Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Former lead singer for popular Waukesha-based band is facing a new challenge in his life: a solo career and writing the score for a play about alcoholism, bullying and suicide.
About this sponsorship: In honor of the 60th anniversary of Sir Edmund Hillary’s historic ascent of Mount Everest, Patch and Grape-Nuts are teaming up to highlight those who inspire people around them to climb their own mountains. If you were hitting the bars on the East Side of Milwaukee in the mid-1980s and early 1990s, you are probably fans of the BoDeans, the rock band from Waukesha. Sam Llanas and Kurt Neumann introduced the nation to the Waukesha Sound and made a name for themselves in the music industry. In 2012, Llanas decided to leave the band to work on solo projects and is facing one of those challenges right now – writing the score for a one-man play about alcoholism, bullying and suicide. “I'm working with a playwright, Doug …
Monday, May 13, 2013
Local bug expert, Danielle Fornal, says there are over 12,000 different species of ants, but here are the most common ants you will find in and around Wisconsin homes and businesses.
Friday, March 15, 2013
What acting gives Clara Faile, a Greendale student, who has Tourette Syndrome, is almost magical.
Acting allowed Clara Faile, a Greendale High School student, to find a place where she wasn't consumed by her disability. Clara has Tourette syndrome, a nervous-system disorder. And when she's playing the lead part of Peter Pan, her symptoms -- the stuttering, ticks and spasms that seem all consuming -- transcend all of that, according to a story in the Journal Sentinel. According to the story: Watching 16-year-old Clara rehearse the complex show - which opened last weekend and includes flying actors on wires - would not lead many to suspect she lives with Tourette syndrome, a nervous-system disorder that she was formally diagnosed with in elementary school. Out of character, her shoulders may briefly shudder. Or she may hop in a way one …
Thursday, March 7, 2013
Jeffrey Ircink says everyone has a dark moment and the characters in his six short plays in Hashtag Mayhem reflect those dark moments everyone goes through in life.
With 14 days left until opening and just over $5,000 to raise, Greendale native and playwright Jeffrey Ircink is on a mission to introduce you to his six short plays called Hashtag Mayhem. The plays are set to open at 8 p.m. March 21-23, March 28-30, April 4-6 at Bay View's Alchemist Theater, 2569 S. Kinnickinnic, in Bay View. Ircink is on a crowd-funding mission to raise a total of $6,000. "My six short dark plays represent people just like you and me who are in the midst of one of life's "dark" moments. And each handles their situation very differently. You'll laugh. You'll wince. You'll be thankful it's not you. But remember - it's just theater," according to his summary on Indiegogo.com. Ticket information
Check out the top 10 rated restaurants in the Greenfield area based on the Yelp! reviews.
Websites like Yelp! have empowered the everyday eater to become their local neighborhood's food critic, praising and panning behind the anonymity of a computer screen. Ever wondered if a restaurant is good or bad? Yelp! can be a good indicator of whether that restaurant is worth your time or money. Last week, we shared Yelp!'s top-rated restaurants in and around Greendale. Based on Yelp!'s highest-rated star ranking, here are the top 10 restaurants in the Greenfield area. Do you agree or disagree with the Yelp! top 10 list?
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Check out the top 10 rated restaurants in the Greendale area based on the Yelp! reviews.
Websites like Yelp! have empowered the everyday eater to become their neighborhood's food critic, praising and panning behind the anonymity of a computer screen. Ever wondered if a restaurant is good or bad? Yelp! can be a good indicator of whether that restaurant is worth your time or money. Based on Yelp!'s highest-rated star ranking, here are the top 10 restaurants in the Greendale area. Do you agree or disagree with the Yelp! top 10 list?
Monday, February 25, 2013
Experts encourage parents to not only use the library to foster strong reading skills, but also to use the library as a community hub.
Looking to instill a love of learning and reading in your child? Start at the library. While you may have missed "Take Your Child To The Library Day" on Feb. 4, check out these story time hours at the Greendale Public Library. They have story time hours for newborns to five-year-olds. So how often should you take your older child to the library once they start reading on their own? According to BabyCenter.com, this should be based on how quickly your child reads. You should take your child to the library as often as he needs more books to read. I spent about a third of my professional educational career as a school librarian and my practice was to have students in kindergarten through 2nd grade visit the library almost every day. …
Patch has a new movie reviewer, Brett Martin. This week he's reviewing "Snitch."
The Rock turns into a Snitch in his latest film about what a father would do to save his son. Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson plays a father whose estranged son is framed on a drug-dealing charge in "Snitch." With his son facing a hefty sentence, The Rock pleads with the U.S. Attorney (played by Susan Sarandon). He soon learns that the only way to get his time reduced is to help them find a bigger fish in the drug world. As you might guess, The Rock does just about anything to save his son. You'll be surprised to know that Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson does more acting and less action in this movie. Nice try Rock...but the film seeks to make a statement about the futility of the war on drugs, only to take a back seat to its thriller elements. It's …
Saturday, February 23, 2013
Handicapping the awards is a favorite of movie buffs; this year, there is a Milwaukee-area interest in one of the nominees.
A Wauwatosa native produced one of the nine films nominated for Best Picture at the 85th Academy Awards, which are Sunday at 7:30 p.m. on WISN (Channel 12). After winning awards at the Sundance and Cannes film festivals, Michael Raisler's "Beasts of the Southern Wild" is in cinema’s most elite fraternity, along with: Which one will win? Which one should win? Tell us about your favorite — or one you think may have been snubbed — by voting in our poll and commenting below.
Friday, February 22, 2013
Area veterans have submitted works of art and honed their talents to prepare for the Milwaukee Veterans Affairs Medical Center. And all they need is your presence.
Area veterans will show off their creativity in the Veteran Creative Arts Festival from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday at the Milwaukee Veterans Affairs Medical Center, 5000 W. National Avenue in the Matousek Auditorium. The event includes 53 categories, including oil painting, pen and ink, ceramics, woodwork and more. There will also be two talent competitions at 2 and 6:30 p.m. in Recreation Hall, room 3435. Veterans will perform in a variety of categories, including singing, instrumental, creative writing and more. All events are free and open to the public. Top winners in each competition will advance to the National Creative Arts Festival, held Oct. 21 to 27 in Reno, Nev. Several Milwaukee veterans from the art and talent show made it to…