The Milwaukee County Transit System has been trapped in a budget-induced death spiral – increased fares and reduced service, leading to fewer riders and less revenue, leading to increased fares and reduced service. But it wasn’t always that way. Can an out-of-state, for-profit company resurrect the public system?
They might be small, but they can certainly cause some damage. I wrote about some of the invasive species in our October issue. The original idea was to channel Space Invaders, though I don’t think it came through in the final design.
An edited version of this all-staff Q&A with Milwaukee Film appeared in our September issue. We could only fit six staff members in print, so we put the rest online. It was a fun package to create.
For the past five years, the Milwaukee Film Festival has brought sidesplitting rom-coms, stirring documentaries and fright-filled horror flicks to the city for a multiday film feast. This year will be no different, with more than 200 films scheduled over its 15-day run. To learn more about how the magic happens, we shine a spotlight on six of their wizards of applause.
I wrote about Kate Funk back in April after a wildly successful Kickstarter campaign to raise money for a cat calendar. In true internet style, she raised more than $20,000 more than she asked for. Go figure. For our August issue, I interviewed Kate again. This time, I got to meet the cat as well.
Yes, AC is a cat – and a rather grumpy one at that. He’s also the rising star of 31-year-oldKate Funk’s cat creations. AC can be seen on everything from iPhone cases to magnets and greeting cards. But he’s probably most famous for being the “World’s Most Super Amazing 100% Awesome Cat” in a series of calendars entering its sixth year (2014’s theme: Magical Creatures). Turning to Kickstarter in February, Funk hoped to raise $3,500 to cover 2014 production costs and a portion of her travel expenses for the National Stationery Show. To her surprise, she netted almost 1,200 donations totaling some $25,000 – proof positive that the Internet’s love for all things feline knows no bounds. Even better? All of that led to a book deal with St. Martin’s Press and a spot in Urban Outfitters’ online store. But about that cat.
Where did you and AC meet?
I always wanted a cat, and my parents wouldn’t let me have one. Then I had roommates that were allergic. In 2006, I finally had a roommate who wasn’t allergic. It was Brennan Groh, who does the graphic design for the calendar. So I went to a shelter. They put you in a room full of kittens and you get to pick. AC was the one that sat in the corner and just kind of stared at me like he didn’t know what to think of me. So I picked him because he was the weirdest.
The Milwaukee Art Museum’s “30 Americans” opened with a bang this past weekend. The collection of art by 31 contemporary African American artists is stunning, but the compilation of colorful suits scattered throughout the space provide the most compelling and curious perspective.
It was a labor of love, that’s for sure. I analyzed more than 30,000 home sales in the metro Milwaukee area to produce a huge chart (not online) and narrow down some great places to live based on certain criteria.