Book Festival, which begins today and runs through April 18. "You can be having breakfast in the local restaurant and be having a conversation. It leads people to share thoughts and strike up conversations at any time and any place. You don't have to be at a bookstore or book club. It's so interesting about books because when you read, you bring yourself to the book. We all see different things."
  • City names official poet
    WEAU-TV Eau Claire
    “The City of Eau Claire now has its own poet laureate and she says she's honored. Dr. Nadine St. Louis was named the city's official poet Tuesday at the council meeting. The retired UW-Eau Claire English professor has written several books. The city's proclamation says she's dedicated her life to bringing poetry to the Eau Claire community. The city says it wanted to designate a poet laureate to promote culture in Eau Claire. Dr. St. Louis told WEAU 13 News on the phone she's enormously excited and considers it an honor.”
  • Author John Eisenberg explains how Green Bay Packers coach Vince Lombardi transformed team
    Appleton Post Crescent
    “Before he became a legend, Vince Lombardi performed a miracle. This he accomplished, in large part, during 1959, his first year as coach of the long-hapless Green Bay Packers, who registered a single win during its miserable 1958 campaign. John Eisenberg, author of "The First Season: How Vince Lombardi Took the Worst Team in the NFL and Set it on the Path to Glory." Eisenberg, speaking Wednesday at the Radisson Paper Valley Hotel, confessed he was late to appreciate the coach's accomplishments, having watched the Packers out-duel his hometown favorite, the Dallas Cowboys, in the 1966 and 1967 National Football League Championships.”
  • Wisconsin Poet Laureate Search Begins
    Portal Wisconsin
    “April is National Poetry Month and the Poet Laureate Commission of Wisconsin is pleased to announce that the search for Wisconsin’s next Poet Laureate has now officially begun. The Commission encourages all qualified poets living in Wisconsin to apply for this prestigious post. Nominations of poets may also be made, with the poet’s consent. The two-year term of service will begin on January 1, 2011. The Poet Laureate’s mission is an important and lofty one—to promote poetry statewide, to serve as a herald for Wisconsin’s poets and their verse, and to enrich the lives of Wisconsin’s citizens by encouraging the gift of poetry.”
  • UW-EC student's research leads to Hmong children's book
    Leader Telegram
    Pakou Vang's attempt to make the research for her master's degree thesis more reliable prompted an unanticipated-yet-welcome result: the publication of a Hmong children's book. Mai, the main character of the children's book "The Tiger in the Village," saves her family from a tiger by throwing hot peppers into its eyes. UW-Eau Claire graduate student Pakou Vang published the book in December. UW-Stout art graduate Jesse Edgington used acrylic paint for all of the illustrations.
  • Minong fire of ’77 remembered in new book
    Superior Telegram
    “It started in the early afternoon of April 30 in a field west of Minong with sparks from a small campfire. The File Mile Fire looms above View Point Lodge near Minong in 1977. Photo by John Howard Wickland. It started in the early afternoon of April 30 in a field west of Minong with sparks from a small campfire.”
  • Fairy tale has dark twist
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
    Bees dance among the white plum-tree blossoms outside Gaiman's towering home in western Wisconsin, near Minneapolis. But there are macabre touches in this ...
  • Young readers serious about series books
    Herald Times Reporterý
    “Since we are such a visual society, the detailed, professional artwork enlivens the story before the first word is read. Because the artwork enhances the ...:”
  • Humorist Feldman's one-liner list too tempting an idea not to borrow
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
    “Humorist Michael Feldman calls his musings "All the news that isn't" on his Public Radio International show "Whad'Ya Know?" And he keeps a collection of his comic non sequiturs from the show (i.e. "First HD pictures of the sun melt immediately") on his blog at mefeld.wordpress.com. But my reflections are merely random thoughts that keep me from getting any work done until I exorcise them.”
  • Milwaukee library going green with new roof
    GM Today
    MILWAUKEE - "The top of Milwaukee's Central Library is springing to life after a recent project to build a green roof across the 30,000 square foot structure.”
  • David Horst column: Sandhill cranes lift poet to flight of fancy
    Appleton Post Crescent
    "I wrote last time about of a pleasant way to greet the morning — perched on the edge of a farm field, watching the sandhill cranes, turkeys and other wildlife wake up. Here's another one. How about starting your workday by getting a call from Wisconsin's first poet laureate? She says she enjoyed reading about the Midwest Crane Count and has something she wants me to hear. It's a poem about sandhills. It's a poem about how, when she dies, she wants to come back as a sandhill crane.”
  • If library expands, money might come from many sources
    Portage Daily Register
    “If an addition is built onto the Portage Public Library, residents will see an intricate arrangement of concrete, masonry and metal take shape on West Edgewater Street. But before that can happen, an intricate arrangement of money, paperwork and people must take shape in meeting rooms and offices.”
  • Poetry project with The Arc Fox Cities
    Appleton Post Crescent
    “Beth Detienne of Appleton, a member of The Arc Fox Cities and an advocate for people with differing abilities, took her first creative writing and dramatic expression class this spring. During the class, which The Arc offered through a $1,000 Sam's Club Foundation grant, visiting Lawrence University professor of theater arts George Grant coached six students in their 20s, 30s and 40s on the art of writing poetry and reading it aloud.”

Arts Education

  • UWSP features 50 artists
    WAOW-TV Wausau
    STEVENS POINT (WAOW)—“Creative energy filled the Noel Fine Arts Center at U-W Stevens Point. That's where artists from all the over the Midwest took part in the 38th annual Festival of the Arts. The goal is to bring awareness to the arts and sell hand-crafted items. The event featured about 50 artists who make their living creating art. It gave the public a chance to admire the pieces and meet the people who crafted them. "I think this is a wonderful opportunity for people to acquire art that they can now live with. it's very enriching to have it everyday," says Co-Chair of the event, Mark Brueggeman. Some artists donated their work to the festival's silent auction. The money raised will fund five scholarships for UWSP fine arts students.”
  • Enthusiastic grad students replacing English dept. faculty
    UWM Post
    “Academic administrations nationwide are praising the UW-Milwaukee English Department for its innovative staffing policies, which have placed grad students in teaching roles for most undergraduate programs. The UWM English Department skeptically began the shift years ago, but after repeated success — and a greatly-eased set of tenure tracks — department officials say they’re in it for the long haul. “It’s basically the single greatest development the department has seen since the advent of the typewriter,” Professor of Rhetorical Theory, Writing and Information Technology William Van Pelt said. “I haven’t seen a 100-level student since the ‘90s.” Grad students are thrilled with the additional workload….[Editor's Note: This editorial content is satirical and should not taken seriously. It is merely printed in jest in celebration of April Fool's Day.]”
  • Wis. college says new e-mail font will save money
    Philly.com (Under Weird News? Hunh?)
    GREEN BAY, Wis. – “A Wisconsin college has found a new way to cut costs with e-mail , by changing the font. The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay has switched the default font on its e-mail system from Arial to Century Gothic. It says that while the change sounds minor, it will save money on ink when students print e-mails in the new font. Diane Blohowiak is the school's director of computing. She says the new font uses about 30 percent less ink than the previous one.”
  • Judge Invalidates Human Gene Patent
    New York Times
    “A federal judge on Monday struck down patents on two genes linked to breast and ovarian cancer. The decision, if upheld, could throw into doubt the patents covering thousands of human genes and reshape the law of intellectual property.”
  • 3 Cheers for the New Student Lending Law
    The Atlantic
    “Today President Obama signed a bill that overhauls of the student loan industry.* For decades, the federal government has supported student lenders by backing loans originated by private banks. Today we take back the bank subsidy and use it to spend down the deficit and pay low-income kids to finish college. Good day.”
  • Job-Force Warrior
    Daniel Pink gives O.C. leaders an important message: the arts matter
    Orange County Register
    “A full and enthusiastic house greeted author Daniel Pink earlier this month as he strode onto the stage at the Segerstrom Concert Hall to start his presentation, titled “The Creative Edge: Innovation, Education and the Changing World of Work.” That isn’t surprising. Pink is a bestselling author, and his theories about left- and right-brained thinking and its relationship to the needs of the modern workplace (detailed in his book “A Whole New Mind”) enjoy widespread appeal. But there was more to it than that. Pink was in O.C. to talk about the importance of arts education in forming a well-rounded, competitive job-force warrior — apparently a subject of intense interest in Orange County, not only among teachers (of which there were many in the audience) but within the business community as well (they were the ones in the dark suits thumbing away on their Blackberries).”
  • 8,000 good ideas coming to Racine Unified
    Racine Journal Times
    “We didn't realize that the Racine Unified School District was collecting antiques. Fortunately the School Board changed that on Monday when it voted to lease 8,000 new computers and dump 6,500 old ones. Those were the antiques. Computers in some cases sat unused because they were 15 years old, which in computer terms is roughly equivalent to the age when humans were rubbing sticks together to make fire in their caves. One can live in a cave and create fire by friction if there is no other option, but that lifestyle wouldn't be the best preparation for the modern world. The same point applies to old computers. For the most basic needs - not including the Internet which is light years away from where it was a decade ago - these computers might be suitable, but they would not help students prepare for what they find outside of school.”
  • As Colleges Make Courses Available Free Online, Others Cash In
    New York Times
    PARIS — “A computer in Logan, Utah, holds syllabus details, lecture notes, problem sets and exams from more than 80 Utah State University courses: but this is no secret cheat-sheet site put together by rogue hackers and pirates. Anyone, anywhere, with an Internet connection — from Bill Gates down — can log on and download these materials without cost. The site, Utah State OpenCourseWare, http://ocw.usu.edu, is part of the OpenCourseWare network, itself part of an educational resources movement dedicated to opening and reshaping global access to higher education.”
  • Doug Moe: Movie leaves educator spellbound
    Wisconsin State Journal
    “None of this might have happened if a Madison woman named Jane Pawasarat hadn't had an extra ticket to a documentary at the Wisconsin Film Festival seven years ago. The film was "Spellbound," which followed eight young spellers as they prepared for and competed in the Scripps Howard National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C. Pawasarat called a friend - Jeff Kirsch, who directs the independent learning program in Spanish and Portuguese at the UW-Madison Division of Continuing Studies - and asked if he wanted to go.Pawasarat had no idea that as a boy, Kirsch had been a good enough speller to compete in the national bee himself.’
  • Next Big Thing in English: Knowing They Know That You Know
    New York Times
    “To illustrate what a growing number of literary scholars consider the most exciting area of new research, Lisa Zunshine, a professor of English at Kentucky University, refers to an episode from the TV series “Friends.” (Follow closely now; this is about the science of English.) Phoebe and Rachel plot to play a joke on Monica and Chandler after they learn the two are secretly dating. The couple discover the prank and try to turn the tables, but Phoebe realizes this turnabout and once again tries to outwit them. As Phoebe tells Rachel, “They don’t know that we know they know we know.” This layered process of figuring out what someone else is thinking — of mind reading — is both a common literary device and an essential survival skill.”
  • Inventive New Private School Hits Old Hurdles
    New York Times
    “The founders of the Blue School aspired to create something different: a private school not fixated on the Ivy League prospects of preschoolers and devoid of admissions hysteria. An education that, as they put it, “you don’t have to recover from.” The school was in the East Village, not uptown, and its leaders were not bluebloods but the founders and spouses of the Blue Man Group, the alternative theater troupe. The school, which is entering its fourth year, has remained true to its progressive roots, with “imagination stations” and “glow time.” Children help direct the curriculum, and social and emotional skills are given equal weight to reading and math.”
  • Applications to Elite Universities Rise
    New York Times
    “With many of the nation’s most selective colleges and universities scheduled to inform applicants of their decisions on Thursday, one trend already appears to be emerging: Applications to elite private colleges rose again this academic year, despite the economic constraints on many families. As a result, admission rates often fell to record lows. Harvard, the University of Pennsylvania, Dartmouth, Cornell, Stanford, M.I.T. and Duke each reported sharp increases in applications this year compared with last year.”
  • Gallery: Outrageously Complicated Rube Goldberg Videos
    “Cartoonist Rube Goldberg got famous drawing fanciful, bizarrely complex, jury-rigged contraptions to accomplish simple tasks. Not content with imagining these things, modern Rube Goldberg machine makers put such machines together in real life (or in virtual worlds) so you can actually see them go. There’s even a contest for the best. A team of aspiring educators won the 2010 National Rube Goldberg Machine Contest on March 27 with a complicated homage to ancient Egypt that took 120 discrete mechanical and electronic steps to accomplish one simple task: Dispensing a bit of hand sanitizer. The video above shows how the students, from the University of Wisconsin-Stout, beat out dozens of other teams to win the prize.”
  • New fellowship director joins Peck School of the Arts
    UWM Post
    “Joseph Hanreddy will join UW-Milwaukee’s Peck School of the Arts (PSOA) as director of the Fellowship in Directing and Design. Hanreddy recently completed a 17-year career with the Milwaukee Repertory Theater. The aim of the new program is to provide students with a hands-on learning experience and an opportunity to work with Hanreddy and scenic design veteran Richard Graham, a PSOA associate professor.”
  • Jane Remer's CliffNotes: Counting the Arts as An Act of Faith
    Dewey21C/Richard Kessler on arts education
    “Some years ago I wrote several versions of a chapter titled Counting the Arts in a still-forthcoming book. The driving question was - as it has been for decades - how do we succeed in counting the arts so that they are taught and counted as core subjects, K-12, for every child? In other words, what theories, methods and measures do we use to demonstrate that when students are carefully and thoroughly taught and trained in the arts (according to national, state and/or local "standards"), we can provide valid and reliable evidence of their learning in and about the arts?”
  • When art meets science
    Boston Globe
    WASHINGTON — “Art and science, conventional wisdom goes, are two mutually exclusive disciplines that rarely exist in the same sentence, much less converge on a theater stage. Art brings to mind imagination, emotion, messy creativity; science is thought to be rooted in logic and hard, cold facts. So when acclaimed Boston playwright Melinda Lopez accepted a commission to write a play celebrating the 100th anniversary of Charles Darwin’s “On the Origin of Species’’ and the theory of human evolution, it’s no wonder she kept having one recurring thought: This is impossible.”
  • Biologist turned choreographer experiments with dance
    Boston Globe
    Choreographer Xavier Le Roy moves as he talks. Long, lean, and bespectacled, he slumps, he straightens, and he gesticulates as he speaks about his hopes for his audiences. “I want the spectator to become active and aware of how they are feeling and what they are doing. Instead of this attitude,’’ he says, slouching back in his seat in a lounge at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Media Lab Complex, “I want to trigger this attitude.’’ He sits up and leans forward.”
  • Picking our brains: How many ways can we be conscious?
    New Scientist
    “YOU might think consciousness is like a light switch, either on or off. But the true picture now seems rather murkier, challenging our notions of awareness and free will, as well as raising issues of consent in coma patients. People used to think just three states of consciousness existed, says Adam Zeman of the Peninsular Medical School in Exeter, UK. "You're either awake or asleep - and if you're asleep you're either in dream or non-dream sleep." But brain imaging suggests there are more.’
  • Student earns trip to Boston or finals of design contest
    Dunn County News
    “An industrial design student at UW-Stout is standing out because of a creation that helps people sit down. Benjamin Fullerton, a senior from Oconomowoc, went to Boston on March 31 for the finals of the LG Hausys Surfaces Student Design Challenge, which requires students to design a consumer product. Fullerton, one of five finalists out of 84 entries, designed a chair called ARI.’
  • Gokey’s foundation partners with local schools
    Milwaukee BizTimes
    “American Idol star Danny Gokey will give back to the Milwaukee community yet again, this time in support of music and the arts through his Sophia’s Heart Foundation. The foundation recently announced the formation of its Music & Arts Program in partnership with St. Marcus School and the Lincoln Center of the Arts in Milwaukee. The news comes just after he signed a major marketing deal with New Berlin-based Wisconsin Vision.”
  • MIAD to honor Will Allen
    Milwaukee BizTimes
    The Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design will confer an honorary doctorate on Will Allen, founder and CEO of the internationally renowned Growing Power, Inc., at the college’s commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 15. Allen is the only Milwaukeean to receive a “genius grant” from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation for transforming his vision of a holistic urban farm providing healthy food, education and jobs to an underserved community into a national training center for activists in the community food movement and a research institution creating food production models that can be exported internationally.”
