Milwaukee's performing arts fiasco at the Skylight Opera has made its way to The New York Times.
I don't claim to know the ins and outs of this situation, so I won't even attempt to provide opinion on the matter itself. But, several local bloggers including Jonathan West (artsyschmartsy.com), Mike Brenner and former newspaper classical music and dance critic Tom Strini have written extensively on this "issue."
I will provide a few thoughts on arts and entertainment in Milwaukee and its coverage. Let's face it, we are blessed with an extremely plentiful quantity of quality arts groups. When you factor in Milwaukee's size, our numbers for the arts are very impressive.
The arts spur creativity, business growth and generate buzz. Yet, it's a somewhat niche topic area. Of course the arts are for everyone, but reality is that like local music and to an extent sports people are either fans or very indifferent. But, the fans -- by definition -- are passionate and loyal.
At OnMilwaukee.com we're comitted to Milwaukee and the local arts scene. And, we open our magazine to all who want to discuss, review and converse about the topic. No, we haven't written about the Skylight situation. But, since our medium is a conversation, not a sermon, many readers have chimed in via our talkbacks and message boards.
Yet, it is a bit sad when we see an arts group bickering and taking their "troubles" to the national press. But, hey, life happens and exposure is exposure.
So, read the Times piece and react as you will. No matter what you do, I suggest that you support our local arts scene.
Personally, I like that Wakin called us an "earnest and polite city." We are just that and more.
No Talkbacks for this article.
Post your comment/review now
Disclaimer: Please note that Facebook comments are posted through Facebook and cannot be approved, edited or declined by OnMilwaukee.com. The opinions expressed in Facebook comments do not necessarily reflect those of OnMilwaukee.com or its staff.
Recent Articles & Blogs by Jeff Sherman
Published Oct. 16, 2014
Just click here and begin bidding on a three-night True Spreadhead package for all three Widespread Panic shows at the Riverside Theater in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on October 24, 25 and 26.
Published Oct. 15, 2014
Buzz Bissinger profiles the Milwaukee "heist of the Lipinski Stradivarius, which galvanized the music world last winter" online and in the November print edition of Vanity Fair.
Published Oct. 15, 2014
For some reason the "where's Milwaukee's best burrito" conversation just doesn't happen as much here as it seemingly does in other cities. We love our food, but the battle for best burrito isn't top of mind.
Published Oct. 8, 2014
In 2012 I noted that most of my "where to eat" decisions were based on convenience and routine. Do you dine out mainly based upon convenience or does your restaurant decision go deeper?
Published Oct. 3, 2014
Entertainment, education, development, sports, retail, transit, etc. There are many easy ways to help move Greater Milwaukee forward, but collaborating is key and without it we all die since we're all in it - no mater what it is - together.
Published Sept. 26, 2014
You're sitting at a red light waiting for it to turn. Yes, you may turn right on this red (at most intersections). But, once it turns green you must yield to the pedestrians who have a walk signal and are quickly scurrying across the street.
Published Sept. 25, 2014
We have two local shopping options for you this week. First up, 88NINE Radio Milwaukee holds its Fall Ball on Friday and you are invited. Next? Wine at the Zoo. And, there's a chance to win free tickets to the Saturday wine event!
Published Sept. 18, 2014
The inaugural Concert 4 MACC, a benefit event for Midwest Athletes Against Childhood Cancer (The MACC Fund), is next week. And, there are many new reasons to support the cause.
Published Sept. 17, 2014
On Oct. 3-5, the Marcus Center Grounds and Pere Marquette Park will transform Downtown Milwaukee into a traditional Bavarian Oktoberfest celebration activating both sides of the Milwaukee River with beer gardens, music and food.
Published Sept. 12, 2014
This week, I'm picking this gaming table from Peabody's Interiors. It's on the higher end of my picks, but it's well made, classic and a conversation starter. Peabody's is located in Brown Deer and uses its online marketplace to showcase its quality products, its designer options and to support the Wisconsin Humane Society.