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The current pandemic is scary, but imagining it without social media is terrifying. Sure, the internet can be a cesspool of misinformation and nasty fights, but the good definitely outweighs the bad these days because it's our lifeline to socializing.
Last night, the Dropkick Murphys streamed a world-wide live concert for St. Patrick's Day and it was extremely unifying for many. The band completely acknowledged the crisis through fundraising, shout outs and snippets of genuine conversation, but mostly provided a two-hour performance packed with music, energy and humor, i.e. new song "Mick Jones nicked my pudding."
Tonight (as in Wednesday, March 18), another performance-related virtual event called #MICMKE – a completely online "open mic" – invites all users of social media to post a performance of any type from 5 to 10 p.m.
Organized by Howard Leu and Ed Makowski, the Facebook invite says, "We're calling all friends to flood the cyber airwaves with music, poetry, comedy, dance, somersaults and/or anything!"
Participants can use hashtag #micmke and include Venmo links to encourage viewers to send a token of appreciation.
"This is a great opportunity for people in the arts throughout the Milwaukee area to connect during this period of distancing," says Makowski. "Just because we're stuck at home doesn't mean the creative juices have stopped flowing. If anything, many of us might finally have time to work on projects we've neglected or even better: learn a new skill."
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Molly Snyder grew up on Milwaukee's East Side and today, she lives in the Walker's Point neighborhood with her partner and two sons.
As a full time senior writer, editorial manager and self-described experience junkie, Molly has written thousands of articles about Milwaukee (and a few about New Orleans, Detroit, Indianapolis, Boston and various vacation spots in Wisconsin) that range in subject from where to get the best cup of coffee to an in-depth profile on the survivors of the iconic Norman apartment building that burned down in the '90s.
She also once got a colonic just to report on it, but that's enough on that.
Always told she had a "radio voice," Molly found herself as a regular contributor on FM102, 97WMYX and 1130WISN with her childhood radio favorite, Gene Mueller.
Molly's poetry, essays and articles appeared in many publications including USA Today, The Writer, The Sun Magazine and more. She has a collection of poetry, "Topless," and is slowly writing a memoir.
In 2009, Molly won a Milwaukee Press Club Award. She served as the Narrator / writer-in-residence at the Pfister Hotel from 2013-2014. She is also a story slam-winning storyteller who has performed with The Moth, Ex Fabula and Risk!
When she's not writing, interviewing or mom-ing, Molly teaches tarot card classes, gardens, sits in bars drinking Miller products and dreams of being in a punk band again.