  • States Skeptical About ‘Race to Top’ School Aid Contest
    New York Times
    “A dozen governors, led by Bill Ritter Jr. of Colorado, sat with Secretary of Education Arne Duncan in a hotel ballroom in Washington a few weeks back, praising his vision and gushing with enthusiasm over a $4 billion grant competition they hoped could land their states a jackpot of hundreds of millions of dollars. U.S. Names Education Grant Winners (March 30, 2010) But for many of those governors, the contest lost some sizzle last week, when Mr. Duncan awarded money to only two states — Delaware and Tennessee.”
  • The Envelope, Please: Six Applicants for the Class of 2014 Tell Their Own Stories
    New York Times
    “Much of the anxiety of waiting by the mailbox to retrieve decision letters from the nation’s most selective colleges has — like so much of the admissions process — gone digital in recent years. Whether an envelope is considered fat or thin is more likely measured in bytes. And yet, the day that decisions are formally released by many of the most competitive institutions, whether by e-mail or United States mail, remains as it always has: April 1.”
  • THE ENVELOPE, PLEASE - The Return Address on the Envelope Was N.Y.U.
    New York Times
    “I was a bit of a nervous wreck on April 1. It seems as if I’ve been waiting for New York University’s decision forever: from the time I clicked submit on the Common Application on Dec. 27, to the time I auditioned on Feb. 10th, to last Thursday.”
  • Harlem Arts School Shuts Over Financial Problems
    New York Times
    “In 1985, Jane Henry led Shukrani Brown, Hussain Walker and Malik Lewis in a violin class at the Harlem School of the Arts. For nearly 50 years, the Harlem School of the Arts has given generations of mostly black and Latino children entree into worlds often otherwise out of their reach. It put violins and other orchestral instruments in their hands, ballet slippers on their feet and Shakespeare on their tongues.”
  • Exposure to creativity
    Program introduces Gibraltar students to artists
    Door County Advocate
    “For the third year running, the Francis Hardy Center for the Arts is linking local artists with students from Gibraltar schools. The Exposure to Creativity (ETC) program — a partnership among Gibraltar, Friends of Gibraltar, Peninsula School of Art and the Hardy Center — has two components, beginning with two half-day workshops that place Gibraltar High School students with a variety of local artists to give them an idea what is available in the area. Later, if they want, students can be paired up with an artist to be mentored for 10 hours. Photographers, glass blowers and poets are just a few types of artists students taking part in ETC could be paired with this year.’
  • Bar owners agree to drop UW eminent domain lawsuit
    Badger Herald
    “The owners of a popular bar said Tuesday they would accept a $2.1 million buyout from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and drop a lawsuit seeking to stop the school from seizing their property for a new music building. The university agreed to pay Marc and Eric Fortney, the owners of Brothers Bar & Grill, within 30 days to acquire the last property it needs to construct a privately funded $43 million School of Music building.”
  • Music from the Masters
    St. Norbert Times
    “During springtime on campus, you may think of the Masters - not the golf tournament but the magical musical renditions from SNC's musicians. The clarinet and oboe recital on March 26 was a recital of the best of the performing arts. As I was waiting for the recital to start in the Abbot Pennings Hall of Fine Arts Building lobby, I could feel the nervous tension of the musicians through their parents. Parents were fidgeting nervously before the show, talking about the snacks for after the show, hoping they had enough punch and wishing their children good luck before the performance started.”
  • St. Norbert Explores Costumed Mascot
    St. Norbert Times
    “Over the past few weeks, students at St. Norbert College may have heard the sterling and confident voice of Music Professor Michael Rosewall facilitating open mascot meetings in the campus center. A request to explore a potential St. Norbert mascot first came from athletic director Tim Bald, reflecting requests from a variety of students and faculty.’
  • UW group headed to international festival
    First Wave hip-hop theater ensemble only U.S. act invited to participate; Swiss partners visit campus
    Badger Herald
    “As the only performance group from the U.S. to be chosen to participate in this year’s international Contacting the World theater festival in England, the University of Wisconsin’s First Wave hip-hop theater ensemble hosted competition partners from Switzerland last week. Contacting the World 2010 is a global theater collaboration connecting troupes from around the world to promote the creation of theater, which can transcend the boundaries between geography and culture.”
  • U.S. Plan Threatens Free-Book Group
    New York Times
    “Changes in the way the federal government plans to allocate money to increase and improve literacy pose a severe threat to one of the country’s best-known nonprofit groups, Reading Is Fundamental. Known commonly as RIF, the organization, which provides free books to needy children and has been promoted in memorable public service announcements by celebrities like Carol Burnett and Shaquille O’Neal, stands to lose all of its federal financing, which accounts for roughly 75 percent of its annual revenues.”
  • Student earns international recognition with chair design
    Dunn County News
    “Ben Fullerton, a senior industrial design major at UW-Stout, sat in his chair, .ari, during a presentation in Boston at the LG Hausys Student Design Challenge. He was one of three grand prize winners in the national contest. A chair designed for a class at the University of Wisconsin-Stout has earned Ben Fullerton first place in a national competition and a trip to New York.”
  • UWS Chancellor Julius Erlenbach to retire this summer
    Superior Telegram
    “Chancellor Julius E. Erlenbach, who led the University of Wisconsin-Superior to a new academic mission and oversaw the university’s biggest building boom in 40 years, announced today that he will retire August 1.”
  • Incoming MPS chief lays out goals for district
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
    “Milwaukee's incoming schools leader will focus on improving student achievement, creating more efficient and effective district operations, and partnering with parents, businesses and community members when he takes the reins of the state's largest public school system in July. Some of the other issues that Thornton said would require his attention include:• Not forgetting about supporting high-achieving students, who are sometimes lost in the shuffle of trying to improve results for low-achievers. • Committing to saving as many music, art and physical education programs as possible. • Instituting a more aggressive plan to improve literacy. • Making MPS a more viable, marketable brand. • Continuing to improve services for special education students, especially when it comes to early intervention practices. • Improving 10th-grade math scores by accelerating the curriculum, such as teaching algebra at earlier grades.”
  • School district prioritizes cuts
    Sauk Prairie Eagle
    …Music program cuts. “Sauk Prairie music teachers won a small victory during the meeting, when the school board accepted their alternative proposal to trim the district's music budget by $36,000. Earlier this year, as part of the district's effort to cut more than $780,000 from next year's budget, Sauk Prairie administrators suggested reducing music lessons at the high school and middle school. The proposed cuts included a 17 percent reduction in staff for the high school band and a 34 percent reduction at the middle school. The cuts would have reduced the budget by an estimated $33,000. Music teachers, led by high school band director Sue Halloway, proposed eliminating the high school and middle school musicals as well as fifth grade band, which would trim an estimated $36,000 from the budget. Instead of relying upon funding from the district, Halloway said she believed parents and booster groups might be able to step up and continue the musicals without district funding.”
  • Columbus Elementary marks 100th anniversary
    School to mark milestone this week with activities
    Kenosha News
    “As a child, Dorothy Tianen looked forward to going to school every morning. It wasn’t hard, especially when Columbus Elementary, 6410 25th Ave., was right outside her door. “I used to wait until the bell rang,” said Tianen, who started at the school as a kindergartner in 1940. “And then, I ran to the school.” Seventy years later, Tianen said she sees that same excitement in the eyes of students at the school where she volunteers. This week, Columbus will celebrate its 100th anniversary.”
  • Students learn more than quilting at this school
    Hudson Star-Observer
    “Artists work in many mediums. For Bobby Gray, who is a watercolor artist, painting with fabric is how she describes her quilts. There is no question Gray is an expert in quilting, and for the last six years she has taught children much more than how to sew. Her present students include Suzy Metcalf, 11, Molly Metcalf, 8, and Reneah Arndt, 10, all of whom are home schooled which allows them to attend quilting class once a week in the afternoon beginning in October.”
  • Students at UWSP Celebrate Earth Week
    WSAW-TV Wausau
    “Starting Monday, students at UW-Stevens Point are celebrating 'Earth Week' with a variety of events they hope will bring focus to the environment. A lot of people don't know this, but Earth Day was created by former Wisconsin senator Gaylord Nelson, 40 years ago. Since then, Earth Day has grown into a national day of awareness, with groups all over the country, like the students at UWSP advocating for the environment and sustainability. Throughout the week, there will be guest speakers and workshops that people can participate in. On Thursday, 'Earth Day,' the entire campus will be powered by renewable energy.”
  • Oneida Nation students win in wind-energy contest
    News From Indian Country
    “Student teams from Oneida Nation High School and the College of Menominee Nation have each taken top honors in a national contest to design and build wind-turbine systems. The teams were competing in the 2010 Indian Education Renewable Energy Challenge. The focus of the contest is to promote renewable-energy development for Indian Country. Teams were asked to submit designs for a portable wind-turbine system that can capture, store and use wind energy. The Oneida Nation team placed first at the high school level.”
  • NTC Alternative High School art project raises money for charity
    Wausau Daily Herald
    “After listening to one group of educators detail the need for elementary art classes, and another discuss the need to reinstate field trips at that level, Eau Claire school board members were torn during a meeting Monday night. Hearing the consequences of students receiving 45 minutes of art education each week instead of the 60 minutes per week they received last year, or the 90 minutes suggested by the state Department of Public Instruction, the board agreed in general that any change should not cost the district more money.”
  • Nicolet elementary fifth-grade teacher Laurie Gehrke leads students to success
    She focuses on creating positive, energizing environment
    Green Bay Press Gazette
    “A Fifth-grade is a pivotal year for kids as they move from elementary to middle school, teacher Laurie Gehrke said. That's why it's essential students develop a positive environment that allows them to succeed, she said. "All of my students are expected to succeed, and I will work to support them to success if I am to make a difference in their education," she said. Gehrke, a fifth-grade teacher at Nicolet Elementary School, was named a 2010 Golden Apple winner. The annual awards, a program of Partners in Education, part of the Green Bay Area Chamber of Commerce, honor top teachers who have made a difference in their students' lives.”
  • Washburn art team competes at state
    Washburn County Journal
    “Washburn High School’s Visual Arts Classic team participated in the state competition in Madison on Friday, April 9. The 12 students were judged on long-term and on-site art projects in their chosen category: drawing, painting, printmaking, ceramics, sculpture, personal adornment, traditional photography and digital photography. They also competed as a team in the critical thinking event, (a skit based on an artist from the 60s and 70s), as well and the art quiz bowl.”
  • Will uniform MPS reading textbooks make a difference?
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
    “The textbooks and the workbooks and the teachers manuals and all the other materials were displayed attractively. There were mini-candy bars and cloth shopping bags for visitors to take. America's biggest text book companies - Pearson, McGraw-Hill and Houghton-Mifflin Harcourt - each had large, handsome displays.”
  • Inquiring minds: Students share research findings at science expo
    La Crosse Tribune
    “Hunter Stanek and Joey Helgerson wondered how things would be different if the Earth were a cube rather than a sphere. The Hillsboro Elementary School sixth-graders decided their question was worth investigating as a science project. They were among more than 650 middle school students from the La Crosse area who displayed their projects and findings at the 18th annual Gundersen Lutheran Medical Foundation's Science and Math Expo Wednesday at the La Crosse Center. Stanek and Helgerson placed the Earth's map on a cube-shaped shoe box and a hollow ball. They projected light on the two objects to replicate the sun shining and then rotated each one as they squeezed a steady stream of water like rain.”
  • La Crosse Symphony conductor finalist shares music knowledge with area kids
    WKBT-TV La Crosse
    “A finalist to be the next conductor of the La Crosse Symphony Orchestra is sharing his musical knowledge and talents with local students. Wednesday night, Alexander Platt read and rehearsed a famous piece of music with students from area schools and the Youth Symphony Orchestra.”
  • Museums Take Their Lessons to the Schools
    New York Times
    SUTTON, Mass. — “Sitting in the dark, knees crossed, looking up at the stars projected on the planetarium dome, the fourth-grade class might have been on a field trip to the Museum of Science in Boston. But instead, they were having what Katie Slivensky, an educator from the museum, calls a “backwards field trip” in a portable, inflatable planetarium set up for the morning in the old gym at Sutton High School — a 50-minute lesson on the stars, moon and planets, tied to state learning standards for physical science, earth and space.”
  • Failing schools bill goes to Doyle
    State superintendent would have power to order changes; measure on felon DNA samples also OK'd
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
    Madison — “The state superintendent of public instruction could reshape how Wisconsin's most troubled schools are run, under a bill headed to Gov. Jim Doyle. The plan - approved 50-47 Thursday by the Assembly - was drafted after Democrats who control the Legislature couldn't agree on a controversial proposal by the Democratic governor to allow the Milwaukee mayor to appoint the Milwaukee Public Schools superintendent. All but two Democrats, Rep. Peggy Krusick (D-Milwaukee) and Rep. Mark Radcliffe (D-Black River Falls), voted for the bill and all the Republicans voted against it.”
  • Transfers of Baraboo teachers upset some
    Baraboo News Republic
    “The Baraboo School Board has tabled until May proposed transfers of elementary school staff for next year, following community member concerns about transparency and motivation at Monday night's board meeting. The board has proposed shuffling 20 staff members to different buildings for the 2010-11 school year, which district administrator Crystal Ritzenthaler said was intended to address changing numbers of students at different grade levels, and other needs which required different arrangements of staff. The affected teachers include reading specialists, counselors, art and gym teachers, and classroom teachers.”
  • From record stores to Gayngs: what’s left of the shattered recording industry
    Daily Cardinal
    “Rock shows and record stores. That is what touring was all about according to Sonic Youth’s Thurston Moore in “I Need That Record!,” a documentary that was streamed on the Pitchfork website on the heels of Record Store Day. It profiles various record stores as they shut down and the audiophiles who depended on them for sustenance, and interviews industry veterans for perspectives reaching back to the early prominence of the recording industry. It laments the decline of independent music stores and the creative side of the industry. Yet out of all of the dejected faces seen, hope can be found when the undertones of those laments point to industry-defying artists of today.”
  • "Bold Italic Underline,” sheds light on city’s fashionistas through photographic posts
    Wisconsin Badger Herald
    “It felt like yesterday when climbing up the publishing industry’s hierarchical ladder was the only route to superseding the one and only Anna Wintour. But that was yesterday. You’ve heard of Scott Schuman’s thesartorialist.com and likely have heard of the French blogging queen, Garance Doré - or maybe Rumi Neely’s fashiontoast.com is your cup of tea — but their celebrity and front row seat status has shaken up the editors who spent their undergraduate years fetching coffee for their associate editors before being offered an entry level job that pays as much as their office janitor. What is the result of this modernization?”
  • High school students earn college credit
    Bayfield County Journal
    WASHBURN — “Senior Kate Guffy watches tomatoes dance across her computer screen to a catchy tune. This is her ode to ketchup (she also made a ketchup cake — the girl loves ketchup). She made these tomatoes tap in Powerpoint as part of an advertisement project for her Computers and Society course at Washburn High School.”
  • Location miscommunication
    Badger Herald
    “The University of Wisconsin’s Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlán, or MEChA, is currently housed on the second floor of the building adjacent to Brothers Bar and Grill and owned by UW. Uh oh.” We all know what that means. With UW’s acquisition of Brothers, plans for a music school on that space will be going full steam ahead.
  • Time to dwell on "her-story"
    Daily Cardinal
    “As Lathrop Hall, one of the most historically important structures on campus turns one-hundred years old, it seems a suitable time to reflect on the history, comical ironies and astounding change which has surrounded the record of women on campus.”
  • A model school flops
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
    “After all, as Jacobs writes, "Stanford New Schools hires well-trained teachers who use state-of-the-art progressive teaching methods; Stanford's student ...’
  • Burlington band budget back on table
    Racine Journal Times
    “The board agreed to save the district's music program from cuts as parents and members of the Burlington School Board looked for ways to find some more ...”
  • Carthage advances on campus renewal plan
    Racine Journal Times
    “The new student union, which will be built larger than presently needed to accommodate future enrollment increases, will include a 200-seat theater, ...”
