One last thing 2013, R.I.P Art vs. Craft

Milwaukee blew living colors all year in 2013, with our fine city earning a couple of major national honors including a somewhat dubious “Brainiest City” from The Atlantic, and most notably a spot on ArtPlace America’s top art places 2013 list. On this list, Milwaukee bumped elbows with Brooklyn and Manhattan, NY, Seattle, Portland, Dallas,Continue reading “One last thing 2013, R.I.P Art vs. Craft”

‘Tis Gift Season, Local Fashion, Last Ditch Effort, Zen Dragonfly

A smorgasbord of makers will fill Zen Dragonfly’s 3rd Annual Last Ditch Effort. Created by local fashion designer Angela Smith, Zen Dragonfly carries a suite of skirt and dress designs derived from re-purposed fabrics, along with hats, knit tams and beanies and other hand sewn accessories. Every year she teams up with other local artistsContinue reading “‘Tis Gift Season, Local Fashion, Last Ditch Effort, Zen Dragonfly”

‘Tis Gift Season, Buy Local Fashion, Madam Chino’s

Many clothing items leave a first impression that they probably came straight from a major retailer, or worse yet a department store. I actually have a phobia of being seen in an item of clothing that has an immediately recognizable origin. Local maker Vanessa Andrew’s alter-ego┬áMadam Chino will cure that ailment when you stop byContinue reading “‘Tis Gift Season, Buy Local Fashion, Madam Chino’s”

Mending the Viaduct, Three Bridges Park

The weather will break just in time for the dedication of Three Bridges Park tomorrow, an endeavor that culminates a 15-year rebirth of the Menomonee Valley. In the not so distant past of the previous decade the Valley was in pretty rough shape, with brownfields, under utilization, and livestock busting out of slaughterhouse pens stoppingContinue reading “Mending the Viaduct, Three Bridges Park”

A Night to Conceive, Summerfest, Jazz in the Park, Ayre in the Square

Milwaukee clearly hasn’t come close to setting the upper limit on its seasonal festival flux capacitor gauge. Summerfest and Cathedral Square’s Jazz in the Park will welcome Catalano Square’s new outdoor music series Arye in the Square to the turn of the Solstice revelry. Tomorrow Matt Davies and the Thriftones light up the evening atContinue reading “A Night to Conceive, Summerfest, Jazz in the Park, Ayre in the Square”