Imagine This Podcast

Imagine MKE

Join David Lee, Mac Antigua, and Lindsay Sheridan for a breezy weekly podcast about the goings on at Imagine MKE where they celebrate the joyful abundance in Milwaukee's arts and culture world. Every week, they welcome Milwaukee artists, administrators, civic and business leaders, and other cultural creators to talk about how their work enriches Milwaukee and the region. Listen to this fun pod full of light bits; stay and subscribe for the inspiration to imagine and see our city in a new light through our vibrant arts and culture.
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Post-Summit Glow
5d ago
55 mins
Post-Summit Glow
This week, we have a very special show: during our Summit on Tuesday, November 16, we invited attendees to step up to a StoryCorps style booth and record a conversation. They responded, in pairs or solo, to questions pulled from a deck. We start the episode with reflections on the outcome of the Summit with Lindsay, Mac, and David. Then:  18:10  https://www.instagram.com/lollylollyceramics/?hl=en (Lalese Stamps) and https://www.instagram.com/firstgenstudio/?hl=en (Reva Kashikar)  https://lollylollyceramics.com/ (LollyLolly Ceramics)  “https://www.nytimes.com/2021/05/10/style/ceramics-mug.html (Gotta Have That Cute Mug? Act Fast)” (NY Times)  “https://www.jsonline.com/story/entertainment/2021/06/21/lolly-lolly-ceramics-moving-columbus-milwaukee-wisconsin/7679389002/ (This Milwaukee Native is Moving her Famous Ceramics Business to her Hometown),” (Journal Sentinel)  https://marantaplantshop.com/ (Maranta Plant Shop)  “https://www.jsonline.com/story/news/2021/07/15/milwaukee-plant-shop-owners-embrace-other-black-brown-entrepreneurs/7878953002/ (Not Just a Plant Shop): Two Milwaukee entrepreneurs grow a business while impacting Black and brown communities,” (Journal Sentinel)  20:46  https://onmilwaukee.com/articles/catherine-miller-bastille-days (Cate Miller)  21:55  https://mikeycodyapollo.com/ (Mikey Murry) and https://soundcloud.com/genesisrenji (Genesis Renji)  https://www.facebook.com/DreamLabMKE/ (Dream Lab)  25:30  https://www.artworksformilwaukee.org/ (Terry Murphy)  “https://shepherdexpress.com/culture/supporting-milwaukee-arts/terry-murphy-executive-director-artworks-for-milwaukee/ (Supporting Arts and Culture)” Shepherd Express  26:50  https://mam.org/ (Kailee Evans) and https://www.ubunturesearch.com/ (Mikey Murry)  30:56  Lindsay and Antoine  Music Transition: “Milwaukee Strong,” Shonn Hinton, Featuring the Milwaukee All Stars          Support this podcast
5d ago
55 mins
The Arts and Culture Czar: 32 Ways to Improve Arts and Culture in Milwaukee
The Milwaukee Arts, Culture, Creative Industry Summit today is sold out! If you can't join us today at the St. Kate, we've put together a compilation of 32 Arts and Culture Czar segments from the three seasons of our podcast. At our Summit, we will be asking the 200-plus folks to tell us their Arts and Culture Czar proclamations. You can play along at #ImagineSummit. Jim Neuner, Sunstone Studios, 5:20: Collaborate and use under-utilized resources like schools Megan McGee , Ex Fabula, 8:30: Fund and value local arts and artists Rosy Petri, Artist, Co-Chair Public Policy Work Group, 10:09: Make beauty and public art accessible Michael Hostad, Light the Hoan, 11:08: Create a culture where creative people can make cool things Ian Abston, Light the Hoan, 13:30: Take the opportunity to “finish” and build Milwaukee Kristina Gomez, Milwaukee Public Library, 15:00: Incorporating food access into cultural production LaShawndra Vernon, Artists Working in Education, 16:19: Tax hospitality for neighborhood arts development Wes Tank, Tank Think, 17:20: Share, collaborate, and make dope things Pat Buckley, Buckley & the Russian General, 19:16: Flood the zone with funding for creatives Ray Nitti, Sharp Creatives, 21:26: Talent Retention and invest in neighborhoods Que El-Amin, Young Enterprising Society, 23:32: Tax Credits for creative industries Mikal Wesley, Urbane Communities, 24:24:00: Tax Incentives in local talent Bobby Drake, Independent Artist, 24:52:00: State funding coming through a creative council Anne Basting, TimeSlips, 25:55:00: Social Rx & Artist in Residence in City & County Eric Tillich, Wisconsin Conservatory of Music, 27:54:00: Increase state and local funding Malkia Stampley, Actor/Director, 28:44:00: Transition existing leadership Kurt Ravenswood, Producer, 31:00:00: Film fund; get out of the way Pardeep Kaleeka, Interfaith Conference, 31:33:00: Make more access to art May Adrales, Milwaukee Rep, 32:10:00: Make Theater free & free coffee Arvind Gopalratnam, Milwaukee Bucks, 33:36:00: Bring back the holiday folk fest Kendra Ingram, The Marcus Center for the Performing Arts, 34:55:00: Arts and culture tax district Briana Baurichter, Artist, 37:08:00: Integrate