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When the Grammy Awards launch on Feb. 15, UW folklorist Jim Leary will be paying close attention. He’s nominated for Best Album Notes for his massive collection of recordings and writings on the folk music of the Upper Midwest. more

Feb 11, 2016 5:00 AM MUSIC

“Polka Heartland: Why the Midwest Loves to Polka” is an engaging collection of stories and photos documenting Wisconsin’s favorite pastime. more

Sep 22, 2015 10:21 AM Books

On the last Friday and Saturday nights of most months, you can hear Steve Meisner play traditional accordion polka music at the Essen Haus on East Wilson Street. But if you happened to stumble into the Frequency on a recent Friday night, you would ha more

Apr 10, 2009 2:00 PM MUSIC

When the credits finished rolling, spectators at the Wisconsin Film Festival's Saturday night screening of It's Happiness: A Polka Documentary might have thought the polka dancing was over. more

Apr 15, 2007 4:43 PM Movies