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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.