Saturday, August 02, 2014

Milwaukee Magazine Weddings 2012

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We were just listed at a unique venue for brides who would like a different enviornment for their wedding. Click the cover below to view the Milwaukee Magazine 2012 Wedding supplement.

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Starting this week, Wherehouse hosts Milwaukee Meltdown

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MTV's hit dance competition, "America's Best Dance Crew (ABDC)," has become a phenomenon for wannabe dancers in much the same way "American Idol" has lifted the hopes of vocalists around the country.

Capitalizing on ABDC's popularity, local nightclub "Wherehouse" (818 S. Water St.) will host "Milwaukee Meltdown: Dance Crew Competition," a four-week contest showcasing some of the Midwest's best dance teams.

Starting this week, competitions will be held each Thursday night at the club until a winning team is announced at the July 28 finale.

The final round of competition will feature performances by Enigma Dance Kru from Season One of ABDC and Milwaukee native and world traveler, rapper Juiceboxxx.

"Milwaukee Meltdown" begins at 10 p.m. and is hosted by local break dancing specialist "Mijo" of Motion Disorderz Dance Crew - the winner of the 2010 BC1 Red Bull Cypher One Break Dancing Championship. Cover is $7.

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- Geraud Blanks, Special to the Journal Sentinel

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  • While I’ve lived close to Milwaukee my whole life, I am now only in my second year of living in the city.  Basically I’m still a bit of a newbie here.  I try to explore as much as I can but there are still hidden gems I haven’t found yet and places that remain unknown to me.  Last weekend though, I unearthed a special spot that was brand new to me but a familiar friend to many: Mitchell Street. I participated in “Listening to Mitchell”, a public audio art installation presented by Adam Carr and Sonja Thomsen.  The two artists put together an audio scavenger hunt that takes you down the Mitchell Street corridor.  For seven blocks the listener discovers Mitchell, past and present, by walking the street and listening to pinpointed audio excerpts and finding images inserted into the hustle of the street that draw on its commercial identity.  The audio is a compilation of 50 interviews of people’s own experiences on Mitchell Street.  Each audio piece is accessed by your phone.  You call a main number and then choose clip 1-20 that correspond with certain locales on the street.  Armed with a map, my iphone and my own two feet, I trekked up and down Mitchell Street hearing its history from first-hand accounts.  It was easy to be taken back to the heyday of the street and to feel like I was experiencing what the interviewees spoke about.  I was in a darkened Modjeska Theater while a woman told me about her first kiss there, I skipped class with a woman who bought her first bikini on Mitchell and I could smell sweet spices as a man described the beloved food on the street.  Hearing the audio of the past while walking down the street today gave a good idea about how much has changed on the street.  Thomsen said she wanted people to rethink their perception of the area.  Just because they knew it in the past doesn’t mean it’s the same. “There was a lot of times that people would talk about ‘oh yeah I’ve been on Mitchell Street many times’ but then they hadn’t been here for ten years.  In the 20 months we’ve been working on this street there has been so much turn over and so much change.  On a weekly basis it’s new for us.” Being that I had never been on Mitchell, everything was a discovery for me.  I found great new markets and restaurants and window shopped at all kind of stores.  There were so many places I wanted to visit and revisit.  By partaking in the tour I came to realize how much we overlook on a daily basis.  Stopping to listen gave me the opportunity to actually take things in and really see what I was looking at.  Instead of driving down a street to a single destination I got to experience a whole new side of the city and got a rare opportunity to know the stories behind the buildings.  I saw so much but I barely scratched the surface.  And I’m not the only one.  Even after working on Mitchell for months and after all his exploring Carr was still being surprised. “Just the other day I was walking in the alley and found this really big beautiful corn mural that I had never seen before that’s been there for a long time.  There are these little weird things that exist in this place because there are so many layers.  There’s a lot to find here and we haven’t found it all yet.” But the idea wasn’t just for me to relive other’s stories; it was to build my own.     “We created a series of prompts to help people connect the dots, the images, the narratives and you yourself walk down the street or into a store and build your own experience.  That’s the art it’s not the image or the audio,” said Thomsen. My walk was certainly a work of art.  I was given a map of things that Carr and Thomsen thought were interesting but that was just to open the door.  I got to notice things for myself as well.  I saw a barber practicing his craft, a man looking for his adventurous sons, people lost in Spanish music and I got a wave from a friendly shop owner.  These are the things that I experienced but not everyone else may see.  And that’s the point.       The audio installation will run through September and will have a number of events happening with the installation.  Carr and Thomsen have a home base at 723 W. Mitchell (between 7th and 8th) where they converted an empty store font into a listening gallery.  Here you can listen to all of the interviews and see photos of the interviewees.  The gallery will be open through August 10.  You can find out more about “Listening to Mitchell” and the events on its website. 