arts into education Beth Weirick, Downtown BID #21, 38:34:00: Make kids travel and bring back culture Jeffery McAllister, Fashion Sense, 39:44:00: Emerging neighborhood arts council Wendell Willis, MPS Foundation, 40:57:00: New buildings/development must have an arts and design aspect Dan Schafer, Journalist, 43:43:00: Equitable funding for BIPOC artists Sarah Smith Pancheri, Summerfest, 44:40:00: Abundant arts education Bob Babisch, Summerfest, 45:21:00: Ensure small arts eco system Dasha Kelly Hamilton, Wisconsin and Milwaukee Poet Laureate, 45:57:00: Mandate arts experiences Greg Bach, The Laughing Tap, 49:04:00: All arts respected; mandatory attendance Kaitlin McCarthy, The Laughing Tap, 49:50:00: Arts funding in schools; reduce stigma in participation Matt Kemple, The Laughing Tap, 51:36:00: More arts funding Support this podcast
Nov 16 2021
57 mins
Imagine Forward, Creating Together: Special Summit PreviewPlacekeeping in L.A.'s Black Community w/ Jason Foster
This week, we welcome Jason Foster, Destination Crenshaw President and COO. Destination Crenshaw is a reparative development project and will be the largest Black public art project in the U.S. and quite possibly the world. Ultimately, the project will commission more than 100 works by Black artists who have strong ties to Los Angeles, creating a pipeline of work and jobs for emerging, seasoned and internationally renowned artists. Jason joins the pod at 15:00.  Follow Jason Foster:   http://destinationcrenshaw.la/ (Destination Crenshaw)   Insta: @DestinationCrenshaw   Twitter: @DestinationShaw  Episode ephemera:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6KALJy9fw2Q (All Growns Up)  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EGV8Kw7_oBE (Mork’s First Appearance on Earth)  https://www.iamnotastalker.com/2017/08/25/the-cunningham-house-from-happy-days/ (The Cunningham House on Happy Days)  https://shop.barebells.com/?gclid=IMKE (Barbells Protein Bars)  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LA_Gear (LA Gear)  https://www.artforum.com/news/lacma-gifted-kerry-james-marshall-s-portrait-of-the-artist-as-a-shadow-of-his-former-self-78657 (KERRY JAMES MARSHALL: "PORTRAIT OF THE ARTIST AS A SHADOW OF HIS FORMER SELF")  https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/the-improbability-principlewhy-coincidences-miracles-and-rare-events-happen-every-day-by-david-j-hand/2014/02/21/4d94c5d8-718d-11e3-8b3f-b1666705ca3b_story.html (The Improbability Principle)  https://www.kqed.org/arts/13903132/bill-seeking-to-improve-pay-for-a-more-diverse-ca-arts-workforce-lands-on-governors-desk (California Creative Workforce Act)  Support this podcast
Nov 2 2021
51 mins
Education Innovation w/ Pete Reynolds and Joost AllardClocking in as an Artist, Every Day w/ Bobby Drake
This week on the pod, we welcome Bobby Drake (stage name for Larry D. Brown II). Bobby started his career in Milwaukee as a spoken word artist, has been active working in community and political activism, and has been a Television Segment Producer with PBS Black Nouveau which led to an Emmy Award and a National Association for Black Journalists Award. Currently, he is the founder of an ecommerce workshop called Royalties Build Lifestyles, which teaches independent music artists how to build income strategies, and works as part of the Executive Committee at Courtier House.  In the intro, Mac and David welcome Lindsay back from a couple weeks away from the pod and talk about her visit to Iowa. Then, they think about putting 10,000 into work, art, and more.  Bobby Drake joins at 15:00. Growing up watching his family practice music and perform at Summerfest (16:35), creativity is a technical skill and arts creation is real work (22:45), helping audiences and buyers understand the professionalism of arts and creativity (29:15), getting a loan for an album (31:00), Royalties Build Lifestyles (37:20), getting in the work and clocking in as an artist every day (43:15), Czar of Arts and Culture (1:00).     Follow Bobby Drake https://www.instagram.com/bobbydrakeinc/ (@BobbyDrakeDidIt )  https://royaltiesbuildlifestyles.com/rbl-beta-imagine-mke (Royalties Build Lifestyles) relaunching on Cyber Monday  311 Ephemera  https://visitdecorah.com/ (Decorah, IA: Drift Less, Visit More)  https://www.mentalfloss.com/article/80201/why-do-people-call-rock-paper-scissors-roshambo (Why do some people call Rock-Paper-Scissors Rochambo?)  https://www.newyorker.com/sports/sporting-scene/complexity-and-the-ten-thousand-hour-rule (Complexity and the Ten-Thousand Hour Rule)  Support this podcast
Oct 19 2021
1 hr 10 mins
Metamorphosis in Youth Through Art w/ Misha Siegfried
