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There’s a very special pair of classmates at Monona Grove Liberal Arts Charter School, or MG21. It’s junior Tierra Byrd and Lou (a.k.a. Nibbler) the rabbit. “He’s really, really soft, extremely soft.
There aren’t many Midwestern musicians who share a songwriting credit with Bob Dylan. But Milwaukee artist Trapper Schoepp is now one of them. Schoepp recently helped finish the song, “On, Wisconsin,” a tune partially penned by Dylan back in 1961.
Trout fishing conjures an image of sparkling sunlight reflecting on a rushing stream and a fisherman in hip boots confidently whipping his pole and casting a line into the moving water.
The Ojibwe language was nearly lost due to forced assimilation through federally-run boarding schools and policies. Today, communities around the central Great Lakes are working to revitalize language and culture. To keep Ojibwemowin flourishing, Keller Paap of the Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa and Brooke Ammann of the St.
Winter can take its toll on your mind. The walls close in. The sky is grey and the snow piles up. Every morning you bundle up, scrape the windshield, crank the heat, and trudge to work.
When Geraldine Hines arrived on the UW-Madison campus as a law student 50 years ago, she had to adapt to the Wisconsin climate, the food, and its people. She had recently graduated from Tougaloo College in Mississippi and this was her first time living in the north.
The 91st Academy Awards ceremony is happening this Sunday, which got Dean Robbins thinking about movies set in and around Madison. It’s always a thrill to see Wisconsin’s capital city as a backdrop for a major motion picture, or is that really Madison we are seeing?
In Milwaukee’s historic Bronzeville neighborhood, a museum is resurrecting. America’s Black Holocaust Museum was founded in 1988, closed in 2008, and transformed into an online museum. Now, a new physical museum stands, waiting to welcome visitors from around the world.
Metcalfe Park Legacy Garden in Milwaukee has transformed several vacant lots into a vibrant place for community gatherings and education. The garden is overseen by the Metcalfe Park Community Bridges organization and GroundWork Milwaukee, which provides modest stipends for neighborhood kids to work on the garden in the summer months.
Jackie Kashian fell hard for comedy while attending University of Wisconsin-Madison, but the elements were there while growing up in South Milwaukee….NOT Milwaukee. “I have been explaining to people that South Milwaukee is its own town in between Cudahy and Oak Creek with its own water treatment plant.
On the third Thursday of each month, pinball enthusiasts from across Madison converge at I/O Arcade Bar to get lost in the world of flippers, multiballs and free games. The growing popularity of arcade bars is hard to ignore.