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Ruthie answers a question from a reader whose boyfriend is putting on the pressure to open a joint checking account. Upcoming events include the Ginger Show Lounge Review at Ginger Tapas, April 22; the Shepherd Express’ Stein & Dine at the ... Read more


Milwaukee shoegaze expressionists Brief Candles sure take their sweet time, but damn if the results aren't always worth it. Three years after their last EP (and a full five after their last full-length), the band will release their third album thi.. Read more

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They hadn’t exactly gone out of their way to pull much attention to it. Like actually telling anybody or anything. . . Sorry...taking Douglas Adams out of context there for comic exaggeration. And if they hadn’t told anybody I wouldn’t have kno.. Read more


It’s the offbeat story of one man, an elf costume and a late ’80s/ early ’90s holiday job in SantaLand at Macy’s in New York. They asked him why he wanted to be an elf. He told them it was the most ridiculous thing he could imagine. He wrote.. Read more


Tommy Avallone documents several men who play Santa in I Am Santa Claus. “The Bruce Lee Premiere Collection” includes The Big Boss (1971), Way of the Dragon (1972), Fist of Fury (1972) and Game of Death (1978). From the Vault: L.A. Forum... Read more

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Actor Michael Stebbins talks about moving back to Milwaukee and the allure of David Sedaris’s holiday essays. Read more

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Thisholiday season TheatreGigante hosts performer Michael Stebbins’ staging of Holidayson Ice. David Sedaris now classic holiday tales will be delivered tothe stage by someone who is not David Sedaris. This is an important distinctionthat I f.. Read more


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“Humorist” is a rather ill-defined word, but it does have certain highbrow connotations. In contrast to “comedian,” which still comes with a faint hint of nightclub sleaze, “humorist” su,Books Read more


No one knows exactly who coined the term "creative nonfiction," though author and writing teacher Lee Gutkind staked his claim on the phrase when he founded a literary journal by the same name in 1993. In fact, Vanity Fair Read more


I’d first heard David Sedaris’ voice on a twenty-year-old boom box in a college dormitory on the East Side. Halfway into my sophomore year in college, I was surfing through the stations when I heard the voice of Ira Glass—that guy who did Audio A.. Read more


Writing in droll prose befitting National Public Radio, David Sedaris became one of the literary world’s top stars thanks largely to his autobiographical essays about his eccentric family, personal foibles and the many odd jobs he’s held. Read more

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Alverno College’s free world music festival Global Union returns to Bay View’s Humboldt Park this year with an eclectic two-day lineup. Today’s headliners are the gypsy brass band Mahala Rai Banda at 1 p.m., the bachata artist Joan Soria Read more

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Blaming the contractor is an easy excuse for why a 13-ton concrete slab on the fa%uFFFDade of the O’Donnell Park parking structure fell in a fatal June accident. But are the improperly installed concrete slabs the only cause of that tragedy... Read more

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Gregory Rodriguez counts himself “lucky enough to be born into a migrant family.” The painter, who now lives in Stoughton, Wis., was born in Texas to Mexican-American migrant farmers and came north with them to Wisconsin to work in the fiel... Read more

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It took David Sedaris a few years to find his niche. When the whirlwind success of his “SantaLand Diaries” radio essay afforded him the chance to write a book, he released 1994’s Barrel Fever, a collection divided between satirical short Read more

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There’s a temptation for young bluegrass bands, especially those rooted in the jam-rock scene, to exaggerate the genre’s rural qualities, playing up the twang and speeding up the tempos until they’re left with an unflattering send-up of Read more

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Thursday, April 9 Brandi Carlile @ The Pabst Theater, 8 p.m. Likeso many of her adult-contemporary peers who owe much of,This Week in Milwaukee Read more

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