This week, we welcome on Misha Siegfried – musician, producer, designer, and Creative Director at Neu-Life to talk about the organization’s upcoming Gallery Night pop-up exhibition created by students.  In the opening, David and Mac talk about our recent community leader gathering and working towards the Imagine year three vision.   Misha joins the pod at 17:40. his previous life as a professional touring musician (19:05), starting at Neu-Life and becoming Creative Director (21:58), growing teaching creative arts at Neu-Life and working towards more equitable access to arts education (28:50), launching Neu-Life TV (37:25), building Neu-Life into a content creation medium and Neu-Life's new building (41:25), opportunity for Milwaukee’s creative class (46:50), tikkun olam and Blues music (49:50), joy (56:45), Metamorphosis (58:00), Czar of Arts and Culture (1:10:48).  http://www.neu-life.org/ (Neu Life)  http://www.mishaband.com/ (Misha’s personal site)  https://imgflip.com/gif/5pu0ss (Working in the Imagine Salt Mines)  https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-05-09/the-racially-divided-creative-class (The Racial Divide in the Creative Economy)  https://greatertogether.me/greater-equity-2030/ (Greater Equity)  https://www.thebrandlab.org/ (BrandLab)  https://milwaukeecourieronline.com/index.php/2019/04/13/neu-life-held-grand-opening-for-new-youth-work-innovation-center-and-program-launch/ (Neu-Life Youth Work Innovation Center)  http://arteparatodos.me/ (Arte Para Todos)  Metamorphosis, Fri 10/15 at The Shoppe, 5 – 9 pm  Support this podcast
Oct 12 2021
1 hr 19 mins
Doors Reopening w/ Grace Fuhr and Julia Griffith
This week, we welcome on friends from Historic Milwaukee to talk about their recent Doors Open event: Grace Fuhr, Special Events Director and Julia Griffith, Program Director.   David and Mac start off the episode by roasting Lindsay in her absence. Then, Mac updates us on his creative life outside of work - a filming of a sketch piece involving official things like booms and green screens.   Grace and Julia join at 16:00 and we start by celebrating this as Julia’s third appearance on the pod. Food and dance experiences that left a strong imprint on them both (17:30), the return of in-person Doors Open (23:10), offering virtual tours (32:40), Historic Milwaukee’s app (38:40), favorite sites at this year’s Doors Open (41:45), what’s coming up at Historic Milwaukee in 2021 and 2022 (46:50), Julia’s third reign and Grace’s first as Czar of Arts and Culture (54:00).  Follow Historic Milwaukee, Inc. on https://www.facebook.com/historicmilwaukee/ (Facebook,) https://twitter.com/historicmke?lang=en (Twitter), and https://www.instagram.com/historicmilwaukee/ (Instagram)  Download the Historic Milwaukee App on https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.mytoursapp.android.app2918 (Google Play) or the https://apps.apple.com/us/app/historic-milwaukee-inc/id1545279070 (Apple Store)  309 Ephemera  https://gimletmedia.com/shows/every-little-thing/xjhdw56 (Symphony Secrets: Dirt from the Pit)  https://imagine-this-podcast.captivate.fm/episode/imagine-our-abundance-mkes-rich-history (E107: Milwaukee’s Rich History w/ Julia Griffith)  https://imagine-this-podcast.captivate.fm/episode/414-day-sharks-and-space-w-julia-griffith (E221: 414 Day, Sharks and Space w/ Julia Griffith)   https://artsandculture.google.com/story/ck-ledesma-established-artist/pAJCGBmIggPNKg (Ck Ledesma) (Google Arts and Culture)  https://woodlandpattern.org/project/proyecto-conbif (Proyecto Conbif Beef) (Woodland Pattern)  https://historicmilwaukee.org/doors-open/ (Doors Open MKE) (Virtual Content)  https://portmilwaukee.com/port (Port of Milwaukee)  https://www.milwaukeemag.com/milwaukees-lost-fishing-village/ (Jones Island: The Story of Milwaukee’s Lost Fishing Village)  https://historicmilwaukee.org/doors-open/buildings/terry-mccormick-contemporary-fine-and-folk-art-gallery/ (Terry McCormick Contemporary Fine and Folk Art Gallet Virtual Tour)  Support this podcast
Oct 5 2021
1 hr 4 mins
Taking Comedy Seriously w/ Greg, Kaitlin, and Matt
This week on the podcast, we welcome Matt Kemple, Kaitlin McCarthy, and Greg Bach - comedy masterminds behind The Laughing Tap, Milwaukee Comedy Fest, and many other things Milwaukee comedy.  To start, we hear about Mac’s trip to Vegas, Lindsay answers David’s questions about orchestras, and we brainstorm getting Milwaukee stars trained up as musicians or dancers.  Matt, Kaitlin, and Greg join the pod at 15:30. Impactful comedy experiences in their past (16:10), opening The Laughing Tap (23:40), the audience at the Tap (28:53), the Milwaukee Comedy Fest (37:53), tips for a first time visit to the Fest (48:38), Czars of Arts and Culture (52:15).  