Plus Casting Announced!
The Milwaukee Ballet will wrap up its Ballet Beat summer program on the stage of the new Indaba Band Shell at 1 p.m. Saturday at St. Ann Center for Intergenerational Care’s Bucyrus Campus. Ballet Beat brings free public performances by professional dancers to outdoor stages, libraries and community centers throughout the Greater Milwaukee area for interactive activities and performances.
Pre-show music, from 12 noon-1 p.m., will be performed by Yaya Kambaye, master drummer and founder of Xalaat Africa Drum and Dance for Life. The show will be followed by a reception with refreshments where the audience can meet and take photos with the dancers.
The Indaba (Swahili for “gathering place”) Band Shell is a brand-new entertainment venue opened on the Bucyrus Campus’ 7.5-acre grounds in early June. It features a hillside audience area with a capacity of 250 people and a shaded, wheelchair-accessible seating area in front of the stage. The band shell was built by St. Ann Center in partnership with Parklawn Assembly of God Church with the aim of bringing family-friendly entertainment to the north side community.
On Friday, dancers from Milwaukee Ballet II will present a free workshop for the children and adult clients in St. Ann Center’s day care program. Dancers will read ballet-themed stories to the youngsters and involve all ages in interactive dance activities.
Ballet Beat, now in its third year of programming, is made possible through partnerships with Greater Milwaukee Foundation, UPAF Connect and Milwaukee Brewers Community Foundation. It is supported in part by a grant from Milwaukee Arts Board and Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin.
For more information about the Ballet Beat performance at the Indaba Band Shell, contact Gloria Miller at (414) 210-2428 or [email protected].
The fall season of exhibitions at the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design (MIAD) explores feminism through large-scale artwork, highlights the best works Milwaukee’s Mary L. Nohl Suitcase Travel Award winners and members of the Midwest’s Society for Photographic Education, and delves deep into the gaming and creative culture surrounding Magic: The Gathering.
FALL EXHIBITION SCHEDULE
Body of Work, June 19 – Sept. 7: Large-scale works by women artists engage the community in a conversation about the relationship between the body and artmaking, and physicality of making large works. The exhibition is a witness to women artists laboring to unchain themselves from patriarchal stereotypes. The body is representational, conceptual or inherent in some work, but not apparent in other work. The exhibit is curated by Kate Schaffer and MIAD alumna Melissa Dorn.
Mary L. Nohl Suitcase Exhibition, Aug. 19 – Oct. 5: This biannual exhibition at MIAD showcases award-winning local artists who have received the Mary L. Nohl Suitcase Travel Award in the preceding two years. The award program gives Milwaukee-area artists financial support to travel around the world and exhibit their artwork.The Opening Reception is Thursday, September 5, 6 – 8 p.m.
Society for Photographic Education Midwest Juried Exhibition, Sept. 20 – Oct. 27: The SPE Midwest Juried Exhibition brings together professional and student members of this photographic organization. The exhibited works are loosely tied by the photographic medium itself and highlight the various approaches and concerns of artists working with photography today. Works are selected by Jennifer Murray, executive director of Filter Photo, and Alejandro Cartagena, a photographer and educator based in Monterrey, Mexico.
Reclaiming Our Time, Oct. 18 – Dec. 7: This group exhibition by the Strange Fire Collective features focuses on social justice themes that critically question the dominant social hierarchy and engages the community in meaningful dialogue about art, gender, race and equity, politics, history and more. Works are presented in traditional and digital formats. The Strange Fire Collective, which comprises more than 120 artists, is dedicated to highlighting work made by diverse people, including women, persons of color, and queer and transgender artists. The Opening Reception is Fall Gallery Night, Friday, October 18, 5 – 9 p.m.
Story & Craft – A Magic: The Gathering Exhibition, Nov. 11, 2019 – Jan. 11, 2020: Examine gaming culture through the lens of one of the genre’s most popular card games, Magic: The Gathering. This exhibition traces the game’s evolution since its beginning in 1993, and features rare original artwork and cards, plus concept drawings and models from the game’s history. Fans and players of Magic literally invent the rules and methods of play, and this exhibition highlights the evolution of the ways to play. More than 20,000 different cards have been designed to date in a monumental effort of orchestrated creativity, involving hundreds of artists, art directors, marketing and exhibit staff and thousands of fans.
MIAD’s Brooks Stevens Gallery and Frederick Layton Gallery are free and open to the public, Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. More information at miad.edu/galleries.
Alderman Khalif J. Rainey invites the community to attend Ascension St. Joseph Hospital’s 22nd annual Concerts in the Park series beginning Wednesday, July 10.
Each concert begins at 5:30 p.m. and will be held in Sr. Jeanne Gengler Park at Ascension St. Joseph Hospital. Complimentary parking is available in the hospital parking structure. Food and refreshments will be available with proceeds to benefit neighborhood schools.
