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Mickey Crowe – The Legend

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By Michael Casper Growing up, I remember the tales of this incredible basketball player named Mickey Crowe. I was in junior high and had only caught glimpses of him through brief local TV sports highlights, but I knew I liked him because he had everything I wanted. The ball handling skills of a Harlem Globetrotter, a jump shot that he’d ... Read More »

Maia Flore’s Photography Viscerally Stimulates

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By Michael Casper If you’re like me, when you take in this 25 year old’s exhibition at the THELMA, you’ll be spellbound, curious, mystified, delighted, and more than likely visually bemused. Maia Flore is from the south of France. Toulouse to be exact. She has a delightful command of the english language, slightly broken, and pleasantly muted. Strange as it ... Read More »

Willy Porter In Cedarburg And Green Lake

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By Michael Casper Willy Porter is an extraordinary songsmith in the folk / bluesy vein whose lyrics weave tales you follow like on a pleasant walk. Native to Milwaukee, he thinks himself a ‘musical carny’ singing his soulful collection on stages around the world, pausing between tunes long enough to tell stories and improvise ditties. Willy: My folks were fairly ... Read More »

Willy Porter in Cedarburg and Green Lake

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By Michael Casper Willy Porter is an extraordinary songsmith in the folk / bluesy vein whose lyrics weave tales you follow like on a pleasant walk. Native to Milwaukee, he thinks himself a ‘musical carny’ singing his soulful collection on stages around the world, pausing between tunes long enough to tell stories and improvise ditties. Willy: My folks were fairly ... Read More »

Cardinal Skippers Jumped in New York City

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By Michael Casper Cecilia Krolczyk teaches at Parkside Grade School and is one of the coaches for the Cardinal Skippers rope jumping team. Two of the 27 team members were lucky enough to be singled out to travel to New York City, and jump with the other 200 skippers from around the nation in the Thanksgiving Day Macy Parade. “The ... Read More »

Chef Sanford D’Amato’s Life On A Low Simmer

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By Michael Casper Sanford “Sandy” D’Amato is a native of Milwaukee who grew up on the lower east side in the apartment above his father and grandfather’s grocery store “D’Amato’s,” the same spot that would one day (1989) become the location of his notable restaurant “Sanford.” His book, “Good Stock: Life on a Low Simmer” is both memoir and cookbook, ... Read More »

Just the Facts in the World Almanac – 2014

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By Michael Casper America’s best-selling reference book turns another page, as we do, on another year. It’s first edition was published by The New York World Newspaper just three years after the conclusion of the U.S. Civil War and held 120 pages of information about everything from the era of Reconstruction to the impeachment of President Andrew Johnson. Sarah Janssen ... Read More »

Ripley’s Believe It or Not – “Dares You To Look!”

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By Michael Casper There’s a new installment in the long list of books filled with things you’re invited to either believe...or not. Edward Meyer is a walking encyclopedia who has been working for Ripley’s Believe it or Not for 35 years, acquiring more than 20,000 ‘things’ and artifacts, everything from Lee Harvey Oswald’s toe tag, to a two-trunked elephant. Meyer ... Read More »

Otto & The Elevators celebrates 40 years

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By Michael Casper If you remember Otto & the Elevators, you were hip to the Milwaukee music scene in the mid-70’s, but odds are you never saw the “band” perform. Gary Tanin “is” Otto & the Elevators. The band is his inspiration. His music points to him being an incurable romantic while simultaneously being a rockin’ blues musician. Think Elvis ... Read More »

Michael Brandmeier lyrically paints “Your Christmas Scene”

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By Michael Casper Michael Brandmeier writes songs. Many of them you’ve heard on TV, but probably didn’t know it. Think of any show, from “Dawson’s Creek,” to “Tosh O.” to “The Hills,” to “The Voice,” and oodles in between. Think of a scene, any scene...that needs its characters to move from one moment to another without words, and music swells ... Read More »

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