Evelyn Patricia Terry: America’s Favor/Guests Who Came to Dinner (and Stayed!) opens at the Lynden Sculpture Garden on Sunday, April 28, 2019 with a reception from 3 to 5 pm. The reception is free and open to the public. “America”—from its origins to present day news reports of racial and ethnic interactions–is a recurrent theme in Terry’s work. Over the course of more than fifty years, she has made several bodies of work that address the “conundrum of co-existence that repeatedly occupies the news, my thoughts, and many conversations.” In America’s Favor/Guests Who Came to Dinner (and Stayed!), the most recent in a series of exhibitions on the theme, Terry brings together different bodies of work: an iconic table installation, artist books, and mixed media works that layer drawings and other forms of mark-making on sewn rag paper pieces.
In the rear of the building, Terry will be exhibiting nine works from her Play the Race Card series. The series dates from 2006-7, when Terry began using torn canvas strips recycled from previously set-aside paintings. Focusing on two politically and emotionally charged color groupings, “red, black and green” and “red, white and blue,” on a backdrop of other colors, this work promotes race conversations as commonplace topics like weather–absent the political biases, empowerment drain, and emotional damage harbored.
The exhibition remains on view through Sunday, July 28, 2019. The Lynden Sculpture Garden is located at 2145 West Brown Deer Road, Milwaukee, WI 53217. During the course of the exhibition, Terry will be offering a series of hands-on workshops at Lynden.
America’s Favor/Guests Who Came to Dinner (and Stayed!), is part of Lynden’s 2019 Call & Response programming. Call & Response is an ongoing project that gathers a community of artists who share a commitment to the radical Black imagination as a means to re-examine the past and imagine a better future. Other participants in the 2019 programming include indigo activist Arianne King Comer, visual artist and Nohl Fellow Rosemary Ollison, filmmaker and storyteller Portia Cobb, chef and food scholar Scott Barton, choreographer Reggie Wilson, and performance collective Propelled Animals, among others.
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Evelyn Patricia Terry has returned to “America” several times over the years, and its episodic manifestations can be read as a kind of diary. In 1996, working with the Haggerty Museum of Art, Terry created her first table installation, Guess/Guests Who Came to Dinner, at the (former) Watts Tea Shop. This original dinner table featured mismatched plates, assorted stemware, various ethnic dolls, and a Reverend Josephus Farmer Statue of Liberty sculpture from her art collection. For Guests Who Came to Dinner (and Stayed), made for Pure Black, an exhibition Terry co-curated with Della Wells at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Union Art Gallery in 2004, she expanded the installation, placing written words and healthy raw foods–ginger, garlic, lemons–on each plate.
She took up the theme again in two series of artist books America’s Favor (named from her 1972 screen print edition) and America: Guests Who Came to Dinner (and Stayed)—named after the table installation. Most recently, Terry was invited to display the table installation at the Mobile Design Box, a local alternative space, and to fill the empty walls with two-dimensional work that could be hung with pins or tacks. Working on short notice and with these restrictions, Terry elected to use the space as a studio to produce a new body of work. Searching out all the marked-up rag paper pieces she had fortuitously filed and saved over the years, she created vertical and horizontal substrates by randomly sewing several pieces together. She enhanced these sewn compositions with new marks and figurative drawings of her female and male ethnic doll collection in their “country of origin” dress, building thematic connections to the table installation. The figures are drawn alone or coupled, sometimes in strange inter-ethnic relationships and sometimes together with “their own kind.” Text, too, has been an essential and continuous element in the “America” series, appearing on plates, across book pages, on cards, and in titles that provide clues to the artist’s thoughts. For this exhibition, Terry will be producing new books and mixed media works.
America’s Favor/Guests Who Came to Dinner (and Stayed!)is the latest entry in Terry’s diary. She has mined her five-decade history as an artist to create the exhibition by repurposing the torn and cut sections of etchings, screen-prints, monotypes, and randomly printed rag paper scraps that she has accumulated as a printmaker, and by referencing items in her personal collection, from ethnic dolls to the work of other artists. America’s Favor/Guests Who Came to Dinner (and Stayed!) is the latest entry in Terry’s diary, an up-to-the moment index of the artist’s aesthetic and material interests, her personal concerns, and her approach to embracing the world she lives in.
