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Oral arguments were heard this week in a court case challenging some of what’s left of the Affordable Care Act. Wisconsin is among the plaintiffs in the case. Meanwhile, health care may prove to be an interesting balancing act for candidates in the upcoming midterm elections.

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The latest act in Donna Ricco’s career has been underway for a few months now.  The Milwaukee native co-founded and went on to success with her eponymously named dress company.  After selling the company, Ricco took a few years away from the field, but this summer returned to her alma mater, Mount Mary University.

Michelle Matternowski

The conversation surrounding criminal justice reform in Wisconsin has the community crossing party lines to talk about solutions.

The Across the Red & Blue Divide event, which took place in Glendale on Sept. 6, included a panel discussion and small group discussion circles.

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While there are aspects of the news coming out of Washington that sound like satire, it’s hard to be sure. With Will Durst, an award-winning political satirist and Milwaukee native, you can be sure it's satire. Though he now lives in California’s Bay Area, Durst is back in his home state for shows in Madison and Milwaukee before touring in Europe.

"I know what you're going to ask and I don't know!" Durst says right off the bat. "I've heard that people are so tired of hearing about Trump, I've heard that people can't get enough of Trump."

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It’s Tuesday already, but there are more than a few Packers fans still basking in the glow of their comeback victory over Chicago on Sunday night. Many of those same fans were expressing their disgust with the Packers leadership halfway through the game, when the score was lopsided in favor of the Bears.

That's football. But it’s also like politics — we support our leaders when we agree with them and want to throw the bums out when we don’t. The intersection between professional football and politics is pretty substantial, as Mark Leibovich learned over the past few years.

Konvergencie

Every month we talk with internationally reknowned cellist Robert Cohen about the life of a touring professional musician. This month, we find Cohen getting ready to go to Slovakia to perform as part of a festival called Konvergencie, or Covergences in English.

Susan Bence

Milwaukee has hundreds of thousands of trees, many of them in county parks.

Bay View resident Steve Ohly loves them, which is one reason he moved to Milwaukee. “I tend to be a tree hugger, really. But I do it in the morning when nobody’s around,” he says.

So, it’s no surprise that Steve lives across from a sea of trees in the heart of Bay View: Humboldt Park. That’s where I met him, to help answer his Beats Me question.

Ex Fabula: Generations

Sep 8, 2018

It’s been a relaxing summer full of fond storytelling recollections, but excitement is building as Ex Fabula’s 10th Season commences this month! The season’s first StorySlam will be held Sept. 14, featuring the theme “Generations” (details below). This week’s story serves as an introspective warm-up.

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Susan Bence

The art exhibit called “Water Works” opens Friday evening at RedLine Milwaukee.

The show's curator, environmental activist and artist Melanie Ariens, chose more than a dozen artists to explore how deeply water affects our lives.

“I tried to find a balance of artists whose work conveyed a spiritual or emotional connection to water and artists who take a more activist approach to addressing water issues,” she said.

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Chicago writer Rebecca Makkai’s newest book, "The Great Believers", is a work of fiction, but its underpinnings are very real, and very familiar to people in the Midwest. Much of the book is set in the late 1980s and early '90s, in Chicago’s gay community. It was a time when AIDS was reaching epidemic levels and thousands were dying, even as politicians ignored it and broader society often spread fear, misinformation and distrust.

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Almost four decades ago, a Milwaukee music ensemble performed its first concert to an audience of about 30 people. From those humble beginnings grew Present Music, an artistic fixture on the Milwaukee arts calendar.

The brainchild of conductor and trumpeter Kevin Stalheim, Present Music has a devoted audience for a genre of music that often gets no love: contemporary classical music. Stalheim says the idea to start the group 37 years ago came out of a trip to Amsterdam to hang out with The Netherlands Wind Ensemble:

Milwaukee Short Film Festival

The Milwaukee Short Film Festival takes place this Friday, Sept. 7, and Saturday, Sept. 8, at the Fox Bay Cinema and Grill in Whitefish Bay. Fifty films will be screened over the two days, including the first film shown at the festival 20 years ago.

Ross Bigley, the festival's founder and director, recalls that the festival began as a simple gathering at a coffee shop with a projector. "When I was making these short films, there was really no place in Milwaukee to screen anything like that," he says.

The word "genius" gets thrown around a lot in casual conversation. Even when you weed out subsets — like "managerial geniuses" or "musical geniuses" — there are some transcendent figures we typically file under the genius category. Leonardo da Vinci would certainly rank among these people, who transformed the ways in which we view the world. 

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Buying a car may be one of the most stressful things you ever do. Whether it’s new or used, a car is one of the most expensive items you will ever buy.

While the internet has helped consumers arrive at a dealership armed with more information, that hasn’t really changed the overall dealership experience. And depending on that experience, it’s very easy to feel you’ve gotten a bad deal.

Bonnie North

Jazz is a distinctly American art form. But musicians from other cultures and countries have found their way into it and have made it their own.

Cuba is a prime example. This small island country off the coast of Florida has put its cultural stamp on jazz with giants like Tito Puente, Arturo Sandoval, and Chucho Valdes. American jazz artists like Cal Tjader and Dizzy Gillespie looked to Cuba and took its Latin influences into their own music. And now another generation of Cuban musicians takes center stage.

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