  • Hitting all the right notes
    Ozaukee Pressý
    We don't have 16 people who can dance, but we don't need them if we sing as a team.” Although the results shocked the Port High performers and their ...
  • Oneida Nation High students win 2010 Indian Education Renewable Energy Challenge
    Wind turbine project earns them trip to Washington, $5,000 for high school
    Green Bay Press Gazette
    ONEIDA — Only one word can describe the reaction of the Oneida Nation High School students who put together a winning project for a national energy competition. Surprise. That's how Randy Moore and Johnny Big Medicine said they felt when they found out the team took first place with its wind turbine design and project in the 2010 Indian Education Renewable Energy Challenge, earning them a trip to Washington, D.C., and a $5,000 cash prize for the school.”
  • Poet Chuck Rybak joins UWGB staff
    Fourth Estate Newspaperý
    “Catherine Henze, associate professor of humanistic studies, teaches one of Rybak's books, "Tongue and Groove," a collection of his poetry, ...”
  • RC students will help shape museum
    Ripon Commonwealth Pressý
    “Ripon College art students will help shape a key project in the revitalization of downtown Ripon. “This is an outstanding opportunity for students to apply ...”
  • Eighth-graders give guided tours of microscopic cells
    Portage Daily Register
    “When you step into the cells, either you're microscopic or they're giant. Just watch out for the nucleus swinging by your head. It's a one-time project for eighth-graders at Portage Junior High School, said science teacher Jenny Karpelenia.”
  • Editorial: Education bill would save jobs for teachers
    Appleton Post Crescent
    “The upcoming layoffs of educators nationwide is astounding — 15,000 expected in New York City, 17,000 in Illinois and 22,000 in California — all casualties of the recession that hit states and their tax bases hard.”
  • Spotlight: Seals of approval
    Baraboo News Republicý
    “Seals teaches classes in literature, composition and film. "There are a lot of students who will take Marc's courses again and again," Grant said. ...”
  • Graduating seniors hopeful yet realistic
    Racine Journal Times
    SOMERS – “Whether you're studying art or accounting, internships, experience and grad schools are the ticket, graduating students say. ...”
  • AHS senior earns Best of Show
    Ashland Daily Press
    SUPERIOR — “Claire Nelis, a senior at Ashland High School, received the Best of Show Award at the closing reception Wednesday, April 28, for the American Indian Art Scholarship Exhibit at the University of Wisconsin-Superior.”
  • LETTER: Our schools must be held accountable
    Fond du Lac Reporter
    “As many of you know, I am engaged in a battle with the public school system for the preservation of innocence of our children. It never was about “banning books,” as the media declared. Instead, it was and still is about why these types of books are in our school libraries in the first place.”
  • Classroom in the sky
    Reedsburg Times Press
    "We do art projects, we do gym projects," she said. "This year we did a major theater projects and we do outings like this. ...
  • Record numbers to graduate from Nicolet
    Rhinelander Daily News
    May 15 – 16
    A ceremony for students graduating from Nicolet's Academic Success Program will be held at 11 am, Sunday, May 16, also in the Nicolet College Theatre. ...”
  • MPS hearing gets queries about staff cuts
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinelý
    “$2.8 million to support a special fund for art, music, physical education and career and technical education. • $2.7 million in stimulus funding targeted at ...”
  • Andrew Taylor and Leslie Frank-Taylor: Monona decision has consequences
    Wisconsin State Journal
    “There were lots of high-fives following the Monona Grove School Board's recent vote to delay consideration of closing Maywood Elementary School for another year. But there was no celebration among the few who remained to hear about the consequences. The art, music, media, library and special needs teachers looked more shocked than celebratory. The Maywood decision was deferred, but the budget deficit could not be. As a result, these teachers face more distractions, less prep time, less support and, in some cases, job loss.”
  • McFarland High Wins Academic Decathlon
    WISC Madison
    “To prepare, the team traveled to New York to see for themselves some of the art they had been studying, see an opera and visit other sites related to the ...”
  • Literary Awards
    St. Norbert Timesý
    “Dr. Laurie MacDiarmid, associate professor of English, announced the awards which included creative writing, poetry and junior English awards. ...”
  • Composing kids feature score
    Beloit Daily News
    “Without speech, the film must be told through the music. Sometime after the performance, students will receive a copy of the composition on DVD. ...”
  • UWSP publication recognized nationally
    Stevens Point Journal
    “Amid growing competition to recruit the best and brightest students, the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point has earned national recognition for one of the ways it tells its story to prospective Pointers.”
  • UWSP Jazz Quintet honored at festival
    Stevens Point Journal
    “The University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point Jazz Quintet has been honored for excellence at the nation's oldest college jazz festival. The quintet, under the direction of associate professor of music Mathew Buchman, earned the highest possible ranking at the 52nd annual Notre Dame Jazz Festival held recently in South Bend, Ind.”
  • A career spent teaching, learning
    Baraboo News Republic
    “After 34 years of teaching fifth grade, Gordon L. Willson Elementary teacher Andrew Ellis can sum up his philosophy in a few simple words: "Help the students to achieve, realize everyone's shortcomings and lead by example."
  • Lawton, community leaders push to save the arts in MPS
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
    “Wisconsin Lt. Gov. Barbara Lawton made several stops in Milwaukee today to advocate preserving arts education in Milwaukee Public Schools at a time when the district is facing drastic cuts to teacher positions, especially those in specialty subjects. Lawton was joined at Milwaukee High School of the Arts today with various business and community leaders to support the 43rd Biennial MPS Music Festival, which runs through 9 p.m. today at the U.S. Cellular Arena, and to present recently collected figures about the state of the arts in MPS.”
  • Aquinas junior’s photo to promote school musical ends up garnering her national honors
    La Crosse Tribune
    “An Aquinas High School junior has received national recognition for a photograph she took last fall to advertise her school's musical. Judith Wodzak, 17, of La Crosse, earned a silver medal for her photograph "Carnival Time Warp" in the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards competition that aims to identify and develop creative teenagers.”
  • Press-Gazette Academic Team: Ashwaubenon's Emily Olson maintains healthy balance
    Multitalented senior wants to be doctor
    Green Bay Press Gazette
    ASHWAUBENON — “Emily Olson wanted just one thing for her seventh birthday — a piano. "To this day, I don't know why, and my mom doesn't know why, but that's all I wanted," said Olson, a senior at Ashwaubenon High School. So her parents agreed to buy her one, as long as she took at least two years of lessons. Today, Olson is a standout performer in the school jazz band and an accompanist at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church in Green Bay.”
  • NAAM Foundation Releases Annual Best Music Education Communities List
    "Amid a dramatic backdrop of school budget cuts, the NAMM Foundation announced the results of its 11th annual Best Communities for Music Education survey, which acknowledges schools and districts across the U.S. for their commitment to and support of music education in schools. The announcement came as a part of NAMM's 'National Wanna Play Music Week,' a week-long promotion designed to encourage people of all ages and skill levels to experience the proven benefits of playing music...The 2010 designation as a Best Community for Music Education comes at a precarious moment, as school districts nationwide are voting on their budgets in the coming weeks. According to the NAMM Foundation, this designation represents not only a distinction worthy of pride, but a call to action for local music education advocates to help preserve—and in some cases, save—their current music education programs." The Wisconsin Arts Board congratulates Hortonville, Hudson, and La Crosse.
  • Creative kids head to globals
    Beloit Daily News
    Johnson feels good about the team's chances and said they built a high-tech electrical apparatus, composed original music and put together an exceptional ...”
  • Local Students Place in Top 5 at World Competition
    WJFW-TV Rhinelander
    LAND O' LAKES - Some local students are turning their engineering dreams into a reality through robotics. Conserve School Senior Jaclyn Pytlarz is using her math skills not only to solve problems, but to build structures like this robot. Jaclyn Pytlarz, Senior, The Conserve School, says, "It's really fun because there are no ideas out there yet, you're creating something new." Pytlarz and about 12 other students from the Conserve School built this guy from scratch. The invention took the Conserve School Steelers to the Tech Challenge World Championship in Atlanta, where they placed 2nd in their division and third in the overall ranking out of 100 other teams.”
  • Patton’s fine career not really a dream
    Baraboo News Republic
    “Baraboo High School English teacher Mark Patton describes his journey to teaching high school as more a process of elimination than the fulfillment of a dream.”
  • Eleva-Strum music teacher retires after 40 years, future of her job in the district in jeapardy
    WEAU-TV Eau Claire
    “Many area schools are slowly reducing full time music teacher positions to half time positions, we explore why. Many music teachers say their subject is essential to a child's development. But many area schools are slowly reducing full time music teacher positions to half time positions. We explored why this is happening at Eleva-Strum, where one of its music teachers is retiring after 40 years of teaching.”
  • Seen on campus: Solar Olympics 2010
    UW Oshkosh Today
    “Students built solar-powered devices, including cookers, water heaters and model race cars as well as created art to display and demonstrate at the event. ...”
  • Point Superintendent Resigns
    MyFox Wausau
    “A SPASH graduate shows concern for students who won't experience a developed music program. "I am who I am because of the Stevens Point Music system as it ...”
  • Effort to save job could hurt, some say
    Elmbrook School District officials have a plan to avoid laying off an art teacher, but some parents and staff at Fairview South School fear the move would leave special needs students there without an important part of their curriculum.”
  • Learning on the job:
    Middle school entrepreneurs run weekend business
    WEAU 13 NEWS
    “Some young entrepreneurs peddled their handicrafts this weekend at Oakwood Mall. The kids from Prime Products, a class and club at Delong Middle School in Eau Claire, worked a kiosk at the mall Saturday and Sunday. All items sold were handmade by the students. Kids we spoke to say it's taught them to think independently.”
  • Bright Ideas
    Light Bulbs Stimulate Insights
    New research finds exposure to a bare, illuminated light bulb — a universal symbol of bright ideas — is a catalyst to reaching insights. “In recent weeks, we’ve summarized some new research documenting the ways subtle environmental cues can influence our behavior. A voter whose polling place is in a church is more likely to support the religious right. Looking at logos for fast-food franchises seems to make people impatient and in need of instant gratification. Now comes still another study on how our surroundings interact with our unconscious minds — one that points to a bright outcome. It concludes we’re more likely to come up with insights if we’ve been exposed to that universal symbol of brilliant ideas: a glowing light bulb.”

Folk Arts/Folklife

  • 12th Annual Maple Syrup Festival in Monona
    WKOW-TV Madison
    MONONA (WKOW) – "Sunday's 12th annual Maple Syrup Festival is a spring tradition in the Madison area. Dozens of families were at the Aldo Leopold Nature Center for music, historical re-enactments, and syrup-making demonstrations. One of the big draws of the festival is syrup-covered ice cream. Organizers say Sunday's warmer weather was a plus. "It's always important to get kids outside and in touch with nature," said Alanna Medearis the Communications Coordinator of the Aldo Leopold Nature Center."
  • Passing on his craft - Frank Montano makes, plays native flutes
    Ashland Daily Press
    RED CLIFF — “The soothing sound of a Native American flute can be a meditative experience for many. Coaxing the unique sound from a piece of wood is the talent of Frank Montano of Red Cliff. Montano is a master native flute maker and player who enjoys passing along the knowledge of his craft to others, including his current apprentice, Gus McClelland. McClelland is an 18-year-old music student at Northland College. His father, Frank Koehn, of Herbster, is a friend of Montano’s and asked if he would take his son on as an apprentice. The position was made possible by a Folk Arts Grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board.”
  • Ain't too proud to polka:
    The really cool people are dusting off their accordions and having a wunnerful, wunnerful time
    Cleveland The Plain Dealer
    “It began as a whim of Cindy Barber's. Something that might drum up some business at the Beachland Ballroom & Tavern during the slow month of January. Two words: Polka brunch. The idea was to host a Sunday polka brunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Hire the cutting-edge Chardon Polka Band headed up by 20-year-old Jake Kouwe. (More on him later.) Charge a reasonable $12 a person. Get the Cleveland Style Polka Hall of Fame to co-sponsor the event. Bring in professional dance teacher Valerie Salstrom from Get Hep Swing for the slow folks and newbies. Teach them how to polka. And do the Slovenian Slide and the Polish Hop. And, of course, throw in the requisite Bloody Marys, eggs, bacon, home fries and French toast. See what happens."
  • Crazy, Magic, Impossible
    Polaroid Film Is Back
    Daily Finance
    When Florian Kaps, one of the founders of The Impossible Project, tries to explain just how they've managed to reinvent instant analog film -- the type that works in Polaroid instant cameras -- he says that he limits himself to using the word "magic" only five times per presentation. By his count, he's managed to keep it down to four.
  • Artisans carry on the art of the egg
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
    Kenosha – “Barbara Godlewski's hands are a whir of motion. Gently cupping her eggshell canvas in one hand, the 71-year-old Godlewski applies wax to shell with a constant dip and stroke of a sewing needle into hot beeswax, all the while rotating the eggshell with a fingertip. She will repeat the motion 130 times or more before the surface is covered. Godlewski is creating pisanki (pronounced pea-SAHN-ki), the traditional Easter egg of her native Poland, mimicking the style her grandmother taught her when Godlewski was 5 years old. "I love to keep my tradition alive," she says with a distinct Polish accent. "And I love the work." Making pisanki is truly a homegrown tradition for Godlewski, whose eggs come from the chickens and geese she raises on her Kenosha farm. The wax comes from the bees she keeps.’
  • Peep culture: Marshmallow masterpieces draw crowds to Stevens Point
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
    Stevens Point – “It's fair to say most art galleries don't worry about visitors eating the artwork.While Michelangelo sculpted marble and Pablo Picasso painted canvas, a group of artists whose works are on display though Saturday at Riverfront Arts Center in Stevens Point picked a colorful and malleable medium to express their creativity: Peeps. That's right, the chick- and bunny-shaped fluffy marshmallow confections with an almost limitless shelf life have been pasted, contorted, propped up and smooshed into artwork ranging from tableaux of yoga positions, a crime scene lineup and burlesque show to a mash-up of Da Vinci's "Mona Lisa."
  • Junkyard Poet of Whirligigs and Windmills
    New York Times
    LUCAMA, N.C. — Just when you think you’ve traveled too far down Wiggins Mill Road, and you start to look for a spot to turn around, the rusting masterworks of Vollis Simpson loom into view. Thirty feet in the air, held aloft by sturdy steel pillars, are some of Mr. Simpson’s pieces: a team of horses pulling a wagon, a metal man strumming a guitar and an airplane cum rocket ship that might have escaped from an old comic book. They are painted in a dozen colors and festooned with propellers that spin in the breeze. With every gust they creak and whir like some phantasmagoric junkyard band.”
  • Indian Tribes Go in Search of Their Lost Languages
    New York Times
    “As far as the records show, no one has spoken Shinnecock or Unkechaug, languages of Long Island’s Indian tribes, for nearly 200 years. Now Stony Brook University and two of the Indian nations are initiating a joint project to revive these extinct tongues, using old documents like a vocabulary list that Thomas Jefferson wrote during a visit in 1791. The goal is language resuscitation and enlisting tribal members from this generation and the next to speak them, said representatives from the tribes and Stony Brook’s Southampton campus.”
  • Volunteers needed for 2010 Baylake Bank Tall Ship Festival in August in Green Bay
    Green Bay Press-Gazette
    “PMI Entertainment Group is looking to partner with local not-for-profit groups on fund-raising opportunities. Help is needed in ticket taking, crowd control and the children's area, and line people and relief volunteers are needed. Groups of adults ages 18 or older are needed, and there is a limited number of options for volunteers 16 to 17 years old. The Baylake Bank Tall Ship Festival will include interactive ship tours, sailing opportunities on select ships, maritime music and roving entertainment, nautical-related vendors and educational programs. It is expected to draw 75,000 people.”
  • Roger Van Boxtel of Ashwaubenon creates keys to Hawaiian paradise in basement
    Green Bay Press Gazette
    “Roger Van Boxtel is a scrimshander — a person who scrimshaws, or carves in the manner of sailors on whaling ships of yore. Instead of using a whalebone or tooth, Van Boxtel etches and scratches on reclaimed ivory piano keys. Hawaiian themes run through his pieces, more than 2,300 scenes on more than 14,000 old piano keys so far.”