July 10: Musical Celebration of Diversity
July 24: Eddie Butts Band
August 7: Christopher’s Project
August 21: Joe Richter Band
Please note that inclement weather may cancel a performance.
with nearly $300,000 in sales
(Milwaukee) Milwaukee Repertory Theater kicks off the 2019/20 Season with a record- breaking on-sale for the iconic American musical West Side Story based on a conception of Jerome Robbinswith book by Arthur Laurents, music by Leonard Bernstein and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. The Monday, June 24, 2019 on-sale event resulted in nearly $300,000 in sales, making it the highest grossing on-sale for a musical in the Quadracci Powerhouse, beating out last year’s record holder In The Heights. Several performances are nearly sold out and several performances only have individual seats left. Best availability is Sunday-Thursday the first two weeks of the run. West Side Story runs September 17 – October 27, 2019 in the Quadracci Powerhouse. Purchase tickets at www.MilwaukeeRep.com, by calling the Ticket Office at 414-224- 9490 or in person at 108 E. Wells Street in downtown Milwaukee.
West Side Story is directed by Artistic Director Mark Clements who is celebrating his 10th Anniversary with Milwaukee Rep and stars Rep newcomers Jeffrey Kringer (Cruel Intentions Nat’l Tour) as Tony, Liesl Collazo(On Your Feet, Gateway Playhouse) as Maria, Danielle Marie-Gonzalez (Clueless: The Musical, Signature Theater) as Anita and José-Luis Lopez, Jr. (On Your Feet, Broadway) as Bernardo.
West Side Story creative team includes music direction by Rep Associate Artist Dan Kazemi (In The Heights, Ring of Fire at Milwaukee Rep), choreography by Jon Rua (Broadway co-choreographer for The Cher Show andSponge Bob Square Pants), set design by Todd Edward Ivins (Junk, Milwaukee Rep), costume design byAlexander B. Tecoma (Guys and Dolls, Milwaukee Rep), lighting design by Yael Lubetzky (South Pacific, Drury Lane), co- sound design by Daniel Erdberg (Anything Goes, Arena Stage) and Megan B. Henninger (In The Heights, Milwaukee Rep), with music supervision by Rep Associate Artist John Tanner (A Christmas Carol, Milwaukee Rep).
West Side Story is a passionate adaptation of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet filled with some of the most unforgettable songs including “Maria,” “Tonight, ”I Feel Pretty” and “America” telling the greatest love story ever told in a larger-than-life musical.
West Side Story is presented by The Plunkett Family Foundation and sponsored by BMO with executive producers Jo Ann and Richard Beightol, Four-Four Foundation, Inc. and Gina and Eric Peter with Associate Producer Suzy B. Ettinger Foundation. The Rep is sponsored in part by the United Performing Arts Fund.
Get a sneak peek of West Side Story with cast performances at the following local festivals this summer:
- – Wednesday, July 10, 6pm at NEWaukee Night Market (W Wisconsin Ave, between Plankinton and Vel
R. Philips Ave.)
- – Tuesday, July 23, 6pm at Chill on the Hill in Humboldt Park (3000 S Howell Ave.)
- – Sunday, August 4 at Puerto Rican Family Festival in Humboldt Park (3000 S Howell Ave.)
- – Tuesday, August 6, 7pm at Skyline Music Festival (Selig-Joseph-Folz Amphitheater in Kilbourn – Kadish
Park, between North Ave and Reservoir Ave.)
- – Thursday, August 8, 7pm at Colectivo Lakefront with De La Buena (1701 N. Lincoln Memorial Dr.)
- – Wednesday, August 14, 6pm at Washington Park Wednesdays (1859 N. 40 St)
- – Thursday, August 15, 7pm at Jazz in the Park (Cathedral Square, 520 E Wells St)
For more information, please visit www.MilwaukeeRep.com.Cast Biographies
Jeffrey Kringer, Tony
Jeffrey’s credits include the first National Tour of Cruel Intentions as Sebastian Valmont. Additional credits include The Secret Garden at The Palace Theatre of NH and Annie at the Axelrod Performing Arts Center. A recent graduate of Fredonia State University of New York’s BFA in Musical Theatre program, Jeffrey participated in several productions during his undergraduate career including Spring Awakening and Peter and the Starcatcher at the Walter Gloor Stage, as well as Suburbia with the Fredonia Performing Arts Company.
Liesl Collazo, Maria
Liesl is a native of Guaynabo, Puerto Rico and holds a BFA in Musical Theater and an MA from University of Michigan. Recent credits include On Your Feet at Gateway Playhouse. Her undergrad credits include Maria inWest Side Story at Ann Arbor in Concert, as well as Franca in The Light in the Piazza.
Danielle Marie Gonzalez, Anita
Danielle credits include the off-Broadway production Clueless: The Musical at Signature Theatre. She has also been part of the Saturday Night Fever, Flashdance: The Musical and Rock of Ages National Tours. Additional credits include West Side Story at 5th Avenue Theater, A Chorus Line at the Westchester Broadway Theatre, 9 to 5 at the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina and Legally Blonde at the White Plains Performing Arts. As well asNoises Off, A Chorus Line, and City of Angels at the La Guardia Arts at Lincoln Center.
Jose-Luis Lopez, Jr., Bernardo
Jose-Luis Lopez, Jr. Broadway credits include the Tony and Grammy Award-winning musical In the Heights, andOn your Feet! He was also part of the First National Tour of In the Heights as Graffiti Pete, and Jesus Christ Superstar at The Muny.
