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Night Market brightens vacant downtown lot

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  • The Night Market will be held once a month and feature art, food, dancing and crafts. You can check it out for yourself August 13, September 17 and October 15.

Millions of people visit Milwaukee each year and most of them will find themselves in the downtown area.  There’s abundant shopping, restaurants and theaters, and of course, the immense Wisconsin Convention Center.

But those who are visiting the Wisconsin Center may not be getting the best view of Milwaukee.  Immediately across from the building lies a vacant lot that is – let’s face it – an eyesore.  Spanning nearly half of a city block at Fourth Street and Wisconsin Avenue, it sits in a prominent location but has been overlooked for almost three decades.    

Rhythm Lab Radio | July 18, 2014 (Pitchfork Music Festival Edition)

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  • Photo Credit: Kristy Tayler
    Photo Credit: Kristy Tayler

In the first hour, we played new music from Ahmed Gallab aka Sinkane, who used to be a session musician for bands like Yeasayer, Caribou, and Of Montreal. We also spun new tracks from TokiMonsta, Jungle and Jose James. Our album of the week came from The Acid, which is a trio consisting of grammy nonimated producer Adam Freeland, music professor Steve Nalepa and producer Ry X. 

Weekly Download | FREEMAN, "The English and Western Stallion"

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This week's free download comes from Aaron Freeman. Freeman is better known as Gene Ween from the band Ween.  Freeman has a new project called FREEMAN, and it is his first album of original material since disbanding Ween. 

In the opening minutes of FREEMAN, the self-titled debut from his new band, Freeman addresses addiction and its aftermath with the combination of merciless self-inventory and artful songcraft that earned Ween one of the most devoted fan bases in contemporary pop.

'Greater Together' Challenge Aims To Address Milwaukee's Racial and Economic Inequality

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Updated 21 July 2014, by Nate Imig

You probably read the statistics on proverty and segregation in Milwaukee, and it doesn't look promising.

Milwaukee is #1 in black/white residential segregation, #1 residential segregation based on poverty, #1 incareration rate for Black men, and more distrubing numbers. 

But a local coalition of creatives looking to change those statistics.

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