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Milwaukee native Rob Schrab will direct "The Lego Movie Sequel."
Milwaukee native Rob Schrab will direct "The Lego Movie Sequel."

Everything is local!: Milwaukee native Schrab pegged for "The Lego Movie Sequel"

One of the few enjoyable moments during Sunday night's draaaaaagged out Oscar ceremony – no, please NPH, keep teasing the mystery box; I'm sure this gag will be worth it – was Tegan and Sara's performance of Best Song nominee "Everything is Awesome" from "The Lego Movie." 

With random stuffed dogs, The Lonely Island rapping and fake Lego Oscars for a weirdly pumped Channing Tatum, it was easily one of the show's joyful highlights – emphasis on high. Yeah, it lost out to "Glory" – which, after the nomination snubbing of "Selma" and the powerful performance that left Captain Kirk in tears, how could it not win – but hey, at least "The Lego Movie" won Best Animated Feature (shut up, I know; let me dream). Plus, we even got a dash of the angsty Batman song! Everything IS awesome!

For those hoping to keep that brick-related sugar rush building, this week didn't disappoint, as yesterday "The Lego Movie" sequel announced its official title ... "The Lego Movie Sequel." Sounds about right.

The other big news was the newly appointed director: Rob Schrab, a veteran of TV shows like "The Mindy Project," "Children's Hospital" and, most notably, NBC's beloved cult hit "Community." He also wrote the indie hit comic book "Scud: The Disposable Assassin."

Oh, and he's also from Wisconsin! Everything is local! Everything is cool when you're from Milwaukee!

Schrab was born in Mayville, eventually making his way down to Milwaukee to attend MIAD to study illustration. While in Milwaukee, Schrab also got into the local comedy scene, performing with ComedySportz and The Dead Alewives. While with the latter troupe, Schrab performed alongside Dan Harmon, the two going on to work together on comedy albums, skits and – further down the road – "Community," which Harmon created. 

"The Lego Movie Sequel" will mark Schrab's feature film debut, so this will mark a huge step for his career. However, it comes with huge footsteps to fill as well. He's replacing directors Phil Lor…

Wisconsin apparently ranks 22nd in the nation in terms of puppy love.
Wisconsin apparently ranks 22nd in the nation in terms of puppy love. (Photo:

Puppy love: Study says Wisconsinites love their dogs 22nd most in the U.S.

It's Valentine's Day, which means many will be showing their love to their significant others, boyfriends, girlfriends and so on. But how much do we show our love to our pets – dogs in particular? According to a recent survey, as far as Wisconsinites go compared to the rest of the U.S., we're somewhere in the middle. 

According to the Milk-Bone Doggy Love Index – which is apparently a thing – Wisconsin has been ranked the #22 most "puppy-loving" state in the country, right behind Delaware and Kansas and just in front of Alabama and Virginia. California, New York and Washington finished as the top three states for puppy love, while Nebraska finished in last. The full map is available here.

To formulate their dog love science, Big Heart Pet Brands – the company behind puppy product brands like Milk-Bone, Pup-Peroni, Canine Carry Outs and Milo's Kitchen – surveyed 3,000 dog parents, asking about how much and how often they show their dogs affection with the likes of cuddles and kisses.

The survey's results also showed that giving your dog love can apparently help you get some people love as well. 59 percent of men and 66 percent of women noted that they find somebody who is a dog parent attractive. According to the study, just showing outward affection to dogs makes a person attractive to 67 percent of men and 79 percent of women.

Then again, the survey also said 20 percent of all U.S. residents would prefer to spend Valentine's Day with their dog than a romantic partner, so perhaps no amount of public displays of puppy affection will help. 

Arte Para Todos announced its three-day lineup of local music today.
Arte Para Todos announced its three-day lineup of local music today.

Inaugural Arte Para Todos music event announces a flurry of local talent

While the Northeast prepares for a monumental blizzard, Milwaukee received news this morning of a different – and much more enjoyable and productive – kind of impending flurry: a musical onslaught by the name of Arte Para Todos (meaning "art for everyone"). 

The brand new event is a weekend-long local music extravaganza running from Friday, Feb. 27 through Sunday, March 1, with 70 bands and 15 artists spread across three neighborhoods – Bay View, Riverwest and the East Side – and 15 venues.