  • Former Cherokee Nation chief Wilma Mankiller, one of few women to lead a tribe, dies of cancer
    Fox TV/Associated Press
    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — “Former Cherokee Nation Chief Wilma Mankiller, one of the nation's most visible American Indian leaders and one of the few women to lead a major tribe, died Tuesday after suffering from cancer and other health problems. She was 64. Mankiller, whose first taste of federal policy toward Indians came when her family ended up in a housing project after a government relocation project, took Indian issues to the White House and met with three presidents. She earned a reputation for facing conflict head-on.”
  • In Austin, 'Cathedral of Junk' Might Be Headed for the Trash Heap
    Art Beat/PBS
    “The "Cathedral of Junk" is, by nearly every measure, irregular. It's equal parts art work and urban jungle gym; improvised wedding chapel and theater venue; an Austin, Tex., landmark and the life's work of a man named Vincent Hannemann. But what Hannemann calls his fort, the city of Austin is calling a building, thus subject to the standard building rules and restrictions. In March, Austin's Code Compliance Department told Hannemann that he either had to obtain a building permit and a certificate of occupancy, or tear down his 20-year-old, 33-foot-tall, 60-ton sculpture of wire and reclaimed trash.”
  • Watts Towers may get LACMA as a guardian
    Culture Monster/Los Angeles Times
    “The Los Angeles County Museum of Art is interested in stepping into the breach as curator and conservator of the Watts Towers starting this summer as a severe budget crisis saps the city of Los Angeles' ability to continue those functions. Olga Garay, executive director of L.A.'s Department of Cultural Affairs, said she had "a very encouraging meeting" Monday with two top museum officials, LACMA President Melody Kanschat and general counsel Fredric Goldstein, over enlisting the museum's know-how and fundraising connections on behalf of a national historic landmark that's owned by the state and operated and maintained by the city.’
  • American Indian Awareness throughout April
    UWM Post
    “A porcupine quill craft workshop was held in Bolton Hall Tuesday, April 8 to help spread awareness of American Indian culture. Arielle Hall is a senior at UW-Milwaukee who coordinated and taught the event. Participants were able to make their own porcupine quill earrings while learning about some American Indian traditions. “I hope these events show that there is culture on campus,” Hall said. “You don’t have to go to festivals. You can just come to Bolton Hall.” Hall, who is part of the Narragansett tribe of Rhode Island, described the symbolism of porcupine quills within the Native American community. “We never waste any part of an animal,” Hall said. Hall noted that the quills used to be used for fishing, but as technology advanced, quills are now more often used for crafts.”
  • Wisconsin Native American tribes celebrate spring with powwow at UW-Madison
    Wisconsin State Journal
    “The sound of basketballs on hardwood was replaced by drumming and singing Saturday afternoon at UW-Madison's Nicholas-Johnson Pavilion for the Native American student group's spring powwow. Normally a practice gym for UW-Madison basketball players, the pavilion was filled with dancers and drummers from several Wisconsin tribes as well as onlookers who crowded bleachers surrounding the dance ring.”
  • Wisconsin Academy: New partnership between Wisconsin Academy and Portal Wisconsin highlights voices of rural Wisconsin
    “The Voices of Rural Wisconsin project is a new partnership between Portal Wisconsin and the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters. Working together, these two statewide nonprofit organizations hope to share the stories, thoughts, and histories of Wisconsin's rural population in their own words. Some of the collected voices will appear in print article form in the pages of Wisconsin People & Ideas, the quarterly magazine of the Wisconsin Academy, while others will be organized into searchable, thematic categories for the Portal Wisconsin audio archive, found at portalwisconsin.org/ruralvoices. The unique combination of print and audio allows for deeper and wider exploration of the themes important to our rural citizens: rural land use, health care, production agriculture, environmental stewardship, and much more.”
  • Bill Miller talks about bond with nature
    La Crosse Tribune
    “One cannot truly record the sound of a river flowing or replay a sunrise. One cannot learn about signs in nature while sitting in a movie theater or walking around a shopping mall. That was the message of Bill Miller, storyteller and Grammy Award-winning musician, during a lecture, “Sacred Ground” at Viterbo University on Thursday, Earth Day. “There is so much to learn from the land we are on,” he said. “We need to protect it and enjoy it.”
  • Founding fathers proud of Spooner?
    Spooner Advocate
    “With the celebration of Spooner’s 100 years as a city, some might find the following of interest: In 1879 the North Wisconsin Railway constructed its line from Cumberland to Chandler, passing through the area that was to become Spooner. Chandler was a little over two miles past the Yellow River where the railroad had constructed a stout bridge. In 1880, the railroad filed the plat of Chandler and also that season continued its line past Veazie on the Namekagon with Cable as end of track.”
  • Major gift establishes Mayrent Institute for Yiddish Culture
    University of Wisconsin Madison News
    “The Mosse/Weinstein Center for Jewish Studies at UW-Madison has received a $1 million endowment from Sherry Mayrent and Carol Master, via the Corners Fund for Traditional Cultures, a Donor advised fund of Combined Jewish Philanthropies, to establish the Mayrent Institute for Yiddish Culture.”
  • Country Cousin
    Peshtigo Times
    “Once the fingerprint flowers are dry spray the decorated vase with clear acrylic paint to preserve the artwork and make it washable. ...”
  • Northside Farmers' Market
    Sometimes it's folks from one of the Northside community centers selling prepared hot foods like egg rolls or chili, or performing a cultural art like Hmong ...
  • Conservancy to assess historic Wisconsin building
    GM Today
    ASHLAND - At the turn of the century, tourism was just beginning to flourish. There was a new leisure class who enjoyed spending time outdoors and could travel via brand-new railways reaching from the Twin Cities or Chicago into the northwoods of the Bayfield Peninsula. Visitors came looking for natural beauty, cool summer breezes, and relief from hay fever.
  • It's time to celebrate Cinco de Mayo
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
    “The free festival will have a carnival with rides and games, its first motorcycle show, the Little Miss Cinco de Mayo pageant and live music all day. ...”
  • Wandering Wisconsin: Round Barns
    WEAU-TV 13
    “A design that was invented here in the Dairy State. In this Wandering Wisconsin, we meet a couple who's dedicated to keeping the history of round barns ...”
  • Mountaintop mining mobilizes coalfields musicians
    LOGAN, W.Va. (AP) – “When Elaine Purkey sings - in a lonesome voice that is twangy, angry and thoroughly haunting - she sings for her people. She channels their rage as mountaintop removal coal mines flatten their beloved West Virginia hills to supply the nation with cheap electricity. "They're tearing up our mountains. They're taking away our hills," she belts out with eyes closed, the sound rising from her belly, ringing through the trees. "They're taking away our homeland - and making valley fills." Music - honest, unfiltered, often made one person at a time - is once again a weapon in the coalfields.”
  • Revived Canal Days needs sponsors
    Sauk Prairie Eagle
    “The festival also will include canoe rides, a fisheree for children, horse-drawn wagon rides and live music. "Even the bands that we have lined up for ...”
  • Cultures unite on Cinco de Mayo
    Kenosha News.comý
    “... as students from all over the district work their way through fifth grade at the Edward Bain School of Language and Art, then grades 6-8 at Bullen. ...”
  • County Historical Society - Milwaukee’s memory keepers
    Shepherd Express
    “The advantage of knowing history is the opportunity it offers to learn from past events, mistakes and victories alike. In 1935, the Milwaukee County Historical Society (MCHS) took on the responsibility of safeguarding Milwaukee’s story and making historic artifacts accessible to those aiming to understand the link between past and present. To celebrate its 75th anniversary, MCHS is hosting a number of special events throughout the year, including the exhibition “Unlocking the Vault: 75 Years, 75 Stories,” in which 75 of its most rare and unique pieces are placed on display, first on the society’s website, then in an exhibit in the Historic Center when renovations are complete.”
  • Roads Traveled: Tour offers glimpse of Ojibwe history, heritage
    Wisconsin Rapids Tribune
    “One of the first things Dave Thorson does, when he stops his 14-passenger bus, is take out a pouch of tobacco and talk about a ritual that goes back thousands of years. We are at the wild and unblemished Totogatic Flowage in northwest Sawyer County, and Dave tosses bits of tobacco in four directions, as an offering to the Great Spirit and ancestors of this land. "We offer to you this sacred kinnikinic, so that we may seek knowledge today, about this land that is filled with the blood of our nosa and nokomis -- our fathers and grandmothers," he said.”
  • Old book turns pages to the past
    Sauk Prairie Eagle
    “Ho-Chunk tribe member Bill Lowe of rural Baraboo demonstrated the lost art of arrowhead making. Using a handmade copper tool, he chipped away at the edges”

Media Arts

  • Bringing the Far East to the East Side
    UWM Post
    “Step inside the Oriental Theatre and you feel like you’re in another world. The gray, narrow and relatively non-descript outer edifice of the East Side landmark looks fairly innocuous outside of a flashing marquee and two simple spires. It blends in fairly easily with the skate shop and bar that flank it on either side, but the reality of the famed theater is something else entirely. The interior is covered floor-to-ceiling in elaborate Oriental carpeting. Gold-painted lions guard the stairwell to the upper balcony, and giant antique movie posters (most of them originals from the Festival de Cannes) are framed by vibrant drapery."
  • Oh Dad, Poor Dad: What Will CBS Name His Show?
    New York Times
    “CBS is testing a TV show inspired by a Twitter feed with a name that is normally unprintable on this Web site. Let’s just call it “Shocking, Obscene and Hilarious Statements My Dad Says.” Decoder’s been wondering: should CBS decide to order a season of the show, what would it be called? Now we know, sort of. The working title, internally, is “Bleep My Dad Says,” CBS confirmed Friday. A spokesman said that “Bleep” is “not the official moniker at this point.” Warner Bros. is producing the pilot of “Bleep My Dad Says” for CBS, which stars William Shatner as the aforementioned father.”
  • Breaking the mold -
    Against the odds, these stars have escaped typecasting, transformed themselves
    Boston Globe
    “Watching Bryan Cranston as Walter White in AMC’s “Breaking Bad’’ is mesmerizing. Walt was a weak-kneed chemistry teacher dozing through life. Diagnosed with lung cancer, he turned into a focused, ruthless crystal-meth maker. As you look deep into Cranston’s now-cold blue eyes, you see a lost father and husband, a morally adrift soul. You see self-empowerment gone very wrong.”
  • Uma Thurman's new film seen by just one person on opening day -
    just one ticket was sold for the movie on its opening day.
    Telegraph UK
    "Over its opening weekend at the beginning of March, only around a dozen people went to see Motherhood, a semi-autobiographical account of parenting in New York written and directed by Katherine Dieckmann. The film took just £88 at the British box office on its opening weekend."
  • Community’ Creator Writes to Child, Disses Spielberg and Wins Our Hearts
    New York Times
    "This blog has previously expressed its affection for the NBC comedy “Community” and its creator, Dan Harmon, the only man who seems to watch more television than we do. And now, if it’s possible, we like him even more. On her Tumblr blog over the weekend, Kelly Oxford wrote about an interaction she’d had with Mr. Harmon. When her 7-year-old daughter, Salinger, started having nightmares after seeing the animated film “Monster House,” for which Mr. Harmon shared the screenplay credit with Rob Schrab and Pamela Pettler, Ms. Oxford wrote to Mr. Harmon, semi-sarcastically:"
  • ‘Ticked-Off Trannies’ Actor Responds to Controversy
    New York Times
    "Earlier, ArtsBeat reported on a dispute over the film “Ticked-Off Trannies With Knives,” which the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation and others have demanded be removed from the lineup of the Tribeca Film Festival. Krystal Summers, one of the stars of the comedy, has now weighed in on the debate. In a statement, the actor writes:'
  • In Spain, Internet piracy is part of the culture
    Los Angeles Times
    Illegal downloading of movies and TV shows is so prevalent that studios may give up selling DVDs in the country. “Picasso and bullfighting are cultural touchstones in Spain. Now add Internet piracy. The unauthorized downloading and streaming of movies and television shows from the Web is a growing problem for the entertainment industry around the world. In a few key countries such as Spain, however, it has become an epidemic that is forcing movie studios to consider no longer selling DVDs in the country. A cavalier attitude toward piracy has made it mainstream behavior in Spain.”
  • Mad as Hell and Ready to Fight the Gods
    New York Times
    “There are few good guys in Greek mythology. Or good gods, for that matter. One of the great motifs of the ancients was that the gods were just as, uh, human, as the rest of us. In fact they are generally less moral than humans because they have been corrupted by their power. For thousands of years people have suspected that the gods — jealous, greedy, deceitful and altogether selfish — are just messing around up there and may not actually have humanity’s best interests at heart. In video games that suspicion has been given the graveled voice of Kratos, the tormented Spartan soldier who is one of the most compelling video game characters of the last half-decade.’
  • Delivering Movies in Slow Motion
    Postal Service cutbacks could hurt Netflix’s bottom line.
    The Big Money
    “In the face of naysayers who have long predicted its demise, Netflix (NFLX) has had a remarkable few years. In 2005, the Los Gatos, Calif.-based DVD rental service boasted 4.2 million subscribers and enjoyed net earnings of $41.9 million. Last year, the company netted $115.9 million, and its bright red envelopes made their way into the homes of 12.3 million subscribers nationwide. The company's NASDAQ-listed stock price tripled in that period (see chart).”
  • Ka-ching! SUPERMAN breaks record again with $1.5M comic book
    Washington Post
    “You know Batman couldn't knock down Superman without soon getting clocked himself with a haymaker. At least where the comic-book collectibles industry is concerned. A copy of the 1938 edition of Action Comics No. 1 -- in which Superman made his debut -- sold Monday afternoon in New York for a record-setting $1.5-million through the auction/consignment site ComicConnect.com, the site told Comic Riffs.”
  • Unleashing the Camcorder Within Your Phone, via Apps
    New York Times
    “I once pitied owners of early iPhones and other older smartphones because their devices lacked at least one incredibly useful feature — a video camera. Putting that single function on a phone has caused a major buildup of dust on the $500 camcorder I bought a few years ago. The iPhone captures video of adequate quality, at adequate lengths. Instantly e-mailing clips or posting them on Facebook is a bit of magic far beyond what my camcorder will ever do. Now the magic comes to even the oldest iPhones, as well as a number of other smartphones, as long as you have a buck or two to spare. That’s the going rate for three apps — iVideoCamera (99 cents), Qik Video ($1.99) and Camera Plus Pro ($1.99) — that upgrade your device’s still camera to video.”
  • In E-Book Era, You Can’t Even Judge a Cover
    New York Times
    “Bindu Wiles was on a Q train in Brooklyn this month when she spotted a woman reading a book whose cover had an arresting black silhouette of a girl’s head set against a bright orange background. Ms. Wiles noticed that the woman looked about her age, 45, and was carrying a yoga mat, so she figured that they were like-minded and leaned in to catch the title: “Little Bee,” a novel by Chris Cleave. Ms. Wiles, a graduate student in nonfiction writing at Sarah Lawrence College, tapped a note into her iPhone and bought the book later that week.”
  • Ancient book inspires classic animation of 'The Secret of Kells'
    Los Angeles Times
    The Oscar-nominated Irish film adapted Celtic designs from the Book of Kells and Celtic lore for the story in the hand-drawn feature. “As advances in technology allow for ever more realism in animated features, the artists behind "The Secret of Kells" -- the little-known Irish film that caught even insiders by surprise when it edged out the likes of "Ponyo" and "Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs" for an Oscar nomination -- turned instead to the intricacies and grace of an ancient text to celebrate the curves and angles of traditional hand-drawn animation. Using the scrollwork designs and microscopic detailing of the Book of Kells, an illuminated manuscript of the Four Gospels likely dating to the early 8th century, "The Secret of Kells," which opens in L.A. on Friday, evokes the feel of Celtic tradition and a culture long past.’
  • Technology Coalition Seeks Stronger Privacy Laws
    New York Times
    SAN FRANCISCO — A broad coalition of technology companies, including AT&T, Google and Microsoft, and advocacy groups from across the political spectrum said Tuesday that it would push Congress to strengthen online privacy laws to protect private digital information from government access.’
