Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters endorses for Nov. 4

Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters has announced its endorsed candidates for the upcoming Novem...

Aretha Franklin CD of diva classics due Oct. 21

Aretha Franklin is showing some R-E-S-P-E-C-T to her fellow divas: The Queen of Soul will release an...

Peace, love and potato salad: Crowdfunding beneficiary hosts PotatoStock

Remember the Ohio man who raised $55,000 in a joking crowdfunding appeal to pay for his first attemp...

Christie campaigns for Walker, first lady campaigns for Burke

Wisconsin's tense race for governor got some political star power on Sept. 29, with New Jersey Gov. ...

Justice gap: three-fourths of low-income civil litigants unrepresented

For every 6,415 people in the United States who qualify for legal aid, there is one legal aid attorn...

Milwaukee committee to discuss body cameras for police

The Milwaukee Public Safety Committee may take up the issue of body-worn cameras for the Milwaukee P...

Activist group says it broke into Iowa fox farm

An animal rights activist group admitted to breaking into an eastern Iowa fox fur farm and trying to...

Religious conservatives unite against Hillary Clinton at summit

Hillary Rodham Clinton is the one figure uniting U.S. religious conservatives frustrated by a leader...

Police: dog tied to bowling ball drowns

Police say a dog was found drowned with a bowling ball tied to it in a Northern California river and...

If Republicans win the Senate: The goals are…

Five things Republicans hope to do if they win control of the U.S. Senate this fall: 1. Try to pass...

Help wanted: Lawyers needed for immigrant children

Most of the nearly 60,000 Central American children who have arrived on the U.S.-Mexico border in th...

State of Alaska defends ban on gay marriage

Citizens, not the courts, should decide whether the definition of marriage includes same-sex couples...

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Milwaukee Film ‘experiments’ with sixth annual festival

A scene from Stray Dog. — Photo: Courtesy Milwaukee Film

Presenting 275 movies over 15 days, the sixth annual Milwaukee Film Festival is certainly ambitious in its cinematic scope.

But festival artistic and executive director Jonathan Jackson says the event’s ambitions go beyond screening a lot of movies. “We really strive to use (the festival) as a catalyst for community, for engagement and for celebration,” he says.

Toward that end, this year’s festival is adding new ways to expand engagement. Organizers brought on board a new venue, Times Cinema in Wauwatosa, and added new series centered around food, the arts, and African-American subjects and filmmakers.

The new series help audience members navigate the scale of the festival. “If you create these niche programs that cater toward a specific audience or have an audience focus it helps people guide their selections,” Jackson says.

But also, as in the case of the Black Lens series, the new programs expand on what film festivals can accomplish socially. Unfortunately, festivals often fail to try.

“Regional festivals around the country just don’t do an incredible job of showcasing diversity — not just on the camera but in representing the filmmakers,” Jackson says. 

The Black Lens series, inspired by the powerful reaction to last year’s audience award-winner The Incredible Defeat of Mister and Pete, is an effort to change that. In addition to screening seven works by contemporary African-American filmmakers and one classic film, Jackson says community partners will help support and present these films, and a large number of post-film conversations have already been scheduled. 

Audit discovers massive mismanagement problems and millions of lost dollars at Scott Walker's job-creation agency

Gov. Scott Walker’s semi-private job creation agency does not have documentation justifying its spending on expenses and grants, according to a report released Sept. 19.

The Legislative Audit Bureau’s report examined the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation’s finances over fiscal years 2011-12 and 2012-13. Auditors found the agency’s spending on administrative expenses such as salary, marketing and travel grew from $11.2 million in the first year to $15.1 million in the second.

Our progressive, alternative guide to the Milwaukee Film Festival

Freedom Summer. — PHOTO: Courtesy Milwaukee Film

There’s no film festival guide WiG could produce that’d be more comprehensive than the catalog provided by the festival team itself. So instead, we’ve burrowed down through that comprehensive list of films and found a selection of Gazette favorites.

Next Act's 'Welcome Home, Jenny Sutter' works to exorcise traumas of war

In 'Welcome Home, Jenny Sutter,' the title character must cope with traumas from her time in Iraq. Photo by Alex Clark.

More than anything else — and more than we’d like to admit — traumas shape our lives. "Welcome Home, Jenny Sutter" follows one woman's journey to overcome the horrors she faced in the Iraq War in order to find internal peace.

Mike Watt: The musical sailor on bass

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Mike Watt, former frontman for the Minutemen. — PHOTO: Courtesy

The workday had ended and the nightlife at the San Pedro, California, art walk was just gearing up. Lumbering down in his white econo-van, Mike Watt, 56, looked more like an old sailor than punk legend and frontman of the pacesetting group Minutemen. His van has probably tallied more road years touring than members of younger bands have been alive.

Putting banned books on the reading list

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Banned Books Week 2014 provides the material for another chapter in the campaign against censorship.

Out on the town

Meditation on time, existence at Haggerty Museum of Art

Nadav Kander's “Chongqing IV (Sunday Picnic).

Three exhibitions at Marquette University’s Haggerty Museum of Art offer a powerful meditation on time and existence. Works by Alfred Leslie are built upon multiple layers of perception, and the echoes of memory in the present. The photographs of Nadav Kander ask if the cosmetics of new bridges and buildings are capable of destroying history. Collectively, the work of these artists draws up the edges of personal and cultural history with aesthetic persuasion. 

‘Wines by northwest’ pour excellence

Wines by NxNW Winery. — Photo: NxNW Winery

California gets all the attention when it comes to wine produced in the United States. With wineries concentrated mostly in regions such as Napa and Sonoma, the state produces almost 90 percent of  the wine made in the nation.

Scientists: Vital information missing from DNR's wolf slaughter statistics

Scientists are warning federal wildlife officials that Wisconsin’s Department of Natural Resources produced a flawed wolf population estimate for the 18 months after January 2012 when the animals were removed from a federal endangered species list.

State of the Birds: 230 species face serious threats

In 40 years time, the population of wild passenger pigeons went from 2-3 billion to none. Today, hundreds of species, with their habitats disappearing and their climate changing, face critical threats and need conservation help.

Fight back against WE Energies’ assault on clean energy in Wisconsin

Sustainable energy is one of the world’s fastest-growing industries — and it’s the best medicine available for our dying planet. But thanks to the state’s current leadership, most of whom owe fealty to the fossil-fuel industry, Wisconsin is losing out on the jobs as well as the environmental rewards of having proactive sustainable energy policies. 

Equality advocates, foes focus on SCOTUS

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Dozens of lawsuits are pending in lower courts, but the focus in the campaign for marriage equality is trained on the U.S. Supreme Court. The justices, in a private conference set for Sept. 29, are taking a look at seven marriage-related petitions from five states, including Wisconsin.