About Milwaukee Repertory Theater
Milwaukee Rep is the largest performing arts organization in Wisconsin in terms of audiences served and one of the largest professional theaters in the country. Each year, The Rep welcomes up to 275,000 people at nearly 700 performances of 15 productions ranging from compelling dramas, powerful classics, new plays and full-scale musicals in its three unique performance venues – the Quadracci Powerhouse, Stiemke Studio and Stackner Cabaret. For over 65 years, The Rep has gained a national reputation as an incubator of new work, an agent of community change and a forward-thinking provider of vital arts education programs. Under the leadership of Artistic Director Mark Clements and Executive Director Chad Bauman, Milwaukee Repertory Theater ignites positive change in the cultural, social, and economic vitality of its community by creating world- class theater experiences that entertain, provoke, and inspire meaningful dialogue among an audience representative of Milwaukee’s rich diversity.
Kenosha – The HarborPark Jazz Rhythm & Blues festival, Kenosha’s most festive lakefront music event announces internationally acclaimed Saxophonist Paul Taylor as the Jazz headliner to celebrate the 15th Anniversary event. The music kicks off with Wisconsin’s most popular Reggae band, Madison based, Natty Nation followed by Milwaukee’s hottest R&B band Christopher’s Project with Joe (the Crooner) Jordan. TheBlues headliner will be announced in the coming weeks. “The HarborPark Jazz, Rhythm & Blues Festival hasbeen providing a wonderfully diverse mixture of music in Kenosha for the past 15 years,” said Dennis DuChene, President of the Kenosha Area Convention & Visitors Bureau. “Drawing visitors from Milwaukee,Chicagoland and beyond, the event showcases our beautiful lakefront and highlights our community’sdedication to the arts and cultural activities. The return of the Arts & Crafts Village is a testament to that as well. We are proud to partner with the Mahone Foundation to have events such as this in our area.”
“It’s hard to believe we reached a 15 year milestone given our first event with Ramsey Lewis was a complete washout. Our goal was to recruit national and local musicians to bring high quality Jazz and Blues music to our beautiful lakefront while raising money for our Career Exploration Organization mentoring program. Over the years, the committee has worked really hard to create a festival which features a range of musical genres while offering great food and drink that all people can enjoy. What started out as a local Jazz & Blues event has grown to a regional music festival with sounds of Reggae, Lite Rock and R&B attracting fans from all over the Midwest. It’s been a tremendously successful 15 year run and as long as the Lake stays there so will the HarborPark Jazz, Rhythm & Blues fest”, says Tim Mahone.
Testimonial from few long term attendees:
“We’ve been attending Harbor Park Jazz since the start, albeit the first event was rained out for jazz pianist Ramsey Lewis. The venue on the Lake front is great! We love the family friendly environment along with the great lineup of local and nationally known musicians. We’re looking forward to this year’s event featuring saxophonist Paul Taylor!!, said local resident Adelene and Derrell Greene”
Its always a festive great time bringing my friends and family to the Kenosha HarborPark Music Fest. The
Lakefront is absolutely beautiful, the ease of parking and of course listening to the great music while tasting
various types of food is the highlight, says Chicago based Dr. Michael Guthrie.
The Mahone Fund a part of the Kenosha Community Foundation, a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization. Donations are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. • Tax ID #39-6045289 • www.mahonefund.org
After a five year hiatus, the Arts & Crafts Village returns to the HarborPark festival showcasing a broad mix of juried fine art, paintings, prints, photographs, sculpture, jewelry, handmade clothing, fine crafts and a lively art- making tent aimed at families with young children. Artisans will showcase their talent in a variety of mediums on the beautiful shores of Lake Michigan. Art pieces, prints and merchandise will be available for purchase.
“The Kenosha Art Association is excited to partner with the Harbor Park Jazz Rhythm & Blues event tocelebrate its 15th anniversary. It’s a natural fit to align our organizations and bring quality music and creativearts and crafts vendors for the attendees to enjoy, says Pat Koesser, Kenosha Arts Association representative..
Organizers are taking applications for various artists. Artists can get more information and an application by visiting mahonefund.org or contacting the KAA at 262-654-0065 or email [email protected] Deadline for entries is July 19, 2019. The Kenosha Art Association’s mission is to promote art, art education, and art appreciation in the greater Kenosha area! Please visit our website at http://www.kenoshaartassociation.org
The festival is scheduled for Saturday August 17th at HarborPark Celebration Place. Gates open at 12:30 p.m.The festival kicks off at 1:15pm with the popular “Cooking Studio”, an interactive Chef demonstration. The Cooking Studio provides the gourmet foodie and aspiring cooks a gorgeous lakefront atmosphere to learn thetricks of the trade in a mock Kitchen environment. Stay tuned for more details on the year’s competitive format.
Besides listening to quality music throughout the day, patrons will be able to purchase raffle tickets for the50/50 raffle and participate in the very popular Silent auction and “Wine Pull” raffle, giving supporters theopportunity of winning top quality bottles of wines and fun prize packages.
