February 2019

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A Family Affair
When John Ridley won an Oscar for his screenplay of 12 Years a Slave, his family cheered him on. Now they’re working together to help Nō Studios foster a new crop of creative talent in our city.
By Zach Brooke

State of the Arts
How have Milwaukee’s cultural offerings evolved over the last decade? And how do they stack up to those of other mid-sized cities?
By Lindsey Anderson

Maestro Masur
After completing an extensive international search, the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra has found its next music director, the German-born wunderkind Ken-David Masur.
By Carolyn Kott Washburne



2019 Milwaukee Spring Arts Preview

Dancing to Win
Milwaukee Ballet’s biannual dance competition, plus a new work by Wild Space
By Lauren Warnecke

Carving It Out
Get to know local furniture maker Charles Radtke, and get excited about the upcoming art hotel.
By Kristine Hansen

Classic Update
A reconceived Carmina Burana, First Stage’s Matilda, plus our spring Must-hit List
By Rich Rovito

The Venue Diagram
The ins and outs of nine MKE music venues – plus some great shows coming up
By Kevin Mueller

Pods in Person
Riding the live podcast wave, and standing tall in Milwaukee’s improv scene
By Kevin Mueller

It may be the shortest month, but there’s no shortage of events and entertainment in February.



The Big Story: All Tomorrow’s Parties
Under the surface of the mostly Democratic-blue politics of Milwaukee County lies a new and dynamic ecosystem of parties.
By Larry Sandler

Moving Out, Moving Up
Ossie Kendrix and his chamber of commerce go the extra mile to support Milwaukee’s black-owned companies.
By Rich Rovito

Call in the Accountants
From lead to larch, a few of our favorite items from the 2019 city budget
By Matt Hrodey

How the heck do you pronounce ‘Racine’?
Ruh-SEEN or RAY-seen? An investigation
By Chris Drosner



Be Mine
These locally made treats should be part of your diet in this most loving of months.
By Ann Christenson

Pizza Italiano
That’s amoré! You will meet good brick-oven pizza – and the spirit of Dean Martin – at Santino’s Little Italy.
By Ann Christenson

South of the Border
MKE’s newest Latin restaurants reflect a culinary melting pot.
By Ann Christenson

The Last Drop
We give these local soup shops a five-spoon rating.
By Ann Christenson

Ask Ann
Great spots for Valentine’s Day dates
By Ann Christenson


Archivist Adam Levin is saving city history from extinction.
As told to Adam Rogan

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