Tuesday, February 5, 2013
It's a bit part as an extra to start, but former South Shore Fire Chief William Bouma's role has the potential to expand.
Former South Shore Fire Chief William Bouma has been to plenty of banquets in his career, but never as part of a major network television show. On Wednesday, Bouma will join the cast of Chicago Fire on NBC as an extra. Bouma said he has friends with contacts in the casting department for the show and they provided the connection. He has to be at a hotel in Chicago at 6 a.m. Wednesday. "The show was looking for extras who were part of the fire service," he said. "So when they called, I thought, well, why not?" The scene in which Bouma will appear is a banquet for the Chicago Fire Department so Bouma expects a lot of extras to join him. "There's probably doing to be a lot of people to take up space," he explained. "I'm just going to try and …
Thursday, January 31, 2013
Artist deadline to be part of the second phase of the Waukesha GuitarTown project is 5 p.m. Feb. 21.
Do you want to design a 10-foot-tall fiberglass Gibson Guitar that will be seen by thousands in downtown Waukesha? The Waukesha GuitarTown public arts project kicked off in downtown Waukesha in June 2012. Gibson Guitars agreed to a second phase, and the GuitarTown steering committee is seeking artist designs from throughout southeastern Wisconsin. The deadline has been extended to 5 p.m. Feb. 21 for the project that is to be unveiled in June 2013. In addition to the giant fiberglass guitars, regular-sized playable guitars will be placed throughout the downtown area. You can check out some of the guitars from last summer’s GuitarTown events from the Waukesha GuitarTown’s Flickr account. The following information was provided by Norm Bruce …
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Andres Marquez put together a video for the Wisconsin Association of School Boards contest and won third place.
Andres Marquez, a student at Horlick High School, won third place in a video contest for the Wisconsin Association of School Boards (WASB). The topic was "What's Worth Fighting For?" Andres took on the contest and created his video's concept, filming and editing in only 10 days. He not only took on a lot of roles but got to let everyone see his passion in every aspect of life. Andres wants to go in to a career in video if and is well on his way after winning this award.
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Mount Pleasant Police officer Brian Eisel has published a novel that fits with world events but also asks the reader to think a little bit.
Getting your audience to identify with, and perhaps even sympathize with, the terrorist main character of your first novel is a tall order; but Mount Pleasant Police officer Brian Eisel wants readers to do exactly that. Eisel is a 16-year veteran of the MPPD, serving as an evidence technician and as a senior traffic investigator. He has written Spiders in the Sand, a story about a young Iraqi man who as a child watched his father get murdered by an American. He joins a terrorist organization that encourages the young man's hatred of all things American, but when it comes time to getting his revenge, there's a choice to be made. "The main character is really the bad guy, and I'm asking readers to get inside his head so by the end you want …
Monday, January 14, 2013
Mark your calendars for Jan. 31 for a Lighthouse Brigade information night. They travel and play their hearts out. Check out this amazing group!
Sunday, January 6, 2013
If you want them to just go away quietly, we probably have listed them in our poll. Vote or add a name we haven't thought of in the comments section.
Pop culture fame can arrive in a flash. For some, it lasts decades; others see it expire in Andy Warhol’s proverbial 15 minutes. Many of the iconic names in pop culture from 2012 will be long forgotten by the end of 2013. Who are you most rooting for to land in the “Where Are The Now?” file? You can’t watch a commercial during a football game this season without an appearance by Pitbull, whose fame appears entirely attached to appearing in commercials during NFL games. That still exceeds the fame of Kim Kardashian, which appears tied to … well … something. The contest for Biggest Earworm of 2012 is almost a dead heat between “Call Me Maybe” from Carly Rae Jepsen and “Gangam Style” from Psy. Last on our list is Honey Boo Boo, the “Toddlers …
Tuesday, January 1, 2013
Looking to chase away those after holiday ho-hums? Check out this play this weekend.
Friday, December 14, 2012
Bauer von Straten, who plays Pam on the hit HBO vampire series, is a Caledonia native. She recently painted a portrait of costar Stephen Moyer that is being auctioned off for charity.
Actress Kristin Bauer von Straten is using another of her talents to raise money for—and awareness—of anti-poaching efforts in Africa. Kristin, who grew up here as Kristin Neubauer, married South African singer Abri von Straten. She got her big break as Pam in HBO's True Blood, but her first artistic endeavors were on paper and canvas. And even though acting pays the bills, she hasn't stopped painting. Her website's fine art section says she is hoping to complete enough pieces for a show. Earlier this year, she raised money to fund a documentary about poaching in Africa, where rules against ivory sales and trading have led to a ramp-up in the illegal killing of animals to harvest the material. That documentary Out for Africa is in the …
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
This is too cool not to share. A Shorewood resident recently sent a weather balloon up into near space. These are the amazing photos he got. Aren't they beautiful?!
Friday, December 7, 2012
The next big blockbuster of the season is appearing in theaters around Ladue and Frontenac soon with midnight showings. Advance ticket sales are happening now.
You remember "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy, right? Well, it's time now for that other giant epic of middle Earth, the latest blockbuster movie coming for the holiday season: "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" opens Dec. 13 and it's not too soon to figure out where you'll watch. According to IMDB.com, the movie traces the story of "a curious Hobbit, Bilbo Baggins, (who) journeys to the Lonely Mountain with a vigorous group of Dwarves to reclaim a treasure stolen from them by the dragon Smaug." The fantasy film based in a land of elves, wizards and hobbits starts with midnight showings the night of Thursday, Dec. 13, with its "official" opening on Dec. 14. Tickets for the midnight showings are available now by connecting through The …