The National Geographic exhibition is called "Real Pirates," but the sprawling new show at Milwaukee Public Museum is more complex than the name suggests. The focus is the story of the Whydah, but the three-masted, 300-ton galley was built in Britain in 1715 to carry slaves from West Africa to the Caribbean. Suddenly, this is more than a Depp-style fantasy tale of swashbuckling buccaneers.
It looks like ancient history. At mom's house a few months ago I found this: an August 1980 edition of National Geographic. The distinctive border still a golden yellow but the photographs inside, especially in a 22-page spread on Milwaukee - "More Than Beer" - have a long-lost color to them; an almost unreal range of dull hues.
George Booth is a self-described "prepper" - someone who anticipates and prepares for the collapse of the nation's infrastructure and the demise of life as we know it. He let me take a look inside his world and see how he prepares for its possible end.
It's a Saturday night film screening in the Third Ward and the standard elements are all in place: trendy hipsters with well-placed scarves and purposefully mismatched accessories, austere gallery walls with bright lighting, a step repeat backdrop for the who's-who to have their photo taken and, then, there's the tortoise. Yes, as in a live reptile, amidst the gallery-goers.
My Tuesdays and Thursdays are typically spent at the Milwaukee Public Museum, doing the Exhibits Intern thing. As I've mentioned before, this sometimes means cleaning life-sized models of dinosaurs. Most commonly, it involves me at a desk, headphones in, plowing through some project that needs ...