Abby Callard



Stuck On Repeat

Evan Christian (flamenco, jazz)  Taj Mahal, “Queen Bee” Stevie Wonder, “As” MGMT, “Electric Feel” Crazy Rocket Fuel (rockabilly)  Pixies, “Here Comes Your Man” Doghouse Flowers, “Meet Me in Milwaukee” Flamin’ Groovies, “Shake Some Action” The Fatty Acids (indie rock) William Onyeabor, “Good Name” The Notwist, “Kong” Ava Luna, “PRPL” Klassik (hip-hop/jazz)  Steely Dan, “Black Cow” Roman GianArthur, “I-69” Chuck Inglish feat. Chromeo, “Legs” Ray Nitti (hip-hop)  Buju Banton, “Untold Stories” Bob Marley, “Redemption Song” Aloe Blacc, “I’m the Man” Pay the Devil (bluegrass string band)  Spirit Family Reunion, “The Night Replaced the Day” Joseph Huber, “Drop in the Bucket”  Dead…

Come With Us Please

IN PROTEST A march in April was intended as a response to deportations.  (photo by Sean Drews)  On July 8, 2013, Jose Calderon, then 36 years old, appeared in Ozaukee County court for a hearing connected to a misdemeanor charge. Calderon had been ticketed for driving without a license, his second such charge in three years. The first had been prosecuted in Milwaukee County, where he lives, but it was in Ozaukee County that something unexpected happened. After Calderon had paid his fines, and as he was leaving the courthouse in Port Washington, two officers with U.S. Immigration and Customs…

The In Crowd

If the Walker emails – some 27,000 pages recently unsealed from the first Joe Doe investigation to nip at the governor’s heels – were a popularity contest, these staffers would be the stars.  Fran McLaughlin Then: Director of communications for County Executive Scott Walker, a position that included copying and pasting news stories into emails so Walker could read them on his Blackberry. McLaughlin was granted immunity during the first John Doe investigation. Now: Public information officer at the Milwaukee County Sherriff’s Office.  Jill Bader Then: Communications director for the Walker campaign. She came under fire from other members of…

Morning Links for March 31 2014

Are you ready for some baseball? The United Nations released what’s being called the comprehensive report on climate change. And the news isn’t good. Today is opening day, and it almost feels spring like. You’ve heard of the Wolf of Wall Street, but how about the wolf hunters of Wall Street?

Morning Links for March 25 2014

We  have a plethora of links for you today. The rumors have been flying since basketball coach Buzz Williams announced he’s leaving Marquette. But the search for a coach is still on. The conclusion that the missing Malaysian flight went down in the Indian Ocean did not sit well with relatives of the lost passengers. Hundreds of those relatives protested in Beijing yesterday and got a meeting with officials in the Malaysian Embassy. Milwaukee topped the list of large metro areas where the poor are the most segregated from others, according to the Atlantic Cities. The Milwaukee Health Department is…

Morning Links for March 24 2014

It might technically be spring, but the weather didn’t get the memo. Make sure you know what’s going on with these links. A trial in Egypt ended with more than 500 members of the Muslim Brotherhood getting a death sentence. The BBC reports. Gov. Scott Walker will finalize his tax cuts today with a signing at a farm northwest of Green Bay. The Wisconsin Badgers made a sweet comeback against the Oregon Ducks on Saturday (85-77). Hello, Sweet 16. A train in Chicago derailed early this morning and jumped off the track and onto an escalator at the O’Hare International…

Morning Links for March 17 2014

Top o’ the morning to you! Happy St. Patrick’s Day. But let’s get to the real news. Gary Witt, the frontman in the Pabst’s entertainment empire, wants you to wish Michael Cudahy a happy birthday. The man responsible for the Pabst Theater, Turner Hall Ballroom and the Riverside Theater turned 90. The autonomous region of Crimea in Ukraine voted overwhelmingly to join Russia yesterday. But that might not be enough. CNN asks the all-important question: What happens next? Most of us can admit to doing a Google search for ourselves. But Christopher Viatafa found out he was on California’s most-wanted…

Covered Up Cover

The cover in question UPDATE (2:06 p.m.): We’ve confirmed the black boards have been taken down at the Brookfield Sendik’s. It came to our attention – through a tweet and an email – that the Sendik’s in Brookfield was putting our March 2014 issue (the one with the two brides embracing on the cover) behind a black board. This treatment is generally used on material that’s deemed inappropriate and offensive. Our March cover story looked at what the economic benefit of same-sex marriage might be if the state of Wisconsin were to legalize it. The headline on the cover? “For…

Milwaukee’s Transit Decrease in Context

Yesterday, the American Public Transportation Association revealed that public transportation usage was up – at 10.7 billion trips in 2013, it reached its highest level in 57 years. That is, of course, unless you live in Milwaukee. In 2012, the system registered 44 million trips. In 2013, only 43 million. That decrease of 2.36 percent puts Milwaukee on par with cities like Denver, Dallas and Pittsburgh, which also saw decreased bus ridership. But in those cities, other forms of transit – such as commuter and light rail – can make up for some of the decrease. In Dallas, the city’s…

The Morning Links for March 10 2014

It might be Spring (or at least feels like it for today only), but the snow is not done wielding its chilly wrath just yet. Miley Cyrus brought her talents, unitards and music to the BMO Harris Bradley Center last night, but the arena was only two-thirds full, says the JS. A new blood test can predict – with surprising accuracy – which adults will develop Alzheimers disease. The test is not ready for mainstream yet, the researchers say. Winter might be on its way out, but Wisconsin could still feel the pain of this year’s record-breaking snowfall in the…