Volunteers for the festival are needed in the following areas: Security, Ticket Admissions, Wine/Beer Garden, I.D. Verification, V.I.P Area, Volunteer Tent, Hospitality, Crowd Control, Stage Crew, Ground Crew (set-up & clean-up). Shifts will be determined by a volunteer’s availability and a four (4) hour minimum is required.Benefits include a volunteer t-shirt, refreshments during the time of your shift and admission to the festival. If you are interested in volunteering, please email your request to [email protected] and the mailing address is HPJBF Volunteer Recruitment, c/o Kenosha Community Foundation, 600 52nd Street, Suite 110, Kenosha, WI 53140.
The Mahone Fund a part of the Kenosha Community Foundation, a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization. Donations are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. • Tax ID #39-6045289 • www.mahonefund.org
Tickets go on sale Monday, June 24 at Tenuta’s, Andrea’s, and the Kenosha Community Foundation office, or visit www.mahonefund.org to receive $5 online discount. General admission lawn seats are $25 in advance and $35 at the gate. The Texas Roadhouse VIP tickets are $85 (includes concert ticket, food, complimentary beer and wine).
All proceeds benefit the Mahone Fund. The mission is to provide educational opportunities for economically and academically deserving youth and to support healthy lifestyle initiatives in communities of color.
NO STUDIOS PRESENTS INAUGURAL DANCE FEST JULY 19-20
Two-day event to feature dancers from New York-based Ailey II,
Joined by Six Milwaukee Area Dance Companies,
Performing together for the first time.
MILWAUKEE, WI (June 25, 2019) – NO STUDIOS, a hub for the creative arts in downtown Milwaukee that launched in October 2018, has announced its inaugural NO Studios Dance Fest, taking place July 19-20 at NO Studios and the Sherman Phoenix community event space. Dancers from the acclaimed NYC-based Ailey II – the second company of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater – will perform two pieces during the event, with additional performances from an eclectic mix of Milwaukee’s top dance troupes. Each representing a unique form of self-expression and performing together for the first time, local dance groups include Danceworks Performance MKE, Ton Ko-Thi Children’s Performing Ensemble, The Milwaukee Irish Dance Company, Signature Dance Company, Water Street Dance Milwaukee ,and WoLF Studios.
“There may not be a more complex or captivating form of self-expression than dance,” said No Studios co-founder John Ridley. “With NO Studios Dance Fest, we want to celebrate dance as an art form and showcase our rich community of Milwaukee-area dancers, all while bringing an incredible performance experience to a community and neighborhood that we feel is representative of the best that Milwaukee has to offer.”
The event will kick off on Friday, July 19 with a 6:30PM reception at NO Studios (1037 W. McKinley Avenue in the Pabst Brewery Complex). This event is free and open to the public and will provide an opportunity to meet dancers who will be performing on Saturday, including those from Ailey II.
Performances will take place beginning at 6:00PM on Saturday, July 20 at Sherman Phoenix (3536 W. Fond du Lac Avenue). Tickets are $5-$25 and can be purchased at www.nostudios.com.
Ailey II, founded in 1974 as the Alvin Ailey Repertory Ensemble, is universally renowned for merging the spirit and energy of the country’s best young dance talent with the passion and creative vision of today’s most outstanding emerging choreographers. The pair of ballets that will be performed by the company include Ebb and Flow, a duet choreographed by the company’s artistic director, Troy Powell, set to Samuel Barber’s Adagio for Strings, and an excerpt from Darrell Grand Moultrie’s high energy Road To One.
Local Milwaukee-area dance groups participating in NO Studios Dance Fest include:
- Danceworks Performance MKE: Danceworks Performance MKE is an ensemble of professional artists with dynamically different movement training and experiences. The group, led by Artistic Director, Dani Kuepper, maintains a commitment to celebrating the vitality and diversity of the Milwaukee arts community, creating works of physical virtuosity and ingenuity, gathered on fertile, common ground.
- Ton Ko-Thi Children’s Performing Ensemble: Ton Ko-Thi Children’s Performing Ensemble is the vanguard of Ko-Thi Dance Company’s educational outreach program boasting an impressive resume that includes performing for Congresswoman Gwen Moore, Summerfest with alumna Naima Adedapo, Ravinia, as well as mounting its own full length concerts. Celebrating fifty years in 2019, Ko-Thi Dance Company is comprised of artists trained in the histories, mythologies, and techniques of performance art within the African Diaspora using a myriad of traditional instruments, authentic costumes, infectious music, and extraordinary dance to educate and bridge the gap amongst various cultures.
- The Milwaukee Irish Dance Company: The Milwaukee Irish Dance Company is the next chapter for adult dancers in the area, striving to create fusion choreography and push the boundaries of traditional Irish dance while creating an inclusive and fun atmosphere.
- Signature Dance Company: Signature Dance Company is a performance company for women and girls that, through technique and ministry, creates life changing environments for both audience members and dancers.
- Water Street Dance Milwaukee: Water Street Dance Milwaukee is Milwaukee’s premier repertory dance company, founded by Morgan Williams.
- WoLF Studios: WoLF Studios presents fresh interpretations of traditional movement with a focus on inter-genre collaboration and artistic expansion.
Sherman Phoenix, the site of the performances, represents a model for healing the city of Milwaukee by generating positive economic and social returns in communities of color. The Sherman Phoenix provides high-quality space for small businesses-of-color, offering diverse foods, wellness services and cultural activities.
