Prince’s little-known impact on textile art

Prince’s little-known impact on textile art

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Prince Quilt

“The quilts in Commemorating His Purple Reign: A Textural Tribute to Prince best represent the many and varied elements of creative ideas and techniques that have brought quiltmaking out of the sphere of functional domestic crafts to stand alongside the more universally recognized art forms, such as painting and sculpture, as a valid means of artistic expression. The imagination and ingenuity in the quilt community is extraordinary. The selected works were chosen based on strong composition, color, and construction technique. In addition, the work had to speak to the life, spirit, and music of Prince.” -Dr. Carolyn Mazloomi

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Fall In Love 2Nite

One of the pieces in the show was made by Marliss Jansen, a Minneapolis-based quilter who used to design costumes and dye fabrics for Prince and his backup singers. Over the years, Jansen saved the fabric samples. When she saw an open call for the exhibition, she created a work using the material.

If you’re truly devoted to celebrating Prince through every art form there is, you’ll want to experience this tribute.

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The artists pushing modern stage design forward

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U2 redefines the fourth wall

U2 has been at the forefront of the music industry for decades. This is partly due to the fact that the iconic Irish rock band has worked with the same creative director—Willie Williams—since 1982.

“That’s probably the reason why U2’s stage sets are some of the best, because they’ve had that continuity of practice in saying this is an art form we want to develop,” designer Es Devlin said in a recent interview.

In 2014, Devlin joined Williams and Stufish Studios to create U2’s 2015 iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE Tour. Earlier this month, they unveiled the companion eXPERIENCE + iNNOCENCE Tour for 2018.

Last week, I went to Chicago for the first of two shows at the United Center where U2 completely redefined the fourth wall by incorporating augmented reality into their stage design. 

U2’s eXPERIENCE + iNNOCENCE Tour

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The night began with a giant glacier melting in the middle of the arena. No one actually got wet though, as the glacier could only be seen through an augmented reality feature on the tour’s smartphone app. This technology truly shined during the opening song, when my phone showed a huge avatar of Bono towering above the singer, whose performance was being replicated by the avatar.

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Remembering Robert Indiana and his iconic MECCA floor

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At first, the selection of Robert Indiana to design the floor of the Milwaukee Exposition and Convention Center and Arena, or MECCA, was controversial because the artist was from New York and openly gay.

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But, when the people saw his floor unveiled in 1977, the masterpiece was adored.

That’s only part of a much longer story and history, though. There’s so much that ESPN did a short documentary on it in 2014, featuring Robert Indiana and the people who bought the court after the Bucks moved arenas. You can watch the short film, “The Floor That Made Milwaukee Famous,” here.

So where is Indiana’s MECCA floor today? Find out here.

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This is the ‘official’ nightmare of the state of Wisconsin

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Neil just released a video featuring the official nightmare for each of the 50 states. Wisconsin’s nightmare is a doozy: “Julie Andrews yells at you to shut up.”

For those living in Illinois, your nightmare is “multiplying crying babies.” Minnesota’s is “a surgeon pouring Spaghetti-Os into your chest.”

You can check out all of the nightmares in the cheeky video below.

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Five YPWeek Milwaukee events you don’t want to miss

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YPWeek

  1. Bands and (Cold) Brews – Monday, April 23, 7:30-9 a.m.
    Kick off your week with a hot (or cold) cup of Pilcrow coffee and some live music courtesy of Milwaukee’s own Abby Jeanne.
  2. Becoming a (Boss) Lady – Monday, April 23, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
    After your morning of coffee and tunes, scoot on over to Northwestern Mutual for an inspired lunch with boss lady Megan Man, Group Creative Director at Learnvest. She’ll share words of wisdom on how she grew a design org from 6 to 60 in two and a half years.
  3. Laughing Lunch – Tuesday, April 24, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
    Laughing Taco, 4 comedians to make you laugh and a pretty cool space to hang out in (though we may be a little biased).
  4. Political Open Mic – Wednesday, April 25, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
    Dive deep into different aspects of Milwaukee’s education system – the highs and the lows. Hear from people on the left, right and center on their ideas for improvements. Good City Brewing is hosting so if things get dicey, there will be beer.
  5. Creative Mornings: Game – Friday, April 27, 8:30-10 a.m.
    If you’ve never been to Creative Mornings, what are you waiting for?! This monthly treasure puts the TG in TGIF. This month’s theme is “Game” and the CM team is bringing in game designer Peggy Brown.

