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Mary Dally-Muenzmaier
Milwaukee, WI USA
Critic and optimistic cynic, Creator/Editor in Chief of the art and culture blog CricketToes. I'm also a creative writer, artist and musician, and the author of the novel Artifacts.
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Hello All You Loyal Cricky Readers! In the public's need-to-know interest, I'm here to tell ya—if ya haven't guessed already—that I'm on hiatus. I've got some BIG projects frying in my own artsy pan right now that require my undivided... Continue reading
Posted Oct 7, 2016 at CricketToes
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Artists with a focus on the disciplines of short film and video are all painfully familiar with the multitude of challenges they face when publicly exhibiting their work in settings outside the traditional theatre or school/church basement. If they choose... Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2016 at CricketToes
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For those who don't regularly bide their time immersed in the intellectual circles of artsy musician types, the term "new music" can be confounding. Like its kissing visual cousin "contemporary art", it sounds and feels too vague to be of... Continue reading
Posted May 25, 2016 at CricketToes
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All those who commit themselves to the practice of writing poetry derive their art from asking questions, eventually learning to express their discoveries through their own unique voice. This process is often painstakingly slow, involving much angst and joy and... Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2016 at CricketToes
For the intellectually curious and the infinitely patient among you, the results of the survey I recruited y'all to take waaay back in November are now available for download here. Well hot diggity, we can hardly believe it, right? Yup... Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2016 at CricketToes
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Attention Artists Of All Disciplines—including Visual Artists, Musicians and Sound Artists, Dancers and Choreographers, Actors and Performance Artists, Writers and Poets, Filmmakers and Animators, Multimedia Artists, etc.—I'm conducting an exploratory survey and I need your input! As most of you... Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2015 at CricketToes
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Bronzeville. Whaddya know about it? That it was Milwaukee's African-American cultural and artistic district during the first half of the 20th Century—a vibrant and happenin' area of the city where those of African descent, largely migrating from the South, could... Continue reading
Posted Sep 15, 2015 at CricketToes
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Let's be blunt: Non-objective art has some serious personality issues. Like so many artistic terms whose names and meanings spring from the minds of the original off-kilter crowd--a.k.a. us--non-objective art exists in a space of inherent contradiction. It is an... Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2015 at CricketToes
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Many moons ago, in a place we like to call Reality, there was a fair amount of opportunity for intrepid folks to start their own publishing entities and deliver literature and film through three-dimensional objects known as books, VHS tapes... Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2015 at CricketToes
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A learned and enlightened sage, whose name has long been lost to time, once said, "From the moment we emerge from our mother's womb and take our first breath, we are bound to the land by our evolutionary path, and... Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2015 at CricketToes
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It's been a good long while since I've blogged about food. You know it, I know it. This of course doesn't mean that Old Cricky has given up on the love of cooking or eating, though you'd be forgiven for... Continue reading
Posted Feb 24, 2015 at CricketToes
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A collaboration between the visual and literary arts is hardly a newfangled thing--it's been goin' on from the moment the two art forms locked eyes above the hot sparks of the campfire, undeniably drawn to each other's unique strengths of... Continue reading
Posted Jan 26, 2015 at CricketToes
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Monday, January 19, 2015 is Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and, for the 35th year in a row, Wisconsin's official celebration will take place in the Capitol Rotunda in Madison at 12 Noon. All are invited to come in... Continue reading
Posted Jan 16, 2015 at CricketToes
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It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of George Jirasek, Milwaukee-based experimental visual and sound artist, and our good friend, on December 1, 2014. George was born on July 8, 1952 in Chicago, Illinois, the eldest of... Continue reading
Posted Dec 6, 2014 at CricketToes
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In the copious annals of independent bookstores, there seems always to be many more stories of brutal defeat than glorious triumph. Over the past 20 years, this supposition has become so much of a hard truth that the inherently happy-go-lucky... Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2014 at CricketToes
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Back in January, we blogged up a brand spankin' new web-based project called 365 Artists | 365 Days. Expectations were high that this project would buck the annoying it-was-a-great-idea-but-we-got-distracted-and-crap-canned-it odds and instead keep up the stamina promised to deliver much... Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2014 at CricketToes
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As history tells, during the late '80s and early '90s a fad was born that would soon mature and sweep the nation, becoming terrifyingly inescapable: The Swing Revival. For those of us who were conscious--most of the time--and understandably cynical... Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2014 at CricketToes
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Improvisation is a mighty word that holds the power to stir up fear and dread in the hearts of many artists. It has such potency, in fact, that we tend to shorten it to its far more emotionally tolerable and... Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2014 at CricketToes
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Some of the very best science fiction movies to be birthed from human brainpans have traveled through the painfully low-budget artsy canal that is independent film. The super tripped out David Bowie vehicle The Man Who Fell To Earth (1976),... Continue reading
Posted Jul 2, 2014 at CricketToes
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Other than receiving cordial invitations to exhibition openings with free food and booze, there's nothing more satisfying for an arts writer than to witness the continued progress of an artist of talent. Truth is, for as many promising and practicing... Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2014 at CricketToes
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Not every art museum has the acreage to accommodate a sculpture garden. And the common fact is that if at one time a museum did own such an open space, it was most likely sold to pay debts or payroll... Continue reading
Posted May 25, 2014 at CricketToes
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The concept of space has gone through innumerable transformations over the centuries, with both philosophical and scientific nerds discussing, debating and sometimes vehemently arguing over what exactly space is--and, boy howdy, there's nothin' like watching the tweed a flyin' at... Continue reading
Posted Apr 18, 2014 at CricketToes
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There's been a lot o' chatter over the past year about the push to bring "creative placemaking"--the latest movement to give city and county government officials wet dreams across the nation--to Milwaukee. You no doubt recall the responses to the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2014 at CricketToes
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For a particular set of sensitive souls who call these United States home, it can be a tad disheartening to live in a country that indisputably values something called "sports" more than something called "art." And while a large percentage... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2014 at CricketToes
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Here's a little exercise for ya: Get up off your duff and sashay on over to where all your books--remember books?--are proudly displayed. Wipe off the layer of dust and methodically read the titles, picking out those that are so... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2014 at CricketToes