Founded by Oscar-winning filmmaker and Milwaukee native John Ridley (12 Years a Slave, American Crime) and business partner Chris Abele, NO Studios is a first-of-its-kind experimental concept bridging arts and entertainment experiences, a networking/social club model and shared workspaces. Tailored for the business community and professionals in creative fields, membership benefits include access to private event and performance spaces, meeting and conference rooms, and unique opportunities for networking. NO Studios provides a way for companies to tap into the arts community by offering an engaging space that inspires creative ideas and expands possibilities.
For a complete schedule of activities, NO Studios membership details and additional information, visit www.nostudios.com.
Connect with No Studios on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram at @nostudiosmke for news, featured projects and more; join the conversation with #socializewithpurpose; text NOSTUDIOS to 474747 for updates.
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About NO STUDIOS
Founded by Oscar-winning filmmaker and Milwaukee native John Ridley (12 Years a Slave, American Crime) and business partner Chris Abele, No Studios is a hub for the creative arts in Milwaukee, designed to provide a social space dedicated to the creation, curation and presentation of art. No Studios offers long-term and short-term office space for local individuals, organizations and companies in creative fields, and is home to a curated group of tenants including Milwaukee Film, Milwaukee Filmmaker Alliance, 371 Productions, Custom Reality Services, UW-Milwaukee Department of Film, Marquette University, Independent, Media Circus International, Gener8tor, Imagine MKE and Duncan Entertainment. As a for-profit venture that aims to become a sustainable model for bringing arts to Milwaukee, No Studios offers a unique three-tier membership model providing accessibility to a wide variety of audiences. No Studios presents year-round programming including film screenings and discussions, dance and music performances, readings, and photographic and fine art exhibitions. The building is located in the newly redeveloped Pabst Brewery Complex at 1037 West McKinley Avenue. Learn more at www.nostudios.com.
About Ailey II
Ailey II – the second company of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater – is universally renowned for merging the spirit and energy of the country’s best young dance talent with the passion and creative vision of today’s most outstanding emerging choreographers. Founded in 1974, the company embodies Mr. Ailey’s pioneering mission of establishing an extended cultural community that provides dance performances, training, and community programs for all people. Ailey II flourished into one of the most popular dance companies in the country under the direction of Sylvia Waters during its first 38 years. With Artistic Director Troy Powell at the helm, Ailey II continues to thrive as he brings a fresh dimension to this beloved company. Ailey II’s annual touring schedule now stretches to Europe and beyond, performing in over 30 cities each year.
MILWAUKEE (June 21, 2019) – As you prepare for Opening Day of Summerfest presented by American Family Insurance on Wednesday, June 26, 2019, listed below are some tips on “How to Fest” on day one:
- Plan Ahead
- Visit summerfest.com for the most up-to-date information on the festival, artists, lodging, transportation options, and more.
- Buy tickets online, in advance, to avoid waiting in line.
- Arrive early for the best spot to watch your favorite artist.
- Make sure your phone is charged before you leave for Summerfest. If you need a charge, various charging stations are located throughout the festival.
- Get in FREE to Summerfest – Johnson Controls Stomp Out Hunger Day with FOX 6 Milwaukee
- Donate three non-perishable food items, such as peaches and pears, to any of the Summerfest gates between 12:00 – 3:00 p.m. and receive one free admission ticket, valid for the day and time of the promotion only.
- All donations benefit Hunger Task Force.
- Help Summerfest Officially Open and Receive a FREE 2019 Weekday Ticket (while supplies last)
- Summerfest Opening Ceremonies start at 5:00 p.m. at the brand new Uline Warehouse Stage with Miller Lite and CW 18 and MY 24.
- 25,000 FREE Summerfest Weekday Tickets will be given away, following Open Ceremonies, while supplies last.
- Pick Your Shows and Find Your Fest-Friends
- Download the official Summerfest App, fueled by Pepsi, and plan your day. Select what acts you want to see – headliners include Steve Aoki, WALK THE MOON, Hanson, Judah & The Lion, Quinn XCII, and more. Plus, Thomas Rhett with special guests Dustin Lynch and Russell Dickerson, will be at the American Family Insurance Amphitheater.
- Pick a location to meet your friends
- Plan Your Fest-Style
- Pick up some official Summerfest merchandise at the three Summerfest store locations at Summerfest, or visit the online store to order.
- Bring your BMO Harris Bank card to receive a 15% discount on Summerfest merchandise in person at the Summerfest store.
- Visit the various marketplace vendors located throughout the festival for a wide variety of items.
- Bring only the essentials and DON’T bring a backpack
- No bags larger than 9” x 10” x 12” or backpacks of ANY size will be permitted.
- Be prepared – bring non-aerosol sunscreen, hat, jacket – you can never be too prepared.