Follow:  https://laughingtap.com/ (Laughing Tap)  https://mkecomedyfest.com/ (Milwaukee Comedy Fest) (10/3 - 10/10)   Music Transitions: “Milwaukee Strong,” by Shonn Hinton and the Milwaukee All-Stars  E2 Ephemera  https://photos.google.com/share/AF1QipNkRzrILeNlLGijNuHv0PWZAfq3cbuop0uZYDyZzUsiyFq0gmP2fTO4ODoF2-y33A?key=SFFkd2NlZDNPcFRoNEVkR29pLWxsR091ZG1oUmJR (Imagine MSO, March 2020 – Sept 2021)  https://www.wqxr.org/story/heres-why-concertmaster-always-violinist/ (Why the Concertmaster is always a Violinist)  https://www.bbc.com/culture/article/20141029-what-do-conductors-actually-do (What Does a Conductor Actually Do? (BBC))  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZZ0SlEDX1ug (Does an Orchestra Need a Conductor?)  https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/matt-kemple-the-laughing-tap/id1518170129?i=1000487309774 (Matt Kemple on Arts Forward MKE)  https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/food/its-true-chicken-tenders-are-perfect-and-delicious/2016/12/23/bd1f6820-c718-11e6-8bee-54e800ef2a63_story.html (Why chicken fingers are the best (Washington Post))  https://www.google.com/search?q=chicken+fingers+comedy+club&oq=chicken+fingers+comedy+club&aqs=chrome..69i57j33i160.6193j0j7&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8 (Chicken Fingers & Comedy Clubs)  https://onmilwaukee.com/articles/milwaukee-comedy-scene (History of Milwaukee’s Comedy Scene (OnMilwaukee))  Support this podcast
Sep 28 2021
1 hr 5 mins
Milwaukee's Story, Past and Future w/ Adam Carr
This week, we welcome Adam Carr, a freelancer and “Milwaukeeist” that has worked in community organizing, in-depth tours, journalism, public art, history projects, mentoring, filmmaking, photography and dialogue. He has been described him as a “social justice storyteller,” a “connector,” a “public artist,” a “story activator.”  First, David and Lindsay tackle the intro sans-Mac and celebrate two years of working at Imagine.  Adam joins the pod at 9:45. Growing up the son of an art therapist (10:56), developing an addiction to the feeling of walking into the story of someone’s life (15:20), Milwaukee’s perceptions of locals and outsiders (17:57), Adam’s experience of going away to college (20:05), Milwaukee’s Asian story and growing up in a multicultural environment (29:00), history of The Oriental Theatre and considering the problem of its reductive nature in 2021 (33:50), comparing The Oriental Theatre to wrestling (47:20), Czar of Arts and Culture (53:10).    Follow https://www.milwaukeemag.com/meet-adam-carr-milwaukees-story-collector/?fbclid=IwAR1JHLXIzh5t3g_LBpXmyNFIchmveA8ap-bwEnxtGYPkRJBuJQ4FY3-Iwbc (Adam Carr) and read https://milwaukeenns.org/ (Neighborhood News Service).  Music Transitions: “Milwaukee Strong,” by Shonn Hinton, featuring the Milwaukee All Stars  307 Ephemera  https://www.nancywyuen.com/ (Nancy Wang Yuen)  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atmospheric_theatre (Atmospheric Theaters)  https://onmilwaukee.com/articles/oriental-theatre-spelunking (Oriental Theatre Urban Spelunking)   https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gimmick_(professional_wrestling) (Gimmicks (Professional Wrestling))  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shinsuke_Nakamura (Shinsuke Nakamura)  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_New_Day_(professional_wrestling) (The New Day)  https://satw.org/2021-convention-milwaukee/ (Travel Writers Convention)  Support this podcast
Sep 21 2021
1 hr 3 mins
Beautiful Vibrations at The MusiCreation Station w/ Eric Tillich & Mitch Shiner
This week we welcome Eric Tillich, President & CEO, and Mitch Shiner, Chair of Jazz and Contemporary Music, from the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music to the podcast to talk about the MusiCreation Station, their new, mobile music recording studio.   After a warm welcome, the gang share stories about their own music education experiences (1:42); Eric and Mitch join and share stories about inspiring arts and culture experiences (spoiler: having Bobby McFerrin see into your soul and The Replacements fighting each other) (13:43); Innovating arts education online during the pandemic (26:40); Expanding music access with the MusiCreation Station (39:27); The MusiCreation experience at Summerfest, and Mitch gets the gang in a call and response! (49:15); Changing the landscape of music education in Milwaukee (53:00); Eric and Mitch’s turn as the Czars of Arts and Culture (58:08); Easter Egg outtake: David’s outlaw car (01:15:00)  Follow: https://www.wcmusic.org/ (The Wisconsin Conservatory of Music) on https://www.facebook.com/wcmusic.org/ (Facebook) and on Twitter and Insta @wcmusic1899 and https://www.shineymusic.com/ (Mitch Shiner) on https://www.facebook.com/mitchshinermusic/ (Facebook) and on Twitter & Insta @Shiney_Music  Go visit the MusiCreation Station at Summerfest near the entrance of the south marketplace next to the Feris wheel!  Music Transitions: “Milwaukee Strong,” Shonn Hinton and the Milwaukee All Stars  306 Ephemera:  https://www.palos118.org/east (Palos East Elementary)  https://www.sfusd.edu/school/roosevelt-middle-school (Roosevelt Middle School)  https://www.sunprairieschools.org/high (Sun Prairie High School)  http://bobbymcferrin.com/bobby-projects/bobby-vocabularies/ (Bobby McFerrin “VOCAbuLarieS”)  https://www.wcmusic.org/musicreation/ (The MusiCreation Station)  https://www.imaginemke.org/artists-and-creatives-survey.php (The Milwaukee Artist and Creative Survey) Support this podcast
