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It’s not too often that the fourth time is the charm. But actor and first time film director Bradley Cooper hopes his version of the classic movie, “A Star Is Born,” is indeed a charm in its fourth version.

"It’s the Hollywood tale that the business just won’t let die," says film contributor Ryan Jay. "It seems to reinvent itself and whenever there's a leading lady, or in this case an up-and-coming leading lady with Gaga, it's a showcase for that talent. It has chops for your acting and for your singing ability."

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The 2018 Milwaukee Film Festival opens on Oct. 18. This year’s festival marks 10 years in its current incarnation, and the first in which will feature a renovated Oriental Theater as home to Milwaukee Film.

"[The Oriental is] something that a lot of filmmakers who come through the city comment on. A lot of cities don’t have theaters like the Oriental. Milwaukee does — it’s one of the festival’s main selling points," says Milwaukee Magazine Cultural Editor Lindsey Anderson.

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The Milwaukee Brewers were feeling the love Sunday as fans watched, and then celebrated, the team's victory over the Colorado Rockies. As the Brewers advance to the National League Championship Series, Milwaukee sports bars also have reason to celebrate.

One of them is Buck Bradley’s Saloon and Eatery, a bar that shuttles Brewers fans to and from games. WUWM's Teran Powell stopped in to get an idea of how Brewer mania has impacted business.

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When you think of a family, what comes to mind? Whatever the image — a mother and father with two children, a single parent, or siblings and friends — it can differ across cultures. A new exhibit at the Milwaukee Art Museum shows how the definition of family varies in the black community.

The Milwaukee Brewers swept Colorado in three games in the National League Division Series on Sunday, by shutting out the Rockies 6-0.  Milwaukee's pitching staff held the Rockies to only two runs and 14 hits in the series. 

The Brewers now advance to the championship series, with game 1 scheduled for Friday at Miller Park.  They'll face the winner of the Dodgers-Braves division series.  It's the first time since 2011 that the Brewers have seen post season play. 

Ex Fabula: Misunderstood

Oct 6, 2018
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As the seasons change, so does Ex Fabula. If you’ve been to an Ex Fabula event you’ve probably received a survey. If you’re nice, you even filled it out and returned it. Well, guess what? We actually read them all. And the one surprising thing that people said time and again was that they were more likely to share their stories on stage if there were no judging. So, this Tuesday, Oct. 9, we’re hosting our first non-competitive Ex Fabula StorySlam "Misunderstood" at Bay View’s Sugar Maple.

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Are you one of those old school museum attendees whose head whips around to investigate even the whispers of a conversation? If you are, you're in good company because our material culture contributor Gianofer Fields is one of those people — even though she says she's working on it.

Mitch Teich

Welsh singer-songwriter Martyn Joseph has a new album — his 20th since 1982 — called “Here Come The Young.” During a recent visit to Milwaukee he came by the Lake Effect performance studio to tell the story behind, and perform, the album's title track:

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The Milwaukee Brewers won their first playoff game 3-2 on Thursday. Diehard fans showed up to Miller Park hours before their game against the Colorado Rockies. Fans were busy playing music, grilling and tailgating.

“Do you want to see my tattoo to show you I really love the Brewers?" said Donald Matovich, a tailgater who loves the Brewers so much that, yes, he has a tattoo to prove it.

Susan Bence

It’s been a decade since the Great Lakes Compact was signed into law. The historic agreement between the U.S. and Canada puts restrictions on large-scale diversions of water.

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Mitch Teich

Musician Marc Revenson (also known as Lil' Rev), is a veritable ambassador to the ukulele. Based in Sheboygan, Revenson travels around the country sharing his love for the Hawaiian instrument.

His most recent album, "Sing Song Daddy," features Americana music, including a couple of the tunes he played in Lake Effect's performance studio, "The Old Sheboygan Soft Shoe" and "The Milwaukee Waltz." He says the ukulele played a role in making Americans participants in music, rather than just listeners.

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Dozens of fast food workers marched in Milwaukee on Wednesday in favor of a minimum wage increase and a right to unionize. This was a part of nationwide effort to get local employers to increase their minimum hourly wage to $15.

Solo Littlejohn is a fast food worker and one of the people who called for a higher minimum wage at a rally on the city's near north side.

Brewers Baseball Takes Over Wisconsin

Oct 4, 2018
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The last month or so of the baseball season has been about defying expectations. The Milwaukee Brewers seemed like they were well on their way to winning a wildcard berth in the playoffs. But then they went on an eight-game winning streak and won the division instead.

And the Chicago Cubs, prohibitive favorites in their wild card game against the Colorado Rockies Tuesday night, lost 2-1 in 13 innings. So, the Rockies will be at Miller Park Thursday to open the playoffs. This is the Brewers' first playoff appearance since 2011. 

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Maayan Silver

A number of Catholic priests are gathering in Racine this week, not only to discuss religious matters, but also to reflect upon their experiences as gay men of the cloth.

When asked about gay priests, Pope Francis famously said in 2013, “who am I to judge?” But the Catholic Church still has a difficult relationship with gay priests and even parishioners who are gay. 

Chuck Quirmbach

The Milwaukee Brewers are in the playoffs. The team last made it to the Major League Baseball playoffs in 2011. One thing that's changed since then is Milwaukee's increased use of analytics, or data analysis.

Analytics, or sometimes called sabermetrics in baseball, has been around for decades. But it came to more prominence in the 2000s. In the 2011 movie "Moneyball," an economist played by Jonah Hill explains one of the concepts: "I believe there is a championship team that we could afford, because everyone else undervalues them. Like an island of misfit toys."

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