Bay View's Artbeat in the Heat celebrates five years of art and music

Written by Matthew Reddin,
Staff writer
Monday, 18 August 2014 12:53

Bay View residents and visitors don’t have to wait until September’s Bay View Bash for a colorful street festival. The artists at Milwaukee Artbeat, a Bay View collective, present the fifth annual Artbeat in the Heat this weekend.

Artful Wright house right for art

The Oregonian
Tuesday, 12 August 2014 12:56

People who appreciate inviting, glass-framed living rooms, subtle red concrete floors and custom fretwork see Frank Lloyd Wright’s Gordon House as a piece of art. Wright, however, envisioned the two-story residence as a place for art.

The Gordon House in Silverton, Oregon, the only Wright building in Oregon and the only one of his residences open to the public in the Pacific Northwest, has towering walls and plenty of clean-lined spaces that serve as perfect backgrounds for captivating contemporary art.

Arab World Fest returns to Milwaukee’s lakefront

Written by Matthew Reddin,
Staff writer
Thursday, 07 August 2014 08:16

It’s been four years missing, and Milwaukee’s Arab World Fest is finally ready to make its triumphant return to the Summerfest grounds Aug. 8–10 with a cultural event festival that president Ihsan Atta says celebrates familial unity.

Summer Set Festival brings EDM north of the border

Written by Bill Lamb,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 07 August 2014 07:04

Bassnectar headlines the Summer Set Festival. — Photo: Amorphous Music

Only in its third year, Wisconsin’s Summer Set Music and Camping Festival has quickly become a top destination on the summer music scene. Spread across three days — Aug. 15–17 — the festival features music from the electronic and jam band genres.

Mineral Point, Wisconsin: Figgyhobbin and the arts

Written by HELEN O’NEILL,
Associated Press writer
Friday, 15 August 2014 19:44

The tiny town of Mineral Point, Wisconsin, is a charming place where old stone buildings hug the hills, and artists’ galleries, pottery studios and antique shops line the streets.

Whimsical free libraries — handcrafted miniature houses that look like birdhouses filled with books — are tucked into street corners.  A thriving arts center draws people from around the country to study everything from blacksmithing and bent twig furniture to the Cornish language. There is an outdoor theater carved into a limestone quarry and a beautifully restored Opera House dating to 1914.

APT’s “The Seagull” soars above a stormy sea of characters

Written by Michael Muckian,
Contributing writer
Monday, 11 August 2014 05:01

Colleen Madden and Robert Spencer in APT's production of The Seagull.

Nineteenth-century Russian playwright Anton Chekov explored some of the deepest themes of the human condition through characters trapped in scenarios that he considered comedies — at least in an Aristotelian sense. But the narratives often concluded with decidedly less-than-funny results.

Rest of the fests

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Thursday, 07 August 2014 08:10

Wisconsin is famous for its colorful array of summer festivals. Although, regrettably, the summer sun is waning, a surprisingly large number of interesting festivals are still to come in the next month.

Through a reflective lens: ‘Postcards from America’

Written by Kat Murrell,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 07 August 2014 07:00

MAM’s Postcards from America series includes the work of Susan Meiselas. — Photo: Susan Meiselas/Magnum Photos

Postcards from America, on view through Oct. 19 at the Milwaukee Art Museum, uses the idea of a postcard like a diving platform. The artists make the concept a jumping-off point for plunging into pools of local culture. Each diver makes a splash and interprets the idea in an individual style. There’s no imagining the postcard as a cutesy, trite image or the reduction of a place into a static symbol here — those stereotypes are firmly quashed by the varied interests of the exhibition’s 11 photographers. 

Review: Petty’s rock ‘n’ roll triumph

Written by DAVID BAUDER,
Associated Press writer
Wednesday, 13 August 2014 14:37

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, “Hypnotic Eye” (Reprise)

Tom Petty isn’t singing about himself on his new tune, “Forgotten Man,” but he can’t be blamed for thinking like that.

Milwaukee Chamber's 'Master Class' easily earns a 'brava'

Written by Matthew Reddin,
Staff writer
Saturday, 09 August 2014 11:16

Master Class, featuring Angela Iannone (L) and Alicia Berneche, is a powerful exploration of sacrifice for art.

Before you commit to reading this review of Milwaukee Chamber Theatre’s season-opening production of Master Class, a disclaimer: There may not be enough superlatives in my vocabulary to properly explain why Milwaukee Chamber Theatre’s season-opening production of Master Class can't be missed.

Couture meets countertop at AIDS fundraiser

Written by Matthew Reddin,
Staff writer
Thursday, 07 August 2014 07:07

Photos: Courtesy

A charity fashion show that combines high-end couture and high-end plumbing fixtures is bound to attract attention. When the beneficiary supports people living with HIV/AIDS, then it’s attention worth drawing.

New building planned for UW-Madison music school

Written by Jay Rath,
Contributing writer
Wednesday, 06 August 2014 21:30

The current Mosse Humanities Building. - PHOTO: Courtesy

The University of Wisconsin-Madison’s new School of Music is finally scheduled to break ground in 2015.