Sep 14 2021
1 hr 18 mins
Business Leader/Arts Advocate/Band Singer w/ Heather Dunn
This week we welcome Heather Dunn, senior vice president and chief financial officer of West Bend Mutual Insurance Company. She’s wrapping up her tenure as one of the three co-chairs of the United Performing Arts Fund 2021 Community Campaign, and brings her lifelong passion for the arts – fueled by experiences like working as a Dickens caroler at the American Club in high school and singing throughout college – to volunteer leadership in the Milwaukee arts community.   In the intro, the crew talks about their own recent artistic pursuits – taking auditions, acting in commercials, and more. If there’s anything Lindsay can audition for on our next recurring bit, send the information our way.  Heather joins the pod at 14:10. Growing up surrounded by arts and books (15:40), forks in the road between the arts and other interests (19:50), West Bend Insurance’s band (24:50), Heather’s nonprofit service (28:45), reacting to the pandemic and the arts as a way to heal (32:15), the importance of funding the arts (39:00), turn as Czar of Arts and Culture (44:15).  Follow: https://www.linkedin.com/in/heather-dunn-6443365/ (Heather Dunn;) https://www.thesilverlining.com/ (West Bend Insurance) on https://www.facebook.com/wbsilverlining/ (Facebook;) and https://upaf.org/ (UPAF) on https://www.facebook.com/upaf1 (Facebook,) https://www.instagram.com/upaf/ (Insta), and https://twitter.com/upaf (Twitter)   Music Transitions: “Milwaukee Strong,” by Shonn Hinton, featuring the Milwaukee All Stars  E305 Ephemera:  https://www.jsonline.com/story/news/2021/07/14/traffic-calming-murals-among-many-art-projects-coming-metcalfe-park/7841401002/ (Metcalfe Park Painted)  https://www.facebook.com/imaginemke/photos/pcb.2065616623595697/2065598200264206 (Jewish Community Food Pantry Mural Celebration)  https://kmsymphony.org/ (Kettle Moraine Symphony)  https://www.belcanto.org/ (Bel Canto Chorus)  https://festivalcitysymphony.org/ (Festival City Symphony)   http://www.sunstonestudiosmke.com/toilandtrouble (Sunstone Studios)  Support this podcast
Sep 7 2021
51 mins
Building the Milwaukee Black Theater Festival w/ Malkia Stampley-Johnson
Our guest this week is Malkia Stampley-Johnson is an actor, director, arts facilitator and consultant and emerging producer who – among many incredible credits – is the Artistic Director of the Milwaukee Black Theater Festival, which just wrapped up its second year.  In the intro, Lindsay, Mac, and David discuss the big news that Mayor Barrett is being recommended for appointment as the Ambassador of Luxembourg – meaning we’ve gotta brush up on our Luxembourg arts and culture knowledge.  Malkia joins the pod at 14:30. The impact of TV, theater, and family music-making early in life (15:40), growing up in Milwaukee and beginning her theater career here (21:40), what it means to be centered in Milwaukee (28:05), how Milwaukee Black Theater Festival was built (29:40), how the second year unfolded (35:55), how the festival honors leaders and celebrates young talent (38:35), “Pretty Fire”’s lead Camara Stampley (41:55), change needed to build a more equitable arts and culture community (45:40), turn as Czar of Arts and Culture (56:50).GUEST BIO:  Follow http://graytalentgroup.com/talent/malkia-stampley/ (Malkia Stampley): @MalkiaStampley on Facebook and Insta  E304 Ephemera:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luxembourg#Culture (Luxembourg Culture)  https://diplopundit.net/2020/05/08/statedept-discovers-virtual-onboarding-oaths-of-office-training-classes-will-now-continue/ (Onboarding innovations at the State Department)  https://www.visitluxembourg.com/en/what-to-do/arts-culture/unesco (UNESCO (United Nations Education Scientific Culture Organization) World Heritage Sites in Luxembourg)  “https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WZzAxAzcGzM (Raisin in the Sun” (1989), American Playhouse (dir. Bill Duke))  “https://www.imdb.com/title/tt9810248/ (61st Street” (2022))  Support this podcast
Aug 31 2021
1 hr 5 mins
The Big Gig is Back w/ Sarah Smith Pancheri and Bob Babisch
