This weekend, I took my kids to the “Sensory Overload" exhibit at the Milwaukee Art Museum. In the past, I’ve found that they appreciate Pop Art (they love Warhol’s “Campbell’s Soup” painting), so I speculated that this exhibit -- featuring Op Art -- would be a hit, too. This time, Mom was right.
At 4 and 5, they really related to this show because they understand and still enjoy identifying simple geometric figures whether in a book or on the wall (“Look, Mom, a square!”). They also really dug Nam June Paik’s “Ruin,” which is a tower of strategically placed old-timey televisions displaying a series of images.
Most of all they appreciated Erwin Redl's "Matrix XV,” featuring strands and strands of dangling LED lights in an otherwise dark room. We visited this installation three times.
I found it humorous and fitting that they got into a show called “Sensory Overload” because most of the time I go into sensory overload just from hanging out with these incessant talkers who at this age almost constantly ask questions, make “funny” noises and sing songs. (I'm hoping that Levi will stop singing Christmas carols any day now!)
The only thing about the show that disappointed my kids is that it replaced some of the other art pieces they enjoyed in the past, like that creepy talking doll head under the chair.
If you’re thinking about introducing your wee ones to the Art Museum -- or simply want another winter getaway option for kids of any age -- this is an awesome show for the whole fam.
"Sensory Overload" runs until October 2009.
"Bar Month" at OnMilwaukee.com is back for another round! The
whole month of February, we're serving up intoxicatingly fun bars and
club articles -- including guides, bartender profiles, drink recipes
and even a little Brew City bar history. Cheers!
Chances are, I didn’t invent a new alcoholic concoction because, as we all know, there aren’t many, if any, new ideas left. Most likely, this cocktail has been around for ages, since the dawn of Pepsi Light, and I’m just some egocentric chach-ette looking for credit where no credit is due. But, in this chach-ette’s defense, two seasoned bartenders -- one at Art Bar and one at Bay View Bowl -- said they had never poured this request before.
But enough cryptic talk. No drumroll please. The drink is Coke and Absolut Citron. And it’s really tasty.
You see, once I hit 33, I had to find creative ways to stay awake long enough to partake in post-sunset debauchery. Opting against crack cocaine, I chose caffeinated cocktails as my mood elevators of choice.
Sure, I’ll guzzle down Red Bull mixers, but truth be told, I’m a Coca-Cola girl at heart. However, I don’t always feel like the ol’ standby, rum and Coke, so I decided to try something new.
Since I do like fruity cola and I do love the vodka, I gave the Coke-solut Citron a try, and it's pretty good. Be sure to order it with a fresh slice of lemon.
For the first time, my husband and I aren’t voting for the same presidential candidate. We are officially “canceling out” each other’s vote. My husband was on the fence for a while, but after yesterday’s primary elections, he made a decision. And it’s not the same as mine.
I remember my grandma telling me that my grandpa didn’t speak to her for a week after she voted for John F. Kennedy instead of Richard Nixon in the 1960 election. She said she planned to vote for Nixon, but when she was alone in the voting booth, she simply had to vote for a Catholic.
I can relate. I, too, must vote for my own.
The non-stop discussion about the upcoming snowstorm inspired me to make this list of songs about snow or ice. Add your own, if you'd like. And I didn't use Google to compile this list, so keep that in mind if I forgot an "obvious" one.
10 songs about snow and ice, in the order I thought of them:
1. "Cold, Rain & Snow" by Grateful Dead (Did they cover this?)
2. "Snow Blind" by Kiss
3. "Snow Day" by Lisa Loeb
4. "Ice Ice Baby" by Vanilla Ice
5. "Don't Eat the Yellow Snow" by Frank Zappa
6. "Snow (Hey Oh)" by The Red Hot Chili Peppers
7. "Ice Cream Man" by Tom Waits
8. "Fire & Ice" by Pat Benatar
9. "Avalanche" by Leonard Cohen
10. "Snowballed" by AC/DC (I did not know this one; my husband suggested it.)