This list is chronological and does not reflect an actual ranking of anticipated fun by the author.

Also, all of these are free events. There’s a lot more going on during YPWeek 2018, but some sessions ask you to pony up some coin. For a full list, click here.

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Boston Store’s going out of business sales mark the end of an era in Milwaukee

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The liquidation process in all Bon-Ton stores begins on Friday April 20 and is expected to run for approximately 10 to 12 weeks. These going out of business sales include all the open Bon-Ton storefronts and their online shops for Bergner’s, Boston Store, Carson’s, Elder-Beerman, Herberger’s and Younkers.

The Boston Store is the last major department store standing in the Grand Avenue Mall. For more than a century, Boston Store called itself “The Heart of Milwaukee” in the middle of what used to be a line of bustling retail on Wisconsin Avenue.

But, for our city, this location is more than a department store. It’s also home to its headquarters. The closing will make a larger impact here where Bon-Ton has over 700 employees at the downtown offices.

The times are changing for the retail industry and for department stores. And though the challenge just got bigger, we’re looking forward to seeing what the new Grand Avenue mall owners plan to do to revitalize the space and create new jobs.

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The Green Bay Packers are celebrating 100 seasons

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A century in the making, 100 Seasons is an epic, 16-month celebration of the Packers’ rich history, which will be capped by the franchise’s 100th birthday on Aug. 11, 2019. A wide variety of events and activities will kick off over the next several months, with fans and community members invited to join in the numerous festivities.

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Beginning in June, Lambeau Field Live will take the Packers on the road. This traveling interactive exhibit on the past and present of Lambeau Field will visit five locations around the state: Summerfest, the Northern Wisconsin State Fair, EAA AirVenture, the Wisconsin State Fair and Taste of Madison. The exhibit will include a Packers Hall of Fame, alumni meet-and-greets and a virtual reality display.

Later in the summer, timed to coincide with the beginning of training camp, fans are invited to Lambeau Field for the Packers Experience festival. It will be a four-day, free fest for fans of all featuring live music, a replica team locker room, USA Football kids’ clinics, Packers alumni question-and-answer sessions, photo stations and prizes.

The Packers Experience will begin Thursday, July 26. Fans can join all the free festivities on:

  • Thursday, July 269 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Friday, July 279 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Saturday, July 289 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Sunday, July 299 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The Packers Experience will also feature a theater playing a 12-minute excerpt from the new documentary, “Legacy: 100 Seasons of the Green Bay Packers.”

“Legacy” is a 10-part documentary series, featuring one- or two-hour films with each one dedicated to a decade of Packers history. The films will include never-before-seen footage and brand-new interviews with current and former players, telling the story of the Packers from the very beginning.

Additional portions of the documentary will be available on Packers.com and featured on game days this fall. “Legacy” will be completed in full in August of 2019, with the entire series available to view later in the fall of 2019.

A limited-edition 100 Seasons book will be published in 2019 and serve as a definitive history of the Packers. It will tell the story of the franchise from its birth in 1919 through the 2018 season and will include historic, engaging photographs.

100 Seasons will conclude with the Packers’ 100th birthday on Aug. 11, 2019.

The 100 Seasons celebration is now officially underway, with more information available on Packers.com/100 about each special event as the dates approach.

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Two Milwaukee DJs are opening a new event venue called The Ivy House

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The Ivy House

The indoor space, which will be named The Ivy House, is being redesigned to expose the cream city brick walls and windows that were covered up by the building’s previous owners. They said it will feature a modern and industrial aesthetic mixed with greenery, including ivy growing up the walls, and natural lighting to create a contemporary atmosphere.

The venue will also feature an outdoor space with a bar area, called Fernweh, that will be open to the public during summer months. Fernweh– a German word for wanderlust, or the urge to travel– will feature live performances by local artists and bands. It will remain open for the public even during private events in the venue’s main room.

They’ll also be working with food trucks and caterers for the events, since they won’t be offering house-made food.

Stay tuned for more info about events happening at this new space.

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How to celebrate Milwaukee Day on Saturday (4/14)

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Hit the Official Milwaukee Day Party

This “official” Milwaukee Day party is going down at Company Brewing starting at 9 p.m. You can jam to a live show by Tigernite, Midwest Death Rattle and Zed Kenzo while you sip on Company Brewing’s Milwaukee Day Lager, which has 4.14 percent alcohol. Get tickets here.

