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Milwaukee Magazine Weddings 2012

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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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  • A group of theater students at Riverside University High School recently rehearsed alongside a professional dancer, as part of an ongoing program with the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts. The visit was coordinated though the Marcus Center's "Arts Connect" program, which brings touring actors into the Riverside High School to lead "master classes" with students with a strong interest in the performing arts. Ryan Jackson, a swing cast member from the production of Wicked recently in Milwaukee, taught students a few dance moves from the production and gave the students audition tips. Arts Connect will continue exclusively at Riverside High School -- available free of cost for 20 students -- through the remainder of the 2016 season. Click the podcast player above the photos to hear our interview with a student participating in the program, as well as organizers. play pause stop mute unmute previous next artsconnect-mp3.mp3

  • "Learning" and "fun" aren't always two things that go together when you're kid. However, with their program EcoArt Wednesdays, the Urban Ecology Center has proven that its definitely possible. Founded by Michael Espinosa, the kid-friendly program combines both art and science in a unique way. The kids start off with a brief hands-on science lesson outside, and then take what they learned to create a piece of art. For example, when I visited the kids were learning about fish. They went down to the river, had a brief lesson about fish, collected leaves from outside, and then went back inside and created different fish out of leaves.  I sat down with founder Michael Espinosa to talk about EcoArt Wednesdays and its success at the Urban Ecology Center, as well chatted with Elias Gonzalez, a 10-year-old who shared what he learned.  Listen to my full interview with Michael and Elias by clicking the podcast player above.      play pause stop mute unmute previous next EcoMP3.mp3

  • Did you know that only 9% of film directors are female? What about the fact that only 11% of protagonists in films are female?  Numbers aside, being a woman in the film is tough, and group of UW-Milwaukee film students are determined to open up the conversation and inspire change through their new group, "Reel Women." I sat down and chatted with one of the founding members, UWM senior Shannon McInnis. Shannon shared with me how the group came about, why they felt it was necessary and overall their goals for the group. "Our hopes for the future is that people enter the film industry more informed, more empowered, more ready to deal with this." Reel Women works as a prompted discussion and encourages filmmakers, film students or even just film-enthusiasts to come and discuss gender representation in films and the film industry. [Equality is] everybody's goal, and we need our allies just as much as we need strong women. We're trying to build the equality we believe in."  Check out my full interview with Shannon by clicking the podcast player above.      Sources: The Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film;,;, Clip: You Can't Take it With You (1938), Clip: Bride of Frankenstein (1935)     play pause stop mute unmute previous next ReelWomen.mp3 play pause stop mute unmute previous next ReelWomen.mp3

  • For kids on the autism spectrum, a trip to the theater to see a play or movie can be overwhelming. Sounds that are quiet to the rest of the audience can be far too loud for them to process, causing them to cover their ears with their hands.  For others on the spectrum, sitting still and remaining quiet through a performance may not be possible, either. And that's why First Stage offers a special series of sensory-friendly performances, geared specifically toward kids on the autism spectrum. "A lot of parents have expressed to us that they don't want to feel like their child is just being tolerated," said Jennifer Adams, academy director at First Stage.  "They want to feel like their child is being honored and something is being created for them, and that's what we're hoping to do." The performances feature smaller audiences, brighter house lights and more subdued sound.  Noise cancelling headphones are distributed throughout the theater for kids to put on in case the action gets too intense, and designated areas outside the theater provide an option to step out for a few moments. First Stage has two more sensory-friendly performances left in the 2015-2016 season:   Just A Little Critter Musical, February 20, 2016, 3:30 p.m. at the Milwaukee Youth Arts Center The Snow, March 5, 2016, 3:30 p.m. at the Marcus Center’s Todd Wehr Theater Click the podcast player above the photos to hear from a parent and child who recently attended a performance, plus more of our interview with Adams. play pause stop mute unmute previous next FIRSTSTAGEone110915.mp3

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