  • The Met’s Grand Gamble
    Vanity Fair Magazine
    “Since Peter Gelb took the reins at the Metropolitan Opera, in 2006, he’s relentlessly picked up the pace—more new productions, more aggressive marketing, live high-def broadcasts—until everyone from chorus members to major donors has felt the strain. But is Gelb presiding over a leap into the 21st century, or the slow decline of the world’s greatest (and most extravagant) opera house? Examining the Met’s $47 million deficit, the horrendous economics of opera, and the effort to sell high culture to the masses, the author reveals what a huge risk the controversial impresario is taking. One Saturday afternoon in early November 2009, I joined Peter Gelb, general manager of the Metropolitan Opera, inside a satellite truck parked behind Lincoln Center. A matinee performance of Puccini’s Turandot was about to be transmitted, live, from the Met in New York City to 1,014 movie theaters across the country and around the globe. Inside the opera house, 13 cameras captured every detail in high definition; the feeds were relayed to us in the truck. We could see the Ukrainian soprano Maria Guleghina backstage, getting ready to play the sadistic Chinese princess—the title role. Up front, the ushers handed out programs and guided people to their seats. “Guys,” the video director said, speaking through a headset to his cameramen, “I need audience shots. Young people. Is there anyone under 40? Find young people!”
  • Tonight on PBS, I.M. Pei Finds Life Reflection in Return to China
    Art Beat/PBS
    “Tonight on PBS, American Masters follows architect I.M. Pei back to the hometown he left as a young man, to design a new, modern museum for the city of Suzhou, China. At 92, Pei is one of the last leading figures of modern architecture still living and working. Early on, the film takes him back to one of his most famous designs, the Louvre Pyramid, a then-unorthodox alteration to the prized art museum that initially upset Parisians. The architect admits that if he were a Parisian, he might have been upset, too.”
  • ‘Glee,’ ‘Modern Family’ and Craig Ferguson Win Peabody Awards
    New York Times
    “What could be more exciting for those singing, dancing, impregnating glee-club kids at William McKinley High School than a victory at sectionals? How about a Peabody Award? On Wednesday “Glee,” the hit Fox series, was named one of the recipients of a George Foster Peabody Award, given annually by the University of Georgia’s Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication for excellence in electronic media, the college said in a news release.”
  • Avalon Theatre’s future uncertain
    Bayview Compass
    “The Avalon Theatre may be sold to another owner or operator, according to 14th District Alderman Tony Zielinski, who said he’s still working to get a movie theater open somewhere on Kinnickinnic Avenue. “We’ve been trying to set up to expedite a sale to another individual to open up the deal, or a lease, or a lease with option to purchase, or something, so we can get something going. And right now, if we’re not able to work out a deal on the Avalon, and it doesn’t look like anything’s going to happen with the Avalon, then we’re looking at a fallback position to get something else open on KK,” Zielinski said.”
  • Unions and guilds weigh in against betting on box office
    Los Angeles Times
    “So does anyone in Hollywood like the idea of a futures market that would let people make bets on the box office? Apparently not. Less than a week after the Motion Picture Assn. of America, the movie industry's Washington lobbying group, told the Commodity Futures Trading Commission that it opposed two planned markets, several other industry groups have formed an echo chamber. Among those coming out against the proposed markets from the Cantor Exchange and Veriana Networks are the Directors Guild of America, the Independent Film and Television Alliance, the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees and the National Assn. of Theater Owners. The groups sent a letter to the CFTC criticizing the idea.”
  • Trust Busting
    New York Times Magazine
    “A company shows anxiety on its face — that is, on its Web site, which has become the face of the modern corporation. Visit sites for recently troubled or confused enterprises, including Maclaren, Toyota, Playtex, Tylenol and, yes, John Edwards, and you’ll find a range of digital ways of dealing with distress. Maclaren, the British company that recalled millions of umbrella strollers in November amid reports from American consumer groups that the hinges occasionally severed children’s fingertips (Maclaren issued protective hinge covers), comes across as slightly — there’s only one word for it — unhinged. Its Web site tries so aggressively to represent the company as a kind of family that it ends up implying that to stop buying its strollers would be to betray kin. The heavy-handedness is enough to drive even a Maclaren partisan straight to the competition at Bugaboo.com.”
  • The Art Newspaper on the iPad
    The Arts Newsletter
    “With the launch of Apple’s iPad, TheArt Newspaper is happy to announce a new edition to join its family of publications and goes truly international with an Esperanto-language version. La Arto Jurnalo will be solely available on the iPad and will include unique features such as an audio track for each article read by native Esperanto speakers and the option of Esperanto subtitles for all videos on our online TV channel. Future editions in Sindarin, Nadsat and Klingon are planned. (Published April Fools Day)”
  • Love film? Try Cinematheque
    Helmed by communication arts professor, organization’s twelfth year offers more rare classics for movie fanatics
    Badger Herald/UW Madison
    “You’re already reading ArtsEtc., so let’s just assume you are, in fact, interested in the arts. Maybe you’re even a movie buff who’s totally unimpressed with what’s currently in theaters — not to mention at least half of the recent Oscar nominees. Sundance offers some solid choices, but it’s off campus and definitely not in your price range. So maybe it’s time to revisit the classics, and then some. Every Friday and Saturday night in Vilas Hall, the UW Cinematheque screens a different film ranging from old Hollywood features to more contemporary Japanese cinema. And you can leave your wallet at home — the screenings are free.”
  • 3-D surge may doom movie stars
    The kinds of 3-D films generating big box office don't need big names to succeed.
    Los Angeles Times
    “Ever since the astounding grosses for "Avatar" started rolling in, Hollywood has been pretty much going gaga over 3-D. At a time when DVD revenues have been plummeting, who would've believed that 3-D would help save the studios' bacon? According to Warners distribution chief Dan Fellman, roughly 52% of the studio's box-office take for this weekend's "Clash of the Titans" was from 3-D ticket sales. According to industry marketers, the 3-D ticket price premium gave a huge boost to "Clash's " $61.4-million box-office take, which would've been closer to $41.4 million if it was only playing in 2-D.”
  • Evidence ordered released in 'HOPE' artist case
    NEW YORK — “Lawyers for artist Shepard Fairey must disclose the identities of anyone who deleted or destroyed records related to a copyright dispute over the Barack Obama "HOPE" image, a judge said Monday. U.S. District Judge Alvin K. Hellerstein ruled in favor of The Associated Press in most of its requests for evidence, including when Fairey's lawyers first knew the AP had asserted that it holds the copyright to a photograph the image was based on. He said lawyers must disclose relevant documents that were deleted or destroyed from Fairey's files and when the deletions or destruction occurred.”
  • App Brings Centuries of Great Art to the iPad
    New York Times
    “The iPad makes a perfect coffee table book and photo browser but a new application called Art Authority sends the touchscreen interface back through centuries of humanity's finest imagery. Built by 1980's Apple engineer Alan Oppenheimer, Art Authority (iTunes link, $9.99) is a beautiful way to get some art education and ponder the human condition while flipping through more than 40,000 historic works of art on your iPad.’
  • 2 years after tax law, Michigan's making movies
    Racine Journal Times
    “Michigan's bid to become a star in the movie business is drawing mixed reviews. Two years into one of the most generous tax incentive programs in the nation, the state has lured some big-name productions, from "Gran Torino" with Clint Eastwood to portions of "Up in the Air" with George Clooney. Since the measure became law on April 7, 2008, 89 movie or TV productions have been completed. Hotels, caterers and others getting some spin-off business can't wait for the industry to expand. Janet Lockwood, director of the Michigan Film Office, disagrees with the program's critics. She says Michigan's film industry is already contributing to the state's economy and will become an even bigger player.”
  • Appeals court overturns FCC rule on net neutrality
    Los Angeles Time
    “In a case with wide-ranging ramifications for how Americans use the Internet, an appeals court Tuesday struck down a federal rule that required broadband providers to keep their networks open -- even to bandwidth hogs.”
  • Opinion: End of the Net Neut Fetish?
    A federal court says no to an FCC power-grab.
    Wall Street Journal
    “Hooray. We live in a nation of laws and elected leaders, not a nation of unelected leaders making up rules for the rest of us as they go along, whether in response to besieging lobbyists or the latest bandwagon circling the block hauled by Washington's permanent "public interest" community. This was the reassuring message yesterday from the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals aimed at the Federal Communications Commission. Bottom line: The FCC can abandon its ideological pursuit of the "net neutrality" bogeyman, and get on with making the world safe for the iPad.”
  • What Your TV Is Telling You to Do
    NBC Universal's Shows Are Sending Viewers Signals to Recycle, Exercise and Eat Right. Why?
    Wall Street Journal
    “In just one week on NBC, the detectives on "Law and Order" investigated a cash-for-clunkers scam, a nurse on "Mercy" organized a group bike ride, Al Gore made a guest appearance on "30 Rock," and "The Office" turned Dwight Schrute into a cape-wearing superhero obsessed with recycling. Forget product placement, NBC Universal is trying "behavior placement" with some of its shows. Characters from programs such as "30 Rock" and "The Office" are acting out eco-friendly behaviors that advertisers hope will sway viewers. WSJ's Amy Chozick reports. Coincidence? Hardly. NBC Universal planted these eco-friendly elements into scripted television shows to influence viewers and help sell ads.”
  • iPad, Therefore I Am
    Reviews From the Blogs
    New York Times
    “Over the iPad? Move along, there’s nothing to see here. If not, and you can’t get enough, jump right in. The iPad reviews are still flowing out of the blogosphere with plenty of fresh and interesting commentary and analysis.”
  • China’s Censors Tackle and Trip Over the Internet
    New York Times
    BEIJING — “Type the Chinese characters for “carrot” into Google’s search engine here in mainland China, and you will be rewarded not with a list of Internet links, but a blank screen. Don’t blame Google, however. The fault lies with China’s censors — who are increasingly a model for countries around the world that want to control an unrestricted Internet.”
  • Throwdown: Is ‘Dancing’ Showing That ‘Idol’ Has Feet of Clay?
    New York Times
    “The chops-licking over the declining performance of Fox’s “American Idol” may grow more intense in the wake of that perennial powerhouse’s ratings Tuesday night. Fewer people watched “Idol” on Tuesday than watched ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars” on Monday.’
  • Raabe, of Munchkinfame, dies
    Watertown Daily News
    "The yellow brick road that took Meinhardt Raabe on an exciting tour through life, started in the Watertown area and this community will be his final resting place. The famous Munchkin coroner from the classic 1939 movie, “The Wizard of Oz,” died on Friday at the age of 94."
  • Raquel Rutledge honored for probe into Wisconsin's child-care subsidy system
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
    “For the second time in three years, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel has earned the Pulitzer Prize for local reporting. Reporter Raquel Rutledge won the award Monday for a riveting series of reports that revealed fraud in Wisconsin's child-care subsidy program. The prize recognized Rutledge's series "Cashing in on Kids," which exposed poor oversight of the state's $350 million taxpayer-subsidized child-care system and resulting fraud and other criminal activity.”
  • Oprah Winfrey didn't care much for her time in Milwaukee
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
    “There are more sources listed in Kitty Kelley's unauthorized biography "Oprah" than I can count - more than 50 pages' worth. So I can't say whether I'm among them. Probably not. But I did have my moment in Oprah Winfrey's presence when she was promoting "Beloved," during which she talked about, among other things, her days in Milwaukee and how she didn't like it here. "I don't look at my time in Milwaukee with any fondness," she told me.”
  • Wisconsin Film Festival weekend in Madison is presented for the people, by the people
    MADISON – “There are film festivals that are tailored to the industry, as well as those that are custom-designed to be crowd-pleasers. But what has always set the Wisconsin Film Festival apart is that it is produced by people committed to independent thinking for the people who are giddy at the chance of embracing the unexpected.That's quite the unusual and exciting one-two punch of viewers putting their complete trust in programmers to take them on a memorable tour through the global community of cinema.And yet for a decade, the popularity of the Wisconsin Film Festival has only continued to soar, as it has emerged as one of the most vital film events in North America.Ask festival programmer Meg Hamel about last year's attendance and she'll give you the exact figure: 32,645.”
  • 3D Televisions Now Available Throughout Milwaukee Area
    WISN-TV Milwaukee
    “3D capable TVs are now available throughout the Milwaukee area. After the success of "Avatar" in 3D, big budget, 3D movies are becoming increasingly more popular. Now, the latest technology in television is designed to make you feel like you're there.”
  • Costa’s films worth the difficult watch
    Daily Cardinal
    “The worst that one can say about the 2010 Wisconsin Film Festival is that it nearly overshadowed what was arguably the year’s most important DVD release: “Letters from Fontainhas: Three Films by Pedro Costa,” released by the Criterion Collection March 30. The trio of movies—none of which has received U.S. distribution beyond short runs in major city art houses—contained in this four-disc box set are three of the most aesthetically significant works of film art produced in the last two decades. For anybody who gives half a damn about cinema as an art rather than as an immersive distraction, laying eyes on all three is absolutely essential.”
  • ‘Baraboo’ gets caught on film
    Baraboo News Republic
    “A film produced in and named after Baraboo has been gaining attention, more than a year and a half after director Mary Sweeney filmed among the cabins of the now-defunct Devil's Lake Resort. "Baraboo," which focuses on the lives of six people living in a rural Wisconsin resort, was one of eight "Golden Badger" recipients at this year's Wisconsin Film Festival, winning both Best Narrative Feature and Best Director. The film debuted in 2009 at the Edinburgh International Film Festival and the Galway Film Fleadh, earning positive reviews at both. Tickets for last weekend's showing at the Wisconsin Film Festival sold out rapidly, and Sweeney said the audience had been enthusiastic at the post-film question and answer session. "The audience loved it," she said. "Everyone stayed, it was a very lively Q&A."
  • WISN takes issue with social media opinion
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
    “Wednesday's column about local TV stations' use of social media retweeted itself across the Twitter universe like a stone skipping across a pond. Not all of the responses were positive. Before I even had my coffee, I had received an e-mail complaint from WISN-TV (Channel 12) news director Lori Waldon. Shortly after, Jim Windsor, the station's director of creative services, sent me a flow chart. I'm still waiting for scientists at the Jet Propulsion Lab to translate it. Their beef was that I didn't practice due diligence when I quoted Tom Snyder, president and CEO of Trivera Interactive, that WISN doesn't do "squat" in the area of social media.”
  • Research tool: Old papers
    “This week, big news for research geeks like us: The Wisconsin Historical Society has finished renovating a gorgeous new reading room at its historic headquarters (map) on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus. We'll be among the many stopping by to bask in that calm, air-conditioned space. But today Executive Director Andy Hall and I took a field trip to a less-feted section that may be an even greater help to investigative journalists and other diggers. It's the low-ceilinged, dim, homely cave of wonders where the Wisconsin Historical Society compiles archives of a few hundred Wisconsin newspapers, and of newsletters from all over North America.”
  • Feed the Fish: Chilling out – Wisconsin Filmed, Wisconsin Stars
    The Isthmus
    "So go see Feed the Fish for the acting, and for some beautifully lyrical sequences. One involves the northern lights, another some playful canoodling at a snowbound drive-in theater. The film just screened at the Wisconsin Film Festival, where viewers must have laughed and cried at keen observations about Dairyland winters, like this one: "The really shitty part is only three months."
  • Supreme Court to decide whether California can regulate violent video games
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel/Associated Press
    WASHINGTON (AP) – “The Supreme Court, wading into a clash between free-speech rights and laws protecting children, agreed Monday to decide whether California can ban the sale or rental of violent video games to minors. The court will review a federal court's decision to throw out California's ban. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco said the law violated minors' constitutional rights under the First and Fourteenth amendments. California's law would have prohibited the sale or rental of violent games to anyone under 18.”
  • Out There: Residents spot themselves as extras in locally shot film
    Central Wisconsin Hub
    “Many people can't wait to have their 15 minutes of fame. Sometimes, that equates to about 15 seconds. Saying I was an extra in the movie "NoNAMES" might be a stretch. I sat at a picnic table at Dexter Park one warm August day almost two years ago. I can hardly recall what I chatted about with my tablemates. In all likelihood, my less-than-stellar presence has long since hit some trash dump somewhere.”
