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Author: Lee Matz

Levi Fisher Ames: Using the healing power of art to whittle away the trauma of war

The Danceworks Performance Company kicks off its 2018-19 season with a collaboration between theatre, film, and dance in the original production of “Against the Grain: The Life & Times of Levi Fisher Ames,” from October 20 to 21 and 25 to 28. Levi Fisher Ames was a self-taught woodcarver, and a Civil War veteran who carved a menagerie of real and mythical animals and took his show on the road. This interdisciplinary piece imagines Levi on his final day, his memories, family, showmanship, and his fantastical relationship with the creatures he created. “Against the Grain is a dance and...

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Day of the Dead Remembrance celebrated at Forest Home Cemetery

The oldest cemetery in the region hosted its first Día de los Muertos event on October 6, to honor the historic Mexican tradition and the heritage of the Hispanic population that has been a part of the surrounding South Side community. Organized along with Mexican Fiesta, families attended the free Day of the Dead Remembrance to commemorate loved ones who have departed. The Service of Remembrance was given by Father Norberto Sandoval of St Roman’s Parish, and the procession was led by the Dance Academy of Mexico. Father Sandoval blessed the statue of Our Lady of Guadalupe that was...

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Blox Party at Alice’s Garden builds vital cistern for stormwater diversion

Community partners and volunteers gathered at Alice’s Garden on the morning of September 15 for a Blox Party to build a massive underground cistern to divert stormwater runoff in the Lindsay Heights neighborhood. The building project was expected to take five hours, but was completed in just over two. A dedicated group of participants assembled, moved, and stacked 640 AquaBlox rain tank storage modules in the area excavated for the cistern. “The Alice’s Garden Rainwater Harvesting Project achieved a major milestone. More than 150 volunteers of all ages came to the garden to build the 20,000 gallon cistern that...

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Historic Fortress ready for residents as restoration efforts near completion

The Milwaukee Fortress, one of the city’s most recognizable historic buildings, has nearly completed its unique transformation into a center for apartments and business offices in the Brewer’s Hill neighborhood. A recent media tour hosted by the Alexander Company highlighted the significant progress of renovation within The Fortress since the previous visit on March 29, when the public was given a first-look inside the iconic brick-masonry structure. The Madison-based Alexander Company has been rehabilitating the six-story, roughly 193,000 square-foot building in an adaptive reuse project to create a new community along the Milwaukee River. “This is the largest historic...

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Lake Michigan shortcut helped Harley-Davidson riders float into town for 115th festivities

The Lake Express high-speed, eco-friendly ferry provided service from Milwaukee to Michigan for hundreds of motorcycle riders who attended the Harley-Davidson’s 115th Anniversary Celebration from August 31 to September 1. Harley-Davidson riders from all over the country have logged hundreds of miles, and in some cases thousands, to make their way to Milwaukee for the epic 115th event. Riding West around the southern point of Lake Michigan through Chicago’s congested traffic conditions and tollways can be a white knuckle experience even for seasoned riders. Hundreds of Harley-Davidson motorcycle owners decided to cut hours off the last leg of their...

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