After day one, enjoy 10 more days – Summerfest takes place June 26-June 30, closed July 1st, and July 2-7, 2019. For more information and details visit summerfest.com
About Summerfest presented by American Family Insurance
Following its 1968 debut, Summerfest presented by American Family Insurance has evolved into what is now recognized as “The World’s Largest Music Festival” and Milwaukee’s cornerstone summer celebration, hosting the music industry’s hottest stars, emerging talent, and local favorites along with approximately 850,000 people from Milwaukee and around the world each year for an unforgettable live music experience. During the festival, the spotlight shines on over 800 acts, over 1,000 performances, 12 stages, delectable food and beverages, and interactive activities, all in a world-class festival setting. Summerfest 2019 takes place June 26-30 and July 2-7, 2019, closed on July 1. For more details, visit Summerfest.com, Facebook.com/Summerfest, or Twitter: @Summerfest.
Atlanta, GA, New York, NY, London, UK — (Blacknews.com) A reinvention of the life of Frederick Douglas…examining past and present race relations… The Record Keeper is about freedom from slavery and is being published to coincide with Juneteenth, the American holiday that commemorates the end of slavery in the United States…and the 100th Anniversary of The Red Summer, coined by civil rights activist James Weldon Johnson to explain the rash of race riots that took place across America in the summer and early fall of 1919.
Agnes Gomillion’s multi-city summer tour kicks off June 18, 2019…and she is available for interviews.
After World War III, Earth is in ruins, and the final armies have come to a reluctant truce. Everyone must obey the law in every way or risk shattering the fragile peace and endangering the entire human race. Although Arika Cobane is a member of the race whose backbreaking labor provides food for the remnants of humanity, she is destined to become a member of the Kongo elite. After ten gruelling years of training, she is on the threshold of taking her place of privilege far from the fields. But everything changes when a new student arrives. Hosea Khan spews dangerous words of treason: What does peace matter if innocent lives are lost to maintain it? As Arika is exposed to new beliefs, she realizes that the laws she has dedicated herself to uphold are the root of her people’s misery. If Arika is to liberate her people, she must unearth her fierce heart and discover the true meaning of freedom: finding the courage to live or die without fear.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Agnes Gomillion is an #Ownvoice writer and speaker based in Atlanta, Georgia, where she lives with her husband and son. Homegrown in the Sunshine State, Agnes holds a degree in English literature with a focus on African-American literature from the University of Florida and a Juris Doctorate and Legal Master degree from the University of Florida’s Levin College of Law. She is a voracious reader of the African-American literary canon and a dedicated advocate for marginalized people everywhere. Her debut novel, The Record Keeper, is a literary addition to the afro-futuristic science-fiction genre.
PRAISE FOR THE RECORD KEEPER:
“Gomillion has written a brutally honest, often heartbreaking novel that examines slavery and racism while offering redemption and hope.” — The Guardian (Best Recent Science Fiction)
“This intellectually rich, emotional, and ruthlessly honest confrontation of racism proves Gomillion is a critically important new voice.” — Starred Review Publishers Weekly
“A dazzling book, with prose that stuns and a story that captivates from start to finish…This is an important and exquisitely-rendered novel. Both timely and timeless, The Record Keeper is one you won’t want to miss.” — Rivers Solomon (An Unkindness of Ghosts)
“A fierce and absorbing tale of a heroine finding her own power, set in an exquisitely crafted world…THE RECORD KEEPER deserves a place on your must-read list.” — Christina Henry, national bestselling author (Alice, The Girl in Red, The Mermaid)
“A spellbinding, hypnotic read. Highly imaginative, The Record Keeper is an absolute triumph.”
— Irenosen Okojie, award-winning author of Butterfly Fish
“The Record Keeper is to embark on a journey of hard truths and revelation. You will grieve and rage as Gomillion unravels the secrets of past and future.” — Olivia A. Cole, author of A Conspiracy of Stars
“Grips you from the first page, sucking you into a deftly crafted dystopian future where liberation is barely even a dream. This moving story of a young woman’s struggle against mental and physical bondage, tells an important new-old tale and challenges us to begin the fight for freedom in our community and in ourselves.” — L. Penelope, award-winning author of Song of Blood & Stone
“The Record Keeper – with its absorbing developments and clarion call to freedom – will hold its readership in thrall and have them waiting expectantly for the follow-up.” — Foreword Magazine Starred Review
“In a sea of dystopian, post-apocalyptic future tales, The Record Keeper stands out. Gomillion’s background and advocacy shines through in her debut novel, which paints a stark picture of a divided, authoritarian country that became a world power under the guise of maintaining peace, while calling attention to the very real dark history and current racial problems in the real world.”— Booklist
“Gomillion writes with the elegance and insight that pervades Octavia E. Butler’s work. Arika Cobane is as engaging, flawed, and fully human as Dana Franklin of Kindred or Lauren Olamina of Butler’s Parable novels. Given that Butler’s work remains unfinished, its author gone too soon, Agnes Gomillion’s arrival feels like deliverance. Here is a writer whose work will survive genre fads and shifting cultural attention to reveal persistent, crucial truths.” — New York Journal of Books
Agnes Gomillion’s debut, The Record Keeper [Titan Books, June 18, 2019] is the first of a series of Afro-futuristic novels that trace and illuminate an African-American family’s journey from slavery to relative freedom in the American South. The book speaks to the modern and future civil rights movement. It’s an epic adventure that physically takes place in Georgia 200 years from now.