About the Artist
Evelyn Patricia Terry is a full time professional visual artist, presenter, writer and art collector based in Milwaukee. She works across many media: printmaking, drawing, painting, installation, and public art. During her long career, she has garnered awards, fellowships, grants, and commendations for community work with students and other artists. Concentrating on printmaking, she earned both a BFA and an MS in Visual Arts from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM). She earned an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago after Ruth Milofsky, a UWM arts education professor and mentor, set up a fund to give her a deadline to go back to school so she might be better prepared as an artist.
In 2012, Terry received the Wisconsin Visual Artist Lifetime Achievement Award from a Wisconsin consortium of art and humanity organizations. In 2014 the Milwaukee Arts Board honored her with their Artist of the Year Award. Terry’s work is internationally exhibited and collected; over 400 private, corporate, and public collections own her artwork including the Milwaukee Art Museum, the Museum of Wisconsin Art, the Haggerty Museum of Art at Marquette University, the Racine Art Museum and the Wright Museum of Art at Beloit College. From 2016 through 2018, several universities—including UWM, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and Duke University–acquired Terry’s hand-constructed artists’ books. In 2009, influenced by Dr. Margaret Burroughs, a visual artist, poet, and founder of the DuSable Museum of African American History, and by Chicago art consultant Susan Woodson, Terry founded the Terry McCormick Contemporary Fine and Folk Art Gallery, a home-based gallery, following the death of her partner, self-taught folk artist George Ray McCormick, Sr.
About the Lynden Sculpture Garden
The Lynden Sculpture Garden offers a unique experience of art in nature through its collection of more than 50 monumental sculptures sited across 40 acres of park, lake and woodland. The sculpture garden is open to art and nature lovers of all ages daily, 10 am-5 pm; until 7:30 pm on Wednesday evenings in the summer; closed Thursdays. Admission to the sculpture garden is $9 for adults and $7 for students and seniors; children under 6 and members are free. Annual memberships are also available.
“Mr. Wilson’s most adventurous and honest attempt to reveal the intimate heart of history” -The New York Times
[Milwaukee] – Milwaukee Repertory Theater’s 65th Anniversary Season concludes in the Quadracci Powerhouse with Two Trains Running, part of Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright August Wilson’strailblazing American Century Cycle, April 16 – May 12, 2019.
The Two Trains Running cast features local husband and wife duo Chiké Johnson (Our Town, Milwaukee Rep) as Sterling and Malkia Stampley (Dreamgirls, Milwaukee Rep) as Risa along with Frank Britton (Shape, La MaMa) as Hambone, Doug Brown (Jitney, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park) as West, Jefferson A. Russell (Our Country’s Good, APT) as Wolf, Raymond Anthony Thomas (Jitney, Broadway) as Memphis, and Michael Anthony Williams (Persephone, BAM) as Holloway.
Two Trains Running is directed by Timothy Douglas (Gem of the Ocean, Milwaukee Rep) with set design byTony Cisek (The Night is a Child, Milwaukee Rep), costume design by Kara Harmon (The Niceties, MTC), lighting design by Michael Gilliam (Bonnie and Clyde, Broadway), compositions and sound design by Matthew M.
Nielson (Peter and the Starcatcher, Milwaukee Rep), and stage managed by Kimberly Carolus (The Chinese Lady, Milwaukee Rep).
It’s 1969 and change is in the air. But for the owner of a rundown diner in a dying Pittsburgh neighborhood, the Civil Rights Movement may just be an impractical dream. Torn between whether to gamble on an urban- renewal buyout or sell his building to a predatory businessman, he finds himself caught between idealism and brutal reality. Two Trains Running paints a compassionate and unforgettable portrait of ordinary people in the midst of transformation.
