Category Archives: Appleton – Fox Cities

COOL WATERS BAND Heats Things Up with Feverish Fervor


By Jean Detjen Fox Cities-based Cool Waters Band (CWB) is known for consistently channeling good time rock and roll energy with seamlessly smooth musicianship. A tight-knit group infused with roots influences and a groovy vibe, CWB knows how to deliver full on fun with practiced finesse. Reunited after a hiatus, this charismatic, crowd-pleasing band exudes a confident energy with undeniable ... Read More »

Take a Journey Without a Map, Flâneur Style


BY Jean Detjen | Artful Living Have you ever wandered aimlessly while on vacation somewhere? How about in your own city? Personally, I love the idea of being an adventurer right where I live, exploring hidden crevices, squeezing out sweetness from every corner of life. We all have an accessible playground calling to us in our own backyards. Flâneurs understand ... Read More »

Lawrence Dream Team to Rock Fox Jazz Fest


BY George Halas While it has been Monty Python that provides the on-going inspiration, The Inquisition, like its 15th Century namesake, agrees that confession is good for the soul. It is in that spirit that The Inquisition confesses to and apologizes for recalling the words of Dan Aykroyd and thinking that “Mangled Baby Ducks” sizzles more than “Lawrence Jazz Faculty ... Read More »

DARK FUNK: A Very Good Response & More


BY George Halas Over the past couple of years, it has become apparent to fans of Kyle Megna and The Monsoons, Mile of Music attendees, at least one brilliant music writer and Megna himself that, while the band’s work on previously released, impeccably-produced albums of all-original material is excellent, the Monsoons sound even better live. Megna is both astute and ... Read More »

The London Souls at the Finale of Waterfest 2015


BY Jane Spietz WHAT: The London Souls WHERE: Waterfest, Oshkosh WI WHEN: Thursday, August 27, 2015 - Gates open at 6 PM COST: $10 before 6 PM, $15 before 7 PM, $20 after 7 PM INFO: What better way to end the 30th anniversary of the Waterfest summer concert series than to bring in the raw, explosive talent ... Read More »

Apartment Gardening

Combine flowering plants and foliage for long-lasting porch and patio plantings.

BY Rob Zimmer Gardening in small spaces, or apartments and patios with no yard space at all, is a challenge for many in our area. Often, I am asked about options for gardening in an apartment or small patio space. Thankfully, there are a number of great opportunities for gardening, indoors and out, in apartments, as well as condos, on ... Read More »

Yankee Buzzard


Some say history repeats itself, but it always leaves a trail of people, places and things that serve as the impetus for the stories we will tell next. Sometimes the story is a song. Or maybe a piece of art. And sometimes it’s a craft beer. Wisconsin Brewing Company Brewmaster, Kirby Nelson, is a storyteller. His medium isn’t a canvas ... Read More »



BY Jean Detjen Fox Cities singer-songwriter Michael Grabner hasn’t been at his craft very long, but this young, natural talent with an old soul is brimming with promise. Since picking up his first guitar less than five years ago, Grabner is making waves in surprising ways. Though fairly new to the music scene, he’s already caught the attention of Pat ... Read More »

Greg Bracken


BY Sherri Thomas I own several of Greg Bracken’s paintings which include landscapes, dogs and cats. There’s a personality to each piece that I simply can’t resist wanting to display them in my house. I know several other collectors who feel the same way. Greg Bracken grew up in Walworth which is near Lake Geneva, WI. He then lived in ... Read More »

Appleton Dad Rewriting the “Mr. Mom” Playbook


BY Tyler Sjostrom Before he was Batman, before he was Birdman or Beetlejuice, Michael Keaton was “Mr. Mom.” In a barely-remembered 1983 hit film, Keaton played the part of a laid off and laid-low husband who uses his professional failure as an opportunity to play domestic doormat, and the ensuing comedy of errors checks each rote box in its mission ... Read More »

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