Lake Effect

Ex Fabula: Misunderstood

Oct 6, 2018
Ex Fabula

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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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.

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. 

Courtesy MPS

The city of Milwaukee and area schools are holding events to celebrate boys and men of color this week.

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The voting process in Wisconsin can be confusing. Before your ballot can be counted, you have to be a registered voter. Then you have the option to vote early, absentee or actually go to the polls. Not to mention that you need to make sure you’re on top of any changes to voting laws.

Historic photo collection/Milwaukee Public Library

Before the Brewers won the National League’s Central Division in 2018, they were longtime members of the American League. But before they were in the American League, another version of the Brewers played in the minor leagues, at a long-departed stadium called Borchert Field. It’s a fictionalized version of those Brewers who play a role in a recent middle-grade novel by Milwaukee native Stacy DeKeyser.

The history of almost every American city features a series of boom and bust cycles. Milwaukee in the 1950s was a bustling, manufacturing metropolis. But the city’s fortunes fell in subsequent decades, and while the downtown has made a recovery, other aspects of the city are still a work in progress.

Milwaukee Rep

The new production at the Milwaukee Rep, “Guards at the Taj,” is less than 90 minutes long, but that’s enough time for the two-person show to cover plenty of ground.  The play, which features two men standing guard of the Taj Mahal, is at turns funny, biting, thought-provoking and a little (sometimes a lot) bloody.

Courtesy of Robert Cohen

When people think about the concept of arrangements in music (if they do at all), they often it in the folk music world, in which an arranger takes a piece of music from the folk canon and arranges it for an instrument. But arrangements have an important place in the classical music universe, as well.

Each month, we speak with contributor Robert Cohen about the work of a touring classical musician in a feature called “On That Note.” For October, Cohen spoke with Lake Effect’s Bonnie North about why arrangements are so important in classical music.

Ex Fabula

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. One of the many reasons it’s so important to raise awareness of this disease is how prevalent it is: one in eight women will be diagnosed with invasive breast cancer at some point in her life. Understanding risk factors, screening recommendations, and symptoms and signs can literally save lives. Learn more at breastcancer.org.

Bonnie North

Lake Effect's Bonnie North is in Europe this month as part of a journalism fellowship through the RIAS Berlin Commission.  It's a program that exposes American journalists to the workings of European politics and media. 

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Prenatal providers recommend that women undergo a variety of health screenings while they’re pregnant. Among those is a test for GBS, or Group B streptococcus, between weeks 35 and 37 of pregnancy.

GBS is a relative of the bacteria that causes strep throat and is found naturally in about 30 percent of adult women. It is only considered a risk during child birth, when it can infect a newborn - especially in premature births. Women who test positive for Group B strep are intravenously given antibiotics during labor to reduce the chance of transmission to their baby.

State of Working Wisconsin 2018

Over the last four decades, Wisconsin has doubled its productivity. But the average worker is earning just a dollar more per hour.

Like many states, Wisconsin has struggled to regain the ground it lost in the recession of 2008. A decade later, wages have finally recovered and unemployment is at a historic low.

courtesy Willy Porter

Willy Porter is a well-known singer-songwriter in Wisconsin. He wrote and performed the Lake Effect theme - and lots of other, better-known songs, and has shared stages with many of the state’s other musicians.  But much of the reason he landed on the state’s musical map is an album that made a national splash 25 years ago.

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