Picture Milwaukee, Downtown City Scapes

A medium lacking opacity, chilled air hovering in Milwaukee’s Downtown held fast to architectural structures planted in East Town. Milwaukee’s downtown at night possesses serenity mostly reserved for remote forest lands. Stone, metal, and light-emitting-filaments posed in the dark, kept company by a hand full of passing cars, exchange gestures with the concrete below.

People’s Books Co-op, DIY baggie style

A corridor of books leads to a small card table covered in plastic shopping bags. Two young women dressed for cold weather, kept company by an overflow of shopping bags sitting on the floor, busy their hands manipulating scissors to trim excess plastic into likable shapes. One of the two, Flannery Steffens, temporarily transplanted fromContinue reading “People’s Books Co-op, DIY baggie style”

Danceworks cranks-up Vaudeville!

A stylized historical rendering spruced up with overlays of contemporary subject matter, Vaudeville! hearkens back to the Gilded Age, just as its title self-explains. Danceworks’ current production, Vaudeville!, opened Friday night with little buzz, nearly selling out its first three performances to the contrary. The production spotlights a series of choreographed vignettes driven by aContinue reading “Danceworks cranks-up Vaudeville!”

Retrospective: Gallery Night, Winter 2011

Always enjoyable Gallery Night yielded a few notables during the winter 2011 edition.  Originally posted to the Sane Artworks Blog January 26, 2011. —- — —- Gallery Night Milwaukee: Green Gallery, Patricia Terry, Berkeley and other splashes The winter edition of Gallery Night in Milwaukee took place Friday and Saturday this past weekend. I tookContinue reading “Retrospective: Gallery Night, Winter 2011”

Use out of the useless at MAM After Dark, feats by Chakaia Booker

February’s installment of MAM After Dark kept it fun and snooty, truly befitting of the Calatrava. Although the recently opened Frank Lloyd Wright exhibition fills the main gallery space, providing the draw of a registered trademarked name, New York artist Chakaia Booker concluded her MAM co-starring role. The MAM atmosphere, ambient with disc jockeyed musicContinue reading “Use out of the useless at MAM After Dark, feats by Chakaia Booker”