Two Trains Running is a co-production with Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park. Executive Producers areJackie Herd-Barber and Michael Barber with Associate Producers Amy and Fred Croen and media sponsorMilwaukee Journal Sentinel. The Rep is sponsored in part by The United Performing Arts Fund.
Two Trains Running runs April 16 – May 12, 2019 in the Quadracci Powerhouse. Opening night is set for Friday, April 19 at 8pm. 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.
Two Trains Running
April 16 – May 12 (Opening Night Friday, April 19, 8pm) in the Quadracci Powerhouse By August Wilson
Directed by Timothy Douglas
Talks and Events
Rep-in-Depth: A pre-show conversation with a member of the cast or artistic team. Rep-in-Depth occurs approximately 45 minutes before curtain for every performance.
TalkBacks: A discussion with members of the cast and artistic team following the 8pm performance on the following Thursdays: April 25, May 2 and May 9.
Roundtable Discussion – Power & Money & Development: Wrestle with the role of real estate and investment in the past, present, and future of Milwaukee while hearing from local entrepreneurs and property developers on Sunday, April 28 from 5-7 p.m.
Roundtable Discussion- Power & Money & Redlining: Explore the history of redlining in Milwaukee during a discussion featuring local historians, activists, and residents on Sunday, May 5 from 5-7 p.m.
For more information on these events, please visit: https://www.MilwaukeeRep.com/Tickets–Events/Events/
Audio-Described Performance: Tuesday, April 23, 6:30 pm – the show will be described for patrons who are blind or have low vision.
American Sign Language Interpreted Performance: Thursday, May 2, 7:30pm – the show will be signed for patrons who are deaf or have low hearing.
Captioned Theater Performance: Sunday, May 5, 2pm – the show includes captions.
Tickets: www.MilwaukeeRep.com, by phone at 414-224-9490, or at the Ticket Office at 108 E Wells Street, Milwaukee.
Hours: 12noon – 6pm; on performance days the Ticket Office remains open until 15 minutes past curtain.Student Discounts: Students 18 and under can purchase $20 tickets for select seating areas.
35 & Under: Select $20 tickets available for patrons 35 & Under. (Select 35 & Under price at checkout online)Group Sales: Discounted tickets for parties of 10+. Call 414-290-5340.
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. Now in its 65th Season, 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.
The 3rd Annual Gospel Radio Awards hosted by Kim Burrell were held on April 1st in Rockford, IL. The show presented by SOAR Gospel Radio and Sunwise Media, Inc. is set to air on The WORD Network, June 21st @ 8 PM ET / 7 PM CT on Channel 373 DirecTV. In addition to DirecTV, it will also stream LIVE on
The Gospel Radio Awards brought together Gospel music’s superstars from across the nation. Karen Clark-Sheard of the Grammy-Award Winning Gospel group, The Clark Sisters, received the Legend Award. Multiple Stellar Award-Winning singer and actress, Tammela Mann, received the Chart Achievement Award. The Grammy-Award Winning worship leader, Tasha Cobbs-Leonard, was honored with the Industry Impact Award, and Dr. Matthew Stevenson was presented with the Luminary Award.
This special evening included appearances by a Who’s Who of Gospel music including Kierra Sheard, Todd Dulaney, Jekalyn Carr, Dorinda Clark Cole, Shana Wilson Williams, Donald Lawrence, Jessica Reedy, Kelontae Gavin, Darius Paulk and other top performers. Comedian Deon Freeman kept things loose and fun with his impromptu stints of humor.
Two-Time Stellar Award winning online radio station, SOAR Radio, and the founder of Sunwise Media, Ri-Karlo Handy, joined forces to expand the footprint of this growing event. Handy stated, “In line with our expansion plans, we are a pleased to report that this event will be broadcast nationally in partnership with the Word Network with Monica Wright and Baron Jay Littleton serving as executive producers.”
Tune into The Gospel Radio Awards on The WORD Network; June 21st at 8PM EST and 7PM Central on Channel 373 DirecTV. In addition to DirecTV, it will also LIVE stream on http://www.thewordnetwork.