Photo by VisitMilwaukee

See the last show at Boone & Crockett

Give the Bay View location of B&C a proper sendoff with a show from Paper Holland and Devil Met Contention before the establishment reopens in Walker’s Point.

Explore Kenilworth Studios

Discover work by local art students at Kenilworth—a 6-floor, 500,000-square-foot, industrial artist studio space home to over 100 award-winning graduate students and faculty of UWM’s Peck School of the Arts. Watch live art in the making. Experience four hours of art exhibitions, film screenings, live performances, demonstrations and hands-on activities for all ages. It’s free and open to everyone from 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

Visit the Milwaukee Public Museum

Celebrate Milwaukee’s rich biological and cultural history at the Milwaukee Public Museum with history lessons about the founding of Milwaukee and other Cream City curiosities from 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

Check out the Harley-Davidson Museum

They’re giving free admission for anyone repping clothes emblazoned with “Milwaukee.” Plus, they’ll have food and drink specials at MOTOR, live music and more.

See a Milwaukee original movie premiere

Catch the premiere of Ashface, a horror film shot right here in the 414. It’s showing at the Times Cinema at noon.

Do yoga at the Oriental Theatre

Outdoor Yoga-MKE is hosting a one-hour meditation and yoga session on 4/14 at 10 a.m. at the historic theatre surrounded by their magnificent Buddhas and elephants.

See Lex Allen’s album release show

Lex Allen is taking over 414 Day at 9 p.m. at the Cactus Club to debut his new LP, “Table 7: Sinners & Saints.” And, he’s bringing special guests, DJ DRiPSweat, Max Holiday and DJ Lotusmark to the party.

Rep the diversity of the 414 with a Too Much Metal tee

Too Much Metal is honoring the many heritages and cultures that contribute to the intersecting experiences of Milwaukee. A broad range of cultural themed 414 t-shirts will be for sale in the shop on Saturday.

See Milwaukee hop-hop at Tonic Tavern

Breaking and Entering, Vincent VanGREAT, Kareem City and Yogi B & Keez will all be taking the stage at Tonic Tavern starting at 5 p.m.

Hit up Rogues Gallery

Doors open at 7 p.m. with beer coozie giveaways, live Milwaukee art, tattooing and music by DJ E-Rich.

Party at Snack Boys

The Milwaukee hot-spot for food and fun will get the party started at 9 p.m. with Milwaukee Day lager from Company Brewing and music by DJ Casey Soyk.

Hang out at the Riverwest Public House

They’ll have live New Orleans Jazz and bluegrass and specials on Milwaukee-made products.

Brush up on Milwaukee history

Historic Milwaukee will have $4.14 neighborhood posters and $4.14-off combo posters at the storefront, plus a free hour-long guided walking tour of downtown.

Visit Gallery 218

The Third Ward artist-run gallery celebrates its 28th anniversary with 4/14 prices, including free admission from 1-5 p.m. and $4.14 off t-shirts.

Find treasures at the Wastecap Architectural Salvage & Reuse Warehouse

The annual Milwaukee Day sale is back on with 41.4% off the entire store.

Drink at the South Shore Terrace Beer Garden

On the heels of the beer garden’s opening this week, the Milwaukee Day celebration on Saturday includes $4.14 brats and $4.14 liter refills of Miller and Leinies beers.

See a show at Linneman’s Riverwest Inn

The beloved Milwaukee live music club gets in on the Milwaukee Day fun with performances by The Fainting Room, Layers & Layers and Lyric Advisory Board.

Laugh at improv at Urban Harverst

First Five is giving some of our city’s finest comics five minutes of a VHS tape before leaving the rest up to their improv brilliance, supplemented by Hasenpfeffer’s rapid-fire comedy.

Shop local at the Milwaukee Makers Market

Buy goods from many of the area’s finest artists, crafters and makers who are are coming together at Discovery World on our beautiful lakefront.

Do your own thing

Support your favorite local spots or discover new ones. Just spend the day in Milwaukee or rep the 414 wherever you are.

Happy 414 Day!

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Get in gear for 100 Days of Biking in Milwaukee

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From June 2 to Sep. 10, 100 Days of Biking in Milwaukee will feature a variety of different cycling related events from breakfast group rides to an underwear bike ride and more.

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