Thanks to a $457,627 grant, Madison Public Library now houses a program that fosters creativity in visitors of all ages through hands-on art, design and technology workshops.
Milwaukee native Lois Bielefeld has always been interested in portraits. Ever since she took up photography as a MIAD student and moved to New York to pursue it as a career, her artistic works have been what she calls “conceptual portraits” — works assembled in a series, centered around the habits and traits all people share.
A plaid suit in red, yellow and purple sequins, worn over a black turtleneck and capped by a dapper, thin-brimmed fedora — from the hands of designer Guy Laroche, it is extraordinary. A voluminous silver silk and raffia gown, its tight diagonal texture softened by a spray of fringe cascading from the high neck, is the creation of Alexander McQueen.
In 2006, a delusional gunman entered a one-room schoolhouse in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, home of an Old Order Amish community, with the intention of acting out his obsessive fantasy of molesting Amish girls. Although thwarted by the unexpected arrival of police, he shot 10 girls, ages 6 to 13, execution-style before killing himself. Five of the girls died.
Most singer-songwriters start early, taking up instruments in their teens or early 20s and using them and their voices in tandem to forge their path in the music business.
It’s not unusual this time of year for Wisconsin residents to escape the state’s wintry weather for the Caribbean’s sunny climate. Milwaukee native Jonathan Overby is no different, but the ethnomusicologist is traveling with a purpose greater than mere tourism.
Singing the role of Riff in Leonard Bernstein’s “operatic” 1984 recording of iconic musical West Side Story is a highlight that pretty well sums up lyric baritone Kurt Ollmann’s career: a balance of musical theater and opera performances that adds up to quite the impressive legacy.