Chris Cornelius is a citizen of the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin and his practice and research—whether making spaces or objects—are focused on creating contemporary and relevant translations of Indigenous design. As Jeffrey Gibson explains in his catalogue essay, Cornelius is “propelled by his desire to carve out and build spaces for Indigenous bodies, Indigenous knowledge, Indigenous pasts, presents, and futures.” According to Cornelius, “The primary means of doing this is to subvert the colonization that has occurred in design and created expectations of what is Indigenous, Native, or American Indian design. While I am educated in a Western educational system (the colonizers), I see myself as a conspicuous interlocutor with Indigenous knowledge imparted to me at birth. I am using the cultural underpinnings, devices, and thinking—which have not changed, ever—that manifest original Indigenous spaces, art, and objects. I am trying to constantly push the work forward and put it in front of new audiences. This is what my ancestors would have wanted—my obligation. I am of the wolf clan. We are the pathfinders.”
Keith Nelson’s work—painting-like objects and collages that are “rigorously considered, minimal aesthetic expressions”—is the product of a studio practice based outside the studio. His friend and fellow artist Shane McAdams describes Nelson as an artist “whose practice happens outside the confines of his studio” as he “lives, looks, and gathers,” reclaiming waste as he moves through his daily routine. Nelson collects materials—toilet tank covers, abandoned pillows and mattresses—as he bikes through Milwaukee’s back alleys. He uses these materials literally, in the sense that they are often unaltered and exactly as found, but the alchemy is in the selection and then in the arrangement of these materials. Lisa Kurzner, in the catalogue, describes these compositions as “restrained, elegant, self-reflective, replete with all the sophistication of a painter’s eye,” but also acknowledges his desire to make “work that transcends the formal,” that levels the “hierarchical nature of abstract formalism.” For Nelson, “value and beauty are highly subjective and completely dependent on context and individual perception,” and his work—each piece launched into the world as a proposition rather than a unique masterpiece—consistently and pointedly obscures the boundaries between the valuable and the worthless. His approach is both formal and intuitive: referencing minimalism; responding to gentrification, commodification, and consumerism; and reframing the subtle traces of individual lives.
NAZLI DİNÇEL: ALTERATIONS OF A BODY
Nazlı Dinçel is a first-generation immigrant from Ankara, Turkey. She works with the human body in its many forms: as arousing object, as a tool for immigration, and as a link between physical and emotional states. Until recently, she worked primarily with camera original film, “a deteriorating organic matter similar to the body.” For Dinçel, “the film object was an ideal analogue to the body with its similar haptic qualities of texture, color, and the tractable emulsion of the 16mm material,” and she altered it by layering images, scratching text into the emulsion, and piercing the celluloid with stitches. With Alterations of a Body, Dinçel moves between film material, sculpture, and traditional Turkish rug-making, weaving rugs based on a filmic imprint of her figure—also in the gallery—and unspooling wool from a garment wrapped around her body. According to Sophie Cavoulacos, assistant curator of Film at The Museum of Modern Art, this introduces “an inspired new register for her deep thinking on identity as she shifts from recording her body to enacting it in the Haggerty Museum galleries.” Dinçel’s performance “articulates a new type of cinematic temporality: transposed into the exhibition is a loop between the body’s image, its presence, and its output, all foregrounded by the oscillation between two and three dimensions.” Dinçel’s project, in its evocation of Homer’s Penelope through its simultaneous weaving and unraveling, “proposes expansive avenues to think about the measure of production through time.”
Makeal Flammini describes her monumental wall installation as a “love poem, that hurts to write.” Drawing on her dreams, observations, the stories of her children, and the writers who have influenced her (not least of all David Foster Wallace, with whom she shares a love of the extratextual), How about I eat you? traces the cataclysmic shifts in identity, memory, and understanding that accompany motherhood. “When my daughter was born, the flimsily constructed identity I had built inside myself collapsed. Suddenly the narrative I was telling myself, about myself—that I saw no reflection of myself in the world—no longer fit.” This new narrative manifests as a series of annotated drawings, from tiny to ceiling-height, filling a long wall at the Haggerty Museum. Novelist Samantha Hunt describes Flammini as a mother-seer, someone who rejects the “paradigms where women, children, and dreams are doubted.” Just as mothers “make a death with each life,” Flammini is engaged in a simultaneous act of destruction and construction, burrowing into her unconscious, resurrecting archetypes, retelling family stories, asking of those closest to her, “What is it then, between us?”—and ultimately arriving “at a courageous truth where the voiceless dispose of cruel narratives, thus reshaping our world.”
As Shelleen Greene notes in her catalogue essay, Rosemary Ollison’s work begins in “profound spirituality, grace, and surrender.” For Ollison, creation is never a solitary act, but it is always an act of healing, of reclamation: “All that I create I do so in dialogue with Jehovah God. When I am creating, I am satisfied, I am free. I no longer just exist, I am alive! I do not feel worthless, hopeless, alone, sad, afraid, ashamed, guilty, downhearted, unloved, uncared for, doubtful, discontented, and the like. . . I can see the real me in my works.” That act of reclamation extends to the materials she finds in thrift shops and at rummage sales: “Everything I make comes from discarded items, as if I am rescuing the people and things abandoned in love and turning them into new beings, full of beauty and potential.” The works on view are the result of “taking leather to the limit”: a large, suspended sculpture made from repurposed leather, and several quilts from her Sperm and Egg series that “reflect the mystery and magnitude of life—the miracle that we ended up here on this planet.” For Greene, the artist—whether in her drawings of women or the clothes and adornments she makes—is “reclaiming the corporeal, not as abject or that which must be denied, but as divine ground for creativity and liberation.”