Or Stream it on blkprime.com Starting October 1, 2019 BLK PRIME provides original media programming that inspires diverse audiences worldwide. The 2018 Awards are available on their platform now!
Rockford area residents can enjoy the encore airing during the week of June 24th on a WIFR TV affiliate. (Details to follow)
About SOAR Radio: Founded in 2014, SOAR Gospel Internet Radio has enjoyed explosive growth in both listenership and influence within the Gospel Music Industry. A two time Stellar Award winner, SOAR Radio has become the most recognized 24/7 broadcaster of Gospel Music in the country. Now with national TV exposure, the partnership of Sunwise Media and SOAR Radio is well positioned to increase its name recognition and influence within the Gospel Music Industry. Above all, says Justin Francis, our mission is to increase the recognition of Gospel Music and its current and historical influence within the African-American culture. https://soarradio.com
The Betty Brinn Museum will host special programming and workshops Monday, April 8 through Friday, April 12 to recognize The Week of the Young Child™, spotlighting young children and the importance of early learning.
What: A celebration of the Week of the Young Child with special programs for early learners at the Betty Brinn Museum.
- Tot Time, the Museum’s early childhood program for children age 3 and younger and their caregivers, will be held April 8-12 at 10:30 a.m. Visitors can participate in sing-alongs, listen to stories, engage in sensory activities and create simple art projects together. Week of the Young Child daily themes include: Music Monday, Tasty Tuesday, Work Together Wednesday, Artsy Thursday and Family Friday. This program is free with regular admission. Space is limited and visitors must register the day of.
- A special Be A Maker program for early learners on April 10, from 2-4 p.m. Wednesday’s theme is Work Together, and the makerspace will feature collaborative building activities. Families can create a giant fort and come up with their own invention using wooden planks, nuts, wheels and pulleys from our RIGAMAJIG building kit. This program is free with regular admission.
- A special Be A Maker: Art Studio workshop for young children on April 11, from 10 a.m.-noon and 2-4 p.m. Thursday’s theme is Artsy Thursday, and visitors can create unique works of art using paint bubbles. This workshop is free with regular admission.
Where: Betty Brinn Museum, 929 E. Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee
When: Monday, April 8 through Friday, April 12, 2019, from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Location: 929 E. Wisconsin Avenue, Milwaukee, WI 53202
Hours: Monday-Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, noon-5 p.m.
Admission: $9 per person; $8 for seniors (ages 55+); children age 1 and younger are free; out-of-state visitors will be charged $1 more per person
Nipsey Hussle was born Ermias Asghedom on August 15 1985. The rapper and song writer was born in Los Angeles where he became known in the mid 2000’s for a variety of mix tapes, one in which mogul Jay-Z bought 100 copies of for 100 dollars each.
After two shaky record deals he founded his own label in 2010 called All Money In
After a long fight, his first studio album “Victory Lap” was released in February 2018, and earned a Grammy nomination for best rap album in 2019.
Aside from making his mark in the music industry, he began to make the community in which he lived a better place as well. “We went from hustling in front of the building to owning it” words from the rapper after he bought the shopping market located on 3420 w slauson avenue in Los Angeles what is known as the marathon store.
Others called him “neighborhood nip” for his involvement in the community with his clothing store and constant push for equality and entrepreneurship amongst the black community. He also became interested in technology and community development, becoming part of a team of artist and business owners that created Destination Crenshaw, a museum dedicated to the achievements of black artist.
In a world were the African American community is under attack, leaders such as Ermias will be missed, let us fight on…We send prayers to his family, fans, children
The first ever Stellar Awards took place in 1984, to showcase the achievements of gospel artist. In the year 2000 Central City productions a Chicago based company, changed the voting process for the awards by creating the Stellar Awards Music Academy (SAGMA). Since its inception the awards have taken place in various places including, Atlanta Houston, New York and since 2015 the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas.