This week, we are honored to have Sarah Smith Pancheri (COO and VP of Sales and Marketing of Milwaukee World Festival) and Bob Babisch (VP of Entertainment, Milwaukee World Festival) join us – and we can’t believe they were able to take a break to hang with us in the middle of Summerfest preparations.  To start out, the crew shares our top picks for things to check out at Summerfest (see list below).  Sarah and Bob join at 17:50. Past arts experiences that highlight their love of arts and music (19:40), what’s changed and what’s stayed the same in Milwaukee arts and culture over the years (29:00), what makes the Milwaukee audience and experience unique for touring artists (37:10), the thrill of discovering new music (41:20), making the shift to a three-weekend format (45:15), anticipating the logistics of the vaccination and COVID test requirement (54:25), both Sarah and Bob take a turn being the Czar of Arts and Culture (57:50).  Follow https://www.summerfest.com/ (Summerfest): @Summerfest  Music Transitions: “https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fk2yLItijYQ (The Marina),” The Docksiders  302 Ephemera  Summerfest Schedule  9/2 to 9/4:   Lindsay: Yola, Leon Bridges  David: Steely Dane  Mac: Indigo Girls  9/9 to 9/11  Lindsay:  Klassik, Tank and the Bangas, Nikhil Korula Band  David: Wilco  Mac: Living Colour  9/16 – 9/18  Mac: Joan, The Bleachers  David: Thurston Moore, Pixies, GGOOLLDD, Psychedelic Furs  Lindsay: The Black Pumas  Imagine Friends playing Summerfest  Klassik  You Win!!!  Trapper Schoepp  Peter Mulvey & Sistastrings  Reyna  Support this podcast
Aug 24 2021
1 hr 5 mins
Filming "Corridor" in Milwaukee w/ Kurt Ravenwood
This week on the show, we welcome Kurt Ravenwood. Kurt directs commercials, music videos, and short films. He also produces indie feature projects with friends, including the forthcoming film “Corridor” based in Milwaukee. He also started SRH, a full-service agency with a team of 25 and clients like Harley-Davidson, Dean Health Plan, Children’s Hospital, and Palermo’s Pizza. Plus, he helped Wes Tank with his runaway Dr. Seuss / Dr. Dre mashups, and lead the effort to create the show StoryRaps for Kidoodle TV.  The team starts by welcoming Mac back after his week away in San Francisco. Lindsay and Mac share about their own prior (very professional) filmmaking experience, and David shares about filming at golden hour and being both the director and craft services.   Kurt joins the pod at 19:10, calling in from sabbatical in Pasadena. Then: a memorable screening of Close Encounters of the Third Kind (20:50), gaining new perspective on Milwaukee’s strong film scene (24:00), Milwaukee’s roots of hard work and current forward energy (28:00), arts and culture as a way to understand different cultures and ways of being (30:55), being the Jrue Holiday of “Corridor” (35:35), fundraising for the film (44:45), potential for growth in Milwaukee’s film scene (47:15), NFTs get a shout out (55:00), an efficient Czar of Arts and Culture reign (55:35).  Personal Website: http://www.kurtravenwood.com/ (www.kurtravenwood.com)  Corridor: https://www.corridorfilm.com/ (https://www.corridorfilm.com/)  Corridor Teaser Trailer: https://vimeo.com/551756821 (Corridor Teaser)  StoryRaps: https://www.storyraps.com/ (https://www.storyraps.com/)  SRH:  https://www.srhmarketing.com/ (https://www.srhmarketing.com/)  Music Transitions: “One Fish, Two Fish,” Wes Tank  E302 Ephemera  https://ybca.org/ (Yerba Buena Center for the Arts)  https://www.sfmoma.org/exhibition/new-work-charles-gaines/ (Charles Gaines – SF MOMA)  https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1551997/ (The Marriage of Charlie Johnson)  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EzZ8phk8yYc (Days of Heaven)  116: https://imagine-this-podcast.captivate.fm/episode/imagine-our-abundance-dr-dr-with-wes-tank (Dr. Dr. With Wes Tank)    https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0005936/ (Vilmos Zsigmond)  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dSpQ3G08k48 (Close Encounters of the Third Kind)  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=luui7KGzciY (The Bonfire of the Vanities Opening Oner)  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_PqsaveRjlM (The Great Muppet Caper)  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b3gj5_6DHRY (Point Blank)  Support this podcast
Aug 17 2021
1 hr 5 mins
Live at Sunstone Studios w/ Meg Strobel
