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Omar Ibn Said: Digitized diary shares unique perspective of intellectual slave from West Africa

The Library of Congress has acquired and made available online the Omar Ibn Said Collection, which includes the only known surviving slave narrative written in Arabic in the United States. Omar Ibn Said was leading a prosperous life in West Africa at the turn of the 19th century, devoting himself to scholarly pursuits and the study of Islam, when he was captured, carted across the globe, and sold as a slave in Charleston, South Carolina. An autobiography that Said penned during his time in America is the only Arabic slave narrative written in the United States known to exist...

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NEWaukee celebrates ten years of helping the city be a more social-friendly place to live and work

The Milwaukee-based social architecture agency, NEWaukee, will celebrate its 10th anniversary next on February 8th with a free, public event hosted at Best Place at the Historic Pabst Brewery. The company has designed in-person experiences, with a focus on changing the way people connect, since it officially began on February 13, 2009. NEWaukee started as a group of friends hosting bi-weekly socials that changed locations and included live, local music. The founders believed that to build genuine, long-lasting relationships – people needed to meet on a common ground, doing something that they truly enjoyed together. What began as a...

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Phobruary: Silver City hosts signature Vietnamese soup challenge for 6th year

The month-long celebration for one of Vietnam’s most beloved dishes kicked off again for its sixth year, hosted in Silver City by the Layton Boulevard West Neighbors (LBWN) organization. Bamboo in Silver City Thai Bar-B-Que Vientiane Noodle Shop Because of the numerous Asian restaurants in Silver City, the celebration of soup has highlighted the culinary specialties of the area since 2014. “Phobruary” runs throughout the month, ending on February 28. Phở (pronounced “fuh”) is a soup native to Vietnam, and also common in Laos and Thailand, that delivers a complex combination of flavors. It blends noodles with a choice...

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Robert Indiana’s “The American LOVE” Sculpture finds permanent home at Milwaukee Art Museum

Robert Indiana’s iconic sculpture “The American LOVE” will be coming to the lakefront as part of the Milwaukee Art Museum’s Collection, thanks to the gift of an anonymous donor. The sculpture was previously on display during Sculpture Milwaukee 2018, in front of the Northwestern Mutual Building on Wisconsin Avenue. “This piece by Robert Indiana was one of the most popular stops by locals and visitors alike over the summer,” said Marilu Knode, director, exhibitions and programs, Sculpture Milwaukee. “We are so glad the piece will remain in Milwaukee at the Museum. Being able to add this work to our...

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National impact of Milwaukee’s urban farming history highlighted in new exhibit

The history behind urban agricultural production in Milwaukee is the focus of a new exhibit at MSOE’s Grohmann Museum, “Growing Place: A Visual Study of Urban Farming,” which will be on public display until April 28. Cities across the world are currently turning to urban farming as a means to feed their inhabitants, reshape their built environments, and address the complicated legacies of capital mobility, disinvestment, and abandonment. Within the United States, the city of Milwaukee has emerged as a global leader in this urban farming movement, as pioneers such as Will Allen have highlighted how such overlooked resources...

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Stage production of “Driving Miss Daisy” comes to Milwaukee with a message still relevant today

The Village Playhouse will continue its tradition of presenting quality theatre with the Pulitzer-Prize winning masterpiece, “Driving Miss Daisy” from February 8 to 24. Directed by Mary Breitrick, the play takes a dramatic look at status and racism in the South during the mid-twentieth century. Set in Atlanta, “Driving Miss Daisy” tells the story of an elderly Jewish widow, Daisy Werthan, and her chauffeur, Hoke Coleburn. “It’s been wonderful working with such an incredibly talented cast on such a wonderful script. ‘Driving Miss Daisy’ has been one of my favorite stories since seeing the movie, and I hope we...

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