The 34thStellar awards took place on Friday March 29thwith event starting that Wednesday the 27th. I had the pleasure to fly and attend the celebrations and events held by industry professionals, Djs and media executives. The week started included midnight bowling, private parties, and various artist showcases for independent artist. I was able to be a part of the showcases, as well as another Milwaukee musician. I go by the name Ls Music and I do positive/Christian hip-hop, I performed my first big single that included one of rap stars Lecraes artist 1kphew titled” Ride The Wave”. Daniel Harris another Milwaukee native, who goes by Daych music, is a rapper and guitar player who has a band called D’aych and the next level band who is releasing a new project called “Secret.”
Being afforded the opportunity to perform in front of industry professionals provide us both with exposure, connections and even single distribution deals.
Stars like Kirk Franklin, Karoyn Hawthorne Jonathan McReynolds were in some cases a few feet away from us during the red carpet and other events. Local TV host of saved in the city Milwaukee Brandi Iberia was also on the red carpet securing interviews.
The weekend was full of excitement and can be watched on BET on April 21st
MILWAUKEE, WI – In commemoration of Milwaukee’s Fair Housing March, performance artists Kima Hamilton and Dasha Kelly Hamilton journey a multi-media exploration of sovereignty, history, and home.
Home: An Exploration of Sovereignty, History and Home, featuring Kima Hamilton and Dasha Kelly Hamilton will take place in Rehearsal Hall A on the Marcus Performing Arts Center’s 4th floor on Thursday, April 11 at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $20 and can purchase in person at the Marcus Center Box Office at 929 North Water Street, Downtown Milwaukee or at the door. This is a general admission seating only show.
Dasha uses her words and art as tools for building inspiration and community. She founded a non-profit that has created training experience for young teaching artists and a community of urban art-ivists and has facilitated transformational programs and discussions throughout the U.S and in Canada, Botswana, Beirut and Mauritius. Dasha is an alum of HBO’s Def Poetry Jam, been named Milwaukee Artist of the Year and twice finalist as Poet Laureate for the state of Wisconsin, serves on the board of Jaded Ibis Press and delivers a new, one-woman show about power, class, race, privilege and truth called “Making Cake.”
Free Event is on March 24 at 1:00 pm
MILWAUKEE, WI (Friday, February 1, 2019)— The Marcus Center is putting together a free inaugural event that focuses on educating our community about the legacy of César E. Chávez on Sunday, March 24 at 1:00 pm. Chávez was an unselfish advocate of social justice and respect for human dignity.
The César E. Chávez Birthday Celebration program will highlight the youth in our community. Building on the success of the Marcus Center’s Dr. King Birthday event, we will engage students through providing an art, essay and spoken word contest. Entry information can be found at MarcusCenter.org.
In addition, various cultural arts organizations will take center stage in Uihlein Hall to truly demonstrate the excellence of our arts and education. The event will conclude with a reception in the Marcus Center’s Bradley Pavilion.
The César E. Chávez. Birthday Celebration is organized by a steering committee of community members, school representatives, corporate leaders, and Marcus Center staff. This event is free and open to the public.
César Chávez quoted, “From the depth of need and despair, people can work together, can organize themselves to solve their own problems and fill their own needs with dignity and strength.”
“We value inclusion and this event affords us the opportunity to continue to put our efforts into action,” says Heidi Lofy, Vice President of Experience and Engagement at the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts.
Corporate sponsors include: BMO Harris Bank, Froedtert Health, GE Healthcare and Rockwell Automation.
About Marcus Center for the Performing Arts. Established in 1969, the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts is the premier performing arts venue in Southeastern Wisconsin. As the Marcus Center completes its 49th year, it continues to build bridges between diverse members of our community through high-quality arts entertainment in the region and the state. The touring Broadway series is recognized as bringing the best of Broadway entertainment to Milwaukee for the past 23 years and provides opportunities to educate, entertain and engage audiences. The Marcus Center is also the home to the Milwaukee Symphony, Milwaukee Ballet, Florentine Opera, First Stage plus a variety of other important community and family events throughout the year. For more information about events visit the Marcus Center website
at www.MarcusCenter.org. The Marcus Center is a private non-profit 501(c) 3 corporation and is a dedicated Milwaukee County Veterans Memorial.