  • UW Union eliminates film series
    “WUD Film will move permanently to the new Union South in fall 2011, after which the Play Circle will close, along with Wisconsin Union Theater, ...”
  • Is film criticism dying?
    UWM Post
    “Most importantly, while films are an art and a source of entertainment, so is the film criticism that surrounds them. Critiquing is essential and it ...”
  • Film 'opens' unique story of The Doors
    UW Badger Herald
    “A documentary, in general, is a work of history as well as art and film. It is meant to capture an era as a whole as well as record the lives of its main ...”
  • A word about our Web site
    Sauk Prairie Eagle
    “This spring the Daily Citizen and the Columbus Journal each received new Web sites as a part of a complete Web re-design which affected all of Capital ...”
  • NY police halt 'robbery' during filming
    Racine Journal Times
    "And for a moment I'm thinking it's part of the movie and then I said, wait a minute, I wrote the movie and this wasn't in the film. And it was like, ...
  • Bright Star ends on a harmonious note
    La Crosse Tribune
    “Five by Design's show, “Stay Tuned,” captured the swing classics from the 1950s and early '60s. It was a throwback to the early TV shows with music themes, ...”
  • WFF2010: Interview with
    “The movie "Feed the Fish," starring Ross Partridge, Tony Shalhoub (Detective Monk from the TV show "Monk") and Barry Corbin (Maurice Minnifield from "Northern Exposure") sold out its one appearance at the Wisconsin Film Fest in just 45 minutes. But fear not; if you’re hungry for a romantic boy-meets-girl comedy with a decidedly Wisconsin flavor (fish, guns, and - of course - a badger figures prominently in the plot), you’ll be able to check out the film during a one-week engagement beginning April 23 at Marcus Point Cinema located at 7825 Big Sky Drive.”

  • Dance
    Ballet Stars Now Twitter as Well as Flutter
    New York Times
    “In the rarefied world of ballet, where dancers are expected to speak with their bodies, sometimes it seems that aloofness is something to aspire to. Lately, though, the ribbons are loosening. Courtesy of Twitter, dancers are starting to make themselves heard. It isn’t always dainty.”
  • Music
    Present Music blends sounds of toons, inventiveness to get at art of creation
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
    “No work of art exists in a vacuum. From the visual art of Rembrandt to compositions by John Adams, all art is influenced by works that preceded it and by the artist's life at the time of the new work's creation. Present Music put the idea of inspiration on stage Saturday evening with a program that, in part, examined the inspiration of Adams' 1992 "Chamber Symphony." Music director Kevin Stalheim used members of the Present Music ensemble and taped musical examples for elucidation, tracing the music of Schoenberg that Adams was studying and the cartoon music of Raymond Scott that Adams could hear through the wall while working, as his child watched television. The result was an eclectic, interesting look at the creation of a piece of modern music. Stalheim's examples included pieces scored for traditional instruments and some electronic music, including tapes of electronic instruments of Scott's own creation.”
  • Theater
    With hilarious 'Keys,' Hanreddy bids Rep a farcical farewell
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
    "How do you walk away from a 17-year relationship? If you're Joe Hanreddy, outgoing artistic director of the Milwaukee Repertory Theater, you toast the actors you love by throwing a wild and wonderful party that highlights how good they are and how good theater can be. Hanreddy's vehicle is "Seven Keys to Slaughter Peak," a zany, made-for-Wisconsin redo of George M. Cohan's 1913 warhorse, "Seven Keys to Baldpate." It is the funniest play I have seen this season - in Milwaukee or anywhere else. With Hanreddy directing, it opened Friday night to nonstop laughter. Cohan's play begins with a writer's bet that, if he is left alone in a secluded spot, he can churn out a pulp novel in 24 hours."
  • Music
    An Internet hit: High school band's song gets some online air time
    La Crosse Tribune
    “Indieshowcase.net played "If It Was" last month after an Internet disc jockey heard the acoustic song and contacted Clark, a Central High School freshman, to say he liked their sound. He even asked if the song Clark wrote the lyrics for and Maas put to music was a cover, Clark said. "Me and Nick could not believe it," Clark said.”
  • Theater
    Are preview performances worth it? Some surprising highs and lows
    Chicago Tribune
    “Last Thursday night, “Billy Elliot the Musical” began previews at the Oriental Theatre. And my mailbox immediately began to fill up with stories of computer malfunctions, restarted dance numbers and holds for technical problems leading to missed trains. And, in fairness, I've also heard much tell of how fast the show seems to have found its legs, and of the thrill of seeing hugely talented young performers out onstage alone for the first time. Ah, previews. They are a weird breed.”
  • Contested Will: Who Wrote Shakespeare?
    A new book on the authorship debate asks why some people refuse to accept "the Stratford man
    The Slate
    "It bristles with difficulties," observed Henry James about the "authorship controversy," the 200-year-old argument over who wrote the plays and poems attributed to William Shakespeare. You can count James (along with Sigmund Freud, Mark Twain, Helen Keller and such notable actors as John Gielgud and Derek Jacobi) among the anti-Stratfordians, those who question the conventional view. The majority of experts may feel confident that the author "Shakespeare" was none other than the man Shakespeare and not some aristocrat or intellectual using the celebrated Elizabethan actor as a front, but those who disagree — a small but vocal minority of academics, independent scholars and outright cranks — will not be deterred.”
  • Play it again: on encores
    Washington Post
    “I’ve been thinking a lot lately about encores. Sometimes, they can be the most fun part of the concert -- vocal recitalists are particularly adept at finding bonbons to offer after the main program is over. And they certainly occasion lively interest among listeners. I think the single most-asked question I hear after a concert is, “What was the encore?” There’s a tradition, though, that critics don’t review encores -- indeed, often enough, that they leave the auditorium before them. There are a couple of reasons for this tradition. One reaches back to the days when deadlines were so early that critics had to race back to the paper to file their reviews, though today, the overnight review is the exception rather than the rule for most critics.”

Performing Arts

  • Other
    Art and Money, Part Nth
    National Arts Journalism Project
    “I walked up to Canal Street a couple of weeks ago to buy a porn video and was ripped off. When I got home and opened the DVD case, instead of the advertised "Naughty Stewardesses, Part VI," there before my eyes was a disc containing a documentary film by the renowned art critic, Robert Hughes, entitled "The Mona Lisa Curse." (This is my official cover story. Hughes's film, it seems, is in some kind of legal peril due to somebody from the U.K. in the film--which was shown on Channel 4 in England a year and a half ago--feeling libeled and now making threats, and I've been asked not even to hint at my surreptitious source for the DVD.)”
  • Dance
    The Dark Man Behind the Sunny Ballet
    New York Times
    LONDON — “To what extent should we dwell on the psyche of the artist who makes the art? “La Fille Mal Gardée” (being performed here by the Royal Ballet) and many other Frederick Ashton ballets celebrate innocence, yet Ashton once told his celebrated ballerina Margot Fonteyn that he himself had never been innocent and that he had always been able to see through to the hearts of people. And he told his biographer that as a child he had been abused by his older brothers. Does one of the ultimate losses of childhood innocence explain Ashton’s celebration of innocence in his ballets?”
  • Bolshoi Theater Planning Fall 2011 Reopening
    New York Times
    “Closed since 2005 for a renovation project that is running years behind schedule, the Bolshoi Theater in Moscow, home of both the Bolshoi Ballet (backstage in 2001, above) and Bolshoi Opera, is now aiming at October 2011 for its reopening, Agence France-Presse reported. “We are assuming that the Bolshoi Theater’s historic building will be opened on Oct. 2, 2011,” the theater’s deputy general director, Anton Getman, said, according to Agence France-Presse.’
  • London Dance Journal: A Ballet Company to Watch
    New York Times
    LONDON — “The British company Ballet Black was founded in 2001 “to provide role models to young, aspiring black and Asian dancers.” The company’s profile has risen markedly in the last two years, and in January it won the Critics’ Circle National Dance Award for outstanding company. Its six dancers are highly accomplished. The program at the Royal Opera House here was choreography-oriented – four world premieres (by Henri Oguike, Raymond Chai, Robert Hylton and Christopher Hampson, all British-based choreographers) — and there’s reason to hope Ballet Black will acquire a repertory of real substance. (Maybe live music too.)”
  • Music
    Waukesha symphony becomes Wisconsin Philharmonic
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
    "The Waukesha Symphony Orchestra, led by conductor Alexander Platt, performs during a 2007 concert at St. John’s Military Academy chapel in Delafield. Close Waukesha - The Waukesha Symphony Orchestra will now be known as The Wisconsin Philharmonic, a name that reflects a broader group of musicians, a wider audience and the high level of performance, board president Mary Korkor announced Monday. Alexander Platt, music director and conductor in his 13th season with the 62-year-old part-time orchestra, said at a Waukesha news conference unveiling the new name, "It was time for a new name that transcended any sense of competition with any other ensemble but rather acknowledged and celebrated our own great traditions of extremely high quality music in this part of Wisconsin."
  • Present Music blends sounds of toons, inventiveness to get at art of creation
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
    “No work of art exists in a vacuum. From the visual art of Rembrandt to compositions by John Adams, all art is influenced by works that preceded it and by the artist's life at the time of the new work's creation. Present Music put the idea of inspiration on stage Saturday evening with a program that, in part, examined the inspiration of Adams' 1992 "Chamber Symphony." Music director Kevin Stalheim used members of the Present Music ensemble and taped musical examples for elucidation, tracing the music of Schoenberg that Adams was studying and the cartoon music of Raymond Scott that Adams could hear through the wall while working, as his child watched television.”
  • Madison musicians work hard to build a fan base
    “Eddie Vedder claims he never wanted to be famous. But he can’t pretend he didn’t work his ass off to get noticed. Any semi-serious musician knows they have to attract attention to fuel their art. Every band faces the same dilemma: how do we earn fans? Even Madison’s most talented, hardest working bands play to empty rooms on regular occasions. “Promotion takes up 60 percent of my time; actual rehearsal and performance is only about 40 percent,” says Mark Croft, a pop/rock Madison musician who puts in long hours forming an online community with his fans. Croft gives fans a role in his music, encouraging them to post pictures and videos of shows they attend.’
  • Branford Marsalis to Compose Music for ‘Fences’ Revival
    New York Times
    “The Grammy Award-winning saxophonist Branford Marsalis announced on Tuesday that he will make his Broadway debut this spring as the composer of original music for the forthcoming revival of August Wilson’s “Fences.” The leader of a jazz quartet bearing his name, and a frequent soloist with classical ensembles, Mr. Marsalis said in a statement that working on the Broadway production, which will star Denzel Washington and Viola Davis, was “a dream come true.”
  • Charleston Symphony Orchestra Suspends Operations
    New York Times
    “The Charleston Symphony Orchestra in South Carolina has canceled the rest of its season and suspended operations, saying it has run out of cash to pay its expenses, The Post and Courier of Charleston reported. The board president, Ted Legasey, said in a telephone interview on Tuesday that the critical issue was a decline in fund-raising. He said that major gifts were down 60 percent from last season, creating a shortfall of about $400,000. People who had purchased tickets for the final concert of the CSO’s season, on April 17, are being offered refunds.’
  • Theater
    Fire alarm at Overture brings opera rehearsal, swing dancing to State Street
    77 Square
    “On Saturday, a mid-afternoon fire alarm prompted the evacuation of the Overture Center for the Arts. Kiddy-oke had wrapped up a short time before on the Rotunda Stage, and several arts groups were in the middle of rehearsals. As people filed out of the building, a few random singers harmonized with the sound of the alarm.’
  • Other
    The End of Morphoses
    Michael Kaiser/Kennedy Center for the Arts
    “When Christopher Wheeldon announced he was leaving Morphoses, the company he founded three years ago, it reminded me just how hard it is to start an arts organization. Chris had everything going for him when he began his company; he is remarkably successful and famous, deeply loved by many in the dance world, and admired by even more. He claimed headlines in the New York Times when he announced his organization and received reviews from serious critics for every performance. Numerous presenters, including we at the Kennedy Center, lined up to present Morphoses. We had planned for Chris and his dancers to be part of our Ballet Across America series this Spring and to have a week of their own next season.”
  • International Exchange Is Eyed by Theaters
    New York Times
    “Fresh off its acquisition of 16 additional theaters in the West End of London and across Britain, the Ambassador Theater Group is seeking business deals with theater owners and producers in the United States to create a cross-Atlantic distribution network for shows, one of the company’s co-founders said Monday. The executive, Howard Panter, said he had received final approval from the British government on March 24 for Ambassador’s purchase of two additional West End theaters — which now house the hit musicals “Wicked” and “The Lion King” — and 14 regional British theaters from Live Nation for £90 million (about $136 million). The sale, first announced in November, increases the company’s theater holdings to 12 in the West End and 27 regionally, making it the dominant theater owner in Britain.”
  • Dance
    ‘Pure Dance’ at the Marcus Center
    Milwaukee Ballet’s hurricane of gorgeous, complicated dancing
    Milwaukee Shepherd Express
    “In my decades of touring with Theatre X, we always said that you can’t begin to know a show until you’ve played it 30 times. Last week I enjoyed the opening performance of the Milwaukee Ballet’s latest concert, “Pure Dance,”which included two brand-new ballets and a third that was new to the company. Just weeks before, the company also presented two world premieres and one Milwaukee premiere in “Innovative Motion,” and the season opened with an all-new Cinderella.”
  • Dancing…its not for sissies (but then, we already knew that)
    Athletes Dance Better Than You
    Wall Street Journal
    “It's time we turned our attention to one of the more serious matters facing the country. In case you haven't noticed, the ABC show "Dancing With the Stars" is being completely manhandled by athletes. In the show's nine seasons so far, 19 jocks representing everything from beach volleyball to the National Football League have taken turns dancing with trained partners in a bid to impress the viewers and judges who determine the winners. To say that they've dominated the show is an understatement. While athletes represent just 18% of the contestants, not counting this season, they've won five of the nine competitions, placed second three times and third once more. That works out to a collective success rate of 47%, which is far better than the rate for reality-show contestants (20%), supermodels (23%), soap-opera stars, politicians and people who are famous for being famous.”
  • Theater
    Wisconsin Boy does Gooder - 'Here's What Happened...'
    Wall Street Journal
    “It was the sort of praise the diffident Mr. Shalhoub seems to prefer: short, adjective-free and delivered in passing. What a refreshing change from some of the interactions he'd had with viewers during his eight-year tenure as an obsessive-compulsive homicide detective on the USA Network series "Monk." All those people coming up to him and repeating Adrian Monk's catchphrase, "Here's what happened." All those people wanting to know how much Mr. Shalhoub resembles his character. (Actually, not much at all, though he does appreciate a tidy kitchen and does tend to fret about excessive detergent in the washing machine.)”
  • Stormy Kromer buys Big Top tent naming rights
    Will set world record
    Ashland Daily Press
    BAYFIELD — Two icons of the south shore of Lake Superior have joined forces. In what can only be described as a natural fit, Ironwood, Mich., hat manufacturer Stormy Kromer has bought the naming rights to the canvas jewel of Bayfield County, Lake Superior Big Top Chautauqua. The tent on the slopes of Mt. Ashwabay will now officially be known as the "Kromer Canvas Canopy." The blue-and-gray striped 900-seat tent will sport the iconic "Stormy Kromer" signature on the west end of the tent and, shortly after tent raising in May, a 40' x 10' classic Stormy brim will be installed on the east side, essentially making the tent the biggest Kromer cap ever.
  • Dance
    Doing the Holland-Chicago shuffle
    Culture Monster/Los Angeles Times
    “KLM Royal Dutch Airline’s O’Hare-Schiphol direct flight has been a burning tube of dance talent in recent years. In a cultural exchange melding Dutch pragmatism with the steadfast made-in-Chicago version, two of the world’s top dance companies recently swapped artistic directors. In 2009, Jim Vincent, artistic director of Hubbard Street Dance Chicago for nine years, took up the reins of Nederlands Dance Theater (an alum, he had danced there in the 1980s), creating the Chicago opening for Glenn Edgerton. Edgerton, known in Los Angeles as a former Joffrey Ballet soloist and for his brief stint at the Colburn School’s dance program, had also danced with NDT under Jirí Kylián. Edgerton eventually ran the adventurous European company himself from 1994 to 2004.”