We’re back! This week, David and Lindsay are recording live and in-person at Sunstone Studios’ grand opening, speaking with Meg Stroble - Director of Marketing and Community Engagement for Sculpture Milwaukee. Meg has a background in filmmaking & photography and a passion for public art and the city of Milwaukee- which she has called home for almost 15 years. She lives in a cream-city brick building in Walker's Point with her fiance, Andrew, and their 70 houseplants. In the opening, we share a story from our live audience member Jared and talk about our summer vacations (including some rejuvenating arts experiences). Meg joins the pod at 7:40. We start with talking about being a plant parent. Then: seeing a Broadway style show as a young kid (9:45), participating in theater growing up (11:05), moving to Milwaukee for film school (12:50), Milwaukee as a strong film city (14:15), working with a fashion photographer and moving into jewelry (17:55), starting at Sculpture Milwaukee (20:50), how Sculpture adjusted in 2020 and 2021 (23:45), the importance of public art in engaging communities (25:10), Buskerfest (32:08), working with partners (36:10), this year’s exhibition (40:00), and Meg’s turn as Czar of Arts and Culture (45:00). Follow: http://www.sculpturemilwaukee.com/ (Sculpture Milwaukee) S301 Episode Ephemera http://www.sunstonestudiosmke.com/ (Sunstone Studios) https://mashable.com/article/stephen-hawking-time-travel-party (Stephen Hawking’s Time Travel Party) https://photos.app.goo.gl/dnouFDwKeArUKN3i9 (South Dakota Trip!) http://archive.jsonline.com/entertainment/arts/42159847.html (The Blue Shirt Controversy) https://www.americansforthearts.org/by-program/reports-and-data/legislation-policy/naappd/percent-for-art-ordinances (Percent for the) https://www.americansforthearts.org/by-program/reports-and-data/legislation-policy/naappd/percent-for-art-ordinances (Arts National Database) https://www.mediaservices.com/production-incentives/production-incentives-interactive-map/ (Film Tax Credits) https://www.mediaservices.com/production-incentives/production-incentives-interactive-map/ (Database by State) Support this podcast
Aug 11 2021
49 mins
That Call-In Show
The whole Imagine MKE team is here for a particularly harebrained season finale show concept. Join us as we wait to see who calls in. When they do, we’re gonna ask them two questions: What’s something you’re looking forward to this summer? What’s something you’re taking forward with you from the pandemic?  Our guests:  2:50 – Jason Haas (Twitter/Instagram: @haazah)  9:35 – Steven Olikara (Twitter/Instagram: @StevenOlikara)  20:20 – Samer Ghani (Twitter/Instagram: @SamerGhani)  26:20 – Ray Nitti (Twitter/Instagram: @RayNitti)  33:30 – Dan Condon: (Twitter/Instagram: @theDanCondon)  To wrap it all up, Antoine shares what he’s excited about coming up in our neighborhood partnership work. Mac talks about upcoming travels, and how going away always gives him even more appreciation for Milwaukee. We talk about the power of seeing friends in person again. Esteban shares his reflections as his time with Imagine wraps up. Lindsay makes a plea for Milwaukee friends. And finally, we roast ourselves a bit by naming what would be on an Imagine MKE bingo card.   E32 Ephemera  https://www.stevenolikara.com/dignity-tour (The Dignity Tour)  https://mildtiger.com/The-Milwaukee-Standard (Mild Tiger Shirts)  https://biztimes.com/community-within-the-corridor-project-could-be-catalyst-for-rebuilding-milwaukees-30th-street-industrial-corridor/ (The Creative Corridor)  https://www.jsonline.com/story/entertainment/music/2021/06/16/outdoor-rainbow-summer-series-returns-marcus-center-milwaukee/7712887002/ (Rainbow Summer)  Support this podcast
Jun 29 2021
57 mins
Writing an Untold Story w/ Anuradha D. Rajurkar
This week, we welcome writer Anuradha D. Rajurkar. Anuradha is the national recipient of the SCBWI Emerging Voices Award for her contemporary debut novel, American Betiya. Born and raised in the Chicago area to Indian immigrant parents, Anuradha earned two degrees from Northwestern University, and for many years had the joy of being a public school teacher by day, writer by night.  In the intro, the crew talks about being back out in the world and experiencing extrovert overload - and how that’s led to some waking up in the middle of the night and needing to get back to sleep through counting sheep/Madden plays/fantasy careers.  At 15:20, Anuradha joins the show. The influence of Call Me By Your Name on her book revisions (16:27), growing up as a journal writer and wanting to become an author (19:45), finding moments to write while working and raising two kids (22:55), Milwaukee’s supportive author and artist community (28:35), breaking ground in the YA genre (33:30), reaction to the book so far (38:15), importance of visual art in the book (40:50), the book’s cover art (45:45), thinking about the movie/show of the book (49:50), learning through the editing process (53:20), turn as Czar of Arts and Culture (54:47).  Follow Anuradha: https://www.anuradharajurkar.com/ (Web) | Insta: @AnuradhaDRajurkar | Twitter: @ADRajurkar1  Buy https://www.boswellbooks.com/book/9781984897152 (“American Betiya” at Boswell Book Company)  Music Transitions:  E31 Ephemera  https://imaginemke.sharepoint.com/:i:/s/Staff/Eblx5-4rx6JJp_cKAfkV7scB1XNOYV7w21CiQKPmWIdxIQ?e=5o89Q7 (The ImagineNation Epic Partnership)  https://www.vervemagazine.in/arts-and-culture/painting-beyond-the-lines-saqiba-suleman (Saqiba Suleman)  Support this podcast
