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Fall­ing for fall

RE­ALLY? COULD IT BE Septem­ber al­ready? How did this even hap­pen? It feels like only days ago that I was watch­ing the Is­ley Broth­ers at Sum­mer­fest and eat­ing roast pork at the Croa­t­ian Fes­ti­val.

Plenty of peo­ple look for­ward to the cooler weather and the cozy feel­ing that in­duces. But I have to ad­mit, I’m not such a fan. As a lover of sum­mer, to me fall sig­nals the end of the best part of the year.

In order to ease the tran­si­tion, my strat­egy is to stay as busy as pos­si­ble so that I won’t even no­tice that the sea­sons have changed un­til Thanks­giv­ing. And af­ter re­view­ing our Fall Arts Guide, which starts on page 28, I think that should be fairly easy to ac­com­plish. My agenda will in­clude the Mil­wau­kee Film Fes­ti­val (of course!), Guys and Dolls at the Mil­wau­kee Rep – and that’s just for starters!

Speak­ing of cul­ture, two of our lo­cal institutions were in­stru­men­tal in help­ing us cap­ture the im­age on the cover. We are ex­tremely grate­ful to the Mil­wau­kee Bal­let and the four dancers – Marize Fumero, Davit Hovhan­nisyan, Barry Molina and Lizzie Tripp – who par­tic­i­pated in the shoot, ar­riv­ing at our of­fice at 5 a.m. on a very rainy morn­ing. We also of­fer our thanks to the Mil­wau­kee Art Mu­seum for al­low­ing us to use Wind­hover Hall and the sur­round­ing cor­ri­dors as the lo­ca­tion for the pho­tos. To see more im­ages from the ses­sion, go to mil­wau­keemag.com.

The arts of­fer a cer­tain type of sus­te­nance, but food is a ne­ces­sity, no mat­ter the sea­son. On page 77 you’ll find our an­nual Read­ers’ Choice Din­ing Awards. If you’re like me, you’ll en­joy see­ing whether the win­ners align with your own per­sonal choices.

If read­ing is on your per­sonal agenda this month, you’re in luck. We’ve got some ex­cel­lent sto­ries in this is­sue, in­clud­ing se­nior editor Matt Hrodey’s fea­ture, “The No­to­ri­ous B.M.A” (page 42). It’s the tale of four young men who dis­rupted the drug-deal­ing trade on the North Side. On page 52, you’ll find a pro­file of MPS Su­per­in­ten­dent Darienne Driver, a com­pelling fig­ure who seems to be bring­ing about some pos­i­tive changes in our pub­lic schools. And on the last page of the mag­a­zine, nov­el­ist Lau­ren Fox writes about the let­ters her great-grand­mother wrote from Ger­many dur­ing the Nazi regime. It’s a very mov­ing story in­deed.

See­ing per­for­mances, film and art, try­ing new restau­rants and re­vis­it­ing old fa­vorites – look­ing at all th­ese things to­gether, it sounds pretty good. Mix in some ap­ple pick­ing and a Pack­ers game, and I think I might need to re­con­sider my feel­ings about fall. Bring it on!

Ca­role Nicksin ca­role@mil­wau­keemag.com @CaroleNicksin

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