Haggerty Museum of Art
Phone: (414) 288-1669
Email: [email protected]
Haggerty Museum of Art, 1234 West Tory Hill Street, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53233
Hours: Monday-Saturday, 10 am to 4:30 pm; Thursday, 10 am to 8 pm; and Sunday, noon to 5 pm. Museum admission is always free. The museum will be closed July 1-7.
Complimentary parking is available in Lot J.
THE GREATER MILWAUKEE FOUNDATION’S MARY L. NOHL FUND FELLOWSHIPS FOR INDIVIDUAL ARTISTS 2018 EXHIBITION
Public opening reception
Join the Nohl Fellows for the opening of this annual exhibition.
All events are free, open to the public, and take place at the Haggerty Museum of Art unless otherwise indicated.
June 6, June 27, July 11, 6-8 pm
NAZLI DİNÇEL: ALTERATIONS OF A BODY
For her Nohl exhibition, Alterations of a Body, Nazlı Dinçel will engage in an improvisational weaving performance every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday, from 10 am – 4 pm, that the exhibition is open. (Exceptions include Friday, June 14, when there will be no performance, Friday June 21, when the performance will begin at 12 pm, and July 1 – 7, when the museum is closed.) The performances will take place for the duration of the exhibition, as the artist completes five woven textiles that reference the film images of her body, also on view in the installation. Dinçel will offer three evening performances from 6-8 pm on Thursday, June 6; Thursday, June 27; and Thursday, July 11.
MAKEAL FLAMMINI: PRODUCTION AND REPRODUCTION: BEING A PARENT AND AN ARTIST
In her Nohl application, 2018 Fellow Makeal Flammini described herself as “a mom who hasn’t slept in four years. In the moments she is able to steal for herself, she is a painter who dreams of being a writer.” Flammini gathers a group of current and former Nohl Fellows and Suitcase awardees for a moderated roundtable discussion on the perils and pleasures—or maybe just the many different realities—of being an artist and a parent these days. There will be a concurrent weaving performance in the gallery by Nazlı Dinçel.
GALLERY TALK WITH ROSEMARY OLLISON
Rosemary Ollison discusses her installation, Taking Leather to the Limit, and the path that led her to become an artist. There will be a concurrent weaving performance in the gallery by Nazlı Dinçel.
POST-STUDIO: KEITH NELSON IN CONVERSATION WITH SHANE McADAMS
Artists Keith Nelson and Shane McAdams, the odd couple of Milwaukee’s art scene, discuss their relationship—a mix of friendship, studio share, business partnership, and intellectual exchange—Nelson’s work, and the current state of contemporary art.
UWM DEPARTMENT OF ART & DESIGN: ARTISTS NOW! GUEST LECTURE SERIES
UWM Arts Center Lecture Hall, 2400 E. Kenwood Blvd.
Information: (414) 229-6052 or arts.uwm.edu
Chris Cornelius, a 2018 Nohl Fellow in the Established category, is a citizen of the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin and an associate professor of Architecture at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He is the founding principal of studio:indigenous, a design practice serving Indigenous clients. His research and practice focus on creating contemporary and relevant translations of Indigenous design by dismantling stereotypes while designing experiences that raise awareness of Indigenous issues.
TALKS BY 2019 NOHL JURORS
Reception begins at 6 pm; talk begins at 6:30 pm
The three jurors who will be selecting the five recipients of the Greater Milwaukee Foundation’s Mary L. Nohl Fund for Individual Artists Fellowships (2019) will give a public talk about their institutions and curatorial interests. The talk begins at 6:30 pm and is preceded by an informal reception. Jurors will be announced in the fall.
UWM DEPARTMENT OF ART & DESIGN: ARTISTS NOW! GUEST LECTURE SERIES
MAKEAL FLAMMINI IN CONVERSATION WITH SAMANTHA HUNT
UWM Arts Center Lecture Hall, 2400 E. Kenwood Blvd.
Information: (414) 229-6052 or arts.uwm.edu
Makeal Flammini, a 2018 Nohl Fellow in the Emerging category, and Samantha Hunt, author of three novels and the short story collection, The Dark Dark, have been penpals for years. In this conversation they discuss Flammini’s work, the way that “mothering slices deep,” and the experience of making art in a world where “women, children, and dreams are doubted.”
OUT OF THE SUITCASE VIII
Reception: Thursday, September 5, 6-8 pm
MIAD, 273 East Erie St.
Gallery hours: Monday-Saturday, 10 am-5 pm
Information: 414-847-3239 or miad.edu
Out of the Suitcase VIII, curated by Mark Lawson, MIAD Gallery Director, and Bruce Knackert, is the biennial exhibition honoring a selection of recent recipients of the Greater Milwaukee Foundation’s Mary L. Nohl Fund Suitcase Export Fund. Additional public programs will be planned around the exhibition.