Jun 22 2021
1 hr 4 mins
Connecting Milwaukee Through Food w/ Omar Shaikh
This week on the pod we welcome Milwaukee business owner and community leader Omar Shaikh. Omar is well-known for his award-winning restaurant Carnevor, one of the top-rated steakhouses in Wisconsin, and he is also a partner in Wisconsin Ticket Concierge, O & B Consulting, and 3rd Street Market Hall at The Avenue and Tuk Tuk Chicago, a short-distance electric cab service. Omar has a passion for moving the city of Milwaukee forward through his active involvement in the community. He currently serves as board chairman of VISIT Milwaukee and is a member of the Wisconsin Center District board of directors.   In the intro, Mac and David are on their own with Lindsay away. After a Gen-X-things chat gone too long (which you can hear some of in the easter egg at the end), they decide to share about their experiences of going back to favorite Milwaukee restaurants post-pandemic.  At 12:16, Omar joins. His experience of visiting Wynwood Walls in Miami (12:56), his role in the Third Street Market Hall development which will feature 24 different vendors (15:10), how his love of connection with people got him into the hospitality industry (16:57), how restaurants worked together and the challenges and excitement of ramping back up (18:53), growth in Milwaukee and Omar’s deep belief in the city (23:59), Milwaukee’s diverse culinary scene (26:15), chef cliques and collaborations (27:50), Milwaukee’s tastes from simple to adventurous (29:30), Omar’s turn as Czar of Arts and Culture (31:55).  Then, Mac and David wrap up the episode – and stick around for an easter egg of “Gen-X Things” at 41:00.   Follow Omar: http://www.omarmke.com/ (www.OmarMKE.com) & @OmarMKE1 on Twitter  Music Transitions: “Milwaukee Strong,” The Milwaukee All-Stars  E2 Ephemera  https://thewynwoodwalls.com/ (Wynwood Walls)  https://twitter.com/OmarMKE1/status/1403364083643072513/photo/1 (New Jersey Nets June 10 Menu at Carnevor)  https://avenuemke.com/food-hall/ (The Avenue)  Alternate Opening Easter Egg Ephemera  https://patch.com/illinois/chicago/mcdades-catalog-store-recalling-chicagos-retail-past (McDade’s)  https://www.americansale.com/ (American Sale)  https://www.bizjournals.com/nashville/stories/2002/01/14/story4.html (What Killed Service Merchandise?)  Support this podcast
Jun 15 2021
45 mins
Finding the Glow Inside w/ Amanda Huff
Our guest this week is artist Amanda Huff: electronic musician, film composer, lawful-evil sorcerer, and bug extraordinaire hailing from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. In addition to Huff's solo work, one of Amanda’s band is "You Win !!!" - a fresh, new, trip-hop/dark-pop project comprised of longtime collaborators Amanda Huff (vocalist/composer), and This Random Machine (producer). Together, their sound is a dynamic blend of thunderous arrangements, playful vocals and sharp lyrics.  In the intro, we copy Pop Culture Happy Hour and share what we’ve been taking in this week: for Mac, a cricket documentary of YouTube; for David, Passion Pit and the podcast “Asian Enough”; for Lindsay, Bo Burnham’s “Inside” on Netflix.  At 9:30, Amanda joins the pod. Seeing a shocking piece as a MIAD freshman (11:10); experiencing disorienting moments in art (14:20); putting emotion and vulnerability in art (19:30); the role of audience in experiencing art (21:20); working in various mediums (24:15); claiming the title of artist (28:00); how Milwaukee can better support artists (31:00); how pandemic times influenced Amanda’s art making (34:05); what is the conversation Amanda wishes was happening in the arts scene? (38:10); Amanda’s turn as Czar of Arts and Culture (40:55); the joy of naming components of self and songs (43:30).  Follow Amanda and You Win !!!:  You Win !!! https://www.facebook.com/YouWinOfficialBand/ (Facebook Page), https://open.spotify.com/artist/7ed3qWkmjKq4znmlacGpCS?si=w2Q7raSJRECWNVknPkI34A (Spotify), https://youwinofficialband.bandcamp.com/ (Bandcamp)  Amanda Huff on https://www.instagram.com/hasselhufff/ (IG), https://open.spotify.com/artist/0N4usfRIboFhGUtXJ7fXUt?si=GmulT1RmQZSTyUzRUMscDg (Spotify)  Music Transitions: “Caroline’s,” by Amanda Huff  Ephemera:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6NZKfutIZeE (“Fire in Babylon” Pt. 1)  “https://open.spotify.com/album/6H51jH1SuzV6ca1VxW2Tmv (Manners)” https://www.albumism.com/features/passion-pit-debut-album-manners-turns-10-anniversary-retrospective (Turns 10)  https://www.latimes.com/podcasts/story/2021-05-31/the-times-podcast-sandra-oh-asian-enough (Asian Enough: Sandra Oh)  https://www.netflix.com/title/81289483 (Bo Burnham: “Inside”)  https://www.mkelgbt.org/programs-and-services (The Name Change Project)  https://www.instagram.com/alexcoronamke/?hl=en (Alex Corona)  Support this podcast
Jun 8 2021
56 mins