  • In early July, music critic and Pitchfork contributor, Amanda Petrusich released her book, Do Not Sell At Any Price: The Wild, Obsessive Hunt for the World’s Rerest 78rmp Records. The book is about the specific kind of people that go to incredibly lengths to own 100 year old pieces of shellac. As she reports on these men she becomes part of the story herself, driving to county fairs, hunting down other collectors, and even scuba diving in the Milwaukee River for mythical Paramount masters. As a wanna-be music critic, native Wisconsinite, and pretty serious record collector with a niche interest in music recorded between 1917-1929, I bought it the day it came out. After one day I had read 100 pages and the rest quickly followed. I had so many things I wanted to say to her and questions to ask. I thought, “You know, she tracked these guys down to talk about 78s, I can track her down and talk about her book about 78s.” So I did, and we talked for while about listing to music versus collecting music, empathy, desire, why we love sad songs, the blues and much more. If this kind of stuff interests you, you might enjoy listening to this interview.    Amanda will be contributing to 5 Songs We Can’t Stop Listening To on-air Thursday, August 7th, and in next week’s article.     

  •     Parquet Courts     It’s been a great year for Brooklyn’s, Parquet Courts. With the release of their third studio album, Sunbathing Animal, the band has finally begun to turn heads. The album reached #55 on the Billboard album chart. Pitchfork gave the album a 8.6, landing the band in the ‘best new music category’. Now, they are occupying a mid-day time slot at Lollapolloza.      Despite their gritty, garage rock sound, Parquet Courts is a refreshing listen. It’s not that their lyrics are simple or trivial. In the song, Black and White, Austin Savage sings // Quietly a-whisperin' my thoughts into my cupped hands // and thats how their music feels, like an earnest confession.  Time: 1:45-2:45 PM Date: Saturday, 2nd Stage: Palladia     Courtney Barnett        Courtney Barnett is another emerging musician making her debut at Lollapalooza this year. As a singer-singerwriter and guitarist from Melbourne, Australia, Barnett makes an immediate and lasting impression with her utterly unique and rambling lyrics. The song, Avant Gardner, drags the listener through a drab, drab day. The guitars sound rusty as Barnett intones  banal thoughts about gardening and pseudoephedrine. She describes the mood you tend to use music to escape from and it is wonderful.  Time: 2:15-3:00 PM Date: Friday, 1st Stage: The Grove   Blood Orange        Blood Orange is the moniker of Devonte Hynes. You may not recognize the name, but it is quite likely that you have heard his work. Hynes has worked behind the scenes for years, writing songs for Florence and the Machine, Diana Vickers, and The Chemical Brothers. He has also scored films, self-published a small comic book, and, in general, avoided following any linear mold we are told a life should follow. In 2013, Blood Orange released their fourth studio album, Cupid Deluxe was released in 2013. It was easily on of my favorite albums of the year. Much like Devonte Hynes himself, the album seems to avoid classification.        Time: 4:45-5:30 Date: Friday, 1st Stage: The Grove   Chance the Rapper         This probably isn’t the first time you are hearing about Chance the Rapper, but I feel any Lollapalooza preview would be lacking without a shout-out to this hometown hero.  Only 21 years old, Chancelor Bennett is starting to make some serious waves in the hip-hop scene. Bennett’s second mixtape, Acid Rap, received widespread critical acclaim. I think one of the most fascinating aspects of this young rapper is the quick, voracious way he has approached collaborations. His list of guest appearances is growing rapidly and spreads across a unique range of genres. His work with seemingly disparate artists, such James Blake, has given his music an air of limitless potential. I am always excited to see what he will come up with next. *Warning: Explicit Language     Time: 8:30-9:45 PM Date: Sunday, 3rd Stage: Perry’s   Rudimental     Increasingly, electronic music is expanding beyond the ever prevalent EDM scene. Rudimental is a four-piece, electronic band out of London that has real depth. Known for collaborating with soul singers, such as Emeli Sande and John Newman, Rudimental uses electronic music to take the history of music past and make it accessible . Also, if you haven’t seen the music video for “Not Giving In” you really ought to!   Time: 6:00-6:45 PM Date: Friday, 1st Stage: The Grove

  • Here at 88Nine, we are very lucky to have some amazing and talented interns. One of those former interns, Alison Henderson, will be launching a new magazine called Rust. Rust Magazine will be a bi-monthly that will tell stories about Milwaukee with a unique voice and design aesthetic.  Here is Rust's mission statement: The raw, the exposed. Rust is not a high-gloss finish, It is an unpolished surface that is dirty, broken and beautiful. Rust is not a four-letter word. It is a merit, a pride, a history. It is not decay. It is change. It is the smile lines, the cracks, the wounds of a lifetime in progress. Rust is the underbelly of journalism, the underreported, the overlooked. We are literary outlaws, honoring the rule breaking traditions of New Journalism and the timeless virtue of print. We are observers. We are participants; sharing the news as it exists in our lives. We are artists-- modern with a muted aesthetic. We speak in photographs, illustrations, drawings and paint. We write in videos, in visuals. With Vivation, Rust aims to bring to light Milwaukee's visionaries--an exhibition of vitality, a partnership, a showcase of the minds that are breathing life back into our city. Rust recently released a prototype issue and is now raising funds via Kickstarter to continue their mission.  There is only a few hours left to get to their goal of $3,500.  We are really proud of Alison and the rest of the Rust staff. 

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