  • Music
    Wisconsin Chamber Choir performs superbly disciplined 'St. John Passion'
    The Isthmus
    Last year, Trevor Stephenson's Madison Bach Musicians, et al., gave us the first period-style performance ever here of Bach's monumental "St. Matthew Passion". Now, this year, Robert Gehrenbeck, leading his Wisconsin Chamber Choir, has given us Madison's first period-style presentation of Bach's "St. John Passion". Shorter, more concise and intense that the "Matthew Passion", the "John" setting has a complex history of recurrent revisions by the composer through his Leipzig career. Perhaps never finished to his satisfaction, it comes down to us nevertheless as a compelling Christian drama.”
  • Newsom battles harp to take center stage in Pabst show
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
    “There was a diva onstage at the Pabst Theater on Friday night. It was not Joanna Newsom, the singer and songwriter who was nominally the star. It was her harp. Beautifully shaped and placed to be the imposing center of attention, it also was demanding: Its tuning took up most of the hourlong delay between the opener and Newsom, then required two more tunings during the show. It did, however, justify its temperamental behavior once Newsom plucked its manifold strings to coax out a lush, anachronistic sound.”
  • Theater
    It’s Not Over Till the Zonked Guy Flings
    New York Times
    “One, two, three, four, five. Yes, that’s five doors on the stage of the Music Box Theater, where a revival of Ken Ludwig’s “Lend Me a Tenor” opened Sunday night. Five doors, primed for slamming, in a single hotel suite. All but incontrovertible physical evidence that farce is on the bill. And slam they do, as Mr. Ludwig’s cast of buffa characters churns through a dizzying plot about an ailing Italian tenor, his jealous wife, a sexy soprano, a scheming impresario and his mousy factotum with dreams of opera stardom. But the heady ether of prime farce never materializes in this labor-intensive but laugh-deficient evening, directed by Stanley Tucci and starring Tony Shalhoub as the desperate impresario and Anthony LaPaglia as the troublesome tenor.”
  • Of farce and fiction
    UWM Post
    “Keys to Slaughter Peak at The Milwaukee Repertory Theater, 108 East Wells St., manages to parody both Wisconsin and the entire crime-noir genre with a smart and refreshing script by departing Artistic Director Joe Hanreddy. Based on a play by George M. Cohan which was itself based on a novel by Earl Derr Biggers, there’s a lot to follow and just wait until the twists start flying. The story centers around a wager made by dime-store novelist William Magee (Brian Vaughn) that he can produce a complete novel in the span of one day, midnight to midnight. Assured that he has the only key to the Slaughter Peak Lodge, Magee settles down in his isolation, ready to churn out his pulp. His peace is soon broken by a series of girls and grafters who enter the Lodge with their own “only keys.” The group contains several old stereotypes, including the crooked politician (Steve Pickering), the dumb-as-rocks lackey (Gerard Neugent) and of course, the beautiful blonde reporter (Lee Stark) who wants Magee to help her expose the shenanigans.’
  • Group offers theater option
    Wausau Daily Herald
    “Local thespians will have another option to tread the boards this summer with the formation of the Everest Academy for the Arts. Weston residents Steve Vesper and John Kramer started talking about forming the organization after they saw D.C. Everest Senior High School's production of "Seussical: The Musical" two years ago. Both said they were blown away by the quality of the performance.”
  • Other
    The concert hall should be out of this world
    Telegraph UK
    Last week's protest at the Wigmore Hall was an assault on one of the few sanctuaries we have left, says Norman Lebrecht. “Early on Monday afternoon, a neighbour came knocking at my door. "Did you hear?" he said, jittery with agitation. "Hear what?" "The lunchtime concert from the Wigmore Hall." I shook my head. "It was disrupted," he continued. "Very well organised, they were. No sooner was one of the demonstrators taken away than another started up. They were barracking the Jerusalem Quartet, and in the end Radio 3 had to abandon the broadcast. Terrible business. Shocking." My instant reaction was to reach for some perspective. That morning, 39 people had been killed in the Moscow Metro on their way to work.’
  • Music
    Don't call it a rewind
    The surprising, mysterious return of the cassette
    “Once doomed to the dustbin of history and the floors of '94 Civics everywhere, cassette tapes have been making an unexpected comeback. Sure, tapes won't be replacing digital downloads any time soon, and scores of Musiclands are unlikely to reappear in our nation's malls. But an increasing number of fervent cassette purists across the country—including a growing number in Milwaukee—have taken it upon themselves to keep the analog flame alive.”
  • Dane Drummers: Jordan Cohen
    “Despite what you sometimes here on the doomsday report, one of the nice things about the internet is that it can bring people together. And so it was that I “met” Jordan Cohen. He said he liked my drum column. I said “can I interview you?” And we were off and running.’
  • Theater
    Dig seeks William Shakespeare's shards for ale in his Stratford back garden
    Guardian UK
    Pottery scraps and other finds unearthed on site of New Place mansion may help to rewrite playwright's story. “Archaeologists in Stratford-upon-Avon have made a sensational discovery: Shakespeare's broken beer jug. Possibly. Scraps of pottery, broken clay pipe and a 19th century penny have emerged from a muddy hole in what was a garden until a week ago. But this is the most extensive hunt for Shakespeare in his own backyard in 150 years, and every scrap is precious.”
  • What a World
    ‘Wicked’ Producers Address Piracy
    New York Times
    “Megan Hilty and Shoshana Bean in the Broadway version of “Wicked” in 2005.What would Glinda do? The executive producer for the London production of “Wicked” said that a recent warning to fans that they faced a lifelong ban from the show if they were caught recording it was prompted by one eager theatergoer who pirated the entire musical. In a post at the official Facebook page for the British production of “Wicked,” which has run at the Apollo Victoria Theater in the West End since 2006, its producers wrote: “The posting of film and audio recordings from performances is ILLEGAL and strictly prohibited. All such posts will be removed and the FANatic banned from future performances. By honoring this request you will also be honoring the artists committed to creating the magic of the WICKED London live experience every single performance.”
  • Other
    Michael Kaiser
    A Cure for Depression
    Huffington Post
    “I have been depressed lately at the lack of spark and creativity I observe from many of our arts organizations. It seems that the leadership--in many cases people like me who have been in the field for twenty years or more--has gotten tired, conservative and frightened. We have become so scared that we won't balance our budgets that we forget that taking risk is a central requisite for arts making.”
  • Music
    Using an Electronic Device to Break in a New Violin
    New York Times
    “No one knows how the violins of Antonio Stradivari sounded when they first left his workbench in Cremona, Italy, hundreds of years ago. But those fabled instruments probably did not reach their full potential until they were played. And played. And then played some more. Musicians have long known that the more a stringed instrument is used, the more responsive and resonant it becomes. But for those who cannot afford a vintage violin, cello or guitar and who lack the patience to wait years for the tone of a new one to develop, there is an electronic humming device.”
  • Theater
    Curtain drops on Modjeska Youth Theatre
    The Business Journal of Milwaukee
    “The board of directors of the Modjeska Youth Theatre Company has elected to cease the youth theater company's operations and dissolve the organization because of a lack of funds. The board said in a press release that revenue from ticket sales, donations and grants has not been enough to meet rising operations expenses and costs related to the Modjeska Theatre, which the company co-owns with the Mitchell Street Development Opportunity Corp.’
  • Dane of My Existence: Orpheum for sale (but not closing)
    The Capital Times
    “The Orpheum Theatre is for sale but "it's not closing," says David Keller of Keller Real Estate Group. The Orpheum Theatre is for sale at a cool $1,995,000. That's not news. The historic downtown movie theater went on the market last October. But it stayed under the radar until Dane County supervisor Wyndham Manning posted Keller Real Estate Group's flyer for the property on Twitter this afternoon.”
  • Other
    Emerging Leaders Network
    Blog: ArtsBlog, Americans for the Arts
    Read a series of articles by/for emerging leaders at the link below. “The Americans for the Arts Emerging Leader Network works to identify and cultivate the next generation of arts leaders in America. It is an ideal way for new leaders to share their interests with others as they continue to develop their skills and their commitment to the arts. The Emerging Leader Network targets professionals who are either new to the field, with up to five years of experience, or are 35 years of age or younger.”
  • Cities, Skills, and Wages
    Blog: Creative Class
    We know a great deal about the clustering of human capital and of creative class jobs and how they drive regional economic growth. But only recently have economists and economic geographers begun to explore the skills that underpin the clustering of talent and creative-knowledge jobs. A brand new paper with my MPI colleagues Charlotta Mellander, Kevin Stolarick, and Adrienne Ross examines the distribution of three key skills across U.S. metropolitan areas: physical skills, cognitive skills, and social skills. Here’s the abstract:”
  • Dance
    On Dance: From Broadway to the Met
    New York Times
    “The final new production of the Metropolitan Opera season, Rossini’s “Armida,” opens on Monday. The sorceress of the title seduces men, including the crusader Rinaldo, but the story is essentially about a powerful woman who chooses revenge over love. There are powerful women involved in the production too. The director is the theater veteran Mary Zimmerman, Renée Fleming is the star, and, also crucial, the choreographer is Graciela Daniele.”
  • Music
    This spring, D.C. is alive with the sound of American music
    Washington Post
    “It's a great thing to celebrate American vocal music. But in the classical music world, there's an unspoken subtext that some vocal music is clearly better than others. This is not to knock the concept of the American art song. It would be unseemly to knock it -- there's so much of it going on. This spring, the Vocal Arts Society, Washington's bastion of the art song recital, has taken up the torch of American song and organized an entire festival celebrating America's vocal tradition.”
  • Maestro’s Pay Hangs on Unsigned Deal
    New York Times
    “As the conductor James Levine prepares to undergo lower-back surgery, his employers at the Metropolitan Opera and the Boston Symphony Orchestra are nervously hoping that he will recover and resume his extremely busy schedule. His situation underlines the extent to which even the largest and most august cultural institutions can depend on the drawing power of a few megastars. Mr. Levine’s relationship with the Boston Symphony, in particular, also offers a window into the unusual employment arrangements at the very top of the classical music heap.”
  • Other
    Everything Is Contagious
    12 Doubts About the Social Plague Stir in the Human Superorganism
    The Slate
    “The newspapers are saying a social plague has struck mankind. Scientists contend that everything from obesity to happiness to loneliness can be "socially contagious"—meaning that if your friend gets fat, gets happy or grows lonely, you are at increased risk of doing the same. The leading advocates for the new social contagionism are sociologist Nicholas Christakis and political scientist James Fowler. Their work—now summarized in a popular book called Connected—suggests that our behaviors, emotions, and even our body types can be passed from friend to friend to friend like a flu virus. As Fowler told Stephen Colbert in a January interview, the research suggests that people don't really make individual decisions at all but, instead, function as part of a "human superorganism"—like a herd of buffalo or a flock of birds.”
  • Music
    Green Lake Festival of Music’s Amelia Piano Trio
    Green Lake Festival
    “Formed in 1999, the Amelia Piano Trio came to the fore after participating in Isaac Stern’s Chamber Music Workshop at Carnegie Hall in 2000. As a result, Mr. Stern became a mentor to the trio and presented the ensemble’s Carnegie Hall debut at Weill Recital Hall. Of that performance, the Strad Magazine says “…Its careful attention to balance, tonal beauty, and teamwork was exemplary.”
  • Appleton native Cory Chisel wins big at Wisconsin Area Music Industry annual awards show
    The Hub/Green Bay Press Gazette
    APPLETON — “The Wisconsin Area Music Industry (WAMI) gave its top award Monday night to a Fox Valley native at the 30th Annual WAMI Awards Show. Appleton native Cory Chisel took home the Artist of the Year Award along with Album of the Year ("Death Won't Send a Letter") and Song of the Year ("Born Again") for his band Cory Chisel and the Wandering Sons. It was the first time in its three-decade history the WAMI Awards were held outside of Milwaukee. Chisel made sure to recognize his hometown when accepting the night's final award before a crowd of several hundred people at the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center.”
  • Guest conductor Victor Yampolsky auditions at Green Bay Symphony Orchestra concert
    Green Bay Press Gazette
    “Prior to Saturday night's Green Bay Symphony Orchestra concert at the Weidner Center, the finalists in the orchestra's search for a music director were announced. On the list was Victor Yampolsky, familiar in Door County since 1986 as music director of the respected summer Peninsula Music Festival. He was Saturday's guest conductor. Yampolsky will conduct a GBSO pops concert next season. Saturday was Yampolsky's audition in a classical concert. He came to play.”
  • Social media meets the music industry
    WKOW-TV Madison
    MADISON (WKOW) – “At a time when many business are downsizing, going thru bankruptcy, or even closing their doors -- some Wisconsin companies are holding their own, and changing the way their respective industries do business. These so-called "second stage" companies were in the spotlight Tuesday night. For the first time ever, state and business leaders got together at Monona Terrace in Madison to recognize the top thirty "Companies to Watch." These companies are strong, innovative, and showing strength in a recession. "They could be in genetics, Internet technology, manufacturing -- but they're doing it different than their competition," said Gayle Kugler, small business development director with UW Extension. "They're creating synergies with vendors and customers." Organizers say these companies have great potential to add jobs in the near future. Half of the businesses on the list are based in the Madison area. One of those businesses is web-based Broadjam.com. Some say it's revolutionizing the music industry.”
  • UW senior trumpets ability over handicap
    The Capital Times
    “To land a spot in the UW Marching Band, Matt Endres made it through the physically exhausting tryout week. He nailed his audition. He beat out other hopeful trumpet players. And he did it with just two fingers on each hand. That’s quite a feat, considering the highly selective UW Marching Band turns away about 100 people who audition every year, and director Mike Leckrone isn’t exactly known for his leniency. “Matt would probably tell you, I didn’t give him anything,” Leckrone said. “Anything that he did he really earned.” Endres, a fifth-year senior from Plymouth, was born with two digits on his right hand and one on his left, which was later surgically separated into two mobile fingers.”
  • Kasey Steinbrinck column: WAMI proves that Fox Valley music scene is alive and well
    Appleton Post Crescent
    “There was a lot about the 30th Annual WAMI Awards at the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center Monday night that was similar to what you’d see at your typical awards ceremony — think Oscars or Grammys. There were plenty of cheesy inside jokes aimed at performers in the audience, awkward moments waiting for winners to make their way to the stage and even some strange wardrobe choices thanks to new artist of the year winner Pezzettino. When the curtain lifted for the Milwaukee trio’s live performance the bass player was dressed as Winnie the Pooh, the drummer was wearing a wizard costume and singer/accordion player Margaret Stutt was decked out in a bizarre outfit with wings that’s best described as something out of the Tim Burton movie “Beetlejuice.”
  • Presenters
    Big Top hat trick started as a prank
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
    “It was a joke. It was April 1 - as in April Fool's Day. And, really, did anyone think the huge tent of the Lake Superior Big Top Chautauqua actually would be turned into the world's biggest hat? And a Stormy Kromer hat to boot? When the press release was sent out by social media as well to local news outlets by Big Top Chautauqua marketing director Jamey Ritter a few days before April 1, it was tongue in cheek. Phrases such as: Kromer Canvas Canopy, two icons of Lake Superior's southern shore joining forces, naming rights to Bayfield County's canvas jewel, Guinness Book of Records, etc. There was even a picture, manipulated in Photoshop, showing the tent with a 40-foot-long hat brim. It was fun, it was goofy, it wasn't real. But quite a few people wanted one.”
  • Theater
    Exploring the The Oxford
    Volume One, Eau Claire
    “A major step forward in the Eau Claire Theater community was taken last night when the Eau Claire Children’s Theatre unveiled its new performance space, The Oxford, with a VIP open house and encore performance of “Rent.” This is particularly exciting because the space seats 275 people and fills part of the need for a mid-sized theatre space in Eau Claire.”