If that sounds cool, its motives (besides providing a ton of music) are even more so as 100 percent of the proceeds from the three-day festival will be split equally amongst three Milwaukee schools – Bay View High School, Tamarack Waldorf High School and La Escuela Fratney – to go toward funding art programs.

According to the event's official website, Arte Para Todos was created "as an answer to the defunding of art and music programming in schools, but it also serves as a replicable model of sustainable service to the community. We will always have the city we ask for, either explicitly or through apathy and inaction. Arte Para Todos is based on the idea that culture is an act of will, and that if we want a healthy, vibrant city where the arts can flourish then we have to act on that desire."

In case being a fine patron of the arts isn't enough, here's the loaded slate of local bands and artists scheduled for the event's inaugural year:

Friday, Feb. 27: Bay View

Cactus Club

  • 9:30 p.m.: OYE
  • 10:30 p.m.: Mortgage Freeman
  • 11:30 p.m.: The Fatty Acids with WC Tank
  • 12:30 a.m.: Klassik
  • All night: *hitmayng DJ set
  • Art: Exhibition and photobooth by Milwaukee Alt/Ryan Laessig


  • 7 p.m.: D. Bridge
  • 8 p.m.: yo dot
  • 9 p.m.: Unifi showcase
  • Art: Live art by Jeffrey Eckel

Club Garibaldi

  • 10 p.m.: Holy Sheboygan
  • 11 p.m.: Kia Rap Princess
  • 12 a.m.: Whips
  • 1 a.m.: WebsterX
  • All night Q The Sun DJ set
  • Art: Live art by Elias Vallejo

Frank's Power Plant

The 2015 Oscar nominations came out this morning, with "Birdman" and "The Grand Budapest Hotel" leading the pack.
The 2015 Oscar nominations came out this morning, with "Birdman" and "The Grand Budapest Hotel" leading the pack. (Photo:

The 2015 Oscar nominations are in

Bright and early this morning, the joint forces of Chris Pine, J.J. Abrams, Alfonso Cuaron and Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs prattled off the 2015 Oscar nominees. Unfortunately, Pine did not present in character from "Into the Woods," but the nominations provided their own drama, with the expected names mixed in with sad snubs (No "Selma"? No "The Lego Movie"?!) and happy surprises (Laura Dern!) of all sorts. 

"Birdman" and "The Grand Budapest Hotel" lead the pack with nine nominations for each – including Best Picture nods for both. The Alan Turing drama "The Imitation Game" isn't far behind with eight, while "Boyhood" – the current favorite to win the big prize – and Clint Eastwood's late-charging "American Sniper" both snagged six.

We've got a month until the actual winners are announced, but here are the rest of the nominees. Feel free to cheer or outrage in the comments. 

Best Picture

"American Sniper"
"The Grand Budapest Hotel"
"The Imitation Game"
"The Theory of Everything"

Best Actor
Steve Carell, "Foxcatcher"
Bradley Cooper, "American Sniper"
Benedict Cumberbatch, "The Imitation Game"
Michael Keaton, "Birdman"
Eddie Redmayne, "The Theory of Everything"

Best Actress
Marion Cotillard, "Two Days, One Night"
Felicity Jones, "The Theory of Everything"
Julianne Moore, "Still Alice"
Rosamund Pike, "Gone Girl"
Reese Witherspoon, "Wild"

Best Supporting Actor
Robert Duvall, "The Judge"
Ethan Hawke, "Boyhood"
Edward Norton, "Birdman"
Mark Ruffalo, "Foxcatcher"
J.K. Simmons, "Whiplash"

Best Supporting Actress
Patricia Arquette, "Boyhood"
Laura Dern, "Wild"
Keira Knightley, "The Imitation Game"
Emma Stone, "Birdman"
Meryl Streep, "Into the Woods"

Best Animated Film
"Big Hero 6"
"The Boxtrolls"
"How to Train Your Dragon 2"
"Song of the Sea"
"The Tale of Princess Kaguya"

Best Director
Alejandro G. Inarritu, "Birdman"
Richard Linklater, "Boyhood"
Bennett Miller, "Foxcatcher"
Wes Anderson, "The Grand Budapest Hotel"
Morten Tyldum, "The Imitation …