Monthly Archives: July 2014

The Sleepwalkers: Fact or Fiction?…Fact!


By Anthony Montalvo   I got to sit in a long, blue band van behind the Reptile Palace on a beautiful May night with Ian Olvera, Connor La Mue, Ryan Gracyalny, and newly added member, Ryan McCrary, of the very talented Fox Cities band, The Midwestern Charm…Scratch that, it was the Sleepwalkers. Although three fourths of this band, minus Olvera, ... Read More »

Foreign Fields: ‘Anywhere But Where I Am’


By Andrew Kruse-Ross   On New Years Day, 2011, longtime friends Eric Hillman and Brian Holl met in an abandoned office building in their hometown, somewhere north of Milwaukee to begin recording their first full-length album.   “It was a very tall building, really ornate, it was just a really cool space to be in,” says Holl.   Here, in ... Read More »

Taking Root: New Life in Oshkosh’s Food Desert


By Paul Van Auken “Very depressing.” That is how Elizabeth Barron described her feelings about the grocery store landscape in Oshkosh after arriving last summer from Boston, which she called an organic food “mecca.” “I think I actually broke down in the store a bit on my first trip to Pick ‘n Save,” Barron said. Not only was it hard ... Read More »

Summer Theatre


By Joseph Ferlo A million years ago (it seems), I spent the first decade of my career producing and directing summer theatre. It holds a special place in my heart, and my, oh my, there is a lot of summer theatre happening up and down the valley. Jubricosa Arts Academy rolls out the penultimate productions of its summer theatre program ... Read More »

Main Street Music Festival


By Jake White   The Main Street Music Festival will bring in hundreds of artists to downtown Oshkosh July 30th to August 4th.  This five-day music festival was created to celebrate the remarkable creative community of musicians, artists, and entertainers in the Oshkosh area, to bring in new sounds from musicians outside of the Fox Valley, and of course, to ... Read More »

Summer Delights for Wisconsinites


By Lee Reiherzer   Summer has finally arrived in Wisconsin. It’s the time of year when we reach for beers that are lighter in body and brighter in flavor. That needn’t mean resorting to insipid light lagers with temperature-sensitive labels that change colors when the beer is frigid enough to be palatable. Small breweries across Wisconsin are creating a wide ... Read More »

We Shall Overcome the Media


By Tony Palmeri   July 2nd marks the 50th anniversary of president Lyndon Johnson’s signing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (CRA). The individual most responsible for getting the act through the US Senate was Everett Dirksen, a conservative Republican from Illinois. When asked why he took up the cause of civil rights, the eloquent, deep voiced Dirksen quoted ... Read More »

Stardust memories


By Tom Smith What I have learned since last month about music:   1. Green Bay has a great new local band in the Foamers. The Foamers blasted upon the scene on June 7 opening up for Crushed Out and Bruiser Queen at the Crunchy Frog. The Foamers have a sound that reminds me of the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion ... Read More »

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