  • NFL to help produce Broadway play
    Oshkosh Northwestern
    “The NFL is taking Vince Lombardi to Broadway. For the first time, the league will help produce a Broadway play, its first venture into live theater. The league will serve as a special producing partner of "Lombardi," which will star Dan Lauria, a regular on the TV show "The Wonder Years" and former college football player and high school coach. "Lombardi" is scheduled to open Oct. 21 at the Circle in the Square Theatre. It will be directed by Tony Award nominee Thomas Kail. "Football and Broadway are both iconic American forms of entertainment, and the NFL is proud to bring these two unique and passionate audiences together under one roof," said Tracy Perlman, NFL vice president of entertainment marketing and promotions. "Lombardi’s charisma and coaching style were legendary - and intensely theatrical. Football fans will learn more about the dramatic private life of the sports hero for whom the Super Bowl trophy is named, and Broadway audiences will be captivated by the story of a family chasing the American dream."
  • Music
    Review: The surprising Milwaukee Chamber Orchestra
    Third Coast Digest
    “The Milwaukee Chamber Orchestra is the happiest surprise of the current season for these reasons: intriguing programs you’re unlikely to hear at the MSO, Richard Hynson’s sudden growth as a conductor, establishment of Calvary Church as a superb downtown music venue, the opportunities it affords for local musicians to step into the spotlight as soloists, and for building a large following in just a few seasons of renewed life after several dormant years.”
  • Early music concert buckles a bit under strain of shtick
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
    “Red Priest's concert Saturday night suggests that the early-music pendulum may have reached the opposite end of its swing. When the period-instruments movement began a half-century ago, the most common criticism was that performances were dry and pedantic, concentrating on authenticity and ignoring vigor or passion. As time passed, musicians focused more on the spirit than the letter of Renaissance and Baroque music, trying to evoke the freshness and improvisation that original audiences must have felt.”
  • Shell Lake Arts Center partners with Dakota Club
    Spooner Advocate
    “The Shell Lake Arts Center, in partnership with the Dakota Foundation for Jazz Education and the world-famous Dakota Jazz Club and Restaurant in Minneapolis, presented an evening of spectacular music for friends of the Arts Center as well as members of the Minnesota Music Educators Association at the Dakota Jazz Club recently. Participants relaxed, visited with Jazz Camp faculty and staff, and enjoyed music from the Jazz Camp Masters with special guests, the student-comprised Dakota Combo.”
  • Young pianist Lang Lang performs his dream
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
    “The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence, or so goes the old saying. Chinese pianist Lang Lang, who is scheduled to play a gala performance with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra this Wednesday evening, is living a life that is the dream of most young performers. The 27-year-old won his first competition and played his first recital at 5. By 20 he had won both rave and brutal reviews and was known throughout the world for his vigorous interpretations of the concerto literature.”
  • Other
    Kara Patterson column: Art made from recycled materials part of Earth Day celebration
    Appleton Post Crescent
    “Many of Mary Jo Weidert's functional and decorative art pieces that she has formed from reclaimed glass speak for themselves. On her plates, platters and bowls, Weidert, who is the director of Wild Apple Glass Studio & Gallery in downtown Menasha, affixes stickers that read, "I Used to Be a Window." "Reclaimed glass is another term for recycling it," said Weidert, a Menasha artist who plans to sell items at a booth during the Greater Fox Cities Area Habitat for Humanity ReStore's Earth Day Celebration on Saturday. "I think people are just starting to really gravitate to the green products. In January, I went down here to a building that was being renovated … and they were tearing out the whole storefront because new windows were going in. I thought, I'm going to go and ask for (the glass) because I know they're going to have to pay to throw that in the dump."
  • A baby was born Saturday near the steps of the Milwaukee Art Museum during a wedding party
    MILWAUKEE - “New life on the lakefront. A baby was born Saturday near the steps of the Milwaukee Art Museum during a wedding party. It's an amazing story of bad timing, but good luck. A New Berlin couple thought they could make it to the hospital on time. But it turned out they didn't need to…. A special couple who want to make sure Lincoln never forgets where he was born. "So we decided to add Calatrava to the middle name. So it's Lincoln James Calatrava Sherwood," Ben said.”
  • Opinion: Another Move In The Wrong Direction At NEA
    Judith H. Dobrzynski on Culture
    Real Clear Arts
    “I was wrong. I said the other day that Rocco Landesman's testimony before Congress about the NEA budget on Tuesday would be "interesting." That was my hope. Instead, it was a total bore. Landesman not only said nothing, but what he did -- closing most of the "American Masterpieces" program to find money for his "Our Town" initiative -- will amount to nothing, too. I can not attest to the efficacy of American Masterpieces, but at least its idea -- bringing performances, visual art exhibitions, erc. to communities around the country -- was a good one, especially for small communities that lack access to great art. "Our Town," which is supposed to create local arts districts, isn't. Or doesn't seem to be -- Landesman is supposed to provide details soon. It strikes me, so far, as too commercial. Although I agree that arts provide real jobs and create economic activity, I don't think that's what the NEA should be spending its small budget on.”
  • Music
    Egg Harbor: Changes in store for music festival
    Door County Advocate
    “Some changes are in store for the second annual Nasewaupee Music Festival. The first event was held in September in the Idlewild area of Nasewaupee. An organizer of this year's event, Angela Sherman, said the festival would be held the first weekend of August and is tentative planned for the town of Egg Harbor. Sherman was granted a permit Monday night to hold the event in a field at 6493 Door County G.”
  • Orchestra conductor finalist possesses old-school intensity
    La Crosse Tribune
    “Alexander Platt sees the orchestra conductor as the musical leader of a community. Platt, the sixth and last finalist vying for the position of conductor/music director of the La Crosse Symphony Orchestra, said his role is to be a tour guide through classical music for the audience. "To talk about the music with the audience, to bring what is very often a very distant world back into relevance, and then to forget all of that, perhaps, in sweeping them along in a great performance," Platt said.”
  • New conductor will be named soon
    La Crosse Tribune
    “The La Crosse Symphony Orchestra's new conductor and music director should be named shortly after Saturday's last concert of the season. The orchestra's search committee will meet Sunday to possibly submit its choice to the board of directors, which has scheduled a meeting for Monday, said Tracy Fell, the orchestra's executive director.’
  • Kings Go Forth, seeking success
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
    “At their ages, most give up the dream. But this band is taking its shot at stardom From the middle of America, they brought their horns and drums, slashing guitars and powerful vocals, they brought funk and soul and, yes, they brought their dreams, too. Out of 2,000 bands, they were among the few that caught creative lightning and industry buzz. Last month, on a cold Texas night at the South by Southwest Music Festival in Austin, the Milwaukee band named Kings Go Forth laid down a fiery groove in front of fans and the musical elite. The audience included Danger Mouse and members of big-time independent acts The Shins and The Black Keys. The 10 musicians, with day jobs that ranged from attorney to parking valet, came out of a musical wilderness.”
  • Lang Lang wins rock-star cheers at MSO performance
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
    “It's great fun to hear a symphony audience cheer as if it's just heard a rock concert. That's just what happened - whistles, shouts and all - at Wednesday evening's performance by pianist Lang Lang with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and music director Edo de Waart. Listening to Lang Lang play Prokofiev's "Concerto No. 3" was the musical equivalent of watching a great artist mix colors and textures while painting. He used an enormous palette of dynamics and colors to create an intensely engaging performance of the piece.”
  • Local music talent tunes up
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
    “There's been a lot of buzz in the local music community this week, as Kings Go Forth released its album on David Byrne's label and gears up for its celebration bash April 30 at Turner Hall Ballroom. But you don't have to wait until next weekend to glimpse the future of Milwaukee's hometown talents. Many already are within reach. Among them: a veteran musician who's re-imagining the music that's taken him around the world, and two young, rising stars finding their way in a music industry that's changing every day.”
  • Theater
    Milwaukee actor Laura Gordon Selected for Lunt-Fontanne Fellowship Program
    “Milwaukee actor Laura Gordon has been selected for the prestigious Lunt-Fontanne Fellowship Program, a widely acclaimed national program to serve regional theatre actors and the future of American theatre. Nominated by Milwaukee Repertory Theater, Ms. Gordon is one of only nine actors in the entire country being honored as a 2010 Lunt-Fontanne Fellow. “Laura is a singular artist and a vital asset to the cultural life of our community. She possesses all of the premium attributes of the actor’s art; passionate intelligence, probing curiosity, pitch perfect facility with language, physical grace, intuitive perception, a spontaneous piquant sense of humor, and above all – a generous open heart. Laura is a woman of tremendous depth and substance and I am extremely thankful for my years of creative partnership with her.” - Joseph Hanreddy, Artistic Director, Milwaukee Repertory Theater.”
  • Other
    The Artful Manager: Weekly Summary
    "Here are this week's posts to The Artful Manager, a weblog on the business of arts & culture written by Andrew Taylor, Director of the UW-Madison’s Bolz Center for Arts Administration and hosted by ArtsJournal.com."
  • Wisconsin Vision Danny Gokey TV Commercials Start Today and You Can Meet Danny
    “Two 30-second television commercials for Wisconsin Vision starring former American Idol finalist and new country music recording artist Danny Gokey begin airing this week. Wisconsin Vision has also launched a Facebook sweepstakes to win a chance for a meet and greet with Gokey in early June for the winner and five guests.”
  • Dance
    The whole-body rhythm
    La Crosse Tribune
    “The Chicago-based dance company is conducting a residency in La Crosse and will perform Friday at Viterbo University. Jump Rhythm Jazz Project won an Emmy ...”
  • UW Choral Union & Symphony Orchestra
    “Beverly Taylor calls this challenging 85-minute work "one of the great masterpieces of western music." She says it has some of the most demanding choral ...”
  • New life for Haylofters with 'Baby'
    Racine Journal Times
    The Haylofters also recently added a music room - a back-of-the-theater version of an orchestra pit - where musicians will perform live for all of this ...
  • UW-Parkside holds choral event
    Journal Times
    SOMERS — “The University of Wisconsin-Parkside choral groups, under the direction of James B. Kinchen Jr., present an afternoon of inspiring music Sunday. ...”
  • Music
    Mary Lou Williams Birthday Concert
    “... pianist Dave Stoler; * UW's First Wave Hip Hop Theater Ensemble performing an original work inspired by the life and music of Ms. Williams, ...”
  • Theater
    'The Memo' brings witty humor
    Fourth Estate Newspaper
    “The Jean Weidner Theatre in the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts, will be showing a hardworking cast of UW-Green Bay students performing "The ...”
  • The pop musings of Kate Nash
    UWM Postý
    “Around 2006, the music industry began to swell with fresh female artists from the United Kingdom. Artists like Kate Nash, Adele and Duffy ...”
  • The truth of a matter
    UWM Post
    In theatre, that's when it gets good. A Streetcar Named Desire, now playing at Carte Blanche Studios, 1025 S. 5 th St., is no exception. ...
  • 'Three Sisters' captures despair, hope
    “Last weekend, Viterbo's theatre and music theatre department finished its run of “Three Sisters,” Anton Chekhov's classic play of desperation and ...”
  • Dance
    Madison Ballet takes on romance and the Bard
    Wisconsin State Journal
    Christina Fagundes and Ben Huys dance a duet in “A Midsummer Night's Dream,” set for March 2011. Madison Ballet Madison Ballet's professional dancers will ...
  • Music
    Michael Perry sows seeds of humor
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
    “Q. Are you playing music with the Long Beds (a) for fun (b) to say something you can't say in writing (c) because you heard you could make a lot of money ...”
  • Sigwarth performs music of Mozart, Bach
    Exponent Online
    “With help from other student musicians and friends, Sigwarth performed several pieces of music. About 60 people filled the CFA April 27 to watch Katie ...”
  • Satchmo and Bunny shared love of trumpet
    Beaver Dam Daily Citizen
    “History tells us that a kid born and raised in New Orleans, La., and a kid raised in Fox Lake, Wis., not only changed the music world but become fast friends while doing so. "Satchmo" Louis Armstrong and "Bunny" Bernard Berigan were deep chested, strong lunged and iron lipped.”
  • Other
    The Evolution of Philanthropy in the Digital Age
    National Arts Marketing Project, Americans for the Arts
    “What does the term “social entrepreneurship” actually mean? Broadly speaking, it describes situations in which business principles are used to further social good. Many artists and organizations working in the arts and culture sector have already made use of social entrepreneurship with great success.”
  • Next generation leadership in nonprofits
    Blog: Nonprofit Execs on the Edge
    “The Council on Foundations has just published Trading Power about "what the next generation has to offer in exchange for what seasoned leaders can provide". While the 9-page booklet focuses on leadership within philanthropy, it contains ideas that are completely relevant and worth consideration by nonprofit staff and board leaders -- ideas gleaned from interviews with philanthropic leaders young and old.”
  • Classical music news: Madison will NOT get The Met's 6 summer encore rebroadcasts of hi-def operas --
    Well Tempered Ear Blog/Jacob Stockinger
    I have BAD NEWS to break and I need your help to turn it around and make it good news: Here it is: Opera fans in the Madison area will NOT be able to indulge their passion throughout the summer with six encore rebroadcasts of the Metropolitan Opera's Live in HD broadcasts that have become so popular. Titles include such popular standards as Verdi's "Aida" (below top), Bizet's "Carmen" and Puccini's "La Boheme" and "Turandot" (below bottom). The encore presentations were just announced this week. But the Marcus Corporation, based in Milwaukee, has decided NOT to air the six summer encore presentations in Madison -- even though they will be aired at Marcus Theatres in Appleton and Rockford.
  • Theater
    Last Broadway Ziegfeld Follies Girl dies at 106
    NEW YORK (AP) - The last Ziegfeld Follies Girl has died. Doris Eaton Travis, one of the legendary Ziegfeld Follies chorus girls, who wore elaborate costumes for the series of lavish Broadway theatrical productions in the early 1900s, died Tuesday at age 106, public relations firm Boneau/Bryan-Brown said. It didn't say where or how she died. Travis, who was from West Bloomfield, Mich., also was a supporter of the Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS fundraising organization and appeared often in its Easter Bonnet Competition.”
  • Dance
    Behind the Scenes of Milwaukee Ballet’s Peter Pan
    Third Coast Digest
    “Fairy dust doesn’t make Peter Pan fly for the Milwaukee Ballet. Cables, pulleys and muscle make the aerobatic magic happen. Marc Petrocci, flying as Peter Pan. ThirdCoast Digest photos by Brian Jacobson. Dancers, not stagehands, will be at the end of the cable, hoisting and feathering. When Marc Petrocci plays Pan, Michael Linsmeier will control his flying. And vice-versa when Linsmeier plays Pan. Likewise, dancers and alternates who play Tinkerbelle and the flying Darling siblings will literally pull for one another.”
  • Music
    Classical music review: The oldest string quartet in history
    — the UW’s Pro Arte Quartet — starts its 100th birthday party in Carnegie Hall after playing the same program in Madison
    Blog: Well Tempered Ear/Jacob Stockinger
    All night last night, Wednesday night — at least from about 7 to 10 p.m. Central Time — my thoughts kept to flying in New York City. To Carnegie Hall’s Weill Hall, to be exact.
  • Theater
    American Players looks for another profitable year with strong offerings
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
    “Even as the recession was ravaging theater companies across Wisconsin last year, American Players Theatre opened a second theater and finished in the black for the 18th consecutive year. Artistic director David Frank has no interest in bidding that streak goodbye.”
  • The Stefanie H. Weill Center: Now hiring ... again
    Sheboygan Press
    “Since opening its doors in 2001, the Stefanie H. Weill Center for the Performing Arts has achieved all the goals its organizers had for it: sold-out shows, big-name acts and a stellar reputation in the community theater circuit. Yet, for all the success the Weill Center has enjoyed at the box office, there’s been even more drama in the front office. For the fourth time in its nine-year history, the Weill Center is once again searching for a new leader.”
  • Doug Moe: Telling the tales of legends
    Wisconsin State Journal
    “Eric Simonson, when asked whether Vince Lombardi and Studs Terkel had anything in common, didn’t hesitate. “Charisma,” he said. Simonson, a Wisconsin native who helped found the Ark Improvisational Theatre in Madison in the early ’80s, has been thinking about Lombardi and Terkel lately. Simonson has written a play about Lombardi, the legendary Packers coach, that will premiere on Broadway in New York City in the fall.”