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Cristina Costantini talks about her award winning “Science Fair” with hometown crowd

Milwaukee native Cristina Costantini’s award-winning film kicked off the 2018 Milwaukee Film Festival as its opening night feature presentation on October 18 at the Oriental, the same theater she grew up watching movies at while, as a student, Costantini herself competed in science fairs. The National Geographic documentary and Sundance Festival Favorite is an account of America’s annual International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF), a gigantic competition open to high-school science students from all over the globe. At the annual final in Los Angeles, 1,700 young people must present their projects in trade-fair style booths and be prepared to...

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Edward Morgan: Folk Art and creative work that goes “Against the Grain”

As an award-winning director and playwright with numerous production credits in Milwaukee, Edward Morgan has worked at regional theaters, Shakespeare festivals, and universities across North and South America. His latest project with Danceworks combines his love of history and the arts with the original presentation of “Against the Grain: The Life & Times of Levi Fisher Ames.” The Milwaukee Independent attended several of the play’s rehearsals for a behind-the-scenes look at its creative process, and spoke with Morgan about his life and work. | Q&A with Edward Morgan Milwaukee Independent: When did your enthusiasm for early United States history...

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THUG LIFE: Milwaukee director’s film shows the hate we give to little kids F*cks us all

“Pac said ‘Thug Life’ stood for “The Hate U Give Little Infants F*cks Everybody. T-H-U-G-L-I-F-E. Meaning what society gives us as youth, it bites them in the ass when we wild out.” – Angie Thomas, “The Hate U Give” The Oriental Theater hosted an exclusive preview screening of the new movie The Hate U Give on October 10, including a question and answer talkback session with the film’s director, Milwaukee native George Tillman Jr. When Angie Thomas began writing what would become a 2017 young adult novel, The Hate U Give was a short creative writing project inspired by...

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Third annual “My Milwaukee” exhibit shows that not all super heroes wear capes

“My collage shows activists like Vel Phillips and Father Groppi fighting for free housing rights. It shows them marching and locking arms. I chose Father Groppi as my hero because even though he is a white priest and got a lot of hate, he still fought for fair housing.” – Sara Orozco The Milwaukee County Historical Society (MCHS) presented an art exhibition by student artists from around the Milwaukee area on October 9 at its downtown location In partnership with the UW-Milwaukee ArtsEco program, the event was the third annual program to feature artwork from area students. The purpose...

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Art collectors get colorful body modifications with tattoos at annual convention

People who use their skin as a living canvas for art to be painted on filled the Wisconsin Center and flowed into the streets of downtown over the September 21 weekend, as the annual Milwaukee Tattoo Arts Convention celebrated its 9th year. Kyle Dunbar, a tattoo artist featured on seasons three and four of reality television series “Ink Master,” has come to the convention every year since it started. He said he has done a wide variety of unusual tattoos – but the convention is about more than just tattoos. The convention also attracted some out-of state-artists. Jove Garza...

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City’s presents environmental infrastructure plan to create Sustainable Greenspaces

Mayor Barrett announced the City’s Green Infrastructure Plan Framework to add functional greenspace to Milwaukee streets, schools, and parking lots on September 26. The Mayor made the announcement at Brothers Business Interiors at 400 S. 5th Street in Milwaukee. That building has undergone a major restoration and added green infrastructure to its parking lot with support from the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District and the City of Milwaukee. These improvements support a vibrant urban environment around Milwaukee’s 6th Street roundabout. | Every generation has the opportunity to reshape its environment through decisions we make about development. We are experiencing a...

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